How to Stay Grounded on Your Spiritual Path

Prior to writing this article, I wrote a post entitled – Are you out of balance with your spirituality?

In that article, I listed some symptoms of being out of balance with spirituality.

What does it mean to be out of balance with spirituality?

If you’re out of balance with spirituality, it means that you are giving the spiritual side of existence too much importance in your life.  You may spend all your time focusing on activities such as psychic development and being immersed in that which is supernatural or otherworldly.

You may find it difficult to relate to the rest of the world (when it’s not about personal or spiritual development).  And you may take your spirituality so seriously that you have forgotten to have fun in life too. If you are imbalanced in your spirituality, you may also find that you have neglected other, more earthly areas of your life such as making money and your social life.

If you relate to this description, then I advise that you read that article about spiritual imbalance before you continue reading this article about how to overcome it.

Steps to balance yourself (without losing your spirituality)

If you recognize that you are out of balance, here are some lifestyle changes to help bring more balance back into your life.  I’m sure you’ve heard recommendations to ground yourself such as ‘walk on the grass in bare feet’ etc.  Those suggestions are good for people with a temporary imbalance but they are not good for people who are totally out of balance – such people will need to take bigger steps to redress the imbalance.

Note that one of the most effective ways to become more grounded is to get a healing session (such as a cord-cutting) and at the beginning of the session, set the intention to bring about more balance between your lower and upper chakras. Cutting a cord to someone who has caused you trauma or pain can make it easier for you to come back into your body.

Apart from that, here are some lifestyle suggestions to help bring more balance into your life:

Symptom of Imbalance #1: You feel lightheaded and spacey in your body.

Suggestion: Check in with your eating habits.

Your eating habits can either help tether you to the earth plane or they can destabilize and unground you.

Both veganism and raw veganism I find to be ungrounding for me, personally. Often people ask during Spirit Guide coaching if a raw or high raw vegan diet is right for them at this time and the answer is usually something along the lines of ‘no, not unless you are willing to suffer some imbalance.’ Being on that kind of diet as a psychic or very spiritual person requires a very strong foundation and a good connection to reality. If you don’t have that, it will unbalance you.

I bring this issue up because many people do become drawn to a really pure and light diet when they begin to get interested in spirituality or psychic development.  When you open your upper chakras, you might be drawn to giving up meat (the meat-eating students on my Spirit Guides coaching course often tell me that they notice an aversion to meat as the weeks go by).

Then as people become even more sensitive, they may be drawn to giving up fish.  Then some people take it one step further and give up animal products.  Some then feel drawn to giving up cooked food and become raw vegans.  This is a natural (but rather extreme) progression and one I went through about 18 months ago.  First, I was vegetarian, then vegan for a while, then I tried raw veganism for 2-3 weeks, twice.  Now I have come full circle and I’m eating fish and chicken again. Some people have arguments against eating meat but this is the most grounding diet for me personally.

Other ways to unground yourself with your diet include…

Not eating enough and not eating regularly.  Eating three good meals daily and at regular intervals is more grounding than eating small snacks here and there because it sends your energy out of your head and into your digestive system on a regular basis.  If you miss meals regularly or if you fast, it isn’t good for the lower chakras – or put in a non-jargon way, it’s bad for you as a human being who is trying to stay tethered to the Earth plane.  Regular eating connects us to the earth.

Symptom of Imbalance #2: You neglect your body habitually and you don’t care about your personal appearance

Another Suggestion: Pay more attention to your body

A great way to take your focus away from your upper chakras and put it on your lower chakras is to pamper your body (on an ongoing basis) and really pay it some attention.

Ways to do this include: spending more time and money on grooming – getting a new haircut, painting your nails; getting a pedicure or manicure; updating your wardrobe (throwing out all your old clothes that you no longer wear and getting some new ones that you love wearing and which make you feel great).  Investing money and energy on your appearance and the way you feel in your body (instead of investing it in psychic development, spiritual growth or some such thing) will help to move energy out of your upper chakras.  If you’re very out of balance, it might be a good idea to set aside some of your budget each month especially to celebrate and take care of your physicality and beauty.

chiuhuahuaI know that this may seem not a very appealing task, especially if it’s the middle of winter and you have no money but those are the times when you really need to go shopping (even if it’s to the thrift/charity shop).  I myself have been guilty of wearing jogging bottoms to work and brown and black all the time (especially in the winter and seeing as I work from home).  But it’s great for your sacral chakra if you can dress up in something beautiful and colourful more often, and allow yourself to wear nice things even if you’re not leaving the house.

