One of the first things we learned how to do in energy work classes was to ground. And it was the way we started off all the other workshops I’ve taken in Reiki and shamanic studies. I always thought I had that down. But I’ve come to find out recently that there is always room to deepen the practice, add new facets and finesse to it and take it to the next level.
I’m taking a class right now in Energy Body Mastery with Christina Pratt, a brilliant shamanic practitioner in Portland. This is an online class, and honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect. But after reading her introductory email about the class, I was hooked. So far we are only in week 3 of the 7 week class, but her perspective on the energy body, grounding and boundaries has been very refreshing. Even though I have been studying energy medicine for the past 12 years, I am definitely benefiting going deep into her aspects on the subject. So this version of grounding she takes us to is augmented with Chi Gong practice which really integrates the body and energy awarenesses. I have practiced Chi Gong and Tai Chi in the past but it’s been at least 20 years ago. Practicing it again after all this time and combining it with the energy tools from Christina and my own deep toolbox has been a lot of fun.
And it made me realize that sometimes when I thought I was grounded I wasn’t, and that it is possible to be over-grounded. So if you have the basic tool of grounding in your toolbox, take it out and give it a good lookover and a polish. Discern if you are really feeling that solid energy connection to the earth, or if you are just going through the motions.
Some things to ponder…
When you think of being grounded, where do you feel it in your body? Do you feel a solidness in your belly, or do your legs feel heavy, or do you feel it somewhere else?
Are there images that come to mind, and if so are they ones that you have learned from someone else or from a spirit-teacher?
Do you feel balanced?
Is there a reciprocity going on with you and with Mother Earth and Father Sky?
Is there anything that you could add to it to take it to the next level?
In these intense times, being grounded is more important than ever, and it is essential to do on a daily basis to take care of yourself. So make like a tree and root.
Photo credit: Linda Guinter (dear friend and fellow redwood explorer)
The forest and rivers have been calling with their energies of renewal and abundance. The rivers are rushing high and fast from late winter rains, urging us to shake off the winter hibernation and get moving. The leaflets and blossoms are popping on trees, and wildflowers are starting to bloom in rotation. I’ve been feeling the call to be outside, getting in a hike every weekend. Last weekend I was called to McDonald forest. It is managed for recreation with plenty of hiking trails, and also for logging by Oregon State University’s school of Forestry. I came across a patch of forest that had been marked for logging. The ones to be cut were marked with pink paint and flagging tape. I stood awhile in their midst, just being with them, acknowledging their lives, their gift and their Spirits. I was called to leave packets of MariEL energy for whatever was needed in the area. They gifted me poetry. I translated the best I could.
Ode to those who will be lumber
Heartfelt gratitude for you, noble trees and your dryad kin
For all the oxygen you’ve birthed and carbon dioxide transmuted
And the hillsides you’ve stabilized, anchored and rooted
with dirt made from the organic bones of your ancestors
For birds you’ve nurtured, squirrels you’ve fed
The shade you’ve given and dancing shadows cast
Your root-cabled forest internet of messages passed
Through the underground cities of microbes beneath you
For the rain drops you’ve caught and the mist you’ve hugged
For releasing pollens and seeds on the breezes well flown
Now surrounded by children you birthed, the Elementals you’ve known
For all the stars you witnessed born and dying in the night sky
For the Sacred prayers you heard and poems you inspired
For all the homes you’ve been and the homes that you will become
stacked at sawmills and stores when the harvest is done
Already I miss your wildness
Synchronicity is one of the ways Spirit lets you know they are working with you bigtime. Many of us called to the shamanic or other direct spiritual practice naturally have one foot in Ordinary reality and one foot in Non-ordinary reality. We have learned how to switch back and forth depending on the situation and environment. But if you must operate in Ordinary reality most of the day handling more left brain things like a regular type day job, interacting with the public, driving – Spirit does find a way to connect you to Non-ordinary reality with moments of synchronicity.
Last week I was working on my computer and listening to Spotify and the exact moment I clicked on a word on my screen, I heard that word in the song I was listening to, and it wasn’t even in my playlist. It was random. That feeling came over me like I had slipped into a non-ordinary state. But my logical mind was on it before I could tell it to just relax and go with the feeling. I paused the music, then replayed it to make sure that was really the word I heard. Yep. Then the giddiness and glow washed over me as I felt that Universe and all my guides and Source just took my hand for a brief moment, reminding me they are right here with me, right now.
Yesterday I had an energy work session with a friend, and while she was working on my heart chakra, I had a vision - a greenhouse full of roses. We talked a lot about relationships and heart healing during the session. When I left and got in the car and turned on the radio, there was a song on about roses. Sitting up and taking note now.
This happens a lot with me with music. And I don’t even listen to music all that much anymore, coming to appreciate silence for what it is. And lately when I do listen to music, it has been mostly kirtan, and it’s mostly in Sanskrit! So Spirit has to take the opportunity when it comes up to give me these synchronicity moments when they know I am paying attention.
When this first happened to me years ago I was stuck on figuring what it meant. I was sure it had some deeper specific meaning. As years have gone by and my relationship with Spirit has deepened, I know that there are times when the messages are literal, and times when they are more general. But when they come in clusters like this, I know that something big is on the horizon, a personal breakthrough or major change of perception. I shift into being extra aware of my felt sense, paying attention. Then I can receive the message with both neutrality and gratitude. And a little bit of giddiness.
To help you tend to soul issues that may manifest in physical, emotional, mental or spiritual aspects of your life, and to give you tools to empower your path to harmony and well-being.
-There are so many kindred spirits doing the work out there. I include these links to help our community connect with one another.
SACRED HOOP Magazine Guide to Shamanism Compilation- http://www.sacredhoop.org/Pages/FreeGuide.html
Kitzie's podcasts include interviews with artists and kirtan music. I love attending her weekly Satsang group and the New World Kirtan Band concerts -
Energy Intuitive and Nature Communicator - Cheri Melton's work with Devas and Nature Spirits is profound. So happy to have her as a friend and mentor -