In traditional cultures the role of a Shaman has been that of a healer and spiritual leader. The Shaman also acted as a day-to-day counselor and facilitator of rites of passage ceremonies. Rights of passage ceremonies look different in each culture. In the Jewish tradition, when a child becomes an adult, the Rabbi facilitates the Bar Mitzvah. Catholic Priests perform the Catechism, solidifying the Parishioner‘s relationship to sacred scripture. In Native American culture, there is a rights of passage ritual known as the Naming Ceremony.
We recognize a supreme being called the Creator, or Great Spirit, and honor a sacred feminine aspect, as well our Mother Earth. As human beings (the two-legged) we are the divine union of both. We receive our divine nature from the Great Spirit (God) and our earthly or concrete nature from Mother Earth.
Along with our Mother Earth and Father Sky, we honor the five elements (fire, air, water, earth, and spirit), the directions (north, south, east, west, up, down, and in), nature (the wind, rain, lightning, snow, morning, afternoon, and evening), animals and all living things (the four-legged, the feathered ones, the insects, creepy crawlies, fish, reptiles, plants, trees, and even the stones). All things, whether inanimate or not, are alive and infused with Spirit and Power, therefore; all things are worthy of respect and honor.
We dance as a form of prayer. We chant and sing for healing & celebration. We have the Sweat Lodge, the Vision Quest, and the Sacred Prayer Pipe Ceremony. We honor our Guardian Angels, called Animal Totems, and our symbol that represents the totality of everything, the Medicine Wheel. There is much, much more wisdom to be handed down...
Soul Retrieval, or Soul Recovery, are terms given to a shamanic tradition that has been used for centuries by indigenous cultures around the world. It is based upon the belief that we all experience trauma in our lives, and when we do, a part of our soul may fracture, take flight, or hide in an effort to protect itself. This fracturing of a soul is called Soul Loss. Soul Loss may also occur when another person steals a piece of our soul, or when we willingly give up a piece to another person.
The following are some of the warning signs of Soul Loss:
*Addictions of any kind
*Feeling as if part of you is missing
*Always feeling lost or scattered
*Loss of emotions or feelings altogether
*Never engaging life, instead always living on autopilot
*Missing blocks of memory
*Feelings of shame or guilt
*Emotional, mental, or physical abuse of any kind
*Obesity (over 30 lbs)
*Sexual assault, especially rape
Common thoughts/feelings of someone who has experienced Soul Loss: "When he died a piece of me died with him", "I've always felt this way [lost, tired, depressed]" or, "It is normal for me and there is nothing I can do about it". When you have soul pieces missing you are likely unbalanced and disconnected from the world. You are not in harmony with yourself, others, the earth or Spirit.
Modern psychologists have a similar process of bringing a person together when fragmented, called “Reintegration of the Self”. Like psychologists, Shamanic practioners will assist in finding what is lost and help bring one back to wholeness. Only through a balanced wholeness will one feel and be complete.