Did you know that our minds and bodies activate an elaborate survival mechanism when we undergo immense emotional or physical trauma? Think of that fatal road accident where the victim is the only survivor, the loss of a loved one, a painful divorce, or child molestation.
Scientific studies suggest that excessive stress induces the reprogramming of particular brain receptors at the amygdala (the brain’s emotional center). These protect us from developing uncontrollable fear. One of the effects of such brain coping mechanisms is soul loss.
A part of our soul leaves the body, allowing us to survive the trauma. Have you ever experienced soul loss? How did it happen, and what were the implications? Here is a detailed guide: –
Understanding Soul Loss
Psychologists define soul loss as the departure of the soul from the physical body and traveling through spiritual realms, with a possibility of not returning. For, the traumatized part of the soul fragments and disassociates from the body. Likewise, Animism reasons that the soul can detach from the body and wander into the spiritual realms as we sleep. And, spiritual practitioners like Shamans can guide and control a wandering soul, back to its body.
Below are typical phrases persons undergoing soul loss would use describing it: –
- Feeling lost, living in a limbo
- Someone mentions that they have never been the same ever since a certain traumatic event happened
- They feel that a part of them is missing
- Feeling like their lives are shattering into many pieces
Fortunately, this experience shields the sufferer from the painful psychological aftermath of the traumatic events. And, once the trauma is over, the soul should return.
Why It Happens
Now, you may experience soul loss when dealing with emotional, physical, or sexual trauma. Typical instances include undergoing sexual abuse, domestic violence, extreme bodily injury, or molestation during childhood. Here, the trauma triggers the soul to flee the body, allowing us to survive the traumatic experience.
Can Soul Loss Be Permanent?
Yes. First, if the traumatic experience is ongoing, soul loss can be permanent. Here, the soul detaches from the body, and for unknown reasons, cannot find its way back to the body. For example, a soldier who spends years in the war zones, dealing with one trauma after another may experience permanent soul loss.
Secondly, Ghost Sickness can cause permanent soul loss. Here, the ghost of a deceased person may lure the nocturnal wandering soul away from the body.
Thirdly, if the soul loss is due to the action of a discarnate entity like sorcery, it may never return to the body.
Implications of Permanent Soul Loss
Permanent soul loss can lead to illness or even death. The illnesses are psychological. They include going into a coma, having fainting fits, prolonged loss of consciousness, or getting epileptic seizures. Often, when a soul departs the body, it heads to the land of the dead. The closer it gets in contact with the dead, the body becomes weak, and the person looks delirious. A shaman can intercept this wandering soul before it reaches the land of the dead, otherwise, the person dies.
5 Signs You Are Experiencing Soul Loss
#1: Unending Grief
Soul loss causes deep sadness that never seems to end. Only, those around you may hardly detect the profound grief as it may not interfere with your daily activities. But, unless you address the grief, it will grow and transform into an illness.
Soul loss prevents us from connecting with what we consider as essential in our lives. Eventually, you may turn to addictions, substance abuse, workaholism, eating disorders, unhealthy sexual relationships, dogmatic beliefs, or stimulants to try and fill the void.
#3: Chronic Depression
A traumatic experience that results in soul loss may be followed by a massive depression episode. Here, you may lose interest in your career or hobbies. Constant sadness may prompt you to shut out your friends and loved ones.
These feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness may last for weeks or months. Note that, chronic depression is a mental disorder treatable via medical interventions. You should seek medical help as soon as possible.
#4: Suicidal Tendencies
Chronic depression, if not treated, may lead to suicidal thoughts. Here, the victim’s search for meaning in life seems to bear no fruit. It is the ultimate effect of depression eating away at what we consider our basis for living until we remain hollow inside. In turn, they see death as the only way out of their current anguish.
#5: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Syndrome (PTSD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is quite common with war veterans returning home from war. For, these former soldiers have had their spirits exposed to immense degradation.
However, these victims stop speaking about war or the unimaginable horrors they witnessed ever again. In turn, the silence takes a toll on their family, relationships, and future careers and hobbies. PTSD may also occur due to a mother who had painful childbirth, refugees fleeing war in their countries, and accidents that involve severe trauma. Hypnosis is one of the effective ways of managing PTSD.
Soul loss results in lost vitality which can result in illness or sudden death. Yet, this experience is a vital brain coping mechanism that shields us from the massive trauma we are going through. One way to regain your life is by undergoing the soul retrieval process. Soul retrieval aims at connecting the dots in our lives, attracting the wandering soul back to the body. Here are some known soul retrieval practices:
- Visualization and Meditation – It taps into the power of imagination to bring back the fragmented soul.
- Tapping into our Inner Archetypes – Use our positive archetypes to unblock what is obscuring the soul
- Yoga, Binaural Beats, and Breathing Exercises – Alter our state of consciousness to guide the spirit back to the body
- Self-Hypnosis – Works like yoga and meditation
- Prayer and Mantra – Wade off negative energies that may have a hold on the wandering soul.
Soul loss may happen to anyone who is undergoing a traumatic life experience. It causes a disharmony that is visible as a multitude of illnesses or even death. Yet, there are proven ways to reconnect to the wandering soul and restore harmony to the body. Practices like hypnosis, yoga and meditation, and visualization, under the guidance of a spiritual healer, will help you overcome soul loss.