Soul Retrieval

“We must never stop dreaming.
Dreams provide nourishment for the soul,
just as a meal does for the body.”
.....Paulo Coelho


When you have an emotional &/or physical trauma, in order to survive the experience, a part of your soul leaves your body. Your soul is your spiritual essence, your life force, & the vitalizing energy that keeps you alive, thriving, & here. This "loss of soul" is an act of self protection. It is a way to keep yourself safe in the moment. When the full impact of an experience is too much for you to bear, your consciousness allows a piece of your soul to leave your body, as an act of loving self protection.

Problems occur when the lost pieces of your soul are not able to find their way back home. Soul Retrieval, is a healing journey to re-claim the missing pieces of your soul, spirit, & authentic nature. I beleive that "loss of soul" is a foundational piece of so much human misery. This "loss of soul" weakens the body, the mind, & the heart. When nutritional deficeinces, envitonmental toxicity, & stress are added to the mix, imbalance, pain, & disease can occur. Some of the symptoms of "loss of soul" are.......

  • A lack of energy & vitality ~ The soul is life force energy. When parts of your essence are lost & missing it is common to feel tired, unmotivated, & even depressed. Often this lack of energy occurs from no apparant cause. One moment you can feel fine & then boom!! you are flattened with fatigue. I wonder if a "loss of soul" is related to the current epidemic of chronic ailments thatt have a "Chronic Fatigue" component.
  • Depression ~ When pieces of your foundational life force are missing or lost, it is common to feel a deep sense of emptiness, & inner loneliness. It is a type of loneliness that cannot be healed by any form of relationship, because what you are truly searching for are the missing pieces of yourself.
  • Sadness ~ You can feel it when you are missing parts of your soul. This loss of your very nature, is often felt as a deep, wrenching sadness. This type of sadness is free floating & isn't connected to a particular event. It just is. I ebbs & flows, but, it is always there to some degree. It is a sadness that expresses from a deep loss of self.
  • Fear ~ Often when someone has lost parts of their soul, they do not feel safe in the world. It is a form of fear that seems to permeate everything. This fear can be show up as nightmares, anxiety, isolation, & even as a need to control those around you.
  • Addictive Behaviors ~ When someone uses alcohol, drug, behavior, t.v. work, sex, or even busyness to numb themselves, or distract themselves. It is because they hurt in some way & do not want to feel the pain. Often this type of pain comes from a "loss of soul".
  • You feel like you are not as good as other people ~ Your soul is your source of absolute uniqueness & specialness. It is how you connect to your own value and essence. You might find yourself striving to achieve an unrealisticly high standard of achievement in order to prove your value & your worth, both to yourself & to the outside world. When you are missing pieces of your very essence, it is common to feel less than, not as good, or lacking in value.
  • A feeling of being lost, incomplete, or deeply lonely ~ Your soul is your source of absolute uniqueness & specialness. It is how you connect to your own value and essence. When you are missing pieces of your very essence, it is common to feel less than, not as good, or lacking in value.
  • Feeling disconnected or seperate from your life ~ Your soul is your source of absolute uniqueness & specialness. It is how you connect to your own value and essence. When you are missing pieces of your very essence, it is common to feel less than, not as good, or lacking in value.
  • Feeling Numb ~ Your soul is your source of absolute uniqueness & specialness. It is how you connect to your own value and essence. When you are missing pieces of your very essence, it is common to feel less than, not as good, or lacking in value.
  • Feeling that something is missing from your life ~ Your soul is your source of absolute uniqueness & specialness. It is how you connect to your own value and essence. When you are missing pieces of your very essence, it is common to feel less than, not as good, or lacking in value.
  • Loss of vitality or passion about life
    Depression, listlessness, or a feeling that something is missing in life
    Difficulty with focusing attention on the task at hand
    An overly active mind - inability to control a continuous, random stream of thoughts - which often leads to insomnia or nightmares
    Addictions to drugs, alcohol, or tobacco as a means of escape
    Loss of memory about a period of your life
    Unhealthy or unnecessary compulsions - such as excessive use of media like the Internet, television, and pornography
    Recurring thoughts about dying, or suicidal fantasies
    A sense of multiple personalities showing up under different conditions
    Disconnection, or disassociation leading to feelings like the world is passing by without you, or unusually selfish behavior,, or a sense of wondering or not knowing why you're alive
    Chronic feelings of shame, low self esteem, or lack of self-confidence.

