Q + A / Soul Retrieval Ceremony
I am grateful to Ruby Warrington of The Numinous for bringing light to the ceremony of Soul Retrieval through her exploratory questions and for inspiring me to share more deeply into the essence of this native ritual.
Ruby: How do I know if my soul needs retrieving?
Maggie: To first understand if a Soul Retrieval Ceremony may be beneficial for you, it is important to know the signs of Soul Loss (see below). During Soul Loss a piece of our soul, our light essence, flees the body in order to survive a traumatic or shocking experience. Examples of situations that may cause Soul Loss are: all forms of abuse (emotional, physical, sexual), death of a loved one, divorce, separation, natural disasters, accidents, surgery and any distress during rites of passage.
- A feeling of being lost or incomplete
- Chronic depression, anxiety or grief
- Feeling disconnected from all of life
- Feeling "out of body"
- Never felt the same after a certain event
- Chronic illness + misfortune
- Blocked memory
- Lack of joy
- Inability to make decisions
- Addictive behavior patterns
- Disconnected from intuition
- Loss of energy
Ruby: If our soul fragments when we experience trauma, where does it go to retreat?
Maggie: According to the Qero paq'os (healers) of the Andean mystical tradition, they believe that when a soul part flees our body it goes to theUkhu Pacha, the place of the underworld where Pachamama, our Cosmic Mother lives. Being our Earth Mother, she keeps our soul parts safe until the day comes when we are ready to receive them back. It is my belief that in order to fulfill our souls particular mission on Earth, we need all of our soul parts restored and within us.
It is interesting to note that in indigenous cultures, if a little one falls and breaks a limb or witnesses the death of an elder, the healer will perform a ceremony on their behalf right away. In our Western culture, the understanding of our energetic body and the spiritual causes of illness are not as well understood and so, we are often going back decades to restore this energy.
Ruby: How should I prepare for a soul retrieval ceremony?
Maggie: In the Soul Retrieval Ceremony we are working within the luminous energy field (the energy bubble that surrounds and informs the physical body) so the only preparation is our intention. Our intention is what drives energy. In a Soul Retrieval Ceremony our intention is simple, we are calling back any lost soul parts that are ready and willing to return to the individual right now.
When we create sacred space and have an openness and willingness for healing to occur, it simply happens. My role in ceremony is holding this space for individuals to heal themselves. The most important element for me is trust. To build trust with my client and create a space in which they feel safe to completely open, like a blossoming flower. It is through our own courage and will that we are able to heal ourselves and in turn, heal the Earth.
Ruby: What exactly happens in the ceremony?
Maggie: The ceremony takes place either inside a space or outside in nature. The client will lay comfortably on the ground with blankets and pillows and I will sit at their side. I will begin preparing sacred space, using the smoke of the Palo Santo wood and other various rituals, and then I will gently guide the client into a relaxed place of stillness. They will remain laying down - resting and focusing on their breath for the duration of the ceremony. Together we will set our intention and go into an altered state of consciousness through the sound of various instruments, including a rattle, drum and bells. As the healer, I journey outside of time and space to my guiding spirits who assist me in locating and understanding why these light essences originally left. They are brought back and restored to the individual through my breath, blowing them into their heart center and crown of the head. We then move into the transmutation sequence of the ceremony, where the client absorbs the light of their soul into every cell of their being. During this time I play various high vibrational instruments and music. To complete the ceremony, the client gently sits up, sipping a glass of water and I share my healing story, focusing on the gifts that were restored. The client also may share any visions, sensations or experiences they had during their ceremony.
Ruby: And how do people feel afterwards?
Maggie: Since we are all unique human beings, everyone feels differently after a Soul Retrieval Ceremony. Some individuals may feel sleepy and some are buzzing with energy. Some feel emotional. Some feel a shift in physical sensation and perception. Some feel nothing. Many feel deep peace and relaxation. Most individuals feel a sense of being grounded and "in their body". Individuals often express they feel at home again. In the days and months after a Soul Retrieval Ceremony most individuals report significant life changes.
Ruby: What kind of changes do people report in their lives following soul retrieval?
- Spiritual Harmony
- Greater wellbeing + vitality
- Healing of physical dis-ease
- Clarity/remembering of soul path
- Unconditional love for the self
- Restoration of individual gifts
- Depression replaced with joy
- Renewed relationships
- Ability to be their authentic self
- Courage to follow their dreams
- Deeper connection to the natural world