“In my opinion, it’s more interesting to see magic happening in a world that feels grounded. If the world is already crazy, then anything can happen. So it’s better to start with something real.” ~ Michel Gondry
Being grounded is all about being centered within our body, having a sense of calm, and enjoying a deep connection and engagement with the world around us. When we are grounded we make better decisions, we behave in ways that are more authentic, and we own our power.
But sometimes we become unsettled by life. Too much sugar and caffeine, not enough sleep, stress, trauma, interacting with unbalanced people, hormonal imbalance, a big shock, taking other people’s energy into our own aura (healers are often guilty of this!) – any of these things can leave us feeling ungrounded.
Symptoms of being ungrounded include:
- feeling vague and unable to focus
- anxiety with no cause
- sudden dizziness
- falling asleep while meditating
- ‘cranky and out of sorts’ that comes on for no reason
- hungry but food doesn’t satisfy you
- inability to sleep
- heaviness in the body
- feeling ‘spaced out’
- emotional and over-reactive
- craving sugar and junk food
- mental confusion
- inability to focus on simple tasks
- feeling like someone just unplugged your power cord
- sudden exhibition of the same unpleasant thoughts or emotions of someone you were recently with
* Please be aware that some of these symptoms are also signs of a more serious illness. Use your best judgement, and if in doubt, always seek medical advice.
I’ve written about ways to stay grounded or to move back into that grounded energy here:
Staying Grounded in Uncertain Times
However, when faced with a situation where one of my students or clients needs to get grounded fast, I am a big fan of rocks. Crystals are super grounding tools, and so easy to use. All you need to do is hold one, wear one or slip one into your pocket.
Here are some of my favourite grounding stones:
I just love this stone! It is so powerful it can slam you back into your body fast, but gee, it never feels rough or violent. It’s so gentle in the way that it treats you that I find it perfect for children, sensitive souls and those people experiencing deep emotional turmoil. It also anchors your into your Earth Star Chakra (about 12 to 18 inches below your feet) and keeps your Earth Star Chakra open and connected into the earth. I never leave home without one…
A tourmalinated quartz will do a similar job, although less powerfully, but it will also keep your aura shielded, strong and bright.
Who doesn’t love jasper? There are so many varieties of this earthy stone, and all of them will work with grounding you, so I always advise you to choose what you’re attracted to or what strongly repels you.
Jasper helps you feel at home in your body, and at home in the world. It is wonderful for transmuting negativity and heavy emotions, replacing them with a sense of wellbeing and emotional balance. It realigns your chakras and ‘snaps you into place’.
Jasper is gentle, and it takes a little while for the affects to be felt, but that’s why I favour it for people with long-term imbalances like anxiety and depression, ADD, ADHD, post traumatic stress, bi-polar or chronic illness. It has a strong mothering energy, and it is a superb nurturer.
I’ve included some charts of the various jaspers below – as you can see, there are many beautiful stones to choose from.
Image from www.thatcrystalsite.com
Image from www.thatcrystalsite.com
Image from www.thatcrystalsite.com
Bloodstone is actually a base form of chalcedony and the red spots that look like blood, hence giving this stone its name, are dots of iron oxide or blood red jasper (see jasper above).
Bloodstone is a crystal I use a lot with clients who are are suffering the effects of toxicity – be that toxins from diet (sugars, artificial sweeteners, chemicals etc), the effects of being in a toxic relationship or working/living with toxic people, or toxins from long-term illness, infections or pathogens.
This crystal gives courage, and aids mental and emotional clarity. It strongly detoxifies your physical, emotional and energetic bodies, and allows you to gain strength and energy. It anchors and connects your heart, base and earth star chakra, and strongly gets you ‘out of your head and into your heart’. Bloodstone helps you stand firmly in your own truth.
When you’re overwhelmed, jaded, broken-hearted, exhausted and at the end of your rope Green Aventurine is a perfect grounding stone for you. This stone is a variety of quartz, with fuschite and mica inclusions.
Green Adventurine cuts through misery and enables us to feel joy again. It helps us to remember that we are in a body (as opposed to living bogged down in feelings or emotions) and it is very healing for the nervous system, lymph and circulation.
A positive side affect of this stone, besides grounding us back into our bodies and opening us up to joy again, is that we often feel inclined to eat better, to exercise and enjoy the benefits of living in a body. It helps re-engage us with the physical aspect of ourselves and the world around us.
It is also strongly connected to the Devic Kingdom and Fairy Realms. Needless to say, most children adore this stone!
This attractive combination of minerals include aragonite, calcite, chalcedony, limestone and mudstone (the grey muddy bits!). Septarian Nodules aren’t for beginners. I use them to rebalance people who have become ‘unbalanced’ doing psychic work, energetic healing, counselling or within a therapy-based business.
They clear our psychic connection, anchor us into our base and earth star chakras, clear out and balance ALL chakras, and help us to come back to ‘true’. Awesome for clearing energies and entities from our aura just by holding the stone.
* Not for prolonged or daily use. See this as part of your emergency toolkit.
Unakite combines a form of red jasper with epidote (the green part of the stone). I use this stone for grounding people who are emotionally distressed after experiencing disruptive family or home life.
It is brilliant for anyone (including children!) going through relationship breakups, relationship transitions or life transitions. It encourages strength, openness and optimism. It is very restorative for the physical body and encourages healthy sleep patterns.
I know you’re probably shrugging your shoulders here, wondering why I have included pearls, as they are an ocean ‘stone’. But I love the gentle mothering energy of pearls and mother-of-pearl. It is perfect for babies, the elderly, the dying, anyone who is very weak or frail, and for souls whose point of origin is starseed (ie not from Earth).
Pearls connect us to the wider cosmos, and help us feel at home in the greater scheme of things. They also gently connect us into our Higher Selves, helping us to feel connected, grounded and expanded.
If you’d like to learn more about working with crystals you can find more information here:
How to work with Crystals – a Four Day Exploration
Crystals for Highly Sensitive People
I’m also currently putting together a home-study course on crystals and crystal healing. I’ll keep you posted! Or you might like to drop us a line via the contact form on my website www.nicolecody.com and ask to be advised about courses as they become available.