There is no crystal I recommend more often than black tourmaline, as a grounding powerhouse and an energetic cleanser and purifier. When I am in a crystal healing session, I do an energetic scan as par for the course, I so often feel the lack of grounding, the breaks in the etheric field, and the attachments that have just been hanging out sapping the energy of my amazing empathic clients. Even the most seasoned of practitioner forgets to ground and protect her etheric field. We often do so as we prepare for healing work, circles, or ritual, then forget to ground and protect our auric field when we hit the market.
When empaths, intuitives and even compassionate people engage in the outside world, we absorb the energy around us. There is no doubt of that. Think about when someone cuts you off in traffic, and your anger rises and turns into a day-long series of annoyances. Or when we have a friend who complains or obsesses about one issue, we leave the meeting feeling down, or needing a nap. That is a shielding issue. We always, always, need to protect and shield our energy, not just when we are going into a particular toxic situation, but when engaging with the world. This is particularly true as healers and intuitives, because when our energy isn't clear and high vibrational, we bring down the energy of our clients or our loved ones. We are of little use to others when we aren't grounded and shielded. If you have ever have had energy work by someone who is negative, you know exactly what I mean. For these reasons, and so many more, shielding ourselves is so incredibly important.
For me, black tourmaline remains probably my most important ally in my protection toolkit. It is awesome for grounding, for protecting the Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF), for transmuting negative energy into positive energy. Sometimes called Schorl, black tourmaline has Moh's hardness of 7-7.5, meaning it can handle water as well as earth.
Black tourmaline resonates with the root chakra, and the earth star chakra, which governs our connection to the earth. The earth star chakra is about six inches under our feet. When we are horizontal, lay stones about six inches below the feet, but when vertical, you can place the stone between your feet. When we feel deeply affected by global changes, societal injustice, environment causes, or just the opposite (feel nothing toward those concerns), we need to look at our Earth Star chakra, and black tourmaline is a beautiful helper in this realm. Black Tourmaline is used as a grounding stone, put at the earth star, it helps us to connect to Mother Earth energy and draw up her energy by rooting us into her loving body. It helps transmute and purify negative energy. Perfect for empaths, intuitives and psychics, and those engaged in healing work. It also helps to counter stress, addictive behavior and anxiety, so it is great for workplace. I also keep my large black tourmaline in matrix next to my computer to absorb the EMF floating out of my computer, bombarding my person.
Black tourmaline is a perfect gridding stone. I have gridding my property in all four corners and my entire house (both floors) with black tourmaline, connecting it with a large center black tourmaline. This helps transmute the negative energy coming into my home. Often, people remark that my home feels so positive, cozy, and comfty, and I attribute much of that to the awesome black tourmaline energy that immediately transmutes all that stress coming in.
If you know me in real life, you know that I am usually wearing a black tourmaline around my neck. It is part of my daily shielding and protecting ritual. I place a black tourmaline between my feet and put my tourmaline around my neck. I say a prayer of gratitude for this day and surround myself with white light, like an egg. I ask my angels and guides to protect and shield my energy this day.
I love Naisha Ahsian's affirmation from the Book of Stones (if you buy one crystal book, that is the one to get.) I usually write my own affirmations, but hers is so perfect, I'm passing it on to you.
I banish all negative attachments, within and without. I am purified, grounded, and centered upon the Earth.
I am happy to answer any questions on how to use black tourmaline, in the comment section.