This is a guest post by Nathaniel
When you search for grounding techniques on the Internet, I bet that you can find hundreds of these.
There are many techniques of grounding. One of the reasons for the amount of such techniques is the amount of people who use them. It’s because not everything works for everyone. Some techniques may work for a single person – the creator of the technique. Other techniques work for specific groups of people. This makes is very difficult to find techniques that work for you, personally, so this is a bad news. The good news is – if you haven’t found a technique that works for you, keep looking! In the end, you’ll find one.
As a Reiki practitioner and teacher I work with different techniques of grounding. Those of you who know me should already be familiar with the categorization of these techniques that I use. Basically, I say that there are two types of grounding: active and passive. An active grounding is what helps you ground yourself here and now. Here I often recommend visualization or eating a candy. Truly, sweet stuff grounds well. Passive grounding is what keeps you in the physical world. It’s cooking, cleaning, meeting with your friends, working or having a hobby.
Here, on “Healing for Grounding”, Justin Bonnet does a great thing by providing readers with many techniques to choose from. This way, you can surely find something that works for you the most. Today, I wish to share another technique for grounding, a technique that originates from Qigong practice, and has been passed to me during my Reiki training. It’s a technique that works mainly on a single idea: that energy follow thoughts.
When I started using this technique in my own life, I didn’t realize that it will prove to be both an active and passive grounding method at the same time.
In the Western world, Reiki is often associated only with doing hands-on healing. But in reality, Reiki is a complex spiritual practice that includes meditation, chanting and contemplation, all of this supported by movement and use of spiritual energy we call Reiki. Each of the practices includes three phases. The first phase is the phase of preparation. Before sending or receiving Reiki, meditating, working with symbols or contemplating, we cleanse ourselves, repeat the Five Reiki Principles (the Gokai) and focus on our Hara. Hara is a japanese term for our abdomen.
As this phase is complete, we move to the main phase – the actual practice. Here we practice meditations like Gassho, Joshin Kokyuu Ho, or we chant the Five Priciples and so on. After the main practice, we move to the last phase, the phase of grounding. Here, grounding is a phase that helps us return to the ordinary world, release all unwanted energies and tensions, and connect our entire self with Earth and the physical world.
A good practice to do so originates from the art of Qigong. This is what I have been taught:
As I leave the general meditative state, with my eyes closed I focus on my Hara (the lower abdomen) and I remain in this focused state for 5 to 10 minutes. By “focus” I mean that I shift my awareness so that I think about, and literally feel the small physical area within my lower abdomen.
Then, I begun to shift the focus down, into the floor, then into the ground and further, until I reach the very core of our planet with my mind. I think about Earth, I feel its size, its movement through space, its heaviness and density. In this state of connectedness with Earth, I remain for 5 to 10 minutes. When I started practicing this technique, I could only imagine the above things. With time, though, all of this became simpler and imagination was no longer needed, as I could truly feel the connectedness with Earth.
Finally, I shift my focus back to the Hara, and I remain in this state for 5 to 10 minutes. And then, I open my eyes, and return to the daily activities.
This technique seems simple at first. Then, as you practice it, things become more difficult, as you try to imagine the feeling of Earth. But as the time passes, after few days, weeks and months, you start to actually feel the Earth – its size, density, movement. This is the time when the technique becomes simple once more.
On one hand, this practice grounds you “here and now”, so at first, I assign it to the category of active grounding. This technique requires very little visualization. It simply requires shifting focus – it’s very easy to focus on your abdomen, but it may be tricky to focus on the center of the planet. To do so, some visualization can be used. You can visualize the very core of our planet and the process of getting there.
To do so, you visualize as you pass through the outer rocks of the crust into the mantle, then into the molent outer core full of magma, then deeper and deeper into a solid iron core of our planet. Then you focus your awarenss on the very center of the visualized inner core. As your practice progress, visualization won’t be needed anymore, and you will be able to use your mind only.
From Active to Passive Grounding
Over time, through this practice, you become more and more grounded, and this techniques becomes a practice of passive grounding. Because with time, everything that is associated with your connection to Earth and this planet, heals. This means that with time, your work, hobby, contact with nature, diet and physical health, for example, will continue to be improved and healed.
And as the elements of your life are healed, so is your connectedness to Earth developed. The connection to everything physical and everything Mother Nature is restored. Lack of connection with that which surrounds us is a common illness of the XXI century. Grounding is one of the many ways to restore the feeling of belonging, the feeling of being an important part of this world.
All of this makes the above technique not just a grounding method, but a healing practice as well. As such, it can be used by anyone, not just by Reiki practitioners. I have taught this technique to many of my students, friends and readers here in Poland. While not everyone found this technique useful (see the introduction of this article), most of them experienced benefits from regular practice. By regular I mean at least a few times per week. If you meditate every day, you may include this method into your daily practice.
Perhaps you’re one of those people who will benefit from the described method.
About the Author
Nathaniel is a Reiki practitioner and teacher. He authored multiple books on psychic development, healing and Reiki practice. Check his author page here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005B63BDQ and his website here: http://astateofmind.eu