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What is soul loss and soul retrieval

What is Soul Loss and How Can it Help with Understanding Your Emotional Wounds?

Do you feel like something is missing – an aspect of yourself that you know will help you to move forward but no matter how much you search, there still feels like there is something missing?


Soul Loss

Most shamanic cultures around the world believe that all illness is due to the loss of the soul.

There are many common symptoms of soul loss. Some of the more common ones would be dissociation where a person does not feel fully in his or her body and alive and fully engaged in life. Other symptoms include chronic depression, suicidal tendencies, post traumatic stress syndrome, immune deficiency problems, and grief that just does not heal. Addictions are also a sign of soul loss as we seek external sources to fill up the empty spaces inside of us whether through substances, food, relationships, work, or buying material objects.

Anytime someone says I have never been the same since a certain event and they don’t mean this in a good way, soul loss has probably occurred.

Lost soul equals lost vitality.

Soul Retrieval is not a method that creates miraculous results after one session. It does for some but this is not the norm. Soul Retrieval is a process.


Life is not so simple in the Western world. We are not always supported to live a life filled with meaning. We often cannot "connect the dots" to how our lifestyle has created the emotional and physical illnesses we are dealing with today. People lose parts of their soul at very young ages and show up to shamanic work or Soul Retrieval work many years after a trauma occurred in their lives.

Shamans in indigenous cultures did not have to go back 40, 50, or 60 years looking for lost soul parts.

And shamans in indigenous cultures did not work with a psychologically sophisticated population, like our world today.

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 that our soul is our essence, our life force, the part of our vitality that keeps us alive and thriving.

The types of trauma that could cause soul loss in our culture would be any kind of abuse: sexual, physical, or emotional. Other causes could be an accident, being in a war, being a victim of a terrorist act, acting against our morals, being in a natural disaster (a fire, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, etc.), surgery, addictions, divorce, heartbreak, betrayal, or death of a loved one.

Any event that causes shock could cause soul loss. And what might cause soul loss in one person might not cause soul loss in another.

It is important to understand that soul loss is a good thing that happens to us. It is how we survive pain. If I was going to be in a head on car collision the last place that I would want to be at the point of impact is in my body. My psyche could not endure that kind of pain. So our psyches have this brilliant self protection mechanism where a part of our essence or soul leaves the body so that we do not feel the full impact of the pain.

In psychology we call this disassociation. But in psychology we don’t talk about what disassociates and where that part goes. In shamanism we understand that a piece of the soul leaves the body and goes to a territory in what shamans call non ordinary reality where it waits until someone intervenes in the spiritual realms and facilitates its return.

Although soul loss is a survival mechanism the problem from a shamanic point of view is that the soul part that left usually does not come back on its own. The soul might be lost, or doesn’t know the trauma has passed and it is safe to return.

It has always been the role of the shaman to go into an altered state of consciousness and track down where the soul fled to in the alternate realities and return it to the body of the client.

When soul parts leave because of a trauma, they unfortunately, take with them gifts and strengths such as how to love, trust, be creative, be joyful, etc. 

When we talk about soul we are really talking about light. In returning the soul parts and lost vitality to the client we are really returning light. 

I stress the need for the client to fully absorb the light from the returned soul/essence into every cell of the body.

The first step is to help the client come up with a metaphor that will help them to absorb the light of the returned essence. It is crucial that the client come up with the metaphor that will work for them. Some examples I share are a dry sponge that has been put in water and how it absorbs the water. A flower that has been in the rain too long and then the sun comes out and the flower soaks in the light and warmth of the sun. Or maybe the reverse where a flower is growing in an area suffering from drought. And on the day the rain comes the flower soaks in the water. Another example I give is of a darkened room and the curtains are opened flooding the room with light. These are just a few examples that I share and then let the client think about a metaphor they can relate to.

The instruction I then give is for the client to focus on this metaphor. I ask clients to put their hands on their belly and breathe deeply as they experience themselves absorbing the light of their soul.

