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

What Is A Shaman?

(as quoted by Curandero / Native Healer Don Oscar

A Shaman is one who develops a personal and intimate relationship with the Unseen world for the purpose of being of service as a healer. This relationship is cultivated experientially through selfinduced altered states of consciousness, ritual ceremony, and refined energetic awareness. Shamanism is not a religion. It is a spiritual practice grounded in a reverent awareness that the world is animated, conscious, and energetically interdependent.

Guiding Principles

  1. Everything is alive (animation/vitalism). Everything manifests a physical form from the same animated essence. The shaman attends to this essence.
  2. Everything is conscious (vigilance/observation). Everything watches us. The world is mirrored within us. The shaman learns to be a visionary observer.
  3. Everything is interconnected (relationship/reciprocity). Everything responds to and is in interdependent relationship to everything else. The shaman is a mediator of these interconnections and interdependent relationships.

Ten Inspiring Commandments

The Ten (Native) American Indian Commandments for a better world

  • Treat the Earth and all that dwell therein with respect 
  • Remain close to the Great Spirit 
  • Show great respect for your fellow beings 
  • Work together for the benefit of all Mankind 
  • Give assistance and kindness wherever needed 
  • Do what you know to be right 
  • Look after the well-being of Mind and Body 
  • Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater Good 
  • Be truthful and honest at all times 
  • Take full responsibility for your actions