Helping Them Cross the Bridge
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 (that's me!).
I've contributed to quite a few anthologies over the years but this is the first one I've edited. I really felt there was a need for a book that addresses this subject so I plunged headlong into the project, accompanied by nine of my fellow authors and shamanic practitioners. Death and crossing over are uncomfortable topics for many people but they are an integral part of both everyday life and deep spirituality, and an important facet of shamanic practice. I hope this book becomes a valuable tool and a doorway to a deeper exploration of this subject.
Deathwalking: Helping Them Cross the Bridge is now available from these online booksellers, as well as brick-and-mortar bookstores and metaphysical shops:
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Paperback ISBN 978-1-78535-818-0
E-book ISBN 978-1-78535-819-7
What people are saying about
Shaman Pathways - Deathwalking:
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
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
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