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The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {10} ~ Be Grateful For Life Sucking

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

If you are going through a hard time right now, you might want to smack anyone who would suggest that you find something to be grateful for, but there is a part of you that wants to feel better, that wants to have some hope. You may also be thinking that this is just a post and I can never be able to understand what you are going through. That is the truth, no one can ever fully get you because your story is unique, everyone’s story is unique. But pain is pain and we all have had our share.

Learning to be grateful in dire situations takes practice. If you are facing a bad situation, ask yourself:
– What are the positives that can come from this?
– What lesson do I need to learn from this?
– How can I turn this into an opportunity?
How do you get into the Habit of Practising Gratitude?

Being grateful, looking for opportunities and lessons in whatever situation you are facing is not going to be an automatic reaction overnight, it takes practice.

  1. Keep a Gratitude Diary
    Make a daily habit of writing down at least 3 things you are grateful for every day. I had a gratitude diary I used for this purpose, but you could start each night with writing in your journal 3 things you are grateful for then documenting anything else you want.
  2. Ask Yourself Questions
    Put the questions above (what are the positives that can come from this? What lesson do I need to learn from this? How can I turn this into an opportunity), in a note on your phone to refer to when needed. When something is happening and you need help, look at it, ask yourself those questions and write down your answers.
  3. Have Positive Discussions
    When you talk with other people, instead of listing out all your problems or complaining about everything, discuss the good things in your life or if you do need to talk to someone about your problems, look for solutions as you do it. We all need someone to talk to and I am not saying don’t ask for help. Talk with whoever you need, look for solutions or ask them to help you look for solutions then take action. Don’t dwell on the negative. Studies have shown the positive effects gratitude has on our health, career, relationships and life overall. In my life, when I have been consciously practising an attitude of gratitude, I have found it easier to find solutions to my problems, my personal life improves, and more. My brain actively seeks out the solutions I want to the problems I face instead of focusing on the problem. As a result, my life improves. When I am not focused on gratitude and I allow negative thoughts to consume me, I spiral down, things in my life don’t go the way I want/need and I find it difficult to dig myself out of the dark hole I end up in.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {10} ~ Angels {9} ~ Healing Your Inner Child

Welcome fellow souls to «The Human Family Crash Course Series», a project collaborated by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“The most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children.” ~ Jim Henson

“Let us listen to the needs of our inner child that is being tamed and imprisoned by the rules of a grown-up world.” ~ Erik Pevernagie

I hear you ask “What is inner child work?” Inner-child work is a transformative tool for healing from psychological trauma, dysfunctional patterns, and self-harming behaviours. The inner-child is not a literal child, it is a metaphorical “little you”. The inner-child part of your psyche that is still childlike, innocent, and full of wonder. World-renowned psychologist Carl Jung originated the “Divine Child” archetype, while Art therapist Lucia Capacchione initiated the movement toward  “reparenting” our inner-child in the 1970s. Family Systems Therapist Virginia Satir was known to conduct “parts parties” in her group sessions, which involved having each individual call forth their own inner-archetypes ranging from the inner-child, the mother, the judge, the fool and so on. She recognized that human beings are multi-dimensional and discovered that by working with and integrating all of our unique parts, we can heal and deepen in self-awareness.

By connecting with our inner-child, we gain access to wisdom in our unhealed wounds, and the needs that may not have been met when we were actually children. Then, “reparenting” becomes the process of meeting those needs and practicing self-care so we can operate in the world as happy, functional adults.

Susan Anderson, the author of “the Journey from Abandonment to Healing” elucidates the layers of inner-child work in 3 parts – the Inner-Child, the Outer-Child and the Adult Self. 

Inner-Child

The “little you” – tender, emotional. Your inner-child is the innocent part of you, this is all about feelings and your primal needs.

~Vulnerable and innocent

~Deep feeling and sensitivity

~Curious, creative and playful

~Craves love, recognition, and validation

~Desires connection and safety

~Open-minded

~Total in expression – be it anger, sadness, joy

Outer-Child

Responsible for self-defeating behaviours, self-sabotage. The outer child responds to the inner-child and can over-protect by acting out.

