When people say “follow your passion” what they really mean is “follow your soul”. While nobody in the mainstream likes to talk about the soul because it is considered “unscientific”, many of us are aware of a deeper aspect of ourselves that exists beyond our basic personality or ego.
If the ego is the part of you that goes out into the world, almost like an actor who fulfils a role on a stage, the soul is more like the director of your life story – it is an overall guiding force that defines our mission in life in a broader sense.
When we become anxious, depressed, unmotivated or disoriented it is likely that we have “lost our soul”. Soul loss can happen in varying degrees from mild to severe. When your soul becomes completely misaligned with your ego or “real world” identity, you will find it hard to cope with even the simplest of life’s requirements and decisions. When your soul is fully embodied and in alignment with your identity, you are fulfilling the highest and most complete version of yourself. People who are happy, successful, and at peace with themselves and their surroundings are fully aware and in tune with their soul.
Carl Jung thought that the concept of the soul was related to various archetypes to which we as individuals could personify. Archetypes can be any sort of category that helps define who we are. Motherhood is an archetype and so is artist, business leader, teacher, healer, etc. In order to fully embody our soul, we should be in touch with the archetype that suits us and learn how to be at peace with the archetypes we came here to express.
In Jung and Shamanism, author C. Michael Smith explains how, traditionally, shamans were relied upon to help heal soul loss among members of their tribe or community. It was often believed that soul loss was the real cause of most physical illnesses, because once you are out of alignment with your soul, physical illness can result. Shamans would use their unique perspective and insight into the higher or lower realms to see what was causing the soul loss, and use a variety of techniques to help heal the soul.
Soul loss can take a variety of forms. One type of soul loss is soul fragmentation, whereby parts or aspects of the soul become separated or un-whole (ie. unholy). Soul fragmentation can occur due to trauma – in this life or past lives – or from infection/attack by opposing influences. Soul fragmentation can make us feel disoriented, stagnant, anxious and depressed.
In today’s modern age, everyday life can lead to soul fragmentation. If we are stuck in a job we hate, remain in a marriage that is unfulfilling, or if we hold resentment towards family and friends due to betrayals or other traumas, we can start to experience soul fragmentation. Soul fragmentation happens when we reject or bury some aspect of our life without gaining any wisdom from it and without forgiving ourselves and everyone else involved.
Soul contracts are an interesting concept that presupposes that as human beings we all enter into soul agreements with other people or entities – oftentimes without our direct knowledge or conscious awareness. Soul contracts bind us into agreements that essentially force us to compromise our true soul agenda for a perceived ego benefit.
Life on Earth is full of contracts and agreements, either written, verbal, emotional or spiritual. Throughout life we are constantly agreeing to legal terms and conditions as well as social contracts whereby we agree to behave a certain way or believe a certain idea. We often don’t realize how those contracts affect our day to day life and can hold us back from fully embodying who we really are at the soul level.
Soul Contract Revocation and Soul Retrieval
One tool to help make our soul whole again is a technique called soul contract revocation. In simple terms, soul contract revocation is a process of “letting go” where we recognize how we have been bound by false beliefs or unhealthy relationships that do not serve us. This act of releasing agreements from our past can result in a sense of liberation and clarity about how to move forward on our life path.
Soul contract revocation is an esoteric or mystical practice whereby we express our intention to revoke past agreements and free ourselves from the bounds of those agreements. Soul contract revocation can be done by commanding in a ritualistic form (ie. speaking out loud with focused intent) that the past agreements we entered into be revoked. Some practitioners suggest performing this ritual in a “spiritual court of equity” where we reach out to the highest aspects of our being or the Universe/Source/God to remove old agreements and free our soul in the same way that we would go to a court of law to settle old agreements in a formal manner.
Forgiveness is a key feature of soul retrieval. When we forgive ourselves for mistakes we think we made, and when we forgive others who we deem responsible for our misery or predicaments, we can start to let go of the heavy energy that is disconnecting us from our soul.
Healing the soul is a deep internal process and is often difficult to achieve alone. Shamans were traditionally used to help with the process but in today’s modern society where the very concept of the soul is rarely discussed let alone dealt with, it can be difficult for people to find adequate help or treatment. Often people who are suffering from soul fragmentation or loss end up using alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications to dull the pain of their soul loss without addressing the underlying cause of their issue. Even in most religious or spiritual settings, the individual soul is generally not considered as important as the central god, guru, leader or teacher who is guiding the belief system, and so the individual’s deeper issues related to soul loss are often disregarded, neglected or misunderstood.
Meditation is a good practice to help reconnect with the soul. By quieting the mind, we can start to receive insights from the soul level and recognize unhealthy thought patterns that keep us stuck in negativity. We can also use releasing techniques to let go of tension, particularly if we can see the agreements or sacrifices we made that are causing the tension. Although others may help us “save our soul”, genuine soul connectivity requires an individual effort that we have to make on our own if we want to feel peace, joy and wholeness, and it is one of the most important missions we have in life.