Years ago, I learned that one way indigenous cultures identified soul loss in a person was that they had stopped singing. The joy they usually showed in their natural state of wholeness was no longer emanating from them. A part or parts of them had fragmented, and the result was a lack of joyfulness. When someone noticed this in another, something was immediately done to bring that energy back to the person. Fragmentation was dangerous to everyone, both the person and the rest of the community. There was a priority of staying balanced and in a good heart space - attention and intention was directed at staying well, individually and collectively.

In most of our lives, this attention to maintaining balance and joy is absent. Many people no longer "sing" (broadcasting a state of joy and wellness). Soul loss that happened years ago, that has not been retrieved, causes fragmentation to move outward to others, like the ripples in water caused by a pebble, until the whole of society is lacking wholeness, balance, and joy.

What seems overwhelming is not. Each day, you can care for your soul. You can sing yourself home, bring back your energy, and stay whole and full.

Although you don't have to literally sing, you can "sing" yourself back home, intentionally. Envision different places or events where you have left your energy. For example, you had a difficult interaction with a co-worker or family member that left you drained and upset. The feelings you are experiencing are an indication that you lost some of your divine essence or life force to that situation.

As you remember the event, call your energy back to you. Reach out your arms and hands to collect and pull it to your heart. Literally feel it move back into you.

You can do this anytime you feel you have lost a part of your self to another person or event. Another example is when you are driving and have an interaction with another driver. Or at work, you feel lost in the hubbub of those around you. When you get in a habit of doing this when you feel the loss, or every night before bed, you will feel amazing changes in your life.

In my classes, I teach shamanism as a healing art and a lifestyle. You practice shamanism because you care and love and seek balance and divine wellness for those whom you work on. In fact, the word shamanism means "seeing in the dark with your heart". When I wrote my book, Becoming Yourself: The Journey from Head to Heart, I explained this concept in varying ways. Although years have passed since I wrote it, I still find that all my experiences in healing are still based in that foundational framework.

Singing yourself home is equivalent to a mini Soul Retrieval --- the act of bringing back your divine essence, of becoming whole yourself, so that you are balanced and your joy changes the world around you.

Recently, I gave an Advanced Soul Retrieval class. As I listened to the students, who had all taken the required curriculum to gain access to this class, I was amazed at the love that poured out of these students. Their attention to healing, the level of love and commitment they displayed, their expression and conceptualization of their understanding of this work, was absolutely amazing. I have worked with each of these people, both individually and collectively through their training. As I listened to them, my heart burst with love and pride for what they have become.

They are all living their dream as a healer, although that has manifested in different ways and expressions. They are part of the evolution of a new human being on the planet, one based in love and spirituality. There is a spiritual awakening in motion, and in that class, I had a glimpse of what the future holds.

Each of these people recognize the importance of balance and joy in life; of putting their intention and attention on wholeness, and of living from that place for the benefit of all.

I give great thanks to all my students. Each class, from the Level I Basic Journey class on through the entire program, fills me with delight. Thank you! It FEELS fantastic!

Author's Bio: 

Jan Engels-Smith is a graduate of the Foundation of Shamanic Studies and has trained with individual shamans. She has had a thriving shamanic practice since 1994. She has performed over 3,000 soul retrievals and viewed as an expert in her field. She is an author, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Chemical Dependency Specialist, a Marriage and Family Counselor a Hypnotherapist and a Reconnection Healer.

Jan founded the LightSong School of Shamanic Studies, which has eight associate teachers and is the first of its kind to offer three accredited degrees in shamanism: Internship (IP), Licensed Master Practitioner (LMP) and Doctorate in Shamanism (ShD). You can learn more about these programs at

Jan also conducts individual and group healing seminars for intensive personal growth.
Her training and experiences have been extensive both in the traditional philosophies and metaphysical traditions. Her personal philosophy is to assist individuals in gaining their own personal empowerment, which will in turn, promotes self healing, better communities and a healthier world.

Contact Jan at or call 503-669-3013 (Portland, OR).

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