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Grounding, Your Way

By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki

Grounding yourself with tree roots into the earth.
Grounding yourself with tree roots into the earth.

I recently had a question from a student about grounding.  The normal tree roots and cords from her root chakra connected to the center core of the earth, didn’t work for her and I have to confess, it never worked for me either.

Grounding Challenged

Grounding has been a consistent challenge for me for many years and I have found a similar theme with many of my students and clients.  I found I was trying to ground in the way other people said to, not in a way that worked for me.  Grounding to Mother Earth doesn’t feel safe and stable to many people, it feels the exact opposite; unsafe, stressful and chaotic.  Many of us have had traumatic and/or abusive past or present lives, making life on Earth seem unsafe.

Star People

Also, some of us are originally from other planets, and are not used to the heavier energy here on Earth.  People who originally incarnated on other planetary systems before earth are sometimes called ‘Star People.’  Earth does not always feel like home to these souls, making it more of a challenge to be here.  It often feels stressful and dangerous to be on this planet even though we don’t have conscious memories of our home planets.  We do however, have subconscious memories that bleed through from time to time.  However, Star People are here in masses, to help the evolution of Mother Earth and to help us on this planet to move forward spiritually in a big way, quickly.

So how does one ground when they have these feelings about grounding?  Easy, anyway you want.  Any way that feels good and makes sense to YOU!

GroundingTreeAroundMotherEarthWhat is Grounding?

I feel it helps a bit to understand why we ground in the first place.  We ground to feel in the moment, centered and focused.  We ground as a way of being focused on something outside of ourselves, a distraction lets say from the turmoil and emotions going on within.  By being focused on an outside aspect of the world, whether it be in our minds visual or a visual in front of our eyes physically, it gets us to a more centered and stable place where we do not judge or allow our emotions to run away with us, a safe and stable place, so to speak.

Spiritually, many believe in grounding to the core of Mother Earth to bring up the earth energy into our bodies to help us feel more grounded, to heal and for other spiritual help.  I too believe in the beauty and power of Mother Earth and believe it is important to work with her energy in this way.  However, it was not possible for me at first and it is fine if it is not possible for you too.  There are other ways in the beginning until you feel safe enough.  When you are ready, then it’s the perfect time to invite the Divine Earth energy to merge with your energy and feel safe and confident about it.

Reiki Guides You to Your Grounding

You can google ‘grounding’ or ‘grounding to Mother Earth’ and read a bunch of meditations and suggestions on how to ground.  That is probably how you found this post.  I suggest after you read my ideas and try them, you then do some more research until you find one that works best for you.  Try the ones that feel right and you will be successful.  It takes time and determination but it is so worth it once you find a way that works for you.  At the same time as doing this research and practice don’t forget that your Reiki is a great guide to helping you ground.  Run Reiki before you meditate or visualize any grounding. Your Reiki guides will be there with you, helping, guiding and giving suggestions that will work best for you.  Listen and trust what they tell you and you will easily find a way that is all yours.

Reiki Heals Your Grounding Issues

Work with your Reiki to heal your issues with Mother Earth.
Work with your Reiki to heal your issues with Mother Earth.

While you are going through this process, you also want to heal the aspects of you that are making it difficult to ground to Mother Earth.  You may or may not know what these are.  It doesn’t matter.  Do your Reiki daily self-treatment with the intention of healing the blockages keeping you from feeling safe on the earth and keeping you from grounding. In your time the Reiki will help you heal.  Turn to Reiki for any and all issues like this and you will slowly but surly heal yourself.  It is very empowering.

Here are the tips I give in class to help my students.

How to Ground For You

Run your Reiki and always call on Divine Source to send you the Highest and most Sacred Order of Reiki Guides to help with any spiritual process before you start.   These are tips, suggestions to help, make them yours.  Make them FEEL right to you.

