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Soul Retrieval for Dogs

I had the honor and new experience of doing soul retrieval* on three of my friend’s/student’s dogs. I had come to do a house-clearing and right away, I had the visceral feeling that two of them who greeted me needed soul retrieval.

Signs of excessive agitation and fear were most apparent to me in the two dogs that met me right away, as I entered M’s house. I could hear the 3rd dog barking upstairs.

The process was completely spirit-guided, as I had never performed soul retrieval on animals before.

I performed the ceremony on one dog at a time. For the first two, I had M drum. I asked for dog treats and had them in my hand, along with my soul-catching crystal.

As the journey for the first soul retrieval began, a fox joined me as the power animal to both help me with the retrieval and to be the dog’s helper. The fox switched back and forth from red to white, showing me its other-worldiness. I was so happy to have the fox there. She immediately began telepathically communicating the experience of being a canine, so I was perceiving the journey from a dog’s perspective–this dog’s perspective, and her past. In the journey, it was a cacophonous, strange, scary city that the dog was lost in. Almost getting hit by cars that honked at her, she was running in a terror; she was hungry and did not know where to find food. She was assaulted by the sounds and energy and movement of strange menacing things. She was in PANIC.

The fox showed me that soul loss was happening in pulses, and that she was losing clouds of soul particles in pulses. Unlike the humans I work with, where I travel long distances to find large distinct lost soul parts, the soul parts were hovering very near the body of the dog, like a cloud of dust. This seemed very cool, and right, since my impression of dogs is that they do not mentally masticate their issues like we do, but hold them in their body with emotional consciousness.

I was wondering before I began the journey how I was going to be able to blow the soul parts back into the dog. For humans, we get close to their hearts and heads, and blow the soul parts from the crystal into their crown and heart chakras. For dogs, it was apparent that that was going to be a challenge, and a personal hazard when working with some dogs. The all-knowing fox showed me how to solve this problem. After we collected the soul dust into the crystal, we came back to ordinary reality and blew the soul parts and power animal into the dog treats, and then fed them to the dog. The fox was brilliant! It worked wonderfully!

When the ceremony was done, this dog laid down on the couch and went to sleep. She seemed a little more calm.

As the next soul retrieval journey began for the second dog, a black wolf appeared. She showed me that this dog also had pulses of soul loss, but his was turned down a few notches, and was at the emotional level of  WORRY. In the past, he had gone through a period where he did not know, nor could he rely on, an expected pattern of  his days. His world was unpredictable and unsettled and it worried him. When he would eat, go out, be pet or paid attention to–this pattern of his day was not well established and he was suspended in a state of worry. He, too, had clouds of soul particles very near his body. We collected them (and the wolf) in the crystal, blew them into the treats. He accepted the soul pieces and the wolf in the treats readily. He showed an immediate response of relaxation. He appeared to move around the house with more emotional ease. It was very touching to see.

For the third dog’s ceremony, M held him in her lap and I drummed. My old friend Watney, the Rottweiler, showed up to help. He took me to an image where this dog was high up on a tall building, looking down over the edge. He was afraid of stepping forward; his footing was uncertain and this made him nervous. We retrieved his soul cloud and Watney jumped into the crystal to help. This third dog happily ate his soul pieces and the Rottweiler that went with them. When I finished he did not bark at me anymore, and seemed more at peace.

I was very moved by this experience. I had never done a soul retrieval on a dog before. I look forward to doing more of them!

* Soul retrieval is a sacred ceremony done by well-trained shamanic practitioners. We believe that one of its origins was ancient Egypt, and can be seen clearly in the story of Isis and Osiris. The ceremonial practice seeks to bring back parts of our soul that get separated from the core of our soul during trauma. We feel more whole and illuminated, more alive and healthy, as a result of this ceremony. This ceremony is an integral part of my work with my human clients. I look forward to expanding my work to include pets!


Reports of Shamanic Healing

Healing by the Lake

Shamanic Sound Healing at Hidden Lake

At the beginning of 2009, I heard from Spirit that I was to begin offering free soul retrievals. I announced it in Hidden Lake’s e-newsletter. WOW! What a response. I knew it would be a gift, but I did not realize the magnitude until it began unfolding. It was a wake up call about how much people would love to experience the work, and how, perhaps, finances are allowed to stand in the way of healing. What I also noticed was just how much grace there was in the room for these people who began coming. And while I like to spend more than one session with people, our time together was potent.

Here is what my first of a series had to say when I emailed to follow up to see how she was doing–

“Hi Lauri- I noticed a very significant “lightening”. It felt as if a large weight was lifted from me. I could physically feel the difference. Also my left ear that I had been having trouble with for 6 months and went to the doctor 3 times for was completely healed up the evening of the soul retrieval. My right knee is doing great too.

Also a couple of days after the soul retrieval I was asked to teach a class for our local community schools in my home town. This was just out of the blue so I knew that it was one of those soul path things where you needed to pay attention and say yes. So I am creating the class and writing the curriculum for the class. (Even though a large part of me wants to stay home and hide out:)

I know I really need to come and do the constellation work that you had mentioned. I still am very big on being secretive. For instance I don’t feel that in the  class that I can just come and out speak about what I really want to say, I feel I have to water it down to make it acceptable.

