Soul Loss: 41 Signs You’re Experiencing It & How To Get It Back

Do you think you’re experiencing soul loss?

Sadly, many of us are experiencing soul loss and we don’t even know it.

“I feel like a lost soul”

I’m so tired of everything. I see no point in life anymore.”

Do these sound familiar? 

If you answered yes, you may be experiencing soul loss.

But don’t be afraid because you can also get that lost part back. 

The first and very important step is to be aware that your soul is lost if you want real change.

But how would you know for sure?

There are signs that you need to look out for and I’m going to tell you all the signs.

So if you want to know for sure, stick with me until the end of this article.

Let’s dive in!

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Signs You’re Experiencing “Soul Loss”

Sadly, in our modern world, experiencing “soul loss” is a very common thing. But what is this “soul loss” anyway? Is it important and is there a way to retrieve it?

What are the signs of soul loss?

When you begin to experience feelings of weakness, exhaustion, despair, anxiety, and emptiness, that means you’re experiencing “soul loss”. You just know something is lacking in your life, but many of us struggle to figure out what it is.

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Soul loss meaning

In contemporary culture, a strange phenomenon known as “Soul Loss” affects people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and cultures.

When we suffer from Soul Loss, a portion of our Soul hides or shuts down, preventing us from expressing and experiencing our real potential and wholeness as human beings. Often, entire parts of our minds are shut off or suppressed.

When we identify with our egos, we try to feel complete again through addictions, stimulation seeking, opposing worldviews, conditioned relationships, and workaholism. When this happens, we lose touch with our souls.

However, there is a reason we identify with the ego and disassociate from the soul in the first place.

What causes soul loss

So what causes soul loss?

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For millennia, indigenous people have been aware of the possibility of Soul Loss and understand it as the effect of an inner disintegration caused by a traumatic experience or an intense shock to the mind and body.

According to therapist De-Andrea Blaylock-Johnson, LCSW,  as a result of trauma, the person is left feeling disconnected, fractured, or apparently distinct from their body.

Shauna Cummins, hypnotist and author of WishCraft, says this can happen at any time and can also build up gradually. When we become burned out, stray from our mission, or encounter anything distressing, the soul might “disconnect.”

The drive to feel complete, although usually through self-deprecating behaviors, is a survival mechanism to guarantee that we are loved, accepted, cared for, avoid suffering, and so on.

Most people who have addictive or escapism tendencies think they are trash for being like that, not knowing that these behaviors could be stemming from trauma. 

According to research, children with a history of trauma are four to twelve times more likely to develop drug addiction, alcoholism, mental health problems, and even suicidal ideation.

To function, we must create a sense of self, a unique sense of “me” in the environment. However, having an ego means that we lose touch with the true essence of who we truly are: the Soul.

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Soul loss retrieval

Now you know that souls can get “lost,” or at the very least divided in such a way that they leave one feeling incomplete. This is usually caused by tragedy or trauma

In soul loss shamanism, a person is often helped through the process of retrieving a lost soul by an experienced shaman.

The shaman will enter a state of heightened consciousness, go to the unseen realms of spirit, locate the soul, and then proceed to address whatever caused the soul to fragment. They’ll then bring the soul back into this plane.

If you don’t have the time or resources for shamanic soul retrieval, you can also do it on your own. We’ll get to that later. 

41 Signs You’re Experiencing “Soul Loss”

Now that you know the soul loss meaning and all of that, how do you know if you’re a lost soul?

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1: You are emotionally numb to life in general

The difficulties in your life have worn you down and now you’re too tired to feel anything.

2: You are plagued by constant sensations of worry or anxiety

Palpitations, constant worrying, overthinking, and panic attacks. Sound familiar?

3: You have trouble sleeping

Maybe it’s the palpitations caused by anxiety or your body is in constant survival mode. Your body would no doubt keep you from sleeping because it thinks you’re in danger.

4: You feel trapped or incapable of resolving a problem in your life

You feel like a victim of your circumstances.

5: You have severe depressive episodes

Getting out of bed is so difficult, there’s a dark cloud following you everywhere, and if you can sleep forever you would. The feeling of sadness is just too overwhelming. 

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6: There are memories in your past that have been blocked out

If you have memories too painful that you’ve blocked them, that doesn’t mean you healed from them. They’re just repressed.  

7: You have a feeling of being lost or incomplete

One of the more obvious signs is when you just feel lost in life or like something is missing.

