A soul retrieval ceremony brings back a piece of your soul that has been separated from you. When this piece of your soul returns, there are many attributes and qualities that are restored back to you that are useful and helpful for living a life of satisfaction. (For a basic rundown of how/why soul loss happens listen here Soul Loss: A Brief Overview | Apothic Energy on Patreon)
After a soul retrieval ceremony, it is a good practice to spend time getting to know this part of you that has returned. This helps to keep the energy of the ceremony alive, and it helps with integrating this piece of you that may have been missing since childhood. Below is one way to do this. Be sure to read through the whole document before beginning.
Create an altar to your new self
Find a space in your home that feels like the right spot for an altar to be created. You might ask your house where the altar should go. Let the house know you want to be able to see it on a regular basis. This altar is a daily reminder of who you are and how you are growing. You want to be reminded of it often.
Once you have found the spot, clean the area and let that space know it is becoming an altar. Let the space know an altar that represents how you are changing and growing is going to be set there.
Every altar is different. There is usually a candle, but not always. A representation of light is important (twinkle lights, fake candle, salt lamp, or something else that glows). How you arrange all of your items is up to you. This space is a container that both honors and supports your healing. Where do the items go that represent who you are now? Where do the spirit guides go? This can be very elaborate or very simple. However your healing and the new version of you wishes to express itself is perfect. Some altars have tiers and levels. Some look like mandalas. Others are simply a candle with all the items in a circle around it.
How the altar makes you feel is what is most important.
When creating sacred space, it is a good practice to state that only those energies that are as great as self or greater and that have your most compassionate benevolent outcome in mind and heart are allowed in the space you are creating.
Tending an altar
Tending an altar is just as important as setting it. Altars are meant to be paid attention to. This altar contains the energy of your healing. It will help to support what has already been accomplished, and it will conjure more energy that will support the continuation of the process.
How to tend an altar
Let this altar know before or as you are putting it together that you would like to engage with it regularly. You might find that you put something living on the altar that needs to be watered. You may be placing items in a box with a cover that can be woken up each morning (take the cover off) and put to bed at night (put the cover on). There may be an arrangement of items on the altar that want to be rearranged every day. At the very least, say good morning and good night to the altar daily, thanking it for supporting your process.
When to dismantle the altar
As you move forward in your healing, there may come a time when the altar feels like it has served its purpose and it is ready to be dismantled. Do this in a way that is just as loving and intentional as its creation. Acknowledge each item, thanking it for how it has served you. Some items may wish to go back to nature. Other items may wish to be burned, buried, or placed in a river (always make sure what you are burning, burying, or placing in a water source is not toxic). Some items may be repurposed for other altars or as sacred items. Some items may be stored as keepsakes. When the space has been cleared, say out loud, “I am grateful to this space for maintaining the intentions of my altar. I now release the energy of this altar and return this space to what it is without my altar.” That space may ask for something else to be placed there or it may be content with being left open.