~Self-defeating behaviours.

~Loss of control over behaviour and reactions.

~Uncalibrated in the expression of anger.

~Impatient and impulsive.

~Self-centered and focused on having needs met.

~Sabotages your inner-growth and fights change.

~Over-protects inner-child by pushing love away.

Wounded Inner-Child

~Reaction to emotional or psychological neglect.

~A deep-seated belief that you are broken.

~Fear of abandonment and loss of love.

~Insecure and low-self esteem.

~Loss of self in an attempt to gain approval from others.

~Fearful of setting boundaries or saying “no”.

~Seeking instant-gratification through substances, shopping, distraction, and procrastination.

Integrated Adult

When a healthy dialogue has formed between inner-child {“little me”} and adult self.

~Connected to body sensations and emotions.

~Can identify and clearly communicate emotions.

~Able to identify needs and make requests without anger or over-reaction.

~Remains true to self even in conflict.

~Self-honoring and able to set boundaries.

~Gives space to inner-child to have big feelings without shutting them down.

~Practices self-love and self-care.

~Continously working on transforming the thought patterns that had become a habit and re-train the brain into immediately loving your inner child as a natural instinct.

How to Connect to Your Inner-Child

~Body-scan, tune into your physical sensations. Connecting to your inner child requires that you go inward, rather than seeking distraction in times of emotional intensity and turbulence.

~Close your eyes and visualize “little you”, form a dialogue. Ask questions like “what are you feeling, what do you need right now?”

~Draw a picture, paint, or make art that reflects your inner-child.

~Write a letter to your inner-child.

~Use mantras such as “you’re safe”, and “I am here to take care of you”.

~Practice setting boundaries and building healthy routines.

~Practice self-care and take care of yourself as if you are your own parent, this is re-parenting. 

~Take a moment to feel your feelings, and then take action when you are calm, grounded and stable. Feet on the ground.

I’ll love you and leave you with this following quote, let us know how you love and re-parent your inner child below! 

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kidergarten. Then wen you hit puberty they take te crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on agebra, history, ect. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.” ~ Hugh MacLeod

~Amber {DiosRaw}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {8} ~ Grounding Meditation

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

Choosing to be present and fully occupying your own space is the most effective choice you can make in times of stress to improve well being and resilience. This simple grounding practice is a direct path to clarity, ease, and comfort in your own skin. Regular practice is also a powerful contribution to all those around you.

One of the ways that meditation benefits practitioners is the way that it produces a deep state of relaxation, which enables the person to focus and attend to one thought or object. With the different techniques of meditative practice available to everyone, it is now possible to control chaotic thoughts and the usual mind clutter that leads to frustration and confusion. The mind is often crowded by nagging worries and negative emotions, which affect a person’s judgment. Meditation succeeds where other approaches fail. Since it has been introduced to the West, meditative practices have benefited millions of people who lead happier lives because they are better equipped to deal with any challenge they encounter.

Begin.
Find a quiet place to sit or lie down where you won’t be disturbed. If that isn’t available, do it while walking or standing. Grounding is always available. Intention is key.
Choose to be present in your own body and to reclaim the attention you may have spread elsewhere. Choose also to release what you might be holding on to that is no longer useful.
Move your toes, feel your feet. Move your fingers, feel your hands.
Briefly scan the sensations of your body from toes to fingers to head. Notice you have a body. There is no need to judge or evaluate, simply notice.
Focus your attention on your breathing. Notice you have breath. No need to evaluate, simply notice.
Observe 3 cycles of breath. Simply noticing.
Begin to bring your full attention to your toes. Breathe into your toes, simply envision the air you take in extending all the way down to your toes.
Expand your attention to your feet. Ankles. Lower legs. Knees. Upper legs, hips, and pelvis.
Notice how this may allow for a spontaneous relaxation that opens up more breath.
Move on to your spine, rib cage and organs. Shoulders, hands, arms, and neck. Head, brain, and face.
Allow the focus to ease and expand throughout the body. Observe 3 cycles of breath. Simply noticing. Release the practice and come back to the room.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {7} ~ Meditation For Restful Sleep

Welcome fellow souls to «The Human Family Crash Course Series», a project collaborated by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Give it to God and go to sleep.” ~ Anonymous

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” ~ Irish Proverb

Everyone has wrestled to fall asleep at one point in their lives or another. Perhaps it was a stressful day or there’s an upcoming obligation on the horizon occupying your thoughts. Maybe you just woke up in the middle of the night with thoughts swirling around in your consciousness and now you can’t fall back asleep. Whatever it is, a guided meditation can help bring you back to center, directing your attention toward your intention; which in this case, is getting a good night’s sleep.

