CRYSTALS & THEIR HEALING PROPERTIES
Obsidian is the result of volcanic lava coming in contact with water. Often the lava pours into a lake or ocean and is cooled quickly. This process produces a glassy texture in the resulting rock. Iron and magnesium give the obsidian a dark green, brown or black colour. Obsidian has been used by ancient people as a cutting tool, for weapons, and for ceremonial purposes and is sometimes found by archaeologists in excavations.
Obsidian has several varieties. Obsidian can contain small bubbles of air that are aligned along layers created as the molten rock was flowing just before being cooled. These bubbles can produce interesting effects such as a golden sheen, known as Gold Sheen Obsidian or a rainbow sheen called Rainbow Obsidian or a silver sheen, known as Silver Sheen Obsidian. Obsidian with a high iron content turns the stone a reddish brown and is known as Mahogany Obsidian.
Inclusions of small, white, radially clustered crystals of cristobalite in the black glass produce a blotchy or snowflake pattern producing Snowflake Obsidian. Small nuggets of obsidian that have been naturally rounded and smoothed by wind and water are called Apache Tears.
OBSIDIAN And physical health
Obsidian's gift to you is the insight into the causes of disease. It helps with digestion. It detoxifies, dissolving blockages and tension, including hardened arteries. It reduces the pain of arthritis, joint problems, cramps and injuries.
Crystal water made from obsidian is useful for all types of shock. It can be used to reduce an enlarged prostrate.
Shock sustained through injury is dissolved on a cellular level and it therefore helps staunch bleeding and accelerate the healing of wounds.
Obsidian improves the circulation, even in extreme cases such as hardening of the arteries in the legs caused by smoking and also ensures warming of the extremities, for example chronically cold hands and feet.
OBSIDIAN and your feelings
Obsidian helps you to understand who you truly are and not who you think you are, it will help to integrate these two perceptions into a whole. This stone helps you identify behavioural patterns that are outdated and assists in clearing them.
Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas, bringing a depth and clarity to the emotions. It promotes compassion and strength.
Obsidian dissolves shock and fear. It has an enlivening effect and brings hidden inner images to light.
Obsidian bestows an unimagined depth, on your emotional nature and helps with any type of obsession. It purifies the atmosphere of negative spiritual influences and serves as a protection against psychic attacks.
Obsidian is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against emotional negativity. It grounds you to the earth through the base chakra and strengthens you in times of need. It is helpful to highly sensitive people. It blocks psychic attack and removes negative spiritual influences.
Place obsidian by your bed or under the pillow to draw out mental stress and tension, it may have a calming effect but it will also highlight the cause of the stress. The cause must be redressed before peace can return, this will resolve the problem permanently rather than just having a palliative effect.
IMAGES OF OBSIDIAN
OBSIDIAN and the mind
Obsidian expands the consciousness and helps change restricted beliefs, communication and behavioural patterns. It sharpens the senses and helps the intellect penetrate mysterious phenomena, experiences and accounts.
Obsidian brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion and restricted belief systems. It may do this by making it absolutely clear to you what lies behind the mental distress or disease. Once the confusion and belief systems have been cleared obsidian expands your consciousness and helps you enter the realm of the unknown with confidence and ease.
A large piece of obsidian can be extremely efficient at blocking geopathic stress or soaking up environmental pollution, but its tendency to expose the truth has to be taken into account. It is helpful for therapists and counsellors as it not only helps to get to the core of a problem, but it also clears the negative energies that are released.
Obsidian is a stone without boundaries or limitations. It works extremely fast and with great power. Its truth enhancing, reflective qualities are merciless in exposing flaws, weaknesses and blockages. Nothing can be hidden from obsidian. It points out how to relieve all destructive conditions. Obsidian urges you to grow and lend solid support to others while you work toward a goal.
It can bring unpleasant truths to the surface which will then enable you to examine them and then bring in love and acceptance.
Obsidian provides deep soul healing. It can facilitate going back into the past and heal festering emotions or trauma that is still there in the present.
OBSIDIAN and the SPIRIT
Obsidian helps you achieve integrity through helping you to see the shadow side in your true nature, so you can once more become whole. This stone shows how to achieve freedom and spiritual invulnerability. it will show you capabilities and strengths that have been forgotten, so that they can be retrieved and refined to the point of clairvoyance.
Obsidian vitalises the purpose of the soul. It eliminates energy blocks and relieves tension. Obsidian anchors the spirit into the body. This stone stimulates growth on all levels. It urges you to explore the unknown there by opening up new horizons for you to explore.
Apache Tears are small nodules of obsidian, composed of various combinations of basalt, Andesite, Rhyolite, and Trachyte. Apache tears can be found as translucent, opaque black, red or brown nodules.
