My intention for this article is that I succinctly describe grounding and how it can benefit not only your emotional state of mind but your overall health and well-being.
Grounding, also known as earthing, means to connect your energy to that of the earth. Grounding is also one of the basic energy healing skills.
The human body is a multifaceted electromagnetic energy body making it essential to be grounded.
As you become more aware of the energy within and around your body and learn how you can manage this energy, you should see an improvement to the quality of your life.
(Note: although we are all spiritual light beings having a human experience, each of us are uniquely different; therefore, the rate at which life evolves and changes for you compared to someone else’s can be quite different.)
Think of yourself as a flashlight (after all we are light beings) and imagine the Earth as an enormous battery. When the connection is weak or you’re not positively and energetically charged things can get a little out of control and off balanced – physically, emotionally, mentally and/or spiritually. This is a sure sign that you need to get recharged, balanced, and grounded.
Long before humans had any knowledge of electricity, people understood how their connectedness to nature and earth affected their energy. When people began sleeping on beds, wearing rubber shoes, walking on concrete and spending less time outdoors, our connection and synchronization with the earth’s natural electric charge weakened.
Many years ago, in a dream that I have never forgotten, I was driven in a car to a hillside in the country. On the hill were individual shallow pits designed for people to sleep in. The person in each pit had a large snake coiled up with them. As I got out of the car and was being handed a snake, I immediately threw my arms up and shrieked, “Oh no, I’m not going to hold a snake and I’m definitely not sleeping with it!” So, they put my snake in a burlap sack and off I went with my snake to snuggle up in a dirt hole. A blanket was placed over me, and my dream ended.
When I woke up that morning, I thought to myself, “Wow! What was that dream all about?” Shortly afterwards, I was guided to the book “Earthing.” One of the things I learned from this book was the practice of healing by sleeping on the ground in pits.
In the book “Earthing,” it explains that exposure to the ground provides essential “electrical nutrition” in the form of electrons. Just as we need exposure to sunlight for vitamin D, we need exposure to electrons from the ground.
Empaths and energy healers need to spend more time grounding than most people. Grounding techniques for adults and children who have experienced trauma are especially beneficial. Ideally, 30 – 40 minutes daily should be spent getting firmly and solidly grounded.
Listed below are some of the benefits of grounding along with recharging and visualization techniques.
Benefits of grounding
- Reduces stress and tension
- Improves circulation
- Improves sleep
- Recharges and increases energy
- Reduces jet lag
- Supports adrenal health
- Decreases levels of inflammation
- Normalizes biological rhythms (including circadian rhythm)
- Calms emotions
- Strengthens intuition
- Centers and balances
- Improves focus and concentration
- Go barefoot in the grass (best if damp)
- Go on a nature walk or hike (forest bathing)
- Get in salt water (bath or ocean)
- Essential oils
- Listen to soothing music
- Read out loud
- Physical exercise
- Breathing exercises
- Sit at the base of a tree with your back against the tree trunk
- Unplug from technology (to start try doing this during meals, conversations, and family time)
- Imagine the emotion leaving your body, release the emotion by putting it in an imaginary box or balloon. Visualize letting it go.
- Imagine that you are a tree, connect to Mother Earth with your feet as roots and your body as the trunk, your arms as the branches. Let the earth’s energy flow upward into your feet, legs, into your torso and through your arms, then release it into the universe. This is a great exercise for children, especially in the morning.
I hope this article has inspired you to investigate grounding and to consciously begin the practice of this unique way of being one with the earth.
Q: Does hugging a tree ground you?
A: Yes and no. Pick your trees carefully. Examine the bark and soil. It is important that the bark of the tree and the ground are damp. Dry bark doesn’t transfer as many electrons as a damp or wet tree.
Q: What are some symptoms of those who are not firmly grounded?
A: Confused, light-headed, forgetful, unorganized, restless, easily agitated, unhappy, depressed, mood swings, sensitivity to noise, inability to complete tasks, general intolerance.
Q: Is it possible to get grounded while in an airplane?
A: It is possible to ground yourself anywhere even at the altitude of 35,000 feet in an airplane. This is when visualization techniques come into play. Imagine you are on a beach lying down sunbathing. You get up and wade into the ocean. Take a deep breath and exhale. In your mind, see, feel and touch the sand, water and the earth’s energy, and it will become reality. Absorb the natural energy of your visualization.
Disclaimer: The Art of Grounding contains the views and opinions of April Joy Manger. It is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as information of a general nature to help you in your quest for well-being. If you use this information, you agree to take full responsibility for your actions and agree to hold blameless April Joy Manger. It is recommended that you seek professional medical advice before starting any new health regimen.