Updated: Apr 21
What is Grounding?
Grounding is when humans connect with the earth and benefit from the symbiotic exchange of vital energy between ourselves and the earth. It is also known as Earthing.
Why is Grounding so important for our health?
Did you know we are the most electric things on this planet? As with all things electric we need to be earthed and recharged. We do this through our natural and automatic symbiotic energetic exchange with Mother Earth.
In our hunter gatherer days our ancestors were barefoot on the earth, and therefore had an ongoing connection and exchange of energy with the earth. We were recharging continually.
When we started wearing shoes they had leather soles. As leather is a natural fibre we were still able to earth and recharge through the soles of our shoes.
Once we began wearing rubber soled shoes and sleeping in insulated environments, as most of us do today, we were no longer grounded and earthed. This is how we are today. Largely ungrounded and unearthed. Simply because of the shoes we wear and the environments we live in, we cannot benefit from the rich reservoir of free electrons which the earth delivers to us to balance and maintain harmony in our bodies, without consciously making an effort to do so.
Without being earthed and grounded we become like walking antennae, picking up and absorbing all the electromagnetic waves that now fill our homes and our planet. This has the effect of disrupting our cells and causing a myriad of health issues.
What can we do about this?
When we stand barefoot on the earth, or simply place our bare hands on something connected to the earth, like a tree or a plant, all our physical, emotional and geopathic stress can fall away into the earth. Simultaneously we exchange all this stress energy for the wonderful electrons our bodies vitally need from Mother Earth to rebalance and do what our bodies are designed to do, given the right support, which is to heal.
Given our Northern Hemisphere climate, standing barefoot on the earth year-round may not seem like a very inviting or practical idea, so scientists have come up with some 21st Century solutions, which I will detail below.
All houses are (or should be) earthed, so if you have natural floors, such as wood or stone, that is not heavily insulated between it and the earth, simply walking barefoot around your home is a good way to ground.
Getting out in nature as often as possible really helps to ground and earth us. When in nature, really breathing in the fresh air and filling our lungs is an effective way to release stress and connect with nature. But most importantly, your bare hands holding trees and resting on the grass, or immersing yourself in fresh or sea water are all most effective ways to ground.
There are also grounding and earthing products you can buy, such as grounding sheets for your bed and other such products. But it is important to be discerning about suppliers, as not all are genuine, and can be costly. We can't vouch for all grounding products on the market but we can definitely recommend Groundology.
The healing power of nature and the great outdoors cannot be underestimated. With the warmer weather and longer days ahead, now is the perfect time to try grounding, if you haven't done so before.