The Healing Power of Earthing
~ Gwilda Wiyaka ~
One of the many things shamanic practices across the globe have in common is a provision for maintaining connection with the natural world. It was believed that a shaman obtained his or her power through earth and stellar connection.
This seemingly magical practice dating back as far as 60,000 years took into account the energetic relationship between the earth, stars and humans, long before we understood the electromagnetic nature of the heavens, the earth and human body.
Well I remember my old Lakota teacher instructing me on the importance of maintaining a connection with the earth through grounding, and with the stars through directional and seasonal orientation.
“If you do not stay in the center of your circle when you use power, it will make you sick,” he repeatedly informed.
He taught that when one was aligned with the earth and stars, our intent and “magic,” if you will, was supported by and generated from the way life works. When we neglected that connection, failed to perform the proper rituals and ceremonies to maintain it, we were working against life, and would not only lose our power, but fail to thrive.
Do his teachings apply today?
Most of our children have not been taught the skill of orienteering, beyond consulting their cell phones. Some don’t know which direction the sun rises and sets. Many have never slept on the ground, or walked barefoot in nature.
In our world of concrete, high-rises, electronics and artificial light, have we lost something vital? Does this have any effect on our personal power, health and well-being today?
Our guest this hour has some interesting thoughts on the subject. Martin Zucker has written extensively on alternative medicine for 40 years, and has co-authored or ghostwritten more than a dozen books during that time, including one on our topic this hour, “Earthing.” Martin has also written many magazine articles on a wide variety of health topics and contributed to Smithsonian, Readers Digest, Los Angeles Times, Cook’s Magazine, Vegetarian Times, and The National Enquirer. He is a former Associated Press newsman in Europe and the Middle East.
His Website: earthinginstitute.net