Journey to Myrtos: Vietnam to Crete--Healing the Wounds of War (Take the Long Way Home)

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Individuals join the military and go to war for personal reasons, but for some there is an instinctive need to find and initiate the inner warrior spirit. The awakening of the warrior spirit may come during training or in combat. It is an awareness of mysterious instincts, feelings and intuitions that guide one in combat and are more acute than logical reason. However, modern warfare can frustrate and undermine the authenticity of the warrior spirit.JOURNEY TO MYRTOS tells the story of a young man who, grieving the death of his mother, is unprepared to be swept into the patriarchal world of the father. Nonetheless, the warlords of the patriarchy take him to serve as a combat helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. Going to war is a rite-of-passage from youth to manhood, but he fails his blood-rite initiation into the patriarchal "cult" of the warrior. Returning to a social environment hostile to Vietnam veterans, he questions the moral authority of his "initiators," sheds the attitudes and body-armor of the mechanized soldier and rediscovers the more innocent adolescent he left behind.He flees the United States for Europe. His adventure takes him to England, Germany and, ultimately, to the Greek island of Crete. In an isolated fishing village, once a sacred site for worship of the Earth Mother, he has a dream in which he discovers the goddess who rules over Eros and Thanatos, the gods of Love and Death, whose eternal conflict is particularly acute in the hearts of all young warriors. 

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An inward journey of initiation and transformation needs much time to incubate, and writing Journey to Myrtos and its sequel The Trials of the Initiate took me 35 years. The three separate manuscripts that I began in 1975, only five years after being discharged from the army, were initially conceived as a way of understanding and dealing with the cathartic psychological changes that are part of every young warrior's experience.By the early 1980s, all three manuscripts were complete in a first-draft form. Then, I set them aside in order to concentrate on my career as a secondary school teacher--a career that left me little time to write and contemplate the enormous changes to my personality and psyche that had been evoked by my experience in the war.It was not until I retired from teaching in 2006 that I was able to return to these manuscripts. By that time, I had already written one book about my experience as a teacher and about our "disfunctional" education system in the United States. That book is titled, NURTURING THE SOULS OF OUR CHILDREN: Education and the Culture of Democracy. Oddly enough, my book about the developmental issues of adolescents in American society and the failures of our educational system was a tremendous asset in helping me crystalize some of the basic themes of my two volume memoir about healing the wounds of war, transformation of the warrior spirit and reintegration into American society. 

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"The gods seduce children because they have the imagination and sensitivity to witness their presence." Thus begins the journey of a boy seduced by the goddess of the moon, left abandoned by the death of his mother and thrust into the Vietnam War.Military training as a helicopter pilot evokes the warrior spirit. But in combat that warrior spirit comes into conflict with the "follow-orders-without-question" mentality of the mechanized soldier. Med-evaced back to the U.S. after a crash, he confronts unanswered questions about the war and a society hostile to Vietnam veterans.After being discharged in 1970, he flees to Europe where he must confront the "killer instinct" evoked by military training and transform the energy of the warrior spirit. The subsequent adventure takes him to England, Germany and Greece. In Myrtos, a small fishing village on the coast of Crete, he again encounters the goddess in her guise as the Great Mother. She rules over Love and Death--the warrior's two options for serving society.

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