Earth Energy Healing Exercises

By Val Silver

"Mother, hold this one."

These earth energy healing words were taught to me in an advanced therapeutic touch intensive. As someone who feels at peace when connected to the earth, this prayer resonated with me. To this day, I whisper this request to Mother Earth when centering myself or as part of offering healing to someone else. 

Three types of earth energy healing are:

  1. drawing energy up from the earth for ourselves or to help others, as in the request, "Mother, hold this one.".
  2. connecting, or grounding, to the earth through our body's electrical system. A stream of electrons comes into our bodies when we touch the ground or wet sand or a living tree with our bare hands or feet 
  3. offering healing energy to Mother Earth to bless her and thank her for all she does for us.

Four exercises for healing with earth energy 

The following energy exercises facilitate healing oneself with the energy of the earth. One exercise returns the favor by giving energy to Mother Earth. 

Feel Grounded 

Grounding helps you tap into the earth for healing. There are two types of grounding exercises. For earthing, you must be in direct contact with the earth or in contact with a conduit, such as an earthing mat or a tree. The other is a spiritual grounding or centering. Spiritual grounding can be achieved whether or not you are in direct contact with the earth.

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. Energy healers often do this exercise to center themselves before a session. Once you are familiar with the process, it only takes a few seconds to feel a shift. 

  1. Stand (or sit if you can't stand) naturally with your bare feet on moist earth, if possible. If you are wearing shoes or you are inside, do the same thing with the intention of connecting to the earth. Take a moment to notice how you feel. Do you feel like your head is heavier than the lower half of your body?  Test this by asking "Could someone easily push or pull me over? Would it be easy to move me from this spot?  If the answer to either question is yes, this is a good exercise for you. If not, try it anyway. What happens may surprise you.
  2. Now close your eyes and bring your attention to your feet. Imagine big strong roots growing down from your feet. Extend these roots deep into the earth to its core. 
  3. Imagine your energy extending down these roots. Feel the energy cord between you and the earth. Focus on the roots anchoring you to the core. This step is part of the body mind centering prayer. Once you are familiar with the process, it is the only step you need to do.
  4. Notice: How do you feel now? Would it be as easy to push or pull you over? Do you feel centered, connected and grounded?

Mindfulness-based stress reduction exercises also help you feel grounded.

Earth Energy Healing: Earthing 

The second uses earthing to connect to the earth's electrical system. It is grounding in the literal sense. 

Peer reviewed studies show that earthing has important benefits for health. It lowers blood viscosity because red blood cells repel each other instead of clumping together. Inflammation is reduced; the electrical rhythms of earth set our biological clocks.  

Just like the electrical system of your house, you ground your body's 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. 

In the days of 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 optimal health, grounding to the earth should be part of your daily life. Stay connected to the earth as much as possible, especially when ill. Experts suggest 30-minute sessions twice a day. This is how long it takes for the body to draw in the electrons it needs. 90-minute sessions are best. The only caution I've read 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.

Bring in Earth and Cosmic Energy 

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This earth energy healing exercise shows you how to draw energy up from the earth and down from the cosmos. Again, it is best to have your bare feet on the ground. If this is not possible, use your intention to connect.

  1. Start with the exercise above. 
  2. Visualize drawing up energy from your grounded feet into your heart center. You don't have to see it. Sense it, feel it, imagine it, intend it. Whatever works for you. Don't try to force the energy, that just restricts it. 
  3. Raise your hands, palms up. Visualize cosmic energy coming into your crown chakra and hand chakras (chakras are energy centers).  Bring it into your heart area. 
  4. Let the earth and cosmic energies mingle at the heart center. If you wish, you may ask the energy to flow to areas of need. Again, don't force. The intelligent energy will go where most needed.

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? 

Offer healing to Mother Earth

earth energy healing, elders offering healing to Mother 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. 

  1. Begin with the body mind centering prayer or other grounding technique.
  2. Take a moment to feel sincere, heart-felt gratitude for the healing earth.  
  3. Receive energy from the cosmos. Let it gather in your heart, then offer it to the earth through your hands with thanks and love.  If you cannot bend or if you connected with a tree, offer the energy to the tree. It will share with the earth through its grounded roots. 

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."

Earth energy healing page updated 11/2022

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For Educational Purposes Only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult with your health provider before using natural remedies and/or complementary therapies if you are pregnant, nursing, or you are being treated for a medical condition. Be aware that certain herbs and supplements interact with medications.

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