Their energy works within the base chakra, where it will move excess energy down into the earth chakra for grounding with Mother Gaia.
There are lots of advantages to having a piece of jewellery that is both a spiritual grounding and psychic protection stone.
An alternative to jewellery is to keep one in your pocket, so that the energy remains within your auric field. Apache Tears enhances the assimilation of Vitamin C and Vitamin D, They will raise your ability to recognise the approach of menacing situations, where you may be at risk.
Apache tears can help you with the physical ache that often comes with grief. The stress associated with sorrow can cause physical pains in your bones and muscles. On the other hand, physical tears are psychological beneficial. If you are having a hard time letting yourself cry, regardless of whether or not it is grief associated, this stone can help.
These stones lend general strength and stamina, help to vitalise and purify the blood, stimulate hair and nail growth, and boost the immune system.
Apache tears support you during periods of grief and mourning.
Although there is an inconsolable aspect to missing someone close who has passed, this volcanic glass reminds you that you can turn to others for support while allowing your feelings of grief to take their normal course, which can be very rocky at times.
Apache tears help to ground you and keep you focused. Use this stone to keep your mind on the task at hand. It is also beneficial for maintaining a positive outlook, keeping negative thoughts at bay. Use these stones to deflect negative energy.
Apache Tears help those who feel trapped in physicality to find the joy in physical experience. They are useful in gently pointing out the value of this life to those who may tend toward depression.
They help counter negative thought patterns and can assist in finding more positive thoughts with which to create your reality.
Apache tears support all types of grieving processes, but they are especially sympathetic when trying to cope with the grief associated with suicide.
Turn to apache tears to give you strength as you experience and array of emotions, from guilt, anger, blame, shame and confusion to relief, despair, betrayal, abandonment and acceptance. Apache tears can connect survivors with departed loved ones who chose to die a they gain the necessary spiritual understanding to cope with their decision.
Apache Tears help you understand the value of the physical plane and the spiritual lessons it has to teach us. They are useful for psychic protection and can help open the realms of Nature spirits and other Earth cohabitants from this and other dimensions.
Black Obsidian is a pure, glossy black colour, which can appear as very dark brown when strong light is shined on the thin edges.
Black obsidian placed on the navel grounds spiritual energy into the body. If held briefly above the third eye, it breaks through mental barriers and dissolves mental conditioning. Used with care, it can draw together scattered energy and promote emotional release.
Black obsidian is a powerful and creative stone. It grounds the soul and spiritual forces into the physical plane, bringing them under the direction of the conscious will and making it possible to manifest spiritual energies on earth. Self control is increased by using this stone.
Black Obsidian assists with removing blockages in the meridian system. Its energy is useful in clearing reproductive problems based in past abuse or current self-abuse issues. Black Obsidian opens and clears the base and sacral chakras.
Used in shaman ceremonies obsidian will remove physical disorders. It also has the gift of prophesy. Black obsidian spheres are powerful meditation and scrying aids.
Black obsidian helps you avoid ingesting toxins by keeping you focused on healthy eating. It realigns your energy so that you can make proper food choices. It also supports you during the process of breaking bad habits, such as smoking, overeating, over-drinking or using drugs or putting an end to habitual patterns that no longer serve your higher self.
Black Obsidian is a powerful emotional teacher. It leads you to an understanding and acceptance of the darker side of your nature, so that aspect can be evolved and illuminated. It assists in breaking negative emotionally based patterns such as self-abuse, eating disorders, and addictions, when you are willing to take responsibility for your own own healing.
Black obsidian helps you dredge up emotions that are buried deep within yourself. This stone reminds you that negative emotions can play havoc on your life by broadcasting an unconscious programme that perpetuates negative patterns. This stone supports you while you search the darker recesses of your emotional body.
Black obsidian is perfect for grounding and keeping you focused. If you have a tendency to be distracted or off-centre, use this stone to keep your mind on the task at hand. It is also beneficial for maintaining a positive outlook by keeping negative thoughts at bay. Use black obsidian to deflect negative energy.
Black Obsidian is a protective stone. It repels negativity and disperses unloving thoughts. It helps you to release old loves and provides support during change.
Black Obsidian assists in recognising where you are holding negativity and helps to illuminate and cleanse negative emotional patterns from the aura. It can assist those who are very psychically or emotionally sensitive to maintain the integrity of their energy fields.
Black obsidian draws you inward to the centre of yourself, to the place of truth. In Native American teachings, it is likened to the Great Void from which all things are created, It is a stone for spiritual dreaming and creating. This stone can be used to request the assistance of Archangels Melchizdk an Sabrael.
