When people refer to grounding and being grounded, all that means is the extent to which your soul and your energy have a firm anchor within the earth and the energy of the earth.
Being grounded means that your soul is anchored to both your physical body, in your lower, rooting energy centers, and the physical earth.
- Root Chakra - red - tail bone - security, scarcity, career, home, food, basic needs
- Sacral Chakra - orange - pelvis - relationships, passion, creativity, sexuality
- Solar Plexus Chakra - yellow - belly - self-esteem, personal power, confidence
- Heart Chakra - green - chest/upper torso - self-love, giving/receiving, compassion
- Throat Chakra - blue - throat, ears, mouth - clear communication, being heard, self-expression, clairaudience
- Third Eye Chakra - purple - upper head, middle of forehead - planning, foresight, clairvoyance, psychic sight
- Crown Chakra - indigo/white - top of head - spiritual connection, connection to divine, psychic abilities and ability to communicate with source
All organisms and objects existing on the physical plane of earth not only receive their energy from the earth, but also can send their energy back into the earth. This helps with the clear flow of energy and clearing unwanted energy.
The energy in your body consists of the energy from your soul, the energy from the earth, and the energy from the divine. You're a conduit and a channel for source energy.
As a physical and spiritual being, you receive energy from within yourself, via food and water, and source to stay balanced, centered, and healthy.
With our busy lifestyles, we have jobs, families to tend to, errands to run, and chores to do, and we find ourselves spending very little time outside and even less time focusing on ourselves. We tend to get "up in our heads" and get worried, preoccupied, and thinking of all the things we have to do.
Throughout the day, we are consistently striving to achieve balance between upper and lower chakras and with ourselves so that we can maintain a sense of groundedness. If you are finding yourself in high-stress environments, at home or at work, or getting overwhelmed and preoccupied, it might be that you are being pulled away from that connection with Earth energy.
Grounding allows us to:
- Come down to earth, literally
- Feel calmer
- Feel more secure
- Feel more stable
- Gain clarity and decrease mental frazzled-ness
- Create an anchor for clear communication and guidance
- Feel less spacey and more secure in our lives
- Prepare ourselves for spiritual work and meditation
There are many ways to create a grounding link between yourself and the Earth.
In this post, we’re going to be reviewing a visualization meditation for grounding. There are also many ways to do this - the exercise below creates a grounding loop through your body, and you can also just create a single channel. It's up to you!
Learning to ground your energy is very easy, and once you practice it a few times, you’ll be able to ground yourself quickly and effectively on a daily basis. Since grounding and becoming rooted with the earth can be relaxing, and takes very little time, it may be something that you decide to do as a meditation - in small bursts, multiple times a day.
For this exercise, we’ll be grounding using an energy pathway that I call the “upside down U.” There are other energy pathways, and I like to use this one for a more thorough grounding.
How to Ground Yourself
Anywhere that your feet can be firmly planted on the ground and your back can have a support to lean on - any chair is great for this or a couch where you can touch the floor. When you’re first learning how to ground, try to find a place where you will be undisturbed for the duration of the meditation. After you’ve gotten practice, you’ll find that you can ground yourself pretty much anywhere, seated or standing.
2. Close your eyes
Feet firmly on the ground, close your eyes and place your hands in your lap with palms facing upward.
Take a few deep breaths, slowly inhaling and exhaling, noticing your lungs filling up with air and your stomach expanding with each inhale. Fully exhale, noticing your stomach shrinking and your lungs completely emptying. As you do this, take note of any anxiety or worry that is already slipping away, simply by this action. Imagine yourself breathing in white light the divine, and exhaling worries, thoughts, or anxieties that may be visualized as grey smoke. Inhale white loving energy and exhale grey smoke. Release. Continue this exercise until you feel intuitively ready to move on.
4. Imagine that you are sitting on a tree trunk
Start to focus your energy downward, visualize the energy in your body flowing downward to the Earth, out through your feet. Imagine that the tree trunk extends down from your feet, through the floor of your house, through the basement, through the foundation of the house, and finally breaking through the Earth. Continue to imagine this tree trunk traveling down through the Earth, imagine its roots breaking through layers and layers of bedrock, until your trunk finally reaches the center of the Earth.
5. Visualize the center of the Earth
Once you’ve reached the center of the Earth, take note of what this looks like to you. Is it flowing with magma? Does it look like a crystal cave? Is it filled with white light? The energy stored at the center of the earth is some of the most powerful, purest forms of healing, cleansing and restoring energy. Imagine the roots of your trunk circling around the healing and restoring Earth center, hugging the core, draping over it.
6. Imagine earth energy flowing back up through your trunk
Imagine this energy as a strong, electric white currant of restoring energy, and follow it as it pulses and flows back up your tree trunk. With each inhale, watch and consciously feel as that healing energy flows up your tree trunk, through the layers of bedrock, through the sediment, through the foundation of your house, through your basement, and finally through the floor beneath your feet. Feel as that energy reaches your feet and flows into your physical body.
7. Visualize energy flowing through your body
Once the energy reaches the bottom of your feet and begins to flow into your body, imagine that it enters your body through the right foot, flows up the right side of your body, traveling up your right leg, your thigh, your hip, your stomach, your chest, and through your throat to your crown. Then imagine this energy flowing back down through the crown, following the left side of the body, until it exits through the left foot, back into the Earth. Give it a color that resonates with your connection to the Earth - gold, dark brown, red clay, moss green, ocean blue - whatever feels right to you.
You can think of the body as a having a upside down U shaped channel through which this energy flows, with your right side receiving energy up and the left side sending energy back down.
Continue to follow that energy as it completes its loop through the body, entering through your right foot, flowing up the right side of the body, to the top of your head, crossing over to the left side of your body, flowing down the left side and exiting back into the Earth through the sole of your left foot.
Congratulations! You are now grounded.
Everyone can benefit from taking a moment to focus on themselves and their connection with the earth. It can be done anywhere, too.
If you're just figuring out your healing gifts, know that grounding is the first thing that many mediums, channels, psychics, healers, and intuitives will do before attempting any connection with the divine or those in spirit. It's the first step I take before doing any healing work AND before working on a client, I ground their energy, too. It's an esssssssential part of energy management.
You’ll find that in grounding yourself, you’ll feel calmer, more relaxed, and more secure in yourself and your life.
With practice, you’ll need less than 5 minutes a day to ground yourself, replenish your energy, and restore the energy in your lower chakras and your connection to the earth.