"Mother, hold this one."
These earth energy healing words were taught me in an advanced therapeutic touch intensive. As someone who feels at peace when connected to the earth, this prayer resonated with me. I whisper this request to Mother Earth when centering myself or as part of offering healing to someone else.
Earth energy healing is threefold. One type is energy we draw from the earth for ourselves or to help others. We also naturally connect or ground to the earth through our electrical system. In return for what the earth does for us, we can also offer healing energy to her from the cosmos.
Grounding helps us tap into the earth for healing. There are two types-the intent to connect to earth energy through the feet for healing ourselves and others and earthing to connect to the earth's electrical system.
Try this earth energy healing technique if you are feeling stressed, spaced out, anxious or have a headache. It is good for times when you are too much in your head or have built up too much energy. Once you are familiar with the process, it only takes a few seconds to feel a shift.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction exercises also help you ground.
This earth energy healing exercise shows you how to draw up energy from the earth.
Another way to do this is to lean against a tree (or put your hands on it) and receive healing energy from the tree. Ask the tree to share some of the energy it draws from the earth, as well as the energy it draws from the sun to help you heal.
Tip: Whether you are drawing energy directly from the earth, or from its crystals, plants or trees, have an attitude of receiving, not taking. Try this little experiment. Say, I take. Sense how that feels in your mind and body. Then say, I receive, and sense that. Very different, yes?
Just like the electrical system of your house, you ground your electrical system to the earth through your bare skin. When you stand with your feet on the earth or touch a living tree with your hands, you ground automatically. This is called earthing or grounding.
In the days before rubber-soled shoes and earthen floors, we were always connected to the earth through our bare feet or leather soled sandals. Earth energy healing was a natural, part of our lives. This kept the flow of healthy negative ions coming in and any build up of positive ions and its accompanying toxins flowing out.
For health, grounding needs to be part of your daily life. Stay grounded as much as possible, especially when ill. The only possible caution I am aware of is that if you are on blood thinners your blood may thin more. For the rest of us this is a good thing.
Do yourself a favor and let the healing earth take built-up static electricity and toxic gasses from your body. If bare ground or wet grass is unavailable, put your hands on a tree. Touch it with your bare skin, even with just one finger. You can also touch a metal pole secured in the earth or stand on unsealed concrete. If you can get into an ocean, even better. The wet sand combined with the minerals in the water and a rich quantity of negative ions are just what the body needs. Waterfalls and other moving bodies of water are also good.
For earthing indoors, specially designed grounding mats and bed sheets are available.
Use an earthing mat if you are touching plugged in electronics for long periods of time. Electronics pass a lot of voltage and positive ions into your body. When you are grounded, it will pass right through you into the earth.
Mother Earth feeds and shelters us, yet we abuse and neglect her terribly in return. Offer her healing energy, gratitude and love as a way of showing your appreciation. This is the other meaning of earth energy healing. You receive and you offer.
You cannot do earth energy healing wrong. Your intention is more important than your technique.
Have no worries that you will lose energy as you give to the earth. As long as you share this gift from a place of love, you always receive more than you give, even as you are giving it.
Here is my request of Mother Earth for your healing. Let the words sink in.
"Mother, hold this one."