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Grounding is important for everyone, but especially for those people involved in spiritual or creative pursuits. Grounding is the process by which you pull back all the thoughts and energy from your mind and re-establish your foundation firmly here on Earth. This benefits you not only spiritually and mentally, improving your focus, sense of calm, and reducing anxiety, but also physically. Grounding or earthing has been shown to reduce inflammation and pain, improve sleep, boost self-healing mechanisms, and more.
When you are not grounded, you may feel very out of it or disconnected from yourself. You might experience confusion, anxiety, restlessness, or just feeling very “airy fairy”. Nothing really clicks and you feel like you are just floating through life. When you feel this way, you know you need to reconnect to your roots here on Earth and ground down.
There are many great methods for grounding down, such as walking barefoot outside, meditating, gardening, or hugging trees, but you can also use crystals to help in this process. You can hold a crystal in your hand and release all unwanted energies down through your body and into the stone. Since these stones are already grounded, they are prepared to receive these energies. Once you’re done, you can cleanse your crystal by placing it on some dirt or on a plant, saging it, or leaving it in a dish of sea salt overnight. You can charge it up again by setting it out in moonlight (full moon is best).
Black Tourmaline: Black Tourmaline is one of my favorite grounding and protection stones to help balance your root chakra and dispel negativity. This is a stone that you can carry around in your right pocket at almost any time –especially in crowded public places. Black Tourmaline is great for helping you ground down before meditation or healing and can also energize and focus your mind. As a stone of purification, Black Tourmaline helps to cleanse negative thoughts, ideas, and emotions and can be helpful in overcoming obsessive and compulsive tendencies. Finally, this stone is great for sending to school with your kids to keep them focused and grounded.
Hematite: Hematite is known as a stone of grounding and with good reason. Hematite creates a protective environment and strengthens the aura field protect against negativity. It can also protect your home or space by placing it in the corners of a room or property. This stone can help you organize your hectic thoughts, counteract spaciness and confusion, and find mental clarity in your daily life. Physically, Hematite helps with blood disorders, insomnia, nervous disorders, and spinal alignment. It is also an excellent stone for relieving anxiety and boost self-confidence.
Red Jasper: Red Jasper is a stone of strength and endurance and was once known as a talisman for warriors and heroes throughout history. Today, this stone is used to stimulate chi, bringing strength, vitality, stamina, focus, and determination. Red Jasper makes a great grounding stone thanks to its deep connection to the Earth. Wearing or carrying this stone can alleviate stress, strengthen the aura, and eliminate negativity. In addition, this is a passionate red stone that helps to balance the ideas and beliefs regarding sexual expression. This stone is perfect for jobs requiring physical strength and stamina, or those that require emotional endurance.
Smoky Quartz: Smoky Quartz is called a stone of change thanks to its ability to transform negative energy into positive. Smoky Quartz can help relieve negative emotions like stress, depression, jealousy, fear, and anxiety and will ward off doubt, worry, and confusion. This stone also protects the home or work environment against bad moods, resentments, and hostility. It can help you manifest your goals in both your personal and work lives. Finally, Smoky Quartz is a great tool for helping smokers quit, reducing the urge to smoke, and lessening the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
Gold Tiger’s Eye: Tiger’s Eye is a stone of protection that balances and grounds the wearer and brings a warm, stable energy suitable for meditation and healing. It is known as a stone of good luck and fortune and is ideal for entrepreneurs and those making big career changes or engaging in negotiations. It is a powerful stone and resonates especially with masculine energies. Tiger’s Eye helps to relieve fear, anger, anxiety, and tensions in close relationships. Physically, it helps heal broken bones quickly, fortifies the blood, balances hormones, and may aid in fertility.
Shungite: Shungite is a great grounding stone and is known as a stone of transformation and even the stone of life. It helps to ground your energies to the Earth, but is also very effective at protecting you from harmful electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) from your television, cell phone, computer, and more. It provides healing on physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental levels and even aids in cell rejuvenation. Physically, Shungite heals the immune system, arthritis, and breathing issues.
This is just a sampling of my favorite grounding crystals and stones, but there are so many more to choose from. Follow your intuition to find the perfect stones for your specific needs!