Present-day lifestyles leave us very little room to connect with the earth. In the days gone by, everyone lived on ‘earth’, in direct contact. They spent time in farms and forests or doing manual work. Today we live in high rise buildings, everything is mechanized, and depending on where you live, it may be between a few weeks to a few years before you last visited a forest or a farm. This coupled with the continuous usage of technology, leave our lower chakras extremely starved.
Here are a few signs that you need to reconnect with the earth.
1. ‘I Don’t Belong Here’
The main function of the root chakra is to establish a foothold. Without this, one is likely to feel a strong sense of lack of belonging. Many people with a very weak root chakra tend to get lost in alien theories, stories or visions of other realms, or chase a fantasy soul mate while ignoring their spouse. If you feel out of place on earth, in your society, in your family or even in your body, this is a sign you need to focus on grounding.
2. Feeling Spaced Out
An extreme lack of grounding leaves one feeling spacey and disoriented, almost like it is impossible to think. Being absent-minded is often a direct result of feeling spaced out, and one might end up repeatedly misplacing things, losing track of what one was just saying or doing, and forgetting important tasks. Another way this can manifest it when ends up bumping into objects repeatedly, and in extreme cases, meet with accidents.
3. Highly Sensitized
One consequence, of being very ungrounded, is that we become highly sensitized to sounds or light, and more uncomfortable, to the energy, thoughts or words of others. People that we perceive as negative, become very hard to handle and leave us feeling extremely low and polluted.
4. Hard to Be Effective
If you are finding it hard to concentrate on anything, you are ungrounded. This includes a lack of being able to focus on work and on conversations. Mundane tasks seem meaningless and unnecessary. Feeling tired all the time, and even more so when work needs to be done, is another clear sign.
Find yourself staring into space, lost in thought? If you’re ungrounded, you are likely to find yourself continuously lost in fantasies about the future or thinking about unreal scenarios.
The root chakra is associated with action and implementation and when it is weak, the subconscious knows that this aspect is going to falter and will cause stress, anxiety and a spaced-out feeling with the slightest pressure.
7. Cannot Make Decisions
A strong, stable root chakra gives one a good grip on the ground realities. Without this, it becomes very difficult to have confidence in one’s decisions.
8. Erratic Sleep
Too much energy in the upper chakras affects sleep. One might find changes in sleep patterns, lying wide awake at night for hours, or sleeping incessantly, if grounding is weak. Falling asleep during meditation is another common symptom.
9. Weak Digestion
A sudden lack of grounding can leave a person without any desire to eat, sometimes for weeks. Digestion needs downward moving energies, and when there is too much energy in the upper chakras and none in the lower ones, the body is incapable of processing any food. In contrast, when a person can eat large amounts of food and still remain skinny, that also indicates a lack of grounding – the body is unable to absorb any nutrients from the food due to lack of energy.
Article by Ashwita Goel, Reiki Master
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Having learned Meditation as a child, Ashwita incorporated Reiki into her life during her early teens. After a decade of witnessing the magic Reiki, she felt compelled to take up Reiki professionally, and ended her corporate career in 2007, taking up Reiki full-time. She eventually incorporated EFT, hypnotherapy and past life therapy into her work. Apart from her healing work, she teaches Reiki and meditation, and her book ‘Healing Through Reiki’ is available on Amazon. She holds regular full moon and new moon meditations at www.youtube.com/c/ARTHReiki. Her website is www.reiki-bangalore.com and her blog www.ashwita.com