GROUNDING 101
Emerging research has revealed that direct physical contact with the surface of the planet generates a kind of electric nutrition, with surprisingly potent and rapid anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
— PubMed Article https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28987038

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.

This page is by far the most popular way folks find me through Google and I’ve been very thoughtful and thorough in updating the content to reflect a balanced perspective. Highlighting the spiritual nature and benefits as well as scientific credibility, particularly as it relates to human health and well-being.

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.

More importantly though, grounding can be a deeply nourishing spiritual practice used to soothe a frazzled nervous system and reconnect with your wise self and spirit support network. You can ground instantly using the power of intention, relaxation, visualization, and energy command techniques. As you practice and grow your psychic efficacy will improve.

Okay now that I’ve covered the basics, let’s dive into it!

About 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.

The human body is a liquid crystalline semi-conductor.
— EMF Warrior Podcast Episode 14 https://www.emfwarriors.com/grounding-reconnecting-with-earth/

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:

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Grounding is essential to creating and maintaining a vibrant, healthy internal infrastructure.

 

The Spiritual applications of Grounding

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.

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:

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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.

”The heart is the most powerful source of electromagnetic energy in the human body, producing the largest rhythmic electromagnetic field of any of the body’s organs. The heart’s electrical field is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical activity generated by the brain.

This field, measured in the form of an electrocardiogram (ECG), can be detected anywhere on the surface of the body. Furthermore, the magnetic field produced by the heart is more than 100 times greater in strength than the field generated by the brain and can be detected up to 3 feet away from the body, in all directions, using SQUID-based magnetometers.”
— HeartMath Institute https://www.heartmath.org/research/science-of-the-heart/energetic-communication/

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).

  • Geomagnetic storms (disruptions/fluctuations in the Earths electromagnetic field) have been linked to increased risk of stroke.

  • 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.

Every cell in our body is immersed in an environment of both external and internal fluctuating magnetic fields that can affect virtually every cell and circuit in biological systems to a certain degree, depending on the specific biological system and the nature of the magnetic fields. Numerous studies have shown that various physiological rhythms and global collective behaviors can be synchronized with the solar and geomagnetic activity; and that disruptions in these fields may have adverse effects on human health and behavior.
— HeartMath Institute: Human Heart Rhythm Sensitivity to Earth Local Magnetic Field Fluctuations

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. Plus nature has a way of naturally regulating our bodies. This is why time in nature is so important.

  • “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.

  • Your Intuition
    Want to strengthen your intuition? Ground!

Nature, too, supports our personal blossoming (if we have any quiet exposure to her) through her spontaneities, through her beauty, power, and mirroring, through her dazzling variety of species and habitats, and by way of the wind, Moon, Sun, stars, and galaxies.
— Bill Plotkin, Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World

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.

  • Spiritual Centering
    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.

 

how to

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.

First, master grounding your energy in the standing position.
Then move onto the sitting and lying down methods. Unless you are functionally limited and in that case make adjustments as needed.

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 centering breath

  • Inhale gently for 3-5 seconds (do not strain or intentionally manipulate your breath)

  • Match your exhale to the tempo of your inhalation breathe

  • Repeat until you can strongly sense your heart space and

  • Bonus points for envisioning the energy field of your heart (as pictured below)

  • Continue take centering breaths until you feel complete

Bravo!

You’ve now completed a grounding practice with heart-centered breathing.

After grounding, you’ll likely feel more:

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  • peaceful and present

  • aware of your body and surroundings

  • confident, calm and clear

  • physically steady/sturdy

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


WAIT! THERE’S MORE…

In this course I’ll be teaching more advanced techniques and spiritual applications.
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