Eco-magic Course:
Grounding and Shielding

Diary

Grounding

Adapted from Starhawk.

Grounding is a technique that can help us stay both alert and relaxed when chaos is surrounding us.

Grounding begins with the breath. Relax your stomach, let your breath drop down into your belly, into your toes as your belly expands. For some, this might be hard to do - it might seem unnatural. Put your hand on your belly, breathe so that your belly pushes your hand out.

Now, close your eyes. Imagine that breath pushing down through your feet, through the base of your spine, as if you were a tree pushing down roots. Let those roots go down through the floor, through the soil below. Imagine they can feel something of the quality of that earth, what it likes to grow, how healthy it is.

Now they're pushing down through the waters under the earth, down through the bedrock, reaching down into the Earth's fire deep below us.

If there's still any tension or fear, let that go into the fire and just burn away into pure energy. Now, imagine you can draw some of that fire up. Feel it as the Earth's living, creative energy, and bring it up through the rock and the water and the soil. Bring it up into your legs and feet and the base of your spine.

Bring it up your spine and let your spine grow like a flexible tree trunk, reaching up to the sky. Bring some fire into your heart, into any place inside you that needs healing or extra energy. Bring that energy up through your arms and out your hands, and up through your neck and throat and out the top of your head like the branches that reach up to the sky and then spread around you and reach back down to touch the Earth. They create a protective filter around you.

Take a moment, look at that energy web; notice if there's any places that need to be repaired or strengthened. And notice how the energy in this room feels when you do this. Now, imagine the energy of the sun, shining down on your leaves and branches.

Breathe deep, draw that energy in. Breathe it down through your leaves and branches, down through your heart and your belly and your hands. Take it in, feed on it like a tree feeds on sunlight.

When you're grounded, when your energy is linked to the Earth energy, you can still move. Imagine your feet have sticky roots, which can sink into the Earth and then release when you move.

Can you find an image for this grounded state? A word or phrase you can say? When you use these three together, touch, image, and phrase, you create an anchor to help you ground quickly in any situation. Try it ­ use it. Now, relax.

Remember, the more you practice grounding, the more automatic it becomes. If you take even a few minutes a day to practice, you'll not only have better energy in your daily life, you'll be able to ground quickly and instantly when you're in a tense situation.


A grounding meditation

"Let us stop a moment and find our centres,
Feel the strength of the earth that supports us
Feel the freedom of the air that surrounds us
Make yourself the tree that connects them
Rooted in the earth, branches reaching for the sky
Wiggle your toes into the dirt
Dig down into the cool ground
Comb your fingers through the wind
Reach for the sun
You are a sacred part of the cycle of life."

Shielding

Your aura covers your entire body. It is your "early warning system". You can practice recognizing this and strengthening it by closing your eyes and having some try to touch you. Practice doing this until you can "feel" them before they actually touch you.

Most of the time a healthy aura is sufficient to protect you, but occasionally you might feel you want to strengthen it.

This isn't hard. Just visualize a "polarized" (like the sunglasses) egg shape all around you. This filters and reflects back any unwanted energy, but lets in all the nice stuff.

Or use the Egg of Light exercise.

Egg of Light

Relax and try to sense your aura. Now visualize your aura as an egg of light with the smaller end at the top, about 18" above the crown of your head. See the light as a pure, bright blue like a robin’s egg surrounding you. Become aware of a sphere of light at the top of the egg (about 18" above your head). Allow a golden, white light to fill the sphere, showering golden sparks down throughout your entire aura – cleansing it, burning away any blocks or negative energy, raising the vibration of your energy field. When your aura is cleansed, visualize the outer edges of the egg as bright blue, and smooth and strengthen any uneven or weak areas in the aura.

In the beginning, these visualizations might be somewhat vague, but with practice they'll become more powerful and brighter.

Practice this whenever you have a spare moment. Ideally, do this exercise twice a day, preferably upon awakening and before going to sleep.

Most people only need to 'turn on' their stronger shielding occasionally. However, some people find they are very empathic and easily affected by outside emotions or energies. If so, you may want to practice your shielding until you feel it's diamond hard.