Understanding Soul Retrieval

The Main Concern of Shamanic Healers is Soul Retrieval It is perhaps the oldest known form of healing on the planet There are many ways to bring back a lost soul part- while shamans all over the world appear to be doing very different types of healing- in essence they are all doing the same thing- restoring the souls integrity
How Do I know if I need a Soul Retrieval? 
Many people know instinctively that they are missing a part of themselves They hear about soul retrieval and it makes sense to them, or they have an "ah-ha" moment where they realize that it is something that applies to them
symptoms/indicators of soul loss can include: Feelings of depression

A feeling of being incomplete

Post-traumatic stress syndrome or PTSD like symptoms

Inability to move past an issue despite efforts to clo so feeling like you've done everything you can do but are still stuck Feeling disconnected from lire, you don't really reel, you can't connect Memories in your past when you say-I feel that I lost something that I never got back A sense that someone took a part of you, your bear, your soul, or that you were not the same once they left you or bed You keep wanting to return to a person, or a location that seems unhealthy or unlikely, even though there is no apparent reason for you to do so Lost memories, like a part of your history is "missing" The feeling that soul retrieval may help you.

It isn't necessary for you to have an extreme symptom, to indicate soul loss It is certainly true that some people have experienced benefits even though they were not sure that they hal soul Icas or not If you reel this is something you might want to try, that is a good reason to contact a practitioner They can go on a diagnostic journey to rial out if this would be best for you at this time
The following benefits are possible with soul retrieval: Easier to move forward on an issue that has been troubling your sense of being more fully present in your life - You rfnd it easier to make certain decisions or make certain changes
You rind that some characteristic you have struggled with such as hopefulness, confidence, anger may improve or go away after a soul retrieval
You can connect to things more easily.

You are more fully present
Additionally it possible for the following challenges to be brought up with a soul retrieval: 
You may have feelings of sadness or depression because of the time that went by missing this part of you Issues that you have previously been unwilling to deal with can come to the surface You may find that you can no longer stay in a situation You may find feelings that you previously did not wish to deal with assert themselves, such as grief or anger You may begin a long healing process There is no knowing what may happen as the result of a soul retrieval In a few cases a person may literally experiences a complete turn around of their life to a more joyful way of being In some cases it begins a process of changes that take time to fully emerge A. of course some people feel that not mu. really happened as a result of their soul retrieval Your instincts should tell you what to clo, antl the practitioner can help you determine if a soul retrieval would be helpful to you at this time
If you need support after a soul retrieval, your shamanic pra.tioner may be able to help you You can also find support from a therapist or a counselor If you feel that you would like a soul retrieval, but have a feeling of fear because it is unknown, you can always contact a pra.tioner simply discus soul retrieval or your fears Bee how you feel after you have discus. it with him or her, and then de...ether or not you wish to proceed
Reasons For the Soul's Departure
There are various reasons for soul los If a person was in an abusive situation pan of one's soul may leave to protect Self from the abuse Sometimes as a .1tl, fighting parents may prompt the soul pan to hide because the .1tl is scared 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 It a loved one is last, the soul part may go until the person is ready to deal with their grief All of these are very healthy mechanisms of protection In some cases the soul part will return on its own But if it does not realize how to return, or it it does not know that it is sate to return - the shaman may need to assist the return of that missing piece

