Shamans journey to look at the spiritual causes of our problems that can manifest on an emotional or physical level. Most spiritual healers and shaman understand that physical and emotional illness is often due to the loss of the soul.
Whenever we suffer an emotional or physical trauma, a part of our soul flees the body in order to survive the experience. The soul is the life force, our "mana". Many different types of trauma cause soul loss in our society including sexual, physical, or emotional. Other causes could be divorce, accidents, acting against our personal morals, being in a natural disaster (a fire, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, etc.), surgery, addictions, divorce, or death of a loved one. Any event that causes shock could cause soul loss. And what might cause soul loss in one person might not cause soul loss in another.
It is important to understand that soul loss is how we survive pain. If I was going to be in a head on car collision the last place that I would want to be at the point of impact is in my body. The psyche could not endure that kind of pain. So we are equipped with a protection mechanism where a part of our essence or soul leaves the body so that we do not feel the full impact of the pain.
In shamanism we understand that a piece of the soul leaves the body and goes to a territory in what shamans call non-ordinary reality where it waits until someone intervenes in the spiritual realms and facilitates its return. The soul part that left usually does not come back on its own. The soul might be lost, or taken by another person or entity, or doesn’t know the trauma has passed and that it is safe to return.
It has always been the role of the shaman to go into an altered state of consciousness and track down the soul and return it to the body of the client.
There are many common symptoms of soul loss. Some of the more common ones would be:
Dissociation where a person does not feel fully in his or her body and alive and fully engaged in life. Other symptoms include chronic depression, suicidal tendencies, post traumatic stress syndrome, immune deficiency problems, and grief that just does not heal. Addictions are also a sign of soul loss as we seek external sources to fill up the empty spaces inside of us whether through substances, food, relationships, work, or buying material objects.
Anytime someone says I have never been the same since a certain event and they don’t mean this in a good way soul loss has probably occurred.
It is interesting to note that as soul loss was so understood in shamanic cultures people who suffered traumas were given a soul retrieval within three days after a trauma occurred. Today as we have not been practicing soul retrieval, modern day practitioners are going back ten, twenty, thirty, or forty years or even more looking for lost soul parts. Also in a shamanic culture the individuals knew what was out of balance in their lives that might have caused an illness or issue to occur. In our culture we are unaware of what is out of spiritual harmony that is creating illness. And because often our soul loss happened so young we are unaware of the unconscious patterns we are living out due to our first experience of soul loss. We are always trying to retrieve our soul. And how we do this is by repeating the same trauma over and over again. The names might change of the people involved in our life story, but the story is often the same.
The effects of having a soul retrieval vary person to person. Some people feel that they are more grounded in their body and feel more solid. Some people feel lighter and a joyful way of being returns to them. For some memories of the past traumas might be triggered bringing up a variety of feelings that must be worked through. And for some people the effects are too subtle to notice a change until further work to integrate the soul is done.
As people feel more present in their bodies and in the world they become more conscious of behavior that might be out of balance and disharmonious. When we are numb we might be aware that things in the world are not right but we can easily distract ourselves from feeling a need to change.
The emphasis of my work with clients included sharing stories of the gifts, talents and strengths that would be available with the return of the soul.
When we talk about soul we are really talking about light. In returning the soul parts and lost vitality to the client we are really returning light.
Once you have your soul returned there is some post-retrieval work to do. If you have done a lot of personal work the soul retrieval might be the end of the work. If not the soul retrieval would be the beginning of the work. Now it is up to you to use what you have gained to create a healthy life style and attract healthy relationships that will support wholeness and a life filled with healing.
These are the issues I refer to as “life after healing” and are crucial to create long term healing after a soul retrieval.
It is our birthright to share your light again in the world.