Retrieving the Essence of Who we Are
Illness Due to Soul Loss – What Does That Mean?
Our life force, our energy, is not available to us in the present moment because it is trapped in a loop of woundedness: in a past situation where we have experienced a trauma. In order to survive that experience we found it necessary to separate from that part of ourself in order to survive- what psychologists often refer to as disassociation. That essence -our soul part- may not be able to return or may not understand the threat is no longer present. We feel unable to move forward in our life because we do not have access to this essence or the gifts and skills associated with it. For lack of a better word, we feel stuck: unable to overcome obstacles and behaviors that keep us from being the best we can be.
The Goal of the Soul Retrieval
The goal of soul retrieval is to revisit those places with the intention to
- heal the trauma
- retrieve the soul pieces
- recover the gifts you were born with, use them in your life, be whole once more.
I journey to those places of original wounding and with assistance from loving and compassionate spirits heal those places and bring back the essence, the soul pieces, and integrate them into your being. Often times I will bring back a power animal who comes to loan you the medicine, the energy that you need to move forward in your life- as you now move out of old unhealthy habits and behaviors and begin to establish healthy, joy filled, loving patterns of navigating through life.
How we prepare for the Soul Retrieval
- Each night before the retrieval, state your intention (aloud) of asking the Universe/Creator/Your Helping Spirits to remove from you any obstacles that keep you from being whole and complete; any obstacles that would keep you from receiving all soul pieces that are ready to return.
- Pay attention to your dreams as they offer answers to your intention of becoming whole. Memories, thoughts, salient issues, prior problems, usually arise during this time. I ask clients to have a small notepad by their bedside to record their dreams. Do not be concerned if you can’t remember your dreams: just jot down what you can remember and we discuss this the week of your Soul Retrieval.
- During the day you may notice events or people who ‘trigger’ a response in you- note the trigger and then write down how it made you feel. Keep log of triggers along with your dream log. After a week, you will email your dreams/triggers to me and I will email back analysis and we continue until there is a consistent pattern present, indicating we are ready to do the Soul Retrieval.
During this preparation time if any issues come up that are difficult or overwhelming, I’m readily available to you via email or phone.
When I stop drumming I brush your arm very gently, signaling I am ready to blow your soul pieces into your body and you can begin to focus on your image of absorption. Once this is complete, I may use my rattle to begin to seal in your energy.
Afterwards I use the Tibetan Singing Bowls to further integrate the pieces within your being. The sounds from the bowls assist in bringing you into a deep and restful place and this process takes anywhere from 10-15 minutes, depending upon how many pieces were returned.
Once that is complete, the first words you will hear are those of your healing story. Afterwards, we may journey to your power animal or go on a remembrance journey- a journey devoted to show you the gifts and skills you have available to you.
I have my clients call me after two weeks so we can discuss what has happened since the Soul Retrieval. Sometimes it is clear that all is well and no further work (with me) required. Oftentimes, a second shamanic session is required to return to a power animal for advise, or suggestions as to how to better integrate the experience. Other times a Channeled Session or time under the Crystal Bed Lights is advised.
For those clients who have experienced unusually difficult traumas, psychiatric hospitalization, or suicidal urges, I recommend working with health care professionals such as therapists, psychologists, or psychiatrists to further integrate the healing work begun with Soul Retrieval.
An example of one healing story...
– J. Sottile, NY
– C. Mortin, MD