I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir
On August 4, 2011 I posted a blog entry called “To Hug a Tree”, emphasizing the connection we have with the Natural world and the importance of our conscious re-connection with it as an obvious and necessary extension of ourselves. Later that afternoon I walked into our local bookstore and directly into a book called, Earthing. The cover was of two, beautiful sand-colored human footprints impressed into a dark soil, and with greenery nearby. The title and cover alone drew me to pick up the book. Within moments I knew why:
In 1998, a man named Clint Ober sat on a park bench in Sedona, Arizona. As he watched the parade of people walking by, it occurred to him that almost everyone, including Clint, wore synthetic plastic or rubber soled shoes. He began to wonder if such footwear, which had increasingly replaced leather since the 1960s, could impact health.
A retired cable TV executive, who had spent 25 years participating in the rise of the cable industry and his own business, Clint Ober had understood exactly what “cable” for cable television does: the crisp image delivered by cable is the result of “shielding” that prevents signals from leaking out and prevents outside disturbances from leaking in. Clint Ober realized in a “lightening bolt moment” that plastic or rubber soles would insulate people from the natural electrical surface charge of the Earth.
Mr. Ober began to consider how his experience with cable TV might apply to the human body. He realized that most people wear synthetic-soled shoes that insulate their bodies from the Earth’s energy field. This seemingly simple realization inspired a scientific adventure that has resulted in what some say is perhaps the greatest health discovery of our time.
The surface of the Earth resonates with natural, subtle energies. Ongoing scientific research is discovering the details as to why people feel significantly better when they connect with these omnipresent energy fields. Earthing refers to the process of connecting by walking barefoot outside, as humans have done throughout history – or sitting, working, or sleeping grounded indoors. Earthing immediately equalizes your body to the same energy level, or potential, as the Earth, which results in synchronizing your internal biological clocks, hormonal cycles, and physiological rhythms, and suffusing your body with healing, negatively charged free electrons (a good thing) abundantly present on the surface of the Earth.
My gratitude runs deep for this wonderful person, Clint Ober, who has now spent the last decade helping people all over the world become “grounded” by something as simple as spending time barefoot, standing on the earth. “Naturally” numerous stories of whole-body healing have taken place. With his background in cable and the installation of it, he was inspired to take this “a-ha” moment many steps further, after years of research, creating additional products that aid people in improving their homes and workspace, and even sleeping areas, with items that can help to keep a human in touch with the energetic healing frequencies of the earth, even while surrounded by every nuance of the technologically advancing world.
I’ve not read Clint Ober’s book yet, and so I don’t know what he proposes with regard to how to stand, how long, and how often, but what I’d like to offer here is that our Mother Earth is everywhere. She costs nothing and gives of herself freely, although we have cost her plenty and taken much. For those who are in deep and dire need of balancing, healing, and recovery, I invite you to immediately create a sacred time each day where you stand directly on the earth, barefoot. Find a patch of earth that doesn’t already have pesticides sprayed on the grass, even if you have to ask someone’s help in locating or creating it. Perhaps it is in a neighbor’s organic garden area. If they have an organic garden, they are someone who has already begun to awaken, and I am certain that they will help you. They probably already have a sitting area where, if you are too weak to stand, you may sit with feet on the ground at first, graduating to standing later.
If you are in hospice, or are experiencing a health crisis of any degree at this time and need assistance in connecting directly with earth, you might ask your caregiver(s) to take an hour and read up on this idea of Earthing for you, and either follow simple guidelines as to how to get you directly upon the healing Mother Earth, – lying or sitting or standing – or follow their own intuition about what it would entail to make sure that you are warm, dry, comfortable and yet nothing lies between your body and the earth that would prevent you from receiving her healing, natural energies. For all we know, this vital piece of information and this obvious reminder of “what has already been given” is here for you right now, to utilize and to benefit from, and may provide the healing miracle you have prayed for.
Should you feel drawn to find out more beyond the simple act of standing for periods of time on the earth each day, I want to guide you to follow your own intuition, and if you feel curious, please visit both of Mr. Ober’s websites, where you can listen to audio clips, read more about all aspects of the research and the results, as well as read an excerpt from his book, Earthing, which I noticed is the recipient of the Nautilus Silver Award for 2011, an award that “recognizes books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living and positive social change, while at the same time stimulating the imagination and offering the reader new possibilities for a better life, and a better world.” As well, I observed in the product area of the Earthing website that they have a number of products which can aid in further healing by keeping a human body connected to these natural earth frequencies almost all day long, and yet I didn’t notice flash or glamour or a “sell” job for any of it. In fact, what I read while reading up on his research at a different website of his, devoted to the ongoing research and distribution of the Earthing concept, was this:
“We envision an “Earthing revolution” ahead as increasing numbers of people the world over experience the health benefits of Earthing and as more research is published.
We envision a massive demand for personal grounding products not just in homes and offices, but in clinics, hospitals, and even schools.
This expected wave of interest will create innumerable business and job opportunities to bring the calming and healing power of the Earth outside into the lives of everyone indoors so that everyone lives grounded most of each and every day.”
I close this entry with a prayer of thanks for this information coming my way, and your way, and the earth’s way at this time. And with, of course, a poem:
If We Are Naked
We say that we will have a Good Life.
This is a guarantee
if we are kind to one another.
If we are patient.
If, when I speak, you listen
and if when you speak, I hear you.
This is assured,
if we continue to look for one another.
If we want to find.
If, when I am here, I am seen,
and if, when you are here, I see you.
We say that this will be a Good Life.
This is a guarantee
if We are Naked with one another.
If We are clotheless.
If, when I am vulnerable,
and if, when you are defenseless,
‘If We Are Naked’ – Em Claire – Copyright 2007 All Rights Reserved
*Dedicated to the Protection of Mother Earth*