Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lesson #28: Working with Energy (Part 2 - Grounding)

Last week we began exploring the topic of energy work. We are blessed to now have access to so many tried and true grounding, shielding, clearing, and balancing techniques. Today we will look at the concept of grounding.

Since we came here to reside in bodies, it is important to do any work from a base of groundedness. When we're ungrounded, we tend to space out easily, have trouble focusing, and may even become accident-prone because we're not present to steer our ship. When we're not steering our own ship, we become vulnerable to someone or something else taking over the helm.

A basic grounding practice involves visualizing a grounding cord running from your energy body down into the crystal core of the earth. Since Mother Earth has her own healing work to do, we don't want to attach directly into the ground, but all the way down to the energetic core, which is a transmutational field, a purifying force that allows us to release what we don't need without overtaxing the earth.

You can visualize your grounding cord as an 8" diameter beam of colored light, a silver cable, a treelike root, or whatever image works for you. The more substantial the cord, the more grounded you will feel. One day you might like the effect of a thin, sparkly tether that allows you plenty of freedom, whereas the next day you might require a tree trunk just to keep your feet on the ground.

Traditionally, the grounding cord was run from the first chakra (the energy center at the base of your spine) down into the earth, but as we have evolved spiritually, many teachers have suggested that we ground from the second (abdomen), fourth (heart), or higher chakras, depending on our present needs. Please feel free to experiment and follow your own guidance regarding what type of grounding cord to visualize and what chakra to start from. There's no one right way to do this.

While insufficient grounding can cause you to feel like a kite in a windstorm, too much grounding can cause you to feel heavy and lethargic (like you just ate a 16-oz. steak and baked potato with sour cream!), so try out different cord types and see how they feel. Experiment with different colors and see what effects they have on you personally. For instance, a cord of royal blue might help you feel strong and confident, while yellow energizes you.

When you begin your grounding practice, you might find that you need to replace your cord often to keep it fresh and effective. In the morning and/or before you go to sleep, visualize gently detaching your old grounding cord and releasing it into the core of the earth. Then send down a new cord based on your current needs or focus.

To complete the circuit of heaven and earth, run an etheric cord from your heart or other energy center up, up, up until it meets a bright star, which represents your energetic interface with Spirit. Feel that energy traveling down the cord and entering your body through the top of your head (crown chakra). Now you are tethered to both earth and source energies.