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« Reply #15: August 18, 2009, 12:36:42 am »

Chakra cleansing and balancing is a good thing to do whenever you're trying to do energy work.

Ah, ok. I see now.

I think I'll take a few weeks and try to really get my grounding going properly. I've been reading (in books and on forums/websites) that you shouldn't do any other energy work until you can ground properly.

The side effects don't sound too serious...but dizziness and headaches have always been something that I can't handle.

Something I've also considered after reading up on some things (and that I think someone else touched on earlier), I think last time I may have been low on energy in general. And since I didn't practice grounding for very long, I didn't take in much energy.

I'm going to have to go into some sort of Wiccan Scientist mode and do some experimenting/testing with my techniques and energy levels.

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I'm kind of excited. x3
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« Reply #16: August 18, 2009, 07:51:37 pm »

I've been reading (in books and on forums/websites) that you shouldn't do any other energy work until you can ground properly.
Why?

Just wondering. I haven't heard that before. I guess it is considered a "basic skill" of sorts, but I'm wondering why someone would say you shouldn't do anything else before you're able to ground. Maybe you shouldn't do a full circle casting / spell work if you don't ground well? That's IF you're Wiccan-ish and cast a circle at all.

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« Reply #17: August 18, 2009, 09:24:13 pm »

I think I'll take a few weeks and try to really get my grounding going properly. I've been reading (in books and on forums/websites) that you shouldn't do any other energy work until you can ground properly.

I mean it certainly helps but it isn't like a requirement. Grounding is a good basic meditation anyways, that if you can get it down will help with other things but I don't think it should keep you from doing other types of energy work. Research some more, but most importantly know yourself.
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« Reply #18: August 18, 2009, 09:43:42 pm »

Why?

Just wondering. I haven't heard that before. I guess it is considered a "basic skill" of sorts, but I'm wondering why someone would say you shouldn't do anything else before you're able to ground. Maybe you shouldn't do a full circle casting / spell work if you don't ground well? That's IF you're Wiccan-ish and cast a circle at all.

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I only think grounding is a first step for doing energy work that involves altering the energy within your own body. Casting a circle, working a spell, or other types of energy work that can be done "outside" of the body don't necessary require the skill to ground yourself, but if bringing energy into your body or trying to raise it internally, being able to ground and draw in or release energy helps.
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« Reply #19: August 18, 2009, 09:46:18 pm »

I mean it certainly helps but it isn't like a requirement. Grounding is a good basic meditation anyways, that if you can get it down will help with other things but I don't think it should keep you from doing other types of energy work. Research some more, but most importantly know yourself.
I would tend to agree. I don't ground very often, and have been working with my own personal energy since I was a child (just didn't know what it was called/what I was doing). So it's not a complete requirement. But that being said, it is definitely a good thing to know

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« Reply #20: August 18, 2009, 10:02:21 pm »

I only think grounding is a first step for doing energy work that involves altering the energy within your own body. Casting a circle, working a spell, or other types of energy work that can be done "outside" of the body don't necessary require the skill to ground yourself, but if bringing energy into your body or trying to raise it internally, being able to ground and draw in or release energy helps.
Right, it's helpful. The way Christina phrased it made it sound like some sort of prerequisite, which I don't believe it is.
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« Reply #21: August 18, 2009, 11:45:11 pm »

For example, it's a little harder to visualise yourself as a tall tree with a deep root, reaching towards the sun if you're lying on your back: your body (which runs energy) *and* your internal sense of self are pointed in a different direction than the visualisation. (It's not to say it can't be done, but it's usually harder.)

Funnily enough, the exercise I use now, a variant on the 'taproot' one the OP mentioned, is exactly that.  I lie down and visualize roots extending into the earth from all over my body.  I 'push' any negative energy down the roots into the earth to be recycled, then 'pull' positive energy in from the universe (AKA above me) to replace it.  I don't picture branches going up but I end up feeling like a tree anyway.

I do it this way because I feel negative energy very strongly in certain places in my body -- heart, head and stomach usually -- and don't like having to 'push' it all the way down my spine in order to get it out.  Too often pieces got 'stuck' further down my body.  I find it easier and more thorough to connect in as many places as possible.
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« Reply #22: August 18, 2009, 11:48:57 pm »

I'm going to have to go into some sort of Wiccan Scientist mode and do some experimenting/testing with my techniques and energy levels.

I'm kind of excited. x3

"Wiccan Scientist mode" ... I like!  I might steal that description for myself Smiley. Sounds to me like you're definitely on the right track.

I mentioned above that I do a variation on the 'taproot' technique with multiple roots instead of one.  It helps keep me from getting energy 'stuck' in my body.  Maybe you could try that?
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« Reply #23: August 18, 2009, 11:53:42 pm »

Funnily enough, the exercise I use now, a variant on the 'taproot' one the OP mentioned, is exactly that.  I lie down and visualize roots extending into the earth from all over my body.  I 'push' any negative energy down the roots into the earth to be recycled, then 'pull' positive energy in from the universe (AKA above me) to replace it.  I don't picture branches going up but I end up feeling like a tree anyway.

I do it this way because I feel negative energy very strongly in certain places in my body -- heart, head and stomach usually -- and don't like having to 'push' it all the way down my spine in order to get it out.  Too often pieces got 'stuck' further down my body.  I find it easier and more thorough to connect in as many places as possible.

I've used a grounding method when laying down. I'll envision the earth covering me- moss, roots, dirt, whatever you want and when I'm covered, I see the bad stuff being leeched out of me. If that makes sense. Sometimes it's easier for me to do. Not to mention, I can visualize/feel the warmth of hte earth that way. It's a nice feeling, helps to drive things home for me.

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« Reply #24: August 19, 2009, 01:03:07 pm »

Right, it's helpful. The way Christina phrased it made it sound like some sort of prerequisite, which I don't believe it is.

Oh, that actually was the way I interpreted that.

I'm glad for the clarification though. :3



And I think I'm getting close to sorting out a grounding method that works best for me. Strangely, it works best when I ground out night.  Undecided

But the two methods that have worked for me are the taproot one to absorb energy, and then a kind of whirlwind that whooshes it all away.

Another one I somehow ended up visualizing last night was, instead of a taproot, it was a little plug. And there was a socket deep in the earth. My little plug/cord connected and a tiny green light came on in my mind. As I started absorbing energy, a little knob (like for volume or something) starting turning and my negative energy came out through speakers. That one seemed to work too.

Is it just me or is that kind of strange?

The first time I managed to release some negative energy, I got this strange peaceful feeling and the next day (yesterday) I had a confidence I've never felt before. It was nice, for lack of a better word.
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