Are You Grounded?

May 20, 2010

An entire day, week, vacation or project can be thrown off balance from lack of grounding.  The term grounding refers to connection of your energy to a solid foundation on the earth.  When we are grounded we feel at ease in our physical body and stable for whatever presents itself along our path.  There is strength in the center of gravity this connection provides, like the roots of a tree anchor it while the trunk and branches sway in the wind.  To trust our intuition requires accessing it from a grounded place.  If we act on intuition when we are not centered in this way the information is likely to be incomplete or distorted by the influence of outside energy.

Grounding is a simple principle to apply to our energetic body.  It is an essential function our mothers provide in our infancy and childhood until we are ready to individuate and manage our own safety and survival needs (first chakra). When we are ungrounded it increases our odds of allowing outside elements to steer our life in directions that are not for our highest good.  We can get sucked into someone else’s emotional experience and take on their battles or wounds, neglecting our own.  Sometimes the concept of 100% ownership of our personal grounding space triggers guilt in care takers.  We have is a sense of responsibility to be the foundation for others who need stability.  When we do so it allows outside energy to enter our space and we lose some of our capacity to maintain our own footing.  Alternately if we are feeling ungrounded we may seek grounding through another whose energy feels steady. 

Here are some signs that let me know when I’m ungrounded or I’m giving some of my grounding space to another person, I feel: distracted, unclear, busy, tired or off-center.  When I’m grounded I feel clarity, a greater sense of trust and inner peace about my ability to handle whatever may come my way.

Visualization to activate your grounding:

Close your eyes and imagine a tree trunk firmly connected to the base of your spine running down into the earth through all of its layers and rooted into a beautiful meadow at the center of the planet.  With your mind’s eye write your name on the trunk.  Bring this connection into present time by adding today’s date.  Breathe into awareness of your alignment with the earth’s solid yet fluid support system.

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  • Chris says:

    Being grounded, or centered as I have always called it, certainly is good for one’s outlook and well-being in life. Being able to identify when the grounding is being knocked off balance or out of rhythm is essential to maintaining it. I know many who appear to be a hurricane but never the ancient tree. This can lead to a classic ‘knight in shinning armor and the damsel in distress’ dependency/co-dependency which appears frequently in our society. Perhaps due to the drama that accompanies this dynamic it gets more attention?

    To continue with the tree theme; how do two trees become a grove without losing branches or being uprooted by the other? By trusting the flexibility of the core and accepting the swaying winds?

    • Natalie says:

      Chris, This is a great reminder. We can get hooked into others un-groundedness easily as drama has a way of magnatizing the naturally caring or co-dependent person. But unless the person living at the eye of the hurricane is interested or willing to change the reality is that were more likely to get sucked in than help pull them out. thanks for your thoughts!

  • roger paul says:

    After 70 years of walking about Mother Earth I make real everyday the experience of wonder that comes with being above ground, knowing that the ultimate grounding is not far off. Here are a couple of more thoughts:

    I sit within my mind and watch
    The rapid flowing of other thoughts

    Take five
    Be still
    Be quiet
    Shut up

    Stop the rush
    Slow down
    Let go
    Don’t grasp

    Breathe deeply

    Now grounded
    Let live


    sit in the stream of oneness
    listen to the stillness of nothing
    i am
    filled with the wonder of emptiness

  • Sandy Paul says:

    When I read your title, “Are You Grounded?,” it brought to my mind this scripture from the letter to the Ephesians: “And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love;and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last you will be filled up with God himself.”
    (Eph. 3:17-19) That’s what grounds me – God’s deep, unconditional love – and I find my roots going deeper every day into that rich soil.
    Blessings to you, Natalie

  • fionamaguire says:

    Hi Natalie and Chris
    Thank you all for your comments. For me grounding and being centered are different, closely related and different. They are both about energy however for me start in different places. One often leads to the other. Grounding is as Natalie has described it and comes from the ground into the body. Being centered for me is being in touch with your core – energetic centre line of your body and your purpose and values.

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