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Author: David Burnell

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The Velvet Hammer is a hard hitting series with clarity regarding missions, training and world events. These stories are sometimes intense, but are always filled with powerful lessons in life. David is a Military Veteran, Former Dive Rescue International Instructor, National Taekwondo Champion, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Certified Bodyguard for High Risk Areas and a successful businessman.
37 Episodes
All of us fit in the puzzle of life's great picture, even when we don't feel like it.  In a conversation with a very wise person one day, the comment was made that we are not suppose to be like everyone else. We are unique and just like no puzzle has two pieces that are the same, we are also an important piece of the great picture with our size, shape, colors and designs.
Life is a series of turns, twists, ups and as we all know downs.  The opportunity exists while on our individual paths to lift, love, learn, laugh and listen to others.  This is a critical "joy" set of skills to acquire and makes all of life's experiences so very rich and worth while!
This podcast is a short story of a chance meeting in a swimming pool early one morning where a young man who was burdened with such a heavy weight was lifted a few inches through simple acts of kindness.  We move through life with one of the greatest opportunities all around us!  Looking for the one who needs a simple smile, affirmation or understanding can create such joy and gratitude is one of our main purposes on this earth. 
This important principle is the foundation of our nations Declaration of Independence from England and the formation of the Bill of Rights. It is why millions have come to America to prosper and become all that they desire.  In this podcast David talks about this principle as well as individual rights compared to collectivism. 
Necessity - this important principle dictates your next activity and focus. When thought out clearly and while limiting external influences it can be a liberating and calming exercise and will lead to success, good mental health and well being.
Every once in a while, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and reject it. There are many reasons she may do this. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away. Once a ewe rejects one of her lambs, she will never change her mind.These little lambs will hang their heads so low that it looks like something is wrong with its neck. Their spirit is broken.These lambs are called “bummer lambs.” Unless the shepherd intervenes, that lamb will die, rejected and alone. So, do you know what the shepherd does?He takes that rejected little one into his home, hand-feeds it and keep it warm by the fire. He will wrap it up with blankets and hold it to his chest so the bummer can hear his heartbeat. Once the lamb is strong enough, the shepherd will place it back in the field with the rest of the flock.But that sheep never forgets how the shepherd cared for him when his mother rejected him. When the shepherd calls for the flock, guess who runs to him first?That is right, the bummer sheep. He knows his voice intimately.It is not that the bummer lamb is loved more, it just knows intimately the one who loves it.It's not that it is loved more, it just believes it because it has experienced that love one on one.So many of us are bummer lambs, rejected and broken. But He is the good Shepherd. He cares for our every need and holds us close to His heart so we can hear His heart beat.We may be broken but we are deeply loved by the Shepherd.The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.~ Psalm 23"Author Unknown "
This is one of my very favorite Podcasts here at the Velvet Hammer. I interviewed my very good friend and former South African Special Forces soldier David Fabricius on the topic of wolves, sheep and sheepdogs.  There are "good wolves" according to David and it is a very powerful concept.  He is also an American citizen by choice and he speaks of America and the threats to her. I endorse his message and share his perspectives. Thank you David Fabricius!
David shares an intense experience while becoming a Dive Rescue International Public Safety SCUBA Instructor that illustrates failure and how it can crush us, or become the catalyst for growth and becoming.
I give thanks to America the beautiful this day.  I love this Republic with my whole soul and have and will continue to defend her against all enemies foreign and domestic. She was founded as a Republic by intention and divine foresight. A Republic is ruled by law (constitution) where a democracy is ruled by a majority. The powerful difference is in the western analogy of a Lynch mob deciding someone is guilty and taking immediate action upon that person with no law to govern, nor protect the person accused. This is a significant reason that this “Nation Shall Endure” as President Ezra Taft Benson stated in that title of his talk given on December 4, 1973 as the presiding member of the quorum of the twelve apostles. I might add that we must also be a righteous and worthy people to retain this land that is choice above all other lands. It must however be protected and endure in order to fulfill its divine destiny to bring about its important purposes.When I got my DNA test done it said I was 48% Scottish and the rest was British and Northwestern European. There was no “American” DNA to be found. Even the Native American Indians when they get their DNA done they are labeled from the tribe they descend from. When we come to America like millions have for generations, we become trusted with this sacred Republic for which it stands regardless of our previous rank or nationality. We are ALL Americans under the umbrella and protection of our constitution and bill of rights. Red, white and blue runs through my veins only because I understand this Republic for what it is and what she stands for. So much blood has been spilled on this and other lands to protect this Republic and other places that also desire the same fairness and life under the rule of law and not a potentially evil majority.God Bless America and God bless all people who are pointed towards heavens light to embrace freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 
Have you ever had an experience or challenge in life that you cannot fix? Are there unresolved issues that cannot at this time be mended? In this short podcast David talks about two specific experiences in Haiti and Burma where what he and others serving  saw was unfixable. David discusses the quote from the Apostle Boyd K. Packer "Restoring what you cannot restore, healing the wound you cannot heal, fixing that which you broke and you cannot fix is the very purpose of the atonement of Christ." (Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Nov. 1995, pp. 19-20.)   
