In healing circles, you sometimes hear reference to “soul fragments” and similar. The Harry Potter idea of Horcrux extends that idea into fantasy.
However, the soul (jiva) itself is eternal and inviolable. So what gives?
First, some background. Most of us carry a load of unfinished experiences. Powerful experiences that were too much to process at the time that we didn’t come back to. Sometimes, we suppress the experience to avoid its unpleasantness, unintentionally meaning we carry it with us long term. These often go back into prior lifetimes – both our own and our ancestors.
As the older ones come up in experience and are repressed again, they build up layers of resistance. The big ones can develop an intense and very charged core under those layers.
Karma directly relates these unfinished experiences. They create a background fog or shadow, reducing quality of life. We become reactive and behave in habitual, avoidant ways. They also are far more prevalent in our lives than we’re aware of until we start working on them.
Processing some of this can be done just by living life. When we understand the mechanism, we can support it so we allow and process what’s coming up rather than re-suppressing it. That gradually eases the load.
An effortless meditation is also very valuable for processing some of the deeper stuff because of the rest and connection with being it brings us.
The trick is, that suppression takes energy to maintain. So when we release the big ones, we not only take a load off, but we increase clarity and free up energy for other uses.
The energy involved can be of several types. The chakra system powers the general functioning of the body, with one for each kosha or layer. A lot of suppression energy comes from the 2nd (water, emotions) and third (fire, mind, protection) chakras. It’s common for the heart (4th) to develop a crust of resistance, but a crust doesn’t take energy to sustain.
The chakras get their energy from source but require a soul to connect to source. We can say the soul powers up the system. Its energy is subtler, what some call core or essence.
Bigger traumas can be deeply personal. Some of our core energy can get identified with the trauma. This can mute our available core life force or essence.
For example, a young child experiences everything in relationship to themselves, so events are often taken personally. Say a parent dies or disappears. It’s natural for them to take that personally. Second, the other parent is often traumatized, influencing their relationship with their children. The child also takes that personally. Often, parents don’t model good coping strategies and just suppress. It may not even be acceptable to express emotions like grief or anger. Third, as the child grows, they see other kids have both parents. It’s common for them to blame themselves for not “deserving” the missing parent.
When we take these personally and identify with them, some of our core energy can become entangled in that trauma.
Not knowing how to process something this immense, the child naturally suppresses it the way their parent does.
It’s not so much that the soul is fragmented or fractured but that its energy gets entangled with an unresolved trauma and is thus not available.
In healing, we have the potential to disentangle that energy and restore our full power. To claim it back. We can then use that energy in our life again. It also makes healing the rest of that trauma much easier when it’s not personal. It’s just another unresolved experience.
When we release that core energy, it can feel like a part of our essence is being restored. But it’s the energy being restored, not the soul itself. Our soul has remained intact. We feel more full and complete. And that energy can be used to pour into any places within that feel empty or lacking.
It takes some healing before we can get to a place where such work can be accomplished. It’s another thing that makes healing worth it.
This is real empowerment.