Ancient Echo

Shamanic Medicine

SOUL RETRIEVAL

Restoring integrity to your life force and returning your personal power

 

When we experience trauma, whether that be a near death experience, death of another, illness or injury, or forms of abuse, we leave the pain we are experiencing by sending pieces of ourselves away from the traumatic moment as a way to preserve ourselves and survive. While this is a logical survival strategy, we often remain in "disassociated states" which cause us to feel "beside ourselves," disconnected from our vitality, anxious or ungrounded. Soul loss can also appear as repetition, a recirculating theme that gains momentum as we try to go forward, yet seems to reinvent itself again and again as pieces of ourselves continue to offer expression of the original drama for healing. 

 

Sandra Ingerman, who is well known for her expanded work in this area, aptly speaks about "Life after healing."  Follow-up to shamanic work can be important. We are groomed in the West to want immediate results and quick fixes, to feel better without having to really participate and like any other holistic medicine, shamanic work is often a process and not an event. In order for soul fragments to want to return, and stay with us, we may find it necessary to change the conditions of our lives, untangle habitual patterns, leave what doesn't really work for us, move into action where we have neglected ourselves. Areas of our lives that require transformation may be illumined. Sometimes unexpectedly. In some ways, the work may have just begun. I find it important to bring awareness to potential clients about the power of this medicine. and offer support for the transformative process.

 

 

 

 

The shaman’s role is to search out the lost fragments of your self/soul and retrieve them safely back to you.

Some symptoms of soul loss can include:

  • Feelings of being “spacey”or ungrounded

  • Feeling “empty” or incomplete

  • Experiencing persistent, unbeneficial patterns in your life that you have addressed with other methods without success

  • Feeling as though you have a “hole” inside that can’t be filled

  • Chronic physical or emotional illness

  • Feeling a pervasive sense of insecurity, sadness or anxiety

  • Never feeling good enough

  • Difficulty in having fun or being playful

  • Feeling “stuck”

Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never do back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.


John O'Donohue
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.