Shamanism, Soul Loss, and Soul Retrieval

Gillian Austin
Written by Gillian Austin

What is Shamanism?

In simple terms, Shamanism is a way of life. It is not a religion to follow but a powerful personal practice in self-discovery that will take us on a journey home to our heart. It takes us on a deep dive into our own traumas, hurts, and pains in our past so we can release the emotions attached to them and live our lives more freely, connected to ourselves and everything around us, exactly as it’s meant to be. It strengthens our connections to Spirit, our Ancestors and to the Earth and teaches us, through many lessons, how to live and show up as the most authentic version of ourselves. It is the most incredible gift I have given to myself.

You are a beautiful Soul wrapped in a human body. It’s your job to unwrap it and find your Soul again.              

Steven Aitchison

Soul Loss

Soul Loss happens when we experience negative events and trauma throughout our lives.

Sometimes, when a large level of soul loss has occurred, people are completely unaware that they have suffered soul loss at all. They will be aware that something inside of them has changed, there has been a shift in their energy, but they may have no idea what has happened. They may feel a disconnect, lack in energy, have feelings of depression and/or anxiety, memory loss, feel like bad luck is always close by, have no motivation or drive to experience life, or could maybe even be ill a lot of the time.

This happens because our natural energetic immune system has been compromised. Our Soul has been weakened and in turn this lowers our vibration. If our vibration is low it can open us up to a whole host of physical and psychological illnesses to come into the body. From a Shamanic viewpoint, illness begins in the energetic system before it manifests into the physical.

Relate this to the soul when we have experienced any traumas. For each trauma we experience a part of our soul breaks away to a place of safety. This is known as Soul Fragmentation. This happens because your soul already knows what’s coming and it leaves to protect you from the impact of the trauma.

Trauma can come in many ways and is often seen as categories of Big Traumas and Little Traumas.

I believe you can categorise them into groups, but I don’t believe you can determine how traumatised a person could be and the affect any trauma would have on an individual. We are all different and what might affect one person may not affect another the same.

Trauma can also create patterns that we carry through our lives and be unaware of, such as fear of abandonment or fear of rejection, people pleasing etc. These will have been formed as a result of trauma.

Could you be suffering from Soul Loss?

  • Do you feel disconnected from yourself and the world around you?
  • Do you live with anxiety and/or depression?
  • Do you feel like life is just constantly hard?
  • Do you struggle to be in the present moment?
  • Do you have low self-esteem and/or self-worth?
  • Do you turn to other substances like alcohol, drugs, prescription meds to “help” you get through your week?
  • Are you a people pleaser? Find yourself saying yes when you really want to say no, but fear the reaction you will be met with or think it’s easier to do to “keep the peace”?
  • Do you find it hard to be assertive and speak your truth?
  • Do you feel like you never get a break?
  • Do you feel like you live in a fight or flight response?
  • Do you live with addiction of any kind?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, it is likely that you are suffering from Soul Loss.

Symptoms can vary from depression, anxieties, vulnerability, low energy, feeling disconnected, experiencing things from an outer body perspective.

Memory loss is also a big feature with Soul Loss. It’s like a survival technique where individuals completely shut off to what’s happening leaving them with large chunks of memory loss in their lives.

In Shamanic philosophy it is thought that people living with mental health issues are suffering from Soul Loss and the majority of the time large levels of this have occurred.

Soul Retrieval

Using the Shamanic Drum and bringing you into journey state you will be guided back to find Soul pieces you have lost throughout your life. Journey state happens in the Theta Brainwave state, where we are not quite asleep but not quite awake either. It is a deep state of relaxation and meditation.

Soul retrieval gives us the opportunities to face fears with courage and allow us to not only bring soul pieces home to ourselves, but to also stand strong in this world and in ourselves. 

These ancient healing practices are being brought back to life in the most beautiful ways, all you need to do is reach out and turn up with an open heart and mind and a belief that this will have an amazing effect on your life in so many ways and on so many levels, spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical.

In any Soul Retrieval journey, it is key to remember that when you travel back to an event in the past, even if it’s to a time in your childhood, that you are returning as your adult self. You are returning with more knowledge, wisdom, and power than you felt you had at the time of the event when the Soul Loss occurred.

Each time we bring a soul piece back home to ourselves, our life force energy gets stronger and stronger, and you will find yourself stepping more into your own power as time goes by, being more authentic, truthful with yourself and others and doing more of what’s right for you.

Soul Maintentance

Retrieving a Soul piece back is huge, and it needs time to integrate back into our energy field and it’s important to honour this because you want to give these pieces the best opportunity to feel safe enough to stay. For example, if you have lost a Soul piece at the ages of 5, 10, 20 years old, you are bringing back the energy of that age also. So, you may feel the urge to reconnect with the things you enjoyed doing at those ages such as colouring/drawing, getting on a swing, wanting to listen to music you loved then etc. This needs to be acknowledged and nurtured so your soul piece knows it is safe to stay.

If you would like to explore this beautiful and powerful healing modality more you can reach me on or through my Instagram @themedicinemum

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