The shamanic practice known as soul retrieval is perhaps the oldest and most important level of spiritual healing because once the energetic nature of an illness-causing invasion has been addressed, the cause is still unresolved, namely the tears in the fabric of the sufferer's soul cluster and aura that allowed the intrusions to enter in the first place.
As long as these empty spaces remain unfilled, there is no guarantee that the invaders will not reinvade given an opportunity to do so because those holes are like open invitations. But how does the process of soul retrieval actually work?
All of us, in every culture everywhere, had ancestors who were hunters if we go back far enough. In doing soul retrieval work, the shamanic practitioner teams up with the spirits who assist them, then they go to work together, tracking the lost soul parts much like hunters.
And this is where spirit medicine has something important to offer the psychotherapeutic paradigm. Psychologists and psychiatrists know about dissociation, but where do the dissociated parts go? In doing soul retrieval, the shamanic healer and their spiritual assistants locate the lost soul parts in the Lower, Middle, or Upper Worlds of the Spirit World.
Then with the assistance of their helping spirits, the shamanic practitioner enters into relationship with them, convincing them to return and bringing them back to their original owner. In this process, the person's soul cluster is restored, and their energetic matrix may return to its former undistorted state.
Interestingly, a soul part that has taken refuge in the Lower Worlds may often be found in the company of an animal spirit who is caring for it. When this soul part is brought back, the animal spirit may return with it, resulting in what is called a power animal retrieval.
A soul part located in the Middle World of dream may be found in the company of an ancestor, perhaps a revered grandparent who has already crossed over. A soul part in the Upper World may be seeking reconnection with its oversoul, a guardian angel, or even with its "soul family."
As the soul cluster is restored, the shaman instructs the client in how to take an active role in reintegrating these lost self-aspects, assuring a successful reunion and ensuring that the extracted illness intrusions will not reoccur.
I discovered by accident that I could intuitively recall lost soul parts during hypnosis and Reiki healing. As a psychotherapist, I am able to combine psychotherapy, with ritual work to prepare the client for the return of the soul so that there is a renewed space of healing for the recovered soul part. I also conduct a diagnosis, discover the identity and nature of the illness and trauma that cause the soul part to leave the body. But unlike our modern Western practices, shamanic healing can also empower clients dramatically, divine their illnesses' ultimate causes while in an expanded state of awareness, neutralize them at their spiritual and energetic levels, and prevent their reoccurrence by utilizing the assistance of compassionate forces poised to help us just beyond the borders of this physical world we all take so much for granted
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