A Final Farewell

A Note from Betty:

Dear friends, it is time for both Grandmother Cottonwood and I to pursue new adventures in life, so this will be our final blog post. Since the tree herself was cut down last June, I feel that her spirit is finally ready to move on.

It has been a great honor to translate the communications of GCW into words and pictures. We’ve worked in partnership to bring you over 500 posts since 2015. And now, we say a loving goodbye.

Please enjoy GCW’s offerings from our archives. Thank you for your kind attention and support throughout the past five years. Dear readers, you have been much appreciated!

Remember Grandmother Cottonwood when you need to feel grounded, when you desire inspiration, when you find yourself off balance or living in your head, or when you want to connect with the spirits of nature.

GCW in winter

We leave you with a final practice to help you live connected to the Earth, centered in your body, and aligned with spirit

Visualize your energetic roots anchoring you to the Earth, drawing in vital Earth energy. Visualize your awareness centered in the trunk of your body, your heart and belly. And finally, see and feel your energetic branches reaching to divine light, pulling in life giving nourishment and inspiration from the heavens.

(If you have children or grandchildren, they will love this visualization!)

Connect to Earth

Yes, dear ones, I return to a favorite theme. I speak of grounding once more because it is so vital to your well-being!

When your body and mind are exhausted, when you feel as though you can’t take another step, when you are depleted, shaky or frantic, recharge your power supply by reconnecting with Mother Earth.

Plug in and let her entrain your energy to her heartbeat, the rhythm of our planet, to the reality of her loving support.

When you are ungrounded you may seem to float away like an untethered space walker. Humans ungrounded deplete themselves and try to compensate for a lack of Earth energy, try to find a power supply elsewhere – food, drink, drugs…?

When you are grounded, you are filled with Earth energy pulled in from the chakras at the soles of your feet. This energy rises up within your body to anchor and root you to your home. This is mother Earth’s way of telling you – you belong here, this is your home.

Rediscover your power supply in the most simple and natural way.

Walk stand or sit with your bare feet on the earth, on grass a beach, in mud or soil. Lay under a tree. Hug a tree and lean there for a few moments. Visualize yourself as a tree and send your roots deep into the Earth. Gently massage your feet. Walk in nature. Rub the soles of your feet with a stainless steel spoon.

As you are here in a body, you are meant to live fully within the parameters and limitations, joys sorrows and challenges of this physical existence. Getting grounded will help you be here now and experience the fullness of life.

Practice simple grounding daily and recharge your batteries. Live in your body. Live more fully as you are meant to.

Connect with Earth Energy

Dear reader, this post is from the archives of AskGCW.

Dear one, do you feel shaky, off balance, flighty, un-tethered?

Our great mother, the Earth asks you to lie down heart to heart, belly to belly with her and absorb her loving grounding energy into your body.

When you feel anxious she will calm you, when you feel unmoored, she will give you solidity. When you are tired, she will fill you with energy. When you feel lost, she will provide a home, a safe resting place, a solid foundation.

Go to the Earth when you find yourself off balance, jittery, bereft. Let her energy heal you.

Let her envelope you in the energy, the safety, and feeling of home. Know that we belong to each other!

Root and Ground Yourself

Have you forgotten your roots? No, this isn’t about your human family. The roots I speak of go deeper into the earth, anchoring you to your home.

They anchor and connect you like my deep and strong cottonwood roots anchor my massive trunk and crown so that I can stand tall and thrive here.

Grandmother Cottonwood

You are meant to live here on this planet, energetically rooted and connected to the loving energy of the earth.

Picture a field of prairie grass with deep roots that penetrate the soil and cling tenaciously to life. The deep roots draw up sustenance from many feet below the surface, anchoring their tall stems leaves and seed heads.

Prairie grass

You too have the ability to send your energetic roots deep into the soil, pulled down from your feet without effort to the magnetic core of the earth. You are then able to draw in the earth energy that you need to live fully in your body.

Yes, I speak of concepts invisible to your naked eyes. Come out of your head, out of your logical zone and try this. Try living fully in your body, feeling the sensations in your feet legs, hips, your core, your heart, your center – all of you.

See how you feel, not how you think you should feel when you visualize your energetic roots. If you feel uncomfortable or scared to live in your body, find a healer or therapist to help you.

Living fully in your body is the gift you’ve been bequeathed as a human being.

When you are deeply rooted, you are more flexible and resilient and able to weather life’s storms with grace. You can recover more easily from heartache and trauma and injury and find new ways to grow and thrive.

When you allow yourself to live fully in your body, when you surrender to gravity to knowing this planet is your true home and will be for countless lifetimes, when you know that as mother earth thrives, you and all living ones thrive, you will feel at home, safe cared for, connected.

When you plug your body’s energy from your feet into the energy of our Earth, you will know a new sense of peace and belonging.

6 Easy ways to ground yourself:

  • Walk barefoot on the earth.
  • Lay on the Earth.
  • Hug a tree.
  • Visualize roots like tree roots going from your lower body feet and legs to the core of the earth. Breathe out stress, breathe in earth energy.
  • Rub the soles of your feet with a stainless steel spoon.
  • Massage your bare feet.

Getting grounded

Is your brain sometimes like a ping pong ball, bouncing all over the place without focus, shifting from topic to topic at warp speed? Does it leave you without clarity or focus?

This can happen if you are not grounded.

Grandmother Cottonwood

Some of those who walk past me are connected to Earth energy. They feel stable, supported, solid, fully in their bodies and in the present. Others who walk past seem floaty, disconnected, living in their heads, in the past or future.

You are the boss of your own life! You are in command of your energy! You can focus your energy including your thoughts. You too can be grounded and fully present in your body. It’s easy!

Begin by imagining yourself sending down roots deep into the Earth and pulling up Earth energy that will anchor and stabilize your own energy and help you focus with clarity on what you choose. For a child, pretend you are a tree and send down your roots.

Two more easy ways to ground yourself : Use a stainless steel spoon and rub the bottom of your feet; Walk barefoot on the grass, garden soil or a beach. ( If you can’t do this, try just sitting in a chair with your bare feet on the earth.)

Let your grounded self then align with source and this alignment will create clarity and focus and fresh new energy flowing through you, displacing the stale energy of the past.