Compassionate Depossession

An aspect of deathwalking is depossession, which isn’t just the removal of a life force from a place that it is no longer functional (or was never functional), but seeing that it is returned to the place that it can be tended and supportively restored to its place in relationship with All. Returned to compassion, with compassion. Through our soul tech we have helping spirits who do this work. We have spirit geographies that provide home for hungry life forces.


A couple of weeks ago a friend was talking to me about Saint Cyprian of Antioch as someone who walked between pagan and xtian cosmology, and given that wide cosmological access was someone who could send unquiet souls where they need to go. I was really moved by the application of soul tech from a compassionate place, of knowing that misplaced/displaced beings have a home and it’s not existing lodged in some other being–even if home is less than savory to our sensibilities.

So often even in non-xtian spaces, depossession is taught like chewing gum you can’t wait to get off your shoe. Get it away from me. Good and evil. Light and dark. It is not my place to tender a judgement that was superimposed from a value system I don’t even uphold. I value soul tech that is built on our mutual belonging and sacred duty, even when it isn’t possible for me to know what those are, or appropriate that I should. The work is done. Home is home. Sacred order. May I be diligent in honoring each our own place, and our togetherness of being.

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S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

I’m an animist, author, deathwalker and death doula held by Tuscarora, Woccon, and Sissipihaw land. For the last 25+ years, through Soul Intent Arts I’ve helped others to ethically build thriving spiritual paths as fit, embodied elders, who upon death become wise, capable Ancestors. My work is Nature-based, and focuses soul tending through the Elder Futhark runes, animism, ancestral healing, and deathwork. I’m author of several books on soul work and runes, and when moved I host the podcast, What in the Wyrd. I also write The Weekly Rune as a celebration of the Elder Futhark in season. Full bio.

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