You have probably seen those TV shows where they take a drab, unhappy-looking person and turn them into someone who looks and feels ten times better because of their haircut and the way they dress.  That’s the power of spending time and money on your appearance – it gives yourself and others the message ‘I honour, love and celebrate my physical aspect.’  And that’s important if you are out of balance with spirituality.

Another way to honour your physicality is to exercise regularly – walking is OK but something that raises your heart rate on a regular basis is even better.  I walk a couple of miles per day but presently I don’t have activities such as cardio which raise my heart rate.  I have done it in the past, though and I have noticed the difference it makes to feeling physically present.

Symptom of Imbalance #3: You spend loads of time working on your beliefs, goals and plans but you rarely create real change in your life or accomplish anything

Suggestion: Get out of your head and just take the next obvious step in front of you.

When you have a lot of energy in your upper chakras, you may need to get something done, but you can be stuck in planning, visualizing, dreaming, theorizing, tying yourself up in knots and going nowhere fast with that.  At those times, you will need to turn your brain and mind’s eye off and just ask yourself – what is the next step that I could take now to move towards what I want (even if it is really a baby step).  And take it.  That takes you straight out of the realm of ideas and into the realm of action.

Symptom of Imbalance #4: The world seems like a very harsh and tragic place all the time

Suggestion: Stop taking everything so seriously and go and have some fun (stimulates the sacral chakra)

Spiritual, empathic people can feel people’s plight and are often thinking about how to save the world.  From there it’s not an easy transition to having fun and seeing the light side of life, yet you need that too as a human being.  Remember that life is not just a school and your purpose isn’t to save the world from itself.  Life is also a fun playground, so switch off from your spiritual mission and make sure you do something that really tickles you regularly.  This isn’t about going for a walk on your own or something dull like that.  I mean real fun.  Go and see a stand-up comedy act, see a friend who makes you laugh really hard, go dancing, etc.  Connect with the fun and playful you.  Find something that you can do regularly in your week to fill this need for fun and playing.

Symptom of Imbalance #5: You are neglecting the practical side of your life

Suggestion: Focus attention on your finances and physical survival (stimulates the root chakra)

Paperwork Overload Checking your bank balance every day is good because it connects you to your financial reality.  Making a budget is very grounding because it reins your energy in and makes you aware of your present limitations.

Cleaning, organizing and tidying are especially good for grounding, as is attending to errands and all those little jobs you have been meaning to do for a while. Preparing food, cooking and baking are all very grounding too. All those aspects of physical life are what you need to attend to, in order to stay grounded.

FINALLY…

All this talk of cooking, baking and budgeting is all helpful stuff to some degree, but let’s get to the heart of the issue.

If you are out of balance with your spirituality, you might be running away from something or someone. Imbalanced spirituality can become a form of escapism.

What are you trying to escape from?

It could be a past situation that is too difficult to address and process in a normal, human, emotional way, so you spiritualize it. It could be someone who hurt you.

Here’s a good way of knowing what you could be escaping from:

  • What is the thing you still cry about for seemingly no reason? (especially when you’re ill or feeling down)
  • What do you dislike about your life that you want to change?

At some point, we all have wounds that make us want to stay in bed and hide away from the world. There are very few people who reach a certain age and have no wounds at all. Find out what yours are and address them in an emotional way. We can resolve things on the level of spirit, but we must bring the healing down into the emotional and physical plane for anything to change. Sometimes action needs to be taken to put them to bed.

Update 2018: I have found that the most common reason for being out of balance with one’s spirituality is trauma. Therefore, to get to the root of this issue, consider what traumas you may be carrying. To read more about this, click here.

If you feel your spiritual imbalance is connected to something traumatic that happened in the past (or to someone else), you might want to think about booking a cord cutting session. I am passionate about this technique because it is the one that has helped me most with becoming more grounded.

