WHAT IS SOUL RETRIEVAL?
We know when part of our soul is missing. There is this indelible itch inside of our being pushing us to seek out the missing pieces, to track what is ‘lost’ and follow our soul’s natural inclination towards wholeness. It is not something we have a context for in western culture. Our model of health lacks a category to meet the needs of our soul, it is rather deferred to the religious organizations best suited to an individuals beliefs. Yet our soul’s health impacts the energetic makeup of our being, and when ignored, or passed off as irrelevant, we are pulled out of alignment mentally, emotionally and physically.
Soul Retrieval is an ancient shamanic process of acknowledging and reclaiming the lost parts of our soul, through ceremony and Shamanic journey.
Here is how it works, when we go through trauma, loss or a life altering experience, reality as we know it changes and a piece of our soul fractures off that cannot contend with the new set of circumstances as this new experience of reality holds elements which are either not okay or unfathomable for this part of our being. In order to cope, this aspect is denied, cut off and separated from us. Eventually we get used to our new reality and there is no more room for this part of ourselves.
Sometimes it is not what did happen, but what didn’t happen. Such as neglect or abandonment in childhood. The part of yourself that needed to be loved in order to feel whole leaves in order to meet the fact that love will not be experienced in your home.
When an aspect of our soul leaves an agreement is formed. The experience of Soul Retrieval draws us into recognizing what this agreement is, and changing it so the lost piece feels safe in coming home. In the case of abandonment this agreement could be “I don’t need anyone else” or “It is not safe to be me” both of which when held as a core belief impacts ones relationships as an adult, limiting the ability to live whole heartedly.
Through a guided shamanic journey it is possible to find the part of yourself that is missing relating to the specific issue or pattern we are looking at. Usually it is an aspect of your child self, whom requires trust that a solid foundation may be laid in the present reality to feel safe in returning. It can be a bit of a bargaining process, and sometimes he or she doesn’t return on the first attempt. Particularly in the experience of soul loss related to trauma such as child hood sexual abuse, in order to fully return the unresolved emotions around the trauma will need to be expressed and experienced.
Symptoms of soul loss:
• Feeling like something is ‘missing’ in your life
• A listless disconnection from purpose
• Unsure of who you are
• Stuck in reoccurring patterns
• Struggle with being able to accept love
• Overcome with fear and powerlessness
• Unable to dream
• Addictive tendencies
Often shows up with:
Grief/loss, death, divorce, change of life, trauma, and child hood suffering.
We are so hungry for what is missing we fill that space with anything we can; often unhealthy distractions such as alcohol an overloaded schedule and an obsessive need to be always ‘doing’. Yet our soul-parts have their own homing signal.... they want to return sensing the gravitational pull to centre and when we are ready to listen, it is time for Soul Retrieval.
In my practice Soul Retrieval is broken into four parts:
1. First Session - Identification of Soul Loss:
What is the reoccurring pattern or issue at hand?
What is missing or unresolved?
What is the experience of unresolved trauma or powerlessness?
Journey into a safe place in your minds eye to engage your ‘felt’ sense and gather information regarding what is missing, and what it is you want from this process. In this session, the focus is on ‘hanging out’ with the pattern and being with how this is impacting your life
2. Second Session - Naming the restricting beliefs:
What are the limiting beliefs you hold relating to your soul loss?
When did you first form these beliefs?
What happened to form them?
What are the three specific incidents or experiences that proved these beliefs?
What people are related to this and how have they impacted you?
What age were you at the time of forming these beliefs?
Journey to uncover information regarding the above questions. Our focus is on gaining insight as to how these beliefs became the precursor to soul loss. Homework – Creation of offering for fire symbolic of the part of your self that is missing and how this has impacted your life.
3. Third Session - Fire Ceremony:
This ceremony guides you to give voice to what has felt broken inside, specifically who was involved in impacting your belief system, be that yourself or others. If it is at my place we are outside. In the city, it may be an indoor ceremony.
4. Fourth Session - The Soul Retrieval:
What does this part of yourself need to feel safe in coming home to you?
What commitment do you need to make to walk with her, and tend to her needs?
How can you integrate this experience in way that is healthy and sustainable?
Journey to call the lost part of yourself home, and inquire as to maintain wholeness
5. Additional Sessions
Sometimes it is necessary to add on a few extra sessions to help with integrating or they be an extension of session two.
Note that this process changes in accordance with individual need.