Sleep is an important state of rest and rejuvenation and a source of energy for the body and mind. Haven’t you noticed that when you are sleep-deprived you feel more tired, grouchy, irritable, and crazy?

Adequate sleep is very important: when you’re asleep your brain wave frequencies change, and neural firing decreases. Better sleep can lower stress and improve your memory, mental clarity, focus, immune system, and also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. Though healthy sleep has more to do with the quality of the rest, quantity also is important. Sometimes we might notice that our sleep patterns are disturbed for many reasons and we don’t get enough sleep. This affects our memory, productivity and everyday life.

Here are some YouTube guided meditations for a restful sleep ~

~Binaural beats between 1 and 30 Hz are alleged to create and simulate the same brainwave pattern that one would experience during meditation. When you listen to a sound with a certain frequency, your brain waves will synchronize with that frequency. The theory is that binaural beats can help create the frequency needed for your brain to create the same waves commonly experienced during a meditation practice. The use of binaural beats in this way is sometimes called brainwave entrainment technology. ~ https://youtu.be/FIMdEPd98xs

~https://youtu.be/2f5mRTjkHJ4
~https://youtu.be/obvfbKND-fM
~https://youtu.be/x5jP8UMDoww
~https://youtu.be/RfyoNTgeHiY
~https://youtu.be/nMDHjVVj3bA

“Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.” ~ Rumi

We hope these meditations will aid you into finding restful sleep! Sleep well fellow souls.

~Amber {DiosRaw}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {6} ~ Meditation For Stress

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

This guided meditation script will help put your mind at ease in an instant! For thousands of years, religious leaders, priests, and monks have used meditation as they search for salvation, revelation, and enlightenment. Now, ordinary people who want to attain inner peace can utilize the same principles. Through meditation, you can be better equipped to deal with everyday stresses. There are many benefits to meditation including the removal of stress from the body. This is the reason why a lot of people are considering this practice: it feels good!

Have you ever been in the middle of a stressful situation and wished you could be somewhere else—like lying on a tropical beach? Guided imagery helps you use your imagination to take you to a calm, peaceful place.
Because of the way the mind and body are connected, guided imagery can make you feel like you are experiencing something just by imagining it.
You can do guided imagery with audio recordings, an instructor, or a script (a set of written instructions) to lead you through the process.
You use all of your senses in guided imagery. For example, if you want a tropical setting, you can imagine the warm breeze on your skin, the bright blue of the water, the sound of the surf, the sweet scent of tropical flowers, and the taste of coconut so that you actually feel like you are there.
Imagining yourself in a calm, peaceful setting can help you relax and relieve stress.
How do you do guided imagery?

To give guided imagery a try, follow these steps:
Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down. Close your eyes.
Start by just taking a few deep breaths to help you relax.
Picture a setting that is calm and peaceful. This could be a beach, a mountain setting, a meadow, or a scene that you choose.
Imagine your scene, and try to add some detail. For example, is there a breeze? How does it feel? What do you smell? What does the sky look like? Is it clear, or are there clouds?
It often helps to add a path to your scene. For example, as you enter the meadow, imagine a path leading you through the meadow to the trees on the other side. As you follow the path farther into the meadow you feel more and more relaxed.
When you are deep into your scene and are feeling relaxed, take a few minutes to breathe slowly and feel the calm.
Think of a simple word or sound that you can use in the future to help you return to this place. Then, when you are ready, slowly take yourself out of the scene and back to the present. Tell yourself that you will feel relaxed and refreshed and will bring your sense of calm with you.
Count to 3, and open your eyes. Notice how you feel right now.
It may help to have an instructor or audio recording to follow. You can also use a script (a set of written instructions), but hearing the instructions may be a better way to relax into the process.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {5} ~ Meditation For Wholeness

