15 years ago I began a healing journey that radically transformed my life. My journey began with traditional therapy & led me on a path of experimenting with healing modalities of all sorts.
One of the most profound modalities I experienced was the shamanic practice of soul retrieval. It unearthed protective patterns, helped to clear stored trauma, and opened me up to the healing powers of the spirit world.
Today on F+N I'm sharing more about this ancient practice + tips & resources to support healing.
Shamans believe that when we have been hurt or traumatized, pieces of our soul go into hiding. This soul-loss can happen from just about anything that causes us intense pain or suffering. It’s our psyche’s protection mechanism and it allows us to endure even the most horrendous physical or emotional trauma. In Psychology, this retreating from self is called dissociation. In shamanic cultures, however, they believe these pieces of our soul move into spiritual realms & can only be recovered with shamanic ceremony, consistent spiritual practice, and the integration of a holistic lifestyle.
To one degree or another, we have all experienced some type of soul loss. There are many signs of significant soul-loss: disconnection from the body, ongoing immune deficiency, loss of vitality, chronic depression/anxiety, ptsd, and grief that lays permanent & heavy on the heart. Other ways soul-loss can express itself are addictions to eating, spending, substance abuse, and sex. The trauma creates an ever-present void that is unable to be soothed. When pieces of our soul go missing, we tend to want to fill up on anything that will ease the emptiness inside.
When we do the work to heal our trauma and soul-loss, it serves as a preventative measure for future dis-ease in the body. In my practice I have repeatedly seen the physical effects that manifest as result of major and micro traumas. I have also experienced this in my own life. If left untreated, these wounds often express as hormonal imbalances, weight gain, digestive issues, and other rare disorders, which are difficult to fully heal without reclaiming the soul parts.
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