Soul Retrieval has been a popular topic. This refers to the return of missing soul fragments (or parts) of yourself. Soul Retrieval can be described as a classic shamanic practice. In some communities it was the primary means of maintaining health and power. The word soul means our life-force. Shamanic terms describe us as a composite of’souls or life-forces. This is how we can become fractured. Shipibo – Conibio Indians at the Upper Amazon Rainforest believe that every part is a soul. Their healing practices include journeys to recover the soul (or life force) of a particular area of the body. Visit our website and learn more about

According to the Shamanic worldview, power is essential for maintaining your health. It is possible to feel uncomfortable when we think of power in English. According to the Shamanic worldview, power means power over oneself, not over another. You can have a more fulfilling life if you have more control over yourself.

Soul Retrieval allows us to access our inner life force. The other way to keep our life-force in check is to stop relying on others. Our lives often take from and hold onto the energy that others have. Soul Theft (which I realize is an emotive concept and word) is what this is. It is something everyone does, it is common, so it should be looked at with a non-judgmental attitude. It’s the opposite of Soul Retrieval in certain respects.

Soul-theft, which can be a learned generational habit, is often found in relationships.

Many ways can we take or steal people’s life force, as these examples prove.

– When we feel jealous of someone else’s power or status.

– Someone has power/energy that another person needs

“I want him/her to be my identity” – It is when someone wants another person’s identity. This could also occur when we idolise a person, or ‘hero worship’ them.

– Judging someone is a very common way of taking another person’s power.

– When we over-care for someone and make them too dependent on our care. This can cause the person concerned to lose their independence and will not be supported.

Soul-theft can be a problem for many people.

– A person’s life-force has been lost is diminished in any way

– Relationships are often ‘hung’ on which causes difficult, ragged and unsatisfactory completions.

– If someone has taken the life-force of another, they are unable to use it in any meaningful way. It becomes a burden. Participants who take part in the Soul-release workshop have described this feeling in many ways. One said, “The taken soul parts felt as if I had ‘barnacles upon a hull of ship’ that held me back, weighing down”, and another said, “I felt like I was covered by clinging seeds and leaves”.

Sometimes we take on another’s shadow, and may find ourselves in a difficult position of having to share our feelings with them.

Returning another person’s vitality-force can have many benefits. This act of kindness can have profound healing effects and work on many levels. People who do this type of work provide me with a lot of feedback. Many times, I’m told that relationships (between partners, parents, and children) are improving. I like to think of it as a tug, with both the parties pulling on the rope. If the other person returns the life-force (which is effectively letting the rope go), the other person responds, There is no more rope that you can pull on, or place pressure on.