I have just been reading an article in the paper regarding grounding. It’s big news apparently because it features on Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘Gloop’. Those of us who work with energy though, know exactly how important it is to ground ourselves and I for one love the summer when I can be bare foot and in contact with the earth 24/7 🙂 In the winter I am also bare foot as often as possible even when it’s cold. There is nothing nicer nor better for your health than taking your shoes and socks off an walking bare foot on grass, earth, the beach, anywhere really. It is Earth energy that feeds and nourishes our physical bodies, keeps us grounded, in touch with our bodies and which helps our physical bodies have what they need to heal.
Grounding is a practice that can also help us ‘get out of our heads’ and so is also beneficial for our mental health.
I also ground myself when I arrive in a new place when travelling. Connecting with the Earth energy of a new place or country can help to relieve jet lag and even altitude problems if arriving in a place where the altitude is high.
So how do we ground ourselves? Like anything else there is no one way that works for everyone so the best way is to experiment and find what works for you.
The following are some of the ways that I use myself and with my students. If you find it difficult to do these while you are reading you might like to get a friend to read them to you while you try them out or even record yourself in some way so you can listen and follow the steps.
- Go outside and find a quiet space with some grass, bare earth or beach, where you will be undisturbed.
- Take your shoes off and walk barefoot on the grass, earth or sand.
- With every step be aware of your foot and its connection with the surface you are walking on and with the Earth.
- As you walk, breath in deeply imagining the breath coming up through the soles of your feet as you place each foot on the Earth.
- Focus only on your breathing, the feel of the surface and the Earth energy as it flows into you.
- Sit quietly with your feet flat on the floor, without shoes is best, and make sure your spine is straight.
- Close your eyes and imagine, sense or visualise, roots flowing from the soles of your feet into the Earth (Don’t worry if you are not on the ground floor this will still work).
- Send the roots flowing down, spreading out beneath your feet, anchoring firmly into the Earth.
- Now breathe in deeply imagining the breath coming up from the Earth into the soles of your feet, up your legs and into your body.
- Continue this for a few minutes at least and with every breath feel the connection between the soles of your feet and the Earth becoming stronger as if a magnet is pulling you.
- Sit quietly with your feet flat on the floor, without shoes is best, and make sure your spine is straight.
- Close your eyes and imagine, sense or visualise, a Lotus Flower opened out beneath you and yourself sat upon it.
- Imagine, visualise, sense or simply know that the roots of the Lotus Flower flow deep into the Earth beneath you.
- Now breathe in deeply imagining the breath coming up from the Earth into the base of your spine and into your body.
- Continue this for a for as long as you wish and with every breath feel the Earth energy flowing up into your body, breathing the energy up into you as far as feels comfortable for you.
- Sit comfortably, your spine should be straight and your feet flat on the ground
- Place your hands in your lap and relax
- Take a few deep breaths and release anything on your mind
- If you find thoughts coming into your mind, just let them go like passing clouds, don’t attach yourself to them
- Now bring your awareness to your feet and feel their connection with the earth
- Breathe in deeply this time breathing in through the soles of your feet
- Feel yourself connecting even more strongly with the earth.
- You might like to sink some roots into the earth so that you are really anchored
- Take a few more breaths through your feet and draw the energy as far up into your body as is comfortable for you
- Now bring your awareness the base of your spine and imagine or visualise a thick taproot going from your spine into the Earth
- Let the taproot flow down deep into the Earth connecting you even more strongly
- Breathe in again knowing that you are breathing in all the nurturing energy of the Earth
- Continue to breathe the Earth energy up into your body, up through your belly and up into your diaphragm under your ribs if it feels comfortable for you to do so.
The first time I wrote about my oak was in
April this year. At that time I shared a picture taken last summer. Over the winter the oak naturally lost its leaves and it was slow coming back this summer and I was concerned it had been lost.
Last year I was told that they liked being planted with companions and that this where they were happiest and when I was gifted the oaklings I had made a mental note of the fact that wherever they were growing holly saplings were growing alongside them so I was wondering about planting the oak with holly.
I then spoke to a fellow OBOD member who quite successfully grows oak from tiny saplings and acorns and learnt that his are potted in large pots and given room to grow.
My poor oakling was in the tiniest pot and so a new home was found and it seems to be growing now. I’m hoping that if all goes well it may be big enough and strong enough this time next year to be planted out in the garden in its permanent home.
I have been away from here for a couple of weeks now. This was an unintended break not because I had something else to do but simply because I didn’t want to write. I’m not even sure that this was because I didn’t have anything I wanted to say as it seemed to apply to answering emails and other aspects of my work…..I just didn’t want to write anything. As I don’t consider myself to be a ‘real’ writer i.e I don’t write fiction, I have no idea if this was writer’s block or not but it certainly stopped me dead in my tracks.
