In traditional Native American cultures, it is believed that part of the human soul is free to leave the body.
Because a portion of the soul is free to leave the body it will do so when dreaming, or it will leave the body to protect itself from potentially damaging situations be they emotional or physical.
In situations of trauma the soul piece may not return to the body on its own, and a healer must intervene and return the soul essence.
Think of a young child. How many times have we all thought…”I sure wish I had that much energy!” This is primarily because a young child often has not yet lost any part of their soul, or spirit energy.
There are various reasons for soul loss:
Being in an abusive situation can cause part of one's soul to leave to protect itself from the abuse.
Sometimes as a child, fighting parents may prompt the soul part to hide because the child 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 affected by the force of the accident.
When a loved one is lost, the soul part may go until the person is ready to deal with their grief.
Divorce and job loss can cause soul loss.
Surgery, and anesthesia create soul loss. Long term illness can too.
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 if it does not know that it is safe to return - the healer may need to assist the return of that missing piece.
Soul loss would be comparable to the psychological concept of disassociation.
Some of the symptoms that would indicate soul loss to a healer include:
~A feeling of incompleteness,
~An inability to move forward on some issue,
~Feeling like you are not in control your life
Soul loss is often accompanied by a feeling that something is missing from life.
Occasionally, a person having suicidal thoughts may be because of a desire to reunite with one's lost soul pieces.
The Soul Retrieval Process
If the healer suspects soul loss, they would then spiritually meet with that lost piece of spirit to determine if the return of a soul piece is needed at this time.
The healer then brings the soul pieces back with them from his or her spirit visit. It is not usually the case that an individual would do this for one's self.
When performing a soul retrieval the healing practitioner will create a sacred space for you, one where you are held in a container or love, and one that protects you from interferences of the outside world.
The Soul's Return
In indigenous cultures with active shamans, individuals would not be without their soul pieces for very long. The return would often be accompanied by celebration, or a joyous welcome from family members. In today's culture, it’s important to celebrate the return of your vital essence back to where it belongs - in the same way we would celebrate the return of a long lost loved one.
The return of spirit will mean different things to different people. Some people feel great joy, some people sadness, some people feel fuller, some people feel lighter, some people feel nothing... The list is endless.
Benefits of Soul Retrieval Therapy
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 life, a sense of being more present in their life, 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.
It is very possible that the soul retrieval will complete a healing process, but it is also possible that it will begin the work of new healing and new growing.
With the soul's return you must be open, not only so that you can fully receive what 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 yourself, perhaps you need to go outside more, perhaps you need to give yourself a period of introspection after the soul retrieval has occurred.
Possibly, the soul's return will begin a new 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 yourself whatever you find is needed now that the gift of you has been received.