Why are soul retrievals performed?
Soul retrievals are performed to recover lost soul pieces that have been lost in what we call soul loss. Soul retrievals are used to help heal ailments and psychological conditions, and to restore vitality and to return gifts.
What is soul loss and how does it affect someone?
In shamanism we believe that most illness is due to soul loss and that lost soul pieces can be retrieved to help a person heal.
There are many symptoms of soul loss. One the most common ones is disassociation from the body; a person doesn’t feel fully present in the body, doesn’t feel alive, and is not fully present and engaged in life. Other symptoms are chronic depression, suicidal thoughts and tendencies. PTSD, immune deficiency and autoimmune diseases, and grief that just won’t pass. Addictions is an extension of symptoms of soul loss – a person seeks to fill the empty spaces inside using substances, sex, work or shopping, for example. If someone tells you that they’ve not been the same since an event and it’s not in a good way, they may well have suffered soul loss.
Lost soul pieces mean lost vitality and an inability to fully enjoy and engage in life.
Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, a soul retrieval does not miraculously cure someone in one session. Life is not that simple in the Western world. The kind of diseases and problems we are dealing with today in our society are very different from those in tribal times and societies. For us, soul loss usually occurs early in life and we don’t get to seek help from a shamanic practitioner until much later in life. It means that the soul loss has created a complex series of coping mechanisms, symptoms, diseases, etc. that the shamanic practitioner has to deal with. In tribal societies, the shaman doesn’t have to go back decades to look for a soul piece as a shamanic practitioner in our society does.
How does soul loss happen?
It is believed that when we suffer emotional or physical trauma a piece of our soul flees the body to survive the experience intact. It can be an unconscious thing or in some cases a kind of bargain is struck, “if I get through this I will never….”, for example. Any event that causes a shock can cause soul loss and what causes soul loss in one person does not cause soul loss in another. For example, a spoiled child that suddenly doesn’t get what it wants can be so shocked that they experience soul loss.
If a soul piece does not return of its own accord it is classified as soul loss.
Why is soul loss bad?
Soul loss in psychology is called disassociation. When a soul piece leaves it takes away part of the person with it. It may be gifts and strength the person had such as ability to love, trust, creativity, joy, general vitality, etc.
When we are talking about soul we are talking about energy and by returning energy we are really making sure a person’s energy becomes more whole and intact.
What need to happen from a client perspective?
I cannot stress enough the need for a client to prepare to absorb and accommodate a returned soul piece. Sometimes there need to be an understanding that if a piece was lost early enough in life, that piece will need parenting at least to some extent when it returns so it can catch up in maturity and growth. A piece may need reassurance that it is now safe to come back and that the person it returns to is now capable of protecting it. Any habits and coping mechanism that are in place before the retrieval will need work so that there is not a clash. It helps if the client comes up with visual imagery for what the return looks like. It can be a light stream that gets absorbed into the chest, it can be a breath that gets drawn back into the body and that lights up the whole being, it can be a light that surrounds the person and that rejuvenates it. Sometimes the piece is brought back by a being or an animal, and is handed back in the form of an object or is stored in an object that is used to transfer the piece back into the client.
What’s my as the practitioner in the soul in the soul retrieval?
I personally try not to tell the client too much about what I saw during my journey to retrieve a piece at first because I want to avoid them getting into their head space and starting to intellectualise the process. I want them to focus on their imagery as much as possible while I do my part of the work. For me, using the client’s language and images as much as possible makes the work easier and it has a better success rate, and I want them to be an active participant in the recovery. In tribal societies, it is not uncommon to have the whole tribe present during the retrieval to help welcome that piece back and to support the process. We do not have that kind of structure in our society most of the time so we have to rely more on the client themselves to perform that function.
When the client has accepted the piece back, I will usually tell them the story of how I got their piece back. It may have involved negotiations, battles or in some cases just finding and collecting the piece without any drama whatsoever.
If the client is a person who has done a lot of personal work already this may well be the end of the journey. If not, the retrieval itself may just be the beginning of the work. If there has been deep or reoccurring trauma, there may be several pieces to find and return, and the work is spread out over several sessions over weeks, months and even years.
The changes after a soul retrieval may be very subtle and very gradual which is why it is every useful to work with a practitioner even after the retrieval. You may not necessarily notice the differences yourself and you may not be able to support the healing work on your own. The changes may also be instant and quite severe.
Can you perform a soul retrieval for yourself rather than using a practitioner?
Sure, but the results are rarely good and the ongoing work needed is harder to do. You have to have done more deep work and be quite experienced to pull something like that off and succeed. I do not recommend that approach especially not with more severe trauma.