Card #485 – Beware the Hollow Folk

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Be wary of those who approach with hollow intentions. Choose your companions with infinite care. Know the difference between an acquaintance and a friend or spiritual ally. Are you hanging out with people with whom you would trust your life? Life is too short to spend in hollow company when it could be lived with true friends, soulmates, spiritual allies, or creative solitude. Some people approach us with hollow intentions; they seek us for pleasure, manipulation, money, power or just out of impulsive, neurotic chaos. We must be discriminating and set strong boundaries between those who approach with unworthy intentions and ourselves. T.S. Elliot wrote a haunting poem entitled “The Hollow Men.” Here are a couple of excerpts:

We are the hollow men

We are the stuffed men

Leaning together

Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!

Our dried voices, when

We whisper together

Are quiet and meaningless…

The eyes are not here

There are no eyes here

In this valley of dying stars

In this hollow valley

You are not the first to notice that there are amazing numbers of hollow people. Lacking a strong individual core, hollow folk are inevitably determined by outside conditioning. Hollow folk in the Fifties lived mechanical lives that were perfect 1950s stereotypes. Hollow folk in the Sixties wore bellbottoms, and in the Seventies they went to discos, and so on and so forth. Hollow people are like hungry ghosts who want to be filled up, and that can sometimes make them act like parasites, draining energy from others. It is easy to view such people harshly and with disdain. Compassion and firmness are necessary to negotiate your way amongst the hollow folk. It is crucial to find companions who are not hollow, but it is even more crucial for you not to be hollow, and to be in touch with your own core. The key to becoming hollow is to give your power over to outside objects, people or entities. The more power the external agencies have to capture your attention the more hollow you become. This is what a Ring Wraith is, an obsessed withering addict who is forever seeking the precious.That precious could be the Hottie, a white powder, cash, power, something that glitters out there in the Babylon Matrix, keeping your entranced eyes focused on that bouncing red ball. From the point of view of the hollow folk, you are a character in the drama of their efforts to get the precious — social status, sexual transactions, money, objects, neurotic soap operas, whatever. What would not be a hollow companion would be a spiritual ally, a person with a strong commitment to consciousness, and a loving enthusiasm for helping others to develop. If you seek consciousness, the most crucial thing to look for in a companion is a compatible level of commitment to consciousness and to love. The best way to be attractive to such allies is to strengthen those same qualities in yourself. Depending on the position in which you got this card, and where you are in your process, the warning here could be about interpersonal and/or intrapsychic hollowness.

 


 

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