Grounding (also called “earthing”), is the simplest of the protocols. It is simply walking on the ground, barefoot. Even better, walking on wet sand, barefoot. Or perhaps hugging a tree (literally) with bare skin. It sounds silly, perhaps. But once you understand why grounding is important, it makes perfect sense. This requires an understanding of the process by which life forms function.
“All matter, living and non-living, is ultimately an electromagnetic phenomenon”
The Body Electric, by Robert O. Becker M.D. and Gary Seldon
What we call electricity stems from the phenomenon of “charge,” resulting from the polarity between “positive” and “negative” (having nothing to do with value judgments). All matter exists because of this polarity. At the atomic level, “protons” – one of the two main particles in the atomic nuclei – are positive. The other particle is neutral, since it has no charge (hence its name, “neutron”). However, orbiting around the nucleus are “electrons,” which carry a negative charge. Negatively charged electrons, being 1,836 times smaller than positively charged protons, are more easily dislodged from atoms. This dislodging process is the way electrical charges occur and it creates voltage at the cellular level. But how does that impact the health of cells?
Per Jerry Tennant, MD, PScD, in his book Healing is Voltage, our cells are designed to be in an electron “donor” state of between –20 and –25mV millivolts, or having 20 to 25 millivolts of electron “donating” power. Electron “stealers” – also called “free radicals” – are molecules which are missing electrons, and thus take electrons from other molecules. At the atomic level, life energy exists in this dance between “positive” molecules seeking electrons, and negative molecules giving up electrons. Disease occurs when voltage is low. Moreover, as voltage is raised, more oxygen dissolves in water. A corollary of this is that as voltage drops, oxygen leaves water. Since our cells are 70 percent water, when voltage drops and oxygen leaves the cells, the result has serious consequences. See discussion on oxygenation [LINK].
We get electrons from many sources, including fresh whole food, from healthy water and from the earth. The earth is a large electromagnet. In fact, if you were to test the ground using a voltmeter, you would measure voltage. If two bodies contact one another, the one with the higher voltage will donate electrons to the body with the lower voltage. If your body has lower voltage than the earth, walking barefoot on the grass (or on the beach) would allow electrons to flow from the earth to you, and this balances out the cellular voltage. This is crucial for healing, so go hug a tree, and steal some electrons!