Soul Retrieval

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Soul Retrieval

I am pre­sent­ing a “Soul Retrieval” day retreat today to help fur­ther the growth process of the par­tic­i­pants. I am a great admirer of Ange­les Arrien and the ideas she has devel­oped through work­ing with Shamanic cultures.

 

Shamanic soci­eties, build­ing on age-old wis­dom, believe that the world and its chal­lenges can drain our energy. The expe­ri­ences of dis­cour­age­ment, pain, loss, dis­ap­point­ment, loss of mean­ing and feel­ing stuck all drain us. The shamans taught that if we “stop singing, stop danc­ing, are no longer enchanted by sto­ries, or become uncom­fort­able with silence, we expe­ri­ence soul loss, which opens the door to dis­com­fort and dis­ease (Arrien).”

 

 

In  The Four-Fold Way, Ange­les Arrien describes the shamans’ rem­edy for soul loss:

The Four Uni­ver­sal Heal­ing Salves:

sto­ry­telling, singing, danc­ing and silence

Becom­ing open, again, to the Heal­ing Salves can bring about “soul retrieval” and we can recon­nect to joy, opti­mism, hope, accep­tance, moti­va­tion and love. Arrien also says the goal of man­ag­ing a dif­fi­cult time is accep­tance, not res­ig­na­tion; detach­ment, not hold­ing on; to be “open to out­come, not attached to out­come.”

 

When­ever there is CHANGE there is LOSS; when­ever there is loss we GRIEVE. There­fore, when­ever there is change, we grieve. Rit­ual is a human tra­di­tion that helps deal with loss, grief and change. The losses may be related to los­ing a per­son we love, los­ing a life style, health, finan­cial secu­rity, safety, faith or meaning.

 

Arrien says,

Rit­ual is the con­scious act of rec­og­niz­ing a life change, and doing some­thing to honor and sup­port the change through the pres­ence of such ele­ments as wit­nesses, gift giv­ing, cer­e­mony, and sacred inten­tion. In this way human beings sup­port the changes they are expe­ri­enc­ing and cre­ate a way ‘to fit things together again.’”

 

 Singing, sto­ry­telling, silence and danc­ing help us cope with grief and are part of today’s rit­ual of soul retrieval.

 

I am pre­sent­ing a “Soul Retrieval” day retreat today to help fur­ther the growth process of the par­tic­i­pants. I am a great admirer of Ange­les Arrien and the ideas she has devel­oped through work­ing with Shamanic cultures.

 

Shamanic soci­eties, build­ing on age-old wis­dom, believe that the world and its chal­lenges can drain our energy. The expe­ri­ences of dis­cour­age­ment, pain, loss, dis­ap­point­ment, loss of mean­ing and feel­ing stuck all drain us. The shamans taught that if we “stop singing, stop danc­ing, are no longer enchanted by sto­ries, or become uncom­fort­able with silence, we expe­ri­ence soul loss, which opens the door to dis­com­fort and dis­ease (Arrien).”

 

 

In  The Four-Fold Way, Ange­les Arrien describes the shamans’ rem­edy for soul loss:

The Four Uni­ver­sal Heal­ing Salves:

sto­ry­telling, singing, danc­ing and silence

Becom­ing open, again, to the Heal­ing Salves can bring about “soul retrieval” and we can recon­nect to joy, opti­mism, hope, accep­tance, moti­va­tion and love. Arrien also says the goal of man­ag­ing a dif­fi­cult time is accep­tance, not res­ig­na­tion; detach­ment, not hold­ing on; to be “open to out­come, not attached to out­come.”

 

When­ever there is CHANGE there is LOSS; when­ever there is loss we GRIEVE. There­fore, when­ever there is change, we grieve. Rit­ual is a human tra­di­tion that helps deal with loss, grief and change. The losses may be related to los­ing a per­son we love, los­ing a life style, health, finan­cial secu­rity, safety, faith or meaning.

 

Arrien says,

Rit­ual is the con­scious act of rec­og­niz­ing a life change, and doing some­thing to honor and sup­port the change through the pres­ence of such ele­ments as wit­nesses, gift giv­ing, cer­e­mony, and sacred inten­tion. In this way human beings sup­port the changes they are expe­ri­enc­ing and cre­ate a way ‘to fit things together again.’”

 

 Singing, sto­ry­telling, silence and danc­ing help us cope with grief and are part of today’s rit­ual of soul retrieval.

 

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