Grounding, or earthing as some people prefer to call is, means connecting your physical body with the energy of the earth.
We are non-physical beings having a physical experience, but sometimes, especially when life gets stressful, we sub-consciously disconnect partially from the physical world and become “ungrounded.” Symptoms of this include feeling spacey, being unable to focus, feeling sick without being able to quite figure out why, and having trouble relating to the physical world. People who are perpetually ungrounded tend to have trouble with money, health, work and other earth things because they are not connected enough to really participate and succeed on the earth plane.
Grounding is the process of reconnecting yourself with the physical world. To take it a step farther, you can also create a solid and permanent bond so that you don’t keep floating off… at least not while you’re in physical form.
There are far too many ways to ground to list here, but I’ve included a few of my favorites to help you get started. I can also help you create a personal grounding method for you, based on your energetic field, astrology & numerology, and life path. Contact me for more info.
How to ground
Meditation – This involves following a guided meditation (either recorded or one of your own making). It is very relaxing and will ground you quite well, but it can take some time. Here are a few of my favorite meditation CD’s specifically for grounding:
|Grounding and Archangel Michael Meditation by Sunny Dawn Johnson||Grounding & Clearing: Volume 1 with Reiki Master Steve Murray||Grounding: Becoming the Tree of Life by Storm Faerywolf|
Visualizing – This is similar to meditation but can be done much more quickly, often in a minute or less. One way is to close your eyes and visualize roots growing out of your feet and root chakra, going deep into the earth and anchoring you to its core. As the roots gain solid footing, a trunk then rises through your body until branches shoot out of your crown chakra and outstretched hands, connecting you to the spirit realm above. Encourage the tree to grow strong and solid and you will be firmly grounded.
Another variation on this is to visualize a silver cord running through you, branching out to connect your root to the earth by wrapping many tendrils around its core. The tendrils also extend upward from your crown, connecting you to the spirit realm. Silver is the color of choice here, though I’ve seen people do it with whatever color or colors appeal to them.
The aim is to connect yourself solidly to both the earth’s core and the spirit realm, allowing your body to be solidly grounded in the middle and act as a conduit between the two. Got it?
Physically connecting with the elements is another way to ground. Here are some examples:
- Earth – Lie on your back in the grass, beach, dirt, etc, play in a sandbox, make mud pies and clay sculptures, let mud ooze between your toes, build rock and pebble cities, etc.
- Water – go swimming, tubing, skiing or anything that gets you in the water, make snow angels, have snowball fights, build forts and hide in them, dance or just walk in the rain, sit on the porch and watch a storm, shower and play under a waterfall, relax in a hot spring or hot tub
- Air – close your eyes and feel the breeze on your face and in your hair, ride your bike real fast like you did when you were a kid, roll down your car windows, fly a kite, feel the icy wind of winter whip across your face and take your breath away
- Fire – close your eyes and feel the warmth of the sun, sit by a camp fire, close your eyes and really feel the heat on your body, then open your eyes and allow yourself to get lost in its dance, gaze into a candle
- Combinations – run through a sprinkler (earth and water), make pottery (earth and water), sit in a sauna (fire and water)
Connecting directly with nature is another great way to ground, as nature is what being in the physical is about. Here are some ways to do that:
- Hug a tree
- Run around barefoot
- Lie in the grass, especially in the rain
- Plant a garden or just plants. It doesn’t have to be fancy
- Eat food you just picked (just make sure it’s safe if you wildcraft)
- Close your eyes and smell the earth, plants, animals, etc.
- Play with animals and care for them – you can do this even if you’re just visiting
- Talk to animals as if it’s a real conversation. You may be surprised at what you hear back
- Go camping
- Go fishing or hunting – this is not destroying nature but connecting with it in a very primal way. Of course eat what you catch
I hope this gave you some good ideas on how to ground yourself. The ultimate method is one that really resonates with you so try a few until you find something that fits.