Black Obsidian is a natural volcanic glass formed from molten lava that cools very rapidly. This Black Obsidian is tumbled and opaque (dense, light cannot penetrate) with a very smooth and shiny finish.
Black Obsidian is a grounding stone that provides an instant connection from the Root Chakra deep into the core of the Earth. Black Obsidian will help to clean and remove negative energies in a sacred space or environment. It also assists in releasing those emotions/reactions that cause negative energy such as anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, etc. Once these energies are removed/released, Black Obsidian will help to keep the space protected.
Black Obsidian is used for healing and releasing energy blockages, and has a tendency to work quickly to move truths to the surface to be resolved. This allows both healer and subject a unique clarity as to initial cause of the issue, so that it can be dealt with. If you have a physical illness, that you believe has an emotional cause, Black Obsidian could be the fastest way to discover the cause, but you must be willing to face it and ready to correct it.
Black Obsidian can be very intense and one must be ready to confront their issues when working with this stone. Healers may use Black Obsidian to help those unable or unwilling to let go of the past. Black Obsidian can also be used for gazing, along with Quartz, to help make sense of any images or ideas gleaned from it. Using Black Obsidian can bring great foresight in this capacity. To gaze with Black Obsidian, choose a quiet environment with soft lighting, get into a relaxed state, and gently gaze at the stone. Remain open to any images or insights that come into your mind. Carrying or wearing Black Obsidian assists in dispersing negativity around the physical, mental, emotional, and spirit bodies. Place Black Obsidian in a home, office, or sacred space to remove any unwanted energies and keep the area free of negativity.
Obsidian is a very protective stone, and is excellent for removing negativity. It is also excellent protection against psychic attacks. In particular obsidian protects the gentle from abuse, and is used to cut attachment cords to release one. It is a very grounding stone, and very healing. Obsidian is also an excellent manifestation stone. Physically it is said to benefit the stomach, intestines, muscle tissue, and can rid one of bacterial or viral infections. It sharpens and focuses internal and external vision, and helps get in touch with buried issues before they explode. Note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information. Obsidian is related primarily to the root chakra, though differing colors may relate to different chakras as well.