Apache Tears – (Root Chakra) – (Zodiac of Aries)
Apache Tears are another gemstone that I grew up with while rock hunting in Oregon. These small, beautiful stones are in the Obsidian family. This stone has always felt so soothing and gentle to me and now that I have learned so much more about gemstones – now I know why. Find out the Apache Tears spiritual properties and how you can benefit from their supportive and healing blessings!
Science of Apache Tears
Apache Tears are really just Obsidian that has formed in a different way. When the force of the lava splashes the lava into the air it cools instantly in little round pebbles. Apache Tears are much smaller and more translucent that large chunks of Obsidian.
Historical Significance of Apache Tears
The origin of the name for Apache Tears is fairly well known. In 1870s, U.S. Cavalry attacked a tribe of Apache Indians in Surprise, AZ. At least 50 tribe members died right away and another 25 fought til their deaths. It is said the remaining wives and children of the fallen tribesmen wept and wept, and those tears turned into black jewels as they struck the ground.
Metaphysical Attributes of Apache Tears
The most powerful of the Apache Tears spiritual properties is support during the grieving period. The original legend says that Apache Tears help to relieve the pain of grief, because the Apache families had already grieved and cried so hard that it takes away some of our pain by holding the stones. If you are suffering from the loss of someone close and it feels overwhelming, keep Apache Tears with you. They create a safe and secure energy field in which we can process and heal without getting overcome by such strong emotions.
Apache Tears are a softer, gentler form of Obsidian. It is extremely useful if you are working through really deep traumas and need to take it slowly. Like Obsidian, Apache Tears are an excellent grounding stone connecting the energy of the Heart to the Earth. It is a strong protection stone, protecting one from physical and emotional harm, as well as negative energies. However, it works slowly and steadily. Obsidian can feel rather sudden and abrupt, and sometimes that is necessary when we need quick assistance. But Apache Tears ease us into a state of security and safety.
Apache Tears also help to facilitate forgiveness and letting go of the past. Anger and bitterness from the past can trap us in a cycle of suffering, but Apache Tear help us recognize the cycle and break out if it.
Physical Healing Benefits of Apache Tears
The physical benefits are said to include resolving intestinal issues that are stress related.
Mantra Practice with Apache Tears
Sit in a seated meditation position, holding the Apache Tear in your less dominant hand to receive its energy. Really feel the support of the cushion or floor beneath you. You are grounded and supported by the Earth’s energies. Imagine a swirl of sparkly golden and purple light slowly swirling around you. Repeat this mantra, “I am Safe. I am Secure. I am ready to sit with my Pain and Grief.” Alternately, hold an Apache Tear mala and chant this mantra 108 times.
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Apache Tears Resources:
- “The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach”, By Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian
- “The Crystal Bible: A Definitive Guide to Crystals,” by Judy Hall.
- “Crystals for Healing: The Complete Reference Guide With Over 200 Remedies for Mind, Heart & Soul,” by Karen Frazier
- “Gemstones of the World: Newly Revised Fifth Edition,” by Walter Schumann
- “Healing Crystals and Gemstones: From Amethyst to Zircon,” by Dr. Flora Pescheck-Bohmer & Gisela Schrieber.
- “Love is in the Earth: A Kaliedoscope of Crystals,” by Melody
- “The Legend of Apache Tears“