Grounding from an energy healing perspective, is when we connect to the energy of the earth. The earth supports us and holds us strong. Grounding techniques are an important part of the centering prayer and healing methods of certain energy healing traditions. In addition to grounding as part of energy healing, you can use grounding techniques that will literally ground you (like your house is grounded). This is the other meaning of grounding. If you stand with your bare feet on the earth, you will "ground" automatically.
Earth Energy Healing Grounding Techniques:
- Stand and just take a moment to notice how you feel. Do you feel like you have more "weight" at your head than in the lower half of your body? Another way to get a sense of where you are holding your energy is to ask, "Could someone easily push or pull me over? Would it be easy to move me from this spot? If the answer to either question is yes, this is a good exercise for you. If no, you can try it anyway. What happens may surprise you.
- Now close your eyes and bring your attention to your feet. Imagine that you have big strong roots growing down from your feet. See these roots extending deep into the earth, even to its core. Imagine your energy going down into the earth. Feel the grounding between you and the earth. Focus on the roots anchoring you to the earth. This step is often part of the centering prayer. Once you are familiar with the process, it's really the only step you'll need to do.
- Now notice: How do you feel? Would it be as easy to push or pull you over? Do you feel more centered, or grounded? This is a great exercise to do if you are feeling stressed, spacy, anxious or have a headache. It's good for times when you are too much in your head or have built up too much energy. Once you are familiar with the process, it only takes a few seconds to ground yourself. Just as you can send energy down into the earth, you can benefit from earth energy healing by bringing the energy up from the earth into yourself.
It also feels very natural to bring energy in from the cosmos through the top of the head and earth energy up through the feet at the same time. They mingle together at the heart chakra.
To experience earth energy healing, imagine that you are drawing up the energy from the earth through your roots. Don't try to force it, just let it flow. Nothing can be forced in this work. To give energy we offer it. To take it in, we receive. You can also lean up against a tree (or put your hands on it) and receive healing energy from the tree. Ask the tree to share the energy of the earth that it draws from the earth, as well as the energy it draws from the sun to help you heal.
When you do this work have an attitude of receiving, not taking. Say those words to yourself and feel how different the energy is. Be grateful to the earth, the trees for taking care of you and supporting you.
Now it's your turn to offer gratitude and healing to the earth.Take a moment to really feel sincere, heart-felt gratitude. Receive energy from the cosmos through your heart and/or hands and offer it to the earth. Share this energy with the tree if you received from the tree. This is the other meaning of earth energy healing. Don't worry that you will lose energy doing this. As long as you are sharing this gift from a place of love, you always receive more than you give, even as you are giving it.