Soul Loss: Are You Suffering!
By Hwaa Irfan
In ancient traditional practices, soul retrieval is achieved by a skilled practitioner who goes on a spiritual journey with the client to where the client as separated from their soul/left their soul behind. There is a clearing of negative energies that do not belong in your personal space. Once that clearance takes place, there is room for light in one’s life, and light attracts light making a positive turnaround in one’s life. It is a journey that requires honesty, and no more deceit at any level of one’s existence. In Latin America, soul loss is known by another name “Susto.” It is considered that the best place to undergo soul retrieval is the home, and/or a sacred place or place of worship. Cleansing techniques and prayer are some of the tools used to retrieve the soul.
To the traditional Zulu, a person consists of the body, the aura, the Law, and Uqobo/essence. To the Nupe, a person consists of the body/naka, soul/rayi, the shadow/fifingi, and the personal soul/kuci. To the Yoruba, a person consists of the body/emi. the soul/ori, the mental body/iye, individual effort/esè, the shadow/ojiji, and the heart-soul/oke. Amongst the Bantu-Kongo, the spirit/ntu exists at all levels of the human make-up, and these vital forces exist within all creation, whether human, animal or object. When as animal is killed amongst the Dogon, this vital force, in Dogon the nyama is released and the hunter must protect himself. How exposed have we been with the negative release of this force from all life forms, the death of which has been unsurmountable in the 20th and 21st century! To the Rastafari of N. Carolina, U.S. these energies or vibrations permeate all reality, even our food and clothing, and to maintain the positive vibrations from God/Jah, against the negative vibrations of this world/dunya one has to emanate positive vibrations/energy – one of the calls of the Universe on humanity for 2012.
The multidimensional aspects of man, are healed through traditional practices using the herbalist, priest, psychologist, mediator, healer, singer, musician, and dancer, for example . The basis of Bakongo healing is the abnormal flow of the body’s energy, and thus the decrease in one’s ability to self-heal, a concept which underlies Vibrational Medicine/Energy Healing, affirmed previously by Einsteinian perspective that all humans are networks of complex energy fields that interface with the physical/cellular system. The, slow move towards such acknowledgment can be witnessed in allopathic medicine today through the adoption of homeopathy as a reliable and cost effective form of treatment with no side effects, and the integration of nanotechnology in pharmaceutics, though the basis of the modern medicine approach to man as program that can be manipulated or a vehicle with a replaceable part is faulty, and has led to fatalities although the principles of nanotechnology arises undeclared from the challenges of homeopathy. Other aspects of the human body as a complex system of energies have also been recognized by using oriental dancing as a successful form of fertility treatment. Spatial sacred geometrics is at the core of the traditional art of oriental dancing, which was primarily done by women for women.
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Follows is an extract on Soul Loss…
Among the traditionals, soul loss is regarded as the most serious diagnosis and the major cause of premature death and serious illness, yet curiously, it’s not even mentioned in our Western medical textbooks. The closest acknowledged context is “He/she has lost the will to live”.
In Western society, soul loss is most easily understood as damage to a person’s life essence, a phenomenon that usually occurs in response to trauma.
When the trauma are severe, this may result in a fragmentation of that person’s soul cluster, with the shattered soul parts dissociating, fleeing an intolerable situation. In overwhelming circumstances, these soul parts may not return.
The causes of soul loss can be many and varied. There may be traumatic perinatal issues that happen around the child’s birth experience such as arriving into life only to discover that they are not wanted, or that they are the wrong gender—they’ve come in as a girl when everyone was hoping for a boy.
Soul loss can also occur when a child is mercilessly bullied or teased at home or at school, day after day, or when a young person is molested by the one who is supposed to be caring for them. When someone has been raped or assaulted, has suffered a shocking betrayal, a bitter divorce, a traumatic abortion, a terrible car accident, or even a serious surgery, soul loss is assured.
Many of the young men and women who were sent to war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Viet Nam, Korea and beyond, came home personally damaged because they had suffered terrible soul loss. Our medical specialists labeled their disorders as post-traumatic stress syndrome, but they had little to offer these “walking wounded” in terms of true healing, and many who survived are still deeply traumatized at the soul level by what happened to them in war.
Symptoms of Soul Loss
Soul loss is easily recognizable if you know what you’re looking for. Here’s a checklist of some of the classic symptoms:
- Feelings of being fragmented, of not being all here.
- Blocked memory–an inability to remember parts of one’s life.
- An inability to feel love or receive love from another.
- Emotional remoteness.
- A sudden onset of apathy or listlessness.
- A lack of initiative or enthusiasm.
- A lack of joy.
- A failure to thrive.
- An inability to make decisions.
- An inability to discriminate.
- Chronic negativity.
- Suicidal tendencies.
- Melancholy or despair.
- Chronic depression.
- Perhaps the most common symptom of soul loss is depression.
In the early 1990s, Time magazine did a cover story on depression in America that revealed 60 million Americans were taking anti-depressant drugs on a daily basis, representing about 30% of our population.
Today that number is closer to 80 million, representing about 40% of society at large, and sometimes that number jumps in response to a national trauma. On the Friday following 9/11, a television newscast revealed that 7 out of 10 Americans polled were experiencing significant depression in response to the tragedy, an indicator of soul loss on a national scale.
Although the term “soul loss” is not familiar to most Westerners, examples of it are expressed daily in our language and descriptions of personal hardships. Media interviews and news reports include individuals’ comments such as “I lost a part of myself when that (trauma) happened” and “I have not been the same since.” When discussing soul loss with inquiring individuals, most everyone has a sense of having lost a “part” of themselves at some time in life, yet virtually no one has the awareness that the missing part(s) could be recovered.