Gold sheen obsidian is a brown to black stone that has air bubbles in-between its layers. When light reflects through the layers a golden sheen can be seen on the surface of this crystal.
Gold sheen obsidian keeps the physical body prepped for energetic focus and reflection. With this stone in hand, accept the gift of health and release old memories that interfere with your ability to be healthy. Use this stone while going through any physical cleansing process.
Gold sheen obsidian can be helpful in digestive disorders, ulcers, reflux and similar issues of the stomach. It helps clear, energise and balance the solar-plexus and sacral chakras. It can be helpful for men with issues of impotence due to stress.
Use gold sheen obsidian to sharpen you mental aptitude so you can enter deeper meditative states and tap into higher forces for the good of the community. With focus, you can use this stone to deflect dark forces from interfering with the higher good of mankind. Gold sheen obsidian eliminates any sense of futility or ego conflict. Releasing ego involvement, it imparts knowledge of spiritual direction.
Gold sheen obsidian assists in balancing and healing abuse from the past that is still being carried around in the emotional field. During meditation while holding this stone to awaken memories and contemplate on how these memories are currently affecting your life. Then acknowledge any repetitive patterns and make a clear decision to remove the obstacles that keep such patterns in motion.
Gold Sheen Obsidian can help you feel more capable of creating and directing your life. It is ideal for enhancing your direction and clarity of purpose.
Use gold sheen obsidian to achieve grounded interaction with the earth while connecting with the cosmic forces of the universe. This stone will keep you safe from unwanted psychic influences, removing the hooks of negativity from your energy field.
Gold sheen obsidian is particularly effective for scrying. It takes you into the future and the past deep inside the core of a problem. it shows what is needed for healing, but other crystals will be needed to achieve healing.
Many people have issues around reclaiming their personal power and using it for the Higher Good. Gold sheen obsidian assists in this journey and allows you to become more conscious of the way in which you use and misuse power. It can aid in aligning your will with the Divine intent and connecting to the power of the Earth for healing purposes.
Green obsidian is a transparent bottle green to a creamy opaque green stone that can have flashes of iridescence on the surface.
Green obsidian is a valuable Reiki stone particularly for the working around the heart to clear blocked energies.
Green obsidian opens and purifies the heart and throat chakras. It removes hooks and ties from other people and protects against repetition. Green Obsidian treats the gallbladder and the heart.
This stone facilitates relaxation, calm, peace; it reduces stress, eases insomnia, protects you from nightmares; promotes the ability to flow with change; promotes confidence in outcomes and the knowledge that everything is alright.
This stone is for those who are fixated on personal counselling but are not getting anywhere, green obsidian will assist them in finding and really tackling their problems and it will assist them in becoming more self reliant. Green obsidian is an excellent stone for protection from people who try to drag you into their own personal crises.
Wear or keep green obsidian near you if you work with people, particularly if they are troubled, to keep your own energies light and positive.
Mahogany Obsidian is a mixture of the colours jet black and reddish brown that occur in undulating or spotty patterns. The reddish brown colour is similar to the wood mahogany wood.
Mahogany obsidian has a gentler energy than black. Resonating with the earth, it grounds an protects, gives strength in times of need, vitalises purpose, eliminates energy blockages and stimulates growth on all levels. It is a stabilising stone that strengthens a weak aura and restores the correct spin to the sacral and solar plexus chakras. Worn on the body, mahogany obsidian relieves pain and improves circulation.
Mahogany obsidian strengthens the organs and tissues. It supports detoxification by increasing liver and kidney function, enhancing the body’s ability to discharge poisons.
Mahogany Obsidian helps to dissolve ancestral patterns of abuse, negativity, hatred or fear that are ingrained in the DNA and emotional body. It is helpful in clearing birth trauma for mother and child, and can be a wonderful aid in the rebirthing experience.
Mahogany obsidian is useful for those choosing to move out of scarcity-mindedness and into abundance. It helps to reveal limitations that you have created due to fear and perceived separation. It is supportive, clearing and energising to the base and sacral chakras.
Mahogany obsidian assists in opening and cleansing the grounding channel, which is critical if you wish to embody a full spectrum of energetic frequencies.
Rainbow obsidian is black Obsidian that, when and polished and exposed to a strong light source, reveals bands of red, blue, gold and/or green shades which seem to correspond to layers of molten lava that cooled at different rates or times.
Rainbow Obsidian is useful for bruising, bone breaks or other tissue trauma. It can be placed over the heart area to assist in stabilizing the physical heart during stressful times. It is a good stone for drawing memory to consciousness from the cellular level, so repressed memories do not turn into physical disease.
