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What is grounding? It the process by which we maintain an appropriate energy charge by releasing any energy which would constitute an excessive charge within the systems of the body, emotions, mind, etc. (By analogy, our home's electrical circuits are grounded to dismiss the extra electricity.) Grounding is a necessary outflow, in contrast to the many inflows of energy into our systems -- from other people, from our digestion of food, from our breathing of fresh air, from sunlight, from the impact of spirit upon our material substance, etc.
- We are relaxed, mentally and emotionally. In an ungrounded state, we might experience nervousness, restlessness, stress, emotional irritability, frenzied euphoria, anxiety, and insomnia.
- We are relaxed, physically. In an ungrounded state, we might experience headaches, temperature extremes (e.g., cold skin or hot skin), muscle spasms and trembling, excessive perspiration, difficulties in breathing or digestion, stinging sensations, and abnormal heart rhythms.
- We are alert. In an ungrounded state, we might experience dreaminess, and a continual semi-trance condition.
- We can concentrate mentally. In an ungrounded state, we might experience "spaciness," and an inability to focus our attention.
- We feel a warm association with our physical body. In an ungrounded state, we might experience cold skin, awkward movements, a strange unfamiliarity with our body, a sensation that we are floating outside of our body, and the disassociation which is characteristic of the schizoid or schizophrenic condition
- We feel a secure connection to the physical world. In an ungrounded state, we might experience sensory distortions, e.g., muffled hearing, a numb sense of touch, and a dream-like sense of vision.
- We sense a comfortable connection to other people. In an ungrounded state, we might experience paranoia, hypersensitivity to the presence of other people, an "energy drain" when we are in public, a generally dysfunctional personality, and a belief that we are profoundly different from other people or even that we are inhuman.
Techniques for grounding. Grounding is a natural part of the homeostasis of life; it occurs in the give-and-take of our daily activities. But we might need to use specific techniques to ground ourselves if we have become over-charged with the energy of intense emotions, or a stressful degree of inactivity (which does not provide opportunities for the discharge of energy), or religious practices (including some meditation methods). The grounding techniques are meant to be remedies for a temporary condition of imbalance; if we need them to use them regularly, we might want the examine (and change) the lifestyle which repeatedly causes us to become over-charged.
- Archetypal field-work. One of the fundamental purposes of field-work is to intuitively implant elements which allow us to be "materially effective and spiritually loving"; the "spiritually loving" simply means that our particular thoughts, images, energy tones, and actions permit the free flow of spiritual substance from one soul to another, through the material interface which we call our human life. If we block this flow (through damming/damning thoughts, images, energy tones, and actions), we also block the energy which would pass from our material self into our material environment; i.e., we do not ground the energy. Instead, the energy becomes trapped in our archetypal fields, our body, and our psyche -- in various forms, including tension, stress, and the charge of the specific a-field elements which become the basis of our karma.
- Self-talk. For example: "My body feels warm and comfortable." "I am relaxed." "I enjoy being alive." "I enjoy expressing myself in my physical life." "I am calm." "I like to be physically active."
- Directed imagination. We can visualize ourselves in various situations where we are fully engaged with a physical life which is pleasant and rewarding.
- Energy toning. We can express the energy tones of warmth, vitality, physical vigor, enthusiasm, etc.
- The "as if" principle. We can act as if we are a part of regular human life and society.
- Regular daily activities. Walk around your neighborhood. Go out for a bagel. Exercise with an aerobics video. Wash your car. Play some old popular songs on your guitar. Do your laundry.
- "Moving meditation."