The realms of Spirit, Breath, Life ~ Shamanic Endeavors

Being one who has been deemed by myself and others, as a ‘wanderer’ or starborn, and a much air-element Being by birth, to be one of the mystic, it’s of utmost need for me to focus on grounding, steadiness, clear-steady mind. As a Shamanic practitioner and, also, in my day job, one who works with folks suffering from addictions– Utmost need be present to prioritize protection/strengthening of my energy field.
If you’re like me, please join in on enjoying a writing about our favorite grounding stones.
Only black or smokey stones are solely not the only stones which aid in grounding…but today, I’m focusing on the black & smokey ones!!

Let’s take a Look!

Black Tourmaline

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An amazing shot of Tourmaline from obLiterated on Flickr

This word (Tourmaline) came from a regional term in Sri Lanka, based on the Sinhalese word “turmali”, that referred to yellow Zircon. It’s use began due to a mistake, when a consignment of stone was sent from Sri Lanka with the label Turmalin. For some reason they liked the name and began to use it and it stuck, although it has since changed a little to the current word Tourmaline. The black variety of Tourmaline has been found in a large number of locations… including Pakistan, Australia, Brazil,  Sri Lanka, Africa and the USA. It is also known as Schorl Tourmaline. Although it is known as the black variety of tourmaline… not all of the black stones are black… but are a very dark blue color… although it is hard to tell the difference. This is a powerful asset to your health, as it not only removes the negative energy but by changing it to positive energy it has an excellent effect on your well-being!”
Tourmaline will help you to release stress, and if you are prone to obsessive behavior, it is a powerful ally to help you to disconnect from these obsessive activities.  Some time ago, scientists came out in the media discussing the issues around the vibrations emanating from electrical devices and cell phones. The discussion centered around the negative effect on your body’s electrical system, that these emit. It was recommended for that reason that you should try to have your night’s rest in an area where you have as few electrical devices as possible. This is hard to do. Adding some Black Tourmaline crystals to the bedroom will aid you to regulate your body’s electrical system. If you do a lot of spiritual work, or have strong psychic powers and you use these abilities quite a lot… you may become ungrounded. Black Tourmaline will also ground you quite quickly.” http://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/black-tourmaline.html

For me, As well as keeping Black Tourmaline near my bed/sleeping area … I also have a very large piece of Black Tourma in front of me, on my desk, where I do counselling. The Black Tourmaline is with a medley of clear quartz and tangerine quartz, as well.
I clean it often w/ the use of crystal elixir spray. In the office where I work and do counselling, I cannot burn sage to smudge– hence would then cause the fire alarm to be set off!! So, then I can utilize spraying stones with the elixir, for cleansing, which is just as lovely. Sometimes, also, I just blow on stones w/ the cleansing SHAMAN breath— and with intention, calling for cleansing.

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Black Tourmaline in Quartz
Or Tourmilated Quartz

“These stones have a powerful ability to clear your auric field of negativity. When the light that resonates from these crystals surrounds the body… this acts as a powerful protective field of energy, to keep you safe, and shield you from harm. Tourmilated Quartz crystals are powerful healing stones… on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. “ http://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/tourmilated-quartz.html

Here’s a lovely teardrop of a Tourmilated quartz, simple, yet stunning…

One of my favorite jewelry pieces, I came across a Tourmaline in Quartz specimen with Blue Topaz. I love this combo, in that the protective, clearing and grounding medicine of Tourmaline in Quartz, together, with Blue Topaz which assists communication and the upper chakra balance.
(Not a photograph of my piece….but…it’s coming. You get the jist.)

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 Obsidian
“Black obsidian is an excellent stone to help you to release any negativity that your day to day life may have caused. This negativity may be present within your auric field and needs to be removed… to aid your ongoing physical, emotional and spiritual health. This stone acts to remove any built up negativity caused by your own or others anger, fear, resentment and even stress… as well as aiding you to remove any negative attachments. These stones may assist you to seal your aura against future problems… and may aid you to unfetter yourself from any negative attachments that you may have unintentionally taken into your aura.” http://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/obsidian-stone.html

Raw Rock in the Earth … let’s leave it be, shall we?


