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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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Learn by Experience,Don’t Get Dumped On!

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

Are You Getting Dumped On?

Times are tough.  The economy is down.  Jobs are hard to find and get.  People are busy with holiday shopping.  People are stressed.  That means that those of us who are sensitive, empathetic and compassionate are probably experiencing a lot of ups and downs as well, and some of them NOT EVEN OUR OWN!!

The Energy of Stress

When people are stressed, knowing it or not, they feel the tremendous need to rid themselves of that stressful energy.  Stress is energy too.  One way people dump on others is by finding a compassionate friend or stranger, like YOU, and dumping their energy with you.  You probably know what this feels and looks like.  A friend comes over or you run into them somewhere around town ‘unexpectedly’.  They talk and talk and talk about their problems.  They say good-bye and leave.  Suddenly YOU feel horrible, irritable, even angry.  They dumped their stressed energy on to YOU!  It’s that easy.  It quite often is not even someone you know, but maybe the person next to you in line at the post office or drug store.

It Can Happen Anytime, Anywhere

You don’t have to even know the person to have this happen.  If you are an overly compassionate person (Yes, I said OVERLY) then it makes you a target.  These ‘dumpers’ intuitively know how and who to dump their energy with.

Personal Experience

It used to be like a mine field for me to go out in public because I was unaware of this happening.  I’d go to the grocery store in a perfectly good mood, humming going about my business.  Then I’d wait in line next to someone I didn’t even know.  They would unconsciously dump their bad energy mood with me.  I’d take it in because I was so compassionate of a person, I wanted to HELP THEM.  Right!?  How many of you are HELPERS out there?  Yep, a lot of us.  By the time I’d walk to my car I’d be depressed, angry and ready to tear into someone.  I’d wonder, “Wow, where did this bad mood come from?  I felt fine when I went in to the store.”

Time to Change the Program

Use this HOW technique before going into a crowd every time.

This process could not happen at all if we did not allow it to.  Yes, that is right, I said WE are allowing it by being HELPFUL and OVERLY compassionate towards others.  As energetic beings it is not helping us or them for us to take this on.  But we do it because of our own personal and social programming.  Time to change our programming.  We are not helping others or ourselves by taking on their crap.  Period.  This is what we call, a lose/lose situation.  I will explain how to create a win/win situation for everyone involved.

THE HOW

How you may ask, do we do this?  (I love the HOW!  I’m all about the HOW!)

Kids love to work with the Oscar the Grouch visual. Teach them to send all the energy that needs healing from them or others into Oscar’s trash can. Then they can have Elmo or Big Bird with Divine’s help, fill them up with beautiful colors afterwards.

There are many ways to do this, but for a QUICK REIKI fix, here is what I do.  You can do this anywhere, anytime as often as you need to.  (O.k, NOT While driving, obviously, do not do this while operating any type of vehicle.)

In the beginning you may need to do this multiple times a day especially in stressful situations where you will be around a lot of people or in work situations where you help people, such as; therapists, healers, message therapists, etc.  The more helpful you are, the more sensitive you are to picking up other’s emotions, you’ll need to do this more in the beginning and at least once a day after that.  Whenever I’m going to be in a crowd of people I do this again, even if I did it in the morning before I left the house.  I do this before I leave the house or in the car before I get out, PARKED OF COURSE!.  In the winter time up here in the Pacific North West it’s cold.  So, while my car is warming up, I do this visualization to get me started and warmed up too.  Give it a try, it becomes easier the more you do it.

STEPS

I imagine one of these long shower drains all around me like a moat. I send all energy that is not mine or that I no longer need down into the earth through this drain to be healed and turned back into Love energy. The Earth can do this or the angels can take it to the Light to be transformed.
  1. Call on Divine first to surround yourself with Love and Light.  With Reiki you’d do this during your Gassho.
  2. Visualize this Love and Light as a beautiful protective and loving color.  I imagine the Reiki energy flowing from my body and surrounding me with Reiki colored Love.  Any color you love will work.  White is often recommended but I find white can often times be too powerful or more than you need for every day use.  I usually like a soft off-white, pretty pink, yellow or blue to surround myself with.  I love color!  You can get creative and think of this color as an invisibility cloak or some other creative covering that works for you.  Opal works great for this too.  Surrounding yourself with stones. Have fun with visualizations.   Make them your own, personal to you.  Trust YOUR intuition as to what color you need that day.
  3. Ground yourself to the Earth.  There are infinite ways to do this; be the tree growing into the earth, a cord with an anchor, a beam of light, etc.  Lately I’ve been connecting to the rocks, crystals and lava within the earth to help me be one with our Earth and therefore grounded and flexible.  (The more intention, the more visualization you put into this the more powerful the connection will be.)
  4. Create a place to send the energy that you do not want.  Creating the intention of a recycling source for the energy that others send to you and for any energy of your own that you want to be recycled will help you to NOT take on the energy into your personal field.  We do not need to be ‘weighed down’ with other’s energies, do we?!  (Good visualizations for this could be a shower drain, toilet, mushrooms, hole to the earth, crystal cave, trash can maybe with Oscar the Grouch, or any other plant or physical manifestation of something that will take the energy away to the earth to be healed. The intention of the energy being healed is important.)
  5. Reaffirm the THREE parts to this whenever you meet up with someone who is trying to dump on you.  (Receive them with love and remember they are not consciously doing this, they just need relief.  Divine, Ground and recycle and their energy gets healed, your energy doesn’t take on crap you don’t need and every one is happy.  They feel better, you still feel good and you have helped them without taking on their stuff.  WIN/WIN. I do this every time I leave the house and then reaffirm the shower drain or the mushrooms all around my feet, kind of like a moat of cleansing and recycling all around me as needed.)
  6. Last and very important is to REFILL yourself and others with beautiful Love and Light of the Divine after the ‘old’ energy has gone.  This will help you to feel lighter, happier and more confident the more you do it.  With this you can imagine a Divine ball of Love and Light or Reiki above the other person’s head flowing into their crown and all through their body filling them up.  Again, be creative and intuitive and do what feels right for you or them.
These beautiful red mushrooms make a great visualization for recycling the energies you no longer want or others try to ‘give’ to you. They give me a happy feeling just looking at them which can help with your overall intention of Love while working with difficult people.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms work as a great visualization for recycling energy, from other people or from yourself.  Imagine these beautiful red mushrooms surrounding you all around your feet at the bottom of your aura, inside and out.  All energy that is no longer helping us needs healing for whatever reason you choose.  Imagine it flowing down to the mushrooms.  They will, along with Mother Earth, cleanse, heal and return the energy completely recycled.  Again, you can do this for yourself or others.  When people are ‘dumping’ their problems on you by complaining, wining or arguing, you can imagine the energy flowing down to the mushrooms instead of at you.  Try it, it works.

Give this a try.  If you are sensitive to energy like me or tend to be a ‘helper’ or healer you will need this energy work daily.  I tell my clients, we take our trash out daily, why not our ‘trashy’ energy too!!

Feel free to contact me for help on learning how to take out the trash regularly and clearing any blockages you may have to following through with this technique.  I love to mentor new Light-workers!!

Love and Light to you,

Josslyn