Grounding is the mecca of energy medicine and should be the cornerstone practice of your repertoire of healthy energy habits. I qualify grounding as mandatory for highly sensitive empaths but it certainly holds value and promise for those who don’t identify as such.
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At it’s core, grounding effectively harmonizes the human energy field as a result of direct contact with the earth, pets (who have direct earth contact), and via man-made ‘earthing’ products that mimic the natural electron transfer process.
Grounding is a practice you’ll never outgrow.
That means the timid, novice seeker and the advanced wizard, the spiritualist and the atheist, all benefit from grounding regularly as the path of awakening and integration unfolds. Now before I dive how to ground yourself and ways to enhance your practice, let’s vet the science and spiritual applications of grounding.
Grounding happens naturally without effort when any part of your physical body is in direct contact with the Earth’s surface. Think swimming in the ocean, walking barefoot on the grass, gardening hands in the dirt, hugging a live tree, etc. Therefore, grounding is a natural process that occurs when you spend time in nature and aren’t inhibiting the process by wearing insulating materials like rubber shoe bottoms which create a barrier to exchanging electrons.
In episode 14 of the EMF Warrior Podcast a wealth of information and science is provided on the concept of grounding including examples naturally conductive and insulating materials which either aid or impede the process (see the 6-minute mark).
I’m in agreement with them and find it helpful to think of the human body as a battery capable of powering up and storing electrons for future use by our mitochondria in every cellular function. Grounding is the mechanism for refueling this reservoir which does in fact become depleted with time.
From a health perspective evidence is mounting, demonstrating a positive impact in the following ways:
Significant Physiological or Clinical Outcomes as a Result of Grounding
Electric Nutrition: The Surprising Health and Healing Benefits of Biological Grounding (Earthing) a 2017 study/PubMed.gov article concluded “this body of research has demonstrated the potential of grounding to be a simple, natural, and accessible clinical strategy against the global epidemic of noncommunicable, degenerative, inflammatory-related diseases”.
Stress Reduction + Sleep Benefits
In 2004, The biologic effects of grounding the human body during sleep as measured by cortisol levels and subjective reporting of sleep, pain, and stress found through subjective reporting “that grounding the human body to earth during sleep improves sleep and reduces pain and stress”. In a deeper look, this study revealed “grounding the human body to earth during sleep reduces night-time levels of cortisol and resynchronizes cortisol hormone secretion more in alignment with the natural 24-hour circadian rhythm profile.” Interestingly researchers noted changes were most apparent in females.
Improved Pain + Inflammation Markers
Multiple studies have found grounding repeatedly produce measurable differences in sleep, pain reduction and important inflammatory markers. This isn’t a hypothesis, it’s fact. Specifically, grounding results “measurable differences in the concentrations of white blood cells, cytokines, and other molecules involved in the inflammatory response” (PubMed.gov article The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.)
Grounding is essential to creating and maintaining a vibrant, healthy internal infrastructure.
The Spiritual applications of Grounding
More importantly though, grounding can be a deeply spiritual practice used to soothe a frazzled nervous system and reconnect you to your inner-most wise self but that only happens with intention, relaxation, and visualization techniques. Also, I want you to know how to amp up your grounding practices with the most potent techniques not outdated, overly used and ineffective practices I see folks teaching all.the.time.
It’s important to me to demystify the overly-spiritualized concept of grounding and return it to its simple spiritual roots sans new agey f*ckery. This Schumann Resonance hubba blub has gotten out of control. So I’m here to set the record straight, sort through fact from fiction and also acknowledge what we do not know.
Let’s start with what we do know:
Evidence-based research tells us:
Planet Earth is Alive
NASA recognizes Earth has a “repeating atmospheric heartbeat known as Schumann Resonance” — since 1960 data has been gathered on these frequencies which naturally fluctuate. Metaphysical folks love to talk about spikes in the Schumann resonance as to suggest that with peaks it is indicative of consciousness at a global level is changing. And this might be true but the earth’s Schumann resonance is actually made up of several variable frequencies not just 7.83Hz as well publicized.
Scientists are actively monitoring profound earth changes. Did you know that the north and south pole are moving? Yep! And more…
The earth has a measurable electromagnetic field.
Of special note is the fact that the electromagnetic field of the earth and the human heart resemble each other.
Space Weather has a Biological Impact
Space weather is the umbrella term which includes geomagnetic storms, cosmic rays, radiation storms, solar flares, and more.
Animals (like birds) have internal “magnetic sensors” that are believed to be behind phenomena like murmuration. Scientists have observed bird behavior differences in response to magnetic storms (The Royal Society).