I wait to share the story of what I saw in the journey. For to share the story right after the soul part returns to the body would move the client’s energy from her body into her head.

I ask the client to breathe and absorb the light of the soul into every cell of the body.

Then I share my healing story focusing on the gifts and strengths that have been returned. I believe that once a person has his or her soul brought back the client now has to do some work. If the person has done a lot of personal work the soul retrieval might be the end of the work. If not the soul retrieval would be the beginning of the work.

After experiencing a soul retrieval, I have a greater sense of self and security. In working with spirit return I can track these sorts of changes to the work that I’m doing, but they may be subtle and if you’re not paying attention or you may not necessarily put these two and two together without the help of a Guide or Mentor.

Source : "Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self" by Sandra Ingerman 

Holistic Healing Therapies : Soul Retrieval Emotional Healing

Healing Power

After the soul retrieval it is up to the client to look at how to create a healthy life style and attract healthy relationships that will support wholeness and a life filled with healing. How do we want to use the energy that was returned from the soul retrieval and our returned vitality to create a positive present and future for ourselves? And how do we bring passion and meaning back into our lives again so that we thrive instead of just survive? All these issues I call “life after healing” and are crucial to create long term healing after a soul retrieval.

Emotional Healing : Distance Healing

Self Healing

It is important to note, that you don’t have to “think” and work hard to figure out how to integrate these parts of your spirit back, nor do you need to figure out “what gifts” have returned… I have found myself realizing things like- Wow I have tears again when I see something emotional and realized I hadn’t been able to cry at things like “hallmark commercials” in years, but used to be the kind of person that could cry at anything that made me feel.

Many spiritual traditions describe an energy field that surrounds the human body.

Modern science is beginning to study and discover the properties and effects of this morphogenetic field. It is within this field that the resonance patterns of our life experiences, beliefs, and inheritances from our ancestors, genetics and ways of thinking are stored.

These imprints or resonance patterns propel our life in a certain direction by attracting people, situations and experiences to us.

Unfortunately, many of us are running programs that were imprinted at a very young age, or even inherited from our ancestors. We can inherit patterns of fear from war, financial hardship such as The Depression, experiences as refugees, and other emotional events that shape our family histories. We can inherit their good experiences too. 

Negative emotional traumas can cause "fractures" in our resonance patterns or cause what we call “soul loss” in the shamanic wisdom teachings. Soul loss or fractures that cause negative patterning in our energy bodies are created by the events in our life that break our trust, leave us feeling betrayed, abandoned, unsupported or victimized.

These trauma imprints etch our energy field and compromise our physical DNA. They create blind spots, corrupt our potential in life and in relationships, or cause us to engage in unhealthy behaviors, and lead us to repeat unwanted and self sabotaging patterns. Left unrepaired, we find ourselves stuck in life.

People often blame the circumstances of their birth for their current life. But we’ve seen, in countless public figures, the power to overcome their deep traumas and break through the odds into a life of wild success. It’s important to remember that those public figures were once just like us, ordinary people with struggles and dreams, facing obstacles.

Emotions, in ancient traditions were understood by the Shamans and viewed as energies, that when wielded could be used as powerful channels to accomplish many goals. 

Emotions are valued as tools that were unique to humans, with which they could manifest new realities. Emotions can be separated into those that are pleasant and those that are unpleasant. Joy, fulfillment, love, and excitement are some of the pleasant ones, whereas fear, guilt , hate, anger, jealousy, shame, and frustration are unpleasant.

Both negative and positive emotions can be utilized. The experience of fear, for example, gives us an opportunity to confront, acknowledge, and transform our boundaries. And when we feel love we become powerful beyond measure. Those who feel love and give love are able to receive love in return and are able to accomplish any goal.

Deep in the jungles of the Southern continent the medicine people, for the past 500 years, have been using and carrying on the knowledge of the power of certain energies and earth elements to heal disease and illness: emotional, physical, and inherited. 

