The word “Human” comes from the core word “Hu”, which means “of the earth”. From this word also comes words such as “Humour”, “Humility”, “Humanity” and so on. When I do Shamanic healing, a very large part of what I am doing is reconnecting the heart and mind of the individual with the energy of the earth. We are all of this earth. NONE of us were here “first”. As human beings we need to allow ourselves to reconnect as often as possible to the earth. This may look like a walk in the woods or in a park, or spending time barefoot on the earth, or gardening, or laying on a beach and enjoying the sun, sand and waves. There are multitudes of methods.
Why does this feel so good? Energetically, the earth and the human brain run on the same frequency. As we connect with nature, we connect with our natural selves. As we connect with our natural selves we are able to find calm, peace, serenity. When we are tense, nervous, on edge etc we are NOT in a natural state. Yes, these things can have external causes, but how to heal them starts within one’s self.
Taking time to breathe is an important factor. Often when people are angry they think that taking 10 breaths will help. The thing is that they are often laboured breaths full of hostility, which only serve to blow air on an already burning flame. Those breaths actually need to be long, slow and plentiful. Not just 10. Do 100 if you need to. Also, sit down. When we sit we are able to trigger our relaxation responses. When we are driving and feeling tense it helps, when at a red light, to simply take your hands off of the steering wheel. Lay your hands on your lap. Breath gently. This relaxes and calms you and your thinking becomes much clearer, which is ultimately needed for when we hit the gas again. A simple exercise like that can create a connection to the earth even though we are not out in nature as such.
In the healing work that I do, I work with energy flow, with sound as it affects that energy flow, and with the medicine shield (our protection from toxic energies around us and from others). One of the most effective ways of reconnecting a person with the earth during a treatment is to softly drum and chant. It takes one back to our primordial roots, opens one up for a healing journey within, and grounds us to the earth, where all healing takes place in the first place.
As humans we can learn, very quickly, some very messed up habits when it comes to our inner realities and our responses to our external stimuli. Humans are complex and much of human behaviour is actually dependent upon circumstances that are presented to us. We all like to think that a moral code will prevent us from doing nasty things, but truly in the right circumstances, any one of us could be convinced to do bad things for justifiable reasons. This is why we HAVE to learn to center and ground ourselves and to connect with the earth. Doing so helps us to remember that we are, indeed, human, and as such we have a responsibility to ourselves and to each other. Now THAT is where true healing can have a chance to hard wire within!