Compulsive Hoarding (CH) is defined as the excessive collection
and retention of organic or inorganic items which interfere with
day-to-day functions such as home, health, family, work and social
life because of the massive volume of items stored.
CH in this lifetime is usually directly traceable back to a past
life where hoarding was a resourceful behavior. The spiritual
purpose of CH is force the individual to seek the answer to why
they are now being "plagued" (or obsessed) with hoarding behaviors
that they have no control over now (compulsion).
Life Saving CH:
In past lives, physical goods (useful items
like tools, weapons, equipment, etc) were scarce. As the old saying
goes, "But for a nail the shoe was lost, but for a shoe the horse
was lost..." Having physical goods on hand - in the past - was often
the difference between life and death... and it often saved lives.
Life Ending CH:
In past lives, people were injured, maimed,
or killed for having lost or damaged physical goods. When someone
was hurt or died as a result of losing goods, their unconscious mind
carries that memory and does all in its power to prevent future harm...
and so this results in Compulsive Hoarding.
Life Changing CH:
In past lives, when people learned to
"waste not, want not", hoarding was a behavior that was not only
expected but was rewarded and praised by others. Since it saved
lives and made life easier to live, hoarding changed lives... for
the better in past lives... but for the worse in this lifetime.
Compulsive Hoarding sufferers will offer many (seemingly logical
and/or rational) reasons for their collecting activities:
CH sufferers perceive the items as valuable
or as a source of security because they may get love from objects
not found from people and so they do not want to give up those love
Prevent Identity Theft:
CH sufferers fear forgetting or
losing items or that others will steal their personal information
Poor Coping Skills:
Stressful life events, learned patterns
of self neglect, an inability to organize, physical frailty, and
brain abnormalities may be driving the constant need to collect and
keep things in CH sufferers.
The effects of CH can be deadly. Hoarding of inorganic items (like
newspapers, magazines, old clothes, etc) can cause fires while
hoarding of organic items (like animals, feces, decaying food,
etc) can spread contagious diseases. Severe hoarding causes public
safety and health hazards which must be dealt with by local governments
(who have published guidelines on how to handle CH).
When the life lesson associated with CH has been fully learned and
"absorbed" into the person's body-mind, the "disempowering" trait
or behavior will fall away. Often all that is needed is for the
individual to confront the past life(s) where the CH originated.
Going back to the past via past life healing becomes the means of
freeing those "afflicted with CH" from being condemned to repeat
these unsafe behaviors of compulsive hoarding in the future.
Take the most famous recorded case: the Collyer brothers who "lived
in terror that they would be poor and that people would steal their
possessions, and so they hoarded everything" throwing nothing away.
The Collyer brothers case was the first famous case of Compulsive
Hoarding. Here are the facts:
"One brother booby-trapped the house with stacks of newspapers and
trip wires. Eventually, one brother became ill and was an invalid
who stayed on the second floor… One day the mobile brother tripped
a booby trap wire and was killed in the crush of newspapers. Bereft
of his caretaker, the other brother died of starvation."
Their problem started in a past life they shared, they were servants of
an Egyptian Pharoah who had them both gruesomely tortured over several
weeks for losing one scroll (later found) among thousands. This
ingrained in them a deep fear of letting anything go which was then
intensified to extremes by the Great Depression.