These ancient practices are used to help you heal and understand the meaning of your life. By releasing our negative patterns or emotions through energy healing or shamanic practices and integrating new imprints, you will be able to break free of old patterns and consciously create your life from the place of clarity, fluidity, abundance, joy and fulfillment. 

Energy Healing is based in love and compassion and it works for our complete and total wellness: mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. When you recode the limiting patterns you’ve inherited or imprinted through negative experiences, you make way for new experiences, and open to positive, powerful outcomes.

The Shamans believe there are two kinds of illnesses... some that are created by our daily behavior or habits and some that are family, environment or socially and spiritually related.

Most depressed and anxious people are more susceptible to illness & negative experiences, which can create a cyclical effect that feels never ending. Love, understanding and compassion are key for the successful healing of depression, disease, & illness: mental emotional, or physical.

Your Generational (Ancestors) Energetic Inheritances or Resonance Pattern

You inherit your Generational resonance patterns from your ancestors, with the direct lineage of 3 to 5 generations, sometimes as far as 7 generations, before you hold the strongest influence.

This ancestral resonance pattern is a result of their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, life experiences, and success and failure patterns around what's possible for you in your life, confidence in favorable outcomes, or lack of confidence.

Your Parental Energetic Resonance Pattern

Your parental energetic pattern is a direct result of what your parents experienced and passed down to you through your genes. It contains their thoughts, feelings, emotions, beliefs, fear, worry, life experiences, success patterns, failure patterns, and lack, limitations or abundance around money and finances.

Your Environmental Energetic Resonance Pattern

Your Environmental energetic resonance pattern is created during your childhood and young adulthood based on your interaction and experiences with those around you. It is made up of what you heard consciously or in the background during other people’s conversations, listening to arguments around politics, money or bills, other people commenting about the ways of life based on their belief systems (such as you have to work hard to earn a living) and the ideas your formed about success and failure from what you noticed around you. 

If you have adopted parents, their teachings, guidance, comments and experiences help shape your Environmental energetic resonance pattern.  When you go to school or college, your experience of other students coming from different family backgrounds, differing access to levels of educational institutions and your own judgment about self-value and worthiness play a big role in shaping your Environmental energetic resonance pattern.

Your Personal Energetic Resonance Pattern

Your Personal energetic resonance pattern is created based on your own life experience and patterns of relationships, failures and beliefs around money, success personal fulfillment and financial abundance, and worthiness.  Based on your achievements, you strengthen different parts of your Personal energetic resonance pattern.  Each time you miss accomplishing a task or a goal and doubt yourself, your Personal energetic resonance pattern gets weaker.  If you have more thoughts and feelings around lack and limitations than abundance and possibility; if you focus on things that are not working; if you review and replay in your head situations that did not work out for you, then you lower your abundance vibration and imprint that lack and limitation onto your Personal energetic resonance pattern.

  • How are some of these energetic patterns running your life?

  • Are you empowered or hurt by your Generational, Parental, Environmental or Personal resonance patterns?

  • Do you feel that you are doing all that you can but somehow not making progress?

  • How would your life change when you can rewrite some of these imprints and subconscious patterns, heal your core fractures and change your belief systems? 

  • How much better would you feel or how much more would you accomplish?

There are many alternative medicine and energy healing techniques that can be used to help you to overcome anxiety, fight depression naturally, and get unstuck so that you can begin living from a place of flow, joy, and abundance:

  • Soul Alignment Ceremony or Soul Retrieval

  • Sound Healing : Vibrational Therapy

  • Shamanic Drum Journey

  • Stone Medicine or Inyan Pejuta

  • Energy Therapy Techniques: such as EFT or tapping

  • Shamanic & Earth Based Energy Practices

  • Distance Healing & Healing Prayer

  • Healing Touch or Healing Hands

All of these energy healing techniques may be used for the clearing of cellular memory of the human energy field promoting health, balance and wellbeing. Energy healing methods are based on the concept of connection between the physical body, and the emotional, mental and spiritual realms and when these are brought into alignment through holistic healing methods, we experience clarity and flow in our lives.


