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Countering Stress Through Grounding










This post explores the energetics of being grounded versus ungrounded, and how to encourage the former in order to cope with stress. If a tree is grounded with physical roots that run deep, the tree is strong and can weather many storms. Similarly, when a person is grounded it's easier for them to handle stress because they're in a place of strength and power.

The terms grounded and ungrounded actually describe the condition of a person's energy field. Your essence, the energy that animates you, doesn't fully extend all the way down into the body when you aren't grounded. This can happen if you aren't drawing sufficient energy into your Root Chakra. In addition, energy may be escaping out of the Crown Chakra. Being able to jump out of our bodies energetically in this way is helpful as a survival mechanism for times when we really can't handle life's circumstances such as during chaos, abuse or other trauma; pain is felt less deeply. However, sometimes we get stuck in this ungrounded energetic pattern long after the initial trigger has resolved which makes it hard to focus, cope, and get things done. When ungrounded you can feel scattered, off-balance, even tipsy, and find yourself tripping a lot. Here are a few idioms that describe a person that isn't grounded: "lights on but nobody's home", "head in the clouds", "being spaced out", and "she was beside herself". The last idiom perfectly describes a person whose energy has jumped out, making them less able to deal with whatever is happening. A person that is very grounded, on the other hand, exudes strength and calm. They are vitalized by energy and are tethered at the same time. From this place of strength a person can deal with the storm around them, such as the whirlwind of activity and emotions surrounding the holiday season.

Now let's explore ways to ground, which will help you to more effectively deal with stress.

BUT FIRST, WHAT IS A CHAKRA?

As you know, the human body isn't just made up of dense physical matter. It is animated by energy, also known as Qi or Chi in China, Ki in Japan, Prana in India and Tibet, Waken by the Lakotas, Orenda by the Iroquois, and The Holy Spirit by the Christian tradition. This energy envelops us (aura) and also fills us. There are 7 major chakras as shown in this photo, where energy enters our body. Trauma can effect the chakras and cause them to close which results in a reduction of vibrant energy in the corresponding area of the body. The first chakra, located at the bottom of the spine, is called the Root Chakra and this is the chakra that helps to ground us.

chakra system

4 TIPS FOR STAYING GROUNDED

THE COLOR RED

Each chakra vibrates at a different color frequency; the root chakra's vibration correlates with the color red. So if you're trying to stay grounded bring the color red into your life through your wardrobe, art, foods, etc. and see if you can feel the difference. Wearing red footwear is especially grounding, but even wearing a red scarf will help. Eating red foods has the added benefit of bringing this vibration within your body.

 THE SOUND OF "C"

Just as each chakra has a corresponding color, they also have corresponding musical vibrations or notes. The root chakra's vibration is the same as the musical note C. Playing a singing bowl or other instrument tuned to C is an effective way to encourage grounding, especially when it is played near your feet or root chakra.

 VISUALIZATIONS

A grounding visualization is a very effective way to help you sink roots and stand strong. Simply picture yourself standing in a garden barefoot. Envision in your mind's eye that there are roots growing from the bottoms of your feet down into the earth.

I created the audio clip below to help you with this visualization.

MOVEMENT

Ballet Dancer

My daughter trained to be a ballet dancer in NYC for several years. During that time I had the good fortune to be backstage during several performances and was able to help ground dancers with pre-performance jitters through a simple technique. When a ballet dancer is en pointe, her energy tends to move up because her entire foot isn't touching the floor, and there is a constant upward motion as they spring onto their toes while dancing and also when they jump into the air. Pre-performance jitters (any fearful situation) can result in one's energy "escaping" out the crown chakra. To help these dancers get back into their bodies before going on stage, I would encourage them to look down at their feet and press them into the floor. This had the effect of drawing their energy downwards; it's hard to dance if you aren't in your body! 

If this simple technique can work for ballet dancers it can work for you! When you are feeling off kilter and need grounding, look down at your feet and press them into the floor. You may be surprised at how effective this is.

Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong teach energy movement exercises that are also very grounding.

I'll leave you with one last thought. When you are connected to Father Sky (through your Crown Chakra) you are connected to your hopes and dreams, and the path you are meant to walk. However, you also need to be connected to Mother Earth (through your Root Chakra) so you can bring those hopes, dreams, and path into fruition. Otherwise, your dreams will stay up in the ethers and will have a hard time solidifying into action and matter.

 

 







Biofield Healing, Energy Healing, Spiritual Healing – What Is It?


Energy Healing

These are general terms to describe healing modalities such as Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch, and Transformational Energy Healing. All are based on the ancient principals of “laying on of hands” and the idea that the human body consists of energy fields that can be stimulated through various techniques in order to promote wellness. Our bodies are imbued with life energy or life force, (Qi or Chi in China, Ki in Japan, Prana in India and Tibet, Waken by the Lakotas, Orenda by the Iroquois, Megbe by the Ituri Pygmies, and The Holy Spirit by the Christian tradition) which connects us to universal life force or divine life energy. Practitioners of energy work believe that in order to maintain good health, one must keep the body’s energy in a balanced state.

