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The person who used to be me – the much younger, greener version – always thought it sounded so uncreative and boring whenever I was told by Reiki practitioners and Spiritual Healers that I needed Grounding work done during healing sessions. It just seemed so pedestrian when there were all the chakras and the sexy Third Eye for instance, that could be worked on instead. Back then I was in a job that had me travelling a great deal – in aeroplanes – and clearly my subtle bodies and my Starseeded aspect loved being way, way out and off-planet because they hung around “up there” long after my physical body was squarely back on terra firma. Thankfully I came to understand the need for Grounding and the importance of groundedness.
A person is said to be grounded when they are energetically anchored within their physical body and feel a sense of total union with Earth and the physical world. A well-grounded person enjoys an unimpeded flow of spiritual energy and Light feeding into the lower Chakras of the Base, Sacral and Solar Plexus. This is optimal because these three energy centers support our material experience of life here in the Earthly plane. It means that a portion of the Light-Body is drawing down through these three lower Chakras which when open, spinning and healthy are continuously referencing each other as well as directing cosmic and sub-conscious information.
This grounding through the lower Chakras is particularly important as we transit through periods where big downloads of new, higher-dimensional plasmic Light are occurring, such as the Lions Gate 8:8 portal which we are in right now. Ideally we need to be bringing this new, intelligent photonic Light and energy into our lived experience and giving this upgraded information a practical, linear application in our daily life so that it has relevance.
When you are grounded you have the feeling of sturdiness, presence and expanded awareness ; you feel completely settled in the now moment and in your immediate physical experience. Groundedness is a peaceful state. There is no urge or need to “go and do”. No want for striving, tweaking or modifying, instead just a softening into acceptance of what is and the trust that everything is unfolding as it should. You have the palpable sense of being deeply and unshakeably connected to the Earth – steady, stable, and lucid. All apprehension dissolves, giving way to a pervasive feeling of safety, security and the inner knowing that you are divinely supported.
In contrast, an ungrounded person may seem a bit detached, as though somehow separated from his/herself and from the external world. Nervousness, anxiety, volatility, whimsy and reverie, absent-mindedness and a disproportionate reaction to events are the telltale signs. An ungrounded person is knocked off-balance very easily due to emotional vulnerability. They find it difficult to finish things because they are easily distracted. Communicating effectively can be a challenge because they have difficulty in getting their message across, tend to ramble, go off on tangents or lose their train of thought midway through a point.
We can become ungrounded if we spend too much time in the creative, intuitive energy of our right brain. We also start to drift out of our center when we spend too much time in the past or the future without being fully present to the now and certainly this has been my experience. I can feel myself shift slightly out of my physical body if for instance there is a future event that I am particularly excited about and I am projecting myself forward to it. Too much time spent in meditation and spiritual practice can untether us too, as the Light-Body expands out.
Doing some grounding activity, or simply holding the intention to be firmly grounded typically yields quick and noticeable benefits, like sharper focus and sustained concentration. When we`re fully grounded in our physical body we can make ourselves understood more effectively. We tend to manage our time more efficiently and we`re better at seeing tasks through to their completion because we have better access to our left brain which is our linear, logical masculine aspect.
Stay grounded by getting out into nature – go to the beach, be amongst trees, near mountains or just visit the local park. Any activity or exercise which heightens your awareness of your body and your connectedness to the Earth helps you become more grounded, however over-training and excessive exertion can actually destabilise us by taking us out of our body.
Breath work intensifies body awareness : mindful attention to the breath and drawing the life-giving pranic energy from the external to the internal is a wonderful tool for grounding because energy readily follows breath. Pay special attention to the exhale.
Drinking water and eating also grounds us back into our bodies, again due to the external-to-internal energy shift. Eating chocolate draws us back down into our body because it is such a sensual and pleasurable experience – the taste, texture and comfort of chocolate makes us fully present to the experience of eating it. It is said that adding a little Himalayan Pink salt to your water is also great for grounding because it increases hydration. Himalayan salt contains the same 84 trace minerals and elements that are found in the human body and they exist in this salt in colloidal form, so they are easily absorbed by the cells. The unique cellular structure of this salt allows it to store vibrational energy which is pretty cool.
During meditation, practice grounding work by drawing Light (any colour that resonates with you) down from the Soul Star Chakra above the head, down through the center of the body and continuing downward from the Base Chakra through the feet, passing through the Earth Star Chakra beneath the feet and down into the Earth Heart Center, whilst holding the intention to be fully anchored into the Earth. Alternatively, visualise roots like tree roots extending down from your feet deep into the Earth.
A beautiful grounding crystal to work with is the Smoky Quartz. It swiftly reconnects us to Earth energy, promotes the sense of security and safety, and helps us to regain self-control.
You could try the practice of Earthing, premised upon the idea that when your bare feet come in contact with the Earth, free electrons are taken up into the body. These electrons have an antioxidant effect, neutralising damaging free radicals that can lead to inflammation and disease in the body. The Earth is a conductor of free electrons and so are all living things on the planet, including us. Our body is comprised mostly of water and minerals which makes us excellent conductors of electrons from the Earth providing there is direct skin contact or some other conductive channel for them to flow through. The Earth’s surface has a subtle, negative electrical charge and at the atomic level it is full of free electrons – the smallest unit of negative charge. Earthing assists the body’s bioelectrical systems – the electrical impulses that power the heart and the nervous system – to function at their best. (Source – http://www.barefoothealing.com.au).
Being firmly centered within the physical body feels to me like an unwavering harmonious balance. It is constancy, soundness and durability. A worthwhile and rewarding intention to have, for sure.
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