  • There is no ‘wrong’ when it comes to grounding, so don’t worry.  What feels right to you is what is best for you.  As long as you feel centered, stable and in the moment, you are grounded.  The other ways to ground will come in time, be happy with what works for you today.
  • Ground to Divine Source – You do not have to ground to the GroundingLightThroughtheBodycenter of the earth as many meditations lead you to do.  If this does not feel right to you then don’t do it.  Ground to your Divine Source first and foremost.  I do this anyway, every time.   I connect to my Divine Creator with visualization and intention.  You can do this many different ways.  I start with visualizing the beautiful Love and Light of Divine coming down from above: a cloud, the sun, a rainbow, the heavens, the stars or some other place that makes sense to you.  Or you can imagine the Divine Light as part of you, IN YOU, because we are all one with our Divine creator the energy is already within us.  Imagine this Light in you or coming into your crown chakra and filling you up head to toe with Divine Light.  Focusing on your heart center being filled and glowing first and expanding out from there.  Then imagine it filling all your chakras, each and every cell in your body.
  • Find what you love about Mother Earth and ground to that.  Visualize and imagine what it is that you truly LOVE and admire about Mother Earth; the crystals, the volcanoes, plants, water, mountains, etc.  Feel emotion about that part of earth that you LOVE.  This will help you ground.  This will help you find what you feel closest to about the earth and safest with as well.  Whether it’s mist, fog, dirt, forest, rivers, mountains, trees, metals,
    I love the mist and work with it's essence in many of my visualizations.  See if this works for you.
    I love mist and fog, and work with its essence in many of my visualizations. See if this works for you.

    picturesque views, etc.  As with any visualization the more FEELING and visualizing you put into this part the more connected and grounded you will feel.  Intention, intention, intention!

  • Ground to the beauty of the earth – If you still feel you need to ground to Mother Earth, want to get closer to doing so or want to desensitize yourself over time to this fear you have, or you just want to practice this in some way, try grounding to the beauty that earth has to offer.  I have become aware of and been told by spirit guides that earth is one of the most beautiful planets with the most distinction in topography and color that there is.  So, many of us who incarnated on other planets first, Star People, find it stressful to be ON the earth, however, at the same time, we truly enjoy the beauty that the earth has to offer us.  This technique GroundingBeachworks well for Star People who have difficulty grounding.  (Close your eyes and imagine the most beautiful places you’ve seen on earth, either in photos, movies or in person.  Let’s say you are drawn to the beaches; imagine the beaches, palm trees, monkeys in the trees, sea shells, sand, crystal blue water, etc.  Get really into it.  If you are into forests,  then visualize trees, waterfalls, lakes and rivers, mushrooms, lichens, eagles and more.  Again, put a lot of detailed visualization into this, and a lot of emotion.  The more emotion you put into your visualizations the more grounded you will become and STAY grounded throughout the day.)
  • Imagine you attaching to the earth with your grounding cords just like these ropes are attached to the balloon.
    Imagine you attaching to the earth with your grounding cords just like these ropes are attached to the balloon.

    Ground to something that is already IN the earth or to the outside of the earth itself – If these other visualizations don’t work, get creative!  Ground to the trees on the earth, or a tent stake (thank you to my students for these great ideas), ground to the earth like tethered to a hot air balloon.  Try wrapping your grounding cords around the earth rather than going into it.  Imagine a hot air balloon of the olden days with ropes tied around it.  Imagine your grounding cords wrapped around the earth in much the same way but upside down.  This way you are connected to the earth but don’t have to go into the earth.  Again, there is no wrong, get creative and listen to your Highest Guidance as to what is right for you.

  • Breathe deeply and slowly from your Hara (Sacral Chakra).
  • Other ways to ground– exercise, picking and eating foods right
    Exercise is a great way for some people to ground and get out of their emotions and into their physical body.
    Exercise is a great way for some people to ground and get out of their emotions and into their physical body.

    from the earth, playing or listening to certain music (I find drumming very grounding for me),  holding crystals, hugging trees, walking on the earth, laying on the grass (called Earthing), saying kind and loving things to yourself out loud, focusing on your present environment (such as; the walls are blue, this chair is hard, the day outside is cloudy, the carpet is soft, etc.), the body scan is a great physical way to ground, and one of my all time favorites, taking a Reiki bath with Epsom Salts.  I’m sure there are many more that you will find during your search.  Feel free to post them here if you like to help others who are reading.

Again, these are just a few ways, I can only guide and suggest, it is up to you to do the work.  Never lose faith in Divine’s guidance, keep moving forward and you will succeed.  I have faith in you as a brilliant soul of our Divine Mother and Father.

