WHAT IS PSYCHOPOMP?
Psychopomp is a guide, whose primary function is to escort souls to the afterlife, but they can also serve as guides through the various transitions of life. When people are unprepared to face death, they often need additional assistance. They may not be aware of the fact that beings are waiting on the other side to help them, or they may be too preoccupied or anxious to acknowledge such assistance. This can leave people lost and confused, or can create a situation where they may not even know they are dead, and instead attempt to continue on with their human existence instead of crossing over. This is most often the case when people have died in a sudden accident, committed suicide, died under heavy medication/overdose or where addictions may be involved, but it is increasingly also the case with the growing number of people who are emotionally unprepared to face their own death.
This is where the modern-day psychopomp plays an active role by helping the deceased find their way. Much healing can be done even after death and powerful transformations can occur for the deceased and their loved ones.
Throughout much of human history, such archetypal escorts have been of great comfort to the dying. They confirm that there is some form of existence after the death of the body, and that a compassionate being will be waiting to offer their assistance through the transition. Unfortunately, many of the myths and rituals that once contained images of psychopomps and helped prepare people for this final rite of passage seem to be largely lost or forgotten in the Western world—a world that is also plagued with fears of dying.
At present, there seems to be a resurgence of interest in psychopomps. This is due to a number of factors, including the reemergence of this archetype in the field of psychology, the spread of eastern religious teachings over the past century, the reports of guides from people who have had an NDE or other death-like experience, the modern ability to hypnotically regress a person to a time between lifetimes, and the renewed interest in shamanism around the world.
There is also a growing number of people who are once again learning how to fulfill the sacred role of the psychopomp. Some choose to offer their assistance in conjunction with their function as a hospice worker, or as a midwife to the dying. Others prefer to focus more on helping those who may be trapped in the spirit realms, and go by such titles as soul rescuer, deathwalker, spiritual guide, or shaman. There are also individuals who quietly offer aid to those in transition as they go about their routine jobs in hospitals, nursing homes, and other such locations. And many of us are currently discovering how we can apply such skills to help both people and the planet as we go through the various earth changes that are now occurring.
I know from many of the myths and stories that psychopomps come in a wide variety of forms, and often present themselves in a manner that is compatible with the beliefs of the person in need.
Psychopomps are generally:
- adept at guiding others through such transformative experiences as death
- compassionate, nonjudgmental, and friendly
- experienced border crossers and walkers between the worlds
- tricksters who will do whatever is required to achieve their goals
- shapeshifters who can change their appearance to match the setting and the times
- arbiters of change for individuals and the culture
- magical beings who can facilitate healing in unexpected ways.
Assisting a lost soul in the afterlife to heal and move forward on their journey is an incredibly touching and rewarding experience. It is such a gift to give your loved one. If you know someone who left this world in one of the circumstances listed above... if you sense their spirit around you... or if you have recurrent dreams about them, then please contact me xxx