How To Stay Grounded All Year Round
Updated: Aug 22, 2022
What is being well grounded in energy terms and how do you achieve it when it's cold and wet outside?
There are many online articles on grounding to choose from, but none (that I've found) that look at it from the perspective of our energy anatomy and get to the nitty-gritty of what's actually going in our biofield. So, as an energy therapist, I offer you my take on grounding...
WHAT IS GROUNDING?
Grounding, also called earthing, are therapeutic practices that involve doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the Earth and Nature. Grounding is an essential part of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing all year around. But how do you stay grounded during winter? That's one of the questions I’ll answer in this blog along with a few others, like:
What does being ungrounded actually mean?
What does being ungrounded look like energetically in terms of your biofield?
What are the symptoms?
What causes you to become ungrounded, and how do you prevent it?
Let's start with looking how your energy anatomy works…
Introducing your Pole Stars
All living things have their own personal energy field, called the biofield, which has a negative and a positive polarity, just like a battery does. In traditional Chinese medicine these equal and opposite forces are known as Yin and Yang.
Our positive (Yang) pole is located above our head and is called the Soul Star (some call it the Sun Star). Our negative (Yin) pole is located below our feet and is called the Earth Star. A balanced and stable polarity in both the Earth Star and the Soul Star is essential for the flow of physical energy and subtle energy in our bodies.
The Role of the Earth Star
The Earth Star is an off-body chakra, or subtle energy portal, which energy moves in and out of. I perceive the Earth Star as being linked to an energetic umbilical cord with a two-way flow that connects us to Mother Earth, a lot like a baby is connected to its mother in the womb.
In a healthy and balanced system, the descending flow allows excess and non-beneficial energy to move from us to the Earth where it can be transformed and recycled. Conversely, the ascending flow allows the beneficial energy (which Mother Earth has transformed and recycled) to travel from her to us, which helps keep us in sync with her harmonising rhythms and provides us with the necessary energy we need to maintain homeostasis, which is the optimal state for a living organism to be in for a long and healthy life.
To me this umbilicus looks a lot like a huge DNA strand that comes up from the ground, runs the length of our body, joins up with the Soul Star above our heads and keeps on going out into the Universe.
The Earth Star also stores information relating to our physical body and its physical concerns (safety, security, etc.) and our finite journey through the physical realm.
The Role of the Soul Star
Like the Earth Star, the Soul Star is also an off-body chakra. It connects us to Universal energy and stores information relating to our soul and its journey through eternity and the non-physical realms.
WHAT DOES BEING UNGROUNDED ACTUALLY MEAN?
Being ungrounded means that our Earth Star and umbilical cord have become blocked and there is a lack of energy flow between us and Earth. Without this regular recharging, our battery goes flat.
A lack of connection to Earth also means that excess or non-beneficial energy has nowhere to go safely and can build up in our system, which can overload our circuits and cause burnout. It can also mean that our pole stars have shifted their positions, or reversed their polarity entirely. If you try and put a battery into a charger the wrong way around it won’t charge.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BEING UNGROUNDED?
We’re not just a physical body and being ungrounded is not just a physical issue. To help you understand how important grounding is for us humans on all levels, I've divided symptoms up into three main headings: physical, mental & emotional and spiritual.
Physical symptoms include:
Fatigue and low energy
Decreased libedo and sexual function
Inflammation in the body
Body aches and pains
Swelling in the legs, ankles and feet
Restless leg syndrome
Growths on the feet like warts or verrucas
Gut flora balance issues like candida overgrowth
Increased carbohydrate cravings
Skin rashes and dermatitis
Hormonal issues and disrupted menstrual rhythms
Sleep disturbances and reduced quality of sleep
Physical instability or loss of balance
Chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia
Mental and emotional symptoms include:
Feeling unsettled, anxious or stressed out
Low mood, mood swings and depression