In my last post I introduced the concept of physical grounding, and the benefits to being grounded. If you haven’t read my last post then you can find it here: Grounding.
How Grounding Seems To Affect Me
Since I have discovered grounding and the benefits I have been noting my general demeanour throughout the day, and when I’m grounded and when I’m not, however without the equipment to measure the charge that I am holding or the level of grounding that I have attained it is hard to know the extent that grounding actually affects me.
What I can say is that I have noted a change within me when and for several hours after I have been grounded. It does seem as though I get some sort of mystical energy boost. I do seem to have more energy I also seem to have a far greater clarity of thought and generally I feel better, more alive. But as I say without knowing the how grounded I am all the time it is hard to know how much of this I can be attributed to being grounded, but it does look as though there is some correlation.
Quick, Cheap and Easy Grounding!
As some of you may know I have a science background and education, which means that I do have a full understanding of the mechanics of grounding that said there is still more to learn, so I sort advice from an electrician friend.
My friend past on a lot of practical information about grounding or earthing yourself that I will go into more details in a minute but he also passed on other snippets of information that I thought were very interesting.
Number 1 – Barefoot and Carpet
If like me you are a barefooter at home (I know that more people walk around barefoot in their own homes than outside) and, like me, your home is carpeted, you are in fact counteracting all the grounding benefits that you get outside as soon as you walk in the house.
Let me explain, most carpets have some nylon content, unless you have 100% wool carpets! Nylon is a manmade or artificial polymer; some of its properties are its strength, durability, and the cheap cost of production, which all make it the perfect additive to carpets and floor coverings. However another property is its ability to generate static electricity and electrical charge.
Walking on carpet (which contains nylon) will almost instantly charge you up, so after that lovely barefoot walk on the bare Earth, you come home grounded and relaxed and within 5 minutes of being in the house you’re once again full of charge!
His recommendation is to wear rubber soled slippers or shoes around the house if you have carpets or rugs that have any nylon in them. (Arrrr no not shoes!!!!) Or rip the carpets up!
Number 2 – Grounding Though the Feet
The easiest and quickest way to ground yourself is to stand with your bare feet on bare soil! I even thought that walking on rocks or gravel paths or even concrete or tarmac pavements would have the same effect, but it seems that my friend knows different.
The further you are from the bare earth, and it is the bare earth that is important, the less efficient your grounding will be, to stand on MUD (barefoot) is the most efficient way to ground yourself. The pavements and roads are insulators (apart from in certain conditions) and do not ground you effectively, the same applies to gravel paths (but not sandy beaches). Grassed areas are also good for grounding and even more so when the grass is wet, which brings me to the next point my friend raised.
Number 3 – The Importance of Water
Water is a fantastic conductor of charge, which is why you never find electric sockets in bathroom in the UK, sharing a bath or shower with an electrical appliance is a recipe for death by electrocution.
This fact can help us in a number of ways; first a wet pavement or road will ground you! It’s the surface water that is carrying the charge away from you. Wet mud or wet grass are both excellent grounding conduits far better than when dry. As eluded to in the videos in the last post, you are grounded when you’re in the shower, or if you are sat in a bath with the water running, again it’s the water that is carrying the charge away.
In fact in the old days houses used to be earthed via the cold water pipes, in the days when water pipes where metal. Nowadays water pipes are plastic and don’t have the same earthing affect, they don’t have any earthing effect.
Water is also important for grounding in one of the methods that I will discuss in a moment.
Practicalities of Grounding Yourself at Home
Here I am looking at grounding yourself while you are in your house, once outside barefoot against bare earth (ideally damp earth) is the quickest way to ground ourselves.
What we need is:
1) A link between Us and the Earth
2) A connection to the Earth
3) A connection to our bare skin
Bridging the Gap between Us and the Earth
This is easy! A length of copper wire like that which is used in all house hold appliances, long enough to give you the movement that you require, the thicker the wire the more effective it will be at providing an earth.
A Connection to the Earth
The first method is via a grounding rod. A grounding rod is a metal, normally copperbonded, rod that is around 1.3 metres in length (the longer the better). This is hammered into the ground so that the majority of the rod is below ground level, ideally almost all of the rod should be hammered into the ground. This is a simple, cheap and effective way or creating an electrical earth. However in order for the grounding rod to be effective it must be hammered into mud or ideally clay, it must not be hammered into or through rubble, hardcore or anything else that is not soil or clay. To do so will effectively render it useless and a good earth will not be made. Also you must keep the rod and ground around it wet, which means that during the dry months you will have to tip a bucket of water over your grounding rod every day. If the ground around the rod becomes dry it loses its effectiveness and a good earth will not gained. It is also worth noting that when hammering the grounding rod into the ground that you make sure that you are nowhere near any of your domestic supplies, like gas, electricity or water supplies. If any of these are ruptured the consequences could be dire! Once in place, your linking wire (Bridging the Gap above) is then connected to the top of the rod and run into the house to the spot where you want to ground yourself.
The second method is to use the electricity supple that comes into your home. The electric supply has an earth wire. This earth wire is a direct electrical connection to the earth and it is an effective earth. However there is also a word of caution here the electrical earth in your electric supply may not be as effective as it should be. This could be for any number reasons, so before using the earthing wire of your electric supply PLEASE HAVE YOUR EARTH WIRE CHECKED BY A COMPETENT ELECTRICIAN. To use this option all that is needed is an electrical plug, like those on any house hold appliance. REMOVE ALL WIRES FROM THE PLUG and then fit just a single wire (the link wire from above) to the earth pin (ensure that the wire does not come into contact with the other pins). If you have any doubts get it checked by an electrician.
The third option is to use the central heating system; this really is only effective for water filled heating systems. Your home’s central heating system should also be connected directly to the earth, but again this needs to be checked by a competent electrician. This time the link wire is connected to one of your central heating pipes, in order to do this the easiest way is remove a small section of the paint (if the pipes are painted) just above floor level with some sand or emery paper until the copper of the pipe is shiny, then use a jubilee clip to hold the link wire to the copper pipe.
A Connection to our Bare Skin
The best way to connect to our bare skin is to use grounding mats and/or grounding sheets, however these are not cheap, they are effective but the cost could be prohibitive. Alternatives include an anti-static band, which is a strap that can be placed around your wrist or ankle, and again is effective and far more cost efficient; although it must be in connection with your bare skin to work. An even cheap option is just a bare wire or small metal plate that you can put your foot or hand on when you want to earth yourself, for example while your sat at your computer or watching the television.
All of these methods work and are safe, it really comes down to personal preference and cost at the end of the day as which works best for you.
Before I go
Once I have had the electrical system and central heating system in my house checked for effectiveness and safety I will be trying out these various options, with intention of passing on the information to you. It won’t be in the next post but hopefully I will have explored some of these options that I have spoken about over the next month or so.
One last point, electrics can be very dangerous if you have any doubts or don’t know what you are doing please contact a professional for advice and assistance.