It has been a while since I have written! Shame on me! Winter is an undercover period for me and I have a difficult time overcoming the moons of darkness. I seem to desire hibernation. Today, I would like to talk a little about one of my favorite ceremonies, the Soul Retrieval.
Every time I think of a Soul Retrieval, or I remember a Shamanic Journey for a client, I am reminded of the line from the Beautiful Hymn Amazing Grace, "I once was lost, but now am found." There return of light in each soul retrieval client that is indescribable. Part of the Shamanic experience for me is the privilege of bearing witness miracles, both small and large. In fact, there are no minute miracles.
Soul Loss is a scary sounding word for a common spiritual condition. Each one of could benefit from a Soul Retrieval. When one experiences a trauma, the parts of the whole that cannot process the trauma are fractured. I like to say that the soul pieces that that cannot handle the trauma take a vacation. The Shamanic view of illness indicates that when pieces of soul are missing, there are energetic gaps. The object of the soul retrieval is to bring the soul parts home and complete the whole, thus giving the client access to missing energy.
In Shamanic practice, Soul Loss is indicated by a several symptoms. In Soul Retrieval, Mending the Fragmented Self, Author Sandra Ingerman shares the symptoms as follows:
1. Difficulty feeling in body.
2. Apathy, feeling "numb."
3. Chronic depression.
4. Immune system issues; chronic illness-often with no diagnosis
5. Addictive behavior
6. Significant memory gaps.
There are many paths to regaining soul parts. I am not saying Shamanism is THE way. Shamanism is a way that I have found healing and effective with the client. Within my practice, I have found that ceremonial soul retrieval is a beautiful, sacred way for my clients to reconnect with self. In the next part of this series, I will discuss what to expect during the soul retrieval ceremony. If you would like to talk with me about Shamanic Ceremony for your healing experience, please feel free to contact me to set up a consultation.