Want to lead a healthier, happier life?
One way to reach a state of calm mind is to find our Zen. Balancing of mind is very important to let go of stress. To find our emotional balance, these great grounding benefits will enable peace and harmony in our life. All we have to do is commit 15-60 minutes per day for this energy medicine routine. I am sure that by the end of the article, we’ll feel more productive and zen-like.
To understand the concept of what ‘Energy Medicine’ is, do read my previous article on Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine for a quick precap.
In the current chapter, I am going to show a few simple grounding techniques to bring harmony into our everyday life. This “Clearing, Centering and Grounding Your Energies” technique is by Donna Eden.
So, let’s get started.
What Exactly are the Grounding Benefits?
We don’t need to be a master to bring healing energy into our everyday lifestyle. Whenever we feel mentally unstable, the simple grounding benefits will help restore balance. Also known as the Energy Balancing Technique, this routine builds physical health, mental clarity, and emotional balance. It will clear energy blocks and release toxic energies and result in grounding benefits.
Did you know that trees send energies to the earth to hold them steady? Just like the trees, we too need grounding benefits. But we are a little more complicated.
First of all, let’s understand the different forms of grounding energies:
- Physically Grounded– It’s a certain connection we feel with the Earth and how we carry ourselves in the form of posture, movement and awareness. It is in sync with the Earth’s gravitational pull.
- Emotionally Grounded-It is the energies and emotions that pass through our body freely. It is then released through our cells, our breath, our thoughts, and our actions.
- Spiritually Grounded-We become spiritually grounded when our physically-grounded body and our emotionally-grounded mind are in harmony and alignment with one another and with “spirit”.
Let me now explain how these energies work. We first need to align our energies with the force field of the Earth. Next, we need to let our energies and feelings move freely through our body:
A Quick “Physical” Grounding Technique | The 3rd-Eye/Navel “Hook-Up”
- Place your hands at the sides of your waist (at the Belt Flow)
- With your thumb in the front and fingers toward the back, slide your hands slowly and firmly down your legs
- When you get to your feet, squeeze at the sides of your feet
- End by tracing up the spleen meridian
A Quick “Mental” Grounding Technique | This is a three-part method
We can easily memorise it and combine it with any of the other methods (explained further). This is also one of the ‘body and mind balancing’ exercises.
- Place your feet flat on the ground and take a deep in-breath. As you release the breath, also drop your energy low in your body.
- With another deep in-breath, move your energy down governing meridian. The energy will flow from the top of your spine, down your spine, off your tailbone, and into the Earth. What you’re creating is a “grounding wire” to the Earth. While you do the action, you must feel the pull of gravity down through your legs and feet.
“Remember: all these energy movements will be very light, but noticeable sensations/feelings”
- As you release your breath, release your thoughts and concerns. Release the energy through your feet.
With this technique, we aligned ourselves with the force of gravity by pulling our energies into the force field of the earth. By involving governing meridian, we’re able to move our energies with our mind.
Grounding Energies of the Earth | Opening of the ‘foot chakras’ for Grounding Benefits
Open the “foot chakras” by massaging and stretching the heel away from the ball and then massaging the gaits (the walking and balancing muscles) and squeezing the sides.
- Open the “hand chakras” by massaging the palm of one hand with the thumb of the other and then pull the energies off each of your fingers.
Didn’t you feel grounded with these techniques?
After going through the above techniques, we have understood that being grounded can mean two things:
- Being present in our body and/or
- Feeling connected to the earth.
That said, do you recall the last time you felt grounded?
Just remember the last time when you really felt “at home”, very good and balanced, centered. Probably, this sensation was a fleeting experience. That’s where the simple grounding techniques come along to align your energies. These techniques help stay rooted in our bodies.
Now let’s move on to follow a few practical and simple grounding techniques to clear and balance our energies and to receive grounding benefits.
Simple Grounding Techniques to Clear and Balance Our Energies
1. Connecting Heaven and Earth
This technique has seen many variations over the years in the hieroglyphics section of the Egyptian Museum in London. By doing this balancing technique, we are making space for energy to move throughout the body. Donna believes it is the oldest energy medicine technique in recorded history for ultimate grounding benefits.
1. Start with your hands on your thighs, fingers spread. Inhale through your nose, circle your arms out and up over your head. Bring your hands together in a prayer position down and in front of your heart. Exhale through your mouth.
