I was recently asked:
“If a sick person is lacking the earth’s electrons,
can you donate your electrons to them by touching them?”
The short answer to this is: yes.
When you were a kid, did you ever walk around in your socks, rubbing them on a carpet repeatedly so you could sneak up to your sibling and shock them? (Or was that just me, LOL? My poor older brother.)
If you’ve ever shocked someone when touching them, you know this on a large scale — you could literally feel the large quantity of electrons passing between the two of you that caused the shock.
On a smaller scale, this is happening with every interaction, all day long.
Because no two bodies are 100% completely balanced and neutral in respect to each other, electrons are always flowing one way or another when you touch someone else, or they touch you.
Although the amount of electrons transferring is such a small amount relative to the amount of electrons in a human body, I believe this is in part why healing touch is so powerful. When you “donate” some of your electrons to someone who is in worse physical condition than you (such as someone in pain, with an inflammatory process going on) you are supporting them in many ways.
I think this is part of what massage therapists, physical therapists, acupuncturists and other healers are doing when they touch you. Even your pet can donate electrons to you when it snuggles up with you while you are sick or have a chronic condition bringing you down.
Medical studies are just starting to reveal the healing power of physical touch:
- physical touch has the power to reduce pain
- physical touch has the power to prolong pain free intervals (even in critically ill patients)
- physical touch has the power to calm brain activity during distress
- physical touch has the power to lower heart rate and blood pressure
- physical touch has the power to calm respiratory rate
And all of these studies are just from touch alone!
They do not include all of the wonderful studies that show the healing power of therapeutic touch, such as massage therapy and physical therapy. Just simple skin-to-skin contact.
Do these results sound familiar?
What other healing modality do you know that can decrease pain, calm brain waves, lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, and calm respiratory rate?
Yep, grounding does all of that in the exact same way, with direct physical contact and the transfer of electrons between the human body and the earth.
So the first take home point today is:
when you reach out to others,
you are likely donating electrons to someone who needs them.
In short, you are grounding them. So it’s super important to remember to get grounded yourself.
If you ground your body routinely, this can be a very kind thing to do — with every hug or hand squeeze or touch, you are literally helping to neutralize their depleted body, which is one reason why touch is so healing.
And while you may be very willing to be an electron donor to those you love, you should be aware that even brief contact with strangers is enough to donate electrons — when getting handed a receipt at checkout, for example, or shaking hands after introductions at work or at a party.
I know during these social distancing times these are (hopefully) not happening now, but you should be aware of this because when life returns to normal and we can be close to both loved ones and strangers alike, you will be donating electrons all the more and because of that, you should be very mindful about seeking out contact with the earth to restore you.
And even though during this time of social distancing these interactions with strangers don’t typically happen, if you are quarantining with someone who is feeling stressed out — maybe they are having a stressful day, a panic attack, feeling depressed, have a headache, seasonal allergies, you name it… you can use the power of grounded touch to help.
Especially if your loved one is not on board with or does not routinely practice grounding themselves… no matter.
The earth will still heal them, with you as the conduit.
You may want to ask yourself, in the past, before this social isolation period, did you ever notice:
- feeling depleted at, or after, work?
- at or after going out and about to shopping malls, restaurants, crowded places?
- after group meetings, after introductions that include handshakes, or after social functions where you spent time embracing large numbers of friends or family members that are not routinely grounded?
- after using public transit, in crowded shopping areas, or while eating out?
With every touch, you likely donated some electrons to someone who needs them.
The solution to this is so simple:
just take a break and touch the earth.
The ground outside has an ever available supply of electrons, and it will never run out of electrons to tank you back up… just reach for earth to restore you.
Make it your new policy to get outside before, after, and particularly during, events that drain you.
- At work: When you are back at work you can make it a routine to go outside during a lunch break and touch the earth. It’s super easy to do if you wear open toed socks that allow you to slip off your shoe for a moment and touch the earth. Or simply ground through your hands — touching a tree, a metal hand railing, the sidewalk as you sit on a curb to take a deep breath. Although grounding for longer periods of time can have cumulative benefits, even one second is never too short to get grounded, as you are grounded immediately and a single second is enough to have a flow of electrons restore you.
- Waiting for bus or other forms of commuting: I have a practice of touching the cement curb beside where I am parked and always take a minute to connect before getting into my car. On long car rides, I take time to break up the drive with a grounding moment on the earth at rest stops. Especially after getting off public transit, cement sidewalks, curbs and metal sign posts are always your friend. Waiting to cross a street, you can touch the metal pole of a sign you are standing next to — even the crosswalk button you need to push to get the light to cross — and you are getting grounded right through your hands — I demonstrate that for you in this video right here!