8: You have the feeling that you have more than one self inside of you

Usually, there’s your true self and there’s another one that you feel is constantly sabotaging you. You sometimes wonder why you acted the way you did. 

9: You use drinking, drugs, sex, television, or being overly busy as an escape

This is called escapism. You use these to distract yourself from your own thoughts.

10: You believe you are undeserving of love

This could be a conscious or subconscious thing. This commonly happens when you did not grow up being loved. 

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11: You have the impression that your daily existence is pointless

You are feeling disoriented, uncertain, and aimless.

12: You keep folks at a distance to prevent vulnerability

You’re afraid to seem weak or you’re afraid you will mess things up so you always keep yourself distant.

13: You are going through a dark night of the soul and/or a spiritual crisis

You are experiencing what you think is the most difficult time of your life that shook everything up.

14: You want to discover your life’s purpose and meaning

You are searching for a purpose. You have no idea how to know what your soul wants.

If you relate to this, this free moon reading could be of help. It explores the secret depths of your personality and your true purpose in life.

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15: You want a sense of belonging and feeling whole

Wherever you go, you always feel like you’re tiptoeing around everyone, never really belonging, never really feeling whole.

16: You are always physically exhausted for no apparent medical cause or you’re getting weird diseases

You have a number of nonspecific, difficult-to-treat health complaints, such as exhaustion, chronic pain, weight gain or loss, chronic illness, skin issues, or gastrointestinal symptoms.

Trauma can manifest in the body. In fact, more and more research is being conducted to investigate the link between psychological stress and chronic illness later in life.

17: You may feel as though you are losing control of yourself at times

You feel like you’re not in control of yourself, falling off the edge of a cliff, and you don’t know how to take back control of the wheel. 

18: You crave genuineness and total acceptance of yourself

At the end of the day, all you crave is authenticity and for you to be able to love yourself fully. 

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19: You have the impression that you are not as good as other people

You feel different and not in a good way. You feel like you’re broken and not good enough.

20: You find yourself struggling in vain for an unattainable goal of excellence

This is because you feel like you need to attain something big in order to feel worthy but that’s not true. 

21: Your anxieties prevent you from living fully

You feel like there’s always a barrier. You can never seem to just live and be happy. There’s always something not right, you’re not ready, or something’s not gonna go well.

22: You’re always concerned that you’re not good enough, clever enough, skinny enough, young enough, or [fill in the blank]

You always feel like you’re lacking something.

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23: You feel helpless in the face of situations beyond your control

You can’t seem to have resiliency. Difficult situations paralyze you. 

24: You frequently feel powerless, hopeless, or gloomy

Maybe you’re just a melancholic person but you feel blue all the time. 

25: You brace your heart with steel

You shut other people out. For you, it’s better to just be on your own because you’re scared anyone who will make you feel something will someday drive you off the edge of your emotions.

26: You long to be of help but have no clue what you can provide or why it matters

You know that you are supposed to do something for others but you don’t know what or how because it seems like you can’t even help yourself.

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27: You have difficulty accepting affection and kindness

This may be due to growing up not being treated right. You were led to believe that you don’t deserve affection and kindness so it became deeply ingrained in your subconscious.

28: You have the impression that you are underappreciated

You feel like no one really appreciates what you do. This is because you’re seeking external validation outside for all the good things you do. It’s not your fault but is a result of another subconscious programming. 

29: You frequently pass judgment on others

When you are overly critical of yourself, you are the same when it comes to others so you end up constantly judging them too. 

30: You are dissatisfied with your life

You are dissatisfied or nothing seems to satisfy you. No matter what, the void is still there. 

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31: You forgot how to dream

The spark has gone out. You are finding it difficult to re-invest in the future with passion and hope.

32: You’re constantly striving to fit in and belong, yet you rarely feel that way

You find yourself always trying, always making an effort to be liked, to feel on the same level as others. 

33: You frequently feel as though you don’t matter and that your love is insignificant

You feel like nothing or no one would benefit from your love. 

34: You are always waiting for someone or something to save you

That’s how hopeless you feel. You hold the key to saving yourself but you don’t know it or you don’t believe it.

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35: Feeling cut off from life or what is going on around you; as if you are living in a dream

You feel like you’re going through life in a trance, never really present in the moment. 

36: Procrastination, wasting time, or difficulty maintaining concentration or effort

You always procrastinate, you say you’re gonna do things but you end up not doing them. You start something and you struggle to finish it.

