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Spiritual Grounding, Centering and Clearing

WHAT IS GROUNDING/EARTHING? Grounding/Earthing is the awareness that we are inhabiting a physical body as well as endeavoring to become spiritual workers and beings.
Why is it so important that we ground/earth ourselves?
Below you will find a few ways in which being grounded can make such a difference to our everyday life:
  • Brings life in to matter, hence bringing our healing abilities into the physical.
  • Increases balance and stability in our physical and emotional state.
  • Helps bring acceptance that we are here to fulfill a purpose.
  • Brings strength.
  • Helps in creating a bridge between Spirit and matter.
  • Provides an outlet making the release of energy easier.
  • Allows the attainment of higher Spiritual levels.
  • Note: As a healer it is very important to keep your client grounded.
How will I know if I am not grounded?
Below is a list of some of the more common symptoms of being ungrounded. Usually each individual will encounter the same one or two symptoms each time they are ungrounded.
    • Dizziness
    • Daydreaming
    • A feeling of being 'Spaced Out'
    • Feeling sick
    • Heart palpitations
    • Eyes flickering
    • Weight gain
    • Clumsiness
    • Static shocks
    • Falling asleep when meditating
    • Noise and light sensitivity
    • Forgetful
    • Having brilliant ideas that never happen
    • Arguing and unable to get your point across
(Please note that many of these symptoms can also be linked to other physical conditions or illnesses, if in doubt always check with your GP. Light and energy work is complementary to general medicine and should not be viewed as a substitute.)
So how do I become more grounded?
Here are some things you can do to help bring you back down to earth:
  • Eating (hence sometimes the weight gain) - healthy & balanced.
  • Drinking water
  • Walking, especially in natural surroundings
  • Sports, yoga, tai chi etc.
  • Gardening
  • Spending time with animals (walking the dog)
  • Being purposeful
  • Visualization of roots/color
  • Carrying/working with crystals
All of the list above is fairly self explanatory with the possible exception of visualization and the use of crystals, so here is a quick guideline as to how you can use either of these techniques:
Visualization: The easiest and most helpful thing to imagine when you are trying to ground yourself is tree roots! Just imagine you have great long sturdy roots coming from the base of your feet (which should remain flat on the floor during the visualization), or, from the base of your spine if you are sitting directly on the floor. Just let these roots go right down in to the earth below and let them anchor you onto the earth. This is a very quick and efficient technique to remember when releasing energy in the form of static shocks from car handles and shopping carts!
Color can also be quite helpful, deep earthy colors such as red, brown and terracotta are always good. Again just imagine that this color surrounds you. You can imagine it as light or a cloak or blanket, whatever is easier for you.
Crystals: Crystals can be very helpful in the grounding process. It is best to carry them in a trouser or skirt pocket (or sock if you can make it comfortable!).You must remember to cleanse and dedicate your chosen crystal for this purpose before using it. A small piece of tumbled stone will be sufficient to carry with you. Here is a list of a few easy to obtain crystals that could be used for this purpose:
  • Red jasper (most jaspers are good as grounders)
  • Bloodstone
  • Hematite
  • Gold tigers eye
  • Carnelian
  • Garnet
  • Pyrite
  • Copper
  • Amber
  • Unakite

GROUNDING, CENTERING and CLEARING
"Now and again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life. Breathe in and let yourself soar to the ends of the universe; breathe out and bring the cosmos back inside. Next, breathe up all fecundity and vibrancy of the earth. Finally, blend the breath of heaven and the breath of earth with your own, becoming the Breath of Life itself." -- Morihei Ueshiba
Here are several things you can do to tune up your energy body and harmonize your chakras, aura and whole self. Physical ,emotional, mental, spiritual grounding and centering are very basic core practices in most system of spiritual practice or personal development. These practices promote increased personal happiness and spiritual health.
GROUNDING
Any time you feel spacy or disoriented it is a good idea to ground and center yourself. The first step in many spiritual practices is to learn to ground, that is to connect yourself energetically to the core of the Earth. Even when you wish to astral travel or meditate you will find that beginning from a grounded place will help you with inner focus. No matter what your personal beliefs are this simple practice can make a huge difference in your life. There are many techniques for grounding and it is wise to look for those that work best for you.
The essence of most methods is to relax and visualize yourself sending an energy cord or light beam into the earth from your root chakra (at the tailbone) and watching as it travels to the earth core, allowing you to get energy from the Earth and return your excess energy down the cord. The energy you send down the cord that is not your own is cleansed and used by the earth. Your own energy is cleansed and returned to you. Some traditions strongly prefer that you ground from the spinal center and not from the feet. I follow the tradition of asking the Earth for permission and thanking her for her healing energy .
I often use a specific shakti or subtle energy frequency for grounding, essentially simply commanding grounding into the earth plane and also connection with Source. You can run Reiki or another energy shakti with the intention that it ground you or assist you with grounding. Some energies work better than others for this purpose.
CONNECT TO SOURCE
You can also run a cord up or make an energy connection into the spiritual heart of the universe from your crown chakra while intending that you be aligned with the highest soul purpose while staying well connected to the physical plane. That is, you are contained within your self and connected to Earth and the physical and to spiritual source at the same time in a harmonious balance with the universe.
I always ground, center and clear before I begin a healing session in addition to connecting to Source and to activating the energies I am working with. I ground from the feet, sending a cord to the earth core always asking for permission; as I visualize, the cord transforms into tree roots and the base of a tree; I watch as the trunk expands as wide as my aura and sends negative energies down to be transformed to usable energy for the Earth, as well as calling up energies from Earth. A this point, I call Universal Energy down through my crown chakra and into my core.
CENTERING
Centering is the way to self awareness and owning yourself and your energy. To begin, draw your attention and energies into yourself and balance them; , a spiritual " Pull yourself together," as it were. Place your attention at your core; some focus on the center of their head where they visualize a sphere, and still may who are active in Martial Arts or Chi Gong center in the 'Hara", a spiritual energy center about an inch below the belly button. Some people center in the heart, but I prefer to focus on my diaphragm. The location you choose is the place where you feel you are balanced and contained where ever you are firm in your awareness of self.
Call in your energies and release anything that is not yours. This is a starting point for any spiritual exploration - knowing yourself and feeling your own integrity and wholeness.
I also visualize all my chakras firmly connected to the central channel, and working optimally. I see all my energy channels inside and outside my physical being, running clear, filled with light, balanced and harmonized. I combine grounding with clearing & centering, as well as harmonizing.

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