Death As An Ally How Shamans Perceive Death

Submitted by Howard G. Charing

In traditional wisdom and knowledge, life is a continuum that does not end at the moment of death. One of the most important traditional tasks of the seer, shaman, medicine man or woman is to assist people who are either dying or the spirits of those who have died to make the transition into great domain of consciousness. This body of practices is known as Psychopomp, from the Greek word psychopompos, which literally means ‘conductor of souls’. In Greek mythology, the god Hermes served as the escort for the dead into the afterlife. This concept of a guide or intermediary between the living and the dead is a collective theme found in most religions and mythologies.

Death and Dying

In shamanism death and birth are closely related to each other. One of the roles of the shaman is as a midwife of dying, to help, guide, or usher the soul or essence of the dying person into the unity of the afterlife. This is the work of the Psychopomp, conductor of souls.

There are many ‘cosmographies’ of where souls go when they die, each dependent on the culture and society they originated in. Shamanism is not a system of belief or faith, it is a system of knowledge, and is directly experienced first hand by the senses. The world that Shamans work in is not a consensus reality, i.e. what we have agreed is reality. The Shaman sees i.e. experiences with all the senses, and is the mediator between the everyday physical world and an alternate reality. The roots of shamanism pre-date recorded history. The earliest findings date back over 40,000 years. Shamanism is the ancestral mother of the human spiritual experience.

In the great panorama of creation, many cultures have structured and formed a navigable cosmography. The shaman navigates and journeys in a cosmos experienced as three great realms revolving around a great axis, known as the great tree, or axis mundi. They are known as the, Upper World, Lower World, and Middle Worlds. Central to all these realms is the Axis Mundi, which is the central axis, which connects these three realms.

These realms have been structured and implemented in ways relevant to our culture and the world we live in. These three worlds have been renamed but are still present; The Upper World, the realm of our ancestors, religious or spiritual leaders, the gods, the spirit guides, is known as Heaven. The Middle World has been simply moulded into meaning our physical world or Earth, and the Lower World, the traditional place of sustenance and nourishment, the home where the spiritual power of the natural world, the plants, animals resides, has become demonised, and renamed as Hell.

The problem here is that the Lower World has become demonised, and turned into a travesty of it’s original meaning and embodiment of the living force of the natural world, and has become a very ‘bad’ place where all the wicked (disobedient) people go to suffer eternal damnation, hellfire, and other such terrible punishments. From a shamanic and a psychological perspective this has created the major problem of separation. By demonising the Lower World, the place which holds the feminine qualities of nurturing, and sustenance, we have as a society managed to disconnect ourselves from these very attributes. The story of the Garden of Eden fundamentally underlies this separation. If we consider the unifying principle of ‘so above, so below’, we are also looking at the cosmography of the human soul.

We have also lost along the expressway to modern civilisation this concept of the transition of the human soul from the physical world into the great realms of existence. People who die in sudden death, accident, confused, unhappy, drugged, people who lack power, murdered, killed in war, often disappear in the Middle World, and may be unable to make their transition, or not have an awareness of where and who they are. The work of the conductor of souls is to help these deceased individuals make that journey.

The shaman would embark on a spirit journey, to find the person who had died in unfortunate circumstances such as an accidental death. They would start from the place that the person died, and in their trance vision of expanded awareness spiral outwards in concentric circles to find them. Once located, it is then the work of the shaman to help them make that transition to another place, and be welcomed and re-united with loved ones.

This is Psychopomp work, helping the deceased to another world. There is an enormous fear of death in our society, and a renewed interest in this kind of work could provide re-assurance to those who are dying, and their loved ones.

Howard G. Charing is a partner in Eagle’s Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism. His initiation into the world of Shamanism was sudden, which was caused by a serious accident, which resulted in severe injuries and a near-death experience. After many months of physical pain and disability, he had a transformational experience, which started him on a path to healing. If you like to know more about his work, Howard conducts “Plant Spirit Medicine” journeys to the Amazon Rainforest.

Medition Journeys

I’ve been experiencing extreme ‘disturbances’ most explained via reading my timeline chronologically… Wondering if anyone has any idea how to get ‘purposeful’ memes out of my life – how’s that for an odd question. I would also love your thoughts on My Copenhagen Interpretation of Certainty of Memes, Uncertainty, Complementarity of Color, etc.

The kicker of this whole freakin’ saga spewed here is that I found the ‘perfect place, a whole area that I loved’ and thought things were actually going to go well . . . when…

The People Below – Who Seem To Be THE CAUSALLY CONNECTED to MY SUDDEN ‘ENERGY ISSUES’ – that I Never Had, Nor Experienced, Nor Thought Existed!!!! for 44 Years of My Life – Until I Generate A Bunch of Good Energy for Myself and now I’ve Paid The Folks During the Last Three Years, Regrettably:

Dr. Barb MacDonald during physical exam: “Oh, I’ve met ‘The All’.” (Calamity: What the fuck is she talking about ???) other than seemingly knowing christian science shit I don’t know NOR WANT. See their definition of ‘All / God’….and many more.

