Grounding and Centering
Grounding and centering is the absolutely most essential first step for any energy working. It's like stretching before a sports event. It's the thing that makes sure you are pulling the energy from the Earth, instead of depleting your own resources.
Without it, you will find yourself exhausted (or highly exhilarated) immediately after doing work, and then sick, headachy, dizzy, or faint afterwards. Sometimes the headache can persist for days afterwards.
All of these are signs that something is wrong.
Everyone who does anything with magick needs to know how to ground and center. Centering will help you keep yourself balanced and focused on what you are doing. Grounding keeps you from getting "spacy" or distracted and allows you to pull that energy into your center.
You should always ground and center before you do anything with any magick or ritual work.
Breathe deeply. As you breathe in, feel the clean, fresh air filling your whole body, filling your Self. As you breathe slowly out, feel the worries and problems of your everyday life, dropping away, through your feet into the Earth.
Take another deep breath in and as you exhale, imagine, sense or fell that breath coming out your feet.. slowly turning into roots, small at first, getting longer and stronger.
Feel those roots as they go down through layers of soil and rock, pushing deep into the Earth Mother's body.
You are like a tree: take in Source as a tree takes in water and nutrients.
Feel the energy flowing up through your roots to your chest. Your Center
The Earth Power is a deep well, and you are drawing it up into yourself. Feel the Earth Power fill you, rise through you like refreshing water, and feel it flow through your Center up to your head then back out again at your feet. It cycles.. constantly providing both new energy and a route for negative and unhealthy energy to flow away, back to the depths of the living well to be cleansed and made useful again.
Now you are connected to the Earth Power and in your Self. You are grounded. This is the beginning of a meditative state, the state in which the mind is ready for both magickal work and ritual.
Once you feel that energy as a cycle: bring your hands to your chest (solar plexus- your Center) as a mental cue. Bring the cycling to a stop in the center of your chest- your solar plexus. Feel it focus there into a sphere. Allow it to spread again back through all of your body: giving you a sense of calmness and readiness. This is centering. Feel it there, steady and calm.
You are now Grounded and Centered.
Again- this is not the only way. If this does not work for you, find a method that does.