What Is A Soul Retrieval

Shamans journey to helping guides for healing of their clients. Most enter through an altered state via natural or chemical through which spirit contact is available. Most Shamans also use percussive instruments like drums or rattles to enter into this altered state when doing it naturally. From Siberia to South America, through Europe to Africa and finally, the Native Americans the Shamans have had one foot in ordinary reality and one in non-ordinary reality bridging the gap between humans and spiritual helpers to perform ancient healings, such as Soul Retrievals. This has gone on for 40,000 years.

In shamanism, according to Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval, Mending the Fragmented Self, there are three major causes of illness: loss of soul, loss of power, and what is commonly called “intrusions.” When people suffer trauma, she writes, the shamanic perspective maintains that part of the soul splinters off, causing soul loss, power loss and disease. Psychologists call this phenomenon “disassociation.” In the shamanic framework, disassociated parts of ourselves can be located in other realities. The shamanic healer “journeys” to non-ordinary reality to retrieve lost or stolen soul parts, obtain power animals and guidance for the client, and extract any intrusions (misplaced energy) present in the person’s body or aura.

The shamanic practitioner pursuing soul parts becomes a disembodied traveler, seeking to retrieve actual, multi-dimensional parts of a person’s soul which exist outside of our normal concept of time and space. These parts may have splintered off for many reasons.

Many times Soul Loss will occur in abusive situations starting from childhood on up to adulthood. No matter if it was sexual, physical, or emotional abuse. Children of alcoholic or drug addicted parents are highly susceptible to a soul loss. War veterans and natural disaster victims suffer from soul loss due to the issues and trauma they have faced. Soul loss occurs when someone you know dies such as a friend, relative, or spouse. It can occur from having an accident or other physical trauma.

If you are feeling any of the issues that were mentioned in this article, you may need a soul retrieval. With a Shaman’s help you can put aside any trauma and despair and discard your pain with the return of your fragmented parts returning. Soul Retrieval is a very powerful and ancient healing method which recovers your spiritual wholeness.

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The Foundation Of The Spirit Starts With Shamanism

“Dancing with Wolves” was a critically acclaimed movie, an American classic. People raved about the accurate depiction of the Native American Community and culture. At that time, I was in middle school. I felt that it was hard to capture the true essence of the Natives from a two-hour film. But being part Taino Indian, I felt that there was something missing from the film.

The film was great for people who knew absolutely nothing about the Native Americans. It worked to debunk some really bad stereotypes. The Natives weren’t mindless savages, primitive in nature with no real culture or religion. There were some aspects of the movie that portrayed them as humble, civilized and communal people. But there were still much more that the movie overlooked. The Natives were great Shamans.

I know, the word shamanism is in the forbidden topic category along with voodoo, racism, and the infamous N word. However, many of the earth’s greatest secrets are cloaked in the practices of the Natives. Whether they are the indigenous people in the Americas, Africa, or Asia. Shamanism is more than just a bunch of spirit seekers who get high off of hallucinogens and dance around fires all day. They are people who truly understand the essence of nature, its energy, and how the cosmos work.

The misunderstanding about Shamanism has led to a lack of respect for nature and the environment. Today, people are consuming preservatives and chemically processed foods at an alarming rate. These foods only work to shorten man’s life span. We have a ravenous appetite for consumption, resulting in excessive garbage and huge toxic waste dumps. Oil that works to fuel electricity, computers and our cars are polluting our lakes, oceans and rivers. The Natives were able to live for thousands of years, because they knew how to feed themselves and provide cures for their sicknesses without destroying the earth.

We are slowly killing ourselves and destroying our environment and because we are disconnected from nature, we cannot see the harm that we are doing. The Natives understood that preserving the Earth was paramount to their survival, and in turn, were able to survive for thousands of years. At the rate our new world is going, I would be surprised if we made it to three hundred years. Shamanism is a difficult subject to research. If you type it in Google, you would probably get a blanket textbook answer But if you truly want to learn about it, talk to a master. Severny Olen, an instructor at UniverSynergy School of the arts holds meet-ups in New York City.

The Natives of America are our ancestors. There are many people who would disagree, but no one can refute that someone else lived on this land before us. Lets pay our respect to our earth, our ancestors, and nature by keeping their culture and beliefs alive.