Welcome fellow souls to «The Human Family Crash Course Series», a project collaborated by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole.” ~ C.G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul

Perhaps the simplest way to put it is that wholeness is an experience, a process, a journey, and also a trait of your innermost Self. We are dealing with the world of paradox here where two seemingly opposing states can both be true. As humans, we are innately flawed, imperfect, and ‘broken.’ Yet at the same time, we contain within us a deeper essence (that goes beyond the ego) that is whole and complete. Can you see the paradox here? Wholeness is a trait of your innermost Being and therefore, it’s also an experience you can have in moments of silence, stillness, contemplation, and present moment awareness. Furthermore, wholeness is a process and therefore a journey because in order to experience it, we need to slowly dismantle the layers shrouding that inner whole core.

Did you know that wholeness and holiness are connected? Holy comes from the Old English word hālig, which means “whole, healthy, entire, and complete.” So to be whole means to be holy. Wholeness is holiness and this is why when we have a direct experience of our wholeness it tends to feel like a mystical experience of awe, gratitude, love, and reverie.

Meditation For Wholeness 

Now find a comfortable seated position and close your eyes. Begin by bringing your awareness to your breath. Notice yourself breathing in and breathing out. Notice the quality of your breath – whether your breath is deep or shallow, fast or slow. Bring your breath to a comforting rhythm. Take a few moments to bring yourself to your body and to the present moment with your breath. Imagine with your out breath all that burdens you birthed out into the air to dissipate and with the in breath imagine divine white light entering your vessel to cleanse your body. 

Now use your imagination, your mind’s eye, and imagine a leaf in your hand. Notice the size, the shape, the weight, the texture of the leaf. Reflect on how this small leaf contains the life force of a mighty oak tree. Reflect on how tough and resilient this small leaf must be in order to survive the fall to the ground, the elements of sun, rain, wind, or snow, and the animals and bugs that will try to consume it. Just like an leaf that has everything it needs to decompose into the earth once more, you have everything within you to become your full self. Inside of yourself is a whole and complete you that has always been there. It is the wise and resilient part of you that may have become hidden or obscured by the darkness of life, waiting for the right moment to crack open and emerge. See if you can look into yourself now and find that seed, that life force. Allow yourself to touch it, to feel it, to hold on to it and be grounded by it. Allow yourself to give it the care, nurture, and patience that it needs to unfold into your mighty self.

Now come back to the awareness of your eternal and guiding breath. We will leave the image of the leaf for now. You can come back to this imagery whenever you need to. Notice yourself breathing in and breathing out. Notice if anything has changed for you since the beginning of this activity. Continue meditating for prefered. Now gently open your eyes and bring yourself back to this room.  

We hope this meditation will help you on your journey to finding the wholeness within. Let us know what types of meditations aid you..

~Amber {DiosRaw}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {4} ~ Releasing To Allow

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

If there was ever a time when we all needed the tools and resources to reclaim our energy, come back to center, and release how that energy is manifesting for us – I think it is safe to say that time is now. With so much changing around us 24/7 these days, it is so challenging to really feel secure, and embodied, to simply get through our day, let alone find growth.

Utilizing acupuncture, essential oils, massage allows for full connection, spirit-mind-body, while calling in messages from the universe that support your highest vibrancy. Energy, to me, is our physical and spiritual body’s resonance with the frequency of the universe. All of those parts that make us up are floating around in space at high rates of speed, which manifest themselves in physical form. The energy pulling our bodies toward the Earth is the same that spins our DNA, the same that rotates the moon, and even the same that created the galaxies!

HERBS ARE A NATURALLY GROUNDING PLANT
The Earth has gifted us with all the medicine necessary to keep our feet on the ground and our minds clear, not to mention our physical and spiritual bodies thriving. And all it takes is some water and probably what you already have in your cupboards. It is simple to make an herbal infusion right from your own spice rack, with a little know-how of each herb, and your goals in mind.

