The Soul Retrieval Process
If the shaman suspects soul loss she or he would then journey shamanically to determine if the return of a soul piece is needed at this time. Once the appropriate healing action is determined, the shaman would then take another journey to retrieve any soul pieces that want to come back at this time.
In the practices taught in the US and in many parts of the world, the shaman brings the soul pieces back with them from his or her journey. The healer would then blow each piece back into the body of the client, one at time, focusing so that the soul essence fills that person's body.
It is not usually the case that an individual would do this for one's self. For one thing, an essential component of shamanic healing is the love that is felt when someone performs a healing for you. The act of receiving, a feeling that the universe is wanting the best for you. Also, it is not always easy for the person to perform the soul retrieval process on themselves. Some possible ways however, include asking for the souls return - putting the question to the universe, or asking your guardian spirits to return soul pieces to you. It is certainly within the power of the individual to release any soul parts they may have because of soul sharing. See Below for more information about this.
Don't overlook the importance of having someone perform a soul retrieval for you because you feel you must do it on your own. It is important to be active in one's own healing, but an active part is generally essential once the soul is returned to you. The soul retrieval itself is very much about receiving, so whether you engage the assistance of a shamanic practitioner or not, don't forget this essential component.
When performing a soul retrieval the shamanic practitioner will create a sacred space for you, one where you are held in a container or love, and one that protects you from interferences of the outside world. If a client becomes vulnerable during the soul retrieval the shamanic practitioner protects that vulnerability. It isn't easy to do this for oneself, -and- perform the soul retrieval, -and- drum, -and- be receiving... you get the idea.