A soul retrieval is a powerful spiritual practice that heals soul loss. Soul loss can occur whenever we have trauma in our life. For example, we may experience soul loss if we are in an accident, undergo a serious operation or if we suddenly lose a close friend or family member.
From a shamanic perspective, soul loss is a common cause of illness. Traditionally, a shamanic practitioner would conduct a soul retrieval within three days of someone experiencing trauma. Today, modern shamanic practitioners seek lost soul parts that are willing to return from any point in life.
Soul loss is a helpful response in that it allows our essence to remove itself from suffering and pain. In her book, Soul Retrieval, Sandra Ingerman describes soul loss as “spiritual illness that causes emotional and physical disease…(and) losing crucial parts of ourselves that provide us with life and vitality.” A soul retrieval is the shamanic method for bringing back those vital parts.
Soul loss is the experience of an essential part of us leaving and soul retrieval is the experience of having that essential part retrieved and returned to you. Many of us feel like we are missing an important part of ourselves or feel like we are not quite whole. Sometimes we experience soul loss as a chronic illness or face ongoing emotions such as sadness and anger.
Soul loss can occur at any age and a soul retrieval can be done whenever a person is ready for transformation. Sometimes we remember specific events in life that really changed us – for the worse – physically, emotionally and mentally. Then, we realize we’re ready to heal, be inspired and move on!
The results of a soul retrieval are unique for everyone. Some people will experience joy, curiosity, or expansiveness and others will feel quiet, still and sleepy after a soul retrieval. After I had my first soul retrieval I remember going into a bookstore with my young daughter and being completely captivated by the children’s books. It was as if I’d suddenly joined the kids club and I understood the deeper magic within the stories. I remember feeling renewed captivation with the joy of life. Ultimately, you should feel as if a part of you has returned home.
Preparing for a Soul Retrieval
As with most things in life, preparation can help the whole experience of spiritual healing go smoother. Here are a few suggestions that will help you prepare for your soul retrieval:
- Choose a time for the soul retrieval where you can have time for yourself afterwards
- Refrain from alcohol and other mind altering substances 24 hours before and after your soul retrieval
- Ask for a healing dream to help you receive your soul essence the night before your soul retrieval session
- If you’d like, you can bring a quartz crystal to your soul retrieval to help catch the soul essence
- Spend time connecting to nature before and after your soul retrieval
- Think of a metaphor to help you absorb the light of your essence such as a flower soaking up the sun
- Ask someone to be present during your soul retrieval to welcome you home and also drive if needed
- Consider any looping patterns in your life that you are ready to release
Receiving a Soul Retrieval
In order to conduct a soul retrieval, if it has been over three days since the soul loss occurred, modern shamanic practitioners are often required to do some detective work to find the lost soul. They look for the lost soul in the spirit worlds with the help of their power animals and spirit teachers.
A shamanic practitioner may receive information that helps narrow down when, where and why the soul loss occurred. For example, they may visualize a kid riding on a bus and the soul flying into the air. Most shamanic practitioners receive an approximate age of the soul loss.
When the part of your soul is found, the shamanic practitioner and their helping spirits engage with the lost soul and invite it to come back home. At times, a lost soul may be cared for in the spirit world by an ancestor, power animal or guardian. Sometimes a lost soul has been stolen and the shamanic practitioner and spirit helpers will negotiate its return.
The shamanic practitioner returns with the essence that is a part of you. They will return this vital essence to you by blowing it into your heart and the crown of your head. They may also blow it into a crystal or use another method to transfer the essence back to you. Rattling and other instruments are often used at the end of a soul retrieval to welcome the soul back home.
Welcome your soul back with an open body, heart and mind. While the shamanic practitioner is retrieving and returning the soul, the recipient can use a metaphor to visualize absorbing the light of their essence.
A soul retrieval often includes a healing story or message. A shamanic practitioner may give you a healing story about the soul essence that is returning to you. It may be a strong creative force or a deep inner knowing that returns to you. It may be an excited, vibrant, younger part of you returning to life.
The shamanic practitioner will often work with you after the soul retrieval to realize the gifts returning to you and actions that will help ground the experience in your physical reality.
Jewelie has completed Sandra Ingerman’s Soul Retrieval Training and is listed as a shamanic practitioner. She offers Long-Distance Soul Retrievals and Spiritual Healing as a series of 3 sessions as well as teaches an 8-week Shamanism 101 course.
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