Given that space weather is outside my wheel-house I rely on “The Disaster Prediction” App to notify me of any disruptions and noteworthy events. I highly recommend you check out the “HEALTH” tab which denotes the cardiac, auto-immune, and psychiatric complications associated with each cosmic event. Having access to this knowledge helps you create a greater awareness of potential adverse influences and boost pro-active coping strategies like you guessed it — grounding!
In the docu-series Broken Brain 2 (video #2) one of the guest teacher explains how humans are electrical creatures with 3 primary circuits: the brain (nervous system), the heart (cardiac), and your immune system (gut). The brain-heart-gut is the holy trifecta and circuitry of intuition which is merely information being communicated via electrons. After all, intuition is quite literally the exchange of energy processed automatically by our energy body (heart, brain and gut) into information that directly impacts our survival and more.
How Spirit Speaks — return to your spiritual roots.
Nature = Spiritual
The rhythm of seasons and cycles, the creatures of Earth its expansive mysteriousness is the core spiritual thread of all walks of faith. Take for example the Tree of Life and how its archetype/mythology can be found across almost all religious/spiritual paths. Nature constantly tells us the truth, exposes our vulnerabilities, and mirrors the continuum of death/birth and re-birth.
“The Earth is Your Ancestor” - Darla Antoine
Connecting with and building a strong ancestral connection is critical to the healing journey. The Earth just like your blood-line predecessors hold memories, information, and spiritual nourishment available for you, but you need to know how to access it. Grounding can be the spiritual practice for tending that relationship and assisting your health and well-being in tandem.
Want to strengthen your intuition? Ground!
In terms of spiritual care, grounding can positively impact you in the following ways:
Mediation is good for you!
No one ever said “don’t meditate, it’s bad for you”. You immediately know that to not be true. Now it may be difficult for you to settle down and meditate, particularly for a good amount of time, but we can agree meditation benefits your health and well-being.
Grounding ensures your spirit body is anchored in your physical body, as opposed to off traveling the ether. You want to ensure that if and when you do so, it is intentional.
Improved Energy Flow
Stagnant energy creates restlessness— grounding is a safe, effective way to increase one’s energy reserves and charge up your battery.
Attuned to Subtleties
Signs, synchronicity, and the world of spirit plays out every day in front of you. Grounding helps you tune out the noise and tune into your personal source of guidance.
ground your energy
Grounding as taught here, combines the power of visualization and intention to connect with and move energy from the earth, into your body, and then recycling it back out into the earth. Once you’ve mastered this technique you can supercharge your practice with heart-centered breathing.
To ground in the standing position, simply:
Stand tall but comfortably
Ideally you do this barefoot with direct contact with the Earth
Close your eyes and take several deep, centering breaths
If its helpful imagine you’re a strong, mature, well-rooted tree
Pick a tree species you have affinity for like redwood, willow, or oak
Visualize yourself as a healthy tree, a wise sentient being alongside a vibrant network of other trees
With focused attention, move your awareness to locate the soft bottoms of your feet
Imagine creating openings on the bottom of both feet
Next visualize roots leaving your feet, penetrating the ground beneath you
Enhance the process by visualizing these roots penetrate the Earths layers until you reach the Earth’s pulsing, vibrant core
When you’re ready, transition to absorbing the Earth’s pure energy through the bottom of your feet
Begin to intentionally direct the pathway in which the energy travels throughout your body
Go at a pace that feels comfortable
You may or may not feel sensations during grounding, as sensation does not indicate effectiveness
Depending on your level of experience with grounding the energy may move slowly at first— with time and practice you’ll likely be able to quickly generate a swift current of Earth’s energy sweeping through your body
Move energy from your feet, up through your legs— ensuring passage through your knees and up to the hips
Next fill your core, sending energy down your arms, cycling back up through your neck, filling your entire head
Now send the Earth’s vibrant energy shooting out of the top of your head, creating a 3D shower around your entire body
Allow the Earth’s energy to “rain” over you and be recycled back into the Earth, creating a flow, as pictured here
Stay with this visualization practice until you feel noticeably calmer
now that you’re grounded
Let’s enhance your grounding practice with heart-centered breathing
Place your hands on your heart
Direct your attention and awareness to the swelling and collapse of your lungs with each deep, centering breath
Inhale for 3-5 seconds
Exhale for twice the length of your inhale (6-10 seconds)
Repeat until you can strongly sense your heart space
Use your imagination to expand the energy field of your heart
Program your heart to create a field of purity and neutrality
Continue taking deep, centering breaths until you feel complete
You’ve now completed a grounding practice with heart-centered breathing.
After grounding, you’ll likely feel more:
peaceful and present
aware of your body and surroundings
confident, calm and clear
Be sure to keep this healthy energy habit in your back pocket!
And to put it to use next time you find yourself:
flustered and frustrated
scattered and overwhelmed
anxious and uneasy
clumsy and uncoordinated
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