Soul Retrieval: The Journey To Wholeness

In man is awakened that spirit by which the whole universe was created.
-Sufi Meditation Theme - lnayant Khan

We are not limited in the parts that make up our wholeness. According to the Medicine people of the Andes, we can continue to grow spiritual throughout our lives, expanding our connection to the divine Spirit. However, the contary is also true. We can lose our spiritual energy too, we call that event soul loss; when a piece of our sol's energy splits from us and returns to mother earth for safe keping until it is retrieved by the Shaman.

Every one suffers soul loss, except for perhaps the walking saints of this planet. Listed below are some examples of situations where soul loss may occur.

  • Fear of Trusting Others. Unable to develop enough trust to make responsible life commitments.
  • Low Self Esteem. Feelings of worthlessness, poor self image, little or no self-love, self-care, self-acceptance, self-affirmation.
  • Shame. Generalized and diffuse and/or in reaction to specific behavior(s).
  • Isolation. Alienation, loneliness, distance from others and/or God.
  • Feeling rejected or abandoned by God or other people.
  • Spiritual neglect or little development in one's spirit or spiritual life.
  • Inability to make decisions. Fear of commitment. Inability to think for oneself.
  • Feelings of powerlessness. No matter what happens, it is God's will.
  • Difficulty in relationships. Fear of intimacy. Inability to choose intimacy. Maintain emotional or spiritual intimacy.
  • Perfectionism
  • A history of any kind of abuse. As a victim and/or perpetrator.
  • Self destructive and/or obsessive/compulsive personality: workaholic, chemical dependent, co-dependent, over-achiever, addictive personality, self punitive, I am my worst enemy, sex addiction.
  • Chronic pain, depression, and anxiety.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of spiritual abuse, you could be suffering from soul loss. The soul retrieval in the Inca tradition is the procedure that is typically used to restore those lost pieces of the soul. The soul retrieval process is a ceremony and it typically takes several sessions to complete. It is important to remember that you are not a jigsaw puzzle with a finite number of pieces. As you continue to evolve, deeper layers of soul loss may be revealed to you so therefore soul retrieval could be a process that one would undertake several times. In addition, it is important to remember that the sould retrieval is a form of spiritual energy healing. The energy that is returned may have effects on other parts of the human being, including your thoughts, feelings and physical manifestations. Soul Retrieval is an extremely powerful medicine healing and the healing occurs first followed by the insights and awareness, which is contrary to standard psychotherapy. Therefore, a patient who undergoes soul retrieval process will receive more clarity about their soul's purpose, life's goals as they continue to work with these new energies after the ceremony has been completed. It is the Shaman's job to journey into the lower world and retrieve these lost pieces of the patient's soul. Journeying into the lower would does present some risk for the Shaman. He or she must be able to navigate the many corridors and pathways of the lower world and be successful in obtaining the soul's energy for their patient. Sometimes the spirit guides will not release a piece of a soul for a particular individual because the patient is not ready yet. Generally, the Shaman will retrieve three pieces for the patient, a medicine gift, a soul element and a power animal. Of course, there is much information to be shared about the journey which will provide the patient with a plan on how their life is about to change. The Inca tradition of soul retrieval is an incredibly powerful ceremonial process. It prepares the patient to let go of past thoughts and behaviors that do not bring them the rewards that they are deserving. I hope you choose this tremendous spiritual experience to expand you world.

written by Paul Sivert