Becoming the Hollow Bone

Frank Fools Crow was a revered Lakota Holy Man who taught that you must become like a “hollow bone” to be a great healer. He believed that to become a conduit for the source of all creation fulfills the destiny of the human spirit to sustain the order of existence. According to Fools Crow, “We are called to become hollow bones for our people. We are not supposed to seek power for our personal use and honor. What we bones really become is the pipeline that connects Wakan Tanka, the helpers and the community together.” In his becoming a hollow bone, Fools Crow believed that he went through four stages:

  1. First, he called in Wakan Tanka (Great Mystery) to rid himself of anything that would impede him in any way, such as doubt, questions or reluctance.
  2. Then he recognized himself as a clean tube, ready to be filled with hope, possibilities, and power.
  3. He experienced the power as it comes surging into him.
  4. Finally, giving the power away to others, knowing that as he is emptied out, the Higher Powers will keep filling him with even greater power to be given away.

Becoming a Hollow Bone…

Close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply seven times. Inhale for a count of four, hold for a count of four, and then exhale for a count of four. Focus on the breath as it enters the nose and fills your lungs, and then gently exhale any tension you might feel, clearing the energy channels of your body. Release all of your worldly concerns, doubts, and fears, allowing them to drift off on the air of the wind, on the breath of life. Feel yourself relaxing with each breath.

When you are fully relaxed, ask the “Higher Powers” to remove any blockages that prevent you from functioning as a hollow bone. Repeat the affirmation, “I choose to be a clean, hollow bone.” Visualize yourself as a hollow bone or tube that is all shiny on the inside and empty. The cleaner the bone, the more energy you can channel through it, and the faster it will flow.

If you have a drum, begin drumming a steady tempo of about 3 beats per second and imagine the power of spirit flowing through you. You may feel it, see it, sense it, or simply imagine it. As you focus on it, it will occur, for all energy follows thought. If your mind wanders, bring the focus of your attention back to the beat of the drum. Drumming opens portals to the spirit world, draws spirit in, and opens you up to receive it.

Then as you become full begin to share it with your client. This exercise is a great way to start any session.

Also, when you become the hollow bone, it allows for you to become fully present to those you are working with.

Transform Empathy to Compassion

Being an empath can be a lonely journey. It’s full of heartache and poor boundaries. Learn to transform empathy into compassion. You don’t have to feel the pain and suffering of another. It’s not your responsibility to take on the pain of another. It’s okay to hold space and express care and concern but it is enabling to try and rob someone of the experience their soul came here to feel.