Wise Woman Ezine with herbalist Susun Weed
December 2008
Volume 8 Number 12

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Wisdom Keeper...
Soul Retrievals:
Journey to Wholeness
by JoAnne Dodgson


Soul Retrievals: Journey to Wholeness
by JoAnne Dodgson

Author of Unleashing Love, MoonDance Journal, Walking the Spiral Path, Gifts of the Grandmother, and Cocooning.


“Something's missing.” This commonly heard and felt sentiment is expressed by people of all ages in widely diverse circumstances. To ease the unsettling discontent, confusion and grief around the elusive missing pieces, something or someone eventually gets used to fill up the empty places inside.the Art of Sue Miller Shopping for more stuff. Creating busy-ness and stress. Addictively reaching for foods, drugs, alcohol and sex. Joining the frenzy of competitive sports and political battles. Filling the void with a bigger house, a new car, a better body, a different lover or spouse, another baby, a grander guru, a more impassioned social cause, a trendy tattoo or body piercing, the latest technological gadgets, a hip pair of sunglasses or shoes.

The desire to live fully, to have a rich and delicious, juicy life, is not to be diminished or squelched. The pursuit of personal happiness and wholeness is a sacred quest. It's just that the maps we've been given by our modern-day world don't get us where we're really trying to go. Grabbing onto someone or something to fill up the empty spaces is only a temporary fix, a convenient distraction, a band-aid concealing unhealed wounds.

Because the recycling “something's-missing,” that haunting sense of emptiness, means what's missing are precious pieces of you. Pieces of your spirit. Elements of your joy. Aspects of your awareness and power. Pictures of your dreams. Expressions of your creativity, freedom and voice. Feelings of connection and belonging. Knowings of unconditional love.

Vital aspects of your spirit, your self, are lost as a result of traumatic life events--accidents, unexpected change, surgery, illness, lack of emotional and physical safety, violence, abuse. Pieces of your spirit leave the energy field of your body for purposes of protection--so these vital aspects of your very essence can stay alive; so you can survive the traumatic circumstances.

Missing soul pieces are not lost forever. They are held in safekeeping in the spirit world. They can be reclaimed when you are ready to call them back. Although modern-day psychology and other approaches to health don't address these dynamics, indigenous healing traditions offer ceremonial processes for retrieving lost pieces of your soul.

In the unique ancient ways of KaTaSee, the soul retrieval ceremony offers vital healing along with self-empowering tools.the Art of Sue Miller Through a guided spirit journey, you seek out, find and reclaim your own soul pieces. It is not necessary to recall or relive the history of the traumatic events in order to heal. The focus is on reclaiming and retrieving what got left behind. The soul retrieval ceremony offers first-hand experience of your personal journey to wholeness, a self-acquired healing, an unshakable knowing to be carried within you.

The skills and knowledge acquired through this unique spirit journey open up the opportunity to pursue soul retrievals on your own. Once experienced and learned, the soul retrieval journey can be repeated as often as you choose to reclaim diverse and essential aspects of your being--awakening potentials to feel whole again, to live fully in the vastness of who you really are.

In your wholeness, you have everything to live for. No longer distracted by endless searchings to fill up the emptiness, you are free to cultivate happiness from the inside. Feeling the abundance of your own being, you discover the abundance of all life. There's no room for scarcity and not-enoughness. Re-membering your very essence and re-weaving your connection with all that is, soul retrievals are sacred homecomings.

2008 © JoAnne Dodgson


JoAnne Dodgson, Ed.D. is a healer, teacher and medicine storyteller in ancient Peruvian medicine ways, Ka Ta See. 

She has a doctorate in counseling psychology and over twenty years experience offering counseling, ceremonial gatherings, holistic healing and workshops.  JoAnne lives in the enchanted desert mesas of New Mexico.



JoAnne's writings include medicine stories and five books: Unleashing Love, MoonDance Journal, Walking the Spiral Path, Gifts of the Grandmother, and Cocooning.

Stories by JoAnne Dodgson


Online Courses by JOANNE DODGSON

new Shaman's Circle: Earth Spirits and Guides
taught by Mentor: JoAnne Dodgson

'Shaman's Circle' offers opportunities to deepen your understandings of the path of the shaman and to integrate these ancient ways into your everyday life. Each lesson offers discussion of unique aspects of the shaman's path such as bridging the varied dimensions of reality, living in balance with natural cycles and creating sacred ceremony. Each lesson guides you in opportunities to discover and enrich your innate connection with the web of life on the mother earth and in the world of the spirits.

Price: $49.95

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new Manifesting with the Moon
taught by Mentor: JoAnne Dodgson

'Manifesting with the Moon' invites you to explore the unique energies and opportunities in each moon phase during one complete lunar cycle, one mo(o)nth.  With the moon as a guide, you will engage in an organic manifestation process which begins with claiming your intent, giving voice to your visions and dreams. 

Price: $49.95

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