PTSD is widely misunderstood and many people have it or are in relationships with friends or family who suffer from its effects. Listen to these powerful personal insights into how you can identify symptoms and have the courage to step up and get some help from the right people. If you know or work with someone who has experience TRAUMA PLEASE listen to this podcast, it could save a life.  Too many have given up and checkout out from the negative effects of serving others and paying the price. There can be JOY in the journey and the screwed vision of hard experiences can be forged into strengths and resilience! 
What does it take to be a mighty man or woman of valor? Gideon shows us in this short but powerful story from the Bible told by David. The principles of doubt, faith, action and results are highlighted in this podcast. David also gives some personal insights into this story from his life experiences which helps you connect to relevant things happening in your life now. Enjoy this podcast and make sure to share it. - This is a speaking engagement to over 200 youth in Utah. In order to not only survive, but thrive in hard times the keys are to see the needs in others, and seek the inspiration from God. Then hear his words, act upon them and finally share the story with others to inspire, uplift and make a difference in this world! - Life changing in every way. This is a story of the deep lessons learned from a gunshot wound and a trip afterwards to climb the Middle Teton Mountain. #overcoming #gunshot #woundedbutnotdone #motivated #neverquit - While serving and a contractor in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake I was on a food drop with the 82nd Airborne Division and we were overrun. This is the story of that day on the complexities of an event that happens quickly without warning and the dynamics of being prepared for something that is already happening.
From Blackhawk Down to recent missions in the War On Terror and for over 40 years Dan Laguna has been on the Tip of the Spear. He has overcome racial prejudice and bias without blame or finger pointing to become one of our nations most decorated, celebrated and successful warriors. He is my friend and he knows what personal loss on the battlefield looks like. He is a Chiricahua Apache American who has spent his decades of service in Special Operations. He has operated around the globe as a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, contractor and Elite Little Bird pilot with the 160th SOAR. Dan was the program director for Blackwater Aviation and has rescued U.S. Diplomats and performed covert missions throughout his career. Hear the personal stories of danger, triumph and loss from his own voice during this interview. As I said Dan is a personal friend and one of my iconic heroes. Thank you Dan Laguna for being the kind of person to rise above racial discrimination to become one of our nations best!
How does a knuckling dragging bodyguard blend in and succeed as a bodyguard in one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history? David shares a few stories and some keen insights in the dynamics of protecting doctors and nurses in one of the most grueling and demanding environments. 
David shares personal stories of his closest friends who have been wounded in combat. The walking wounded are among us and they deserve more that a once of year remembrance. Say hello to a Veteran, Police Officer or Emergency Medical Services person today! It makes a difference at that moment to them!
David talks openly about some of the aspects of the Haiti Mission in 2010.  He was the Chief of Security for the Utah Hospital Task Force in post earthquake Haiti. This was at the time the largest recorded natural disaster in history. In David's own words it was "medieval".  Listen as David explains the dynamics of working to protect doctors and nurses as well as his search in the mountains of Haiti for a 3 year old American boy who was kidnapped. This is one of the most challenging environments on earth!
This is a very short segment taken from one of David's Live Seminars on the "why" he has gone to some dangerous and far away places and done many things including rescue and recovery work to anti-human trafficking, humanitarian missions and more. Why? This is a complex question and the answer is very simple yet deep.
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