What is Soul Retrieval
Many of us live with a sense that something is ‘missing,’ a feeling of soullessness – as if there is a void lurking beneath the surface of our lives that we can never quite fill. As a result, we can spend our lives endlessly seeking to fill that emptiness with more – more money, more possessions, more relationships, more substance. However, this is ultimately a fruitless quest because often what we are ‘really’ seeking cannot be found ‘out there’ in the material world for it is the lost parts of our soul that we hunger for – the fragments of soul that may have split off many years earlier.
Long recognised by our ancestors, such soul-loss is a form of psychic fracturing that can come about as a result of trauma, dis-ease or a dysfunctional upbringing, it can occur through conditioning in quite mediocre ways also, not necessarily anything hugely traumatic and this is something we do not often realise.
Not only does soul loss leave a legacy of ongoing dysfunction, fatigue, illness and depression, but it can also disempower us by crippling our ability to move forward. Reclaiming and reintegrating the lost parts of the soul is therefore a crucial first step towards self-empowerment. Only then can we align ourselves with our soul’s purpose in order to manifest the abundance of our highest potential.
Where ‘is the soul’ then?
In shamanic traditions we hear about the soul being something that has left the body and now resides in the spirit realms. This is then brought back by a shaman as they perform soul-retrieval. In the work of others in this apprenticeship and the work we do, we believe that this is something that is empowering if we do the process ourselves, with the support of our community.
We believe that those ‘soul-parts’ are buried in our unconscious, we are not able to tap into the ‘gold’ that they hold, because of past wounds and conditioning. We remain inhibited, self-conscious and lacking in our self esteem.
What exactly is this work about?
If we try and put it into a nutshell, we would say ‘It is aiming to bring more awareness to the individual experiences that we each hold, to reclaim a sense of a healthy inner-sense and to understand that we all share an inherent birthright, that is heart centered and creatively abundant, whilst asking the questions, ‘Who am I, why am I here and what is it that I should be doing with my life and particularly what is the innate quality I hold as an individual?’
These few questions can and will take us on an incredible journey of soul searching if we are willing to go there. And why? Because without that level of soul searching, we end up disgruntled with life, unfulfilled, anxious and eternally worried!
It’s that simple, because something is missing and we have missed the point of why we are here!
Our own personal aim is to come to terms with our own experiences, to understand how certain behaviors serve us, how some do not serve us and to be able to understand the differences.
We all need mentors and support from people who have walked the soul seeking journey before us, so that is what we offer. To do our own work as deeply and effectively as possible, so that we can support others with theirs. It doesn’t mean that we are further on than most, we believe we all learn together and we grow together and when we can support others, we gain from that experience too.
Once anyone has moved forward within this program, they are then able to support another with their growth, and so it goes on.
What we have created is a method to do this, through creativity, heart and body based movement, meditations, developing an embodied spirituality and a higher power.
We try to be very direct with people, to help them understand where they are trying to control their lives, their outcomes and to push beyond their natural boundaries. We work together to find different actions, healthy principles and ethical behaviors.
We direct with movement and heart based creativity to find a deeper state of awareness and healthier states of consciousness. Therefore we use conscious dance, creativity, meditation process and constellations.
We do our best to get out of the way of our own thinking mind and to navigate unknown territories for moments at a time. By entering into some of those territories ourselves, we now help to guide others along those pathways and landscapes.
We enter into the mystery of life itself, not alone but together, in a never ending journey of real life experience. This is in no way out of the ordinary, but is about finding the extraordinary-within-the-ordinariness of everyday living.
We make no promises in this work. The journey is an individual one and each apprentice can decide the level of commitment they wish to make. We can never tell you what is best for you or advise you in what we believe the right direction might be for you.
What we can promise is that we will listen, share our experiences, hold a level of safety and encourage you to find the deepest fulfilment in whatever way that feels right for you.
Middle Earth Medicine Ways