black tourmaline

A Crystal for
the Millennium

It is believed by many who live with crystals that certain stones are here for the express purpose of guiding us into new dimensions of being. Although I believe that all crystals can help us in this way, I do have a special appreciation for members of the tourmaline family.

In their natural state tourmalines are characterized by parallel ridges (or striations) which run the length of the crystal. When heated a tourmaline crystal develops opposing electrical charges at opposite ends. I don't recommend doing this, but the phenomenon illustrates the ability of this stone to conduct electricity.

The effect of this energy on us can be very powerful. Tourmaline can help to break up energy blockages which cause stress and confusion, and bring about calmness and clarity.

Tourmaline aids in clarity by helping us to move beyond limited ways of thinking in order to embrace a greatly expanded concept of reality. It teaches us that we are light beings in physical form, and helps us to experience the physical and spiritual worlds as one.

When we experience ourselves as in this way we can have a clear sense of our purpose in existence. Although all forms of tourmaline have the above characteristics, each also has a specific focus according to color. Some of these are described below. (More detailed descriptions will soon be available at Beyond the Rainbow.)

Black Tourmaline (Schorl)

Black tourmaline's particular function is to repel negative energy. This can refer both to external energies or inner emotions, such as anger, resentment, or jealousy. It is a very good stone to carry when you're experiencing any kind of stress.

Green Tourmaline (Verdelite)

Green tourmaline is believed to be a healer on all level. It is used to purify and strengthen the nervous system so that it can circulate increased spiritual energy. Many people use, carry, or wear it to relieve chronic exhaustion.

It is also commonly used for the creation and manifestation of goals, and is believed to be particularly helpful for creativity and abundance.

Pink Tourmaline (Rubellite)

Pink tourmaline (whose actual color ranges from a deep red - hence the name rubellite - to a pale pink) is part of the triad of heart stones which also includes rose quartz and kunzite. Rose quartz nurtures an unconditional love of self. Kunzite focuses that energy and helps the heart to make loving choices. Pink tourmaline expresses that love to others.

Watermelon Tourmaline

This stone is a mixture of green and pink tourmaline, and blends the energies of these two stones, healing the heart of emotional wounds and enabling it to give love. Since it combines the opposite colors of red and green it is also very good for reconciling emotional conflicts.

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