- Socializing out with friends: Feel exhausted while hanging out with friends? Or maybe your socialization comes in the form of getting your kids together at playdates with tons of children running around a playground. Either way, if you feel your energy draining after contact with others, you can always discretely touch a tree as you walk around outside, getting grounded in an instant without ever having to take your shoes off. No one has to know why you want to stop and lean down to smell a flower (hold onto a leaf as you do to get a grounding fix) or stop and touch a leaf on a tree or touch the grass with your fingertips. Any contact with the earth will restore your electrons, it absolutely does not need to be through your feet. And it does not need to be the ground directly — any living rooted tree will be fully grounded as will rocks resting on the earth — so sit on a rock, touch a leaf, caress a flower — and tank up on those electrons directly.
- Ultimately, make grounding part of your daily routine: if you find you are routinely exhausted from daily life, which is super common in this ungrounded world around you, find ways to make grounding an easy part of your daily routine. Grounding every single day (not just sporadically) your sleep is more restorative at night and you are all set, flush with electrons to face another day, interacting with people all day long who more than likely are in need of their own electron fix. My book The Earth Prescription will inspire you with uplifting, easy ways to get grounded as part of a daily pattern, without adding anything to your daily to-do list. Getting grounded outside is absolutely possible no matter how busy you are, because grounding can be done while doing the exact same things that you already do each day, and in my book I will show you how.
The second take home point is this:
You can absolutely use this principle of electron sharing to
intentionally care for others!
It can be a good thing!
Because when you are grounded, you can touch someone else and ground them as well, even if they were ungrounded before your contact. You act as a grounding cord, tethering them to the ground.
There are many many applications where this can be helpful.
- Holding hands = when one is grounded, you both are grounded. For me, as someone who is always cold, I love love love to hold my husband’s warm hands while we are on a nice walk outside in the winter. He never gets as cold as I do, so he very much enjoys touching a rock or holding a tree branch as we explore the neighborhood, even sometimes going barefoot while I stay toasty in my boots. As long as I have his warm hand slipped into my pocket holding mine, I’m grounded every bit as powerfully as he is. Want to bring your relationship to new heights? Make sure one of you is grounded outside and share a kiss, knowing the entire time the kiss is grounding both partners instantly!
- Sleep sharing = one person sleeping grounded means both people are sleeping grounded. If you sleep with a partner that isn’t too into the whole grounding movement, as long as you are grounded, every time you reach over to touch your partner, have the comfort of knowing you ground them as well. For example, if your side of the bed has a grounding bed roll running down it, as you cuddle your partner, they are every bit as grounded as if they had a full grounded bed roll under them as well!
- Through pets = let them stand directly on the earth so you don’t have to! Every time you pet your pup as they play outside on the earth, it’s as good as you grounding directly to the earth without you having to get dirty, muddy, or cold (or hot, depending on the season!). So if the sidewalk is too hot for your own bare feet, or the rain is too muddy and wet for you to want to go barefoot, or you are simply too cold to have direct skin contact with the earth, let your warm furry friend do the grounding for you. Thick fur is insulating and can prevent grounding contact, so try to pat their tummy, rub their ears, kiss their snout, or massage down under the fur or in areas that are less fur covered. Every time you do, you are tanking up on the earth’s electrons without depleting your pet’s supply. I created a video right here to show you how I am grounded when I pet my own beloved pup.
Because in each of these examples, one of the two living bodies is grounded to the earth, they are continuously tanked up with electrons and you never have to feel they any one person or animal is taking electrons away from you directly, instead you are an earth donor while they themselves are simultaneously getting tanked up too!
I’m sure you can think of many more scenarios where you can either be proactive about restoring your own electrons after interacting with others in this ungrounded society we live in, or situations where you can use this principle of grounded contact to double the benefits of grounding to more than one person at a time.
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So my medical advice for you today is to simply be intentional about getting grounded multiple times throughout your day, each and every day, and see if you feel less drained all day long.
Then use this boosted reservoir of electrons to spread healing touch to those you are quarantined with, to help boost their wellness too.
And of course, don’t limit yourself to the examples I shared in today’s blog post… there are infinite ways that you touch others all day long and infinite ways you can use the healing power of touch to restore both you and those you love.
With much love… xoxoxo, Laura