I am sitting here listening to the rain outside. The doors and windows are thrown open even with the fierce and chilly wind blowing in.
The sound of water hitting the roof, the earth, the leaves, is a balm to my body and the land. The elements doing the things they do, and speaking to the elements in my skin. The wind awakening my wild, the water quieting my inner, often overactive, fire and my body, like the earth, drinking it all in.
The earth spoke earlier this week. Shaking and rolling in the way that it does. Settling into itself, as the faultlines shifted and reminded us that grounding is much more than earthing our roots.
We talk about grounding all the time in witchery, and in mindfulness practices.
I often think about it as a place to land. I assume that when I ground I am solid and safe. The earth is there, supporting us and providing stability. Until it isn’t.
As the ground shook and my nervous system amped itself up, I remembered that grounding is not just about landing and rooting. It is not always about being still and steady.
Truly grounding is actually about sway and flexibility.
Bury your roots in the earth but as the soil and stone shakes, reorienting itself, remember to find the fluidity in your body, in your nervous system, in your thoughts and feelings.
Be like the water and flow, be like the air and move, be like fire and find the motion, be like earth and let yourself shake.
As I reflect on my own relationship to this land I call home, to this body I call home, it is the elements that I come back to again and again as my greatest asset, my greatest allies. I am them and they are in me.
How do the elements live in you?
What is your relationship to them?
How do you see these in the land you live on?
What do the elements teach you when you listen to their wisdom?
When the ground shakes beneath you, literally or figuratively, how can you lean into the elements for support?
Curious about the elements? Want to learn some new ways to work with them? Deepen your relationship with their energies?
I will be teaching “You are Elemental”, at the 3rd annual Season of the Witch virtual conference on Friday October 7th. We will use experiential exercises to delve into the elements and their many gifts.
This 2 day conference runs the 7th and 8th and this class is only one of 10 that will be happening over that time. Come fill your cup with Witchery!
Early Bird pricing ends on the 23rd of September, so if you haven’t registered yet, be sure to take advantage of the 20% off by signing up now. Use the code EARLYBIRD at check out.
Emily Morrison MA, MFT