Soul Retrieval Healing
with Lenore Norrgard, MA, Harner Method Shamanic Counselor
Soul retrieval healing
Soul retrieval healing
Isanna, a Bay Area client, wrote:
"I thought that you might like to know how my life has changed since the soul retrieval you did for me five years ago. These changes could not have been possible without the work that we did:
"Since that time I have changed my career, and this month I will complete my 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a specialty in Information Technology. I find this amazing since prior to our meeting I was not able to finish anything I had started.
"My relationship is going well and we are about to celebrate our 14-year anniversary. I have recommended you to a friend of mine, who may be contacting you soon.
"Thank you so much for your help and wisdom! I am so much happier in my life."
A Portland area client wrote:"At the age of nineteen I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The condition was eventually stabilized with lithium treatment and I continued to take lithium for the next fifteen years.
"Although I remained stable, lithium had a number of side effects with which I struggled. These included weight gain and difficulty sustaining concentration, as well as an overall flattening of mood. I tried unsuccessfully to go down on my lithium dosage several times, but even a reduction of 15 percent would bring on significant moodiness, sleeplessness and irritability.
"Following a soul retrieval with Lenore, however, I was able to completely phase out lithium treatment over the course of a year, with my physician's approval and supervision in conjunction with the practice of meditation, tai chi and qigong. Not only did I not suffer any ill effects of discontinuing lithium, but I have physically never felt better! I am so grateful for the healing I received and would like to share the good news!"
Another Bay Area client, Isa, wrote:
"This is the single best thing I have done for myself. Thank you for all the wonderful work you and your spirit helpers have done for me!"
Every living being enjoys the vitality of life we call soul. Most people are born with their soul fully intact, which allows them, at least as children, to know who they are and what they want, to have the energy to pursue what they want, to trust how they experience the world and other people, and to know where they leave off and where others begin.
However, part of this essence, or soul, may be lost, most often through trauma. The trauma to the soul may be sudden, as in the cases of a physical injury, an incident of abuse, or the loss of a loved one; or it may take place gradually, as in the case of long-term neglect, lack of sufficient nourishment, or exploitation.
Soul loss can take place at any time in the course of one's life. The soul may leave the body to survive a trauma; this is why rape survivors often describe watching the rape take place from a vantage point across the room where it happened, and why people who have had a general anesthetic will sometimes remember floating above the surgery table and be able to describe the operation that took place.
Soul loss, when resulting from trauma, may be understood as a mechanism that allows the individual to survive. It is actually a good thing that the soul can leave the body while a trauma takes place: the problem is not that the soul leaves, but that it does not always completely return to the body.
Sometimes one may lose part of one's soul through soul theft, in which someone suffering soul loss tries to fill their own vacancy with part of the vital soul of another. Sometimes adults will give part of their soul away to someone else, usually in a misguided attempt to form an intimate bond.
Regardless of its cause, soul loss can lead to a lot of suffering. In fact, it is one of the most serious diagnoses known to shamans, our earliest known healers. Shamanic cultures consider soul loss to result in serious imbalances not only for the individual sufferer, but for the entire community of which the individual is a part.(back to top)
Healers in shamanic cultures the world over have, for tens of thousands of years, restored balance by working with their respective spirit allies to locate the missing part of the soul and restore it to the body where it belongs.
This healing method has been revived in post-modern cultures by contemporary shaman Sandra Ingerman, author of the book Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self. You can find this book in your library or local bookstore, or you can buy it online.
Modern soul retrieval methods differ little from ancient ones; however, the context, and, therefore, the process, differ considerably. Because people in shamanic cultures were aware of such spirit-based maladies, a village or tribal member would typically suffer from soul loss for only a matter of days, or, at most, weeks.
In our society, on the other hand, a person may have been missing a part of their soul for decades, and got used to living, in a crippled way, without it. Also, it is not uncommon for an individual in our society to suffer from the loss of more than one soul part.
Once the soul part or parts are restored to the body, the modern person must go through a process of reintegration. After soul retrieval healing, the individual may experience a clearer sense of self, an increase in vitality, sharper perceptions, and/or a greater valuing of their own life and all life. Hence, bringing the soul back home may catalyze life changes.(back to top)
I have practiced shamanic healing since 1992, and have performed hundreds of soul retrievals. I have developed a way of working that has served my clients well, and that may also work for you. These are the key steps in the process:
In addition to soul retrieval healing I practice other shamanic healing methods, and offer shamanic journey instruction to individuals and in small groups. I offer training to qualified practitioners in soul retrieval and other shamanic healing and counseling approaches.(back to top)
I was trained as a Harner Method Shamanic Counselor by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, and was granted certification by that organization in 1993 after completing its requirements, which included auditing of my counseling work with clients. I studied healing methods with anthropologist and Foundation founder Michael Harner; with Sandra Ingerman, then Foundation Education Director; and with other Foundation faculty. Non-Foundation teachers include Malidoma and Sobonfu Some, Ailo Gaup, Anaiis Salles and Martin Prechtel.
I am not a psychologist and do not perform psychological counseling. All the work I do is in the shamanic tradition and is solely spiritual in nature.
I am a member of the Circle of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and the Society of Shamanic Practitioners, a minister ordained by the Association for the Integration of the Whole Person, and founder of the Circle of the Living Earth/AIWP. I hold an MA in International Studies from the University of Washington.(back to top)
Shamanic healing and counseling requires a collaboration and mutual commitment between my client and myself. When you schedule an appointment with me, I reserve for you the time you have requested, and then make the needed preparations for your session. I want you to understand that a lot of care goes into doing this work well. In exchange, I ask you to arrive on time for sessions and to complete whatever preparations we may have discussed.
When you make an appointment with me, you agree to the following:
If you wish to reschedule or cancel a non-ceremonial session, you will make this request at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.
Because healing sessions, such as soul retrieval, require much more preparation on my part, you will make any request to reschedule or cancel a minimum of 72 hours before your scheduled appointment.
Without the above notice of rescheduling or cancellation, you will be responsible for payment for the full amount of session time reserved.
The worth of the work I perform with and for clients cannot be calculated, so I simply charge for my time. My current hourly rate is $120. Fees are payable at each session.(back to top)