There are several symptoms of not being grounded
Some are more mental/emotional and others more physical. Mood swings, being distracted, disorientated, forgetfullness and short term memory loss, unable to focus or concentrate, daydreamy, clumsy, inability to finish tasks, sensitivity to noise, feeling sleepy, general intolerance are a few traits that result from not being grounded.
Physical symptoms are due to an imbalance of energetic flow. Of course, not all physical symptoms are a result of not being grounded, they could be from dis-ease within the body from other causes.
When we are not grounded, there is ''excessive" spiritual pranic energy in some levels of our being, while the cells are trying to "keep up" with the absorption and assimilation. These symptoms include headaches,backache, shoulder strain, eyestrain, nausea, dizziness, palpitations and other manifestations in vulnerable organs.
This is my understanding of "grounding", learnt from different sources and from experience in my life so far!
We are spiritual beings having a human experience here on planet earth; to be fully congruent with physical reality, it is important to be grounded.
In the journey of ascension, ie attaining a higher and higher level of consciousness, we are growing spiritually into becoming more and more of our true Divine self.
In the process of unfolding into a higher vibration being of Love and Light, from Man-self to God-self, we often "lose touch" with reality of our physical life, or, we get into a state of imbalance with the slower vibration of the body.
When we are grounded, our higher vibration spirit-self feels comfortable and safe in our physical body, its temple. When we are grounded, we have a more conscious experience of everyday life, with a higher or more all-rounded awareness. When we are not grounded, we tend to live a half-conscious, machine-like existence and daily mundane routines can feel very tedious.
Everything in life strives for balance
Understanding the consequences of not being grounded, it brings us to the importance of it.
To be able to achieve any goal, we need to be fully present. To enjoy our life, at home, at work, and in any activity, we need to be in alignment of mind-body-spirit. When we are grounded we do things with a more conscious awareness and we do things to our best ability. It can be anything from cooking, playing sport, doing homework, writing for an ezine ;) or even just socialising; we take charge in a masterful way. Being more focussed spiritually in a body, means less effort and struggle, but "going with the flow" with the pulse of life in human form.
Grounding improves the way of life as it brings more joy, pleasure and fulfillment when we achieve our best potential in everything we do. There is more harmony in every relationship, ie as a child, a parent, a worker, a partner, friendships or just dealing with anyone in general.
Often when we are not grounded, others have to make up for our failings, or we cause stress in ourself and those connected to us.
Being grounded means we are not a burden and wherever we are, we "feel at home".
In creating heaven on earth, ie manifesting Spirit in Matter, in our grounded state, we can be a better instrument or channel on earthing Divine energy of Love and Light. We are able to accept that there is a higher purpose in life and not just achieving our personal goals and dreams.
There are many different ways of grounding
Each person finds what works best for them. Personally, I love carrying stones, or wearing gemstones or lying on pebbles and sitting on rocks whenever I am able. The most grounding stones I wear include black onyx, haematite, iron pyrite, smokey quartz, garnet, red jasper, black as well as green tourmaline.
Being with nature is very balancing and easy grounding...hugging a tree, walking barefoot on grass and in the sand (or just walking barefoot anywhere!!) is an easy technique for grounding.
Physical activities such as running, swimming, yoga or other exercise, dancing and gardening are very grounding. Eating (wisely!) is another great way to be grounded.
The simple Meditation or visualisations I use for grounding:
1) Roots growing out from my feet into the ground below, anchoring me to Mother Earth.
2) A silver or bright white beam of light from the cosmos, entering the crown of my head, through the spine and out through the base of my spine, entering deep into the ground beneath me.
3) I visualise myself in the centre of two interlocking triangles; a downward facing triangle and an upward facing triangle, forming a six-point star, with myself in the middle.
This is derived from the Hindu tradition of using a "Yantra". A Yantra is a geometric design used as a "support" instrument when shifting into higher levels of consciousness. There are several different variations of Yantra, the Sri Yantra being the most widely used; my visualisation is very simplified but effective for me.
In the shift of consciousness, it is important that meditation and grounding are part of our daily routine, and should be as regular as brushing our teeth! We are responsible for our individual spiritual growth which adds to the whole splendour of Universal Oneness.