If you are dealing with *any* kind of addiction, that is a sign of soul loss. A harm. An assault. An offense. An abuse to your soul.
Many people in our culture have experienced multiple assaults to their soul, and things compound, fester, and haunt that person. You can see that the light is not in their eyes anymore…
The addiction is like a band-aid, to protect us from the pain, but it does not heal the wound.
Our culture needs the right tools to reintegrate people’s souls so that they do not continue to harm themselves or harm others.
From a perspective that views the soul as the most important thing to protect on this human journey, we ought to be focusing on this more in our culture.
It is true, that one experiences as a trauma, another might not.
It is not up for our logical mind to decide whether something is traumatic or not….the soul decides…and our body gives us signals regarding how our soul is handling this (as well as dreams).
And, there is cultural soul loss…familial soul loss (passed down through generations)…placed-based soul loss (the land)…and personal soul loss.
These are all real.
If you have not found the right people or place to help you with this, do not give up. Teachers and guides are everywhere… Nature and special places on this Earth can be extremely beneficial for someone who wishes for their soul to come back home.
If you offer you heart up to the process of experiencing the pain you couldn’t when the harm was done…and trust the process…you will be taken care of…
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER READING
Soul Retrieval by Sandra Ingerman (great resource for soul loss and retrieval)
Ancestral Blueprints by Lisa Iverson (family constellation work that focuses on the layers of soul loss in our culture in the US)
Woman Who Glows in the Dark by Elena Avila (a great perspective of soul and ‘susto’ or ‘soul freight’ from a curandera’s perspective)
The Practice of Dream Healing by Edward Tick (lays out the extensive tradition of soul-work/dream incubation in Ancient Greece — and beyond — he explains, Western Medicine’s origins)
(As well, some of these thoughts arrived from dreams I have had and experiences with my own soul retrieval, as well…)