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my Earthing journey
A little while ago I was watched a movie called The Grounded (shown below). This movie spoke about the healing properties of our planet, of the electromagnetic connection from the ground to our bodies when we are in connection with the earth. I've learned so much from Clint Ober and a movie that he has taken part in showcasing the science of Earthing.
I have a job that I sit at a desk for much of my time as a graphic designer and have been finding that my body has a more aches and pains than it has before. I've lived with arthritis in my knee joints for many years; yoga, Reiki and healthy food has helped. And now discovering Earthing ...my aches and pains have diminished even more greatly!
I notice the way my body feels more relaxed and pain free after just having the mat under my feet for the day, and sleeping with the mat in my bed through the night. My sleep has been even more incredibly deep, and I wake up fresh and ready for my daily adventures to begin. – Tim
Earthing, also known as grounding, is based on research that demonstrates that connecting to Earth’s electrical energy promotes physical well-being. The act of Earthing refers to a physical connection between the electrical frequencies of the human body with that of Earth’s (think barefoot in the grass, or at the beach). Just like the sun constantly provides us with energy and vitamins, the earth too is a source of subtle energy that contributes to optimum health.
discovery of earthing
Although Earthing is a rapidly growing movement that have many people excited about the future of physical health, it hasn’t always been so widely accepted. In fact in the late 1990s when a retired cable TV executive named Clint Ober first introduced the idea, he was met with skepticism and even ridicule. What does a cable guy know about health? Apparently, much more than you’d think.
As the founder of the once leading cable installation company in the US, Ober knew a thing or two about cable imaging and electrical frequencies. He knew that a well grounded TV cable installation that prevented signals from leaking out and outside disturbances from leaking in delivered a crisp, high quality image. Those that were not well grounded did not.
After retiring, Ober started to take note of the fact that almost everyone is now sporting synthetic-soled footwear made of non-conductive materials – he knew that these shoes with rubber and plastic soles prevent us from being grounded. Ober then began to wonder what effect, if any, this relatively recent and widespread disconnect with the earth had on the human body. If at all like the world of cable, he thought this case of habit could very well mean we’re passing a large part of our lives ungrounded and therefore disconnected from Earth’s stabilizing energy field. Could this disconnect have a detrimental effect on human health? After failing to rally support from the world of science, Ober took things in his own hands and began performing his own studies to see if his theory had any validity. In time, his work gained the attention of a few members of the medical community including renowned cardiologist, Stephen Sinatra.
For over a decade, Ober and a handful of supporters performed various studies that examined the effect that sleeping while grounded had on physical health. The results were consistent: participants reported sleeping better as well as a reduction in pain.
Initially Ober believed the elimination of static electricity (imagine minor blips within energy flows) to be the cause of such positive results. Although certainly true, the lack of static electricity only accounted for part of the answer of why Earthing works. In fact, Ober was inadvertently providing the world of science with a never before seen piece of the chronic pain puzzle.
Ober knew that Earth’s electrical surface is made up of negative charged electrons (also known as free electrons). These electrons have the ability to move more freely and reduce positive charges (free radicals). Free radicals continue to ravage our bodies healthy cells in search of the one thing they are missing, an electron. Once a free radical finds it’s missing electron, it is satiated and is no longer contributing to the inflammation in the body. While many of us may grow to be ‘electron deficient’, we now understand that the earth below our feet is the greatest source of these electrons.. if only we stay in contact with it.
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"Healing may not be so much about getting better,
as about letting go of everything that isn't you
– all of the expectations, all of the beliefs –
and becoming who you are."
– Rachel Naomi Remen