Many of us live with a sense that something is ‘missing’ – 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. However, this is ultimately a fruitless quest because often what we are really seeking cannot be found ‘out there’ in the physical world for they are the lost parts of our soul – fragments that may have split off many years earlier. Long recognised by shamans, such soul loss is a form of psychic fracturing that can come about as a result of trauma, dis-ease or a dysfunctional upbringing. 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 heal and move forward.IMG_7409
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.
Return to Soul.
When a person is abused and their innocence and youth is taken from them, it can become a lifelong quest to regain this lost part of
themselves. It can take soul retrieval to gain back what was once lost. During the moment of trauma, part of our soul leaves the body and takes itself away to safety. We learn to forget. This is to protect that innocent part of us so that it can return fully intact when it is safe enough to do so, usually when the mature adult feels able to receive it back or to ‘re-member’ and has adequate support for this, either in oneself or from a therapist or support group. This can be after a time of intense reprogramming, setting up new beliefs about oneself and doing the healing work necessary to become more whole. This sometimes, but not always, involves remembering the original trauma. This is often a challenging time for the adult. Sometimes it takes many years of therapy or counseling to reveal these old memories, thus giving the survivor a chance to look at what occurred all those years ago, to experience the feelings that went with that and to deal with the hurt and anger that was never expressed. It would most likely have been impossible to express what was needed then and so these emotions lie locked inside the body. The child is often very confused why this is happening and whether it is ‘normal’ or
not. The soul part continues its journey separately in the astral plains obtaining knowledge and wisdom in the spiritual world. This can often make the abused appear spaced out, away with the fairies, not quite all here. She/he literally is not all here; part of their psyche is missing, awaiting the right time to return to them or to remember deep within. When that part has the right conditions to come back into the body, the survivor can experience traumatic feelings and emotions that could not be felt at the time of the actual abuse or trauma all those years ago. That person is then extra sensitive and takes time to accustom him or herself to having the whole (or part of the whole) self back again; fitting that soul part into its old skin. This takes time and patience.
from Reclaimed Innocence (MyVoice Publishing)
Caroline Carey
artist of painting –  Brenda May
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