This article was inspired by 21 Signs You’re Experiencing “Soul Loss”
Soul loss is a phenomenon that anyone can experience. Continue reading and learn to identify the symptoms of soul loss.
Throughout history, humans have experienced a mysterious phenomenon that has come to be known as “soul loss.” It can occur in literally everyone regardless of their age, race, gender, and socio-economic standing.
The indigenous folks have known about the phenomenon for centuries, and according to their understanding, it was a result of fragmentation of our soul due to various different factors such as unawareness of one’s self, a traumatic experience, or severe shock to the body and mind.
When one experiences soul loss, a part of their living essence or soul shuts away due to various factors and it hinders them from experiencing their fullest potential.
Often times, due to soul loss, our entire psyches are repressed.
Luckily for us though, soul loss is usually a temporary experience, one which can be remedied through mediation and other spiritual practices.
What Exactly is Soul Loss?
Well, according to shamanistic beliefs and practices, soul loss occurs when a part of our soul (i.e. part of our soul’s energy) drifts away into another reality.
Sometimes it becomes possessed by spirits or is simply repressed within our subconscious. When such a thing happens to us, we are not longer complete and whole.
Before the advent of psychology, this was the most widely believed explanation for the phenomenon and its spiritual treatments were quite effective as well.
Besides our inability to feel whole again, we also start to feel chronic fatigue, depression, emptiness, and anxiety.
The Psychology behind Soul Loss
Once you understand that your soul is made out of energy, it becomes easier to understand that anything that will reduce this energy, will lead to soul loss or depression or other similar symptoms.
Once an imbalance within a person’s psyche is created, parts of the person’s consciousness starts to take over their personality.
So, whenever there is a harmful event in a person’s life, the psychological trauma becomes a tyrannical usurper of consciousness.
For example, if a child is molested or abused at a tender age, they cope with the experience by disassociating themselves with the situation. Although, the process helps them protect against the experience, it also creates alter-egos in the process with entirely different personalities, each with its own defense mechanisms.
In psychology, this is known as dissociative identity disorder and it makes sense how primitive cultures described this as a loss of soul.
So, in a way, psychological detachment is our mind’s way of protecting ourselves against trauma by completely blocking the experience out. However, in the process, it also damages our consciousness and soul.
It is important to remember that soul loss or psychological disassociation is not exclusive to such extreme cases and can be found in a lot of people in varying degrees — such as eating disorders, post-traumatic stress, addictions, low self-esteem, narcissism, etc., — all of which are common causes of soul loss in this superficial and materialistic world, which is completely devoid of anything truly spiritual and sacred.
A child who dreams of being an artist but due to parental expectations and pressures is forced to become a doctor, will end up losing a bit of his or her soul’s energy.
At the same time, if the child defies the parental wishes and eventually becomes an artist, he or she still might end up losing a part of their soul, because of a possibly damaged relationship with the parents.
Fortunately for us though, there are many ways to reintegrate the soul’s “lost” energy.
A lot of the educational content that is provided to us, helps us get in touch with our spiritual side and become whole again. And this is done by encouraging the readers to experience self-love, self-exploration, and self-transformation.
Signs to Identify Soul Loss
There are many different signs when trying to identify soul loss. It can be physical, psychological, or even spiritual. The loss of energy directly prevents us from experiencing a healthy, creative, and fulfilling life.
Sometimes, although rare, soul loss can last an entire lifetime, resulting in a life of self-destruction. People living such a life are often called lost souls.
The following are the most important signs that can help you identify symptoms of soul loss:
- Strong bouts of depression
- Parts of your memories have been blocked out
- You feel numbness to life in general
- Constantly experiencing anxiety
- You experience extended periods of insomnia
- You feel like you are lost and incomplete
- You wish to find some purpose to your life
- Your feel as if you are unworthy of being loved
If you are experiencing some of the above symptoms, then you too have lost some of your soul’s energy on the way.
But there is absolutely no reason to despair, because, luckily, you can reunite your soul with its lost energy through Meditation (the “Dark Room Therapy” is the most potent, but also the most challenging, form of meditation) and Self-Love practices.
This article was inspired by 21 Signs You’re Experiencing “Soul Loss”, which was written by Don Mateo Sol. He is the author and co-founder of popular spiritual website LonerWolf.com. As a shamanic practitioner, teacher and soul guide, Sol has helped to lead thousands of people throughout the world on their journeys of self-discovery, healing and wholeness. You can follow Sol’s work on Facebook.