For weeks, I had been having a recurring dream. It wasn’t always exactly the same, but it was always about the same thing. In my dream, a young girl had gone missing and no one knew where she was or even if she was alive or dead. Efforts to find her had led nowhere.
Hindsight is 20/20 and, in looking back at these recurring dreams, I now realize that this dream represented a part of my soul that I had lost. In shamanism, there is a process called Soul Retrieval whereby a shaman goes searching for the lost soul part in order to retrieve and restore it. A soul part can become “lost” as a result of trauma, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. For a child, a fright can cause this separation. The shaman journeys to other worlds, other dimensions, using the beat of the drum to access different brain waves and a different level of consciousness. Once the shaman finds the missing soul part, it is invited to return. It brings spiritual gifts back with it and then some sort of ceremony or celebration is given to mark the return.