The recent attention to “earthing” or “grounding”, by walking or standing barefoot for better general health and mood elevation is not just woo-woo new age stuff. It’s based on the scientific understanding of subtle energies that exist on the earth and in and around our bodies, such as the Chi energy stimulated by Tai-Chi, Chi-Gong, and acupuncture.
Biophysicist James Oschman, Ph.D., author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis, sums up Earthing this way:
The moment your foot touches the Earth, or you connect to the Earth through a wire, your physiology changes. An immediate normalization begins. And an anti-inflammatory switch is turned on. People stay inflamed because they never connect with the Earth, the source of free electrons which can neutralize the free radicals in the body that cause disease and cellular destruction. Earthing is the easiest and most profound lifestyle change anyone can make. (Source)
The average electromagnetic resonance of the cavity between earth and its ionosphere, located 50 miles above the earth, was calculated by Winfried Otto Schumann in the early 1950s at 7.83 Hz (Hertz). This is why it’s referred to as the Schumann resonance. (Source)
Hertz numbers indicate electromagnetic pulses or cycles per second, so 7.83 Hz is a very low frequency. Most radio and internet values are represented by thousands and millions of Hertz per second, as in kHz (kilohertz), MHz (Megahertz), and even GHz (Gigahertz), billions of cycles per second.
A few years later, during the 1960s and 70s, Alpha brain waves were recorded by EEG devices in the ranges of 8 to 12 Hz, corresponding to the area of Schumann resonance. Alpha brain waves indicate a zone of relaxed comfort, mindfulness, and potential creativity. (Source)
The point is there is more to earth’s energetic potential than meets the eye. A lot of it is invisible, yet we can connect to earth for subtle energy or electrical nourishment by physically directly connecting the body to the earth.
This has become a subject of scientific interest as various studies demonstrate the connection to earthing or grounding to stimulating and strengthening our Alpha waves. Holistic cardiologist Stephen Sintra, MD, was involved in a study that proved grounding or earthing was beneficial to heart health by maintaining steady heartbeats and reducing inflammation. (Study text)
Another paper that involved that involved Dr. Sinatra and others reviewed earthing practices of standing or walking barefoot outdoors or connecting bare skin to grounding devices indoors and reported several positive outcomes.
Improved sleep, fewer effects of stress on the adrenal system, reduced pain, and significantly appropriate for our current Smart Meter, WiFi and cell phone culture, the reduction of electrical fields within the body were observed in their review of grounding or earthing practices.
All these improvements easily translate into improved immunity and overall health. (Source)
Of course shoes, especially our modern use of rubber for shoe soles, block our connection to the earth’s electrical energy. This is why some barefoot standing and walking should be practiced as often as possible.
There are indoor mats and conductors that can create a grounding effect as well. But the fact that some require being plugged into our AC current circuits which operate at 60 Hz in the USA and 50 Hz in several other countries.
The downside is more the fact of harmful dirty electricity generation and household WiFi systems that may dampen the positive effects of indoor artificial earthing.
This downside can be greatly reduced by shutting off WiFi modems for periods of time or completely and using direct cables to modems, the old fashion way. The dirty electricity can be greatly reduced by a Graham Stetzer (GS) filter, demonstrated in the video below.
The importance of earthing or grounding is more profound today because of our WiFi, smart meter, and cell phone culture. The effects of EMF (electromagnetic frequency) pollution are being researched and the current situation is more hazardous to our overall health and sanity than most scientists admit.
This situation is only becoming worse with every new electronic development pushed into service without testing its potential adverse effects. It’s more subtle than our toxic chemical pollution from thousands of new chemicals introduced and applied in our society without determining human hazards.
But we have a very simple solution to this crisis of overly abundant high-frequency electrical energy that invades our body’s subtle energies, brains and nervous systems – going barefoot in the park, or on the beach, or in your yard often. Even barefoot on sidewalks works.
Simple solutions to a complex situation.