To ground or not to ground, that is the question!
Grounding is a buzzword found in books, articles, workshops and ceremonies. So what exactly is this grounding? Spiritual grounding is often explained as contact with Mother Earth and being present in the now. Spiritual grounding is to be in touch with nature, firmly planted on the ground, and in tune with our bodies. The word means just what it says—to be connected with the ground, to establish a strong and powerful energy connection with the earth. Grounding is used to make sure your electrical and magnetic energies are well balanced and mixed within you.
Grounding your thoughts, feelings, and spiritual experiences, i.e. any of the nonphysical aspects of being human, allows those aspects to become charged with the power to manifest in your life. If you have lots of wonderful spiritual experiences without being grounded, it can be difficult to integrate your experiences into your day to day life. Getting a terrific message from Spirit, and having no way to make it real for you in your daily life can be a frustrating experience. Coupled with the fact that we are conditioned to think in duality, i.e. Spirit lives up There, You live down Here. It takes time to integrate our spiritual life with our physical life, just as much as it takes time to learn the language of spirit.
Spiritual grounding can also help people who spend a lot of time in their intellect. If you have lots of ideas and insight, but difficulty manifesting them, grounding will help. Grounding is simply a process of getting our attention out of our heads and into our bodies. Most of us spend the day “thinking ahead” or “planning”, arranging our time, our jobs, you get the idea. Many of us run our body on autopilot, only giving it a thought if it hurts, or if it is tired…
Spirit is better reached, heard and understood if we are not over thinking it, but rather experiencing it. Most spiritual connections and communications do not come through words, or at least not words we can understand. Rather the language of spirit is a buzzing, or unintelligible. Or it could be a physical sensation like hot or cold. How can we know if Spirit is speaking to us if we are unfamiliar with the Language?
So, do we do that in circle? We rarely do a spiritual grounding meditation, so do we ground?
Good Question Grasshopper!
Smudge, drums, rattles, sacred voices, dancing, spirit calling and whistling all serve to bring your further from your intellect and deeper into Body – Deeper into Spirit. Spiritual grounding looks different in different traditions.
Bringing Up Your Spirit Song
What exactly does it mean to bring up your Spirit Song? It’s like a room full of very important people, introducing themselves to one another. It gets loud and each VIP is vying for space and time. Picture a room full of Spirits many of whom have never met before, are all invited to come into the room and speak. Keep in mind many of our VIP’s do not speak the same language. They do not come from the same place or have the same voice. So bringing up our Spirit song can and does sound sometimes like a jazz aficionado on crack! That’s all part of the process of listening to and hearing Spirit. Bringing up the Spirit Song is not about generating group energy or focusing our collective energy. It never has been and never will be. Rhythm comes when our Spirits get to know each other and are comfortable enough to work together and that takes time. Sacred music and sacred connections are precious and can be very delicate.
So, with all of us in the same room together, each vying for an opportunity to be heard how can we help to understand each other’s language? Through the Spirit Song, we come together and learn how to play cooperatively and become a spiritual team. So what are we doing here spiritually? We are spiritually grounding.
Along with spiritual grounding, many will also shield themselves. My view of shielding is that it is similar to a cloak. In sacred space we combine with Spirit and together we raise our vibrational energy. As we raise our vibrations we are more susceptible to sensing each other’s energies. When we are energy sensitive, empathic if you will, we often drain negative energies from others without knowing it. Often when our energy is raised, Intuitive Healer is activated and we take on another’s energy or another’s journey. Being spiritually grounded and shielded can help prevent it.
What if you want to work with another and take on their journey with them? Simply set that intention while setting up your shield so that those outside energies (and only those specific outside energies) can freely flow through the shield. And be grounded so that the lessons you learn in this journey can be brought back, and shared with whomever you are working with.
There are different methods of Shielding.
- Begin with closing your eyes
- Breathe Deeply
- See your Crown Chakra opening
- Visualize White and Golden Light flowing from the Sky through your Crown Chakra
- It flows down your body and into every part of your being
- From Microcosm to Macrocosm,
- Flowing Like Blood Through you
- See a pool of Light spreading at your feet
- Visualize the Earth opening up beneath you
- The White Golden Light passes through you
- Taking with it the cares the Rest Deep Within You
- Taking with it all that you need to Let Go
- Visualize the Earth closing beneath your feet
- Draw yourself back to your Heart
- Breath Deep
This is just one method for shielding and not everyone resonates with White Light meditations, so you will have to work and practice to see what works best for you.
I often shield by working with Udajet. Udajet is one of the Cobra Goddesses of Upper Egypt. She came to me over a decade ago. She has become one of my closest Spirits, my teacher, my Protector, My Mentor, My Ancestor and Elder, Wise Counsel
Udajet coils around my body and nothing at all gets through unless it goes through her first. However I have to ask her to coil around me, I can’t take her for granted. She travels through my body and takes with her every morsel of what I no longer need.
I am positive many of us have our own protection and Shields. I encourage you to either engage them now or remember to do so next time you are in a spiritual gathering, or even when going out to the grocery store. Who knows how it will affect you if you don’t try.
To Ground or Not to Ground?
Spiritual grounding should help you integrate your lessons from the spiritual world into the real world. It can allow you to put your intellect aside and experience your spiritual work rather than simply thinking things trough. It can help ensure the energies your receive while doing your spiritual work are those that you want (or at least, not those that you don’t want). Because of these reasons, I certainly recommend it. Ultimately, the decision on spiritual grounding is yours though.