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    Sweet (on several levels), Anna. Good to see you writing again.

    I hope a lot of people see this and take it to heart. We’re not here to have our heads always in the clouds…otherwise, why would we have come here in the first place? 🙂

    I know in my case, I think some clients are taken aback when we have a phone session and I use words like “bullshit” a lot, haha. But they like it for the most part…who wants advice from somebody who lives on another plane and can’t relate to daily life?

    Keep on truckin’.

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    Hey Anna,

    Good to see you healing yourself from old wounds and growing out of the experience.

    Spirituality and derivative growth practices can be highly beneficial if you’re a person who wants to contribute to people in a higher way and teach/heal/lead/inspire. However grounding in everyday life – to have fulfilling work, loving relationships, excellent vitality and health are all prerequisites to having a larger impact on others.

    Lose the groundedness and you cannot impact others on a larger scale because you don’t have the maturity and life experience to connect with others. The spiritual practices can help elevate you to another level and you can operate from a higher level and express yourself with higher creativity.

    haha that’s my theory regurgitation for the day.

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    Great article Anna. I find animals and children are great grounders. I take our dog for a walk everyday. Raising children is a great grounder. Nothing like having to stop everything, for years, to make school lunches or tend to a sick child. Housework is a great grounder too. And swearing like a sailor lol
    Use me as a reference, NZ DOES need psychics lol

  4. Anna

    Michael – Thanks! Who says you can’t be a spiritual person and swear like a jilted sailor lol (I love that phrase)

    Hi Yang – Agreed!

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    Hey Anna, I wish you luck on your move. Thanks for the great articles 😀

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    Hi Anna, very cool article. I actually had some ribs tonight for dinner and I felt crappy right afterwords, so I can relate to the symptom some people relate to becoming more spiritual and having an aversion to meat.

    I have an advanced nutrition background so I wonder if maybe I can find an alternative to meat that is just as grounding, but that doesn’t make you feel like crap. Maybe some root vegetables like potatoes or red root vegetables like beets that correspond to the root Chakra.

    I can totally relate to the other symptoms as well, such as being bored by non-spiritual things and not caring as much about physical appearance etc.

    I’m thinking of going back to Martial Arts training soon as I think that may be a very grounding experience for me.

    -Paul

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    My mother is not able to match where I am at and I am constantly waiting for her to do so. I am really angry at her for not letting go of her limits and just be free.
    I watch her shutdown and then feel insulted. Just experienced the clarity of my mom’s and my relationship. Now,act of doing.

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    Anna,
    I stumbled on your article, because I believe my dad has a spiritual imbalance. Much of what you describe as “ungrounded” in your article fits how I would describe my dad. Yet, I think he believes he’s on a journey of enlightenment to become a spiritual healer. So far, he’s left my mom and gone on a pilgrimage to John of God in Brazil. Soon he’ll move to New Mexico to be around people who are “more open minded.” I know he gets to make his own choices, but I don’t know what I should do. His choices hurt me, my mother, my siblings. I believe in forgiveness, but I don’t know how to get there, or even how to communicate with him anymore. Do you have any advice? Sorry if this is not meant to be an advice column. I liked your article.

  9. Anna

    Hi Dan,

    Wanted to reply to your comment as I felt for you and what you’re going through with your dad. As someone who has been totally into the spiritual stuff (and enjoyed it a little too much), I can tell you that being out of balance can be a great learning experience. It teaches you a lot and I’m sure that your dad is learning something here. Even if it is very disruptive to you and your family.

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    Anna,

    So great to have a list of things we can do about our spiritual imbalance!

    Many of these are things that I have been craving and unable to do because I was backpacking for so long.. But, as you said, you finally get to the point where you cannot escape it anymore and I reached mine. I needed to go back to having a home, a routine, cooking, exercise, non-spiritual activities with less spiritual friends… So I finally decided to cut my traveling short and come back home. There was no point to it anymore because I couldn’t fully appreciate it.

    Much much thanks for helping me trust my intuition a bit more!

