Soul Retrieval: Reconnecting with the Missing Pieces of your Soul
“It is believed that whenever we suffer an emotional or physical trauma a part of our soul flees the body in order to survive the experience. The definition of soul that I am using is soul is our essence, life force, the part of our vitality that keeps us alive and thriving.” – Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval
Most shamanic cultures around the world believe that illness is due to the loss of the soul. Soul loss is an adaptive mechanism that allows us to cope, and in some situations survive a terrible experience, in which the dissociated soul parts depart, carrying the pain or an extreme emotion which may be unbearable to the sufferer at the time it occurs.
This survival area cannot be tapped ordinarily and only under the intervention of a Shaman, who can tap this non-ordinary reality, the soul can be facilitated back into the body. Traditionally, a shaman would conduct a soul retrieval within three days of someone experiencing soul loss.
According to Ingerman, “It is important to understand that soul loss is a good thing that happens to us. It is how we survive pain.” Many of us feel like we are missing an important part of ourselves or feel like we are not quite whole. Sometimes we also experience soul loss as a chronic illness or face debilitating emotions such as sadness, anger, depression etc.
According to Jung, the only way to address the deep loss of connection to soul that we are experiencing as a species is to reestablish our connection to the sacred. The soul is what connects you not only to your own value and essence, but to the value and essence of every other living being. The inevitability of soul loss in modern times cannot be overruled. Most of us do not know that we have disconnected from our soul and have come to accept as normal a numbness and lack of meaning in our lives.
What are the causes of Soul Loss?
Apart some of the obvious causes of Soul loss like serious surgery, accident, shock etc. here is a short list of causes for soul loss:
Any form of abuse from sexual to emotional to mental
An event of prolonged grief, pain and fear that made you feel trapped without any possibility of escape
When you feel shameful enough that you would like to shun ourselves from the world for quite some time.
Giving a part of your soul unconsciously in a dependent relationship to another just like giving away your power to the other person.
A sudden, shocking incident traps a part of our soul in that time or situation like a ghost.
An event where we are rejected, bullied, insulted or are unsupported
Under the spell of addiction we sign a part of our soul to that thing
Constantly suppressing the intuition until the part of intuition leaves the body