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grounding when raising energy

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:44 pm
by LalitaDevi
Hiya folks, I've only posted here once before but really like your list, and just had a question I thought I'd put out there.

I practice both alone and with a coven, but often find when raising energy in either scenario I get so overwhelmed. Tonight while in the midst of an Imbolc ritual, and it was very beautiful but a lot to handle. I sat quietly with my eyes closed and tried to imagine myself rooted to the earth, though I still felt it was a lot of process energetically.

How do you all ground when raising energy?

Peace,

Lalita Devi

Re: grounding when raising energy

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:07 am
by Dark Waters
The way I learned is to become one with the ground and let the excess energy flow down into the Earth. She has a LOT of storage capability and can handle it.

I learned the Tree Method of Grounding, so see what you can apply to your own method.

Picture your self with roots spreading from your feet, or backside if you are sitting, down into the ground. Remember a tree has many smaller roots that spread outward and a main taproot which goes straight down.

You draw pure and clean earth energy up through this system and let your personal energy flow down, because it has been tainted with all your stresses and hassles from the day. Now as you take in more energy from your ritual, you use what you need, but if you have a lot of excess you just push it down through the roots and let it soak into the Earth.

I also learned that the energy you draw in can be used as an quick method of cleansing your area. as you draw the earth energy in you let it build up in you the let it push out like a balloon toward the edges of your circle. Picture it pushing all the "bad" and negative stuff out and away beyond your barriers.

Re: grounding when raising energy

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:10 am
by Kystar
I associate much better with Air and Water than Earth, so my "Grounding" is very...odd. I let the wind draw the excess away from me to tangle in trees nearby, and that way be returned to the Earth...or if I'm near running water, I make sure I have a foot in the water, and allow it to draw the excess from me.

However, I'm a solitary who only really raises larger amounts of energy to set my wards, and then I'm pushing the energy into the ward, so there's no issue.

Though, I have to add a resolution to my list...meditation and cleansing on a regular schedule come spring!

Re: grounding when raising energy

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:08 am
by LalitaDevi
Thanks those are some really great suggestions. I'd be meditation would help a lot too, I should probably try to do that more often. I like the idea of working with different elements besides earth.

Peace.

Re: grounding when raising energy

Posted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:04 pm
by Hytegia
The true-blue definition of "Grounding" involves the expanding of one's natural energies into the Earth - like a tree and it's roots. As above, so below.

I use Konstantinos' method of Grounding. You reach up with your arms, and draw energy from above, and make it bleed into the ground below you (like a tree, as before stated). Make your energy spread out below like a tree taking root...
Voila! You're Grounded.

Re: grounding when raising energy

Posted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:30 pm
by Kystar
The only problem with that imagery is that the purpose of roots is to draw nutrients and water UP into the branches to feed the leaves so they can generate energy to grow. Though, some do deposit waste matter into the ground, the majority of the purpose is to feed the structure of the plant the water it needs to stay healthy.

That's why I've never been able to do that type of grounding...b/c it goes counter to what I know the physiology of a plant is...thus the visualization doesn't work for me.

I know I mentioned about allowing the wind to draw it off to tangle in trees, but then I'm looking at the energy as something akin to a rain squall...the water slides down the bark to pool at the base and feed the roots, thus being returned to the earth by feeding the tree.

Other visualizations I've used have included a whirlpool drawing the energy into the rocks at the base of the water; or, the soil drying out after a rain, some soaks in deeper, and some evaporates back into the air.

Re: grounding when raising energy

Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:40 am
by Hytegia
The idea is that you can spread your roots - once you get to there, you can reverse the flow and draw in through them, and release outward, if you wish.

But Grounding energy is a neutral process; it's why it can be used to cleanse all energies, both good and bad. You can use it to calm yourself down, and to meditate. Pulsing negative energy into the Earth isn't going to do much in terms of just pouring it in.

Re: grounding when raising energy

Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:39 am
by runewulf
Hytegia wrote:But Grounding energy is a neutral process; it's why it can be used to cleanse all energies, both good and bad. You can use it to calm yourself down, and to meditate. Pulsing negative energy into the Earth isn't going to do much in terms of just pouring it in.
Non, not true, not always. Grounding isn't neutral, it's still an act of will, no matter what your visualization choices are. It is true that some types of energy will ground of neutrally on their own with a simple opening up. It's also true that some places act as natural grounds. However, this is not always the case, especially with people. Of it were, there'd be a lot less focus and training on grounding and centering. I would also spend a lot less time helping people who get overloaded and can't let the energy go.

Grounding can be natural, almost automatic, but not usually and the actual process can be different from practitioner to practitioner, sometimes even more so depending on the kind of or source of the energy to be grounded.

There's an old sticky or three in Magick & Energy Usage category that goes over some of the basics. Start there and work outward until you find the specifics that work best for you.

A bientôt,

RuneWulf

Re: grounding when raising energy

Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:01 pm
by Kitsune
Personally, I do a "cleanse and release" taking the over-abundance of energy and sending it shooting out from me in all directions. As it passes through the area my shield normally sits in, the negativity balances and then becomes less explosive from there. The visualization has always created a vaccum effect, and I pull in neutral energy that calms and centre's me.

I have no idea why this works best for me, but by the Gods does it feel good to do it. :-D

Re: grounding when raising energy

Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:20 pm
by Dark Waters
I do pretty much the same when clearing my space.

I sit and picture the root going into the ground from my spine, for me this works better than trying to go through the feet, and drawing the natural and neutral energy from the Earth.

Then, as I pull the energy in, I begin to push out like blowing up a balloon until it completely fills the area I want to work with - this usually give a nice clean area.