Ever since I was a child, I have had a passionate distaste for injustice, especially when it came to mankind and animals. As a child, I was an extreme introvert. As I grew up and went into the Air Force, I found my voice and I also became an advocate for the less fortunate. As a First Sergeant and an Air Force Recruiter, I was able to make a difference to the people I served. I filled many roles as an advocate to help the less fortunate. Perhaps I will never understand why God wanted me to be an advocate. I was painfully shy as a child and I thought I was destine to be that way for the rest of my life.
My 20 year career in the Air Force came with a few bumps and lessons. While I was in the Air Force, I stood up to bullying and nepotism. Anyone who has ever stood up against corporate America or the government knows that it may come with a high price. It’s called retaliation and it can come in many different forms, even death threats. I stood my ground and then dealt with hostility and retaliation for over a year, while serving in the Air Force. One thing I learned while standing up to injustice was that my mother had more leverage and power than I did. One letter to a two-star General and all of a sudden, I was transferred to sunny Florida as a remedy for the injustice I dealt with for over a year. Years later, I look back and was glad for being an advocate for the Air Force’s Assignment system. The program was now run by an ethical leader and special duty assignments were no longer managed on a bar room napkin.
As much as I love peace and order, I became an advocate again to stand up against bullying and nepotism in my present job. Sometimes there is a high price for being a whistle blower. I choose not to mention the details, but it came at a very high price to my health and well-being. If I had to do it all over again–I would still stand up to injustice and face the price of being a whistle blower. Why live a life full of lies and only exist? I have never been one to look for the “easy button”. I have also never been able to look the other way, when I observe bullying, hostility, and injustice. There are great leaders and humanitarians that I have always admired and wanted to emulate, such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, and Mother Theresa. I value the sacrifices they gave to make life better for so many people. I also want to make a positive difference in this world.
I have truly never been a victim, but a person who is experiencing life and the lessons that go along with it. My energy is now put towards being a healer and letting go of my old way of life. As my final days wind down in my full time job and I transition into being a full-time “Healer”, I give thanks for the lessons of my experiences. The lessons have taught me courage, patience, and above all compassion. I certainly have “slipped” more than a few times when I thought I was a victim of my circumstances. I am not perfect. Beliefs affect our well-being and how we view our lives. That is why it is so important to be positive and have positive intentions for our lives. Energy really does go where we put it!
I am looking ahead and counting my blessings. I look forward to practicing Reiki/Energy Healing, Hypnotherapy, and Horticulture therapy full time. My passion is helping others reach their full potential. I believe that everyone has the right to be healthy and receive healing. I will continue to be an advocate for worthy causes, but my passion is being a “Healer”. I embrace it fully and thank God for choosing me to be a “Healer”. I am now ready for the next chapter of my life and to continue on my spiritual path. When there is love for mankind, there is great “healing”.
Dawn Westmoreland is a retired Air Force veteran, certified Reiki/Energy practitioner and Hypnotherapist in the Asheville, NC area. She resides with a cat named Smudge and a dog affectionately named Toby.