Blessings to you all, thank you for reading and commenting with love,

Josslyn

rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829

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Throat Chakra/Thyroid Healing

By Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki

“I have hope, I feel elated and full of light.”

In general I believe in cleansing and healing daily ALL chakras to keep them clear and balanced.  But, quite often through our healing journey we find that we are working a bit harder on a particular chakra at that time in our lives.  Do not ignore the other major chakras, but it’s good to give a little extra attention to those chakras that you are feeling very strongly need your help.

Throat Chakra Indications

It usually happens quite naturally, as you will notice that all of a sudden BLUE is now your favorite color for clothes, jewelry, game playing pieces and such, when usually you’re a green person.  This is a good sign that you are clearing issues with your throat chakra.  You will also find that you all of a sudden are being challenged with communication issues, verbally, mentally, emotionally and even electronically.  The Universe will offer you great learning opportunities for working through your throat chakra issues, like relationships that need talking through, clearer communication at work or sore throats for a whole season or even for years of seasons.  Another is, when you all of  a sudden find out that you have a physical illness in a particular area of a chakra, such as the thyroid.  A thyroid disorder is a clear indication of throat chakra issues that have been going on for a long time without resolve.  Maybe you are healing lifetimes of issues.  Time to heal those for good.  If you have become aware of them, then THIS is the time for you to heal them.  You are now awake to these issues, you cannot ignore them anymore.

How to Heal Your Throat Chakra Issues

Tip: Run Reiki with and before any healing modality to surround yourself with the power, protection and support of the Reiki healing energy.  Healing comes in many varieties and Reiki can aid you in all of them.

Lapis heart to love and heal the throat chakra. Lovely.
  • Run Reiki on your throat chakra daily, or twice daily if you have the time.  (Giving this area special attention and INTENTION will help to focus the healing and thus make it stronger and faster.)
  • Journal, blog, write poetry or song.  (Writing is a form of creative communication and can be extremely healing for your throat chakra.)
  • Sit in meditation and visualize stunning clear blue light cleaning, healing and balancing your throat chakra.
  • Wear blue stones to help heal the area.  Choose one YOU are drawn to.  (Throat Chakra stones fairly easy to find: Lapis Lazuli, aquamarine, turquoise, sodalite, blue lace agate, blue kyanite, blue calcite, chrysocolla, amazonite, blue argonite, tanzanite, larimar, hemimorphite, blue halite, celestial aura quartz, blue tourmaline.)
  • Repeat an affirmation that makes sense to YOU and feels right to YOU. Here is the one I use “I have hope, I feel elated and full of light.”
  • Use special essential oils prepared for your throat chakra. (Such as: frankincense, rose, jasmine, rosewood, elemi, sandalwood, neroli and ylang ylang)
Listen to your body and your guides. Face your communication fears and before you know it you’ll have a very happy Blue Throat Chakra!
  • Pray and heal with Divine Source and your spirit guides.  (Ask Divine Source to send you the Highest Spiritual Order of throat chakra healing Masters to help you and give you guidance as to how to heal you.  Then listen. Listening is the hard part.)
  • Play with your nature spirits. (Place a plant next to your bed at night and ask Divine Source to send healing fairies to help heal your throat chakra.  When you ask, they will come. )
  • Listen to your body.  Most of all, listen to your body and when those learning situations come up in life, don’t back down, use them as an opportunity to expand and heal yourself.  Face your fears.  Soon enough you will move onto another color and another chakra, one at a time.  That’s how it’s done.

In Love and Light,

Josslyn Streett

rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829

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Healing with Gemstones – Kyanite Part 2

In Healing with Gemstones – Kyanite Part 1 I told you all the ways I use Kyanite to cleanse jewelry, spaces and other stones.  But, Kyanite has a whole lot of benefits as a healing stone as well.  Melody of  “Love is in the Earth”  says “The energy of kyanite is unlimited in application, making it one of the very best attunement stones.”

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Kyanite is one of the great All chakra healing stones.  It’s good on any of the chakras, placed all around the body and on as well.  The healing properties of kyanite are plentiful so I’ll break them down by category.

