More About Soul Retrieval

Soul retrieval is the shamanic antidote for soul loss. From a shamanic perspective, soul loss occurs when your soul is faced with a trauma or drama. This could be a major event like abuse or war, a fractured bone or surgery, or a more mundane occurrence, like moving from a beloved home, arguing with a friend, or losing a job.

Soul loss is a defense mechanism orchestrated by your soul to avoid a stressful event. Your soul, or life essence, actually leaves the situation before the crisis occurs. In this way your soul doesn’t actually experience the episode at all. It is spirited away to a safe place.

Soul retrieval is the phenomenon of your fragmented soul part returning to the here and now. Sometimes a soul return happens organically, in its own time, when it is safe to come home. Other times it takes the skill of a shamanic practitioner to work with their helping spirits to find your soul part and bring it back.

The effects of soul retrieval can be profound. Oftentimes, we have missing memories that are revealed when the soul part returns with our memories in tow. We may have felt ‘not all here,’ and the reunion of the soul part with its originating light shifts us into grounded presence.

In shamanic healing we are always working towards removing what is not us, and restoring what is. Methods like extraction, cord cutting, and compassionate depossession are means of expelling and discharging energies incompatible with your overall health and functioning, while soul retrieval is the reclamation of your birthright, your divinity and life force.

Common Symptoms Sometime Associated with Soul Loss

  • Missing memories, chunks of time
    Feeling disassociated, spacey, ungrounded, empty, lost, incomplete, shattered and/or numb
  • Feeling stuck in your life, that you cannot get past where you are
    Feeling like you have a difficult time being silly, playful or childlike
  • Feeling like you have never felt the same after a traumatic event
    Feeling like someone took a part of you
  • Feeling like you have tried ‘everything’ (e.g. therapy, healers, doctors, etc) without success
  • Feeling a pervasive and chronic sense of insecurity, low self-esteem, “I’m not good enough.”
  • Experiencing suicidal ideation
  • Experiencing grief that will not resolve
  • Experiencing chronic physical or emotional illness
  • Experiencing wounds that won’t heal properly after surgery or fracture
  • Experiencing great difficulty in ceasing compulsive numbing behaviors (e.g food; alcohol; pain-killers; gambling; spending; “cutting”)

Diseases Sometimes Associated with Soul Loss

  • Generalized chronic pain and/or Immune deficiencies (e.g.)
  • Fibromyalgia; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Irritable Bowel Syndrome;
  • Chronic Migraine Headache; Temporomandibular Joint Disorder; Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Substance Use Disorders
    Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa,
  • Binge Eating Disorder
    Persistent Grief Disorder

In 2012 Kaiser Permanente conducted a small clinical study into the feasibility and efficacy of Soul Retrieval for treating pain caused by Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. The results: Shamanic healing had lasting effects on TMD. You can read the study here.

Disclaimer! I have posted the information on this page as a resource to help you relate to illness from a psycho-spiritual perspective. Do not use the information on this page to diagnose or treat an illness. All evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of symptoms should be facilitated by a trained professional only.

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