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$35 for a Lifetime of Healing

Having run around barefoot as a child and having begun to walk and run naked on the earth as much as I could the past two years I was pleased to read information on the benefits of earthing. I decided to purchase a grounding kit to try it out sleeping through the night grounded to the earth. The principle is that we are electrical beings and connecting to the electrical energy in the earth has a healing affect on our bodies. Studies have shown that it does indeed have many benefits which you can research by going to the link above. I anxiously awaited the arrival of the kit and excitedly opened the package to find a simple 3 prong plug connected to a long wire connected to a wristband that has a 1×2 inch metal plate which stays in contact with your skin.

With a few weird looks from my wife (she is pretty used to my wild and crazy ideas) I tested the outlet in the bathroom to make sure it was properly grounded and plugged in a long extension cord and ran it into the bedroom. Our house is 50 years old and many of the outlets are not grounded except for the ones I personally grounded for our computers. So I strapped the wristband to my foot so the plate was on the sole of my foot so I had a good sole connection (pun intended) and went to sleep. Well I slept really hard, which is typical when first sleeping grounded, and woke up feeling quite refreshed. I also noticed my back didn’t hurt like it usually does in the morning and I didn’t seem to be quite as stiff either. Now after using it for a while, actually not that much since everyone else in the family has been stealing it to use themselves, I wake up in the morning feeling good and ready to jump out of bed and get to the tasks of the day. I think I might actually have been suffering from a little depression before, but feel really great these days.

One of the most dramatic results we have seen is with our daughter Mia. Mia is a beautiful 9 year old girl that has brought much love and joy to our family. We raised her with the family bed style of parenting until she was about 4 years old. After that she moved into her own bed, but for most of the past 5 years we have struggled with her not sleeping through the night and eventually coming into our bed in the middle of the night or morning. Well she has grown bigger and it feels like our King size bed has grown smaller and some nights I even resorted to sleeping in her bed to be comfortable. So we have struggled with this for a long time, but now it feels finally resolved without the distress of trying to force her to stay in her own bed.

So I asked her if she would try the grounding unit and she gladly said “sure”. It was amazing! She went for a week sleeping with the ground wire and staying in her bed all night long. It was only after a few days of not wearing it (her Mom wanted to try it) that she came back to us in the middle of the night feeling scared again. So now we have grounding wires for everyone and she is again sleeping through the night without waking up. Hallelujah!!

My wife has just started using it also and is experiencing very restful sleep and the whole family seems happier lately. Mia and Carina still have fights sometimes, but it seems like they are having a lot more fun playing together. I obviously highly recommend grounding and will post again once we have a little more hours of sleeping grounded under our belts. You can get a grounding unit by sending $30 plus $5 S&H through Paypal to Jerry Diamond @ dmnds2001@yahoo.com. Jerry is making this units available at very low cost as he believes in their power to heal so effectively and with no costs for drugs or high priced medical advice. I will be contacting him about helping to distribute the grounding units as I feel this can be of great value to everyone. Have a great day!

THE IMPORTANCE OF EFFECTIVELY DISCHARGING ACCUMULATED STRESS AS OUR WORLD MOVES INTO CRISIS

by
Jerry Allen, MFT, MPH, in collaboration with Suzie Gruber, MA, SEP
© Copyright 2011 Jerry Allen, MFT, MPH, all rights reserved

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April 1, 2011, Sebastopol, CA – Here is a piece written by my colleague, Jerry Allen, emphasizing once again the need for inner preparation in the face of collapse. Jerry has worked in Child Protective Services here in Sonoma County for twenty-one years, miraculously maintaining a compassionate open heart in the face of constant familial crises, making him well-suited to write on this topic. Emotional preparation is often dismissed as being unimportant, prioritized well-behind physical preparation. At the end of the day we don’t know where we will be when a crisis hits and we can only count on our inner resilience being available at all times. – Suzie Gruber

]Emergency responders value the ability to be cool-headed in a crisis. It takes people with that ability to handle urgent tasks effectively. Yet as we look toward the long emergency of the end of the era of boundless economic growth and the beginning of hard limits, shortages, permanent energy crises, and the decay or collapse of many complex human societal institutions and much of industrial society, a question arises. How can people and communities prepare ourselves emotionally, bodily, spiritually and socially to effectively handle the rigors and stresses coming at us with flexibility, adaptability, love, honor, integrity and kindness?

Some of these values are being seen right now in quake and tsunami ravaged towns in Japan, people reaching out with generous hearts to take care of each other, a very moving, noble example. Some people naturally have that gift of a generous heart. But how can more of us be both effective and adaptable and to be good leaders in our communities, especially in times of crisis? Much of what we face in coming years will be potentially traumatic, with a lot to grieve about the loss of what has been, and much to fear about our unknown future. How can we ready ourselves to move through those experiences and remain balanced, resilient and adaptive?

