In in societies practicing shamanism: one acting as a medium between the visible and spirit worlds; practices sorcery for healing or divination… a Native American shaman. Type of: prêtre. a person who performs spiritual duties and ceremonies in a non-religious way.
Shamanic healing services such as:
Soul/Spirit Retrieval: Shamans believe that part of the human soul is free to leave the body. The soul is the axis mundi, the center of the shamanic healing arts. Shamans change their state of consciousness allowing their free soul to travel and retrieve ancient wisdom and lost power. Because the soul is free to leave the body it will do so when dreaming. Or it will leave the body to protect itself from damaging situations either emotional or physical. If the soul doesn’t come back on its own, a shaman must intervene and return the soul essence.
Spirit Retrieval I like to call it Spirit retrieval because your soul is infinite, and the spirit is not.
The Free Soul:
Some Shamans believe that part of the human soul is free to leave the body. The soul is the axis mundi, the center of the shamanic healing arts. Shamans change their state of consciousness allowing their free soul to travel and retrieve ancient wisdom and lost power. Because the soul is free to leave the body it will do so when dreaming. Or it will leave the body to protect itself from damaging situations either emotional or physical. If the soul doesn’t come back on its own, a shaman must intervene and return the soul essence.
Reasons for Aspects of the Spirit’s Departure:
There are various reasons for spirit loss, all of which are healthy ways of protecting yourself:
A person was in an abusive situation and the spirit left to protect itself from the abuse.
A child might have sent his or her spirit to hide while his parents were fighting.
The spirit might jump out of the body just prior to an accident to avoid the force of the accident.
Someone close died and the spirit left until the person is ready to deal with his or her grief.
Again, all of these are healthy mechanisms of protection.
In some cases, the spirit part will return on its own. But if it does not realize how to return, or doesn’t know it’s safe to – the shaman may need to assist the return that missing piece.
One way to lose one’s aspects of your spirit/personality is to give your power away to someone you love. When two people are in love, or when they are in a family, they may give a portion of their spirit/personality to their loved ones.
A mother may give some to her child because she wishes to protect him or her.
A lover may give a part of his or her power away and relinquish an aspect of their spirit/personality in order to remain close to their lover or loved on for fear of losing them.
This type of spirit exchange may seem OK because you want to share yourself with another and give your power away you get in trouble. It is generally not a good idea, however. No one can use another person’s spirit, because it is not their spirit. Your loved one has to deal with unusable energy in addition to his or her own problems. Also, the person who gave their spirit has less power for daily living and may feel disconnected. Both the giver and the receiver lose something.
We don’t know we are doing this spirit sharing, because we were never taught about it. As you become more aware of it, you can find more empowering ways of sharing love and affection.
You can see the language of spirit loss in everyday speaking. You might have heard someone say she “lost a piece of herself” when she parted with a lover, or the x-boyfriend saying, “you stole my life from me.”
Spirit Stealing is another reason for aspects of your spirit loss. Maybe we should say borrowing, the average person doesn’t realize they took someone else’s power through using their spirit. This is different than someone giving you an aspect of their spirit/personality, in this case you took it for some reason.
Spirit stealing can be innocent or intentional, you see someone with lots of energy and you want to borrow some of it.
You are afraid of losing someone, so you take a piece of that person or you give up a piece of your spirit to them in order to not have that loss either way this is upper disempowering to both parties in the end it will not benefit ether one of you, believing you will have a part of them with you so that you will always have him or her close by, this is most certainly a miss-perception of reality.
Spirit stealing can also be a way to dominate another.
Spirit stealing may be seen where an abusive spouse has taken his or her partner’s spirit/personality.
When you attempt to take someone’s spirit, you take some of that person’s power.
It is important to know that no one can take your spirit without your consent. If someone has stolen and aspect of your spirit, you have in some sense given your power away and consented to allowing him or her to have it. It might have been normal in your family to borrow energy from each other. Or you might not have realized it was OK to say no. If for some reason you feel that someone is tugging at your spirit, make a firm decision within yourself to empower yourself and say NO you cannot have this aspect of me, and they will not be able to take it from you.
Symptoms of Spirit Loss: Spirit loss would be similar to the psychological concept of disassociation. Once again, the language of our society refers to spirit loss, I lost something when I lost my job, I never felt the same after my accident.
Some of the symptoms that would indicate spirit loss to a shaman include:
Inability to move forward on some issue.
Feeling like you’re not in control your life.
People who say I felt like part of me died when…
People who say I feel like so-and-so stole my soul or spirit.
