Soul Retrieval ~ An Emotional Trauma Release Technique

Soul retrieval is a form of guided imagery, inner child healing, emotional cord cutting, shadow work and emotional healing that results in permanent healing or total body healing.

The truth is, that our soul is always whole and complete within us, it is our human spirit that can become damaged.

Soul retrieval is based on the concept that we are creating our own reality. Once we can fully accept this and take responsibility for everything that happens in our lives, then we will begin to walk in a world free from victim-hood and blame.

When working with your client, you can begin to see how they’ve created everything in their awareness by listening to how much power they give their story, then you can easily identify when and where they have given their power away.

This technique helps to rediscover the part of the human spirit that was damaged during some tragic event… where a part of one’s core integrity left the body in order to protect itself while the body experienced the trauma. Sometimes, depending on how severe the impact of the trauma was, that part of the broken spirit never fully returns back into the body. This happens when we unknowingly give our power away to someone or something. Over time, that part of our spirit will continue to try and find its way home by continuing to create similar situations and emotions as opportunities to reclaim that power back and stop the reoccurrence of the feeling.

Soul retrieval is the process of taking your power back from something, someone or some situation and can assist an individual in permanently healing any past trauma or negative beliefs. A soul retrieval happens when the lost part of the soul returns safely and completely back into the body and integrity is restored.

Symptoms of Soul Loss:

Blocked memory
Apathy (lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern)
Emotionally unavailable or withdrawn
Cannot receive or give love
Lack of motivation to live life or suicidal thoughts
Addictions (alcohol, gambling, sex, etc.)
PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Feeling guilt or shame
Lack of purpose
Prolonged grief
Anger and hatred toward self and/or others
Negative beliefs (Example: everybody lies, people are stupid or I’m not good enough)
Physical pain
Weight gain
Phobias and fears

What causes soul loss?

Soul loss occurs when there is a loss of personal power. This usually happens involuntarily and as a result, damages the spirit by the negative influence or belief. Essentially, the spirit will recognize when something traumatic is about to happen and it will leave the energy field of the body in order to protect itself and maintain its integrity while the body experiences the trauma. When this happens, that part of the spirit may not be able to return safely back into the body depending on how traumatic the event was. This is when soul loss occurs.

Situations that may cause soul loss include:

Prolonged Stress
An accident
Loss of a loved one
Extreme fear
Negative influence
Anticipated rejection
Lack of understanding
Neglected as a child

If soul loss is left unresolved for long periods of time it can manifest itself into physical form creating very serious emotional, spiritual, mental and physical problems including pain, severe panic attacks, illness, and even disease.

The Solution: 

Retrieve the part of the spirit that was damaged during the traumatic experience, and welcome it safely back into the body. This is done through the soul retrieval process. In many cases, a soul retrieval can be very successful with only one session. Depending on how long the situation has been left unresolved will determine how far it has spiraled out of control and now shows up in many areas of one’s life. Like the ripple effect, when you throw a stone into the middle of a pond it will create many ripples that move outward. Eventually, when no stones are thrown, the pond will become still again. Soul loss is comparable to someone that keeps throwing stones into the pond, not allowing the pond to calm, creating chaos in one’s life. A soul retrieval will identify where the rocks are coming from and correct it from that point.

The part of the soul that needs healing will continue to create situations and experiences in your life to feel the emotion over and over again until it is healed. Healing takes place by understanding the truth of the situation from a higher perspective and offering compassion through forgiveness to any other persons involved including oneself. Sometimes it’s also as easy as having a conversation with yourself as you were back then (younger self) and giving him or her permission to heal and release the attachment to the story or the trauma. Only then can you expect to experience that peaceful stillness and balance once again in your life.

Facilitator notes:

As the facilitator/practitioner, it is very important for you to remain neutral and unattached to the clients’ story. It is extremely important to avoid becoming emotionally involved no matter how bad or traumatizing the story may be. When facilitating this exercise for a friend or family member, this is also very important and I would recommend explaining to them that even though you are my “mom, son etc”, just let go of attachment of that just for the purposes of this moment/session and allow me to be a neutral guide.

Before the session, I may also explain to the client that scientific studies have shown that the brain doesn’t know the difference between experiencing the event in the mind or in real life, but it will still heal on an emotional level.

