It's been an unusual month for me, everything swirling around the topic of energy. October has developed into a month of discovery and learning, approaching the topic of energy from various points of reference.
A few months ago I felt I should book some sort of retreat/workshop/seminar/training. It had been a while since I'd been to anything like that, and I always find it so energizing to my own meditation practice as well as my teaching so knew it would do me good. I looked at various possibilities across the country and ultimately was drawn to the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York for a weekend on the topic of Energy Medicine. I think I booked it back in June, and it felt like the first weekend of October would never arrive. I was so excited when he time finally came, and I had a great time at the Omega Institute! There were several speakers who all brought their own perspective, teachings, and practical applications to energetic healing. I think I will need to write a separate blog post to really go into the weekend, otherwise this post is going to be too long and drawn out.
Last weekend it was my kids' fall break, so we went out to Arizona. I've never been out there before, although I have had my eye on it for a long time. I have always been drawn to the beauty of the landscape and the avoidance of winters in that area. For a long time I wanted to go to college in AZ, but when the time came to seriously plan for university I didn't end up applying. It just seemed too far to be practical. Anyway, it was a great trip, and one of the highlights was a spiritual vortex tour in Sedona. The vibration in Sedona was incredible. They have all these crystal shops everywhere, and I was picking up these gems and they were literally vibrating in my hands. My hands were constantly buzzing while in Sedona, even when I wasn't holding any crystals. It was amazing.
In a couple of days I will go to Reiki training! I'm also so excited for this opportunity! I've only experienced Reiki once before, and it felt so good. I'm really looking forward to learning the technique and being immersed in the healing environment for the weekend.
The month will wrap up with a beginner's course in beekeeping. On the surface this seems unrelated to energy, and it certainly is not as directly related as the other weekends. However, I am drawn to keeping bees and helping offset the bee crisis, as they are terribly important to our ecosystem. I have also heard anecdotes related to hive intelligence and imagine I will learn a lot from bees energetically, even though that is not the impetus for becoming involved with them.
I wish all months could be as centered on the topic of personal growth and healing energy as this one has been! I am looking forward to seeing how future months build on this one.
Just a quick follow up on my last post about earthing. When I composed that post, I had not experienced the grounding mat. I have now been using the mat while I sleep for about a week, and I must recommend it! The very first day I put it on the bed my daughter had an upset stomach as she tried to fall asleep. I had her go in my bed and lay on the mat. Her belly felt better really quickly, and she fell asleep within minutes. The next day when she got home from school she had an upset stomach again. I had her lie on my bed, I turned on the earthing mat, and she felt better quickly again. I also have slept really well on the mat, and my hip has been pain free for several days. It has been a long time since my hip has not drawn attention to itself throughout the day!
The mat I have is the one through the Ultimate Longevity website.
My friend sent me a documentary the other day on the topic of earthing, or grounding. I knew a little of this practice - enough to suggest it to my husband when he was traveling a lot. In the middle of explaining it to him I burst out laughing because I knew it sounded like something I was making up to try to trick him into looking silly. To be fair, this is the type of thing I would try to convince someone to do to be funny! Once I started laughing he was even more suspicious, and I had to send him an article about it to prove its authenticity as well as continuing to say, “I promise, it’s a really thing! Really!”
This documentary is so interesting - and it’s free! (Although it sounds as though it is only free for now.) I highly recommend watching it. The long and short of earthing is that we receive HUGE benefits, particularly in the realm of inflammation, from connecting our skin with the earth. This is as simple as walking barefoot in the grass for a few minutes. How long does it take to receive the benefit? According to the film, the body chemistry changes so quickly that they can’t pinpoint the time it takes: it’s instant.
The reason for this is somewhat vague for me since it’s been a few days since I watched it. 😄 It’s to do with electrons and positive vs negative ions and the exchange of said things with everything we come in contact with. When we physically connect with the earth we alter our electrons/ions and bring them into balance. If you want a really confident explanation about what happens scientifically, be sure to check out the movie (link below). My inability to explain it properly is a reflection of my own grasp of the science rather than their ability to convey it.
In the film, they have lots of thermal imaging before and after photos where you can see dramatic improvements of inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is not just about having something swollen which you can easily feel and see, such as a sprained ankle. All disease states have at their root inflammation. We just can’t always see the inflammation because it is happening internally, with an organ perhaps, and we experience it as pain, fatigue, etc, and not as swelling.
So, I tried it! I have been having pain in my right hip for months. I don’t know what triggered it, but I ran across my notes from my cleanse back in the spring and I saw “right hip pain” was on my wishlist of things I hoped would heal with the cleanse. The cleanse did help for a while, but the discomfort is still hanging around. It’s gotten strong enough that the morning my friend sent me the link about grounding I was wondering if I should get an MRI to see what’s going on.
After I watched the documentary, I went and stood on the grass barefoot for a while. I paid attention to my hip, and I was amazed that the pain dissolved. I went out two more times throughout the day to be in the grass, and my hip was quiet all day. The next day I found my way to the grass again, and my hip continued to be stable. I am now making a point to get doses of barefoot grass time throughout the day.
Grounding with the earth is doable right now because the weather is mild. However, winter is coming! I was telling my podcast partner about my experience and her first comment was to do with how cold it’s getting there and she won’t be able to be barefoot outside for many months. For that reason, I have purchased a grounding pad for my bed so while I sleep I am laying on that earth current.* I can’t comment experientially on the sleeping mat yet, but I have a friend who used one for many months and felt great for it.
I urge you to check out the documentary! This is such an easy pathway to getting in balance that you really have nothing to lose by giving it a shot.
*I am not being sponsored in any way. All of these comments are unsolicited and from the heart.
I am an Ananda® certified meditation teacher. I am passionate about meditation and embrace a yogic lifestyle for greater wellness physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
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