Archive for June, 2012

I lost my keys the other day.  I couldn’t get to parts of my life that should have been routine to get to – my house, my car, my office.  The key, the piece of metal that let me in to them, was missing.  I did workarounds – found spare keys, found rides, found other people to let me in – but they weren’t permanent access to those parts of my life.


I had done a soul retrieval for a client shortly before losing my keys, and realized how similar the two things were – losing something that is ours, that gives us access to our power, access to being able to fully function in the rest of our lives.


In the case of my keys, I actually knew where they were, I just couldn’t get to them for a few days.  Sometimes when we’ve lost a soul part, it’s the same way – we’re pretty sure we know where the missing piece is, just need some help getting it back, and some practice using it again.


There have been other times when I actually had my keys but thought I’d lost them – with the same results – loss of power.  Loss of ability to fully function, to fully access my own life.


We need to be able to access all of our essence, all of our soul, in order to fully function in our life.  It’s time to stop using workarounds and leaning on other people when you could actually have access to what is yours.  If you feel like you’re missing a part of yourself, please call a shamanic practitioner and ask about a soul retrieval.  It’s time to come home to yourself.


(For further reading, I highly recommend Sandra Ingerman’s Soul Retrieval and Welcome Home.)

Peacock Tail, © Lynda Skeen

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I want to recommend a book about shamanism I recently read, Colleen Deatsman’s The Hollow Bone – A Field Guide to Shamanism.  Academic surveys like Michael Harner’s classic Way of the Shaman and Mircea Eliade’s Shamanism are well worth reading, but Colleen’s wonderful book is an accessible overview of shamanism written for the layperson.  Already in love with my shamanic practice, The Hollow Bone reminded me of why I fell in love with it in the first place, and opened up some doorways to deepening my practice.

Thank you, Colleen, for putting this well-reserched work of love out into the world.  I highly recommend it both for people who have never read anything about shamanism but would like to find out what it’s about, as well as those of us who have been practicing for years.

I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading – anything good you want to share?

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