How good grounding can benefit us on the Spiritual Path and in our daily Life
When I started to think about this blog it seemed a simple topic, possibly a very short post, but once I started to think about grounding in the context of what I see in my clinic it began to expand exponentially.
I guess the first thing is to define grounding. As with writing an assignment I’ll often google a definition as a way of getting started. If you google ‘grounding’ you get a variety of vague definitions that at first reading have nothing to do with the spiritual path.
The Merriman-Webster definition gives this simple statement: training or instruction that gives someone basic knowledge of a particular subject.
But is this a definition of grounding? In some ways yes, but in many ways no. Yes, because grounding is a basic tenet of working on the spiritual path and exploring the many and varied tools that are available to progress your journey on the path. No, because as I started out saying, this is a broader topic than first imagined.
So what is my definition of grounding as it relates to life and the spiritual path. Simply put I would define it as having your feet firmly anchored to the earth even if your head is in the heavens!
The image I always have of living an ungrounded life is of a helium balloon floating freely in a room. Bouncing off the walls, blown around every time the door opens and closes. Sometimes upright, sometimes upside down, bobbing about with no means of attachment or stability.
Add to this the image of the balloon as an empty vessel just waiting to be filled with something other than helium, its contents bouncing, mixing, confused, unstable and we get a picture of how many people live their lives.
To ground this balloon we could add a string to anchor it to something solid. A long string still allows a lot of bouncing and floating around but a shorter string or even a stick brings more stability, more of a foundation.
Grounding on the spiritual path and in life generally is what brings us stability. It stops us floating off into our thoughts and the ether, being affected by everything that enters our energy field and it helps us cope in a world which is so full of energetic intrusion.
It’s also about creating boundaries, so not only being firmly on the ground, but creating a semi-permeable barrier to all of the various energies floating around in our world. Obviously we want to let some things in and out like love and kindness and so on, but we don’t want to allow all of the other detritus of life into our energy field for obvious reasons.
In my early years on the spiritual path I was involved in a variety of spiritual groups focusing on the process of ascension. No-one ever explained to me how ‘ascension’ was actually going to happen but we worked hard at living in the spiritual realms, meditating, working with crystals, and practicing techniques to raise our vibration and free us from our physical bodies. I found a lot of this simple – I can be a very ungrounded person so to free me from my string doesn’t take much.
I drifted around being what I would call ‘airy fairy’ and that’s actually how it felt. With this spiritual drifting came a sense of unease, uncertainty, a concern that I wasn’t doing it right and wasn’t going to get there in time. I read all the books, went to all the workshops, tried all the recommended techniques but I just felt like I was living in a topsy turvy world. I was affected by people’s thoughts and emotions, going to the big shopping centres was a nightmare and every time I went into a crystal shop I felt like I was going to float away!
After about five years of living like this, I finally said ‘no more’. I stopped everything apart from yoga and working in my clinic and I started reading crime fiction and living a more worldly life. For me that was a major turning point and brought relief and balance.
So how does being ungrounded manifest?
Over-thinking: This is a classic case of being in the head too much, over-thinking and over-analysing, catastrophising, over-planning and generally trying to be in control, but actually being completely out of control.
Chaos: A chaotic life full of drama and an inability to manage any of it is often a sign of lack of grounding. It is quite possible to experience chaos in life but to cope reasonably well through good grounding.
Indecision: Bouncing from one thought or choice to another is like the balloon being bounced around by the opening and closing door!
Sensitivities: Allergies, intolerances, picking up on everyone’s energies and emotions, being easily hurt are all signs of lack of grounding.
Lack of direction: Chopping and changing from one thing to another, never finishing anything, not being sure where you’re going.
Allowing ourselves to be controlled: Finding ourselves in a situation where we are not our own master but controlled by another person or entity indicates lack of grounding to a large extent. As if we are unable to find out feet and so we hold onto someone else or some other energy or they sense our vulnerability and hold onto us.
Anger, violence or other emotions: Lashing out in anger or living a highly emotional or violence filled life may indicate lack of grounding and if you read on you will understand about grounding as part of our survival mechanism.
On the physical level many health issues show lack of boundaries and grounding, the classic example being vertigo, but of course there are many other conditions which could be attributed to this problem. If we consider this in the context of the Base Centre and our need for survival, then we can also understand that fear is an emotion of the Base as much as of the Sacral Centre or the Kidneys.
