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April 20, 2010

Have we lost our souls????

I am reading about the notion of Soul loss a book on Shamanism and Jung by C. Michael Smith. It has me thinking that the angst I see that so many people I work with and what I see unfolding in our society is about this concept of soul loss. This term would have been used to refer to a person who was depressed or possessed by some kind of illness. In our time it is well suited to describe the malaise we feel that underlies our addictions and feeling of lacking in purpose…emptiness. One of the ideas behind soul loss is that it causes us to feel like we have lost our vital energy. Do you feel excited and motivated about your life? Are you rearing to get up each morning and live your life with that kind of spirit or are you numbed out and tired of the same old same old. One of the ways we get back our soul is by trying to find a way to bring back what is sacred.
This may seem like too lofty a goal but it makes so much sense. Bringing back a sense of what is sacred means finding a way to live ones life committed to something bigger than oneself. It also means reorienting our lens and view of life so that we can be brought back into proper relations with the “will of the sacred”…the gods and goddesses and our relationship to nature. Yesterday I went to a powerful fire ceremony in an ashram tucked away in the back hills of Napa. I was struck by how much it engendered in me this capacity of being reconnected with the sacred. The ceremony was an example of how powerful ritual can be to shift one’s consciousness and invoke a powerful feeling. Today I am full of energy and vitality. I am feeling like I am swimming in the flow of potential…but not one that is just focused on me…but something bigger and more important than just that. Let me know if you know what I mean by this and if you are looking for this.


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