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How grounding helps clients and healers


How grounding helps the client and the healer

Grounding offers numerous benefits for anyone enjoying Reiki healing or hypnotherapy, and in everyday life.

Grounding promotes relaxation and calmness, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the session and release built-up stress and anxiety. Additionally, it enhances emotional release, helping with the processing and release of suppressed emotions.

It stabilises the body's energy flow, reducing symptoms like dizziness, spaciness and fatigue. Overall, grounding improves well-being, reducing stress and anxiety, and making the healing experience more effective

What does being grounded feel like?

To be grounded is to be deeply and fully present. Someone who is grounded is truly here in

this moment. They are not preoccupied, distant, or split off from themselves and what is here right now, due to fear, or whatever mental or emotional chatter might take them away from the present. 

There’s often a sense of calm and balance with grounding. You’re less likely to be swayed by your emotions, and you can handle stress effectively. There’s a sense of being fully present and connected to your physical surroundings, with a clear mind and a balanced emotional state. There’s a strong connection with reality and the present moment, rather than being caught up in the past or worrying about the future. You are better able handle the ups and downs of life with flexibility and calmness.

Research has shown that grounding techniques reduce cortisol levels, an indicator of stress, and improve the mood. It can also improve your sleep and reduce chronic pain. Being present in the moment means you are more focused and observant.

One of the wonderful side effects of receiving Reiki or hypnotherapy is that over time you are likely to become calmer, more resilient and more grounded.

Reiki and hypnotherapy are deeply relaxing, like having a holiday without the stress of the travel, and most of my clients enjoy floating and drifting into the world of the imagination.  But I always make sure they are fully back and grounded after a session, rather than being ‘spaced out’, so they can operate effectively for the rest of the day.

Being grounded makes it so much easier to assimilate powerful healing energies into your everyday life as you are calmer and more centred.

Signs you may need to become grounded

There are a number of signs that show you may benefit from becoming more grounded. These include:

  • Physical symptoms such as dizziness, persistent tiredness, feeling restless and unable to relax.

  • Emotional indicators such as anxiety, nervousness, difficulty in controlling emotions, a sense of being detached from oneself or reality, often described as being “spaced out” or floating.

  • Mental signs, for example scattered thoughts, difficulty focusing, overthinking, feeling overwhelmed, excessively thinking about the past or worrying about the future, frequent forgetfulness or difficulty recalling information.

  • Behaviours like hyperactivity, difficulty settling down, frequent mood swings, procrastination, difficulty in making decisions.

Most of these symptoms are also symptoms of stress, and anxiety, and grounding will help you deal more effectively with both, improving your wellbeing and balance.

How can I become more grounded?

There are many simple ways to become more grounded and more present in the moment.

Focus on your breathing - There are many different breathing exercises that are beneficial. Perhaps the simplest is to focus on your breath, inhaling deeply and exhaling slowly, to centre yourself.

Exercise – exercise of any kind usually helps you to be more in your body, and more present in the moment. Techniques that promote body awareness, such as yoga, tai chi, or stretching, are especially helpful. These exercises bring attention to the physical body, foster a connection with the Earth and promote overall balance.

Connecting with nature - Spending time in nature, gardening or walking barefoot on grass, sand, or soil are all very grounding. Trees are especially good to help you ground. These activities connect you with the Earth's energy, promoting stability and balance.

Crystals - Some crystals, such as hematite, black tourmaline, obsidian and smoky quartz, are known for their grounding properties. You can carry these crystals or wear them as jewellery.

The 5-4-3-2-1 technique – This is a grounding method used to manage stress and anxiety. It involves identifying and focusing on 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste. It can be done anywhere and quickly brings your attention to the present, grounding you in your physical surroundings.

I like many other practitioners will suggest or teach simple grounding techniques if that’s appropriate.

How grounding helps Reiki practitioners be more effective

Every day as part of my work as a Reiki Healer I link into and channel spiritual energy.  The word Reiki literally means universal life energy and when we work with Reiki we are working with a spiritual healing energy from source.

But we also need to be grounded. Grounding helps Reiki practitioners become more effective channels for the Reiki energy. When a practitioner is grounded, they are more centred and balanced, allowing energy to flow freely through them and into the client. There’s research to show grounded energy healers have more stable and coherent energy fields, which enhances the flow and quality of energy during healing sessions.

There are also quite a number of clients who need grounding as part of the healing session and if we’re not grounded how can we help them?

Grounded practitioners are more present and focused during sessions, which enhances their intuitive abilities, and makes them more observant. This allows them to better sense where energy imbalances are and tailor their healing approach to the client’s specific needs.

The power symbol can help you become more grounded. Visualise and then activate it in your feet.

For me and many others it is essential to connect with the imagination and the spiritual world for inspiration and guidance. Without that connection my life would lack meaning, richness and purpose.  But while it is inspiring to connect with an uplifting vision it doesn’t bring it about or ‘earth’ it.

It is also essential to come back, to be here now, and to walk our path on earth. I believe that we choose to be born on earth to carry out a particular life purpose. And we can’t do that if we are forever ‘away with the fairies’ or escaping reality. Being ungrounded stops you from functioning effectively in the real world. It also means those inspiring visions don’t get implemented.

And for me if spirituality doesn’t help you live your life more effectively then what’s the point. Through the insights I’ve had from my spiritual practices I’ve created better relationships with colleagues, friends and family, it’s helped me find my purpose in life, and to be more effective with my clients.

It’s also helped me appreciate the simple pleasures of life even more, like walking along a beach, or the food I eat. Being grounded helps me pay attention to what’s happening now, in my body, in my mind and in the outside world.  So grounding, and the associated mindfulness, are key tools for personal growth and healing.




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