Tami Rogers, *** (Ms. I am an Energy idiot, Light, a shaman, & cure psychic vampires, body/soul shit), $$$$ Tami actually repeated words that these ‘conscious-aware’ things????? frequency fuckers??? I’m dealing (euphemism) with had mentioned, seeming knowing ??their?? vibe?? How convenient….

Marc Felix, Ph.D. (healer, shaman-better than psycho-anyl), Marc says: “I removed some ‘metaphysical presences, but I wish you had seen me sooner and can’t help.” $$

Dr. Dirk Vandersloot (cured of a heart prob?! by cobras in the Phillipines), Dirk gives ya’ these little pellets with those great ‘old school’ classic names…did nothing for me.

Cheryl Evangelos (christian scientist perverted to shaman/essence healer), she does what Tami Rogers did “Oh! We have “PuppetMasters here” – Meaning the ‘things fucking with me’ and then launched into shit where I’m supposed to try and believe shit I don’t to get rid of these things….and buy some flower essences.

While each of these people seem to ‘pre-cept’ what I’m dealing with, take some money with their curricula vitae, business cards, and alleged knowledge of this crap, and I’m worse now than back in July 2011 when this started – worse and heavier every day.

Nan Mass and David Corbin (journey experts, shaman, etc. “I wasn’t trying hard enough NOT TO BE HURT by ‘this entity/frequency thing’ ” Says Nan Moss – “You may have to move from the area.”) (and Nan & David basically fucked the ‘so-called spirits’ related to MY name and My caring they shook out and blew off while leaving their bad karma behind)

C. Allie Knowlton and Evelyn Rysdyk at True North (healers, entities, shaman, etc.), who during their so called healing treatment – not only didn’t understand what was coming through THEM! – the ignored by problems to the point one of my ‘entities’ was about to leave and it got shoved back in… (I know, things I never thought I’d be saying, never mind spewing here….)

Herwig Schoen, Reconnective Therapy (A New Healing Paradigm!!!!) He was recommended by someone else. I call him and his Office Manager Tracy Joy Miller says Herwig can treat me from Langley Island, WA – AND WANTS TO KNOW MY DENTITION! (YES, MY TEETH FILLINGS AND NUMBERS) AND HYDRATE…

Note in his book too that he seems ‘chemically’ aware of many ‘human elements.’ Gonna start eating cancer patients alive by pointing out THC chemical numbers – crystalline elements – dopamine – in your book, Herwig?

There was a so-called Science Picture posted here re: What Love is – chemically/pathologically.


Jane Austen: There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.

If you equate or factor in the ‘meridian line / earth energy’ – per my loving the grass, the sky, the sun and my cat on July 1, 2013 – and 6,000,000,000 either loving, hating, fighting, shopping . . . I like to think that even Werner Heisenberg knew better than to fuck with that….

Now to close this with Jesse James: PAY UP SUCKERS & FUCKERS!!!!!!!

I’ve been mad for three years – I haven’t been “alone” in three years. NOW TO GET EVEN. PAY BACK IS NAMED CALAMITY AND I’M A BITCH.

p.s. This computer and email was phished both locally and Craig’s List at the beginning of all this – if anyone has access to June / July 2011 records – knock yourselves out…. Fuck it. I’ve been phished, fished, flooded, deserted, and hurt bad, to put it mildly.

(See Craig’s List Phishers Using Occupy Movement Numbers (Herwig #’s + Meme’s) on The Missed Connections and Other Too.)


Or just knowing that your home, your chemicals, your brain waves, neurons, photons are no longer safe or respected by any human being, 6,000,000,000 old or 6,000,000,000 new. Got Kids?

Anyone hear the news piece on NPR about ‘uploading consciousnesses’ onto computers…. Well, go read my post + wiki on that word and add the American Heritage Dictionary multiple definitions of ‘consciousness: self, syn, and money’.

War & Peace

(Note: If I see or hear another ‘mantra,’ or ‘all beings’ I’ll scream. Research Philology) Go fuck a Monad too.

I’ve actually left out a few names and $$$…. T.T.F.N. -Calamity in The Growlery

Trees A Short And Sweet Poem By Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree
A tree who’s hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earths sweet flowing breath
A tree that looks to god all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray
A tree that must in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair
Upon whos bosom snow has lain
Who intimately lives with rain
Poems are made by fools like me
But only god can make a tree

By Joyce Kilmer