The behavior of an extreme kind that warrants the label of a person “becoming a hoarder” is a good example of irrational conduct. They accumulate to a fault and exaggerate the perceived importance and value of all the items they hold dear, and which accumulate to a point where normal life becomes quite difficult, and there might even be a danger in living with them if garbage is not thrown out and perishable items are intermixed with household belongings. This invites rodent infestation and truly prevents any kind of efficient living when it is impossible to track the location of what might be present and retrieve it for potential use, so the vast hoard of accumulated material is a burden and a barrier to successful living and not an asset. Here again is an attempt to fill an emotional void with physical objects that are not what is truly needed, so no amount of accumulation will satisfy and bring an end to the cravings being indulged. It is an attempt to gain gravitas, to have enough substance, and by extension a kind of wherewithal to feel secure and solid and grounded as though they might float away but for their countless possessions.
People have a kind of energetic attachment to things around them that they buy and live with, so there is a kind of energetic intertwining with one’s home and everything within. While you might have a title to the property and sales receipts for your purchases along the way, in effect, those objects have a hold on you as well because of your cordings energetically that keep you connected. This is termed “putting down roots” in the common language and is literally the truth, the hoarder is wanting more and more and more roots to promote their stability because of a deep emotional need of feeling disconnected and rootless, in effect. This, too, is a karmic dilemma with a history, and what is needed is deep karmic repair and healing to resolve the underlying trauma enabling the person to feel comfortable when unencumbered by massive possessions. It will be freeing even as they lighten their load. After all, everything one possesses and owns carries with it a kind of obligation to be a steward, to provide housing and maintenance, and sometimes repair as well. Even the act of cutting back may take much time and energy to put items unneeded any longer up for sale, so it can represent quite a drain of energy and time to manage, but again there is an inner need for self-protection underway.