Article by Angie Webster
Grounding is important to do before starting and after you finish a healing session. You will likely need to remind yourself to ground several times during the course of a healing session, particularly if you tend to be sensitive to other people’s energy. We are electro-magnetic beings and we need to intentionally connect to the Earth. This helps us to both draw energy up and to release excesses of energy that have built up. In essence, it continues the circuit so that there is no overload nor an energy drainage.
You can ground in several ways, but the easiest and fastest is probably to envision energetic tree roots coming down your legs from your pelvis and hips, through the bottoms of your feet and deep into the core of the Earth. Imagine them flowing with energy between you and the Earth, enriching you and releasing anything that may be too much for your system.
Cleansing our energy field’s is also very important before and after a session, as well as any other time we have picked up other people’s energy. This is good energetic hygiene to do at the beginning and end of each day. The simplest way to do this is to perform “dry bathing.” In Japanese, this process is called Kenyoku.
To do Kenyoku, or “dry bathing”, perform each sweep of the hands listed below on an out breath, as if you are both sweeping and blowing away stagnant or unclean energies from your energy field.
- Breathe in and bring your hands up to the prayer, or Gassho, position. Breathe out as you lower them to your heart center.
- Sweep your right hand from you left shoulder, down and across to your right hip as you breathe out.
- Sweep your left hand from your right shoulder, down and across to your left hip as you breathe out.
- Again, sweep your right hand from your left shoulder, down and across to your right hip, as you breathe out.
- Hold your left arm next to your side, elbow close to you. Sweep your right arm down your extended left arm from shoulder to fingertips as you breathe out, flinging any negative energy off of the right hand as you reach the end of the left fingertips.
- Hold the right arm next to your side, elbow close to you. Sweep your left arm down your extended right arm from shoulder to fingertips as you breathe out, flinging the negative energy off of the left hand as you reach the end of the right fingertips.
- Repeat the process on the left arm once more.
- Breathe in and bring your hands back to the prayer, or Gassho, position. Breathe out as you lower them to your heart center. You have finished the Kenyoku technique.
Grounding and clearing your energy before and after a session will be enough for most people, but some people are highly sensitive to other people’s energy, easily sensing and sometimes registering their emotions and illnesses in their own bodies. If this is the case with you, you may find that you feel most comfortable if you also add a technique such as visualizing a sphere of gold, silver or white light encompassing you after you finish the Kenyoku technique. Any color that feels soothing and comforting to you is what is appropriate for you.
Repeated grounding practice is very useful for highly sensitive or empathic people. Many find they benefit from salt water baths or the use of certain crystals or stones, as well. Find what works best for you to feel comfortable. It doesn’t matter what works or doesn’t work for others.
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Angie Webster made a significant contribution to the Reiki community, with a particular focus on Animal Reiki, which she had a deep affection for. As a knowledgeable Reiki Master Teacher and Author, she conducted online courses on energy healing, herbalism, flower essences, and personal growth.
She is the author of “Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature” and “Reiki from A to Z”. Currently, Angie has decided to retire from her professional life to devote more time to her health, family, and the little joys of life.