One of the most defining moments in my life was the day I came to the realisation that “the Earth is a battery”.
It was quite literally and metaphorically like a lightbulb went off in my mind, and it has shaped my work ever since, as I’ve realised the powerful healing effects of nature.
It turns out I have none other than Nikola Tesla, a Croatian, to thank for this discovery. At least, for being able to ground my hypothesis in science. For it was Tesla that first introduced the idea of the Earth being a gigantic electrical condenser.
It all began for me a few years back when I started to observe in my yoga classes how people were having a significantly more powerful experience when I held the sessions outside, barefoot on the ground.
I’d recalled that whilst living in India, as part of my Ayurvedic studies, I had to walk barefoot around a lawn ten times each morning in order to “ground myself”.
At the time I thought it was just another quirky, hippy technique, like tree-hugging, which was a nice idea and made me feel calmer, but I hadn’t realised back then it was backed by science.
I had no interest in science back then, unless it was related to how the body worked. At school during Physics lessons, I’d have a book under the table whilst the teacher babbled on about concepts that didn’t seem to have any relevance to my world. How things have changed since I discovered Tesla and I’ve become fascinated by his work and life.
It has given meaning to all that I had been experiencing and observing in how we optimise our state of wellbeing.
On my own healing journey, I’d been noticing the physical and psychological benefits of being in the wild outdoors, places of untouched natural beauty where I could just lose myself. I had realised that nature was my God; all the evidence I needed was right in front of me that there was a force greater than us in the Universe.
I started re-charging myself in nature, using it as a battery to restore my energy when I felt depleted. I saw myself as like my mobile phone, that needed charging up regularly to keep it functioning well. Those close to me would argue that I’m probably better at charging myself up than my phone, as it frequently runs out!
When I was injured a couple of years ago, I took to walking along the beach barefoot each day, and I was certain this helped in my recovery. I’m not certain my Consultant entirely bought into my theory when I told him, but he agreed it would have been useful for “getting my strength back”.
Yet there’s more to it than that.
What we know now, thanks to Tesla, is that all matter has an electrical current, and an electromagnetic field, and that includes us. We have a net charge which is either positive, negative or neutral.
Modern life means that our bodies build up excess positive charges, and this has a detrimental effect on our health, creating inflammation, which is arguably at the root of all disease.
Yet the Earth is an infinite reservoir of negatively charged free electrons, and when we touch it with our bare skin, it neutralises the charge, cancelling out the free radicals. The result is a reduction in inflammation, lower stress levels, better sleep, even improvements in heart health.
Simply put, when you connect with the ground, you’re actually synchronising with the Earth’s electric frequency. Nature is designed to work this way.
This could not be more important than right now. This global pandemic has left most of us more stressed than ever, and reliant on our devices for connection and a sense of belonging.
We need healing, in every way, and I believe the answer lies in nature.
Whether it’s walking barefoot in the sand, spending time in the forest, swimming in the sea (which is highly conductive due to its high mineral content), or just taking a break from the City, what we will all benefit from right now is unplugging and recharging in nature.
Gillie Sutherland grew up in the north of England, before settling in Devon, but has now swapped her UK address for one on the Adriatic in the very south of Croatia, in Molunat. A professional yoga trainer she now runs retreats and online courses from her Konavle base. She also writes a weekly column for the Devon newspaper, The Express and Echo. Keep in touch with Gillie via her yoga website - www.yogamolunat.life
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