Grounding and Protection in Reiki
By David Herron
is not a topic considered as part of Reiki. However, in my experience
as an energy healer who has Reiki training, there are many realities of
the Energy which are not covered in Reiki training. The dual concepts
of grounding and protection are among these.
us back up a little for a quick review of Energy Healing. Generally
speaking this field, Energy Healing, involves the practice of
channeling an energy form commonly called "Chi" into a recipient, who
is the client, and who is receiving the healing. This energy, Chi, is
involved with everything in the Universe. The word translates to
English as "Universal Life Force", and this is a very apt term for it
appears in every thing in some form.
energy, Chi, is not unique to the practice of Reiki, and there are many
systems of energy healing other than Reiki. The energy follows various
rules, which in some ways resemble the laws of electrical energy, and
these rules are active regardless of which system of energy healing you
follow. In fact, it is my belief that the different systems of energy
healing are merely different "maps" that try to understand the
territory of the activity of Chi. That there are different systems
merely reflects that each individual has their own way of seeing the
world, and thus each teacher of energy healing finds a different way to
teach which results in a different format of practice.
be "grounded" is merely to be present here and now. It is to have your
energy field securely present, in your body, in present time, connected
clearly to your present identity at this time, and in awareness of what
is happening in your vicinity at this time.
is my experience that, when ungrounded, I am floating loose from all
that. I am in some other time frame, unsure of who I am, unaware of
what's happening around me, or some other similar effect.
practice of grounding is actually a lifelong spiritual process of
marrying the divine or soul into manifest form. This gets to many
questions of the purpose of life, living, why is life "so rough", and
whatnot. You, the reader, will have to find discussion of these ideas
elsewhere for they are outside the scope of this page. It is my
experience that a common life task everybody has is this bringing of
the divine into manifest form. It may be real tough to see for many
people, but I think it's there in all of us.
any case, consider the frame of experience you have in giving a
healing. You have your hands on their body, energy is running, you've
drawn your symbols, and everything is safe, yes? The promise of Reiki
is this safety, yes? Well, yes, there are safety checks that I witness
in Reiki, and at the same time I witness that the rest of the rules of
the universal energetic universe (e.g. Chi) are in force as well.
example, if your mind wanders from the activity you are involved with,
what happens? You still have your hands on the client, right? But if
your mind wanders, in other words you become ungrounded and leave your
body, what happens to the flow of Reiki? Are you sure that the flow of
Reiki continues running? Are you sure that it still remains as Reiki
energy and not some other frequency?
example, suppose that this client has an issue that triggers a reaction
in you. Say you have had many car accidents (this is true for me), and
that this client hurt themselves and you are giving healing to their
trauma. Does the clients trauma remind you of your own trauma? How do
you feel about your trauma? What happens to you if you reexperience
your trauma? Often ones reaction to trauma is to run away from it,
which involves leaving your body, or ungrounding. Getting back to the
client you are giving healing to, are you going to be able to stay with
the client in their trauma? If/when your past trauma is triggered by
their trauma, can you deal with it, or will you too run away from your
own retriggered trauma?
is this important? With Reiki it is good form to stay with the Reiki
energy. There are many sources and frequencies of energy (Chi) in this
universe, but as a Reiki practitioner, and to be practicing Reiki, and
to have the safety checks that come with Reiki, you must stay with
channeling Reiki. I like to think of this as a meditation where the
anchor of the meditation is the staying with the Reiki energy source.
If you were to unground and become unpresent with yourself, or
otherwise lose focus with the activity of giving healing to your
client, how can you gaurantee you will stay in contact with the Reiki
energy source? Maybe you would instead begin channeling some other
energy frequency than the Reiki energy source?
A grounding exercise
is taught in different ways by different teachers. In my experience
there are two directions to ground to in order to be present with "now"
in a full way.
- Grandfather Sky
- Grandmother Earth
use the native american terms because they resonate with me. One of my
teachers calls this "The Hearts of Heaven and Earth" which has a nice
poetic ring to it.
Basically one can think of these as: Grandfather Sky
is located above you ("the sky") and is the source of divine wisdom as
well as the spaciousness of life and the world in which to play. Grandmother Earth
is located below you ("the earth") and is the source of nurturance,
physical life, practical wisdom, and the vitality with which to play in
the world. The two go hand in hand and one is not primary over the
is best to start with grounding to the earth. To ground into the earth,
feel your feet, your body, your presence in now-time, and down into the
ground how the ground supports and nurtures you. If you like you can
reach way down and explore the molten rock far down, all the way to the
crystaline core of the earth. This is obviously not to reach with your
physical body down into the earth, but to bring your presence of
consciousness to the earth, in the present time, and the present place.
"Now-time" in other words.
ground into the sky is somewhat similar. Start with the top of your
head, reaching into higher wisdom or knowing, the guiding light if you
will. As you reach to divine wisdom stay present with the earth and
now-time, you can very well be communing with the divine levels while
also very present and physical. Though, I recommend that you practice
this at home first before trying to do this while operating heavy
machinery such as your car.
you ground into the earth, you should notice more physical sensation in
your body, food should have more taste and flavor, and so forth. But
that also means you will feel every ache and pain, and sometimes it is
those aches or pains which might cause you to be one that often leaves
your body. To be able to ground more deeply into presence with here and
now will mean to heal those aches and pains, wherever they came from.
best protection is to be grounded, actually. By being grounded the
clients ills will tend to stay with them and be transformed by the
client. By being grounded you will be more full of energy, and your own
essence, which will naturally cause the energy flow to be from you into
the client, rather than from the client into you.
a healer one of the common things that are done is to take the clients
ills within oneself. This happened vividly to me once; my client was
experiencing some deep old and vivid trauma, my guidance was saying to
reach inside her and touch that trauma, I did and all of a sudden there
was a swoosh and my client suddenly stopped experiencing the trauma.
Instead her trauma went into me. It's just energy, after all, and can
go from one place to another very easily.
ancient traditional forms of energy healing use this practice. If you
remember the Star Trek episode "The Empath", this was a great example
of this style of healing. If your past lives include training in this
style of healing, then you might employ it yourself in todays healings.
those traditional empathic forms of healing, the healer is supposed to
take that energy and transform it themselves. If you do not do this,
because maybe you haven't remembered from those past lives this is the
second half to that style of healing, then maybe you will take on the
illnesses your clients have. By all means it is not good form for the
healer to get sick, and maybe die, from giving healing to their
clients. The world needs healers who are well, not healers who are dying
Addendum from Lady Majyk
have found that if I am grounded during a treatment, the person being
treated has a more profound experience, but I do not agree that Reiki
has anything further to do with my will after I initiate it. Reiki is
a universal and wise energy that doesn't need any more than my body to
channel it. Adding in other stuff that has to do with my intention is
definetly benefitial and I call it energy work, seperate from Reiki.
else interesting about grounding.....if it is my first time treating
someone or if they expect to experience tramatic emotions due to
emotions healing, I begin at the feet so that I treat and align the
root chakra before reaching them on an emotional level. It grounds
~ Lady Majyk~