Spirit loss is often accompanied by a feeling that something is missing from life that was there before.
Coma is a situation of extreme spirit loss. In coma, more of the spirit is out of the body then in. As with the other protective feature of spirit loss, this can be very appropriate. If the body is in a great deal of pain, or if the spirit needs time to consider its situation, a coma provides needed time. Shock is another symptom of spirit loss, where the individual’s spirit hasn’t returned yet or hasn’t fully reentered the body.
A person frequently wishes to have these aspects of the spirit return to his or her spirit, if the spirit part was lost to a person, or in a specific place, an individual may feel an urge to return to that place or person, even when there seems to be no outward reason to do so. Occasionally, when a person is having suicidal thoughts, it may be because of a desire to reunite with one’s lost spirit pieces.
Spirit loss also accompanies PTSD.
For information on “How do I know if I need a Spirit Retrieval”, click here to go to the bottom of this page.
The Spirit Retrieval Process:
If the shaman suspects spirit loss she or he would then journey shamanically for Sonic in Dreamtime to determine if you need a spirit part/aspect returned back to you. Then the shaman would take another journey to retrieve any spirit pieces that should come back at this time.
In practices taught in the US, and in many parts of the world, the shaman brings the spirit pieces back with them from his or her journey. The healer would then blow each piece back into the body of the client, one at time, focusing so that the spirit essence fills that person’s body doing Dreamtime.
In most cases, you will need a Shaman/healer to perform the spirit retrieval for you. It’s not easy to do this for yourself. Also, an essential component of shamanic healing is the love that is felt when someone performs a healing for you. The act of receiving, a feeling that the universe is desiring the best for you.
However, some ways to do this yourself include, asking for the spirit return:
Putting the question to the universe.
Asking for a healing dream.
Asking your guardian angel or guardian spirits to return spirit pieces back to you.
It is certainly within the power of the individual to release any spirit parts they may have because of spirit sharing. See Below for more information about releasing parts you are holding.
Don’t overlook the importance of having someone perform a spirit retrieval for you because you feel you must do it on your own. It is important to be active in one’s own healing, but an active part is generally essential once the soul is returned to you. The soul retrieval itself is very much about receiving, so whether you engage the assistance of a shamanic practitioner or not, don’t forget this essential component.
When performing a soul retrieval, the shamanic practitioner will create a sacred space for you. This space is one where you are held in a container or love, and one that protects you from the interferences of the outside world. If you become vulnerable during the soul retrieval, the shamanic practitioner protects that vulnerability. It isn’t easy to do this for oneself, -and- perform the soul retrieval, -and- drum, -and- be receiving… you get the idea.
In indigenous cultures with active shamans, you would not be without your spirit pieces for very long. The soul retrieval healing would often be accompanied by celebration, or a joyous welcome from family members. In today’s culture, however, an entire lifetime or lifetimes can go by before certain pieces come home with the assistance of a Shaman. The soul retrieval can seem a bit like the return of the prodigal son. However, you feel about it, 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.
People’s reactions after their spirit retrieval are very varied. You are unique and so is your returning spirit. A spirit retrieval means different things to different people. It’s important not to have any preconceived notions about what you might feel. Some people feel great joy, some people sadness, some people feel fuller, some people feel lighter, some people feel nothing… there is no ‘one’ or ‘right’ way.
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.
Some healers will tell you what gifts your spirit is bringing back to you. For instance, the return of your ability to have hope, or confidence in yourself. The practitioner cannot tell you in advance what will come from the spirit retrieval. It is possible that the spirit retrieval will complete a healing process, but it is also possible that it will begin the work of new healing and new growing.
It’s important to be open. Openness helps you fully receive your spirit part back, and allows you to notice anything new you need to bring into 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 spirit retrieval has occurred. Perhaps the spirit retrieval was just the last of a missing piece in your healing process. You must listen to yourself if you are to allow healing changes into your life. You must care for yourself as you would a new born, and give yourself whatever you find is needed now that this gift has returned.
Don’t be afraid to ask for the help of a life coach counselor or therapist. If you are unsure about mentioning spirit retrieval, you can always tell them you feel like you reclaimed a part of yourself recently and aren’t sure what to do. Therapists understand that concept regardless of whether or not they believe in spirit retrieval itself.
Do you need any more information?
If you would like to know more about the spirit retrieval process, please do your won research there are many books written about this subject by many good authorities on this subject.
Finding the Right Healer, you feel safe and at ease with.