Energy medicine sessions offer you maps to navigate and tools to find the courage, strength, and vision to explore and change the patterns and beliefs keeping you from living the life you desire. During healing sessions we unwind a specific pattern or issue and create a new focus to propel you forward with clarity and purpose. 

You may benefit from this type of experience when....

  • You feel stuck and unmotivated

  • You experience a lot of self doubt and worry

  • You find yourself repeating unhealthy patterns

  • You find yourself reliving the past

  • You experience a pattern over and over again that seems to block you from moving beyond your current circumstances

  • You are living the "life of your dreams" and yet you aren't as happy as you expected to be

  • You are seeking clarity for life purpose and guidance while walking your path

  • You would like to awaken your greater potential

Energy healing techniques will help you:

  • Break the grip of past pains

  • Heal painful family dynamics

  • Release yourself from fear

  • Believe in yourself again, and learn to trust your inner guidance

  • Receive clear sight and remove the filters of your perception to move forward

  • Reconnect to your heart's deepest knowing and anchor your visions into your body

  • Learn to listen to your internal compass, in order to guide you on the path that is right for you

  • Uncover unique keys to creating a life you love living

  • Overcome anxiety, fear & self doubt

  • Find meaning in your past failures

  • Unravel the stories and release the fears around difficult life transitions

  • Reprogram your energy field and neural pathways to create new stories

We are at a critical moment in human history. As of now, we hold more potential than ever before. Our access to information and communication is unfathomable. The ability we have to change our lives and create what we are passionate about is unparalleled by any other time. 

As the wheel of time turns, we must recognize this chance we have to become better, more compassionate, more grateful than we have ever been. And in doing this we affect change in our lives and all around us.

This is an opportunity for all of us, at the global and individual level, to step up, move out of the past, and learn to create the future that we all know is possible.

The Key Role of Ceremony In Healing

Ceremony is an essential part of Shamanic healing. Because physical and spiritual health are intimately connected, body and spirit must heal together. Shamanic healing ceremonies promote wellness by reflecting indigenous conceptions of Spirit, Creator, and the Universe. They can include prayer, chants, drumming, songs, stories, and the use of a variety of sacred objects, and medicinal plants.

Healers may conduct ceremonies anywhere a sick person needs healing, but ceremonies are often held in sacred places. Wherever they take place, traditional healing ceremonies are considered sacred and necessary for the wellness of the individual.

The Medicine Wheel and the Four Directions

The Medicine Wheel, can take on many different forms cross culturally in Indigenous Healing cultures, and it has been used for generations for health and healing. It embodies the Four Directions, as well as The Sky, Mother Earth, and Tree of Life—all of which symbolize dimensions of health and the cycles of life.

Movement in the Medicine Wheel and in ceremonies is circular, and typically in a clockwise, or “sun-wise” direction. This helps to align with the forces of Nature, such as gravity and the rising and setting of the Sun.

Meanings of the Four Directions

Different tribes interpret the Medicine Wheel differently. Each of the Four Directions (East, South, West, and North) is typically represented by a distinctive color, such as black, red, yellow, and white, which for some stands for the human races.

The Four Directions can also represent:

Stages of life: birth, youth, adult, elder (or death)

Seasons of the year: spring, summer, winter, fall

Aspects of life: spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical

Elements of nature: fire (or sun), air, water, and earth

Animals: Eagle, Bear, Wolf, Buffalo and many others

Ceremonial plants: tobacco, sweet grass, sage, cedar

Source : Native Peoples' Concepts of Health & Illness  Native Voices 

To read more about Native uses of healing plants and healing communities go here: Medicine Ways: Traditional Healers and Healing


Discover your Soul’s Path and learn to source your power with the wisdom of the Four Directions ❂