I’d like to have something to blame this on as then I would know what to avoid another time but I don’t. Anyway, yesterday I answered emails and today I am here again so hopefully this has now passed. I need it to anyway as I have work to do, some of which involves writing 🙂
For as long as I can remember I have been draw to the Oak tree. I have, over the years, collected leaves, twigs, windfall wood and two years ago was gifted three tiny oak saplings. When I say tiny I really do mean tiny as none measured more than six inches.
The saplings were planted in pots and nurtured over the last two winters. Sadly one didn’t make it and so I now have two. They haven’t grown much but are producing new leaves which I hope is a good sign.
Last year I was told they grow best with company and as they are in individual pots I may now move them to a larger pot, all together and with a holly sapling for company. In the wild they grow alongside holly so I figure this is worth a go. I have space in the garden but they are too tiny to plant out and as we have rabbits I wouldn’t rate their chances very highly if I did.
There is a lot of tree lore related to trees and much can be found online but I want to share this with you: OBOD Tree Lore Oak
I am just back from holiday and like all holidays it has been full of new experiences. This can be something as simple as trying a new cocktail but in my case included seeing an Ocelot on a night drive, mastering how to stand up on a paddle board and making tamales and tortillas with a women’s co-operative in a Mayan village.
I really do appreciate I am very lucky to be able to travel and I have come back home full of enthusiasm for trying new things whenever I can.
I am also very lucky in my work as every new client or student brings me new opportunities to grow, develop and learn as I work. This is the nature of shamanic work and of teaching anything.
I make no apologies at all for highlighting how important new experiences are to us.
New experiences help to:
- keep our brains functioning
- slow down the appearance of time passing quickly – our brains take longer to process new information
- stop us being bored
- help to alleviate fear and build courage
- open up new possibilities
- help us to grow
- develop new skills
- keep us up-to-date
- enhance self esteem
- feed creativity
- breaks us out of ruts
- provides new perspectives
So how can we gain new experiences on an overcast day at home when we have empty pockets?
These are just some of the things that come immediately to mind
- walk a different way when you go out
- turn left instead of right
- pick up a different type of book when you go to the library
- talk to a stranger
- try drawing/singing/painting/dancing/skipping/something you don’t usually do – do it when no one else is around
- write with your left/right hand, the one you don’t usually use
- walk to somewhere you don’t usually go
- write a book/an article/a letter/anything
I was going to keep going but if this has wet your appetite Tiny Buddha has 50 ways to Open Your World to New Possibilities
Go, experience and enjoy, I certainly will be.
I am not sure if I have mentioned this before or not but I don’t meditate. This is something that often comes as a surprise to people, especially my students when they first hear it.
I have a theory about it though and that theory is connected with my shamanic work. In shamanism when I shift into light or deep trance there is always a reason for it. I am always seeking insight or information or am carrying out a task of some kind in either ordinary or non ordinary reality. Were my intention to be to empty my mind and for it to stay that way then I would not be able to do my work.
It’s not as if I haven’t tried. I can clearly remember when I was training in Chios Energy Healing talking to my tutor about the difficulties I was having with the meditation. The meditation in Chios is an important part of the practice and in it the mind is cleared while the energy of the human body shifts to energetically become what is required of it. However, when I practiced when training my mind would fill with images, with scenes unfolding, information being imparted as they did so. I would push them away only for them to return almost immediately. Discussing this with my tutor I was told to just allow them to be, for they were there for a reason. And so I did and still do. None of this affects my ability to free my energy from its human bounds to allow it to be something else in any way.
What I do instead of meditating is I do Reiki. Through self treatments I am able to be still and even though I follow the energy, am aware of where it is working in me and yes sometime receive information and insight even when self treating it still brings me into that meditative state. Fortunately there have been studies that have shown practicing Reiki to have the same effect on the brain as meditation so I am completely content with what I do.
One off the things I do is Past Life Regression Therapy which is a really useful practice to find out and clear anything that doesn’t feel as if it belongs to this incarnation, to gain insight into something such as life purpose, or why someone is drawn to a particular time or place for example. There are many reasons to undergo a Past Life Regression and if you would like to know more there is information on my website
One of the by products of a Past Life Regression, for some people though, is the chance to spend time in the ‘Life Between Lives’. This is the space that we go to between incarnations and where we can reflect on the life past as well as prepare and plan for the life to come. I am not going to spoil it all for anyone reading this, as it its lovely to find your own meaning of this space and also to find out for yourself what it feels like to be there. The best way to think of it is as a space out of time, a border between two lives as it were.
What I will say though, is that I have never met anyone who doesn’t like it there, who doesn’t enjoy being there and I am always happy to find myself in this space even if there is sometimes work to be done. All I really wanted to do here is to introduce the idea that such a space exists and that it its possible to visit it during regression work.