Use kyanite by holding in each hand during meditation, wear it on the body as jewelry or lay it on the body as in “laying on of stones.”  Using intention with stones always makes the healing stronger.  For instance, if your goal is to heal an issue you’ve been having with a friend, you may hold the intention in your mind that the kyanite will aid you during your meditation in seeing the truth in the whole situation.

Here are some more ways to work with kyanite.

Kyanite pendent, wear to keep your chakras balanced and aligned at all times.
photo by www.josslynstreett.com please link 

Kyanite for spiritual healing:

  • Aligns and balances all chakras automatically and IMMEDIATELY.
  • With intention by the user kyanite can also align all the subtle bodies simultaneously; emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual, ethereal and astral.
  • Calming effect to the whole being
  • Stimulates psychic awareness and abilities on all levels.
  • Calmly facilitates meditation
  • Helps one in astral travel
  • Helps one in connection to their spirit guides.
  • Promotes dream recall and dream solving.
  • Balances yin and yang energies.
  • Dispels energy blockages
  • Aids in one’s transition through death into the spiritual realm.
  • Assists one in detaching from the idea of blind fate.  Shows how the part played by the self in creating causes and the measures required to balance the past.
  • Facilitates in the ascension process by drawing the light body down into the physical realm and connecting the higher mind to the highest frequencies.
Black kyanite from Africa.
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  • Black kyanite spiritually grounds the body, especially when using black kyanite with blue kyanite.  Together they align and ground spontaneously and immediately.
Kyanite for emotional healing:
  • Helps to instill compassion
  • Calming
  • Induces one to persevere in activities and situations which would generally reduce one’s strength. Kyanite provides a gentle yet stimulating energy and supports one in the continuation of projects.
  • Dispels confusion from emotional, mental and spiritual issues.
Kyanite for psychological healing:
  • Encourages one to speak their truth, cutting through fears and blockages.
  • Opens throat chakra, encouraging self-expression and communication.
  • Aids in cutting through ignorance.
  • Opens one to spiritual and psychological truth.
  • Slices through confusion and dispels blockages, illusion, anger, frustration and stress.
  • Stimulates the higher mind, increases the capacity for linear and logical through.
Kyanite for physical healing:
  • Treats muscular disorder
  • Fever
  • urogenital system
  • Thyroid/parathyroids/throat issues (especially blue kyanite)
  • Adrenal glands
  • Brain, supports the cerebellum and the motor responses of the body
  • Natural pain reliever
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Heals infections
  • Helps to release excess weight
  • Helps restore Ki (life force energy) to the physical body and it’s organs.
Kyanite bracelets are great for energy healers to wear, helps keep the energy around their hands cleansed.
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Stone for Healers – From all the spiritual healing uses one can see what a strong stone kyanite is for healers, people who meditate and people wanting to move forward on their spiritual path.  However, kyanite, being mostly common in the blue form is also excellent for all pursuits generating from the throat chakra, such as for strengthening ones voice for public speaking, teaching or performing.  
I hope this inspires some of you to get some kyanite and play with it in your daily life.  Please email or comment if you have any questions on exactly how to work with kyanite in your own life.

Thank you to Jade ElizabethMelody’s “Love is in the Earth,” and Judy Hall’s “The Crystal Bible.”

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Healing with Gemstones – Kyanite Part 1

Clearing with Kyanite

This is the first blog I’ve written about gemstones. I’ll be writing about using stones and crystals to heal yourself and others.  I’ve decided to start with gemstones that work well for all seven chakras and the one dearest to my heart, Kyanite.  Kyanite comes mainly from Brazil but I also have some that came from Africa.  The most common color I’ve seen is the blue-white but it also comes in pink, green, yellow, gray, orange and black.  I currently use blue, green, orange and black.   The appearance of kyanite is a striated, bladed crystal that can at times be transparent or opaque and pearlized.  To me it looks like a mica formation and in raw form is just as delicate as a mica type formation.