Some of the causes of "loss of soul" are.....

  • Fear ~ Fear may prompt the soul part to hide because it is scared.
  • Trauma ~ If a traumatic accident is about to occur such as an impact or accident, the soul would leave so that it wouldn't be effected by the force of the accident.
  • Loss ~ If a loved one is lost, the soul part may go until the person is ready to deal with their grief.
  • Coma ~ If the body is in a great deal of pain, or if the soul needs time to consider its situation a coma provides needed time.
  • Shock ~ A soul part left suddenly and hasn't returned yet or hasn't fully reentered the body.
  • Suicidal thoughts ~ May be because of a desire to reunite with one's lost soul pieces.
  • Searching for self ~ A person frequently wishes to return to his or her lost soul. So if the soul part was lost to a person, or in a specific place, an individual may feel an urge to return to that place or person even when there seems to be no outward reason to do so.
  • Soul Giving ~ Another way to lose ones soul is to give it to someone. When two people are in love, or when they are in a family, it sometimes occurs that they will give portions of their soul to their loved one. A mother may give some to her child because she wishes to protect him or her. This type of soul exchange may seem acceptable because of a person's desire to share themselves with another, but it is generally not a good idea. An individual can't use another person's soul, because it is not their soul. The person must then deal with this unusable energy in addition to his or her own problems. In addition, the persons who have given a piece of their soul away have disempowered themselves. The giver's journey is made more difficult because they are not fully present to do the living of their life.
  • Soul Stealing ~ Soul stealing can be innocent, you see someone with lots of energy and you want to borrow some of it. You are afraid of losing someone, so you take a piece of that person with you so that you will always have him or her close by. Soul stealing can also be a way to dominate another. For instance soul stealing may be seen where an abusive spouse has taken his or her partner's soul. When you take someone's soul you take some of that person's power. It is important to know that no one can take your soul without your consent. If someone has stolen your soul you have in some sense given it to them or allowed them to have it. If you feel for some reason that someone is tugging at your soul, make a firm decision within yourself that they cannot have it and they will not be able to take it from you.

    As the Soul Retrieval Process brings back the lost pieces of your soul, essence, & life force, you will begin to feel more whole, vital, healthy, peaceful, & grounded. you will also begin to reclaim the wounded parts of yourself, that you hold within yourself. you will feel more grounded in your body; stronger; & healthier.

    Any circumstance that causes shock to the mind, body, heart, soul, or spirit can cause "soul-loss". What causes "soul-loss" in one person, might not have the same effect on another person. A few of the forms of trauma that can cause "soul-loss" can range from sexual, physical or emotional abuse; an accident or injury; any form of violence; surgery; dental trauma; betrayal; loss of a loved one thru divorce or illness; the use of drugs of alcohol; or acting out alignment to your moral ethics.

    Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse as a child
    Death of a child, parent, or close friend
    Loss of a husband, wife, or lover - through death, or involuntary divorce or separation
    Sudden and unexpected loss of a meaningful job or career
    A sudden accident resulting in severe physical trauma, or sudden onset of a debilitating disease
    Exposure to shocking or extremely stressful physical or psychological conditions or events - for example, witnessing a murder, serving in a war, undergoing chemical or radiation therapy
    Codependent relationships - where one has unconsicously given a part of one's soul to another - say, in a parent/child or intimate relationship


    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.

    You can really see how much soul loss there is today as we put money over life. Anytime someone says that we have to kill other life forms for material gain that person must be suffering from soul loss. Anytime someone feels that buying one more car or that gathering material objects will bring happiness that person is suffering from the loss of soul. As you can see we are looking at a great deal of planetary soul loss today as you watch how we behave towards each other and the rest of life.

    Coma is also soul loss. But in coma there is more of the soul out of body than in the body. Coma is very complicated to work with today for many reasons. It takes skill on behalf of the shaman to find out which way the soul is trying to go. Does the soul want to reenter the body or does it need help transcending which would lead to the death of the patient? There is a lot to say about this topic and it beyond the scope of this article.

