Grounding is a fundamental and necessary practice prior to meditation or shamanic journeying or spiritual healing work. There are many different ways to ground yourself.
Personally, as I stand so that my feet are in vertical alignment with my shoulders, I envision the trunk of my body as a large oak tree trunk. My legs are huge roots that go down into the core of the earth. I actually close my eyes and envision this. As my legs and roots make their way to the core of Mother Earth, I can see the pulsating, red energy from Mother Earth lighting up my legs and my core. My vibration begins to align with Mother Earth.
Once this is accomplished, I make myself comfortable in my chair or sofa. Then I feel my root chakra or pelvis anchor to the earth.
This is especially important for me because I live downtown in a cement city, in an upper floor residence. I also travel a lot by plane, which can rattle my grounding after a while if I am not being conscious.
There are many ways to ground. The process I’ve shared above is my favorite and is very effective for me.
Here are a few more grounding exercises that work for others.
Choose a method from the list and follow it for 3 – 5 minutes prior to beginning your meditation, journey, dreamwork or healing session.
If you complete your journeywork, dreamwork, meditation or healing session and you feel a little “wonky” and unbalanced, repeat one of these grounding methods until you feel more grounded and balanced.
If you are experiencing a difficult time getting grounded, go outside and do one or more of the following recommendations:
Grounding well prior to your session and being mindful of grounding at the end will help you avoid the uneasy, off-balanced feeling of being ungrounded.
There are also crystals that aid in helping you be grounded. I have several different crystals beside me as I do my journeywork. Depending on the kind of work I am doing, I may place my grounding crystals in my lap, hold them in my hand, or place them under my leg.
I actually have a piece of tree branch on my altar. Beside me, I also have moqui balls, jaspers, garnet, black obsidian, tourmaline, smoky quartz, labradorite and hematite.
I hope this is helpful! If I can support you in any way, please reach out to me.