Removing a Lost Soul From the Living


One of the most common calls we get is a request to remove the energy of death from a living being. In this case the lost soul, el muerto, has been ordered to manipulate a living soul in some way. Note, this is not possession. You could say the dead has taken territory in the living soul’s aura – to watch, to confuse, to manipulate.  

This taken territory is composed mainly of emotions, which is what malignant energies seek to eat. Ninety-nine percent of the time the dead soul is not there by choice, or because it has anything against you, rather it’s living beings with malignant intentions and more conscious awareness than the lost.


Since souls are a large part of our vocation, we work with them all year, constantly honoring, seeking and assisting ancestors, aiding lost souls where we can. The ancestral year both begins and ends on Día De Los Muertos, Nov 2. Considering many dead are, in many ways, still on the Earth, time may have some meaning for them.

Removing a lost soul from a live human involves, from this altar’s point of view, a touch of compassion for both souls involved. The trick is to apply the compassion with enough detachment that the parties involved don’t get more rattled. This “compassion” can be compared to an unsought inspiration. Something within us rises that motivates us to help, simply because we care, or because we want to remove the muerto for the sheer joy of it.

Once the inspiration is there a certain amount of the “sight,” the ability to see in the spirit world, is needed to locate the spirit. Of course, one should know a little about who placed the muerto, in order to know if there is enough power to do the job and whether or not you’re protected from the inevitable pushback you’ll receive. Naturally it’s important to know about human authority over spirits and how to use that authority. Once you’re ready, you want to strike at the right time. Usually, the actual work takes 3-5 minutes of concentrated effort. It’s getting to those three minutes that presents a challenge.

In other words, for goodness sake, know what you are doing. Do your homework, find help, provide for your protection. Let your human instincts guide your passions. In a way I’m saying, “Don’t try this at home,” but humans have abilities and the rights to use them. We believe spirit work is an evolving talent, or possibly a talent returning to us.

You are a spirit and you have a body. You’re better equipped than just a spirit, at least under Earth rules. But be careful and do your homework first.


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