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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