Loss of vital essence, or soul, is a self-protective response to trauma. When the psyche feels it cannot survive a particular
situation--whether abuse, addiction, or danger--part of us may split off, or dissociate. This loss creates damage to our energy
body and our spirit.
When we are out of the traumatic situation or more able to cope, the lost parts may return on their own or with our conscious
effort. When that loss of essence is so great that we feel "empty" or that "something is missing;" when we feel detached,
as if life is passing us by; when we have chronic illness or grief; or when we have memory repression of events or entire
periods of our lives, then we may need help in recovering our lost essence.
In the classic shamanic healing technique of soul retrieval, a shaman works with her helping spirits to track and return
a lost essence to a person, bringing it back from the realms it has inhabited. This retrieval replaces what belongs in the
person, the essence that "came into this life to have adventures, grow, and evolve."
Then begins a process of re-membering, a spiritual healing that results in regained wholeness. It is a journey of discovery,
like learning a lover or long-lost friend, familiar and mysterious at once.
Redwoods and Orbs, Sonoma Mountain
After a soul retrieval is performed, the remembering work done by the recipient is essential: to keep and root the soul parts;
to learn what qualities have been returned with the essence; to discover how to use the new energy; and to release any attitudes
that continue to block wholeness.
During soul remembering, we gain knowledge of our soul's purpose in the world. The gifts, talents, and strengths that
soul remembering brings offer us wonderful beauty, vitality, and awareness in our lives.
Your part in the process is to have a clear intent, engage your
community to support you, and be ready to receive, welcome, and make friends with your returned essence during the follow-up
The six follow-up/support sessions I ask you to commit to with me after your soul retrieval take 10 to 12 hours.
They help you embrace, make space for, and learn how to nurture your returned essence. We will use guided visualization, ceremony,
and shamanic journeying. You will learn skills and tools for continuing your integration and self-empowerment. There is a
sliding scale of $100-150 per session.
If you would like to read more about this process, see Soul Retrieval:
Mending the Fragmented Self (rev. 2006), and Welcome Home: Following Your Soul's Journey Home, both by Sandra Ingerman.
you think you need a soul retrieval and remembering, please contact me by phone: 707-939-7961.
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