The Earth is a storehouse of electrons, which have a negative charge. When we make contact with the Earth, soil, or wet sand at a beach with our bare feet or skin ~ a process called 'grounding' or 'Earthing' ~ we get replenished with the Earth's feel-good (negative) electrons. It's similar to how good, or 'charged up' many notice feeling after a good rainstorm.
Artificial lighting, and any electronic device carries a (positive) charge. Positive in this sense refers to the electrical frequency. Having a positive charge actually is not a positive, as it can lead to increased inflammation, and diminished health.
Modern humans have become increasingly disconnected from Nature. Even when we are outdoors, we are wearing shoes that contain rubber or plastic that insulates us from connecting with the healing energy of the Earth.
While being in natural settings, as I discussed here, still has healing benefits, why not kick your shoes off, and get the full monty?
Watch this short video to learn more.
Don and I do our best to get outside in the early morning, shortly after sunrise. In March, 2017, we made a point to catch the earliest rays of the rising sun every morning. We both enjoyed an increased feeling of well-being, balance, and better sleep as a result.
We also use the Tlyson Plush Grounding Pad (see below) which we sleep on, then take with us to our office. It's a plush, portable pad that is connected to a wire that gets plugged into the ground in your electric socket, essentially allowing you to get the benefits of connecting to the Earth while you sleep, and sit at your desk.
During the warmer months, we began using the patch cord instead. It's very affordable. The patch can go onto the center of the sole of your foot, or wherever you like. The cord is interchangeable with the Pad, and the patches can be reused until they no longer stick. I've actually extended their life by taping the patch on with scotch tape. I never notice it. The cord is plenty long, and the effect of grounding by having the cord attached is very worth it. We have both experienced several benefits from using the pad or patch, which I share below.
I believe in this so much, I set up an affiliate account with Earthing, to help distribute their grounding products, and educational materials.
I highly encourage you to check out the short video above if you haven't already, then watch Grounded, a one hour long documentary by a film maker who works for the National Geographic.
Don and I live in an upstairs apartment unit, which is certainly not very grounding. There are times when we are awoken by noise. Other times when we are dealing with a lot of pollen on the tree right outside our window.
Then there is this issue with our 4-legged companion, Jasper, who insists on sleeping RIGHT up against me.
Needless to say, we often sadly do not get a chance to sleep soundly through the night.
We also both have, or had, various aches in our shoulders or hips that would cause us to toss and turn through the night, also waking us up.
Given that background, here is what we have noticed since sleeping with the plush Tylson pad on our pillow or underneath our body ~ or the patches ~ and getting our bare feet on the cool dewey grass in the mornings:
As a therapist working with clients that have old unresolved traumas, I know that many people are not very grounded at all. Some are in a near constant state of fight, flight or freeze, without being very aware of it other than feeling a high level of anxiety. This anxiety creates a lot of cortisol in the system, a stress-induced hormone that can increase weight gain, and cause other health problems.
Fight or flight creates a cascade of events through the body. One thing effected is a shutting down of our higher brain center. Who needs higher reasoning when in an emergency? Emergencies require quick responsive actions, not higher thinking.
Over time, we can really begin to change our mental capacity if we do not get help to better manage anxiety and stress.
Don uses the patch cord mentioned above at our clinic. Clients have been very impressed with how easily they rest or even nap during the acupuncture session while plugged in with the grounding cord.
Earthing ~ getting your bare feet on the Earth ~ is very alkalizing to the system. We need to be fully embodied to be able to function and think clearly.
When I work with clients, I always help them to at least have a mental experience of grounding through guided healing visualizations.
Being grounded allows our nervous system to calm down. If we can put our faith and trust in Logos, the Divine Order of the Universe, or God and the Earth to support us, and provide all we need, we find greater peace, and inner strength.
The Earthing Site also has bracelets that can be worn, and patches (mentioned above) that you can stick on the sole of the foot, or elsewhere on the body. It comes with a long cord, and can be used at anytime, including while sleeping.
We use these patches/pads on our clients simultaneous to receiving an acupuncture treatment. They nearly all have noticed how much more deep of a rest they get. A few actually now sleep through the treatment where they had not previous to being hooked up to the pads.