Judy helps her clients rebalance their energy by enhancing, unblocking, or dispersing it. As a result, traumas that are stuck in a person's energy field are released. Damaged chakras are restored if necessary. Energetic ties are cut if appropriate to liberate one from past situations or people. Old, unhealthy patterns are released and new patterns are created. In addition, during these sessions Judy is able to access the "living library", the flow of information from the past and/or present which is most pertinent to the current situation. Judy has assisted clients with a wide range of concerns on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.

Many scientific studies have been conducted proving the effectiveness and positive effects of energy healing whether performed in person or long distance (remotely).

Energy work has no religious dogma associated with it, yet it can be used as a path to help us remain more connected to our inner selves, our spirituality, and support us as we grow, heal, and transform . . . promoting well being and peace . . . something that we all could use these days.

The best path to understanding energy healing is to experience it first hand.

Self Healing Visualization

Self Healing Visualization

The following visualization engages the mind-body connection for the purpose of self healing, and can be used as a complementary therapy during many situations, i.e. injuries, chronic and acute illnesses, stress, depression, pain, and more. When my beloved friend found out she had a breast tumor, she spontaneously created and used this visualization with incredible results. Shannon's tumor shrank from 9 centimeters down to 6 centimeters in just two weeks after using this self-healing technique two or three times a day! As you can imagine, her doctor's were baffled; Shannon, her family, and friends were amazed and very grateful! Many believe that we all possess this mind-body healing potential, and through practice can learn how to access it. The scientific studies conducted so far on the topic of self-healing visualizations and guided imagery to effect a mind-body response show promising results.[1][2][3] The Mayo Clinic suggests a very similar visualization as one technique to relax and reduce stress.[4] Even tennis champion Novak Djokovic uses visualization to improve his performance.[5]

Shannon's Ocean Healing Visualization

Listen to the sounds of ocean waves

As with any visualization or intention, it's important to call in all of your senses. Since this visualization takes place at the ocean (in your mind’s eye), it helps to listen to a recording of ocean sounds. You want to hear the waves coming to shore, and then hear the waves receding. If you have access to a secluded beach with waves, even better!

Prepare

Find a comfortable spot that is free of distractions; silence your phone, etc. Shannon used to draw a bath and add sea salt, Himalayan salt or epsom salt to the water - but you can also use this visualization while sitting or lying in another comfortable location. Prepare for this experience with reverence, joy, and gratitude; give yourself time so you are not rushed.  Connect with your "Higher Power" (Creator) and connect with your "Higher Self" - the part of you that knows and wants what is for your highest good. Anticipate the healing potential that your Higher Power and Higher Self can achieve when working together. This is a joyous, playful, and creative process.

Clearly verbalize your intention out loud

Some people call this prayer, some call this putting it out into the universe, others call it stating your intention. Just be sure to state it out loud and make it clear what you are trying to achieve. Don't just say, "I want to be healed", instead try to be very specific.  For example, if you are trying to heal a sprained ankle your intention may be to reduce the swelling and inflammation, or to heal torn ligaments so they are normal again.

The visualization

Visualize yourself lying by the ocean's edge. Call in all of your senses.

Smell and taste the salt water spray.

Hear the sea gulls.

Feel the warmth of the sun.

Feel the wet sand beneath you

(all in your mind's eye).

And so you're lying by the water, and the waves roll onto shore and the warm water covers you with love, covers you with healing water. The water is a beautiful ocean blue or green.

Then as the waves recede, visualize the water drawing out whatever needs to be healed.  Maybe the water draws out fatigue, pain, a virus, inflammation, a cyst, or even a tumor. Maybe the waves cover you with healing waters which mend a fracture, laceration, or surgical wounds. Maybe the waves cover you with peace and draw out anxiety, panic, stress or exhaustion. Be specific in what you are envisioning. You know what you need — make the visual yours.

Remember to breathe. Breathe in healing energy and breathe out the injury, illness, disease, emotional trauma, etc.

Closing thoughts

The more time you put into self healing techniques, the better the results. So not only is it more effective to use this visualization during a longer session, it is more effective if it is used multiple times a week, or even multiple times a day.

As you finish, remember to think of yourself as already healed.  And please remember to give thanks. Thanks for learning how to self-heal, thanks for being healed, thanks for your Creator's love and assistance, thanks for everything. Gratitude is important! And in that spirit, thank you Shannon for sharing this priceless mind-body technique with us, inspiring us to connect with our deepest wisdom, and teaching us the power of self love combined with the power of our Creator's love.

Below you will find a video clip to first help you visualize the waves ebbing and flowing, and also a lovely audio clip to listen to while practicing this visualization. The audio clip may take awhile to load and play, so please be patient.



Video credit: Mike Giovanetti -  Puerto Galera, Phillipines

References

[1] Mind-body medicine: state of the science, implications for practice
[2] Effects of guided imagery on postoperative outcomes in patients undergoing same-day surgical procedures: a randomized, single-blind study
[3] Guided imagery: a significant advance in the care of patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery
[4] Relaxation techniques: Try these steps to reduce stress
[5] Champion Novak Djokovic Reveals the Power of Visualization 

 

Disclaimer:  All information is offered to assist one's innate ability to balance body, mind, emotions & spirit. Clients are encouraged to seek advice from medical doctors in addition to considering complementary and alternative practices. 

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