Soul Retrieval: Steve


Steve and I have been friends since 2006. Even though he is younger than I am, he has been pursuing an alternate spiritual lifestyle much longer than I have. I mention this because he had interesting experiences during the soul retrieval and I think it is because of his background.

On March 7, 2013 Steve arrived at my house at 7:00 PM. After we chatted a while I reminded him how I conduct soul retrievals and how the process flows. Steve laid on a blanket on the dining room floor. I read a short piece I wrote on being receptive, just to get him in the mood, and then began drumming. Next I toned and rattled for about five minutes. Then I put a CD on and laid down next to him. As the rattle and drumming rhythms started I asked my healing guide for help and we went on the journey.

We immediately encountered a young version of Steve as an adult. I easily recognized him even though his grey hair was dark black. He wore a long sleeved, yellow shirt with thin blue and red lines and grey slacks. The soul part quickly agreed to return and indicated he was bringing forgiveness back. The forgiveness was associated with his first marriage. It was forgiveness for everyone including himself. After he agreed to return, his clothing changed to a long sleeved blue shirt and black slacks.

I asked if this part knew of more parts that could return and he said yes and led us to a child version of Steve. The child was dressed in a red shirt and blue jeans, like Steve wore to my house. However the child did not want to come back. I asked why he left and he said he was afraid of his father. My healing guide picked the child up, held him lovingly and convince him to return with us.

I checked to see if there were any power animals wanting to join Steve at this time but there were none. I was ready to return but my guide said there was no hurry so we listened to the remaining CD track. Then I invited the soul parts to join us, which they did, and we returned to ordinary consciousness. I blew the soul parts into Steve’s chest and ended the soul retrieval. Steve returned to ordinary consciousness right way and we discussed what happened.

As it turns out, Steve went on his own journey as soon as I started drumming at the beginning. He saw pleasant shapes, and three colored long-stemmed glasses. An old American Indian woman poured seeds into one of the glasses and told Steve to drink them. He did. Next he saw an old American Indian man and they both watched as a series of young boys appeared before him, one at a time, and disappeared with a popping sound. Then the session ended.

We talked about what I saw. Steve said the yellow shirt and grey slacks are among his favorites and that he has several blue shirts. Blue is one of his favorite colors. He also said that the forgiveness regarding his first marriage made a lot of sense. Regarding his father, Steve said his father was never abusive, but was a strict disciplinarian; Steve always wanted to please his father. Steve said he saw an animal in his experience – it was a badger. I got my copy of “Animal Speak”, read the description and Steve said the information made sense to him. Steve said he felt like he was wearing a heavy hat during the soul retrieval, but this had happened to him during other deeply spiritual experiences.

As a final note, during this retrieval I was questioning my own effectiveness and value in the event. However, I just moved forward and everything worked out. I was reminded of the Nike ad – Just Do It! The journey went quickly from my point of view and I was surprised, and pleased, when Steve told me of his experiences.

Shamanic Tools: Words


Words are tools that are easily overlooked. We take them for granted. Yet, in my opinion, they are the most powerful tools we have at our disposal. The power of words is indirectly expressed, but implied, in one of the ancient writings of India, the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (IV.4.5) : “You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

I’m currently reading an interesting book titled the Energy of Words by Michelle Arbeau, Llewellyn Publications, 2013. It analyzes the numerological value of words. In her Introduction she discusses the law of attraction and how it seems difficult to use. She says it is difficult because we use more negative words than positive words in our self-talk, sabotaging our efforts to succeed. She makes a good point. Visualization is only part of the law of attraction. If we visualize correctly but undercut our efforts with our thoughts, “I hope this works” or “I’ll try this and see if it works”, then we are working against our hopes and dreams.

The same is true for labels we use for ourselves. By the way, a great book on the numerology of peoples’ names is Numerology: The Romance in Your Name, by Dr. Juno Jordan; I highly recommend it. But names are not the only labels we use for ourselves. We hear the name shaman along this path. Numerology indicates that name equates to the number 20 which further reduces to the number 2 which, according to Michelle Arbeau, is associated with the title supportive guide. On the other hand, the label medicine maker equates to (medicine = 8, maker = 3) the number 11 which reduces further to 2. This may seem the same as the value for shaman but it is not. This (11/2) is one of the Master-Numbers in numerology. It is the highest spiritual number and is associated with the title spiritual-guide. The difference is subtle but significant.

Other labels are interesting to compare: Mom/Dad, Teacher/Student, Leader/Follower. Michelle discusses all of them in her book. But the main point is that the words we use every day have a positive or negative influence and it is in the here and now of our communications, written or verbal, where most of the influence, negative or positive, occurs. I’m going to discover the positive words and use those most frequently, especially in my self-talk.  Words are the most powerful tools we have.

Next blog: Soul Retrieval for Steve.

Thanksgiving? Bah! Humbug!


I realize most people are not as optimistic as I am. It’s part of my personality type (ESFJ). I can’t help it; a leopard can’t change its spots. So this is for Americans who are having a tough time; middle class and below.

Our situation is such that many dreams of success have been shattered. This loss causes us to be disappointed and worried for our friends, our families and ourselves. It wasn’t that long ago that we looked at the prosperity and wealth of the past and assumed it would continue, uninterrupted, into our future. But it hasn’t.

We have to decide how we are going to deal with our loss of trust and feelings of increased anxiety. But how do we adjust to these difficult times? One way is to realize that America is still the country of great abundance; people risk their lives trying to come here to live. They come from countries where they have no freedom, no shelter, no clothing, no food. When they hear us talking about tough times they probably smile at our concerns because abundance, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. They have relatives in foreign countries who would change places with us in an instant.

Above all, we must be realistic in our expectations because it is becoming apparent that good times are not right around the corner. We must also be hopeful. My parents lived through the Great Depression; a previous time of great loss and anxiety. They were afraid for their future too. But they answered the challenge. They not only survived it, but they overcame it. This is what we must do. No one knows how long that will take nor how difficult it will be. In the meantime we must appreciate our friends and families and the good things we do have and keep working to improve our lives and communities. If we do, one day we’ll look up and see the sun is shining brightly again.

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