You may find that you start to feel a little disassociated and maybe even dissatisfied with everyday life. Maybe your head becomes full of everything you are learning and in the end you start to feel as if you are living in your head, maybe even becoming spaced out or 'away with the fairies'. What can happen so easily, is that the physical body gets neglected, forgotten about and in terms of chakras the upper chakras (spiritual - crown, 3rd eye centre and throat) are being fed and nourished while the lower ones (physical- solar plexus, sacral and root) are not.
This can affect any of us at any time no matter how experienced we are, as there is always the tendency to get so caught up with what we are doing we forget that it is important to balance the whole of our being the spiritual and the physical. So while all of this is quiet natural it is neither the most practical nor healthy way of living and can if continued cause ill health or other problems.
Our bodies are vital for without them there is nowhere for our spirit or soul to reside. If we do not care our bodies and nourish them then they can let us down often when we feel we need them most. We can take care of and nourish our bodies in many ways, for example through our diet or daily exercise, but if we are looking at how we do this while working with energy then one of the most important things that we can do is to remember to ground ourselves using Earth energy.
It is Earth energy that feeds and nourishes our physical bodies, keeps us grounded, in touch with our bodies and which helps us heal our physical self as we are healing and opening up spiritually.
So how do we ground ourselves? There is no one way that works for everyone so the best way is to experiment and find what works for you.
The following are some of the ways that I use myself and with my students. If you find it difficult to do these while you are reading you might like to get a friend to read them to you while you try them out or even record yourself in some way so you can listen and follow the steps.
Grounding Exercise 1
This is also a good way of connecting with the energy of the place you are in or maybe somewhere you are visiting. It can also help to do this to ground yourself if you are visiting somewhere at altitude e.g. parts of South America.
Continue this for a for as long as you wish and with every breath feel the Earth energy flowing up into your body, breathing the energy up into you as far as feels comfortable for you.
If you have drifted away bring your awareness back into your body again, you might need to wriggle your toes, or fingers and stretch a little
If you have received the Munay-Ki Rite, the Bands of Power then don't forget that you can use the black band of Earth to ground yourself. Just connect with the band, breathe into it and visualise it flowing down from your belly deep into the Earth. Remember also to feed this band when you are out walking in nature.
Click here for more information about the Munay-Ki Rites.
Drumming is the sound closest to our own heartbeat and in itself can be very healing. It can also be a great tool to ground you if you are feeling ungrounded.