Given our recent requests for prayers that aid the passing of animals, I felt guided to write this article. In the past few months, many clients and friends have watched their cats and dogs let go of life through a variety of illnesses and simple old age. For some pet owners, euthanasia was the grace given to their pet. For others, it was the challenge of watching them pass into the other world; yet the gift of such love being shared between animal and human. Some feel the essence of the soul of their pet let go and enter the ethereal realm of life.

The pets do not end their loving connection as they move on into heaven. In fact, many remain as psychopomps. Many continue to aid their human family (and perhaps pet family that still remain in the home). As a psychopomp, they guide the human consciousness through the dimensions of other worlds of this great universe. It is not just helping beings cross from this world into heaven, as a psychopomp, they help guide our personal consciousness to view, explore and experience the dynamics of the “normally” unseen worlds.

Many psychics, Shamans, and healers know of the great gift of animal spirits. Their grace to the universal traveler, is to guide one through the shadows of the universe and into the light of a greater awareness. They help one traverse the unfamiliar terrains so the individual does not get lost in the presence of illusion and divide their consciousness between two worlds. A divided consciousness can lead one to the lower regions and the pursuing difficulties reign in their ordinary reality of daily living.

Our pets, who enter the ethereal realm, remember our love. They are called upon the road of selflessness and can enter the realm of assistance. Thus, they will provide ease, grace and love energy to the family mourning them. They can help those who desire to cross the veils of the dimensions and give guidance and even protection in these realms. This opens the door for each of us to learn about the multiplex reality of the Creator.

Some of our spirit animals lead us on the path of learning how to use our personal gifts so we may help those on the earth plane. Now, most of us do not have a bear as a pet, or other very large wild animals. Yet, our own pets can guide us to these great guardians that become our familiars (psychopomps).

Many know of the power of the Bear to guide us through the passages of the Divine Mind and the multiplex reality of the Creator to assist us in discovering and utilizing the universal healing vibrations for the body, the mind and emotions, and to heal our spirit when it appears to be lost in despair, disappointments, or disgust with the world around us. Many Shamans know the power of the Great Healer, the White Bear. My great grandmother, long living in the spiritual dimensions calls me and my students to call on Nyah-gwaheh—the healing bear of her Cherokee wisdom. This great bear has guided many into the realms of healing and the frequencies of light that become specific fields of healing energy. Nyah-gwaheh is a psychopomp, guiding the path of healing at the higher ranges of consciousness. Sometimes I have heard my great grandmother call Nyah-gwaheh the “Big Dog” of the skies. Not sure why, really. But it places me back in the awareness that our animals of the Earth continue to play a huge role in our daily lives; if we let them.

As those of you release your animal companion into the ethereal realms, do know their spirit continues to be with you. They carry a loving intention to assist you. For some it will be the assistance of love that allows you to move beyond mourning and into sweet memories. For some it will be continued assistance to guide your life. And again, for some, know they may become your Familiar psychopomp guiding you to feel, learn and understand the realms of the Great Creator.



Rev. Katherine Bell,  Ph.D., D.D.