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A Guide To Shamanic Journeying

I thought I would share my thoughts and experiences about journeying and look at the three worlds, the Upper, Middle and Lower starting with the Lower World or Under World as it is known in Celtic Shamanism.

Meditation has well known benefits and journeying is a visual form of this practice. It has been compared with lucid dreaming where you are active in the dream rather than watching yourself in it. You should be totally relaxed and some people find the use of an eye mask (to block out sunlight) useful. Drumming music, which has been specifically designed for journeying, can be used to enter into an altered state of consciousness. This drumming music is now widely available.

Whenever setting out on a journey it is very important to have an intention, even if it is initially just to explore the world to which you are traveling. Start by exhaling all your tiredness and tension and inhale energy, love and power. As you relax find a favourite tree then imagine yourself, like Alice in Wonderland, shrinking and falling through the roots, entering the Lower World. ‘A world of nature’ is how I would describe the landscape here, a shamanic world where you can meet your Power Animal and Spirit Guides. If this is your first journey it can be best to simply explore, making note of what you see, feel and hear. I believe it is best to discover your Spirit Guide and Power Animal via guided meditation. Be sure to take note of any creatures you meet and ask them if they are your Power Animal. This is the world of our traditions and memories which allows us to connect with our ancestors as well as asking for healing and regaining personal power. Reverse your route to return to this world, making sure you are grounded and record your experiences. Eating and drinking will ensure you are fully grounded. I have taken insights (from many issues I have faced) from journeying (ensuring I always have a clear intention), even when journeying for someone else. The feeling after a journey is one of inspiration and refreshment.

Next we travel to the Upper World where we access wisdom, knowledge and inspiration. The landscape here will look very different, more ethereal and can be surrounded by clouds and crystals.

Once you have relaxed by playing the drumming music and locate the same tree, noticing how the branches stretch up into the sky. Climb those branches and reach the Upper World with your intention to be the exploration of this world and perhaps meet your spiritual mentor.

Notice how easily and quickly you can climb the tree and when you see a cloud above you, pull yourself up into the cloud and into the Upper World.

Look around and notice the different landscape. Start to walk; what do you see, hear and feel? Is there anyone around? If you do meet someone, and they will be in human form, ask them if they are your spiritual guide or mentor. If the answer is no continue walking, if the answer is yes be receptive to what messages they give you. These can be very subtle and you may just get a feeling of something or see a sign or hear a sound. Your spiritual guide many have a gift for you, if so thank them.

It is now time to retrace your steps and journey back to this world. Take a last look and thank your spirit guide again or just send a thank you to the Upper World for your visit.

Again come back, write up your experiences and ground yourself.

These are the two most common shamanic journeys that the majority of people talk about, however there is another world; the Middle World. This is the one we currently interact with although most of the time we are completely oblivious to the subtle reality of this world. Journeying to the Middle World can be used to help deal with current problems we are facing; we can develop skills or expertise by mentally rehearsing and have the ability to move backwards or forwards in time. This is the world of elves, fairies and the elemental spirits. Many of us have ’seen’ these creatures when young. For example, did you have a ‘friend’ that only you could see? I did, but once I started at school he faded away. This is because many cultures don’t encourage us to challenge the subtleties of the world around us or to use our ‘3rd eye’ to see beyond the everyday world.

So to your journey to the Middle World; again set your Intention; is there a current problem you want to solve or have you lost something you need to find? In the Middle World you can travel backwards and forwards in time. Use the drumming music, relax and find yourself at a familiar place (real not imaginary). It may be that tree and will be a place with happy memories. Here you will meet you Guardian Animal who will help you with your shamanic work. Notice what you see, hear and feel. Be aware of the difference between physical reality and subtle reality. Your Middle World place may look very different. You can now call out to your Guardian Animal and if the animal that appears is your Guardian Animal then you may experience it with excitement. As before it is now time to come back to physical reality bringing your Guardian Animal with you and spend time getting to know this animal.

As before, record your experience and ground yourself.

These encompass the Shamanic Journeys to the Upper, Middle and Lower Worlds. There are other ways to achieve passage to these worlds; this depends on your beliefs and culture. For me I follow a Celtic Shamanic way, using my favourite image, the tree, as a starting point for my journey.

Colleen Guy is an experienced spiritual coach and mentor, you can visit her site at www.spiritmystique.com, or learn more about the upcoming Shamanic Journey Workshop.