By Jeff Baird, Sunrise Reiki Colorado

For some reason this Veterans Day is hitting me deeper than any other Veterans Day and I’m not even a Veteran. I am humbled by their strength and courage. My Father-In-Law was a member of the first Navy Seals team. They called him a “Frogman” and he was even in a movie called the same thing. Jim was a boxer and a badass. I wonder what was going through his mind when he first met me! Along with his manliness and God-Given ability to figure things out no matter what the situation was or wasn’t, he had a heart beyond measure. Jim, I salute you on this Veteran’s Day. Thank you for everything, including your daughter. I have felt your presence at times after you left us physically and I appreciate you coming around. You’re always welcome here.

The sacrifices that have been made and the lives that have been lost due to war brings me to my knees. Good God! As the Human Race, when will we learn? I have shared Reiki with Veterans who appreciated the healing energy so much. Today, I can’t help but think of the time I worked on Danielle while her military dog Rex was in the room with us – keeping a close eye on me the entire time. The room was filled with Reiki’s energy and Rex knew I wasn’t going to hurt Danielle. But, he still kept his eye on me during the one hour session. He kind of took a nap with one eye open. He was on watch. I was offering Reiki sessions at the Northern Colorado Veterans Resource Center.

On this Veteran’s Day, I think about those who fought for a cause and paid the ultimate price with lost friends and family members, lost limbs, lost minds and the loss of their own life. Growing up, I remember watching so many war shows and then playing war in the back yard with all my friends and our plastic guns. We were young. Then, a little later, I remember watching the latest news on the Vietnam War and feeling afraid of the images on the screen. I didn’t understand it then and I still don’t. God bless all of the souls who fought in Vietnam. I wish you peace.

In addition to Thank You, I wish all Veterans Peace on this Veterans Day. If you would like to receive a complimentary Distance Reiki session, please feel free to email me at

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