The Hollow Bone Teaching. 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, and anyone else we can help. 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
2. Then he recognized himself as a clean tube, ready to be
filled with hope, possibilities, and anxious to be filled with 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.
Let your abdomen rise and fall as you breathe. 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.
Now 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.