The large piece of kyanite I keep under my Reiki table. It keeps most of the room clear of old energies that are no longer helpful.
Photo by Josslyn please link if used wwwjosslynstreett.com 

It’s amazing to me when I talk to people about kyanite, no one seems to know what it is.  Even store owners do not always know what they have when they have a piece of kyanite up for sale.  I was in a toy store on Whidby Island shopping with my family and they had a rocks and gems section for kids.  I, of course, headed right for it.  I found a nice sized piece of kyanite sitting there with medium-sized chunks of rose quartz and sodalite and some other more commonly found rocks.  I got a $30 piece of kyanite for $11 because they had no idea what a great stone they had there.  Well, one conversation with me about stones and you will know what kyanite is and how to use it.  My clients know how passionate I am about this particular gem of the earth.

As a healer, kyanite is one of the “must have” stones in my opinion.  Kyanite doesn’t need clearing or cleansing like other stones.  But, I like to clean and clear it now and again to show my kyanite love and appreciation and to infuse intention with the energy I work with it in.  Over time, stones pick up energies from our bodies, our surroundings, our computers, electromagnetic energy, etc.  They can get clogged and need to be cleaned.  If they do not get cleared regularly they will stop being able to heal because they get so trapped in the murky energy, similar to a city covered in smog. They are doing their job by clearing and healing our energies, we need to do our job and keep them clean. (I’ll go into how to clean them, other than with kyanite, in another blog.)   It does not accumulate or retain any negative energy.

If you think like a healer, then you can think of all sorts of ways to use this stone.  But, I’ll help you out a bit here:

Place jewelry near and around BUT NOT ON Kyanite. Kyanite is very delicate and can easily break off.
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Jewelry – I have kyanite placed by my jewelry to help keep my rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces all clean of energy so when I go to wear them again, they are fresh of all energies they may have picked up from me the last time I wore them. If, for instance, I had a bad day the last time I wore a fluorite necklace, it may retain that energy for me by clearing it away from my energy field and keeping it in its own energy field.  Kyanite is one of the easiest ways to clear the energy fields of all stones.  It’s safe for all stones.  Just place the jewelry or stone near the kyanite while you sleep and wake up to wear it fresh and ready to help you another day.

Clearing jewelry you wear – I wear gemstones for healing all the time.  I hang them from a long chain that no one else sees but they are doing their job on my body.  I keep a kyanite hanging with them on the chain at all times so they are continually being cleared and healing my energies at their maximum ability.

Clearing a room – Place a large piece of kyanite in the middle of a room, under a table or in a safe place where it won’t be knocked around.  A big enough piece of kyanite can keep a small to medium room clear of lower energies.  I keep a large piece of kyanite under my Reiki table at all times to help draw energy from my client as they are releasing it.  The Reiki helps with this as well, but I like to have at least three ways of cleansing, that’s just me: one of spiritual energy, one of the earth and another one I chose, such as music or herbs.

Clearing a body – I use my intuition in placing stones on a body, but with kyanite, I make sure I have at least seven good size pieces to place around my clients body and sometimes in their hands if it feels right.  This, like the kyanite under the table (In case you can’t afford a huge piece which can be rather pricy) will attract the energies leaving the client, cleanse them for you and dissipate them to the higher vibrations.  I do other cleansing at the end of a session but this is one of the ways I use to help in that process.

Clearing other stones – I have other pieces of kyanite that I place near stones in my home or near the stones that I am done with after a healing until I can incense them or Reiki them.  I just move the pieces of kyanite around from time to time to sit near the stones I want cleared.

Top green kyanite, middle African kyanite, bottom polished kyanite transparent
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Clearing electromagnetic energy – When placing stones near ones computer to help clear away the electromagnetic smog,  (A subtle but detectable electromagnetic field that can have an adverse effect on sensitive people.  The smog is given off by electrical power lines and items such as computers, cell phones and TV’s.) it is quite simple to then place a kyanite with it to help cleanse the smog off of the other stone.  I gave my husband a nice sized smokey quartz and a medium piece of kyanite to put by his computer at work since he’s on it all day.  He’s not particularly sensitive like I am, but it can’t hurt, they look nice and they bring a bit of the earth inside to the office.

Healing – I’ll go into the healing properties of kyanite in part 2 because they are plentiful.

Can YOU think of something in your home you could cleanse with kyanite?  Comment if you can think of something to use kyanite on.

Thank you to Jade Elizabeth, Melody’s “Love is in the Earth,” and Judy Hall’s “The Crystal Bible.”