    @ Dan – Anna is absolutely right that it’s a process they have to go through and come out on their own. We can only support the person (in a wise and loving way!) while they go through it.

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    Hello Anna,
    Thank you for your article. I feel my boyfriend is in spiritual imbalance. He has paid lots of money to those spiritual people and caused him into big debts. I didnt think those spiritual people have helped him. I really like to help him. You are right. They need to go through the process on their own and to learn the lessons by themselves.

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    Anna,

    I didn’t see your reply until tonight. Thank you for your heartfelt words of encouragement. I appreciate your empathy. Right now, I am fortunate to have my in-laws nearby who have much less drama in their lives. Thanks for taking the time to write back.

    Melody,

    I’m also grateful for your words. I know my dad is working through something, but it’s hard to accept the way he’s chosen to go about it. I guess I’ll keep looking for what I can learn from this as well.

    All the best, to both of you.

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    Came across your site while randomly searching for remedies to relieve the overactive heart chakra. read several of your articles and you’ve inspired me! thank you!

    many blessings and love to you.

    -Geeta

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    Hi Anna – your article really hit the nail on the head for me.
    I have always been more attuned to the spiritual/creative and have almost a hatred of my physical body and all the palaver of looking after it. I have always had trouble eating, almost never have an apetite, and you can imagine the havoc this has played with just feeling well enough to function. I have almost no ability at all to make money – and, although I have clearly defined goals, I never seem to be on an even keel long enough to realise my potential. Your article has given me a starting point toward grounding myself. (Lord, I must be floating somewhere in the stratosphere at the moment!) All the things you mention are so hard for me to do, and I always dismissed such ‘earthly’ concerns as being unimportant. It won’t be easy, making friends with this ‘animal’ I’m stuck inside of, but the least I can do is give the poor critter a face pack and a few half-decent clothes! Baby steps 🙂

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    I am giggling… I spent a lot of time windsurfing, surfing 56 foot waves,backpacking scuba, sail, water skiing, snow skiing in my off time and worked hard the rest of the time. I dug into why and mt answer as its so easy to get answers was that the one thing that was common ( yeah I had a mess of a child hood but this was not an escape from pain) it was the incredible healing from being in the elements. Maybe my last dance on earth.
    To really ground in the lower chakras one has to heal any cell memory of trauma infection and so on which is easy to do individual by holding your hand at the levels or abdomen both sides and always release first any negative energy into water or fire or the earth then fill that void with loving energy and ask each cell to waken and come alive again. thank the cells for their patience.This is in the south earth position then move to the west and ask the water energy to wash over you and take any lingering thoughts feelings senses touch the water as it touches you as you are 98% water anyway, Then move to the North Let the wind touch you and awaken you to live in today what is with guidance and vision clearly then move to the east and ask the fire to open your heart and reignite the love for the human beings around you to forgive those that hurt and let them go if it is time and ask for the people to come to you who are your spiritual family. Then draw in to the center and ask for the light of the creator / higher self to flood your body with white light which really is a flood of the colours of the rainbow think spectrum and the natural white light Will heal at al levels and the rays of colour will match what you need. ie if too loving the green will be first light green and if you need to be more loving a wonderful rich emerald green. Then let that radiate deep into the earth as your moving energy through your body so you do not loose life force energy see it arch back up cleansed by the depth of mother earth and let it wash over you in contact with your essence. When I do this I am totally grounded. I also focus not just on my spiritual life but that of the humans around me. One reason that we like to stay in spirit is because some humans are not evolved and that is their time on earth so being supportive of them .. we can do that,,, its hard to tell a wounded person to heal up or man up which ever but there is a time to cry and time to feel anger but express it with sacred breath rather then acting it out…pain keeps us separate…touch heal take care of then ground and go about the earth… Home was so different to here as I gaze into the stars… more love more wind… but here we are so make a point of getting use to it. Humbly cc emainc

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    This was remarkably helpful, Thank you. I cannot stress my gratitude enough.
    I have a massive amount of crystals in my apartment and felt like I was being pulled out of my body. Incidentally many of these symptoms match entity/ attachments. I’m so relieved that I now have tools to maneuver my “Landing”.

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    I love this article very much.

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