If we turn to what is known about trauma and trauma recovery, we see that most animals in the wild live with daily life-threatening events, like being chased and nearly eaten. They are able to discharge the highly arousing survival energy and move on to be ready for what comes next. They reset themselves, or re-regulate their nervous systems. Humans have that ability as well. If humans are able to discharge stress and re-regulate our nervous systems during and after crisis events, then accumulated stress in our nervous systems doesn’t build up, so no post-traumatic stress. In human cultures back through the ages, the use of storytelling, dance, song and ritual has served that vital purpose of restoring balance and preparing for action.

In modern culture much of that has been lost. Pioneers such as Peter Levine have articulated the way stress accumulates in humans and developed educational body-based methods to help people quickly unstick themselves when post-traumatic stress has a grip on them. Our bodies are at the heart of such work. Mental work in our heads doesn’t resolve trauma. Body-based work can. Other pioneers are working on re-invigorating the use of dance, story, music, sweats, Aikido, and rituals to the same ends, with a strong body orientation.

Learning to effectively release accumulated stress is not some peripheral process that is needed primarily to treat returning soldiers and victims of abuse, as important as that treatment is. Learning to let go of accumulated stress and discharge new stresses is a vital skill for all of us who are preparing ourselves to face the unknown future. It is as important as doing physical emergency preparations. We have witnessed the chaos, rage and panic that can grip communities when devastating changes happen. When panic hits as someone yells “fire” in a crowded theatre, other voices need to be ready to stand aside and start singing loudly to calm the people and re-direct their energies. Such work has saved hundreds of people from trampling deaths in panicked crowds. If we are still too activated by our own build-up of trauma, we will not be in a position to discharge fast and take quick decisive community initiative.

As we prepare to serve in a helping role among many, it makes sense to train a vibrant cadre of community members on how to cultivate body awareness, let go of stress fast, remobilize our adaptive capacity and be ready for action. It also makes sense to explore and adapt the use of story, song, dance, ritual and whatever works to help our communities come together, heal together and strengthen our joint body for action.

We can do these preparations by making a conscious choice to work on this aspect of emotional, somatic and spiritual wholeness, while we also choose to work on physical community preparation. They go hand in hand.

How do we begin? Step one in each community is engage in dialogue. Find community members with training and experience in Somatic Experiencing trauma recovery or other similar modalities and who have a willingness to offer support groups. Encourage community members to attend. Use the feelings we have as we watch the headlines unfold as a starting place to grieve, discharge, and come into balance together. Inject some of this work into community meetings to widen the experience. Ask community members what support they need and respond. Another step is to devote conscious community intention to re-establish song, dance, story, Aikido and ritual time in community gatherings.

This may feel a little strange to some who are not familiar with the usefulness of such efforts, but keep at it. The relevance will become more obvious as the long emergency plays out.

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References

Levine, P.A., (2010), “In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness.”

Jerry Allen, MFT, MPH is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a master’s degree in public health education, and a certificate from UC Berkeley in financial and investment planning. He spent 8 years in hospital management, developing treatment clinics before training as a psychotherapist. He has spent the past 22 years in public child protective services helping families undergoing abuse, stress, violence and addiction. He holds three black belts in Aikido, and has a lifelong interest in the peaceful resolution of stress and conflict and the development of healthy families and communities.

Suzie GruberM.A., SEP., holds advanced degrees in chemistry & psychology and spent 15 years working in the biotechnology industry before waking up to the reality of peak oil, climate change and economic instability. In response she completely rebuilt her career, becoming an energetic herbalist, a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner and a 5Rhythms® moving meditation teacher. Working one on one with people in person and over the phone, she uses a holistic approach to help her clients restore physical, emotional and spiritual balance, with particular emphasis on working with those on the front lines of societal collapse. You can contact Suzie directly at stardancer260@sonic.net.

ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM ‘SOLASTALGIA”?

Are You Suffering From ‘Solastalgia’?
By Carolyn Baker Phd
In a New York Times article entitled “Is There An Ecological Unconscious?”, author Daniel B. Smith describes an emotional state described by Australian professor, Glenn Albrecht, known as solastalgia, a word combining the Latin word solacium, which means comfort, and the Greek root, algia, which means pain. Specifically, Albrecht defines solastalgia as “the pain experienced when there is recognition that the place where one resides and that one loves is under immediate assault . . . a form of homesickness one gets when one is still at ‘home.’ ”

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