Why are humans so disconnected from Earth?
As human beings, we have an ancestral connection to the Earth. We used to walk barefoot or with leather shoes. With our tribe, we had to travel far and wide in search of food or shelter and often had to sleep outdoors.
In our civilised modern lives, we are now completely disconnected from the Earth’s subtle energy. We wear rubber-soled shoes, we live most of our days indoors rarely going outside, we sleep far above the ground, and often work in high rises, further insulating us from the electrical contact with the earth. We no longer receive earth’s built-in energy and signals, and this disconnection may well be a major contributing factor in our chronic illness, pain and dysfunction epidemic.
What is earthing or grounding?
Earthing is as simple as walking barefoot, sitting or standing for half an hour, on grass, soil, sand or concrete (wood, asphalt or vinyl are not conductive). If this is not an option in your busy life, various grounding accessories are available that enable you to connect with the Earth, such as whilst sleeping, sitting at a computer or in your living room. These are simple conductive systems in the form of sheets, mats, wrist or ankle bands, adhesive patches and footwear that can be used inside the home or office. These accessories are connected to the Earth via a cord inserted into a grounded wall outlet or attached to a ground rod placed in the soil outside. For the footwear applications, a conductive plug is positioned in the shoe sole at the ball of the foot, under the metatarsals, at the acupuncture point known as Kidney 1.
“When I am grounded I am resetting my entire biological clock so that it is in harmony with universal, cosmic rhythms and that is the basis of healing.”
− Deepak Chopra, M.D.
What are earthing benefits?
In recent years, researchers are increasingly saying that all major chronic diseases including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and cancer are triggered by inflammation.
Earthing studies, using sophisticated laser and thermal imaging, have also demonstrated how grounding, even for just an hour, improves blood flow to the face. Earthing appears to extinguish the flames through the transfer of negatively-charged electrons from the surface of the Earth into the body (where they neutralize positively-charged destructive free radicals involved in chronic inflammation). The Earth’s energy makes the ground beneath our feet an extremely effective and abundant antioxidant!
Here’s a list of some common benefits:
- Reduces/eliminates chronic inflammation.
- Reduces/eliminates pain.
- Improves your sleep.
- Improves blood flow to nourish your entire body by aiding in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues in your body.
- Improves your vitality. You look and feel better.
- Decreases stress in the body.
- Reduces hormonal and menstrual symptoms.
- Reduces muscle tension and headaches.
- Accelerates healing from trauma, injuries, and sports/exercise activity.
- Protects the body against possibly health-disturbing electromagnetic fields (EMFs).
Research has shown that, for example taking group nature walks, is linked to lower depression, less stress and better mental health and well-being. Other research has shown that spending long stretches of time in the woods, also called “forest bathing” – can boost the immune system. Grounding can also encourage mindfulness and deep breathing.
How to ground yourself to earth?
- Stand barefoot on grass, soil, sand or concrete for at least 30 mins. Start breathing deep and be aware of all the sensation that you are feeling, such as a slight tingling in your feet.
- Go for a walk in the forest.
- Lay on the grass or sand and feel the connection with the earth.
- Submerge yourself in the ocean, swim or simply stand there with your feet in the water.
- Use a grounding mat, while you are at work at your desk, at home or at the office
- Sleep on a grounding sheet.
- Whenever possible use earthing shoes.
How does all this really work?
Atmospheric electricity is always present. During fine weather the air above the surface of the Earth is positively charged, while the Earth’s surface charge is negative.
When the air above the ground warms up, it rises, cools down and forms a cloud. As the air continues to rise, the cloud becomes a thundercloud with its positive charge at the top and a negative charge at the bottom. Most lightning happens inside a cloud and sometimes the positive charge from the ground connects with the negative charge from the cloud and a spark of lightning strikes the earth. This global atmospheric electrical circuit constantly replenishes Earth’s surface with an endless supply of free electrons.
Then the magic really happens when we connect with the ground (walking barefoot, swimming, using a grounding mat, etc) as these free electrons start trickling through your body. The logical explanation for the anti-inflammatory effects is that grounding the body allows negatively charged antioxidant electrons from the Earth to enter the body and neutralize positively charged free radicals at sites of inflammation. Through this mechanism, every part of the body balances with the electrical potential of the Earth, therefore stabilizing the electrical environment of all organs, tissues, and cells.
This is a no brainer, just take your shoes off and walk or stand on the grass or sand, or go into the sea, and let the electrons do the rest. It’s free, relaxing and hugely beneficial to your health.
If you are far from nature, invest in some grounding equipment and enjoy the same benefits.
Like many millions of people around the world, I am now at home on coronavirus ( COVID 19 ) lockdown. But rest assured that when this is over, I will run to the beach and jump into the ocean to feel my connection with this beautiful blue planet and absorb all these free electrons into my body. Earthing & grounding are both on my list of habits, tricks, and practises, that will keep me happy, healthy and fulfilled until my 100th birthday.
Until then, take care my friends.