Posted by: Stephen Paul | December 28, 2007

Remembering your soul

My quest for a new approach to healing has started me on a fascinating journey. As I mentioned in a recent blog, I met a couple at an event I spoke at recently, and they introduced me to shamanism. Since then, I’ve been following up on the leads they provided. I’ve read both “The Way of the Shaman” by Michael Harner and “Soul Retrieval” by Sandra Ingerman. While shamanism is another very “old” set of techniques, I was amazed just how closely some of the fundamental ideas I found there aligned with my own developing intuition and thoughts. I present a couple of quotes from Ingerman’s book that really resonate below.

 “More and more of my work has evolved into performing soul remembering…In soul remembering I am taken back to a place before a person was born and shown his or her true essence—the beauty he came into the world with…the gifts, talents, and strengths she came into the world to manifest. Our original true essence is forgotten and replaced by the projections put upon us by family, peers and authority figures. So I help people remember who they truly are instead of who they were told they are. It is our birthright to fully express our souls. Life without meaning equals despair. It is time for all to collect back our lost pieces and remember why we were born into this world. Then, we are truly healed and can live our lives in harmony and help others to do the same.”(Author’s Note, p. xi)


“When any living creature is fully infused with its own spiritual force or soul, it will radiate energy and vitality. Any creature whose spirit is fully at home in its body will feel a deep resonance with that same spirit in other living things. By contrast, when any creature loses a part of its spiritual essence, a profound depletion and alienation from the rest of creation occurs. I have met many people who appear to be suffering from loss of their spiritual essence or soul: in fact, almost everyone I have ever met suffers from some sense of incompleteness and emptiness. They sense that parts of themselves are missing and that they are cut off from a deep connection with life. For some people, this feeling of incompleteness and alienation causes great suffering. For most, the sense of not being fully alive is a continual, low-grade pain often masked with drugs, entertainment, compulsive sex, and addictions of many other kinds.” (p. 18)

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