Shamanic Concept of Soul Loss & Recovery

Soul Loss is Referred to as Depression or Dissociation in Modern Medicine

What is soul loss?

When we go through severe trauma or even bitter disappointment or violent shock (e.g. car accident, body attack), the soul or parts of it may leave the body, to escape as it cannot handle the present situation (in modern psychology this is called “dissociation”). Shamans of old times simply call this soul loss as that captures what it is – our essence has left the body. It is a form of survival strategy management. When the mind cannot handle the physical, emotional pain it dissociates these parts and burries them – often very deep and for very long. Dissociated soul parts do not just go away, they exist in other realms but do weaken the person’s entire life support system – mentally and often physically.

Examples: A child who has been abused, a survivor