2. Inhaling through your nose, stretch one arm up and one arm down, pushing with your palms.
3. Hold, exhale, and return to the prayer position.
4. Switch arms and repeat.
5. Do this twice for each arm, really emphasizing the stretch.
6. Drop your arms down, fold your body forward at the waist, and relax with your knees slightly bent.
7. Take two deep breaths before slowly returning to a standing position. As you do, you can “roll” your energy up your body with your hands, starting at your feet and rolling all the way up and over your head and out to the sides.
2. The Naval Hook Up
This is a great exercise when we feel a bit off. It has immediate neurological effects. People with seizures have experienced it to stop the impact of seizures within 15-20 seconds. It targets the Neurovascular points, which are one of the grounding benefits to calm the nervous system.
Firstly, to do the hook-up technique, breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
- Place the middle finger of one hand on your third eye (between your eyebrows above the bridge of your nose).
- Place the middle finger of the other hand in your navel.
- Gently press each finger into your skin, pull it upward, and hold for 15-20 seconds. Often a spontaneous sigh, or a deep breath, signals that the energies have hooked up.
3. Taking Down the Flame
We may often face panic attacks, anxiety, or high blood pressure. If chaos overwhelms our mind, this technique is effective. It eases insomnia, anxiety and reduces reactions like freaking out. It also promotes grounding benefits.
- Rub your hands and shake them off, rest them on your thighs.
- Inhale deeply while bringing your hands above your head, meeting your fingertips in a pyramid shape. Exhale with the sound of “haaaa” as you bring your thumbs to the crown of your head. Rest there and inhale.
- Exhale while bringing your thumbs to your third eye. Rest there and inhale.
- Exhale as you bring your thumbs to the center of your chest. Rest there and inhale.
- Exhale as you flatten your hands on your hara (Located in the center of the abdomen), thumbs to your navel, and fingertips above the pubic bone making a triangle with your hand. Rest there and inhale.
- Exhale as you smooth your open hands all the way down the outside of your legs.
- Inhale as you draw your hands up the inside of your legs, ending with your palms on your thighs.
4. Expelling the Venom
On a daily basis, we all take and get affected by the synergies of people around us, or by the place we live in. In such cases, we should try to release this excess (negative) energy as often as we can. I’d suggest doing these simple grounding techniques every day for maximum grounding benefits.
- Stand with your hands placed on the tops of your thighs and take a couple of deep breaths.
- Take your hand and “un-zip” yourself. Place the palm of your hand at your lips and moved it slowing down your body to your pelvic bone. It’s just like unzipping a jacket.
- Now move your hands upward in a fist position, lift them to just above and behind your head as you inhale.
- Hold your breath and really tense up your body holding your fists tightly. Then, exhale while making a woaaahh or sshh sound (try both!). Release your hands downward as if shaking off something that has stuck to your hands.
- After, finish by doing a zip-up.
Repeat this exercise until you feel light and relaxed.
5. The Wayne Cook Posture
I have already discussed this posture and its alternative in my previous article. Now, this exercise can also help with a wide range of psychological problems, including confusion, disorganization, depression, and excessive anger.
1. Sit with your spine straight. Place your left foot over your right knee. Hold your left ankle with your right hand and the bottom of your left foot with your left hand.
2. Breathe in slowly through your nose, letting the breath lift your body while stretching your leg toward you. Exhale slowly through your mouth, relaxing your body. Repeat four to five times.
3. Switch to the other foot and repeat this entire process.
4. Uncross your legs and “steeple” your fingertips, resting your thumbs just above the bridge of your nose. Breathe slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth three or four times.
5. On the last exhale, curl your fingers at the centre of your forehead, push in, and pull slowly to your temples, stretching the skin on your forehead.
6. Slowly bring your hands down in front of you. Surrender into your own breathing.
6. The Three Thumps
“The Three Thumps” is part of Donna’s Daily Energy Routine. Thumping these 3 points makes us less fatigued and more energetic. It supports the neurovascular and immune system when we are stressed out. We can thump anywhere and anytime when we need a mood lift.
Thump 1: K-27 points
- Place the pointer finger of each hand on your collarbone and move your hands toward each other until you reach the two inside corners of your collarbone.
- Drop straight down from these points to about an inch below your collarbone. For most people, there is a soft spot there.
- Firmly tap or massage these points while you take three deep breaths for 30 seconds.
Variation: To attract the right energy to cross over from right to left and left to right, cross your arms and tap the left collar bone with the right fist and the right collar bone with the left fist.