What is a herbal infusion? Herbs steeped in liquid, which allows the nutrients and flavor of the herbs to infuse the water. This allows for the medicinal properties and flavor to steep into the water, or liquid, but always that caffeine as well. Both options are equally medicinal, however depending on how sensitive you are to caffeine.
HERBING ABOUT: GROUNDING AND ENERGY RELEASE
Let’s talk about on hand herbs which support you by easing tension and supporting your physical and emotional health.

BASIL, OREGANO, THYME: All three herbs are incredibly nutrient dense full of essential vitamins and minerals as well as deeply grounding herbs.
BLACK PEPPER: You think to pepper your food, but putting black pepper in your tea supports the absorption of nutrients into the cells as well as releasing stuck or stagnant energy or emotions in the body.
ROSEMARY: Another herb loaded with nutrients and incredibly soothing for the physical body.
CINNAMON, GINGER: Both are very warming herbs, wonderful for digestion, soothing for the nerves and pain, with chemical constituents supportive of warding off bacteria and viruses.

Method : Steep herbs in a tea strainer (no ground herbs!) and simmering water for 20 minutes to allow nutrients to seep out. The longer you steep, the more nutrient dense it will be. Combined together, these herbs make for a delightfully grounding, and deeply soothing, infusion.

Unless you have allergies to a certain herb, there aren’t really any reasons to avoid any of the basic herbs you have on hand, or that you would find at your local grocery. If you want to get deeper into the herbal world, using less common herbs that most people are not familiar with, I recommend seeking out support from someone familiar with herbal medicine.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {3} ~ Sacred Space

Welcome fellow souls to «The Human Family Crash Course Series», a project collaborated by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“Sacred space is not just an external place. It is an internal place as well.” ~ Mat Auryn, Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation

“We use rituals in our Moon Circle in order to set the evening apart as a sacred space. We use it to recentre ourselves, to allow crashing thoughts to melt away. Like music and art, rituals can open our hearts to new possibilities. They allow us to see with a fresh clarity, and bring us to a space of liminality. Liminal space is what we feel when we see a stunning sunset and the world around us drops away. It’s when we hear a new song and begin crying at the traffic lights. It’s the quiet of Christmas Eve, when everything is done and all the family is asleep, and your mind grows still and full of gladness.” ~ Lucy Aitkenread, Moon Circle: Rediscover intuition, wildness and sisterhood

A sacred space is generally known as a designated area in your apartment, home or garden that you can go to release stress and tune into yourself. It is a space for just ‘being’. A place where we can reflect, read, write and unwind ~ a place just for you.

And I hear you whispering softly, “why do we need a sacred space?” A sacred space helps us remain grounded to the earth and go within our thoughts and feelings. Sacred space aids us in recharging our batteries when we are feeling drained.

Most people automatically assume that a sacred space is mainly to do with a religion or a religious practice, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. While it can deepen spirituality through prayer and meditation; it can simply just be a place where we keep all the things we love to spend time with. Regardless of what this space is used for, a sacred space is a place for you to just be you.

In a universe woven of interconnectivity, there is nothing that is not sacred. When we intentionally open up sacred space, we enter into a conscious relationship with our environment, with the recognition that all is sacred. A communion with spirit. By surrendering to this great mystery, we open up for healing and guidance from the unseen. The laws of the 3D world do not abide here and anything is possible..

Creating a Sacred Space

Sacred spaces can be anywhere you want it to be. It can be in a small corner of a room, outside in a garden, a forest near you, or if you have a big house, you can convert an extra room into a sacred space. It can be minimal or it can be complex, that’s for you to design and explore.

The most important thing is that it feels like it is your own and that it’s quiet, comforting, relaxing and calming. If you can sit close to the ground it will keep you grounded. It is fundamental to cleanse the energy of your sacred space, here are some tips. ~  

Clearing The Area ~ Clear the space from clutter, visual distractions, audio pollution and anything that would fill it with uncleansed energy. Make use of sage and palo santo, set an intention and know it that the smoke is purifying the space. 

Setting Your Intention ~ Your sacred space is a place to meditate, pray,  reflect, contemplate, write, daydream, create etc  Don’t answer emails or calls, use the internet, or watch TV in this area as you want to be free of distractions.