    Today there has been a resurgence in the interest of the practice of shamanism. We now have many hundreds of wonderful shamanic practitioners reintroducing the practice of soul retrievals into our culture.

    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. When we are fully “inspirited” there is no place to retreat to and we are more inspired to change our lives.

    Over the years I have changed how I work with clients and teach the work. In 1997 I had added an Author’s Note to my book Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self. The evolution of the work had a lot to do with how consciousness has been changing in our culture. Many people had become stuck in the stories about the traumas of their past and it became necessary to help people create new stories for their present and future life.

    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. For the soul parts leave because of a trauma taking gifts and strengths with them such as how to love, trust, be creative, be joyful, etc.

    As people today do not need more bad news I found myself emphasizing the beauty that returned and inspiring stories about the joyful life the client can now create in being whole again.

    Based on new technology available to us today it is possible to map the brain. And through brain mapping we now know that the brain has great potential to create new neural pathways and create new forms of behavior.

    In keeping with the need to evolve the work as the culture we live in changes, we want to support the client’s abilities to create new healthier and joyous life patterns rather than recreate the traumas and dramas of the past.

    As I already wrote in the 1990’s I started to help client’s create new neural pathways by sharing healing stories that were filled with inspiring words of the gifts returned to them with the soul retrieval. In introducing new possibilities the brain begins to create new neural pathways to support change.

    A few years later I changed my work with clients once again and started teaching soul retrieval in a new way.

    In 2006 I wrote a new Afterword for Soul Retrieval. And in the Afterword I go into detail about some of the brain research and how I shifted my work.

    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. Previously in my book I had stressed the need for clients to receive the soul parts back. Now I stress the need for the client to fully absorb the light from the returned soul/essence into every cell of the body.

    The first step is to help the client come up with a metaphor that will help them to absorb the light of the returned essence. It is crucial that the client come up with the metaphor that will work for them. Some examples I share are a dry sponge that has been put in water and how it absorbs the water. A flower that has been in the rain too long and then the sun comes out and the flower soaks in the light and warmth of the sun. Or maybe the reverse where a flower is growing in an area suffering from drought. And on the day the rain comes the flower soaks in the water. Another example I give is of a darkened room and the curtains are opened flooding the room with light. These are just a few examples that I share and then let the client think about a metaphor they can relate to.

    The instruction I then give is for the client to focus on this metaphor as I blow the returned essence back into them. I ask clients to put their hands on their belly and breathe deeply as they experience themselves absorbing the light of their soul.

    I wait to share the story of what I saw in the journey. For to share the story right after blowing the soul into the body moves the client’s energy from his body into his head.

    I continue to ask the client to breathe and absorb the light of the soul into every cell of the body while I play a variety of instruments over the client. I use rattling, very light drumming, Tibetan bowls, bells, and singing for about 20 minutes while the client has the opportunity to absorb into every cell the light of his soul.

    Then I share my healing story focusing on the gifts and strengths that have been returned.

    Since I have started working and teaching in this way the positive changes in the results of the work have increased exponentially.

    I believe that once a person has his or her soul brought back the client now has to do some work. If the person has 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 the client to look at how to create a healthy life style and attract healthy relationships that will support wholeness and a life filled with healing. How do we want to use the energy that was returned from the soul retrieval and our returned vitality to create a positive present and future for ourselves? And how do we bring passion and meaning back into our lives again so that we thrive instead of just survive? All these issues I call “life after healing” and are crucial to create long term healing after a soul retrieval.

    I write about spiritual practices we can bring into our lives to create a positive present in future in my books Welcome Home: Following Your Soul’s Journey Home and Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins.

    As you are reading this I am sure that you can see the relevance of soul retrievals in your own life and the importance to help people once again become “inspirited” for the sake of the planet.

    This is vital work for the times we live in. The earth wants her children home and she wants them home now. It is time to come back home again and take our rightful place on the earth. It is our birthright to fully express our soul and create the world we want to live in. And it is our birthright to shine as brightly as the stars above us. It is time to share our light again in the world.


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