Benefits of tapping K-27 points:
- Improved energy
- Feel more alert
- Increased focus
Thump 2: Thymus Gland
The Thymus Gland is located in the middle of the chest, just below the K-27 points. It’s also called the Tarzan Spot. The thymus gland supports our immune system.
Massage or tap on the center of your chest on breast bone for about 30 seconds while breathing deeply in and out.
Benefits of tapping the Thymus Gland:
- Stimulates energy system
- Boosts the immune system
- Increases strength and vitality
Thump 3: Spleen Points
The spleen meridian regulates our blood sugar, lifts our energy, removes toxins, and supports our immune system. Stimulating spleen acupuncture points decreases our stress levels.
- Find the Spleen Points by moving your fingers beneath the breast, in line with the nipples and down one rib.
- The spleen points are located below each breast.
- Make fists and tap both points for about 20 seconds while breathing deeply in and out.
7. Holding the Neurovascular Reflex Points
When we’re stressed, the “thinking” part of our brain takes the help of limbs and chest to support the fight or flight response. By holding the neurovascular (NV) reflex points, we’re drawing the energy back into our brain. This calms the nervous system and allows our mind to cool off and re-center.
- Bring to mind a time you felt emotional overwhelm (or use during a current crisis)
- Place your fingers on the frontal Neurovascular reflex points (also called the “main NVs”). These are located on the forehead on the frontal eminences, where most people have a slightly raised area. Hold these points gently, with thumbs resting at the temples and a very light pull to the sides of the forehead, for three to five minutes while you think of the stress. Sink deeply into the emotion and stress as you hold the points.
- If you are thinking of a particularly stressful event, you can have someone else hold the points for you. You can also hold the main NVs with the palm of one hand and use the other hand to hold the NVs directly behind your eyes on the back of your head just above your neck.
- After three to five minutes, you will probably find a significant shift in your subjective response to the memory or situation. Repeat again the next day or as needed.
- Depending on the severity of the issue, the time to completely release emotional distress triggered by the memory can vary, but the distress will diminish. NV reflex points have pulses. As you hold them, an increase in the strength of the pulses indicates that blood that had been diverted during the stress response is returning to the forebrain.
Doesn’t that feel good? I am sure with daily practice we’ll come closer to becoming one with our ideal self and achieve maximum grounding benefits.
These natural and simple grounding techniques, which we observed in this article, give grounding benefits by aligning our physical and emotional selves. This is great.
Now, that we have read about grounding benefits, let me finish this article with a final nice present for you
What can we do when we are flying? While some of us are sensitive to ‘earthlessness’, here are a few simple methods to stay ‘grounded in the air’.
Staying “Grounded” in the Air
How to keep our mind fresh and active while traveling by air:
- During the flight: Tap the ends of the meridians (find the meridian endpoints in Energy Medicine). Do at least 3 or 4 times over the course of your travel, depending on the length of the flight. Some people also report that this prevents jet lag!
- Before getting off the airplane: Open your feet and hand chakras as described earlier in the Grounding Energies of the Earth technique. Then calm your stomach meridian using the acupressure holding points. End by tapping the stomach points on your cheekbones and thanking the pilot for the safe landing😊!
- When you reach your destination, first, “Connect Heaven & Earth” (read the 1stgrounding technique above).
If you still don’t feel balanced, centered, and grounded, try any of the earlier simple grounding techniques again. In addition, try the following technique, which addresses the common concern of the spinning of the field after a flight. This basic strategy is one of the balancing techniques to ground our chakras to the new geographical location:
- Starting with either hand at your heart, breathe deeply, and make a clockwise circle.
- Continue and expand the circle, so that on the second round you pass over your 3rd and 5th chakras. On the next circle (spiralling outward) you pass over your 2nd and 6th chakras, and on the fourth circle you pass over your 1st and 7th chakras.
- Finally, make giant circles as high as your hands can reach at the top, and touch the ground at the bottom.
Thus, if the feeling is unstable, try to slowly smooth it a couple of times around your navel with one hand. Then land your hands at your 2nd and 4th chakras and hold for as long as it feels good.
How does it feel? Our energy medicine practice checklist is growing! Give me an honest commitment that you will follow the routine daily, to gain productivity and the ability to balance your emotions.
If you found this article interesting and want to go deeper into this topic, I would suggest you a great book from one of my favourite teacher and healer Donna Eden:
In the next chapter, we’ll learn about energy medicine techniques to counter the effects of stress and boost our ability to bounce back from challenges. Get ready for the 3rd chapter on Relieving Stress With Triple Warmer & Spleen Meridians.