Obsidian represents the potential we are born with, in suspension, before it begins to crystallise. All obsidians ground and protect, root spiritual energy, and dissolve shock, fear, pain & energy blocks. Obsidian aids inner reflection, and helps us to release addiction and unhealthy behaviour patterns. For many its grounding and protecting qualities are very comforting. For others there is a flip side to this mineral, as it enables us to gain integrity by allowing us to see and accept our Shadow Side in its true nature, thereby becoming balanced and whole. Because of this quality, it should be used with caution, and only when the user feels ready to face his or her own darkness. Obsidian is also useful in scrying.