Welcome to this brand new website about grounding (also known as earthing)!
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a technical and motivational author or over 20 books on subjects ranging from programming and web development, to motivation and visualisation. I also blog about these subjects and cover the wider topics of nutrition and health as well on my website at robinnixon.com.
Recently, however, there’s been one phenomenon I have come across that seems poorly covered on the Internet and which I believe deserves far more coverage, and that’s a technique called grounding.
For millions of years humans have walked the surface of the earth either barefooted, or with the protection of simple leather shoes. We are creatures of the planet and our biology wants us to stay that way – in harmony.
It’s no coincidence that we talk about people who understand something well having a solid grounding, or being fully grounded, because we naturally recognise even in the way we speak that it’s important to retain our connections to the earth, from which comes our food, our shelter and everything else, including ourselves.
But something happened at the turn of the 19th century that led to us separating more and more from the planet that nurtured us, and that was the patenting of the first rubber soled shoes. You see, up until then, all footwear had been electrically conductive, allowing the free electrons in the ground to flow into and out of our bodies as necessary to keep us at electrical equilibrium with the earth.
But rubber is an electrical insulator, and when we started placing it under our feet we lost our last main physical connection with the planet, because (in the western world, at least), we had begun carpeting our houses, and sleeping on electrically isolated beds, sitting on wooden chairs, and so on. Only our feet had been keeping us in touch with the earth. But no-longer.
But why is this so important, you might ask? Well, it turns out that when we withdraw physical contact with the earth we pick up electrical charges from all around. And the closer we live to electrical products, the more of it we carry. We are electrical beings before chemical; our brains function through tiny electrical signals, as do all the nerves throughout our body. Everything in ourselves relies on electricity, and when we are ungrounded to the earth the extra electricity entering our bodies interferes with its processes and consequently our health.
For example, by comparing the blood of ungrounded and grounded people you can see how grounding reduces coagulation and makes the blood flow more easily. This can be clearly seen under a microscope. And it’s not just people that are affected. No, it’s all living things, including plants. To prove this you only need to take a couple of plants, place them in pots indoors and ground one of them to discover just how much more unhealthily the ungrounded one grows. And that’s the subject of this very first post.
An experiment you can do at home
Like anyone with a scientific mind I was highly skeptical when I first heard about grounding, so I resolved to test it for myself by going out to a local garden centre and buying a few seedling pansies. I then planted them next to each other with the only difference (apart from flowerpot colour) being that the brown pot was grounded.
So, without further ado, here’s what they looked like after 24 hours:
I wish I had taken the first photo when the flowers were planted, but I was initially only conducting the experiment for my own purposes and to show my family. However, when I saw that after just one day the pot on the left (the grounded one) already showed greater growth, I decided to take daily photographs.
By counting the ridges on the leaves you can see that the left-hand plant has grown a little more.
The right-hand plant hasn’t grown very much, but the left has by a couple of millimetres, and you can see the flower bud is beginning to open.
Not much noticeable difference in either plant today.
On Day 6 the left-hand pansy finally flowered, so I rotated the flowerpot a little to face the flower to the front. To be fair to the control plant I also rotated it by the same amount.
Not much difference to note in either plant today, perhaps a touch of leaf growth in the left-hand one.
After seven days of growth the grounded pansy is doing magnificently, while the control is still to flower.
How did this happen?
The means I used to ground the first plant was simply to disassemble a mains plug, remove the fuse and connections to the live and neutral terminals, and then connect a single wire to the earth terminal, which I ran up to the flower pot where I stripped a few centimeters bare, wrapped the copper wire around a screw and pushed it firmly into the soil.
Since UK power companies solidly tie the neutral wire to ground before it reaches each house’s distribution box, there is a strong earth supplied to every socket in the house, without the need for me to connect a wire to the soil outside. However I could equally (and will demonstrate doing so in future posts) have run the wire out of the window and connected it to a metal spike in the earth to obtain the same result.
Every day I then gave (and continue to give) exactly 60ml of water to each plant using an accurate syringe, and then I take a photograph at about midday.
Note: If you are not competent with electricity and wiring please only use the earth spike method if you wish to replicate this experiment. Better safe than sorry.
What does it mean?
To me the result is clear evidence that something powerful and important is going on. The grounded plant is behaving as if it had been planted outside. Indeed is seems to think that it is, while the ungrounded plant definitely appears to be struggling and is making very slow progress.
Because the only difference between the two plants is an electrical wire connected to ground, there is an electrical connection between the planet and the plant. All stray voltages passing through the air into the plant are being immediately earthed to ground, and the planet is absorbing them, instead of the plant, which can then get on with its job of growing.
As I will show in videos in future posts, the modern environment in which we live floods our bodies with electricity from the mains sockets and electrical equipment all around us, including televisions, computers and mobile phones. Additionally there can be static in the air as evidenced by lightning strikes in a thunderstorm. But by grounding yourself, all these signals are sent straight to the earth and are prevented from interrupting your body’s internal electrics, just as with the plants above.
Just imagine the health benefits you can obtain by grounding yourself and freeing your body from all these stray currents. That’s why this website exists, because I have already felt several improvements, which I’ll be detailing soon.
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To allow for errors I planted six seedlings in three pairs of flowerpots to run the experiment three times over. A second pair shows exactly the same result, while a third pair are a little closer to each other right now, with no clear winner as yet. As with all experiments, they will need to be repeated over and over until a statistically significant result is obtained. And I will be doing so with these and many other plants and planting environments. Updates to follow.