My new mantra is what you had said to me: “What if being on a spiritual path was easy.” I keep saying this to myself when I feel like bagging it. I have also noticed how protected that I am in EVERYTHING… even when I have no clue or make a snap decision I am later shown how it was the best choice I could have made even if I had labored over the decision for months and researched every detail.

One last thing … I think my guides are joking with me. I have been asking them for a million dollars. Yesterday, one of my husbands customers wrote him a note on a piece of note paper and the note paper had on the back of it a million dollar bill. (It was a picture, I don’t know if you have seen them in some of the advertising gimmicks where they send you a million dollar bill). I told them thanks and I am wanting the kind I can put in my bank , please. Thank you so much for the gift of the soul retrieval. K “

Singing the soul forward

My benevolent helpers have shown me this beautiful process which they help me perform at the end the soul retrieval ceremonies they perform through me. They call it “singing the soul forward”.

They have instructed me that an effective way to integrate the recently-retrieved soul parts into the wholeness of the soul. It involves helping each retrieved part re-experience all of the events that the rest of the soul has experienced since that part was lost from the whole. The benevolent ones give me a unique song for each person, which is sung while the events are vibrationally infused during the integration and sealing process. This part of the ceremony “catches the soul part up” so to speak on what the rest of the soul has experienced, so it, too, gets to experience the history of, and become integrated into, the wholeness of the soul.

Thoughts? Experiences? you can also email me at lauri@hiddenlakeretreat.org


Invitation to shamanic healers and clients to share experiences

I am inviting you to write about your experiences that you would like to share with others, your questions and wonderings, about the shamanic healing that you do with the spirits, or that you have received from the spirits through shamanic healers.

Please Use initials or made-up names so that people’s privacy can be maintained.

My wondering for the day:

My spirits performed a soul retrieval on a client “NC” the other day. They retrieved an important part that had been taken by a parent as they passed on. We traveled to the edge of the light, my spirits went in and retrieved the soul part, then returned.

When we returned and began discussing things, NC noted that the evening of her parent’s passing, she experienced a profound state of peace and light.

My question or wondering or learning was this:

we have often thought that the soul part is caught in another space-time, and that the host soul is having experiences in in this part’s absence. apparently, it seems, the soul part is having its own experience, too. NC felt as if she was having an experience of the light, as her soul part had been transported there.


Message from the spirits: How the dark informs the light


We listen in the shamanic life to messages from our benevolent helpers. As I was preparing for solstice lodge, they were asking me to inquire about the relationships between what I perceived as the “light” parts of myself–things I honored in myself, the good, and the dark parts of myself–my shadow, the pain of wounds, fears, things i tell myself about myself that are “bad” ways of being. This line of inquiry catapulted all of us in the lodge to look.

The spirits’ underlying message was this: the dark always informs and feeds the light.

The spirits were showing us that the Earth experiences a dynamic balance of light and dark every day. On her skin, every day, in the dance with the sun. As the earth spins through this dynamic balance, so do we. There is no Home without this dance of light and dark.

The dark aspects of ourselves are only perceived by us that way. We know this. They are integral to our divine whole. They inform what we have judged to be “light” sides of ourselves; they cause us to seek help and advice, retreat and go into silence, journey, whatever multitude of means we as spiritual beings endeavor to do to bring healing to our lives.

There is a partnership between these aspects of ourselves. The events that prompt pain are karmic, for the pain and fear informs the development of the soul.

People come to me as a shamanic healer and say “I want you to help me get rid of this…” Sometimes, the “this” does not belong to them,  so we do an extraction or cord-cutting on this dense energy that is foreign to the person’s energy system/soul. Sometimes, oftentimes, the “this” they seek to be rid of is some aspect of themselves that they struggle with. The spirits were helping us see that healing this is about helping come to peace with those things, to end the struggle, to see into how to use those aspects as gifts for growth and development. How this “dark” feeds the “light, with these terms only metaphorical, like the dance of the earth with the sun.

I had heard this before, over and over, but this time they finally conveyed it to me in a visceral fashion that i could truly grok.

What was even more interesting was what they told me as I was speaking about this to a friend. They said that whenever we begin to “dis-own” the dark parts of ourselves, to speak about “getting rid of” these aspects we deem our dark side of our personalities or even our life, those quirks and fits of behavior we do not deem spiritual–as we poo poo these things about ourselves in our own minds, or as we seek help to get rid of these, we are actually causing mini events of soul loss (see http://www.hiddenlakeretreat.org/shamanism.htm for discussion on soul retrieval). Little splinters of our essence “pink” off (can you hear it???) into another time space continuum until we honor them and come to peace with them, or until a soul retrieval is performed.

So we learn from the Earth how to feel the dynamics of light and dark, to allow the dark to inform and feed the light. We thank the benevolent ones for this message, on this path of shamanic living.