Being human in 2012 requires handling huge amounts of energy moving through our world, our environment and our body systems. Recent years have seen a tremendous increase in technology including cell phones, towers and power grids; this an area of much research as to the overall impact on personal health and that of our planet. We are experiencing chaos and instability in our political, economic and social structures. Increased solar flares are causing geomagnetic storms that can affect our satellites, power structures and our own energy fields. We are just learning about the implications of some of these factors, however one thing is certain – the generation and movement of energy in many forms is affecting our lives on a personal and global level.
Considering the impact of all of these factors or even any one, can feel overwhelming, especially if we think about it too much. And yet, whether we focus on it or not, increased energetic activity is a part of the big picture today. Accepting that great energetic movement and change is a part of our lives is an important aspect of holding the big picture. In our daily lives, we can easily get caught up in what we need to get done and forget that we are riding on a planet that is orbiting the sun, which is only one of many, many galactic bodies. It’s easy to forget that we are a part of a vast universe and that the energy we feel is not only global but also universal.
One of the best ways to work with increased energies and achieve greater balance in our own energy systems is to practice grounding. Grounding is the foundation of a healthy system which everyone can benefit from it. Grounding refers to the connection of the human energy field to that of the Earth. This connection allows us to draw from the abundant source of Earth’s energy while at the same time ensuring that we do not accumulate excess energy – this can be thought of like the earth wire for electricity – we make a connection and excess energy is safely dissipated into the ground. Being well grounded helps us to deal with life in a more stable and balanced manner which is increasingly necessary in response to living in a rapidly changing world.
Below are a few ways in which being grounded can make a difference in the experience of everyday life:
- Increases balance and stability in our physical, mental, emotional and energetic state.
- Creates a deeper sense of connection with others, our world and ourselves.
- Helps bring awareness that we are here for a purpose.
- Brings strength and confidence.
- Helps in creating a bridge between spirit and matter.
- Provides an outlet making the release of energy and emotion easier and more fluid.
- Allows the attainment of higher spiritual levels through embodiment.
- Strengthens our center – Grounded people are less affected by energies around them, even if they do feel them.
We can learn to become aware of our grounded state. Sometimes this is a feeling of solidity or stability. Often the connection takes the form of a slight buzzing, warmth or tingling under the soles of our feet or in other parts of our bodies. It is useful to train oneself in this awareness. With regular practice, grounding can be done simply by making an energetic connection through awareness, visualization or turning your attention to the soles of your feet and connecting to the earth. It is the work of seconds and can make a huge difference to your life.
In addition to the effects of EMFs (Electro Magnetic Fields), there are many other reasons we can be ungrounded. Often, people go through the majority of their lives being ungrounded. We all know people who seem to be off in a dream world, or `dizzy’; chances are their grounding is weak. Additionally, people who have a tendency to be nervy, fly off the handle or get things out of proportion may also benefit from grounding. Lack of grounding is a feature of many conditions that leave people feeling disconnected, weak and listless.
Below is a list of some of the more common signs of being ungrounded. Usually, each individual will encounter the same one or two signs when they are ungrounded. It can be helpful to learn the messages your own body and energy system gives to you.
- A feeling of being ‘Spaced Out’
- Feeling sick
- Heart palpitations
- Eyes flickering
- Weight gain
- Clumsiness or prone to accidents
- Static shocks
- Falling asleep when meditating
- Noise and light-sensitive
- Having brilliant ideas that never happen
- Arguing and unable to get your point across
- Feeling unsettled
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Feelings of confusion, turmoil or disconnection
Here are some things you can do to help bring yourself back down to earth and generate an experience of grounding:
- Connecting with Nature
- Meditation & Visualization
- Eating – healthy & balanced
- Drinking water
- Walking, especially in natural surroundings
- Exercise, yoga, tai chi, etc.
- Gardening, touching the earth with your hands
- Being with animals e.g. walking the dog, petting a cat, etc.
- Moving with intention, clarity and purpose
- Carrying/working with crystals or stones such as Hematite, Black Tourmaline, Obsidian or Ruby
- Using Essential Oils such as Vetiver, Sandalwood or Patchouli
- Taking Flower Essences such as Rescue Remedy
- Getting adequate rest
- Practicing HALTT – Am I hungry, angry, lonely, tired or thirsty? HALTT is an acronym from 12 Step Recovery that signals that something is out of balance and a simple check helps to bring attention where it needs to be given. This is a great tool to use with grounding and for overall balance as well.
One of the simplest ways to learn to ground is through visualization or meditation. Once this type of practice is developed, it can be used anytime or anywhere. Here is an example of a practice that may be helpful to explore:
Letting Go: First, begin to let go of all the tension you can by taking some deep breaths, relaxing your shoulders, and focusing on where you are and what you are doing. Bring your attention to this moment, to the current time and space your are in. Breath in and on the out breath, let any tension or excess energy that you feel drain down through your body into the earth. Slow down and some deep calming breaths.
Anchoring: Imagine dropping a line of energy from the base of your spine and/or soles of your feet, down into the earth. Just like the roots of a tree, this line of energy anchors you to the earth. If you prefer, imagine that your body actually has roots connecting you to the earth. Whichever imagery you use, allow yourself to make that connection with the earth, dropping your anchor and allowing your energy to become more stable and balanced. Allow yourself to feel a sense of rootedness like that of a tree. Go as deep as you need to go to make a strong connection, even to the core of the earth itself if need be.
Releasing Negativity: Anchor yourself and allow all of your excess energy and tension to drain down into the earth through your line of energy or roots. The stronger your anchor, the better your ability to experience stability and release energy. As you get comfortable anchoring and releasing energy, your will begin to experience a clearer and stronger energy field which will support your ability to move with the increased energy of our times.
As always, I encourage everyone to find those practices which really resonate with them personally. In addition to using visualizations, I find connecting with nature through walking in the woods, going barefoot and lying on the earth to be a few of the most grounding things I can do for myself. I also tend to carry stones in my pockets which have grounding energy and also remind me of my connection to the earth. Take some time this week to explore grounding for yourself and find some ways you can create more balance and stability in your energy field and in your life.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, reflections and experiences.