We live in a world where everything is outside of ourselves. The 3D world of work, home, family, phones, televisions, or computers are things outside of ourselves that we become engrossed in on a regular basis. We become so engrossed that we become robotic in motion and in thought, we cease to be present. In other words, we become unaware of what we are experiencing, and we are ungrounded; our energy or light body is not integrated with our human body. You might relate to this if you bump into walls or furniture, stub your toe, don’t hear people when they’re talking to you. Those all quite common when we are ungrounded. There are a multitude of reasons why we become ungrounded, from simple daydreaming or preoccupation to dissociation. (WebMD states: dissociation is a break in how your mind handles information. You may feel disconnected from your thoughts, feelings, memories, and surroundings. It can affect your sense of identity and your perception of time.)

To become fully aware and present to our experiences, we need to be grounded. Our physical body and our light body need to become conjoined, and our energy pulled into ourselves and down into the earth. Our energy engaged and flowing into the earth or the “ground” is exactly what being grounded is.

Once grounded, we are given the gift of being present. That allows us to look at ourselves honestly, then look at the outside world with a new perspective. Each time we ground and as it becomes easier and more natural, we expand our awareness and open ourselves up to healing old wounding and adopted thinking and being a more active participant in our lives. Being grounded is something that everyone can benefit from, however; for those who work with the paranormal or metaphysical, being grounded is crucial for the highest outcome of your work. When grounded, it is easier to connect to guidance, to understand and translate the messages from guides and from Spirit and our energy can stay balanced and our mind focused.

There are endless techniques to ground, and I invite you to check back for a follow up blog on some of those techniques.

In the walk toward expansion, self-love is the first step and a step that requires attention every day for the rest of our lives. Learning to love yourself, really love yourself and be in acceptance of everything about you can be an arduous journey; however, it is one of the most beautiful things you can do for yourself.

There are, I’m sure, people that naturally have love for themselves and experience self-acceptance. Sadly, I know for certain that there are people that experience self-loathing, and it is my best guess that most people fall somewhere, anywhere in between those two groups. Finding love and acceptance of ourselves comes in so many ways and healing our old wounds and traumas is paramount in hastening the experience. From healing comes forgiveness which in turn allows acceptance and love. Within a journey of healing, we open our hearts to our soul, we open our eyes to the truth, we allow ourselves to be vulnerable to seeing our traumas instead of reliving them, and that makes it possible to make personal decisions about what has happened in our lives and why. When we have clear understanding of our wounding, we can then find acceptance and forgiveness in one form or another.

Forgiving ourselves for our past traumas may sound like a crazy thing yet it is important for our journey that we are able to find forgiveness; not for what happened to us exactly, but for the thoughts and feelings about ourselves that we adopted because of what happened. We are fast to blame ourselves and slow to forgive. When healing begins blame fades quicker until we have no need to blame, and forgiveness gets easier with every experience we go through. As we go through the processes of healing and forgiving, we start to experience a new belief in ourselves, and love begins.

Life is all about learning, trying, failing, trying again, failing again, and eventually having success or quitting. That is true for just about everything we do in life. As we go through life, we are met with trauma and wounding, develop adopted thinking that isn’t based on fact or on our own beliefs. These events shape us into people that are vastly different from who we are at the soul level. To let go of the person that has developed and step into the person that you are at the soul level, a journey of healing is needed. I call this journey of healing, personal growth, and spiritual growth, A WALK TOWARD EXPANSION. The steps to take during this walk are steps that require consistent attention. Each step is something that we work on for the rest of our lives. It would be amazing if we could achieve them and they stuck with us but nope, that is just not the case. Through my own journey, I have found that the following steps are necessary to expand ourselves to be the best version of ourselves.

· Self love

· Align yourself

· Reclaim your power

· Stand in your dignity

· Humility let go of control

· Practice compassion

· Open to the possibilities

· Be led into expansion

The walk to expansion is one of the most compassionate journeys you can take yourself on. The freedom that begins to form, almost at once, gives inspiration to trudge through the difficult parts of growth.