The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens. The gift that arrives in your life precisely when you are ready to receive it. The gift that is clearly a message to you and for you. With graceful delivery of rarely discussed phenomena, Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self combines shamanism and psychology to explain the effects of trauma that cause parts of the soul to leave the body and the process by which the part s can be retrieved. This quiet occurrence, known as soul loss, takes the form of a perpetual feeling and experience of incompleteness and disconnection.
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The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens. The gift that arrives in your life precisely when you are ready to receive it.
The gift that is clearly a message to you and for you. With graceful delivery of rarely discussed phenomena, Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self combines shamanism and psychology to explain the effects of trauma that cause parts of the soul to leave the body and the process by which the part s can be retrieved. This quiet occurrence, known as soul loss, takes the form of a perpetual feeling and experience of incompleteness and disconnection.
She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, professional mental health counselor, the author of more than ten books and a board-certified expert on traumatic stress who was awarded the Peace Award from the Global Foundation for Integrative Medicine.
For Ingerman, the leading practitioner of soul retrieval whose own spiritual journey to recapture her soul led her on various spiritual paths, the answer was found in the ancient tradition of Shamanism which views soul loss as an important cause of illness and death. Some of the more common ones would be dissociation where a person does not feel fully in his or her body and alive and fully engaged in life. Other symptoms include chronic depression, suicidal tendencies, post-traumatic stress syndrome, immune deficiency problems, and grief that just does not heal.
Addictions are also a sign of soul loss. During the soul retrieval process, the shaman moves into an altered state of consciousness to travel to realities outside of normal perception non-ordinary reality , also known as hidden spirit worlds, to retrieve the lost part of the soul.
In some cases, there is reluctance of the soul to return, or the soul may not even know a separation has occurred; while in most cases, the soul does want to return. If a person is trained in shamanic journeying they can ask their helping spirits to perform a soul retrieval in their behalf. Or anyone can ask for a healing dream where one sets the intention to request a soul retrieval to be performed during the dream state.
If these two processes do not create change or healing then working with a trained shamanic practitioner is recommended.
Although Ingerman is very clear that you should not try to practice soul retrieval based solely on the reading of this book, in an exclusive interview, Ingerman and I discuss what can be done when someone suspects soul loss has occurred. BJB : What can someone do if they suspect soul loss has occurred but do not have immediate access for soul retrieval with a Shaman? SI : If a person has soul loss they can work with a shamanic practitioner long distance. Most shamanic practitioners perform long distance healings these days.
I have a website where I have an international list of shamanic practitioners who have sent me case studies. Of course no shamanic practitioner can ever promise a cure, but I know their work, and I trust them. SI : Nature is our greatest healer. A person who feels they have lost their soul can walk or lie down on the ground and reflect on what is the root cause of their soul loss. You can also do automatic writing. You then close your eyes and allow your hand to write.
This is a powerful way to let your soul and intuition give you the truth of the cause of your soul loss, and other information that is important for you to know. BJB : What has been the most surprising or unexpected part of your work as a Shaman? The helping spirits never give expected responses to the questions I ask them. This is true also when I perform the healing journey for a client. I am always given information I did not expect or would rationally think of on my own.
Also, in my 35 years of working with clients, I continue to be surprised by the miraculous effects of the work. However, Western medicine has no framework for this kind of diagnosis because it only deals with imbalance when it appears on a physical and mental level.
This spiritual void, which is always present and always trying to get your attention, operates as the incessant yearning of your soul wanting to incorporate all of its highest qualities, all of the God essence, all of you. Planetary soul loss causes so much of the behavior we are currently seeing, behavior that no longer honors the beauty and importance of life.
Having read this book with no prior knowledge of soul loss or soul retrieval, I found the concepts quite sobering. Within situations of physical and emotional abuse, negation and trauma, there are many experiences in life that can be too difficult to bear. Soul retrieval is not a quick fix.
If not the soul retrieval would be the beginning of the work. No matter where you may find yourself, at the beginning or near the end of working through an issue, the most important factor in all healing work is you. You have to be willing to do the work that is necessary to participate in your own healing. You will have to be willing to look at yourself with new eyes, from a new perspective and as an embodiment of completion and wholeness, while knowing that willingness is the impetus for great change which always begins with the heart.
You can also learn more by watching this interview on Gaia. Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley has been writing about spirituality and personal growth for over seven years.
She provides freelance writing and editing, ghostwriting, and ghost editing services. Her educational background in psychology has given her a broad base from which to approach many topics. Her writing skills may be confirmed independently on Patheos.
She especially enjoys working with individuals and companies who are interested in conscious change. Log In Sign Up. Gaia Staff. March 30, SI : All of my Shamanic work is a surprise.
Simply put, the soul is always trying to re-connect with that from which it came. You have problems with your immune system and have trouble resisting illness You were chronically ill as a child Memory gaps of your life after age five where you sense that you may have blacked out significant traumas in your life Struggle with addictions, for example, to alcohol, drugs, food, sex or gambling Find yourself looking to external things to fill up an internal void or emptiness Have difficulty moving on with your life after a divorce or the death of a loved one You suffer from multiple personality syndrome Having read this book with no prior knowledge of soul loss or soul retrieval, I found the concepts quite sobering.
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Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self
With warmth and compassion, Sandra Ingerman describes the dramatic results of combining soul retrieval with contemporary psychological concepts in this visionary work that revives the ancient shamanic tradition of soul retrieval for healing emotional and physical illness. This revised and updated edition includes a new afterword by the author. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Sandra Ingerman. About Sandra Ingerman. Free Download Offer. Creating a Web of Light. Abstract on Shamanism. Soul Retrieval Soul Retrieval-Deutsch.