Grounding. It’s not just for hippies!

Grounding is not just for hippies!

Grounding practices

It is important to ground and protect before you open up spiritually – for example Reiki, Tarot, and Pendulum work. This is to protect you, your loved ones and your home and keep it a clear and loving space.

If you are an empath, it is very important to both protect your own energy and also shield off others unwanted energies. I will write a separate blog post on protection, for this week I will focus on specifically on Grounding. I also use the terms ‘grounding’ and ‘earthing’ interchangeably throughout:

There are various methods you can use to ground yourself:

  • Imagining roots growing out of your feet and firmly planting them into the ground

  • Taking the above a step further, visualise these roots to be golden and wrapping themselves around a giant crystal in the centre of the earth

  • Imagine a golden rod from the base of your spine firmly planting into the earth

  • Crystals such as Haematite

  • Wear red socks! This one might be a good one if you struggle with visualisation. This idea is based on the colour resonance to the root chakra and is a tip I received from the Shamanic community (although I don’t think this one has been passed down through the ages 😉 )

  • Eating or drinking. This is one of the many reasons Therapists give you a drink of water following a treatment such as Reiki.

I’m a qualified electrical & electronic engineer and of course it was drummed into us the importance of connecting to ground or ‘earthing’ our work. Having that connection to ground to avoid injury (or overloading the equipment/circuit!! Think of our bodies as the equipment. We are conductors)

Grounding (in the energetic sense) is not just for healers, hippies and woo woo types as some people think! Grounding is so important for our health. We are electrical beings after all! In the past we’d have spent more time outdoors, in touch with the land and the earth’s energies. Not so much anymore with more people working in offices, cluttered with dense energies and equipment. Even leisure time is spent attached to gadgets for many people. Positive electrons in the form of free radicals can build up in our bodies and direct contact with the ground balances this out as it is a negative grounding charge. More so than ever we are ‘attached’ to our gadgets, surrounded by technology and all of this impacts on our bodies, throwing them out of sync.

Being outdoors in nature, particularly barefoot can help us sleep being after doing so. Sand and ocean water and both naturally conductive materials (think of the silicon in sand, hence Silicon Valley in the electronics world; and water conductivity is the reason we keep water and electrics separate!!) Both help ground the body and remove excess positive electrons. For the same basic reason that we ground electrical outlets to avoid the build up of excess positive charge, our bodies need the same grounding effect.

For those of you who like to see evidence and a scientific approach, two books I love are The Body Electric by Robert O. Becker and Earthing by Clinton Ober, Stephen Sinatra and Martin Zucker.

Link to The Body Electric book

Link to Earthing book

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I recently recommended the Earthing book to one of my lovely clients who had been doing shift work. I received guidance that this book would help rebalance her energies and circadian rhythms which become out of sync doing shift work.

Research has shown that benefits of grounding include:

  • Reducing inflammation by defusing excess positive electrons

  • Reducing chronic pain

  • Improving sleep

  • Increasing energy

  • Lowering stress and promoting calmness by reducing stress hormones.

  • Normalising biological rhythms including circadian rhythm

  • Improving blood pressure and blood flow

  • Relieving muscle tension and headache

  • Helping support adrenal health

Don’t just believe what I say, research it and try for yourself. There is some wonderful medical content (thermographic imagery) within the Earthing book.

Personally, I love getting my shoes and socks off and grounding on the nearby Miller Park (which is what I did Friday after work and where the above photos were taken)

Hope this helps. Gemma xxx

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