Cords and other types of Soul Loss: 
Another way to lose one's soul is to give it to someone When two people are in love, or when they are in a family, it is sometimes occurs that they will give portions of their soul to their loved ones 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 simply: 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 over's journey is made more difficult because they are not fully present to do the living of their life It is a lose-lose situation Because we are not taught about soul loss we clo this soul sharing unconsciously Ps individuals becomes more conscious of this dynamic they can rind more empowering ways of sharing love and affection in their close relationships You can see the language of soul Icas in everyday speaking, people referring to how they "lost a piece of themselves" when they parted with a lover, or people saying "you stole my life from me " 
Another reason for soul Icas is called soul stealing, perhaps we should say borrowing iks we sad before, the average person today is unconscious of the soul dynamic Bo 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 partners soul When you take someone's soul you take some of that person, 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
Symptoms of Soul Lass: 
Soul Icas would be comparable to the psychological concept of disassociation Some of the symptoms that would indicate soul loss to a shaman include: depression, a feeling of incompleteness, an inability to move fonuard on some issue, last memories, feeling like your not in control your life, people who say I felt like pan of me died whep n , or people who say I feel like so and so stole my soul Soul Icas is often accomanied by a feeling that something is missing from life
Once again the language of our society refers to soul lass. I last something when I lost my ph, I never felt the same after my accident Goma is a situation of extreme soul loss, where more of the soul is out of the body then in Ps with the other proteave feature of soul lass, this can be very appropriate 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 is another symptom orsoul lass, where the individual's soul hasn't returned yet or hasn't reentered the hotly A person frequently wishes to return to his or her last soul So it the soul pan was last to a person, or in a specific place, an individual may an urge to return to that place or person even when there seems to be no outward reason to clo so Occasionally, a person having suicidal thoughts may be because of a desire to reunite with one's last soul pieces
The Soul Retrieval Process: 
It the shaman suspects soul lass. or he would then purney shamanically to determine it the return of a soul piece is needed at this time Once the appropriate healing action is determined, the shaman would then take another purney to retrieve any soul pieces that want to come back at this time
In the practices taught in the US antl in many pans of the world, the shaman brings the soul pieces back with them from his or her journey The healer would then blow each piece back into the hotly of the client. one at time. focusing so that the soul essence fills that person hotly
It is not usually the case that an individual would do this for one's self For one thing, an essential component of shamanic healing is the love that is felt when someone performs a healing for you The act of receiving, a feeling that the universe is wanting the best for you

Also, it is not always easy for the person to perform the soul retrieval process on themselves Some possible ways, however, include asking for the souls return - putting the question to the universe, or asking your guardian spirits to return soul pieces to you It is certainly.. the power of the individual to release any soul part they may have because of soul sharing.

Don't overlook the importance of having someone perform a soul retrieval for you because you feel you must do it on your own It is important to be active one's own healing, but an active part is generally essential once the soul is returned to you The soul retrieval itself is very much about receiving, so whether you engage the assistance of a shamanic practitioner or not, don't forget this essential component
When performing a soul retrieval the shamanic practitioner will create a sacred space for you, one where you are held in a container or love, and one that protects you from interrerences of the outside world If a client becomes vulnerable during the soul retrieval the shamanic praationer protects that vulnerability It isn't easy to do this for oneself, - and- perrorm the soul retrieval, and drum, and be receiving you get the idea.

The Soul's Return: 
Celebrate the pyous return to yourself In indigenous cultures with actve shamans, individuals would not be without their soul pieces for very long The return would often be accompanied by celebration, or a mous wel by become from family members In today's culture however, an entire lifebrne can go fore certain pieces come home such that the soul retrieval is a bit like the reWrn of the prodigal son Whatever the case, its important to celebrate the re,m of your vital essence back to where it belongs- in the same way we would celebrate the return of a long last loved one
People's reactions after their soul retrieval are very varied Just as varied as the wide array of people there are in the world You are unique and so is your returning soul The array of people there are in the world You are unique and so is your returning soul The return will mean different things to different people so its important not to have any preconceived notions about what you might Some people. great py, some people satlness,some people feel fuller,some people. lighter, some people. nothing The list is endless
Some of the benefits that have been experienced by people who have received a soul retrieval include; a greater ability to make decisions in their lire, a sense of being more present in their lire, the ability to move pass an issue that previously could not, the beginning of a new growth or healing process, an ability to begin dealing with grief Each person is unique and will experience different results from their soul retrieval Some soul retrieval practitioners will tell you what gifts are retning more fully to you with the return of a specific part of yourself For instance the return of your ability to hope, or confidence in yourself The practitioner cannot tell you in advance what will come from the soul retrieval It is possible that the soul retrieval will complete a healing process, but it is also pcssible that it will begin the work of new healing and new growing
With the soul return you must be open, not only so that you can fully receive.. is being returned, but also so that you can notice any indications of new needs in your life Perhaps you need to have more fun to meet the needs of the returned piece of your self, perhaps you need to go outside more, perhaps you need to give your self a period of introspection after the soul retrieval has occurred Possibly, the sours return will begin a new healing process Perhaps the soul retrieval was just the last of a missing piece in your healing process If the soul retrieval is to be effective you must listen to yourself You must care for yourself as you would a new born, and give your self whatever you find is needed now that the gift of you has been received. 










katherine dougherty

Kay has been a full-time shamanic energy healer since 2005. Her training in Peruvian Shamanism began in 2004 first as a client and then as a student.