Asking for Guidance ~ Use your sacred space to connect with your inner wisdom and the universe by asking for Guidance from the universe, angels and your guides. This will help you with seeking guidance and strengthening you spiritual practices.

Using Aromatics ~ Use aromatherapy, essential oils and incense to clear dense energy, bring about a positive mental state, center your mind and let go of distractions.

Your sacred space is a prominent portal to your past, present, and future; your intention is the web that weaves the dream you enter. You set the rules and limits. The space you create is a physical blueprint and a guidance system for the spirit realm. You may choose to build a traditional mesa (altar) aligned with the four directions, or simply use your intuition to guide you, as to how things should be arranged. In this way, we create a space that I feel good and protected in.

Do you have your own sacred space? Let us know below..

~Amber {DiosRaw}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {2} ~ Walking With Grace & Faith

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” ― Anne Lamott

If you feel that you are only one today going through hard times, hope this post offers you grace for yourself. Giving ourselves that grace, that space when we are struggling is so important and I believe that finding that grace within ourselves strengthens our faith. We are all in dark time at some point of time in our lives and grace is what reminds us to stay afloat.

It’s an open secret that many people feel most connected to God when they’re in the mountains, on the beach, or in the desert—in wild, expansive places. They’re places where we’re able to gain a sense of perspective, of things in their right place. Something similar often happens for gardeners in their own backyards and for cooks in their kitchens. For someone like me who identifies as a contemplative, these three spaces of wilderness, garden, and kitchen (table), continually prompt a deeper awareness of God’s presence and develop a deeper capacity to accept God’s radical love, ultimately cultivating a fuller communion with God and with all of creation.

But has nature been created for a reason?

We have nature within us and because of that, the seasonal shifts in our external environment become expressed in our bodies.

Grounding (also called earthing, earth grounding and earth therapy) is the idea that by making direct contact with the earth’s electrical energy, we will feel better and alleviate certain health issues. The surface of the earth is loaded with negatively charged electrons (AKA: free electrons). When we come into contact with the earth’s surface, our bodies absorb this energy, which in turn neutralizes damaging free radicals that exist within our bodies.

Whether grounding can be proven scientifically is a polarizing issue. The theory has garnered a lot of skepticism, with some in the medical profession calling it a hoax or likening it to wearing a tinfoil hat. That is where grace and faith come into the picture. Begin by asking:
• How well do I take care of myself?
• Do I make sure that my emotional needs are met?
• Do I give myself the rest and relaxation I need?
• Can I accept the care and love others offer graciously without dependency?
• Am I able to separate myself from highly dependent relationships which drain and deplete me?

In India the earth is called the Mother. Anything to do with grounding has a relationship to the Mother. As you respect and honour her within yourself, she will look after and protect you. Becoming grounded and staying grounded are like planting a beautiful garden and making sure the garden remains beautiful. Maintenance is required. As we become more grounded we become more stable, more comfortable and stronger in our relationship with yourself. As we become more grounded our thinking naturally subsides without mental effort, ergo we become more peaceful. Through practice we learn to anchor our attention in our bodies and breath.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {1} ~ Discovering Who You Are & What You Are

Welcome fellow souls to «The Human Family Crash Course Series», a project collaborated by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ~ Aristotle

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” ~ Lewis Carroll , Alice in Wonderland

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring, will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.” ~ T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets

You’re lost in the abyss.. You’re ashamed to admit that you have null clues about who you truly are, you have no idea about what you want in life. In truth, you feel like a complete stranger to yourself. Can you relate? If so, don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with you.

There are a multiplex of reasons as to why it’s difficult to know who you really are. Some of the main explanations include ~ 

~You were raised in a dysfunctional family that discarded individuality and had strict family roles (you’re likely also the black sheep of the family).

~You’ve developed low self-esteem/self-loathing as a result of negative life experiences, and the thoughts (or stories) in your head prevent you from seeing your true beauty/power.

~You’re being heavily influenced by the media including TV shows, movies, ads, YouTube channels, Instagram celebrities, etc. who make you think that you need to be someone you’re not (thus, demoralizing you even more).

