As a highly empathic person working in a high-stress field, there were two things I’ve needed to learn in order to survive. The first (which I’m still working on) was shielding. The other was grounding.
Just like with electrical equipment, if you’re going to work with the spiritual energies, it’s a good idea to learn how to ground yourself. In addition to giving yourself a sturdy place from which to work, it also protects you from the energies you’re going to be working with as you explore the various areas of the mind, soul, heart, and body.
According to The Chopra Center, there are several benefits to grounding (even if you’re not involved in metaphysical practices like divination). They include:
- Decreased levels of inflammation and pain
- Reduced stress levels
- Improved circulation
- Normalized cortisol levels
- Better sleep
- Decreases in depression, anxiety, and menopausal side effects
Some people are naturally grounded. They are steadfast, balanced, practical–born adults. Others, like me? Not so much. I am a natural empathy, and I have worked in some form of customer service for over 30 years. I’m used to being buffeted from all sides by people’s emotions, and I often find myself drained and exhausted at the end of the day.
Teacher Teri Uktena did a great podcast called “Bringing Down to Earth” where she explores the various methods of grounding. I’ve included a few of these into my own life, and have noticed a difference. There are lots of ways to ground, and not all of them will work for everyone.
I’ve listed a few suggestions here.
Going barefoot (especially in the grass): I’ve noticed that sometimes something as simple as taking off my shoes under my desk as I take calls can root me to the ground, bring my energy back under control, and give me a sense of balance. If you can go barefoot outside, even better. Connecting to the energy of the Earth is a great way to bring your energies back into alignment.
Covering your crown chakra: Humans have energy centers called chakras that control various aspects of the body and spirit. The crown chakra is located at the top of your head, and sometimes just placing the palm of your hand flat on your crown chakra for thirty seconds can work miracles. Next time you’re hyper-stressed, try it.
Reverse Nostril Breathing: I thank Hillary Clinton for this one. In her book, “What Happens,” she explained the yoga technique in depth. I have tried it, and yeah, it works.
Sit cross-legged with your left hand on your thigh and your right hand on your nose. Breathing deeply from your diaphragm, place your right thumb on your right nostril and your ring and little fingers on your left. Shut your eyes, and close off your right nostril, breathing slowly and deeply through your left. Now close both sides and hold your breath. Exhale through the right nostril. Then reverse it: Inhale through the right, close it …
A quick Google search will give you plenty more ways to ground, including crystals, meditation, “earthing,” etc. Whether it’s to help you prepare for divination or just to help you get through the day, a good grounding practice will be of lifelong benefit to you.