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Soul Retrieval & Other Healing Sessions with Joan Forest Mage

Life Force Arts Center
Event organized by Life Force Arts Center

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These spiritual healing sessions can be done in person or as distance healing. They can also be done on other days, when convenient for your schedule

These are 60 minute individual sessions for $80.
By appointment only; please call 773-327-7224 or email eagleheart@joanforestmage.com

for more information: joanforestmage.com

Soul Retrieval

Have you ever felt, after some painful experience in your life, that you “never recovered,” you weren’t your “old self,” or that a part of you “died”? These feelings may indicate what shamans call “soul loss”: a part of your vital energy (soul) left you during a traumatic event, such as an accident, illness, loss of a loved one, or physical, sexual or emotional abuse. To correct soul loss, a soul retrieval is done. In the soul retrieval session, the shamanic practitioner (Joan) enters into a shamanic journey meditation in which she finds and returns lost soul parts and removes energy blockages by using energy work.

What happens in a soul retrieval session? To begin the session, I explain what we are going to do in the session, and we talk about any questions you might have. This is also a time to share any insights that you gained from the preparation you have done prior to the session (see information on “how to prepare for soul retrieval”). For example, some people like to explain how and when they feel they lost soul parts. It’s completely your choice to share or not, either way is fine with me: I do not need to know where you lost soul parts before I retrieve the soul parts, but sometimes clients like to share this as part of their healing process.

In the tradition of soul retrieval that I follow, the practitioner does all the work during the actual session itself. (In the days and weeks following the session, your task will be to continue to integrate your soul parts through meditating, journaling, etc. I explain the integration process during the session.) You will be lying down on a massage table, and it actually helps me if the client does not try to meditate or does not fall asleep but is simply the anchor in the present. You are welcome to watch me if you want.

To do a healing, I enter a meditation called a shamanic journey by listening to a recording of a repetitive drumbeat. The journey takes about 20 minutes. During the journey, I might be sitting, standing, dancing, singing, lying on the ground, or doing energy work in the space above your body. The process does not involve touching the physical body of the client.

The journey unfolds like a waking dream in which four types of healing may occur:

Soul Retrieval – lost parts of your vital energy (soul) return

Power Animal Retrieval – the return of part of your vital essence that resembles an animal (a kind of “totem animal”) often associated with physical health

Extraction – removing negative energy

Messages from Guides – information from your inner guiding spirits about how to resolve a problem in your life. For example, “Tell her to take the job offer.” However, this is not an intuitive “reading” where you ask questions and the practitioner answers them. Rather, this is an actual energy work session.

I ask my spirit guides to lead me to whatever healing needs to happen. Almost always there is soul retrieval, power animal retrieval and extraction; sometimes there are messages from guides.

At the end of the journey, if there are soul parts or power animals to return, I return them by blowing into your chakras (energy center) at your heart and crown (top of head). I rattle around you to seal up the soul parts and I do the thanking the spirits song. Then you can sit up and I explain what I experienced on the journey, and what soul parts returned.

If you have a recording device, such as on your cell phone, I highly recommend recording the explanation. This is the best option, since I usually will have a lot of information, and it is easy to forget what I said if you are trying to recall it later. If you don't have a recording device, you may want to take notes on paper, but it can be hard to write as fast as I'm talking :-).

In the tradition of soul retrieval that I follow, the practitioner does all the work during the actual session itself. In the days and weeks following the session, your task will be to continue to integrate your soul parts through meditating, journaling, etc. How to do this is explained on my website

Joan Forest Mage, shamanic artist, teacher and healer. First awakened to energy work through her life-long profession of music and dance, Joan has been doing shamanic healing since 1995 and has performed more than 800 Soul Retrievals. Joan earned a Master of Arts Degree from School for New Learning, De Paul University, Chicago, with the focus area "Creating Healing Ritual Through the Arts." She has studied shamanism, energy work and healing ritual with numerous teachers. Joan is the creator and lead instructor of Life Force Arts Shamanic Training, a comprehensive program of shamanic study from beginning practice to training to be a shamanic healer and ritual leader/teacher. Joan also continues her artistic work, giving shamanic music and dance performances with her performance group. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Life Force Arts Foundation, which activates the spiritual power of the visual, literary and performing arts in artists and audiences.