Being in our Base
We often talk about ‘being in our base’ in connection with grounding and this is a reference to the Base Chakra or Centre which sits at the point of the perineum. That’s the point between the anus and the vagina in a woman. If you are sitting meditating this point is in contact with the earth so that makes sense, but actually I prefer to think of being grounded as having both my feet firmly on the ground; of being solid on my base.
Coming from a yoga background and finding this in itself a grounding space I tend to refer to the chakras or energy centres from the Yogic perspective because this is a very long tradition and established foundation.
About the Base Centre
The Base Centre is the first chakra and the most important. If you are not solid in your base you cannot function in our physical world. We do need to remind ourselves frequently that while we want to create heaven on earth, we have chosen this very physical world in which to incarnate and learn and experience our life lessons. We therefore need to focus as much on the physical nature of this existence as on the spiritual. There needs to be balance through all centres, but we particularly need a strong base or foundation on which to build.
There are certain things which are said to affect or even blow out the Base Centre, to cut that connection with the physical plane. Drugs are one of these and this would include not just recreational drugs, but also many pharmaceutical drug which affect our connection with the world in some way.
One of the biggest issues today is vaccination which can blow out the base centre and leave a child with no foundation, no grounding. Autism is an example of this where the most severely autistic children have no connection to those around them and seem to exist in that balloon I described earlier. Alzheimers is also potentially caused by aluminium in the flu vaccine, among other things, and again blows out the base centre and causes a lack of connection with the earthly realms.
Other toxins may cause this reaction over time but the act of bypassing the immune system with a vaccine and its components can result in a major shock to the system and resulting dissociation as a survival mechanism.
The Base establishes the deepest connections with our physical body, our environment and with the earth. It is our survival center and our fight and flight response is initiated from this centre. It is the seat of our primal, animal nature and this in itself can be an issue for some.
The energy of this centre brings courage, resourcefulness and the will to live during challenging times – again it is about survival. This is where we can connect with the energies of our ancestors, their challenges and their triumphs.
Because the Base Centre carries many of our ancestral memories, everyone is going to experience challenges or blocks in this centre at some point, so being solid in your base should be an ongoing focus. You may work on the higher centres but you will always need to be checking your Base.
War, famine, natural disasters, living in an abusive situation and other events that threaten our basic survival are all recorded within the energies of the Base. These memories are imprinted in the subtle body and pass down from father to son, mother to daughter, creating unconscious generational patterns.
This centre is where many people are unconsciously working at present and the generational connection is an area I explore as a homeopath and energy worker. Often when we work on the spiritual path we want to ignore the Base, thinking (rather than feeling) that we have moved beyond the Base and should only be working on the higher centres.
But we ignore the Base at our peril!
It is our journey to take responsibility for our own lives and to bring light and balance to all centres and all areas of our life equally. It is important however to bring balance to the Base before we proceed to work in other areas or we will lack the stability and grounding necessary for true transformation and personal growth.
We cannot grow and change unless we feel safe, solid and secure.
Does being grounded mean we’re not connected spiritually?
No, quite the opposite. The more we are grounded the better our connection. We become a conduit between heaven and earth to receive the insight and inspiration from Source that helps us live our life and move forward in our understanding.
Working on our Base, on grounding and boundaries is one of the most important things we can do to progress on the spiritual path and to find balance in our life. Many health issues and mental and emotional states can benefit from focus on grounding.
Tools for Grounding
Working with the breath is always a good way to ground ourselves, partly because it focuses the mind and partly because we can visualise the breath pulling the energy not just into the base centre but deep into the earth, creating roots to hold us firm.
There are many variations on using the breath for improving grounding and it is usually best to find what works for you through experimentation.
Getting your hands and feet in the dirt can be a good form of grounding as the most physical connection you can make with the earth. This is my best ever grounding tool as I just love to be in the garden or outdoors in nature, but grounding can take any form as long as it’s physical. Doing the ironing, washing the floors, cleaning the car, going for a run or taking a yoga class are all good, as long as you focus on your connection with the earth . . . there are many ways to get grounded.
Some of our WyldChyld Essences are perfect tools for grounding and creating and maintaining boundaries. My Bubble is great if you need to build a stronger membrane between yourself and outside influences. Jitters is useful if you become agitated or unsettled from all the external input of our world and how about Safe & Sound for times when your mind over-thinks the troubles of the world or just of your life.
The newly updated and repurposed Soul Harmonics are powerful tools for transformation which include essences for grounding and creating a firm foundation.
So don’t ignore the Base Centre if you are consciously working on your path. Learning good grounding techniques can help with decision making, anxiety, focus and can propel you forwards on your path with purpose.
It really could be time to get down and get dirty!