Through any experience of trauma, we lose a part of ourselves. The modern term for this behavior is 'disassociation' where we split off from ourselves to avoid the present situation.
The shamanic understanding of this function is called 'Soul lost'. It can occur at any time in ones' life and we sometimes unknowingly can give a piece of our soul to a person and also another person can take a aspect of your soul.
During soul retrieval these soul pieces are located, collected, and replaced back into your being. Integration of the pieces can take up to a week or so.
Sandra Ingerman, MA, is the author of eight books including Soul Retrieval, Medicine for the Earth, Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide, How to Heal Toxic Thoughts, The Shaman’s Toolkit, and Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation. She also has 6 audio programs including “Shamanic Meditations: Guided Journeys for Insight, Vision, and Healing”, “Soul Journeys: Music for Shamanic Practice”, and “Shamanic Visioning”. Sandra has been teaching for over 30 years.