Soul Retrieval refers to forms of shamanic practice that aim to reintegrate various interpretations of the soul that might have become disconnected, trapped or lost through trauma. In variants such as Carlos Castaneda's recapitulation technique, fragments of soul are sought solely within the memories of the retriever, making them largely psychoanalytical in nature; in others, the scope extends to rehabilitation of lost souls of the deceased, paralleling the Roman Catholic practice of offering prayer for the dead to assist their progress through purgatory. Robert Monroe explored the concept of retrieval extensively through use of out-of-body and astral projection techniques, sometimes finding the personalities he perceived suggestive of prior incarnations of himself.
Monroe's first exposure to retrievals came about interacting with a channelling subject during a routinely taped exploration at his institute. In this session, he ostensibly found himself presented with the crying soul of a sailor, still clinging to the floating wreckage of his ship and waiting for his first dark night in the water to end more than 100 years downstream from the date he believed was current. Through offering friendship and suggestions of ways to transcend his predicament, Monroe seemed to effect a transformation in the sailor's understanding, freeing him from a century of anguish. The session was subsequently transcribed, and Monroe eventually developed a series of binaural frequency sets to assist others in the replication of altered states of consciousness suitable for similar retrievals.
The shamans started this method, as according to their concept, the human beings are staying in the world because of their souls and the souls need to be looked after by them by ways of recovery by soul retrieval in order to heal the mental and physical disabilities or sufferings. By considering this fact, the people were mitigated by the process of soul retrieval by Shamans within the time of 3 days whenever they had any agonizing condition in their lives related to family tension, accident/death of any loved one or divorce etc. Healing By Soul Retrieval To Overcome Mental Disorders Whenever we feel ourselves empty because of any matter like loneliness in life, miscarriage, rape, infertility, earthquakes, flood, surgery, depression, break-up with the relations and death of any loved one etc., in terms of spiritual healing, it means that part of our soul has become irreclaimable which is usually called as Soul Loss.
Soul loss in humans can be revealed by different features including, the separation of concepts or mental processes from the conscious personality or deprivation of sensation, ineptitude to feel any sentiment like such person cannot feel the happiness of marriage, patch-up in relations or childbirth, feeling lonely all the time even in the presence of many people, feeling of contriteness, loss of power of retention about the past events of the life, lack of confidence in the loyalty of others, dependency on drugs and alcohol that cannot be withdrawn without adverse effects, long-lasting disorders, feeling of inadequacy or hopelessness, tyrannization of memory, and many other problems related to the functionalities of mind.
- Bruce Moen, "Afterlife Knowledge Guidebook: A Manual for the Art of Retrieval and Afterlife Exploration"; ISBN 978-1-57174-450-0
- Robert Monroe, "Ultimate Journey" p110+; ISBN 0-385-47208-0
- Recording of The Patrick Event
- Rosalind McKnight, "Cosmic Journeys: My Out of Body Explorations with Robert Monroe", Chapter 21: The Patrick Event; ISBN 978-1-57174-123-3
- "Soul Retrieval" (in English). Writing Junction. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- Sandra Ingerman, Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self (2006); ISBN 978-0-06-122786-8
- Alberto Villoldo, Mending The Past & Healing The Future With Soul Retrieval; ISBN 978-1-4019-0626-9
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