You want to choose a person who performs spirit retrieval regularly. Once you are sure he or she has the right experience, the next most important thing is how you feel about the healer.
When you are looking for a person to perform your spirit retrieval it is essential that you feel comfortable with your choice. People who know how to trust themselves are not likely to have any problems finding the right practitioner. If this is a concern of yours, here is some information about choosing:
Find someone who has the right fit with you.
If you don’t feel comfortable with a practitioner, it doesn’t matter that their name came highly recommended by someone or if they are highly skilled.
Some clients fit better with certain practitioners then with others.
A good practitioner will be very accepting of you, judgmental language is a warning sign. The most important quality of a shamanic practitioner, a lesson we as practitioners are taught frequently, is to remember that as the healer you are only the vehicle for healing. So that is the sense you should get from your shamanic practitioner, that they understand the principal of “the hollow bone” –
“I am but the vehicle for the healing of the universe, and it is the love in my heart that makes the difference.”
Returning Spirit Parts that you are holding:
If you feel that you have spirit pieces to return to others:
In the language of the soul/spirit, the way you “get things done” is by making clear what your intent is. The job is accomplished by doing something as simple as:
Going outside, getting a twig, and snapping it in half to indicate that you would like to release the spirits you are holding.
You can take an object such as a quartz stone that represents the person’s spirit and give it to the person as a gift.
Speak a request that your guardian spirits return the spirit pieces you are holding.
It is only necessary for you to send a clear message that you wish to release the spirit pieces, so whatever method that seems appropriate for you will work.
IF you are actually willing to release the spirit piece, that is. In some cases, it is difficult to let go when someone is no longer in our life, such as a lover we have broken up with. You may need to first do the work of being willing to release what you are holding of them. Perhaps you are unwilling to let go of the control. Don’t judge yourself, but instead, try to get to the bottom of why you are holding on. Remember that this part of their spirit is needed for them to live their life fully. Remember that it makes your life more difficult when you try to hold on.
How Do I know if I need a Spirit Retrieval?
Many people know instinctively that they are missing something. They hear about spirit retrieval and it makes sense to them, or they have an “Ah ha.” moment where they realize that it is something that applies to them. But for those people who aren’t so well connected with their intuition, they might not have that awareness.
As mentioned above symptoms/indicators of spirit loss can include:
Feelings of depression
A feeling of being incomplete
Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, or PTSD like symptoms.
Inability to move past an issue despite efforts to do so.
Feeling like you’ve done everything you can do but are still stuck.
Feeling disconnected from life, like you don’t really feel anything, or you feel you can’t connect to things.
Memories or incident in your past when you can say, I feel that I lost something that I never got back.
A sense that someone took a part of you, your heart, your soul, or that you were not the same once they left you or died.
You keep wanting to return to a person, or a location that seems unhealthy or unlikely, even though there is no apparent reason for you to do so.
Lost memories, like a part of your history is “missing”
The feeling that spirit retrieval may help you.
It isn’t necessary for you to have an extreme symptom, to indicate spirit loss. It is certainly true that some people have experienced benefits, even though they were not sure whether they had spirit loss or not. If you feel this is something you might want to try, that is a good reason to contact a practitioner. They can go on a diagnostic journey to find out if this would be best for you at this time.
If you feel that you aren’t ready that is an emotion to honor. Sometimes a spirit retrieval will bring up issues that need to be healed. If you aren’t in a place where you are ready to do that, it may be good for you to wait.
The following benefits are possible with spirit retrieval, although there is no guarantee what will happen, all spirit retrievals are different:
You may find it easier to move forward on an issue that has been troubling you.
You may feel a sense of that you’re really seeing your life for the first time.
You may find it easier to make certain decisions or make certain changes.
You may find that some characteristic you have struggled with such as hopelessness, lack of confidence, anger may improve or stop completely after a spirit retrieval.
You may find that you can connect to things more easily.
You may feel more fully present.
It is possible for the following challenges to be brought up with a spirit retrieval:
You may have feelings of sadness or depression because of the time that went by missing this part of you.
Issues that you have previously been unwilling to deal with can come to the surface.
You may find that you can no longer stay in a situation which you have been living with – such that you find you must make changes in your life.
You may find feelings that you previously did not wish to deal with assert themselves, such as grief or anger.
You may begin a long healing process.
