Editor’s Note | Alexis Brooks
I’ve been somewhat familiar with the term “grounding,” also known as “earthing” for some time. In fact I’ve for many years felt an instinctive pull to connect with the earth – a natural calling I suppose.
I had recently been musing with a mutual colleague about the emotional, spiritual, and even physical healing benefits of nature. And I know first-hand, they do work. This planet is replete with abilities to heal us humans. After all “it” is conscious – alive – and all too willing to be of assistance to us – but with one caveat: that we respect and engage her. Work with her. Listen to her and, well, connect with her. And that’s what a term, now popularized: earthing is all about. Here’s a quote from my oft’ quoted friend and colleague PMH Atwater about the importance of making the earth-human connection. She says, “If [you] have a problem, head outside to the dirt. There is nothing like soil. Stand in the dirt. If you take your shoes and socks off and let that dirt squiggle through your toes…especially if it’s mud, the earth will pull negativity from you! That’s one of the jobs of earth.”
I’ve also recommended this process or variations of same to clients whom I consult with about popping open their intuitive channel. I say, “Before you can create a pathway for intuitive messages to come through, you must – absolutely must rid yourself of the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual debris that’s likely built up in and around your body. Give it to the earth. Let her draw it from you. My sense is that she is more than willing to do so.”
That said, if you want to learn more about the what and why of earthing, here’s a great little primer to get you started. Once you read it – weather permitting of course, get yourself outside, remove the shoes and just stand there in the grass, the dirt, the mud – whatever natural terrain presents itself to you and start letting go of what you don’t need. Mother Nature is fully capable and willing to take it from there!
Earthing: The Most Important Health Discover Ever!
By Steven Bancarz | Spirit Science and Metaphysics
Health is kind of trending right now in our culture. People are becoming more concerned about what is in the foods they eat and the medications they take. People go to great lengths to try to improve the health of their bodies, which is why health and wellness has become a multi-billion dollar industry. We all want to be healthier individuals, especially when it takes very little effort to do so. Scientists have recently discovered the amazing health benefits of “earthing”, and some are even calling it the most important health discovery in modern times. It takes absolutely no effort, and it’s absolutely free.
So what is earthing? “Earthing”, also known as grounding, simply means to physically reconnect with the earth. Walking barefoot, laying in the grass, and hugging a tree are all examples of earthing, and these practices have been gaining significant attention in the medical community due to its surprising influence on biological health and its simple application. People who like spending time in nature around trees and laying in the grass sometime get called names like “treehuggers” and “hippies”, but nobody really considers the fact that they are receiving medicinal benefits every time they do this.
It turns out that walking barefoot in the grass can prevent and even cure disease, amongst a whole host of other health benefits that we will look at. So how exactly does this work? The key is the transference of electrons on the surface of the earth into the skin.
“Direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth. Modern lifestyle separates humans from such contact. The research suggests that this disconnect may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and unwellness. Reconnection with the Earth’s electrons has been found to promote intriguing physiological changes and subjective reports of well-being. Earthing (or grounding) refers to the discovery of benefits—including better sleep and reduced pain—from walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems that transfer the Earth’s electrons from the ground into the body.”
The abundance of electrons causes improved sleep, reduced pain, and lowered stress levels for example (1). Here is a list of 5 major health benefits of earthing:
1) Improves The Health Of Your Heart
Grounding appears to be one of the simplest and yet most profound interventions for helping reduce cardiovascular risk and cardiovascular events by lowering red blood cell aggregation and reducing blood clumping. As stated in the original peer-reviewed journal article, “Grounding increases the surface charge on RBCs and thereby reduces blood viscosity”. 25% of all deaths in America are due to heart disease. Walking on the grass barefoot and spending time against the earth can actually help protect you against the world’s number one killer of cardiovascular disease.
2) Improves Muscle Health
You know how your muscles get sore a day or two after exercising? Ground appears to be the first intervention with the potential to reduce the time of recovery and improve muscle function from a state of muscle soreness. As the study study concludes, “Grounding the body to the earth alters measures of immune system activity and pain. Since this is the first intervention that appears to speed recovery from delayed onset muscle soreness, the pilot provides a basis for a larger study.”
It turns out that earthing actually impacts both the objective and subjective experience of muscle pain, and is a great way to provide relief and aid in the repair of tissue damage.
3) Prevents Disease From Occurring
Blood oxygenation, respiratory rate, and pulse rate are all stabilized by grounding as well. These all play crucial roles in disease prevention. Researcher Dr. Gaetan Chevalier concluded “This could be an important result that can lead to methods for improving people’s health naturally and to cut health care costs by preventing a host of problems and diseases related to stress”. We all know how corrosive stress can be, and how damaging it can be to our bodies. The next time you feel stress, try hugging a tree or standing in the grass.
Read the full article here.