Q: Soul Loss and Soul Retrieval, those terms are pretty far out there and beyond anything I can relate to in my life experience. Can you help me better understand the concept?
A: Sure, I will give some background of each concept and then explain how each concept is relevant in today’s society.
We will start by defining Soul Loss and what causes it and we will finish with what Soul Retrieval is, what are the benefits of having a Soul Retrieval and how a Soul Retrieval is performed.
Soul Loss is a concept that has been described by Indigenous cultures long before the advent of modern psychology. Indigenous cultures believe that Soul Loss can happen whenever we have a psychological or emotional experience that we can’t cope with.
At times like this, the person is vulnerable and has no internal or external resources for dealing with the traumatic event. It is at this point that part of the human soul, an essence of our inner self, is free to leave our body. When a part of our Soul leaves, it finds a safe place where it can survive with its integrity intact.
In today’s culture, we replace the term Soul with Psyche. The Psyche has a protective system which enables it to cut off experiences that are beyond our ability to cope with. In a perfect world, once the trauma is over, we would reintegrate the parts of the psyche or soul that have been lost. Since we do not live in a perfect world, after a trauma, we may not integrate the lost part back into our Psyche, thus we now have Soul Loss.
In today’s terms, Jungian psychology states that we bury our most painful memories in our unconscious mind and part of us splits off into a ‘shadow self’. In today's terms, it can sometimes be referred to as a dissociation episode. A dissociation episode is a memory or experience so painful that we lock it away so that we don’t have to deal with it. Any time we separate a memory from its components, we are “dissociating” from the whole or complete memory.
Q: Okay, I understand how Soul Loss occurs, but why would we dissociate?
A: Dissociation is technically a defense mechanism. Dissociation can be where we separate out of our memory things we don’t want or can’t deal with at the time the traumatic event occurs.
Q: What are a few symptoms of Soul Loss?
A: If we have experienced Soul Loss, we may not be conscious that it happened, but that loss may unconsciously affect our actions, behaviors and thoughts .
A loss of a part of our soul fragments the whole self. When a person lives with Soul Loss, the body is aware of the imbalance and is constantly trying to compensate. But it can never find that balance without the Lost Soul Part.
Therefore, because the soul is not whole, Soul loss may open the door to physical or mental health problems such as depression, addiction or anxiety. In cases of severe Soul Loss, a person may experience post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD).
If the Soul loss is relatively mild, it might feel like a general sense of unhappiness or a feeling of not being grounded in ourselves, of not feeling "whole".
There is also an essential loss of Personal Power that is felt in Soul Loss.
The symptoms of Soul Loss are so varied that it is impossible to describe all the ways it can affect the body. Listed below are examples of some of the symptoms.
Do you feel like you are not completely whole?
Do you experience a sense of not really knowing who you are?
Do you feel an inexplicable inner dissatisfaction, an inability to feel happy?
Do you feel like you are not living in the present?
Do you check out, drift off, or stuff feelings so you don't have to make difficult decisions?
Do you notice a certain destructive pattern occur when life overwhelms you and you don’t want to deal with it?
Q: Okay, I checked in with my body and I have a few of those feelings, now what?
A: If you feel like you are living with Soul Loss in yourself or with others, know that there is a chance for a better life. Once you realize what is going on, you can decide to seek help for yourself. Now, you are also aware why others may be creating chaos in their lives.
Understanding what is going on will put the power back into your hands to help you make the decisions you need to make.
Q: Does the Soul Part always want to come back?
A: Not always, the Soul Part will decide to return if the conditions are right.
That is, if it can see that the life of the individual is returning to a semblance of normality and/or there is a genuine desire for change.
Q: What will it feel like when the Soul Part is returned?
A: When our Soul is whole, we reacquire a healthy sense of self. This wholeness is essential if we are to experience joy in our lives and achieve our dreams and goals. This wholeness is also the basis of all good relationships.
People with a healthy sense of self are able to set realistic boundaries and are less likely to be manipulated or mistreated by others.
Q: What are the benefits of receiving a Soul Retrieval?
A: Receiving a successful Soul Retrieval can produce remarkable effects very quickly in our lives. You may not heal all of your problems overnight, but the Soul Retrieval can be the catalyst to start the needed change. After you receive a Soul Retrieval, you are likely begin to feel a few of the following:
A sense of inner peace and wholeness.
A feeling of belonging as well as being more grounded in your body.
A greater sense of clarity about your life, relationships, and purpose
An ability to address bad habits and addictions and possibly overcome them.
Q: Okay, I can see the upside, take me through the process.
A: This is the part where people in today’s society are skeptical, so stick with me and I will explain the process. Throughout history, every village had a resident healer called a “Shaman”.
Q: This Shamanism thing, isn't it just a fad?
A: After being used for over 25,000 years, I don’t think Shamanism is a fad.
The word Shaman derives from the Tungus people of Siberia meaning “one who knows”. Shaman’s main duties are to facilitate a return of balance between the body and spirit and between community and nature.
Q: How do Shamans keep things in balance?
A: A Shaman has a beneficial relationship with one or more “Helping Spirits “.
In this blog, we will not get into the nitty, gritty of who the helping Spirits are or where they reside. Suffice it to say that the right Helping Spirits are there when needed.
A Shaman will enter an altered state of consciousness usually with the assistance of a sonic driver such as a drum or rattle.
The Shaman will consciously journey with their Helping Spirit. A Shaman has at least one or more Helping Spirits in their personal service. Without a Helping Spirit, it is virtually impossible to be a Shaman.
Shaman’s also enter this unseen world for more than just Soul Retrievals. Examples of why Shaman’s journey are for guidance, for healing of their selves or others, for inner or community peace, to acquire knowledge and to increase their or their clients personal power.
Worldwide, the Shaman functions fundamentally the same way and with similar techniques.
Why? Because it works.
Q: How does a Shaman recover a lost part of my soul?
A: When Soul Loss occurs, a Shaman undertakes a journey to recover the lost Soul parts in a Soul Retrieval Ceremony. The Soul Retrieval Ceremony consists of journeying to non-ordinary reality and with the help of their spirit helpers, persuade the Lost Soul Part to return. The Soul Retrieval Ceremony can either be done in person or with distance healing.
The Shamanic journey consists of the Shaman, with the assistance of their Helping Spirits, journeying back to where the traumatic event occurred and persuading the Lost Soul part to come back with them. The Soul part is than placed back into the person requesting the Soul Retrieval.
Q: Okay, once the Soul Part is returned, how is it reintegrated back into the soul?
A: Once the initial Soul Retrieval is complete, there is still work for the individual to do. The returned Soul Parts need to be reintegrated into the Psyche. Psychological support may also help. If you are currently working with any medical professional, do not stop.
In this short conversation, the basic concepts of Soul Loss/Soul Retrieval have been covered. If you think this is for you or you have more questions, please feel free to contact me.