I may also teach the client the difference between making decisions from their head where they will try to analyze and judge to make up or see a vision and just allowing it to come naturally through their intuition and trusting what they see. The intuition is held in the area of the abdomen, behind the belly button and is also known as the solar plexus chakra or gut feeling. I will encourage the client to notice when they are in their head and just shift their awareness back down to the area in the abdomen.

Sometimes before the session, I will have them pull a card for more clarity and guidance. Then I might gently shake a rattle over them as an extra form of clearing, this will also help to remove any form of distraction. When doing this work I have found that people will unknowingly create distractions so they don’t have to face the situation again.

Sometimes I will also drum for a few minutes before we begin. Remember, this is just the way I do it. I would encourage you to make up your own way that works for you.


Create a safe environment for you and your client whether it’s indoors or out in nature. Have all of the tools you will use ready and easily available (drum, rattles, sage, medicine cards, etc). Take a few minutes to get to know your client and build rapport and trust. Even if you already know them and have had previous sessions, this part of the process is very important. It allows them to empty their mind of all the activities of their day so far. It also allows them to get anything off of their chest before going into the session so they can become present, relaxed and calm.

Start by smudging and clearing the energy…

You can intuitively recognize the moment they begin to feel more relaxed. This is your opportunity to ask a few final questions before you begin the session.

Ask them if they have anything else they want to get off their chest before you begin the session.

Ask them if they have any questions before you begin.

By asking these two questions, you build trust and you are making it clear that you are about to actually begin the session.


  1. Coaching, identify what needs to be healed
  2. Locate where they are carrying it in the body
  3. Remember the first time
  4. Return to the scene
  5. Coming home
  6. Integrity restored

1. Coaching, Identify what needs to be healed

Start with the basics of a life coaching session by using the seven basic questions unless of course your client knows exactly what the want to heal or work on. Coaching just allows you and them to get clear on the problem or emotion that needs healing.

Ask your client to explain any physical or emotional symptoms that they are experiencing even if they don’t think the problem is related.

Here you are listening for keywords, triggers, and any emotions that come up. This can also help identify what needs healing. The most common emotions or feelings are anger, fear, sadness, confusion, frustration, disappointment, guilt, shame, regret and the feeling of not being good enough.

Once you identify what needs healing, have your client get into a comfortable position, usually laying down is best because sitting up takes effort and you want them to be as relaxed as possible. Have them close their eyes and let them know they will remain in complete control for the session and that they are safe. I will have them focus on sounds in nature or if I am in a room, I will put on some type of relaxing soft music and have them just focus on that for a minute or so.

Now, while they are completely relaxed and in somewhat of an altered state of consciousness you may begin the process.

2. Locate where they are carrying it in their body

Ask your client to allow their body to show them where they are carrying this. Have them give it a color and a shape. Then once they do, have them thank their body for showing them and being so willing to look at this and heal it today. Most commonly they will see a darker color and a hardened or pointy shape. For example a black or dark grey rock or a dark green murky mist or sludge.

3. Remember the first time

Ask your client if they can remember when they first noticed the problem starting. Then ask them if they can remember when they first started noticing the symptoms. How old were they? Is that the very first time they can recall? It is most important to remember the very first time they remember feeling this way. It is usually between the ages of three and nine but could be at any age. Sometimes it could have started in the womb or it could have been more recent.

Sometimes the client won’t remember the very first time they felt the feeling or emotion but they definitely will remember a more recent time. If this is the case, just have them start there. Then once healing the recent time, they may easily be more able to remember the very first time.

This can often be the toughest part of the session because they have done such a good job for so long of NOT trying to remember because they don’t want to feel it again. Just gently explain to them that in order to heal it they have to feel it again, at least one last time. This is where you might get the most resistance from them, but don’t give up. keep trying.

Give them time to remember and have them describe what happened. From here, it can lead to the thing that needs healing the most.

4. Return to the scene

Once your client is able to recall the event, have them describe it to you. Where did it take place? Who was there? Who wasn’t there that was suppose to be? Sometimes the story can be extremely terrible and traumatic, you as the coach/facilitator are to remain neutral and not become invested emotionally. Do note even show sympathy or any emotion. They trust you to guide them and to not become a part of their pain.

Ask them how old they were when it happened.

Now, have them as they are now arrive back on that scene and take their younger self or little boy or girl by the hand and look them in the eyes and explain to them that they are going to be okay, they are there from the future and have come back now to help them heal this and safely bring them home.

Now have your client ask the younger self to describe how they are feeling and what is happening.
In most cases, there is someone who is causing the pain or trauma. Identify who that is. It is most commonly a close relative but can also just be anyone.

