Cover of book called "Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?"

By Cat Saunders

Ever wonder why animals in the wild don’t suffer from chronic illness the way people nowadays do? If the late Matteo Tavera is correct in his manuscript, “The Sacred Mission,” the main reason wild animals don’t get chronic illness is that they are in 24/7 contact with the Earth.

That means they’re grounded–literally, in the electrical sense of the word. This kind of grounding is much different from the way bodyworkers and other healers have taught me to “ground” myself by focusing my energy in a particular way. That kind of conscious grounding is important, of course, but it’s something you have to think about, and that’s not what Tavera was referring to in his manuscript.

In fact, being grounded in the literal sense is not something you do yourself. It’s something the Earth does for you. All you have to do is make your body available to receive this extraordinary and unlimited support from Nature.

Tavera, a French agronomist, wrote his brilliant and insightful manuscript in 1969. I’d never heard of it until I found out about it–and about something called “Earthing”–when I read John Gray’s book, Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice. Gray’s book is about certain key hormonal differences between men and women and how these differences can affect health, behavior, and relationships.

Although I learned some new and useful information about hormones from Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice, I think the most important reason I was led to it was to find out about Earthing. For this blessed gift, I am forever indebted to John Gray.

So what is this thing called Earthing and what does it have to do with preventing chronic illness? Better yet, how does Earthing help people get healthy and stay that way? A short answer to what Earthing is about comes from a book called Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever! by Clinton Ober, Stephen Sinatra, M.D., and Martin Zucker (see links below to order book).

In this book, Clint Ober writes, “Earthing involves coupling your body to the Earth’s eternal and gentle surface energies.” Ober’s statement may sound mystical, and at the deepest level, Earthing probably is mystical in the same way the cosmos itself is ultimately mystical and therefore beyond human comprehension.

Even so, just as you don’t have to understand electricity in order to turn on a light switch, you don’t have to understand how Earthing works in order to take advantage of it. On the other hand, if you’re like me and you like to understand things, Ober’s pioneering book offers an easy and enjoyable way to learn the basics of Earthing. From there, you can learn more about it by Googling the topic or by exploring the Earthing Institute’s website (see link below).

And now, if you’d like to know a little bit about my personal experience with Earthing, please read on.

First, I’ll give you the punch line–and you’re welcome to quote me on this: “Earthing” trumps anything I’ve done in four decades of personal and professional healing work.”

Those of you who’ve known me a while know that I don’t say such things lightly. In fact, I’ve never made that statement about anything else in my life!

Beginning in late January 2011, I’ve been sleeping grounded with the help of an Earthing bed sheet, and I’ve been staying grounded as much as possible during the day through various means. Since the very first day I’ve been sleeping and living grounded, something downright miraculous has been happening for me. Although it would take a treatise to tell you the whole story, I’ll give you a few details.

Of all the blessings I’ve received from Earthing, the most wonderful benefit has been in the realm of sleep. Since the mid-1970s, I’ve been challenged by a sleep disorder that involves a split-sleep cycle and a lack of delta sleep. Before Earthing came into my life, the last time I remember getting a good night’s sleep was sometime in 1975.

I’ve done everything under the sun (and moon) to get refreshing sleep, but until I started Earthing, nothing worked for more than a night or two. Since I’ve been sleeping grounded, I still have a split-sleep cycle (most likely the result of too many head injuries), but it’s not such a big deal anymore. Why? Because the sleep I do get is the most refreshing sleep I’ve gotten in more than 30 years.

Better yet, I’m getting refreshing sleep every night. If refreshing sleep was the only benefit I receive from Earthing, I’d be thrilled. However, that’s only one part of the story. I’ve also experienced rapid and significant improvement in chronic pain, chronic inflammation, and other debilitating health conditions I’ve been struggling to alleviate for ten, twenty, or thirty years.

To be fair, I have experienced many improvements in health over the years through my own efforts and with the help of many gifted professionals, both conventional and unconventional. But frankly, there’s no comparison between human efforts and the freely available gifts of Mother Earth herself!

To those of you who–like me–have a strong internal skeptic, I will say that Earthing is not a “magic bullet” that cures all ills. Even with my grounding tools, I realize that some of my longstanding health challenges may never completely go away. However, Earthing has given me an increased sense of hope and the knowledge that whatever the future holds in the Land of Health Challenges, my body will be much better able to deal with whatever comes my way.

If you’d like to learn more about how to be grounded throughout your daily life, here are a few resources for you: Learn more about Earthing. Order Earthing products. See the book Earthing (on Amazon). Truth in advertising: Just for the record, I don’t get any kickbacks from the Earthing folks, nor do I get any kickbacks by referring people to Amazon for the Earthing book or any other book I recommend.

Cat Saunders, Ph.D., is a counselor in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook: A Compassionate Guide for Being Human (available through Amazon). Contact Cat by emailing her or by calling 206-329-0125 (24-hour voicemail).