Lava Gemstone

Lava Facts

Lava stone is most likely the oldest and most frequently found the world. It has been used by many cultures. In folk remedies lava stones were given to soldiers to help them remain calm during battle.

This year I visited the Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach in Maui. This beach is breath taking with its surrounding huge lava stones, literally everywhere.  In the picture below take a look at the green plant growing all over the lava stone. The entire beach had a continuous flow of this plant blanketing the lava stone. So pretty!!


How is Lava Made

Lava stone come for the core of the earth where it is formed from magma erupted from a volcano.  The fiery brimstone bubbles to the surface and cools. Once the stone cools, it becomes porous and black. 

These stones contain elemental powers of fire and earth. Lava stones are rich in minerals from deep in the Earth's core. 

Where is Lava Found

Lava stone can be found near volcanos and in or near the ocean.

Lava Meaning

In its solid state lava is a stone of courage and gives people stability as they go through changes in their lives. Lava also helps to diminish the negative aspects of one's character and allows us to see where modifications might be needed.

Healing Properties of Lava

Emotional - Lava stone is known for it's grounding qualities. It also calms the emotions. Because it comes for raw energy, it's considered to be a stone of rebirth and shedding unneeded layers of emotional attachment. An excellent to aid healing, especially when you are feeling depressed or lack energy and vitality.

Spiritual - Lava stone stabilize and ground the rook chakra. This is because of the strong connection to the earth and its creation with the center of Mother Earth.

Other areas lava stone can assist are:

  1. Cleansed negativity
  2. Enhances creativity
  3. Raises Libido
  4. Considered to be a fertility stone for women
  5. Raises Energy levels
  6. Helps with anger management
  7. Brings physical and mental strength and courage
  8. Brings stabilty

Energies of Lava

Lava stone is best when wore next to skin because the barrier for absorption is not blocked by anything. 

One can also place lava stone in rooms in order to help with emotional clearing, or to keep thing energetically balanced.

If you are going through changes in your life lava stone would be the perfect stone to wear.

Obsidian Gemstone

Obsidian the gemstone that supports speaking the truth. Boy don't we all need a little help with that or at the least know someone that needs help with speaking the truth. Shop for the Truth at

Obsidian Facts

The history of obsidian dates back to the Stone Age where humans made tools using obsidian stones. Tools made were arrowheads, spear points, and knife blades.

Obsidian was so valued for these uses that they were mined, transported and traded for over thousands of miles.  Obsidian is used today in surgical rooms. The thin blades of obsidian are place in surgical scalpels used for some of the most precise surgery. in controlled studies, the performance of obsidian blades was equal to or superior to the performance of surgical steel.

How is Obsidian Made

Obsidian a form of lava stone but in a glass form. When the molten lava cools so rapidly that atoms are unable to arrange themselves into a cyrstalline structure from either contact with cool water or air or even the edges of a lava flow. The result is a volcanic glass with a smooth uniform texture. Quit the opposite of its lava stone friend who is porous and matted in color.

Where is Obsidian Found

Obsidian is found in many locations worldwide. In the U.S. it is not found east of the Mississippi River. Globally obsidian can be found in Argentina, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, and many other locations.

Obsidian Meaning

Physically it is said to benefit the stomach, intestines, muscle tissue, and can rid one of bacterial or viral infections. 

Healing Properties of Obsidian

Obsidian brings clarity to the mind. Helps you to know who you truly are. Promotes qualities of compassion and strength. dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas. Obsidian is truth-enhancing. A strong protective stone. It draws out mental stress and tension. Helps you know who you truly are.

Black Obsidian - is a very powerful and creative stone. It increases self-control. It forces facing up to one's true self. It is protective and provides support during change. It repels negativity and disperses unloving thoughts.

Golden Obsidian - is a strongly protective stone. It is effective for balancing energy fields.

Mahogany Obsidian - has a gentle energy, resonating with the earth it grounds and protects. It is a stabilizing stone that strengthens a weak aura.

Snowflake Obsidian - is calming and soothing. A stone of purity. Provides balance for mind, body, and soul. It helps you release "wrong thinking" and stressful mental patterns. 

Energies of Obsidian

Purification, Transformation, Fullfillment, Metamorphoses, Manifestation, Practicallity, Psychic Ability

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Are You An Empath?

Empath? What does that even mean? I had no idea at the time when I was told I had the qualities of an empath. I was going out on a limb and guessing being an empath was a good thing. 

......Phew, I was right it is a good thing. Actually, it's a pretty awesome quality to have. 

Are you a good listener? Find out if this quality has a different meaning for you over at

After spending several hours a couple of months ago visiting with a Reiki Master and learning that I have the qualities of an empath..... I of course wanted to understand more about this "empath" thing.

1) It intrigued me. 2) Um, okay.....what does that mean?

Can You Answer A Few Questions, Please?

Basically, he asked me several questions to which I answered...yes...yes...yes...yes...yes...yes....and yes!

The questions he asked me were:

  1. Are you a good listener?
  2. Do you find that people even complete strangers will open up and tell you just about anything and everything about their life?
  3. Do you avoid conflict?
  4. Do crowds drain you?
  5. Do you cry when reading sad books or watching sad movies?
  6. Do others consider you shy or introverted?

Whoa, Dude!

I was like whoa, dude. This is a little weird. Then he said to me "you are an empath."

What. Is. That?

It's a gift. Is what he said.  It is a gift to have a deep insight into other people's emotion.

Weird. It made sense. But what can I do with this "gift"? Should I be excited or should I ignore this gifted ability? 

Feeling Lighter?

I'm sure you have someone you can easily talk to about anything and afterwards you feel lighter like a burden has been lifted and things that troubled you before seem less troubling. That person you talk to is more than likely an empath. They have a gift and you are fortunate to have them in your life.

So.....all of this got me thinking. My mind was blown when I started to piece things together. For instance I recalled I've had people say to me......"I don't know why I'm telling you all of this...",  "Thanks for listening I feel so much better", and "You have a way of making things seem alright". But I also have recalled I have had many people tell me I have healing what's that about? More about this healing hands thing later totally another topic to explore.

So........Are You?

How about you? Are you an empath? Did you go through the questions answering with a whole lot of yes's? If you did......well, you are probs an empath too.

For as long as I can remember I was happiest when left alone in my own space. Growing up I pretty much camped out in my bedroom with my nose in a book. I bet a lot of you peeps can relate to this. The serenity of alone time for me is priceless. I get anxious when I don't get enough alone time. Alone time refuels me and cleanses my spirit.  Sound familiar?

Being an empath is NOT weird. It is a pretty awesome gift to have. A gift that can leave you exhausted at times picking up on other people's emotions.  It is crucial to have your alone time to balance your energy. Pick a place that is free of clutter and is relaxing, outside is a preferred place but inside will do the trick too. I've always wondered how is it I can just sit outside taking in my surroundings for hours and not get bored. Now I understand and know how important it is for me to take this time.

Embrace Your Gift

Do some research about being an empath and what that means for you. Follow your intuition and embrace your gift. 

Having the ability to help others is an awesome gift to have. Use your gift don't ignore that's even an option...... Helping comes natural to you and usually you are in the process of helping before you realize you have started down that path.  Helping others is so rewarding and can be life changing for those you help.

Now go find your quiet place and embrace your gift.........or if you don't think you're an empath........meditate. : )

Be Amazing. Be Empowering. Be Inspiring.

xoxo, Tisa