Psychopomps deal with the dead. With death.
Whether we want to admit it or not, each of us is fascinated with death. Death touches us all. Whether it’s the horror of our younger self upon discovering our first expired little gold fishy or the screaming, tearing, aching loss of a beloved. The kind of loss that makes you long for death too. Yeah, you know that one, don’t you?
Some of us are obsessed with our own death: denying, avoiding it, welcoming it, and embracing it.
Religions of the world comfort or terrorize us with their versions of the afterlife. Teenagers are constantly on the brink of expiring, as in:
“But if you don’t let me go to the mall with my friends I’ll just die!”
At some point, everyone has (or will) truly wanted to die.
Clinically, death is defined as the permanent cessation of all vital bodily functions. Thank you MedicineNet.com.
Does that mean we just stop, cease to exist? Is it truly just like flicking the proverbial light switch? ON: you’re there. OFF: blankness, nothingness. If all you’re considering is the physical body, then the answer is yes.
But what about that vital part that is you; the part that dreams and thinks, talks and loves? Your mind, your personality, your soul? According to all the spirits I’ve spoken with, physical death of the body is only one transition of many.
I’ve been in ICU’s; I’ve seen death firsthand. I’ve held my beloved animal companions as the pink juice entered their veins and eased their final pains. I’ve also killed animals to make food.
I’ve watched spirits cross the veil and shine brighter than the sun with the joy of finally going home. When they turn back to smile and wave at you in thanks, it feels like being swept up in a loving, grateful hug and the very atmosphere sparkles and vibrates.
I can tell you this; that vital spark that is you, your essence, your soul, is eternal. The part that is ‘you’ will continue to exist when the body that currently carries it is nothing but drifting dust motes.
In that sense, we do not die. We only use a body for a while to experience the physical plane.
Think of a body like a car. Maybe you’ve a pretty good one right now; sweet, fast and oh so pretty to play with. But as the years go by things break down and that glossy paint job starts to oxidize. Eventually, you’re going to want to trade it in for another, maybe an SUV this time instead of sports car. Before you know it, you’ve forgotten all about that old junker and are busy playing in your shiny new SUV.
Yes, I mean reincarnation.
What about god, heaven, hell or the Bible, Koran or Torah? Of the three, I’ve only completely read the first and someday I’m sure I’ll go into my opinions and experiences with religion. Right now though, I’ll say; religion is a great comfort and spiritual fulfillment for many and I fully respect that. So if Jesus and his camp, or Mohammed speak to you and satisfy you, then rock on! I celebrate with you!
Are you Buddhist? Do you resonate with Native American beliefs?
Everyone should experience the numinous. Really, everyone. The world would be a better place if all humans would take the time to allow the divine to shine in their soul. It is our birthright. The instant that light illuminates you, it changes you.
To know the spark of the divine within you makes it nearly impossible to look at another human being as anything other than your brother or sister. It gives you the compassion to look on other beings and see past their negative actions to the core divinity we all possess.
Psychopomp, from the Greek psychopompos literally means ‘guide of souls.’ A psychopomp is one who guides spirits to the afterlife, whatever that might be for the spirit. Psychopomps can be non-bodied, purely spiritual entities or flesh and blood physical creatures. Like me.
I didn’t know I was a psychopomp until a few years ago, had never heard the term, even though seeing and talking to ghosts became quite common. I did notice though, where I had regular contact with a resident spirit, they would eventually ‘move on’ and I would no longer be able to sense the being.
My old lady friend in my parent’s house moved on sometime in my early twenties.
What makes me a psychopomp? My friend and teacher says it’s in my energy signature, it’s easier for disembodied beings to ‘see’ me. I’m sort of like a lit-up sign in the astral plane.
Once they find me, I point them toward the veil and call their loved ones on the other side to come and help them cross.
It really is very cool.
I get asked ‘aren’t you afraid?’ a lot. It’s true from time to time I encounter beings who are doing their best to be big and scary, but typically my answer is, no. Ghosts, spirits are still people, still related to me on the most fundamental level. The beings that I help cross are often themselves scared or frustrated, lonely or confused. It’s a joyful and beautiful thing to watch that fear and confusion drop away, revealing their true self as they cross.