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Soul Retrieval: Singing Your Soul Home Again

We all know people who, having gone through divorce, remain deadened for some time afterwards, or who, after a car accident or other personal tragedy, never fully recover their spirit. We see soldiers returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder, who feel that they are not completely here anymore.

These are all situations where the person may be suffering from the departure of a piece of their spiritual essence or soul. Soul is our vital essence and when it is fully present we radiate joy, vitality and life force. Soul loss can keep us from feeling our connections with others, from creating healthy relationships and from living the life we really want to live.

The shaman is concerned with the soul and its adventure – in all the realms the soul moves through, in all its stages – birth, life, and the passage through death and back into life again. (see Mircea Eliade, Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy)

Where does the soul fragment go and how does the shaman track and retrieve what was lost?

Shamans divide the spiritual cosmos into three worlds; the Upper World, the Middle World, the Lower World. A missing soul essence may be found in any of these worlds.

Shamans most often use the beat of the drum to take them into an altered state of consciousness and carry them in spirit flight into the hidden universe of these worlds. Once there, they meet with their helping spirits, power animals and spirit teachers. It is the spirits who then lead the shaman to the places where lost soul essences are found. Working hand in hand with their spirits, the shaman retrieves the lost soul and carries it back to the person who is awaiting its return. The soul is sung back, blown into the body and welcomed home in a beautiful ceremony. This work takes training, great skill and compassion on the part of the shaman.

In my shamanic healing practice I have, for many years now, had the honor of helping people recover their souls and discover how to live from a place of renewed wholeness after the soul retrieval. Every practitioner experiences the spiritual worlds in their own ways. I often find lost souls waiting in the Great Forest of the hidden universe, in the Cave of Lost Children, in the Ocean of Souls and in the Void. Occasionally I discover a soul part is still in the Middle World, in the childhood home where a trauma occurred.

After the soul retrieval, life changes for the person. For some that change is major and immediately evident. For others it is more subtle as the returning essence enters into one’s present life. When welcomed home, the return of one’s soul can bring more enthusiasm back into life, help break old patterns and open up more choices in life.

All shamanic healing is a gift from the helping spirits.

The stars call out to you
the trees and streams sing your name
the moon and sun call out to you
the mountains, animals and ocean, too
saying, you belong to a greater whole,
you have a unity with all of life.
You are not alone.

Editor’s Note from Peter Clark: Soul retrieval is a central pillar of shamanic healing. Everything that a shaman does with regard to healing comes through the spirits, and this makes the process even more mysterious and ethereal than the most cutting edge high tech medical procedure. Many scientists and doctors would say that truly nothing has happened. But in case after case, distinct positive changes occur in the patient’s life after soul retrieval. These changes are often in the realm of the psyche or emotional state, but can just as easily be physical: distinct increases in energy, restored memories or physical abilities, restored bodily functions. The author of this article, Beth Beurkens, is a shamanic practitioner and teacher with decades of experience. She will be teaching a four day workshop in the practice of soul retrieval in Ashland, OR on September 13-16, 2012. See her website for more details.

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1:08PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

5:57PM PDT on Oct 11, 2012


7:06AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

in between beliefe and laughter. I have medication for this kind of thing. perhaps it is mental illness, or wanting to live in creative whimsy.

and the void. to much void. always void.

are there more kind of voids? the coridors of existance, a zero point oblivan, and the space outside of the space where things are?

8:52PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

I would like to try soul retrieval, very interesting article. Thank you.

1:53AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012


2:04AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

My previous suggestion costs nothing to do except your time and effort. But we have many out there who can show you soul retrieval and the power of attraction and so on if you just sign up pay the big bucks and spend a day or two listening to the hype and words that have no meaning, then you leave the program emotionally programmed/geared up and a week or two later are still the same.

1:58AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Our journey through this life becomes easier when we realise that we are spiritual beings having a human existence and that by living the 7 lores of the universe all is possible to do. We also need to remember why we are here and where we are going. I will leave those two points for you to learn.

8:49PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012


11:38AM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

I like the idea of someone guiding me to recover my soul. I do feel that, for me, it is god himself who helps me when I reach out to him. And when I sharte the need for help with others. Also when I do yoga, for it feeds the sould as well as the body.

11:03AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Thank you for this topic. It really worth all the appreciation.I hope to be near you For treatment and healing .

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