Article by Angie Webster
I was once an advocate of grounding by sending our energy into the Earth. Now I have come to believe that it is better to ground through the vehicle of our own bodies. Simply coming home to our bodies and returning to the present moment is all we need to do to ground. When we do this, we are automatically grounded into the Earth and we don’t bypass our physical bodies.
The energies of hurry, worry, fear, anger, and regret take our spirit energy away from being fully present in our lives and our bodies. You may have noticed that when you are in these states, you feel slightly “ahead of yourself” or “stuck in the past”. Maybe you are ruminating over something that was said and you “can’t let it go”. You feel like time is “getting away from you”. We have all these figures of speak because, in these states, our energy really is shifting away from our bodies and the present time. These states unground us and take us away from the now. Our energy is mostly somewhere else, while we are trying to carry on a life in the current time. We function best, are stronger, and feel better when our energy is fully present in our bodies. When you’re grounded in your body, you will no longer feel scattered, lurching forward trying to get to the next moment, or reaching backward with your thoughts into the past. You are instantaneously brought into the present moment you are with physical self and fully in your life.
The easiest way to ground into the body is to simply place your hand on your chest. This very quickly brings you back to yourself, and to a feeling of comfort, centeredness, and presence. By placing your hand on your chest, you sense your heartbeat. You quickly begin to feel present with your own precious self, here in this body and this life. You feel your breath moving in and out of your body in a very personal way. Through the visceral sense of these things within our bodies and the tactile sense through our hand, we recognize our aliveness and presence in a very real way. We also feel it through our mental focus on these sensations. By returning to the current moment and to our bodies, we are automatically grounded.
Whenever you find yourself hurrying, worrying, or reacting hastily to life situations, take a moment and place your hand on your chest and sense your breath; sense your heartbeat. Maybe take one deep breath and have appreciation that you are here in this body, in this moment, on this Earth right now. Feel how this brings you back and feel the comfort that you can bring to your own self in this physical body by simply offering yourself a hand on your chest. It isn’t even necessary to start the Reiki flow to feel the benefits of this and it takes less than a minute. This is an excellent way to ground anytime, including before and after Reiki sessions, while doing errands, or first thing after waking in the morning.
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Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).