What is Soul Loss?

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We are resilient beings

In times of stress, our being is able to separate out parts of our self to protect the whole of our being as a means of self-preservation. 

How our subtle energy behaves in times of stress can be tricky however, it can be helpful better understand soul loss by thinking about how "The Enterprise" from Star Trek splits in two when it senses danger. When the star ship goes into battle or is headed for some tricky maneuvering the captain will separate the ships bridge and main crew from the living quarters with "non-essential personnel". 

When the captain does this, it is for the preservation of all members of the star ship, and the protection for the most vulnerable on board. Our spirit, in times of stress can and will do the same, to protect our most tender and vulnerable aspects of our spirit. From the shamanic perspective, this is called Soul Loss.

Soul loss is when we become temporarily separate, forget or give away aspects of our being for safe keeping.

For the most part, soul loss happens as a result of a tragedy, trauma, extended stress, illness or extreme grief. 

Soul loss can also occur when we consciously or unconsciously hand-over our power or aspects of our essence in an effort to save a relationship with a parent, lover or to someone in a position of perceived power. 

Soul loss can also occur in our efforts to assist another in their healing or struggles when we give them all that we have to give, including aspect of our own gifts, strengths and spirit to try to help them heal. 


Symptoms of Soul Loss

  A lack of gusto and passion for life 

  Feelings of being separate from our life as if reality and life is moving at a faster or different    speed than us

  Difficulty in relating to those we love and care about 

  Difficulty cultivating joy, playfulness, creativity, and positive healthy change

  A lack of connection with our dreams, spirit and soulful passions 

  Fear and inability expressing our self with voice, dance, and movement, and creativity

  An inability to build and sustain healthy, balanced and loving relationships

  Feeling as if a part of you is missing or can not access a vital piece of your being

  A chronic desire to be someone else

  Difficulty connecting with or a complete dissociation with a part of our physical body or aspects of our life


What a Soul Retrieval is like

Star Trek analogies aside now, working to mend and repair aspects of our strenghts is important work! There are a few ways I work with Soul Retrieval. One way is that I embark on a shamanic journey and work closely with my spirit allies and power animals to locate the missing soul part that is ready to be mended and returned for you. I work with my allies to untangle the missing soul essence from the situation, person or point in time that has been holding its separate state, and return it to back to you, in current time. 

Alternately when my allies recommend it, I  guide you, in a guided meditation or we may journey together (for those with shamanic journey experience)  and help you to locate and retrieve the aspect of you that has been missing.

Both are equally powerful and healing. Once the soul part has been returned, there is often further healing work to integrate the aspect that has been separate. Healing such as sound healing, drumming, hands-on energy balancing, further healing such as energy clearing or a healing story may be used to help integrate the part back into the whole of your being. 


Need some compassionate TLC for your energy? 

If you have been feeling it is time to tune up your energy, I would love to lend you a hand in reclaiming the gifts your energy and spirit hold for you.

Click here to learn more about how I work with my allies and shamanism 


About Joanna

Joanna is the author of  Energetic Boundaries 101. She is a shamanic practitioner, animal communicator and mentor. She works, writes lives and tends to the important matters of spirit-energy with playful, transparency and honesty. 

She works with clients all over the globe from her healing studio that is lovingly nestled between Mt Baker and the Salish sea, in Bellingham, WA.