It might seem weird that a jet-black stone can show you a reflection of your true self, but that’s the thing about healing crystals—they don’t necessarily make sense. But that doesn’t mean we can’t ooh and aah over these pretty gems and find out more about their (supposed) abilities. Heather Askinosie, author of Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune In to the Real You, explains how to use black obsidian (aka “the mirror”) for self-love and getting rid of negative energy.
Color: Obsidian gems come in a range of hues (including rainbow, swoon) but black obsidian is, well, black.
Origin: Obsidian rock forms from molten lava that has cooled very quickly, meaning it can be found in areas where there is (or has been) volcanic activity including New Zealand, Japan, Iceland and the United States.
Healing properties: “Facing the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of ourselves is hard, but obsidian makes it easier,” Askinosie explains. “Through showing you a reflection of your true self, obsidian forces you to accept yourself entirely.” How so? Well, by bringing stress and self-sabotaging patterns to your attention. Once you see what needs to be expelled from your life, obsidian will absorb all that toxic energy. Ahh, no more hitting snooze six times every morning.
How to use it: “Use black obsidian while doing any self-reflection work, such as journaling or meditating,” advises Askinosie. By keeping the crystal close to you during moments of self-contemplation, it will act as a mirror to unearth and then release any blocks or negative habits that are holding you back.
So, can a healing crystal actually help you break your bad patterns? Well, we’re not entirely sold on that one. But is it worth a shot if you’re into this kind of stuff? You bet.