Updated: Nov 28
Starting on October 1, I'm delighted to be a part of the Ancestral Magic Summit, hosted by Wendy Mata. It's an online collection of 20 widely varying experts who all have unique views and practices around Ancestor Veneration, and how we connect with those who came before us.
As a diviner, I speak with my ancestors everyday. This wasn't always my practice and, it's deeply changed my work in divination (for the MUCH better) as well as my understanding of myself and my own life path. Connecting with your ancestors, both in bloodline as well as a soul circle, is a gift to us and to them. Gone but not forgotten is a thing we will all hope for one day.
My special gift for those attending the Summit is grounding meditation. Grounding in our bodies is easy to overlook. We live in a too-fast world and coming "unglued" is a common thing. It happens to me and everyone I know. Connecting with your ancestors, or anyone on the spirt side, works better if you are grounded in your body.
Want to make this meditation your very own? I encourage you to record it using your phone's voice recorder, so you can listen to it anytime, anywhere. You can also personalize it then in ways that feel good to you.
I wish you a strong connection with your ancestors, known and unknown. Enjoy the Ancestral Magic Summit!
A Grounding Meditation Using the Feet and Earth
by Rissa Miller
Takes about 5 minutes.
Sit in a comfortable place, ideally where you can have your bare or sock-feet touching the floor or actual Earth, and where you are unlikely to get interrupted. Gaze at your feet or the floor/Earth, keeping the eyes soft.
Inhale for the count of 4, hold your breath for the count of 4, then exhale slowly for the count of 4. Shift your awareness fully to the floor/Earth beneath you. Feel the surface under your feet, taking note of any sensations - is it warm, cool, smooth, soft, rough? Is there carpet, lawn, sand, soil, or tile? Focus your attention to the world as currently observed by your feet in this moment. Breathe, inhale, exhale.
Now, shift inward to your actual feet. Are they sore or tired? Is there tension or pressure? If you can, roll up your toes and observe the way the rest of your foot presses further into the Earth. Wiggle your toes. Then rest the feet. Check in again… has that created any change in the way your foot feels, or the way the ground feels?
Roll up your heels, subtly lifting them (not Barbie style, just a little). Notice the shift in how your toes feel, the balls of your feet, your arches. Rest the feet. Allow tension and energy to flow from your feet down to the Earth under you.
Allow the flow to continue, from your ankles, your calves, your knees. Observe the sensation of releasing those areas letting them sink heavy into the Earth. Allow the flow to release tension across your thighs and hips, all the way around to the buttocks. Inhale and exhale, release these large muscle groups, allowing yourself to settles into the embrace of the Earth.
Inhale for the count of 4, hold your breath for the count of 4, then exhale slowly for the count of 4. Allow your spine to relax. Really focus on letting your back’s energy gradually unwind and flow through your hips, legs and feet into the Earth. Breathe into it, taking as much time as you need. Now, allow your abdomen, ribs, and chest the same gentle release. Breathe, exhale. Let your torso energy flow downward to the Earth.
Once again, inhale for the count of 4, hold your breath for the count of 4, then exhale slowly for the count of 4. Bring your attention to your shoulders, front and back. Allow them to be loose, to release. Give yourself permission to relax, you don’t need to shoulder anything at all right now. Let the energy drop down your back and torso, floating gently down your hips to your legs, knees, calves, ankles, and through your feet, back to the Earth. Breathe, feel the connection between your feet and the ground. Wiggles your toes.
Come back to your arms, from the bicep to the elbow to the wrist and hands, give yourself the gift once more of release. There’s nothing you need to have in-hand, let everything flow down from your fingers, dropping low, low, lower until the Earth catches it, and your arms are free to rest or dangle, as it feels natural to you.
Finally, bring your awareness to you neck and head. Consider the entire space of your neck, always working so hard, and allow the energy to flow, offering it peace. Notice any tight spots and give them permission to rest. Next, your face… let your chin, lips, tongue, and the roof of your mouth release. Then your cheeks, nose, eyes, forehead, and scalp. Let your entire head rest, and if your head drops a little, tilting towards the Earth, this is perfectly okay. Allow your focus to rest on the Earth and your feet, just below, as you let the energy from your neck, face and head flow gently down, down, lower and back to the ground.
Stay here, in quiet rest for a few breath cycles. Allow your feet to hold your awareness as you inhale, exhale… When you are ready to return, rock your feet back and forth on the Earth, deeply feeling the connection between you and the ground you rest upon. Wiggle your toes and lift your feet, first right and place it back down; then left and place it back down. Wiggle your fingers or roll your wrists. Sit upright and inhale deeply. Look up and from this place of Earthly connection, slowly stand, allowing your inhale to rise from the ground, filling your legs, hips, torso, back, shoulders, arms, neck and head. The Earth has you. You are rooted with the Earth Mother, Pachamama. Gaia, Tellus, or Nature, as you believe and see the Earth. You are gently held and fully grounded.