Ever since I was a young child, my maternal grandmother took care to guide and mentor me with my psychic abilities. Included in my abilities is the gift of mediumship.
My grandmother had a very simple means of teaching me. To dummy it down, she would have me be still and straight (sit and center) be still and stand, and root like a tree (ground) in God’s Light. Fortunately, her instructions afforded many breaks for me to work out any typical small child wiggles and short attention span issues.
Showing no fear and standing in God’s Light (Divine Light) were probably her most important lessons. Prayers and other affirmations came in time, and with age.
After a guest appearance on Beyond Reality Radio with Ghost Hunter’s Jason Hawes and T.A.P.S. Magazine, JV Johnson (2/15/17), as well as my Facebook LIVE feed (2/17/17) I felt best to summarize and list the steps that I have learned. Certainly, there are many different ways that one can center and ground themselves, but this is what has worked for me.
The following steps are meant to provide an outline. Feel free to modify them, or experiment with other guidance you have been given.
In order to effectively ‘block’ (or, as some say ‘shield’) negative human (living) and dark spirit energy, it is important to first learn how to center and ground. As always, please consult your healthcare provider(s) before beginning any type of stretching, or breathing routines, both of which are incorporated in centering and grounding. Never do anything that will cause pain or discomfort. Simply, do your best.
Centering is a process that helps facilitate grounding, and eventually assists with blocking. As a young child, my grandmother would have me practice the following until it became second nature.
In order to center, one must envision a straight line running from crown of the head (top of the head), straight down thru the spine, rectum and into the ground. As a child, my grandmother would have me sit next to the wall with my hips, buttocks, back, shoulders and head against it; as flat and straight as possible.
I would practice my alignment (center) and then take a break. I recall quite a bit of squirming and displeasure in the attempts to adjust myself. It was all about straightening the invisible string. The purpose of this simple exercise was to feel, or sense, how the alignment felt in my body, from head, to toe.
NOTE: Aligning the body comes with light-to-moderate manipulation. For those that are unable to physically straighten; do so using visualization.
Centering via visualization works much in the same way as physically centering. Visualization often transpires during all phases, so embrace what you can do safely and comfortably without causing pain, discomfort or injury to your body. Should you be unable to stand, one may achieve ‘center’ by sitting in a chair or safe, comfortable place, optimally supporting your body in an upright position.
Regardless of method, it is best to allow your feet to be planted firmly on the floor. If you cannot place your feet on the floor, then use imagery to do so. After achieving alignment, one can continue with visualization for grounding, as explained below.
The second part of my grandmother’s exercise involved standing. After a few sessions of sitting and straightening the ‘string’ she would have me stand in the same fashion, paying attention to the alignment of the string.
She then told me to root like a tree which was a way to envision my legs and feet as having deep ties well into the earth. As I progressed with my abilities, this aspect alone intrigued me due to the fact that her words almost helped to facilitate a very strong connection I have to receiving premonitions of natural disasters, inclusive of earthquakes (please refer to my Dream Diary post).
To her, it was important that I could feel the roots dig deeply into the soil while centering and in turn, grounding. Standing straight and tall, she also encouraged me to relax my arms and hands in order to allow the roots to extend from my fingertips, downwards into the soil.
The exercises were honed and repeated during each of my visits. The older I grew, the longer she would have me center and ground. To simplify things and keep the exercises pertinent to adults, I will jump to the importance of breath during grounding.
Basic Breathing Technique
Breathing is an important part of the grounding phase. Below, you will find easy steps to help your body root and relax. As always; do so safely and always seek medical advice before performing anything that could adversely impact your health.
- Focus on breathing.
- Take slow, deep breaths in thru your nose
- Slowly exhale out of your mouth
- Continue to visualize your center string as straight
- Continue to visualize your feet and hands extending roots deep into the Earth
- Relax and repeat 5-6 times.
Release & Redirect
The goal of centering and grounding is to stabilize your body physically, mentally and emotionally. Once rooted, it is important to work on the mental, spiritual and emotional aspects. My grandmother taught me one way, but as my techniques have evolved, I have been told of a second method that also works.
Centering and grounding are excellent ways to combat anxiety and stress. These methods are used by many (myself included) prior to meditation. The release and redirect phase works hand-in-hand with these exercises to help rid the body, mind and soul of negativity.
One should begin this step by choosing one of the following methods. You can experiment, or incorporate another method and try that, too. There are many to choose from, but I do believe these are among the best.
Regardless of which option, the point is to encapsulate all fears, stressors, anxiety and negativity into a hot air balloon or hardball, and send it away from your physical self. This phase typically occurs during, or following grounding.
Visualization Option 1: Hot Air Balloon
While centered and grounded, visualize a hot air balloon in your hands. A helium balloon will work as well. Once you ‘see’ the balloon, you must place every negative thought or feeling into it. To release the balloon, refer to this breathing technique:
Inhale and think, “I . . . must ”
Exhale and think, “let . . . go.”
During this time, it is important to visualize your hot air balloon filled with all of the negativity, floating up and way from your body. Repeat this several times until your mind is clear and your body is relaxed. Allow yourself to completely disconnect from the hot air balloon and the negativity. Watch it leave.
Visualization Option 2: Hardball
I had been advised of this method quite a while ago and will state that it works, especially during times of more physical stress.
Instead of placing all negativity into a hot air balloon, pack them into a hardball. Do so by visualizing you are tightly packing those sentiments, events, etc., into the ball. Upon getting ready to ‘throw’ the hardball, refer to the breathing technique.
Inhale and think, “I . . . must . . .”
Exhale and think, “let. . . go.”
You want to throw the ball as far away from your body as possible. Again, you may interchange the options, and see what works best. Repeat this several times until your mind is clear and your body is relaxed.
The final step to grounding and centering is to replace the negative energy that you have redirected away from you, with positive energy and light. Given my grandmother always used the term God’s Light for this portion of the exercise, I have adapted it to be more inclusive for everyone. In place of God’s Light, the term, Divine Light is now used.
Visualize your entire being basking in a pure, positive, protective, white light. Do NOT refer to this as a bubble, as my grandmother always corrected me when I mentioned the word. On an aside, an interesting thought to this has to do with the fact that in theory, bubbles can pop, or, burst. You do not want your protective bubble to burst.
The Divine Light should surround you in every direction and pass down, under your roots, and circle back around to completely encase you. This is a protective aspect that needs to be achieved for blocking, which will be discussed in my next post.
As you are visualizing yourself centered, grounded and surrounded by Divine Light, refer to the basic breathing technique. This is where you will fill your body, mind and soul with positive thoughts. Please note the following affirmation was taught to me by my grandmother.
On the inhale, quietly state:
I am whole
I am strong
I have no fear
I am protected by the Divine Light (or, God’s Light), that will keep me from all harm.
Repeat this affirmation until you feel completely relaxed, or significantly de-stressed. Try to remain in this state for several minutes. You may restart the exercise, or repeat the steps as many times as it takes to quiet yourself.
As mentioned, centering and grounding exercises are an excellent way to combat anxiety, stress, negative situations and people. Additionally, one must master these in order to efficiently block.
Practice these methods and become comfortable with them. The more you do, the more fluid things will work when it comes time to block. They are also great tools for alleviating stress and general negativity.
It’s all about repetition. For more information about applying these practices to blocking, please refer to the next post.