If you relate to this, check out this free numerology reading. It can give you an insight into where you’ve been incorrectly putting your energy and how you can make an easy “switch” to end the struggle.

37: Obsessive behaviors and mental patterns

Maybe it’s with a person who won’t even give you the time of day, an obsessive way of eating, or constantly stalking the new girlfriend of your ex and pitying yourself instead of getting out of bed everyday. Whatever unhealthy mental patterns.

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38: A lack of self-assurance and confidence

You don’t feel secure in your own body, mind, and soul. Your self-esteem is at an all-time low.

I have an exercise you can do at one time that will instantly make you confident. I talk about it in this video on how to be less insecure and change your limiting beliefs.

39: Returning to a harmful person, location, or behavior on a regular basis

You keep returning to the things or people that you know are bad for you because you feel like you can’t live with yourself or you won’t find anyone or anything “better”.

40: Inability to move on or let go from an incident or a person.

You are hyper-focused on the things you should be moving forward from. You have so much resistance to it. 

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41: Never fully healed from a previous event

Maybe it’s been years but you still feel the effects of a previous event. This is because you never did inner healing.

The wound is still there, you just covered it with a band-aid. 

How to perform a soul retrieval

Although Soul retrieval is best done under the supervision of an experienced healer or trained professional, you can also learn how to heal your soul after trauma.

We live in the modern world after all. There are many resources you can find online.

Spirituality is a personal journey. The purpose of spiritual blogs and channels such as this is to help people learn and guide them through that.

“How do I heal my soul?”

You can do this through processes such as meditation, visualization, shadow work, affirmations, self-hypnosis, yoga, and so on.

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Meditation is a game changer. As I mentioned above, trauma manifests in the body.

Not only does meditating help you in soul retrieval, but Harvard researchers also discovered that even doing it for just 15 minutes each day changes the way your genes function.

According to this study, those who meditated for eight weeks showed a significant shift in the expression of 172 genes that control inflammation, circadian rhythms, and glucose metabolism.

As you know, inflammation as big a role in many diseases, including heart disease, liver disease, cancer, and auto-immune disorders.

If you feel like you’re constantly sabotaging yourself or you had an event you never healed from, I have this ultimate guide on how to do shadow work.

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If affirmations are your cup of tea, I have this blog post with 100 self-love affirmations.

Maybe you’re impatient and you want to visualize your way into a reality where your soul is complete and your inner world is healed. This blog on how to reality shift faster may help with that!

So you see, help is right here. I would highly recommend you go to a shaman. If you don’t know where to find one, just do a quick Google search of “soul retrieval near me”.

But I know that not everybody has the time or resources for that.

So if you are one of those people, I just want to remind you that you are more than capable of doing your own soul retrieval integration.

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What to expect after a soul retrieval

What happens after a soul retrieval is you will feel a surge of energy and a feeling of peace and contentment, what most people call “bliss‘. The soul retrieval benefits are profound.

How to do a soul retrieval meditation?

For a guide on how to do a soul retrieval meditation, you can check out this blog about the best meditation for spiritual awakening.

Where do lost souls go?

Sometimes the lost fragment is trapped in the past, the moment and location of the trauma. At times, the soul fragment wanders deeper and truly disappears into realms beyond this one. Either way, they’re just hiding or suppressed somewhere inside your inner world.

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Sadly, especially in our modern world, soul loss is a very common thing. You or someone you know may be struggling with it and you may not be aware. 

With anything you want to change in your life, awareness is the key. So you need to know what are the signs of soul loss so that you can be aware if you are experiencing it.

When you begin to experience feelings of weakness, exhaustion, despair, anxiety, and emptiness, that means you’re experiencing soul loss.

You just know something is lacking in your life, but many of us struggle to figure out what it is.

While Soul Loss may feel like they are signs your soul is tired and dying, it is typically a fleeting experience. With the correct inner work, these lost pieces of ourselves may be reintegrated into our lives.

Now you’ve learned about the signs of soul loss and soul loss retrieval. Do you think you’re experiencing soul loss?  Let me know in the comments!



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Breech Mae

Breech is a freelance creative whose passion lies in writing about spirituality, the law of attraction, and the metaphysical realm. She combines her experiences and research to share knowledge about these concepts. Read more articles by Breech here.

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  1. ron benoche

    Thank you, this is very helpoful..

    1. Julia Lundin

      Magical! You’re welcome 💜

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