Now, have the adult-self give the younger-self permission to have a voice and speak up and tell this person what they would have wanted to tell them back then. How they made them feel, what this did to them and how they are still carrying it today. Here is their opportunity to feel the emotion to the fullest. Get everything off of their chest and just unload.

When your client is finished telling this person everything they wanted them to know, have them now see through to the spirit of the other person and describe how the person feels now as they learn how badly they traumatized them. Usually, they will describe them as feeling sad, regret, guilt and shame. The other person will often start to cry in the vision as they learn how they made your client feel.

Now have your client ask them why they did it. Here you will have your client really search for the truth, the real reason this person did what they did. Sometimes it’s because of what they went through as a child and didn’t know better. Search for deep understanding.

As your client learns the real truth, they may begin to have compassion for the other person and naturally, as humans, we don’t want to see another human suffer so this is your opportunity to have your client forgive the other person.

Have your client let the other person know that they don’t want them to hurt either and that they are there today to forgive them and release them of this. Have your client take them by the hands and look them in the eyes and say out loud, “I forgive you and I release you today.”

Sometimes it will take a moment for your client to say this. Just allow them to take their time and hold space. Once they say this and really feel it, then it automatically releases them. You may notice your client has some relief now. Have them feel how good it feels to be free of this.

Now have them look at the other person in the vision and describe to you how they are feeling now that they have been forgiven. Most commonly, the other person feels relief and begins to smile.

Now have your client explain to the other person what they have learned from this experience, how their soul has grown and what they now know as a result of going through this experience.

Now have your client thank the other person for coming into their vision today to heal this then release them out of the vision

5. Coming home

Now your client is left standing there looking at their younger self. Have your client describe to you how their younger self is doing now. Most commonly the younger self is happy and has relief. Now have your client let their younger-self know how hard life has been without them and that they need them back so that they can experience life again as a whole and complete person. Full of life, love, laughter, with the ability to trust again, to play, and to rerun to innocence.

Have your client ask their younger self now if they are willing to come home. Most commonly the younger self will say yes. Now just have your client open their arms and receive them home, welcome them back and feel them re-entering the body, the mind, and their energy field. Have the bask in how good that feels to have the home again.

If the younger-self says no or is scared or unsure, have your client talk to them and ask them why they are not ready. Have them ask their younger self what’s blocking them and walk them through it. Have your client explain to them that they are safe now. You may have to have your client explain to their younger-self what just happened and how you were able to heal it by forgiving them.

Once the younger-self has agreed to return home, give them a few minutes to enjoy this feeling.

6. Integrity restored

Now have your client return their awareness back to the area in their body where they were once carrying it and ask them what they see now. Most commonly, they will say there’s nothing there, it’s gone or its a lighter color. Often, they will see the sun. Sometimes I have them ask it if it was able to fully heal from this experience today. If yes, great, if no, ask them what is still there. Sometimes I will have them send love to the area until it is fully healed and have the client let you know when it is complete. But don’t be afraid to relook at it again because sometimes there is more that needs healing in regards to that particular situation.

Now have them gently, slowly and carefully begin to return back to their body and return to this time and space, slowly opening their eyes. Sometimes the client will describe their sight as being more vibrant and clear. You can explain to them that this is a result of raising their vibration by healing and letting go of the lower vibrational emotions.

Thank your client for being so strong and willing to heal themselves today.

Examples: Also see example session recordings

Your sister is always bullying you and you really wanted to fight back but you didn’t. By shutting down and not speaking up, you gave your power away to her. Now you create others to bully you into your adulthood.

Your biological father left your mother when she was pregnant with you. Your mother was overwhelmed with feelings of being rejected. The DNA memories passed to you and you were born feeling rejected. As an adult, you create people and situations where you are rejected over and over again. You turn to alcohol to numb the feeling and to ultimately reject yourself.

You develop an autoimmune disorder as an adult because when you were little, you never got the attention you needed from your mother.

You always attract partners who represent your mother or your father. They are just there to help you heal some part of your past that wasn’t resolved when you were young.

You were in an auto accident and saw someone gets hurt really bad. Now you have a fear of driving or being a passenger in a vehicle.

In an extreme case, you were sexually abused as a child and because of that you were a loner in school and didn’t trust anyone anymore. You became angry. As an adult, the anger turned into a liver problem and you are still not in a loving relationship.