Q062: Dear Master Lu, I am currently in Shanghai. I have read many of your blog posts but none of them mention the method for recalling one’s souls and spirits. Because I am very busy at work, I am unable to listen to all of the recordings for your “The Art of Applying Comprehensive Metaphysics” radio program. I am hoping that you can advise us on a specific method for how to correctly perform the recalling of one’s souls and spirits, as well as what we should be aware of. Thank you very much.

A062:

  • If your souls and spirits are constantly not in your body, then you may need to have the Recalling of Souls and Spirits performed. Both children and adults may need to have the Recalling of Souls and Spirits performed, especially children, as they can be easily frightened. After being through traumas, you tend to constantly feel low on energy and sleep deprived, as if you have lost your mind, or your souls are not in your body. In this case, you need to have the Recalling of Souls and Spirits performed. Usually, when your souls and spirits are not in your body, you may have one or more of the following four conditions:
  1. daydream frequently, and talk to yourself;
  2. appear as if you have lost your mind, and have a poor memory;
  3. have serious difficulty maintaining focus and concentration, and are not aware of what you are doing;
  4. being overly active, and have changed your name many times.
  • The Recalling of Souls and Spirits should be performed in front of your altar at home. If you do not have an altar at home, then it is best not to perform this. Please remember that the Recalling of Souls and Spirits should be performed on a sunny day. If it is raining then it is best not to perform it.
  • The best time to perform the Recalling of Souls and Spirits is 8AM. During the day, you should only perform this in the morning and in front of the altar. Please make incense and oil lamp offerings, make full prostrations, and then say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless <full name>, and help <full name> to have souls and spirits return to the body; help <full name> to have souls and spirits return to the body.” Repeat this prayer 30 times. The number of days required for performing the Recalling of Souls and Spirits varies for different individuals, but usually it takes two weeks to one month.
  • Each time after you have performed the Recalling of Souls and Spirits, you can also recite the Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 3 to 7 times for the person whose souls and spirits are being recalled. You can say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless <full name>, and help <full name> to gain wisdom.”
  • If you do not experience significant effects after two weeks to one month, you can recite the Aryavalokiteshvara Bodhisattva Vikurvana Dharani (Kuan Yin Ling Kan Chen Yan)[1] 21 times in addition to the Heart Sutra. Before you recite this mantra, you can say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva perform miracles, protect and bless <full name> to have souls and spirits return to the body.” This is to strengthen the intention. Before you perform the Recalling of Souls and Spirits, you can emphasise the significance of your prayer by increasing the quantity of your recitations, as performing recitations will accumulate virtues. In addition, you can also recite the Mantra to Untie Karmic Knots (Chieh Chieh Chou) 27 times. Before you recite this mantra, you can say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless <full name>, and help <full name> to untie karmic knots, and to transform and resolve conflicts.”
  • It is best for a person from an older generation to perform the Recalling of Souls and Spirits for a person from a younger generation. The older person should have a very pure and positive energy field, otherwise there may be problems. In addition, when you perform the Recalling of Souls and Spirits for someone, you may become responsible for a portion of the karma from this person. You can also perform the Recalling of Souls and Spirits for yourself, but you need to observe whether your souls and spirits are severely incomplete, and whether you are often out of your mind. If your souls and sprits are severely incomplete, and you attempt to recall your own souls and spirits, then no-one knows who is recalling whose souls and spirits. When you perform this for yourself, you can say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect and bless me, <your full name>, and help me to have souls and spirits return to my body, and gain wisdom; to have souls and spirits return to my body, and gain wisdom.” Similarly, you should say this prayer 30 times.
  • When you are performing the Recalling of Souls and Spirits for someone, it is best to have this person present while you perform it. However, if this person is not present, it is alright as well.
  • Once a child has reached 12 years of age, it is best to avoid calling the child’s nickname. If a person has 2 or 3 names and this person is often being called by all these names, then it is likely that this person’s souls and spirits would become lost or disturbed. It is best to focus on a single name and call the person by this name only.


[1] “Kuan Yin” in Wade-Giles Romanization represents the same term as “Guan Yin” in Hanyu pinyin.

 

[Updated 2012.04.26]