Grounding is one of the two most important forms of energy work that one can do. The other is expanding the heart essence. Here are some wherefores and whatnots of grounding:
What is grounding?
It is the process of a personal energetic cord, which stems from the tailbone, penetrating the planet to it’s core. Ideally, the energy is brought through the crown from one’s source energy, through the body, and then into the center of Earth. Grounding is a natural process that allows people to be connected, and to feel connected, to life in physicality. When one is not grounded, they may be accident prone, have the feeling of not belonging here, or experience a heightened level of fear or anxiety.
Why is grounding important?
There are several benefits to being well anchored to the planet. People are constantly barraged with energetic stresses and information, emotions, thoughts, physical sensations and the like. Grounding is an amazing tool for processing energy, letting go of what is not needed or desired, and draining it off to be recycled. The Earth does not mind if we dump our negative energy into her because she has the power to compost it and turn it into rich soil, so to speak. She is here to support us, which brings up the point of self-worth and belonging. Those who are chronically ungrounded often struggle with self-worth issues, abandonment issues, or are lacking connection to nature, etc. Grounding is an energy work that can be practiced to heal and transform the traumas of birth, early childhood, and other issues relating to our fragility. The practice of connecting to the planet requires a certain amount of mindfulness, so the benefits of being consciously present, dropping into the body, and breathing, are also gained. When we learn to process energy properly, we also stand to heighten our abilities by being able to ‘run’ more energy, which is crucial for anyone who wishes to partake in any spiritual practice. Grounding is a common thread.
How can grounding be utilized to heal?
People generally tend to be ungrounded these days, for obvious reasons. If you were reared in a secure and loving manner, with plenty of interaction with the natural world, and did not experience great trauma as a child, you are probably fairly well grounded. If you experienced trauma from within the womb, or during birth or early childhood, you are probably not as connected. If your experience is somewhere in between these examples, your grounding cord is probably somewhere in between as well. Some people have a deep, thick cord, some have a deep yet thin cord, while others have only a stub that does not penetrate the surface of the planet at all. Many people may be deeply rooted sometimes, and at other times have a minimal connection. If we can learn to read our energy and become sensitive to it, we can detect the times when we are anchored, and know when we are not. Healing occurs when we become aware and use that awareness to process or transform our energy in a beneficial way. The good news is that grounding is easy!
How does one ground energy?
There are many methods. Often these methods come with visualizations, intentions, and breath work. It is important to note that energy work is not just a visualization, just as creative work does not happen solely from reciting affirmations. Energy work is the actual movement of energy, and it can be felt as a sensation in the body, as a physical experience. The visualization used is only a tool to help achieve the movement of the actual energy. The breath is necessary to move the energy through the body, and the intention is necessary to direct the mind. We want our different aspects to be focused on the goal and to not be fragmented. This can be a bit of a challenge when experiencing crisis, but it's doable so long as we can breathe and have a heartbeat. My personal method, and the way I learned from Carla Fox, is to find my source energy, as a sphere several feet above my head. (Be aware that this is not energy drawn from an outside force. We do not need to rely on entities such as angels or reiki if we are truly to be autonomous and empowered). Using the breath, draw the energy into the body through the top of the head. It helps to feel into it as a thick and syrupy goo of light, as it has more weight. Feel the sensations of calmness as the energy fills up the head and neck, and fills the body from top down, equally through arms and chest. When the energy reaches the tailbone, it will slide out as a cord, while it also fills the legs and feet, meeting in a puddle on the ground. When you are ready and feel filled, use the breath to force the energy downward, pushing if necessary. Make note of the thickness and brightness of your cord. Is it wimpy? Then work it until it expands. Stay with it until you reach the core of the planet, the heart of the Earth, or perhaps the Pachamama consciousness. You may ask her to help you connect if you wish. Or you may visualize the layers of the planet, the crystals, the bedrock, the caves, the iron crystal core. Perhaps you prefer to have roots like a tree. Whatever works best for you. When you get there, make note of how you feel. Engage your senses. From there, you are free to process your excess energy, intend to dump it, and do your deep work. Or, you may just be traveling or need to reenergize, drawing energy up through your cord and into your body. Personally, I can drive for long hours with this practice and not feel tired. It is a tool for you to use in whatever way you choose!
How often should one practice grounding?
It is helpful to start any practice with a bit of discipline to gain energetic muscle memory and to wire the brain accordingly. The hardest part is remembering to do it! Grounding takes maybe two minutes for a beginner, and can be immediate once the channel is well-oiled. It is best to stand upright for orientation purposes when beginning, and to practice in the morning and before bed. If you can slow down at work or in times of stress, more power to you! If you are doing deep spiritual, psychological, or physical work, grounding will allow the old energies to clear out, and the fresh ones to enter. Finally, and of great importance, when we are working to transform our lives, it is incredibly necessary to anchor our transformations and all healing work, as well as our dreams of what we are creating. Anchoring into the planet allows any changes to become permanent, to become fully realized in the physical reality. ‘Advanced’ grounding work is accessible to all, and requires no complicated religious practices or occult initiations. Use your power!
Eden is a quantum and shamanic practitioner and herbalist who enjoys exploring interdimensional realms, earth-based spirits and practices, planetary gridpoints, shadow integration, and Inkan medicine ways of Q'ero lineage. She identifies as empath, high-sensitive, and starseed. Eden works in service to spiritual evolution through love, and the reclamation of spiritual sovereignty.