A psychopomp is a guide who escorts newly deceased souls to the after life. From the Greek word "psychopompos", this word literally translates to mean "guide of souls". This guiding figure can be found throughout mythology, religious and sacred texts and real life stories from people all over the world.
Some of the more well known psychopomps include the Greek god Hermes, the jackal-headed Egyptian god Anubis, the Archangel Michael as well as a variety of other angels, animals, birds and helpful beings who assist in the transition to the other side. Yet there are also many earthen spirits who assist in this process on a daily basis.
Most of us don't think about death, yet it's purpose in life is just as important as birth. When we do take time to contemplate this process, many of us would hope to die in our sleep, peacefully and surrounded by loved ones. In reality, this is often not the case.
Many souls get stuck between Heaven and Earth for various reasons. Some because they died suddenly or traumatically; some do not fully cross over because they were not at peace with themselves when they transitioned or they were held in fear for lack of faith or religious or spiritual instruction. These souls truly are in need of the light and a psychopomp is a person who's divine intention and ability can assist in the transition of these individuals so they can continue along their journey to the other side.
It's not uncommon to hear about or read about family members who come to greet our loved ones as they prepare to cross over. Perhaps you've even experienced this personally, at the bedside of a loved one who speaks aloud the names of those who have already passed on as if they are seeing them in the room. Yet there are other times when a little more assistance is required and this has long been one of the jobs of the shaman, as he is able to 'walk between the worlds' offering help to those in need.
The "New Age" shift of recent is a reflection of society in general working towards healing global wounds of the past and collectively coming together as one spiritual community who's every reflection leans towards peace and harmony of the mind, body and spirit.
For some, they do not find this spiritual peace and harmony until they reach death's door - for others, finding it earlier in life certainly helps to pave the way for an easier, peaceful transition when the time comes.
This kind of work has always come natural to me. Over the years, I have helped several souls (animals too) cross over to the other side. Some consciously, some unconsciously, though truthfully, it wasn't until recently that I learned there was a word (psychopomp) associated with this process. An important part of my role as a Reiki Shaman Energy Healer is to help people cross over; to me, I find this role a much needed and very necessary one in our ever changing world today.
The sooner we learn that we are all spiritual beings having physical experiences (as opposed to physical beings having spiritual experiences), the easier it will be to embrace our spiritual nature. When we find peace and harmony in our spiritual residence, we can't help but become one with all that is and truly, this is foundation of a well balanced and honorable life. After all, we are all ONE GREAT SPIRIT.
We are all one. All related.
Mitakuye Oyasin. Gus dii dada dv ni.
Please feel free to contact me for more information or if you require assistance for yourself or loved one in this transition process.