There is an ancient shamanic practice that many have not heard of. It’s called the soul retrieval. It is said by some that as we go through life, traumatic and stressful events can cause our soul to fragment. Shamans and healers of all types believe this loss over time can be a cause of distress. Their majestic soul retrieval process is thought to heal the soul and make it one again.
What Causes Soul Loss?
A variety of things can cause you to lose pieces of your soul — or even to give them away. Extreme trauma, such as sexual abuse, being bullied or going through a divorce can be causes for soul loss. Or it could result from being someone’s total caregiver and giving so much of yourself for long periods. Shamans believe that the disassociated pieces depart from the soul, partially to help a person cope with their experiences. Often these pieces carry with them pain, suffering, sadness and sometimes even the memory of the event.
How Do I Know If I Have Soul Loss?
Different people experience the effects of soul loss in different ways. You may feel fragmented. Some people just feel flat and an absence of joy in their lives. Others experience memory loss and are never able to put their recollections fully back together. As a wellness coach, I may see clients who have trouble giving and receiving love, thus unable to experience the joy of a quality relationship. And many others are suffering from depression.
What Is the Process for Soul Retrieval?
Shamans have a ritualistic, thorough process for retrieving lost pieces of the soul. These special healers believe the pieces must be recalled in order to make the spirit whole again and prevent sickness of body and spirit. Shamans connect with helping spirits and enter into relationships with the disassociated pieces, convincing them to come back. This returns the person’s energy makeup to a whole state and restores their mental and physical health.
I Don’t Have a Shaman. Can I Still Participate in a Soul Retrieval?
You don’t have to know or be a Shaman to receive benefits from a soul retrieval ritual. There is a simpler practice we can all participate in to bring peace back to our souls and be well. Whether you have been traumatized or given too much of yourself away, try these steps to help wholeness return to your life:
- Find a candle. Taper candles are perfect for this practice.
- Sit quietly in a place where you won’t be disturbed or distracted.
- Light the candle and state your intention: “I call all disassociated pieces of my soul to return.”
- Focus on wholeness and how you feel when you are whole and at peace. Spend a few quiet minutes here. Changing your mindset to retrieval opens you up.
- Do something that’s just for you. Choose a hobby or relaxing experience that allows for some time of mindfulness. Some ideas include:
- Taking a bubble bath
- Reading a book
- Taking a peaceful walk
- Writing in a journal
- Painting or drawing
- As you relax and enjoy your chosen activity, imagine the pieces returning and your soul refilling and healing.
- When the candle is finished burning, your soul retrieval is complete.
As a wellness coach, I often work with people that need to retrieve a bit of their passion and soul to help them grow to the next level in their lives. Maybe these shamans were on to something?
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A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.