I personally find Obsidian to a be wonderful TRUTH stone. If ya need a serious reflection on an issue, ‘Obisidian won’t let you down….’ as my friend Corinne says.  The truth isn’t always cozy and snuggly, but ultimately,– it shall set ye free. Let us be courageous in these times. Tools like Obsidian and others of our grounding stones can be helpful friends/talisman through the thick of it. You are ultimately safe and have protection in all DIRECTION….always.
http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/education/facts/obsidian.html

Obsidian stone, carved in Arrowhead shape, is a wondrous tool for doing psychic surgery/Karmic Cord Release. In this way, I utilize the arrow head to do ‘pull outs’ of energy which is ready to be release.
I, then, will utilize the ‘Shaman Breath’ technique to blow on the area which had the release, inviting in LIGHT to the space, inviting regenerative, life-giving fodder for healing to ensue.
I have a beautiful Mahogany Obsidian arrowhead specimen, which I very much enjoy to work with. Mahogany Obsidian, with those red veins, from the ‘the high viscosity of the molten obsidian prevents effective mixing of these magmas, results in the “streaks” with different layers or colors. Each of these streaks or lines may represent a distinct pulse of an obsidian eruption.” This type of Obsidian is a great revitalization stone symbolizing the pulse of blood, the stabilization of the 1st Chakra, Protectiveness of the Pulse and envelopement of Mother Gaia, Mind’s eye clarity/truth seeing- stone.– If you think of those red veins like blood– the energy of this stone is about FLOW from the EARTH STAR chakra, to the base chakra, upward of the Shushumna.  This Mahogany stone is a great Shamanic Practitioners’ tool for the fact it is so powerful and about ALL THAT IS LIFE-GIVING. This stone is a force of NATURE.  (I, too, will photograph that piece which I work with and post it up here!)

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  Jet
“Jet is commonly used as a stone of protection, yet it also carries some wonderful healing properties, including pain relief for headaches/migraines and enhanced healing of traumatic injuries. Working almost like an energetic filter, Jet is a wonderful grounding stone that has intense purification and protection properties.  Jet is known for clearing the aura of impure energies and is an important stone for the medicine bag.  Jet can be used to cleanse other crystals by placing them in a bowl with several smaller pieces of Jet.  Jet can also be helpful for those experiencing an overabundance of negative energies or emotions, and has traditionally been used as a stone to alleviate grief.  Not only does it draw off negative vibrations, but Jet can help the victim of these vibes to understand their original purpose and the lesson to be learned.  Sensitives or empaths who suffer from exposure to negativity in the environment should carry a piece of Jet with them while exposed.” http://www.healingcrystals.com/Jet_Articles_721.html

I just love the delightful LIGHTNESS in weight of Jet. It’s a joy to hand a specimen of Jet to a friend who has not ever handled a piece and to see their eyes LIGHT UP to find how light it really is.
I think Jet, in this way, reminds us that being grounded doesn’t mean being ‘bogged down,’ ‘no fun’ or ‘too serious.’ Take it from Jet, today… Feel your feet on the Earth but also your head in the Light heavens.

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Smokey Quartz

“Smokey Quartz color may vary… and it can be a light smoky gray, a brown-y gray color through to a dark Black Smoky Quartz.  Natural Smokey quartz is naturally irradiated. The color of the crystals appeared long after the crystals have grown. It is estimated that it takes several million years for a crystal to assume a deep color in a granite of average composition. The characteristic color of smoky quartz occurs in nature when rock crystal quartz is exposed to natural radiation from radioactive elements or adjacent radioactive rocks over long periods of time. The process by which this occurs is not completely understood, although it is known that exposure of transparent quartz to radiation can alter the oxidation states of impurities in the quartz structure resulting in the characteristic colors of smoky quartz. Subsequent heating reverses this process. Rock crystal specimens are synthetically irradiated to smoky quartz for commercial purposes.”

The lighter stone may be transparent and many have quite complex crystalline structures within the stone. There are also Smoky Elestial Quartz crystals available that are powerful stones for spiritual growth. Although the stones have the same coloration, they have natural terminations on the body and faces of the stones. While Elestials have the same strong grounding and protective qualities as ordinary Smoky Quartz, their vibration is much higher and they have some excellent metaphysical properties for spiritual advancement. Natural Smokey Quartz is a power tool for use for physical healing. It is both a base or root chakra stone and an earth star chakra stone… and its strong energy will move down from the base chakra through the earth star chakra and will ground you to Mother Gaia.One of the benefits of natural Smoky Quartz is that… being a quartz crystal, it has a strong ability to amplify the energy of not only itself… but also any other stones you may combine with it.”

I’ve heard that Smokey Quartz is wondrous for Pisces folks… very grounding for our sensitive energies. I take this teaching to heart and have deep love for Smokey Quartz, in this way. I’m not always called to wear it or utilize it’s healing powers, but always having gratitude for having the Smokey Quartz specimens available. They are there on my altar, for when they do call me to do their medicinal healing for myself or clients, I answer!

