Deathwalking, or psychopomping, is the shamanic practice of helping the deceased's soul pass on to the next realm. Despite being an essential aspect of the Shaman’s historic and contemporary role, it has been largely overlooked in modern Shamanic literature. Shaman Pathways – Deathwalking is an anthology offering ten perspectives on this vital and timeless practice.
Shaman Pathways – Deathwalking, features essays from Imelda Almqvist, Kenn Day, Yvonne Ryves, Elen Sentier, Dorothy Abrams, Vani Neelakantan, Janet Gale, Lucya Starza, Danu Forest, and Laura Perry.
'...a rare opportunity to learn more about guiding souls and also about the compassionate people who perform this essential service.'
Evelyn C. Rysdyk, author of The Norse Shaman
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Deathwalking is a brilliant and much-needed anthology on the topic of death. The collection of authors who work with different spiritual traditions provide multiple views on assisting deceased spirits return to Source. The collection of perspectives and ways of working to help the deceased are fascinating and educational. ~ Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval
When I was two and a half I found my mother hanging from the chandelier. She had been at Pearl Harbor and suffered what would now be called PTSD. My family's way of dealing with this was to bury it, and deny it ever happened. All they ever said was, she got sick and died. But, I had been there, had experienced the trauma and heard the screams of my grandmother. Had there been information like that which Imelda Almqvist and her fellow contributors offer, I could have avoided many years of therapy and much suffering. We must learn to teach parents how to support their children in dealing with death so it can become a lesson for how to live a precious and more meaningful life of love, kindness, courage and compassion. I think this kind of work is among the most important of our time. ~ Michael Stone, teacher, writer, shamanic practitioner and host and producer of KVMR's Conversations and the Shift Network's Shamanism Global Summit
In the modern Western world we tend to avoid all mention of death, viewing it with fear rather than as a natural part of life. Even with the current resurgence in shamanism, psychopomp work (deathwalking) remains a practice rarely written about, which is where this anthology comes in as a valuable resource. With its rich sharing of original experiences and knowledge from individual authors, including traditional rituals and mythology as well as a generous sharing of personal moving stories of bereavement and spirit work, ‘Deathwalking’ provides a diversity of ideas and information for us to consider as well as being a wonderful tribute to those who went before us. ~ June Kent, Editor, Indie Shaman magazine
Our ancestors knew death intimately-recognizing it an integral part of life. They tended the dying and prepared the bodies of loved ones who had passed. Yet, even with this kind of death-midwifery, some of the dead would linger in our world. Especially those who had died suddenly, were attached to people or places, were uncertain of their worthiness to pass into a “good” place or who died under horrific circumstances, were likely to remain as lost and wandering spirits.
Today, we live in a world of disconnection and dissociation from much of life and certainly from death. This anthology offers the first-person perspectives of contemporary practitioners who work with those who haven’t made their complete transition from the world of the living. Shaman Pathways Deathwalking: Helping Them Cross the Bridge is a rare opportunity to learn more about guiding souls and also about the compassionate people who perform this essential service. ~ Evelyn C. Rysdyk, internationally recognized shamanic practitioner, teacher and best-selling author whose titles include The Norse Shaman
The rituals of death impact us throughout life. This collection of essays expresses the importance of deathwalking, and how the way we honor death informs how we can best live. ~ S. Kelley Harrell, author of Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism
A fascinating and much needed book addressing the exciting prospect of death and dying related phenomena! Don't think death is much to look forward to or perhaps it is something to avoid thinking on? This book with its practical and mystical writings on aspects of death may well change your mind! ~ Alice B. Grist, author of Dirty & Divine and artist-creator of the Cosmic Mother Tarot
All shamanic practitioners know that death is an integral part of life. In a death phobic society, books like DEATHWALKING are so needed to remind us of that fact. Ritual and spirit work can support the rite of death for the deceased and people they leave behind grieving their physical loss. The contributing authors of this volume offer wisdom and experience from many traditions while looking at death from many eye-opening angles. Psychopomp work is complex and unknown by the vast majority of the population. The stories told herein are a wonderful introduction to this ancient practice. ~ Jennifer Engrácio, author of Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict's Shamanic Journey into Healing