Earth is the very ground we walk upon, the single force preventing us from falling through the cosmos, the foundation from which our perception of the universe is firmly placed. It is the power of shape, form, and physical boundaries, that which takes the most effort to change. It is the home we share with the rest of nature; representative of all things material and the basis of the sense of touch.
Earth is seen as the womb of life, the protective shelter, the great mother. From it all of our food and sustenance, tools and raw materials derive. This womb is where we have a shared physical existence with all other perceived life, be it plant or animal, until this physical life ends.
Since Earth is seen as a symbol for all things material, it is associated with wealth and our possessions. Being the basis of our physical lives and source of all things we think of as natural it is symbolic of health and healing. Is also the archetype of stability and the foundation on which we build all things.
@Copyright 2016 Jason J. Walton
Contemplate the different ideas presented here, what is Earth really? What does it represent to you? I look forward to any questions or comments. Thanks for reading.
Grounding is a very important fundamental skill for practitioners of any path. Building on my informational post titled Grounding I would like to share an Intermediate Exercise. This Exercise will include a simple form of discursive meditation. The idea behind this form of meditation is to chew up your thoughts; basically recognize and organize them for future contemplation. In my Grounding article I introduced the idea of using the senses to reinforce this connection to the firm foundation of earth and the other elements. In Grounding we commonly imagine or visualize a cord coming from the Root Chakra or base of the spine, associated with the Element of Earth and pushing our excess energies, thoughts, and emotions down via the cord deep into the core of the Earth itself. What I would like to add today is a way to process that information (energies, thoughts, emotions) into a useful tool for self reflection and organization.
Drink a simple glass of water to hydrate and reinforce the idea flowing.
Get comfortable with good posture allowing your spine to be straight.
Breathe; in a threefold manner; three seconds inhale, three hold, three exhale.
Continuing with the power of Breath; Slowly pay attention to your thoughts and feelings, focus on what you notice with your five physical senses.
Let stray thoughts and feelings flow down your spine, the cord, and deep into the core of the Earth.
Continue this process for as long as you can, stopping when you can hold the focus for around 15 minutes.
Please feel free to provide feedback on your experiences, and ask any questions that you may have.
Using the five physical senses when grounding is very effective, and the senses themselves are commonly associated with the elementals. Below you find the correspondenses I use, there are of course different thoughts on the subject.
Sense => Element Table
Keeping the previous table in mind; there are many ways to use different elements and the senses for grounding. For instance, blue and green are calming, balancing colors associated with earth and water respectively; red and yellow, fire and air. By adding a colored glass to your environment, you can effect water or even by enjoying a calming cup of tea, put on some relaxing music or natural sounds and you are pulling in the element of air. Burn lavender, jasmine, or other soothing incense to connect with fire, even using colored or white candles can be great ways of bringing fire elements into a grounding ritual. Get in a comfortable position on a nice soft upright chair, surround yourself with some of these suggestions, and grounding can be an almost effortless event.