There is no knowing what may happen as the result of a spirit retrieval. In a few cases, a person may literally experience a complete turnaround of their life, to a more joyful way of being. In some cases, it begins a process of changes that take time to fully emerge. And of course, some people feel that not much really happened as a result of their spirit retrieval. Your instincts should tell you what to do, and the practitioner can help you determine if a spirit retrieval would be helpful to you at this time.
If you need support after a spirit retrieval, your shamanic practitioner may be able to help you. You can also find support from a therapist or a Life coach counselor. If you feel that you would like a spirit retrieval, but have a feeling of fear because it is unknown, you can always contact a practitioner to simply discuss spirit retrieval, or your fears. See how you feel after you have discussed it with him or her, and then decide whether or not you wish to proceed.
Finally, a benefit of a spirit retrieval or any shamanic healing, is seeing that someone cares enough to help you. Most shamanic practitioners feel a strong desire to help make your road a little easier. Some people say that this is the most helpful part of the healing process for them.
Good luck with your journey. Remember that whatever you decide, it is often the process of looking for healing that brings healing to you. When we ask the question, ‘what is it I need’, ‘what do I need to do next’, the act of questioning will often bring a flow of answers into our lives, from unexpected sources.
Long Distance Healing: Please review our services page under the Medical Intuitve Helaings page.
Shamanic Extraction Healing: Please review our Spirit Extraction page for more info
Power Animal Retrieval: Everyone Has several Power Animal within them what to find out which power animals are your totems?
Everyone is known to have a few of these guardian power animals, from childhood on. Over the course of her or his life the person may have several. If a power animal leaves and one does not come to take its place the individual is considered, by the shaman, to be disempowered and therefore vulnerable to illness and bad luck. Power animal retrieval is a healing where the shaman goes to find a new power animal for you.
Power animals do not have to be mammals and can be reptiles, insects or sea creatures. Any living creature can serve as a power animal. (Plants and trees can serve as plant spirit guides.) Domesticated animals are generally not considered power animals because they already in service to human beings. It is possible to have a domesticated animal, but it is more likely to have a wild untamed animal serve in the capacity of a power animal.
The gifts that a particular animal is thought to give an individual varies depending on the culture. Although there are certain consistencies for certain animals. A particular power animal can come to help you with an issue that is very specific for you. It is important not to lock each animal into a category, and be open to the gifts it may be coming to share with you. If you are looking for a book on power animals Animal Speak by Ted Andrews is very popular. A popular website that describes the qualities of various power animals: www.animalspirits.com as well as Jamie Sams Medicine Cards http://www.medicinecards.com is also another great reference website.
Honoring your Power Animals or as we shamans like to call then Power Totems:
It is important to honor your power animals/totems. In many western cultures, we are not taught to value animals or the gifts that they add to our life and the world around us. Without our animals, we the human race would go extinct, we would not exist any longer our animal kingdom is an integral part of us vice versa and people in this time of great chaos and great upheaval with this electronic age humans have disconnection from the earth, you have forgotten you are also an integral part of the animal kingdom. In shamanic work, our power animals are part and parcel of our essential nature. A shaman who has no power totems is not going to have very good results. On a personal level, by honoring your power totems/animals you let them know that their assistance is not only appreciated but required in order to make a connection with the earth mother, the mother of all of us while we are incarnated on her body. The spirit of these animals are giving up their spirit mobility in order to spend their time with you and assist you with your life journey so always remember to honor this part of your divine nature and theirs. Also, by honoring the power totems or animals we make a deeper connection with them.
Honoring it can be as simple as saying thank you inside yourself, or getting an object, which represents them or having your “familiar” a pet you love, and caring for them thanking them for choosing to physically manifest themselves into your life reality matrix in order to assist you on this earth-bound journey remember this as you go about your day.
Shamanic practice honors and acknowledges the life and wisdom that exists in all things. Everything is known to have something to teach you and animals are no different, they are here to teach us about the wealth of wisdom and protection they offer us and we in return are their steward.
Finding Your Power Animal(s)
If you would like to find out who your power animals are, consulting a shamanic practitioner is an option. But to discover this on you own, you can ask for a dream and see if anything comes up. You can ask the power animal to show itself to you and if you start seeing one or another animal frequently that would be its way of revealing itself to you. For instance, you are flipping through the channels and see an elk on a nature program, then later you hear someone talking about going to Elk Grove Village to visit their cousin. You see a sign for an elk’s lodge. It is known that these animal guides will communicate with you by drawing your attention to things around you, and a repetition such as that would be a way of communication. They are also incredibly telepathic and communicate with us with images and some advanced animals communicate with us telepathically with speech.
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