Obsidian is molten lava that cooled so quickly it had no time to crystalize. Obsidian is a stone without boundaries or limitations. As a result, 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. Pointing out how to ameliorate all destructive and disempowering conditions, Obsidian impels us to grow and lends solid support while we do so. It needs careful handling and is best used under the guidance of a qualified therapist as it can bring negative emotions and unpleasant truths rushing to the surface. Under skilled guidance, its cathartic qualities are exceedingly valuable. It provides deep soul healing. Obsidian can facilitate in going back into past lives to heal festering emotions and trauma that has carried forward into the present.
Obsidian is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity. It provides a grounding cord* from the base chakra* to the center of the earth, absorbs negative energies from the environment, and strengthens in times of need. It is helpful for highly sensitive people. It block psychic attack* and removes negative spiritual influences.
A large piece of Obsidian can be extremely efficient at blocking geopathic stress* or soaking up environmental pollution, but its propensity for exploding the truth into the open has to be taken into account. Many people find its powerful effects overwhelming and prefer to use a gentler stone for this task. But it is extremely helpful for therapists and counselors as it not only facilitates getting to the core of the problem, but also mops up energies released as a result. Black or Mahogany Obsidian are the most suitable types for this purpose, Mahogany being the gentler.
In the same way, placing Obsidian by the bed or under the pillow can draw out mental stress and tension, and may have a calming effect, but it can also bring up the reasons for that stress. These reasons then have to be confronted before peace can return; this resolves the problem permanently rather than having a palliative effect. One of the gentler forms of Obsidian, such as Apache Tear or Snowflake, would be best for this. As Obsidian is so effective in soaking up negative energies, it is essential to clean the stone under running water each time it has been used in this way.
Spiritually, Obsidian vitalizes soul purpose. It eliminates energy blockages and relieves tension, integrating the psychological shadow into the whole spiritual integrity. It anchors the spirit into the body. This stone stimulates growth on all levels. It urges exploration of the unknown, opening new horizons.
Mentally, Obsidian bring clarity to the mind and clears all confusion and constricting beliefs. However, it may well do this by making it absolutely clear what lies behind mental distress or dis-ease*. Once this has been cleared, Obsidian expands consciousness, entering the realm of the unknown with confidence and ease. Psychologically, Obsidian helps you to know who you truly are. It brings you face to face with your shadow side and teaches you how to integrate it. This stone also helps you to identify behavioral patterning that is now outdated. Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas, bringing a depth and clarity to the emotions. It promotes qualities of compassion and strength.