How our Feet Help us to Ground
Our feet not only support us, they are conductors of energy for our body. This is known as ‘earthing’ or ‘grounding’.
Just as the sun gives us warmth and vitamin D, the Earth underfoot gives us food and water, a surface to walk, sit, stand, play, and build on, and an eternal, natural, and gentle energy. Think of it perhaps as vitamin G — G for ground.
Why is Grounding important?
Maybe the difference between feeling good and not so good, of having little or a lot of energy, or sleeping well or not so well. You can’t see the Earth’s energy. For this reason, it is usually disregarded but just because we don’t see or believe in earth’s energy, doesn’t mean we are aren’t affected by it.
Some people can feel a warm, tingling, and pleasant sensation when they are out walking barefoot along the water’s edge at the beach or on a stretch of dew-moistened grass. Or it may just give a feeling of well being – our bodies are innately intelligent and the emotional feeling of ease needs to be listened to. The other option is dis- ease.
When we disconnect from the earth we become more vulnerable to inflammation, pain, stress, poor sleep, lack of focus and illness. Ongoing research is demonstrating clearly that reconnecting with the Earth upholds the electrical stability of our bodies and serves as a foundation for vitality, health, and healing.
It is really only since we replaced natural footwear with synthetic materials and stopped walking barefoot on sand, grass, and stones, that lack of Grounding has become a noticeable health issue.
Loss of the primordial connection with the Earth – our electrical roots − through modern lifestyle is an overlooked cause of widespread and increasing physiological and psychological dysfunction. A prime example of this disconnect is the replacement, beginning in the 1960s, of leather soled shoes with rubber and plastics by the footwear industry.
Why are synthetic soles and footwear bad for our health?
Throughout virtually all of history, humans were either barefoot or used animal hides (leather) for footwear. When leather becomes moist, as a result of perspiration from the feet, a channel of conductivity for electron flow is created between the Earth and the feet. Rubber and plastics are electrical insulators and therefore block the beneficial flow of electrons from the Earth to our bodies.
So, in an age of increasing physiological and psychological dysfunction, “grounding” ourselves provides a natural, simple yet powerful path to better health.
Healing with Archetypes
Carl Gustav Jung, the Swiss psychologist is famous for developing the theory of the collective unconscious. He theorized that mankind has a collection of Archetypes (archetypal images) stored in the collective unconscious, a psychic realm that can be accessed in dreams and visions by the psyche. The collective unconscious contains a Universal symbolic assortment of archetypal characters created from our shared memory of experience, such as the Rescuer, Victim, Saboteur, Priest, Hero, Mother, Father, Child and Trickster to name just a few!
Throughout history you will find recurring archetypes in legends, fairy tales, myths, stories and poetry. All these archetypes have been played out by writers, who incorporate these universal archetypal characters into their stories for the entertainment of their audience. Jung believed that ‘the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious’.
In my psychic intuitive healing I am able to access these archetypes within the psyche. Most, if not all people have several archetypes at play in their personality construct; however, one archetype tends to dominate the personality in general. It can be extremely beneficial to know which archetypes are at play in oneself and also which ones are dominate in others. Particularly in order to gain insight into the behaviours and motivations of loved ones, friends or co-workers in difficult or stressful relationships.
I can help my clients understand their dominant archetype and what other archetypes may be causing problems or blocks to their personal growth. Some may be outgrown and need letting go of, others to be nurtured or recognized. By tuning into these archetypal energies, I can identify the dysfunctional archetypes and heal the personality conflicts involved.