~You’re surrounded by people who reinforce inauthenticity, low self-esteem, and poor decision making – these people feed the cycle of your insecurity and confusion.

~Your daily habits, commitments, and life choices prevent you from taking the time to soul search and find who you truly are.

What has happened? Your ego is your false identity self, the mask you present to the world. You were conditioned to develop this ego-mask as a child as we all are. The ego’s purpose is to help you function in society. But at the same time, it also obscures your True Self (your Soul). Soul loss is the result of us identifying with our False Self (ego) and forgetting about our True Self (soul).

As a result of our soul loss, we don’t know who we truly are. We’re also plagued with feelings of depression, anxiety, emptiness, hopelessness, and a sensation of being like little tiny isolated islands floating in the sea of life, delirious. In truth, if we could connect with our souls, we’d realize how interconnected we truly are and no longer suffer so much. When we identify with the False Self, we lose touch with our wildness, with the vitality and rawness of who we truly are and what we genuinely want. This lack of wildness, zestfulness, and soulfulness is what gives rise to a feeling of staleness and boredom. We feel empty inside. We become bored with ourselves easily and keep pursuing relationships, careers, or things that we think will give us back that spark of life. We are then living an illusion.

Remember that nothing outside of yourself can reinstate or embed that soul spark within you, it’s all here now simultaneously happening in the forever present. All the wisdom and knowledge you need is right here, hidden in plain sight as they say. 

Here are some tips to explore who you truly are ~ 

~Make time for solitude. In solitude, we can space ourselves from the noise around us that clutters our minds and confuses us. If others are confused, explain to them that you need some time to rejuvenate alone. If they’re reasonable, they’ll get the picture. If not, you may need to forcibly set boundaries and find time to be alone.

~Mentally and emotionally purge. One of the most effective ways of mentally and emotionally purging is through journaling and drawing. Begin by vomiting all that you feel onto a page. Don’t censor yourself. Let it run free and get as explicit as you like.

~Pinpoint your top five core needs. One prominent way of pinpointing your core needs is by focusing on areas of life that make you feel miserable. In what parts of life are you the unhappiest? You can be sure a core need isn’t being met there, look into it and stare it in the face.

~Think about what you really want in life.

~Embrace your right to be self-sovereign. To be self-sovereign means to step into the role of King or Queen of your life. Instead of seeking validation and approval from others like a beggar, you turn inwards and find that acceptance within yourself.

~Explore, travel, ponder and find your passion. Many of you reading may be writers, in this case, venture into different areas such as poetry to dive into new avenues.

~Say goodbye to people and commitments that reinforce inauthenticity. It might be scary to redesign your life from the ground up, but it’s worth doing if you want to make real change. Try to find friends and commitments that honor your right to be self-sovereign.

~Connect with your spiritual center. To reconnect with your spiritual center, whether you call that your soul, God, your higher self or your spirit guide, make some conscious and intentional time to explore what spirituality means for and to you.

~Reconnect with your wildness. Pay attention to what fills you with joy, excitement, fizziness, and passion. You can be sure you’ve found something that enriches your soul, something that is truly you. Reconnecting with your wildness is very much about learning to connect to your body. Your body is like an antenna of truth, and anything untrue will immediately be registered and expressed by your body.

“When Akiba was on his deathbed, he bemoaned to his rabbi that he felt he was a failure. His rabbi moved closer and asked why, and Akiba confessed that he had not lived a life like Moses. The poor man began to cry, admitting that he feared God’s judgment. At this, his rabbi leaned into his ear and whispered gently, “God will not judge Akiba for not being Moses. God will judge Akiba for not being Akiba.” ~ From the Talmud

Exploring and journeying into how to find yourself can be a winding and looping path, but it’s worth walking. Without finding out who you truly are, you will forever feel lost in life and continuously make the same mistakes, over and over again, ad nauseam. To find yourself is to be yourself, and to be yourself is to find yourself. There is both an individual and transpersonal element to finding yourself; it is a path necessary for outer and inner growth.

Our hope is that now you have a fresh path to follow and some valuable advice to absorb. Feel free to tell us, what has your journey been like in learning to find yourself?

~Amber {DiosRaw}