Soul loss is a form of self-preservation.
When we experience trauma, we experience soul loss because the part of ourselves that gives us life and vitality “leave” in order to prevent permanent damage. This causes a systemic distortion that manifests in many ways, ultimately compromising our quality of life and our ability to connect with love and happiness.
Because we’re meant to be complete spiritual beings, the trauma we experience—and the soul loss—creates an empty space (or spaces) in our energy bodies that subtracts from the whole. Since we’re so good at adapting, we then tend to fill that space with other things to compensate for what we’re missing.
Trauma is considered a cause and soul loss is considered an effect, meaning that the symptoms we experience are a result of both, much like a physiological reaction to a rotator cuff injury, for example. We feel pain and experience swelling, inflammation, and a limited range of motion because our body is telling us that something is wrong.
It is the same with depression, apathy, anxiety, disassociation, and other forms of psychological and emotional dis-ease. They are symptoms indicating dysfunction in our mental and spiritual faculties, serving as beacons for us to follow.
In many cases, the idea that trauma is the source should be a given and implies the need for deep healing and digestion. (Digestion, used in this case, as the ability to break down and work through trauma and its associated energies, in order to assimilate the change necessary to grow.) In many respects, it is not unlike how our bodies break down food.
When we chew through the meat of the matter, pun intended, we reap the benefits of our labor. For food it is vitamins and nutrients and for trauma it is liberation, health, abundance, success, the ability to love completely, and so much more. Therefore, in a nutshell, to experience soul loss is to experience the loss of life and vitality; in its place, we receive distortion and disease and are put in a place of unhappiness.
In my personal experience with soul loss, here are some symptoms:
- Chronic depression
- Memory gaps (after the age of 5 or so)
- A feeling of emptiness, of a void
- Addiction/addictive behavior
- Pattern of negative relationships
- Inexplicable anger, sadness, or fear
- Feeling of worthlessness
- Suicidal thoughts
If you resonate with any of these symptoms, then you may be experiencing soul loss, as we all do. We accrue trauma through life for any number of reasons and the best way to address it is by addressing the mind and the spirit. We not only need to learn self-care but we are capable of calling back our pieces through various modalities: past life regression, ancestral healing, psychopomp, soul retrieval, counseling (in many forms), and journey work, to name a few.
The key is to address the trauma, unearth its source, digest it, and heal it to lead a happier, more fulfilling life knowing that you have reclaimed your life and vitality.
(I strongly suggest those that are in need of immediate assistance to reach out to the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255, a local mental health clinic, or emergency services.)