The rainbow reflection within this black obsidian is a perfect tool for all kinds of health challenges. This stone contains the hopeful message that if you can find a rainbow within this stone, you can find a cure within yourself, and in traditional and non-traditional medicine to help you reclaim your health and balance. This stone will assist you in reclaiming your body on all levels, physical, emotional and mental.
It is never pleasant to re-experience the deep emotional wounds and trauma of the past, but rainbow obsidian supports you in this endeavour so the emotional hooks keeping you attached to those memories can begin to disintegrate. Rainbow obsidian brings hope, illumination and energy into the most blocked and stagnant areas of the emotional body. This helps to make you feel more optimistic and willing to engage with life. It is a wonderful stone to use for alleviating depression or mood swings. This stone cuts the ties of old love and gently releases hooks that others have left in the heart, replenishing the heart energy. Worn as a pendant, rainbow obsidian absorbs negative energy from the aura and draws off stress from the body.
Rainbow obsidian is a good stone to use when you need to trigger your memory. Use it as a tool for focus while studying, doing rituals, or engaging in any other activity requiring focus and memory from deep within the recesses of your mind. It will help you dispel negative thought patterns.
Rainbow obsidian points you toward the rainbow body of your soul. It is a reminder that you are a luminescent being carrying the full spectrum of light. Use this stone as a tool for meditation and inward reflection. Rainbow Obsidian is a wonderful stone for grounding Light into the aura and the physical body. It helps cleanse and align all chakras, as it removes blockages and densities.
Silver sheen obsidian is a dark brown or black stone with a silver grey iridescence over the surface.
Silver sheen obsidian helps pain relief particularly for migraines or after surgery, and acute conditions such as appendicitis or ruptures that need emergency intervention.
This is a soothing stone for all who have issues with a possessive mother, whether she is still alive or remains in the memory. Wear or carry this stone to all social occasions, especially parties in your own home.
This is a good stone for those who need an ego boost for those who are quick to assign blame when things go wrong.
Silver sheen obsidian is the perfect stone for anyone with a high pressure job as it adds a calming lunar energy to minimise irritability, frustration and to increase your focus.
This stone assists those who wish to pursue a path of spiritual development by dissolving conscious blocks to trusting your inner wisdom. Silver sheen obsidian helps in communication of information to others in an articulate fashion and to prevent personal likes and dislikes from affecting rational decision making.
Silver sheen obsidian enhances meditation and is the perfect crystal for crystal gazing. It provides a mirror to inner being. It brings advantages throughout life and imparts patience and perseverance when required. It is a helpful stone when journeying out of your body and so bring the soul back into the physical.
Snowflake obsidian eases the problems associated with the menstrual cycle. It is useful for balancing hormones through every stage of a woman's life. This is an excellent stone for doulas, maternity nurses, pregnant mothers, nursing mothers and of course, new fathers as well. It can help to energetically limit the spread of cancer cells through the body. It assists you in becoming more receptive to healing energy and a healing attitude. Snowflake obsidian treats veins and the skeleton, improves circulation.
Snowflake Obsidian helps you to overcome a ‘poor me’ attitude or feelings of victimisation. It enables you to find strength and the willingness to shift your reality for the better. Snowflake obsidian helps you find the benefits in emotional challenges. It is useful as a catalyst to uncover how your emotional upsets are simply precursors to change. Snowflake obsidian is a reminder that challenges or upsets in your life are the beginnings of a new and better way of life or an improved way of looking at life.
Snow flake obsidian is ideal for assisting you with accepting change and transformation in your life. This stone helps you note any unyielding thought patterns that need to be altered or crystallised ideas that must be shattered. It you place snowflake obsidian on the sacral chakra calms and soothes, putting you in the right frame of mind to receptive before bringing your attention to ingrained patterns of behaviour. It teaches you to value mistakes as well as successes. It is a stone of purity, providing balance for body, mind and spirit. Snowflake obsidian helps you recognise and release wrong thinking and stressful mental pattern. It promotes dispassionate thinking and inner centring. Isolation and loneliness wont be a problem with snowflake obsidian because it will empower you and help you surrender in meditation.
Snowflake obsidian can open new pathways of spiritual thought and connection. The white flecks in this stone emphasise the enlightening nature it generates when the right intention is set. This stone demonstrates that within your consciousness is the opportunity for realisation. With focused purpose in your spiritual practices, be it meditation techniques, a yoga posture or a dream practice, snowflake obsidian can increase the spiritual benefits. Use snowflake obsidian to tap into these sources during sacred circle ceremonies. Snowflake obsidian helps you to recognise the guidance and assistance that is always available through the natural world. It is an excellent stone to use in attuning to animal totems and animal allies. It can be used to help you become more sensitive to the subtle flow and movement of energy in your environment.
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