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Black Kyanite
What a beautiful stone! Looking like fanned Angel Wings, Black Kyanite brings a gentle brush of grounding energy, in my experience. As many of these Black stone healing properties, Black Kyanite will aid with all healing of the Base Chakra and Earth Star chakra. If you’re working with a client who has had abuse trauma and feels ‘unsafe’ to be here on Earth, Black Kyanite is a helpful ‘go to.’ Those who are healing from PTSD, this stone will bring that gentle protection and comforting energy with grounding energy, to Recover. Black Kyanite, is gently grounding, bringing the medicine for healing past hurts and abuses. Suggest Black Kyanite to have near, for people who do want to feel ‘safe’ around others and comfortable to be in their own skin.
I’d like to thank my friend Crystal, who also is a Crystal Shaman, for introducing me to Black Kyanite.

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Black Diamond

~Gives us courage to see without illusion~
Black diamonds, on the other hand, are believed to be 3.8 million years old. Unlike traditional diamonds, black diamonds are composed of carbon atoms and small amounts of hydrogen. This has led some prominent scientists to theorize that black diamonds are formed in hydrogen-rich interstellar space, most likely by the explosion of a stellar supernova, and came to Earth in via an asteroid crash some 2.8 million years ago.”  How about them apples? ? I got this info from   — > http://www.ehow.com/about_5498461_black-diamonds.html#ixzz1tY7fWDn6
I would say that Black Diamond would be  powerful blast ‘of truth,’ cutting- through- Illusion- with- a -Sword- of- a- Archangel-kinda-Stone. No joke.
I have not, as of yet, had the distinct pleasure to handle a Black Diamond…so I’m just using my intuitive senses to tune into her Deva, here. Please though, do share in comments, if you have worked with black diamond — or, for that matter, have any sharings regarding the black stones of grounding, we talk of, today.
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 Onyx
“Onyx is associated primarily with the 1st, or Root/Base Chakra. It assists with challenges in life, especially those caused by a drain of energy. It prevents the draining away of personal energy and can be used for protection from such. It also helps with grounding and controlling or eliminating excess or unwanted energies. Black onyx and red onyx are associated with the 1st, or Root/Base Chakra. White onyx is associated with linking the 1st, or Root/Base Chakra and 7th, or Crown Chakra to have balanced energy throughout the chakra system. Excellent for centering and aligning your full being with higher powers. http://www.shimmerlings.com/gemstones/onyx.htm
I’ve also heard that Onyx builds up energy with its practitioner friend, over time. With any stone, especially black stones, AND I’ve read with Onyx too, especially… cleanse it well. You may even like to place it in a safe spot, where you can retrieve it well, in the Earth, for cleansing, after use.
~Pic here, of some raw pieces of Onyx~

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Magnetic Hematite
Sometimes Hematite is Magnetic! This is one of my fav grounding stones. Enhancing personal ‘magnetism, optimism, positivity’…. Magnetic Hematite is also a great protection tool, like many black/grey/smokey stones.  Magnetic Hematite asks you, ‘Are you attracting what you want AND what is of your highest and best good?’  Hematite, right down to the name, is a stone for healing blood disorders, bringing an etheric energy of purification to your system. If you think, ok, Blood, being of primal force, Hematite again gets to the base of the matter, right to the quick of LIFE FORCE energy & heals from the base, all while aiding you in feeling that SUPPORTIVE love FROM the base core of Mother Gaia.
You can find these really great ‘wrap’ bracelets, in Magnetic Hematite. These got really popular a few years back.  Back then, to be a bit different, I made a sweeet magnetic hema necklace with garnet. I thought this be a lovely combo…..

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Shamanite Black Calcite
Black Calcite  can be very helpful for initiating inner journeying, and it can help one connect inwardly with power animals and spirit guides. It is a Stone of the Ancestors, aiding one in communicating with spiritual elders and guides on the other side, as well as loved ones who have passed. It is a stone of those who wish to walk between the worlds, and to heal others through soul retrieval. It can help dispel the fear of death through bringing one to a clear experience that death is not the end of one’s being. http://www.crystalsrocksandgems.com/Healing_Crystals/Calcite/BlackCalciteShamanite.html
This is a wonderful stone to use for meditation, but it is also an excellent stone to keep on you at any time, as it is highly protective and quite grounding. If you have been doing spiritual work and like working with the high vibration stones, you can easily become ungrounded, so having a piece of Shamanite Black Calcite Shamanite on you will help you to avoid that spacey feeling.

http://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/shamanite-black-calcite.html


 

 

 

 

 

 For the Love of Grounding, Being Steady, in Alignment with Truth and being CLEAR in Mind & vision, on this Walk.  ~ Connecting to the Earth Momma … and Happy, Healing Journeys with your Crystal Friends, always.
❤ Aho! Mitakuye Oyasin! ❤

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