“When I imagine roots going down, they just come up again”. This is what someone said at a psychic protection workshop I went to recently. Actually they were imagining anchor chains; I changed it to roots, because that’s a more popular visualisation.
I thought, “Ha. I remember that.”
It’s the plight of grounders everywhere! Roots that retract! Anchors that automatically weigh in! Connections that curl up!
I never found visualisations that helpful. Nowadays I can make them work for me- but that’s because I’ve learned how to take myself out of my head into my body (which is where the juice is), and use intention rather than strained concentration. Even so, visualisation isn’t my favourite tool. Let me explain why.
Firstly, it goes against the grain. Doing a visualisation (or affirmation) for grounding is saying: “I am grounded!”. But that’s the mind talking. The body and subconscious are saying “Nu-uh!”. The body remembers the traumatic birth, the times you’ve injured yourself, etc; and the subconscious is filled with fear. Fear that affirmations, visualisations & tapping don’t easily reach, because it’s deeply held. Fear from past lives; fear from ancestral heritage; fear from the human collective consciousness. Visualising yourself to be grounded, when you are an ungrounded person, is an uphill struggle. It’s a battle you can’t win. And if Abraham-Hicks has taught me anything, it’s to surrender those battles, and go with the flow
Secondly, the ‘root’ of ungroundedness isn’t in the mind. What are visualisations? They’re mental activity. All things exist on all levels- ungroundedness/groundedness does also exist on the mental plane, as beliefs about yourself, and your own safety, etc. So there is some benefit in engaging your mind. But, logically, mental activity can’t provide a solution to a problem that goes deeper than the level of thought.
… People do sometimes talk about the power of visualisation as a creative force, and that energy flows where attention is focused, etc. And it’s true.
But (and it’s a big but, a great big elephant in the room) when most people do visualisation, they aren’t doing it in the way that mystics or occult adepts do it, in an embodied way, in touch with their indwelling creative essence. They’re doing so in a mental way. Usually the best that westerners manage is that they make a thought form. At worse, they just add to their congenitally over-charged thinking faculties. The head swells with extra energy; the pelvis, legs, ankles and feet remain neglected.
The bright yellow aura here (not mine, by the way!) is typical of this; visualisation usually just creates mental energy (which is yellow) rather than doing what you’re wanting it to. Apparently there’s a phrase for that; “doing it in yellow”.
I’ve got a few alternatives to visualisations- you can find them here. In the meantime- do some ankle rotations. Massage your feet (especially the souls), with some earthy essential oils. Relax your butt and pelvic floor. Breathe deeply and gently. Lie on some grass.
I’ll make a blog post soon about how to ‘effectively’ do grounding visualisations. It will probably involve invoking Gaia
Love as always, Justin (and please share this with your spiritual hommies- there’s a share bar top left, to make it easy!)