Exploring the Sacred Journey of Souls: Insights into Psychopomp, Shamanism, and Healing Grief

Have you ever pon­dered the unseen jour­ney that souls may embark upon after death? Cather­ine Grey Hugh­es, a teacher and trau­mat­ic prac­ti­tion­er with pro­found insights into the sacred prac­tice of psy­chopomp, sat down with us to unrav­el the mys­ter­ies of soul tran­si­tion and its impact on both the liv­ing and the depart­ed. Through Cather­ine’s guid­ance, we ven­tured into dis­cus­sions around the com­plex­i­ties of grief, detail­ing why cer­tain souls linger and how their pas­sage to the after­life can bring heal­ing and clo­sure. The emo­tion­al nar­ra­tives and expe­ri­ences shared in this episode serve not only to con­nect us with the depart­ed but also to deep­en our under­stand­ing of life’s ulti­mate voy­age.

This episode is a tapes­try woven with threads of ancient wis­dom, cul­tur­al tra­di­tions, and shaman­ic prac­tices, guid­ed by the com­pas­sion­ate spir­it of our guest. As we nav­i­gat­ed the shaman­ic mid­dle world and dis­cussed the nuances of soul escort­ing, lis­ten­ers were giv­en a glimpse into the rit­u­als that solace those who mourn. Cather­ine illu­mi­nat­ed the path for those drawn to this pow­er­ful call­ing, empha­siz­ing the impor­tance of a strong con­nec­tion with the spir­it realm. The trans­for­ma­tive pow­er of shaman­ism, inspired by the likes of Michael Harn­er, emerged as a bea­con of hope, empow­er­ing us to embrace self-love, stew­ard­ship with nature, and the piv­otal role each of us plays in extend­ing com­pas­sion to our world. Join us in this pro­found explo­ration of the soul’s jour­ney, shaman­ic heal­ing, and the pow­er of human con­nec­tion across the veil of mor­tal­i­ty.


Chap­ter 1: Intro­duc­tion

[00:00] Wel­come to the “Urban Grief Shamans” pod­cast
[00:20] Overview of the episode and its focus on psy­chopomp work

Chap­ter 2: Defin­ing Psy­chopomp

[01:15] What is a psy­chopomp?
[02:00] The Greek ori­gins of the term and its mean­ing
[02:45] The role of a psy­chopomp in shaman­ic heal­ing

Chap­ter 3: Cather­ine’s Per­son­al Jour­ney

[04:10] Cather­ine’s back­ground as a para­medic
[05:20] How she dis­cov­ered shaman­ism and psy­chopomp work
[06:45] The con­nec­tion between her expe­ri­ences and the shaman­ic path

Chap­ter 4: Guid­ing Lost Souls

[08:30] The con­cept of souls get­ting lost, stuck, or con­fused
[09:15] Rea­sons why souls may not pass to the upper or low­er world
[10:00] Cather­ine’s expe­ri­ences with help­ing these souls

Chap­ter 5: Vari­a­tions in Soul Stay­ing

[12:05] Dif­fer­ent moti­va­tions for souls to remain in the mid­dle world
[13:20] Souls stay­ing to help loved ones or due to fear and con­fu­sion
[14:40] The impact of these choic­es on the liv­ing

Chap­ter 6: The Mid­dle World and Heal­ing

[16:15] How work­ing in the Mid­dle World relates to psy­chopomp
[17:30] The dream-like state of con­fused souls
[18:45] The sig­nif­i­cance of con­duct­ing souls to a place of heal­ing

Chap­ter 7: Psy­chopomp and Grief

[20:10] How psy­chopomp work can assist griev­ing indi­vid­u­als
[21:25] Reas­sur­ance and mes­sages from loved ones who have passed
[22:40] Address­ing unre­solved trau­ma and its impact on the liv­ing

Chap­ter 8: Michael Harn­er’s Lega­cy

[24:15] Michael Harn­er’s role in intro­duc­ing shaman­ism to the West
[25:30] The foun­da­tion and its mis­sion to pre­serve shaman­ic knowl­edge
[26:45] Eth­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions and cul­tur­al sen­si­tiv­i­ty in shaman­ic prac­tices

Chap­ter 9: Teach­ing and Learn­ing Psy­chopomp

[28:20] The impor­tance of strong jour­ney­ing skills
[29:10] Prepar­ing indi­vid­u­als for psy­chopomp work
[30:00] The trans­for­ma­tive effects of shaman­ic train­ing

Chap­ter 10: Shaman­is­m’s Earth-Cen­tered Per­spec­tive

[32:05] The shift in world­view toward respect­ing all liv­ing things
[33:20] How shaman­ic prac­tices pro­mote love, com­pas­sion, and respect
[34:45] The sig­nif­i­cance of engag­ing with the spir­it world

Chap­ter 11: Con­clu­sion

[36:30] Recap of key points from the episode
[37:15] Encour­age­ment to explore psy­chopomp work and shaman­ic prac­tices
[38:00] Upcom­ing events and work­shops from “Urban Grief Shamans”

Guest Bio

Cather­ine Hugh­es: “With a back­ground in Fine Arts and Edu­ca­tion, I tran­si­tioned from being an Art Edu­ca­tor in Nova Sco­tia and Ottawa to a shaman­ic prac­ti­tion­er after a life-chang­ing ill­ness in 2010. My jour­ney led to train­ing with the Foun­da­tion for Shaman­ic Stud­ies, pro­found­ly affect­ing my fam­i­ly life and inspir­ing me to teach shaman­ic work­shops. I’m ded­i­cat­ed to help­ing oth­ers find bal­ance, joy, and per­son­al growth through shaman­ic prin­ci­ples. I have a thriv­ing heal­ing prac­tice and serve as guest fac­ul­ty for the Foun­da­tion for Shaman­ic Stud­ies.” Cather­ine’s web­site — Vis­it Here

Links to addi­tion­al resources

Foun­da­tion for Shaman­ic Stud­ies: Link to Foun­da­tion
“The Way of the Shaman” book by Michael Harn­er
Soul­ful Sor­rows: Grief Tend­ing Web­site — Vis­it Web­site

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Show intro­duc­tion: One Drum: Sto­ries and Cer­e­monies for a Plan­et by Richard Wagamese
Intro: Remem­ber Back When — Josef Falken­skold, www.epidemicsound.com
Out­ro: Yel­low taxi-Del­i­cate Beats, www.premiumbeat.com

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