Earthing, the science of grounding

Article by Fiora Touliatou

You are probably familiar with the term “grounding”. But what about the term “earthing”?

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What is earthing

Grounding, also known as “earthing”, is a therapeutic and natural healing technique. It grounds our energy system as it electrically and energetically reconnects us to the earth. Apparently, walking barefoot on the ground for 20 minutes twice a day can significantly improve our wellbeing! Well, this is really how nature had designed us before we started wearing shoes, walking on concrete and living in buildings.

The science behind it and how it works

There is a whole science and physics behind this concept, called “earthing science” and “grounding physics” respectively. They explain how the earth electrically charges us, how we absorb energy from the ground by being in contact with the electrons on its surface. The whole process neutralizes free radicals in our bodies. These are generated through inflammation, infection, cell damage, stress and our toxic artificial environments.

For those that are not familiar with chakras, Reiki and energy healing, we have 7 major and 21 minor chakras (energy centers) in our body. Two of the minor chakras are on the soles of our feet (one on the center of each sole). Therefore, when we walk barefoot, those chakras are connecting and absorbing the earth’s energy. Our whole body and energy field become a circuit and charge just like a battery from the main source, our planet Earth!

How do we we practice grounding and where

Apparently, we can still practice grounding indoors in our houses especially when we have natural materials such as wooden floors. But for the best results, it is better to perform grounding outdoors by walking barefoot on grass, soil, sand or mud. Ideally we should be practicing for a minimum of 20 minutes twice a day. Moreover, we can also ground ourself by letting our hands or our entire body touch the earth or even by swimming in the sea.

Further research about earthing

To learn more extensively about this subject, you can watch a brilliant documentary on YouTube called The Earthing Movie: The remarkable science of Grounding. Its creators are scientists and can analyse in details about the whole process, benefits and importance.