Although most people think of glass as a man-made material, it is found in many forms in the natural world. Volcanoes spew molten rock, lightning strikes the desert and beach sands, meteorites pound the earth. All of these things; and even lunar soils are materially related to the man-made glass that we use every day.
Scientists tell us that glass is a state of matter rather than a single material. Glass is created when a molten material cools so rapidly that there is not enough time for a crystalline structure to form. To the scientist, crystals are materials that have their atoms arranged in perfectly ordered, lattice-like structures. In liquids, atoms and molecules are free to move about in a random way, which is why liquids can flow. In glass, the atoms are held rigidly in place so it cannot flow, but they have not had time to arrange themselves in a perfectly ordered lattice. Neither a solid nor a liquid, glass is often called a rigid liquid.
In nature, glasses are formed when sand and/or rocks, often high in silica, are heated to high temperatures and then cooled rapidly.
The intense heat and force of meteoritic impacts on the earth and atmospheric explosions, millions of years ago, created the natural glasses that we know as tektites and Libyan Desert Glass.
Libyan Desert Glass is found in the Sahara’s Great Sand Sea, which spreads across the border of Libya and Egypt. The large silica glass field there is believed to have resulted either from a meteoritic impact or from a comet exploding in the earth’s atmosphere.
Tektites were created by meteorite impacts. These impacts melted the meteor and the surrounding terrestrial rock, creating the spherical forms, comma shapes, drips, and splashes characteristic of tektites.
Natural glass may also be formed by explosions on earth. Volcanic glass, known as obsidian, is created when lava cools rapidly, becoming rock in a glassy state, just as boiled hard sugar candies are sugar in a glassy state.
A type of obsidian found in Arizona is called an “Apache tear”. The name "Apache tear" comes from an Apache legend. The stones represent the tears shed by the families of a band of 75 Apache men killed during a retaliatory raid by the U.S. military in the 1870s. The 25 men who survived the first strike chose to die by riding their horses over the edge of Apache Leap Mountain.
Natural glass may be formed by weather. Glass is made when lightning strikes sand, melting the sand to form a glassy tube. These glassy tubes are called fulgurites, and they are found everywhere. Sometimes, fulgurites are called petrified lightning. Fulgurites vary in length from a few inches to several feet, and they break easily. They occur naturally from lightning strikes and they can be man-made. The longest recorded fulgurite, at Camp Blanding in Florida, measures 17 feet.
One type of man-made glass is similar to glass formed by meteorite impacts and by lightning strikes. Trinitite was unintentionally created by the United States Army on July 16, 1945, during the testing of the Trinity atomic bomb in White Sands, New Mexico. During the explosion, sand was sucked up into the nuclear fireball, falling back to the ground as molten glass.
Fulgurite is also known as Petrified Lightning it occurs as black, tan, gray, white or brown tubular stones. It is a natural glass created by lightning strikes in sand and sometimes on rock. Fulgurite can be helpful in instances of low or constricted physical energy. It can help in healing blockages and strengthening blood flow in the extremities and capillaries. Fulgurite is a good stone to use in instances of impotence and sexual dysfunction. Its energy assists in facilitating a conscious death experience for those preparing to pass over. Due to fulgurite's strong storm element energy, it can rapidly clear patterns from the emotional body and help in clearing all forms of relationships. Fulgurite is also excellent at shedding light on the karmic aspects of relationships with others in your life. The lesson that fulgurite offers is, "Be careful what you wish for, for you will surely get it!" By becoming a channel for Divine energy, you are able to manifest more efficiently. Every creation is its own lesson, and when you ask for something from the Divine, you are simply asking for the Divine to package your next lesson in a particular form. Fulgurite will help you in bringing your thoughts into fruition, so be sure to hold positive thoughts and do this work only after surrendering to the Divine. This will ensure your creations server the highest good. Fulgurite is one of the most powerful initiators of spiritual transformation and the frequency of the Divine. It is an excellent stone for teachers, channels and others who must accurately speak information and guidance from higher realms.
LIBYAN DESERT GLASS
Libyan desert glass is found in the Sahara desert in Libya and Egypt. It is similar in composition to Moldavite and Tektites. These stones have been prized for making carvings and jewellery for many centuries. Libyan desert glass is a spiritual healer of stomach and digestive issues, including ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, excessive stomach acid and improper absorption of nutrients in the bowels, especially if these symptoms are created or aggravated by stress. It is particularly helpful in aiding digestion metabolism and the endocrine system. Libyan desert glass can help overly shy or reclusive people to be more outgoing and sociable. It helps you cultivate a more playful and creative approach to life. Libyan desert glass is excellent for strengthening the solar plexus chakra and preventing psychic 'backwash' from being drawn into the chakra. It is protective for kinesthetic individuals who tend to operate on 'gut instinct'. It can be used by healers to prevent the crossover of imbalance from the client's energy field to their own. For those who feel sick to their stomach in confrontational situations, libyan desert glass can help by strengthening your energy field, preventing others from invading the solar plexus and stealing your will energy. Libyan desert glass carries the strong energising frequencies of its meteoric birth, activates your creative energies. It is a powerful teacher of boundaries, the right to use power and surrender to Divine Will.
Moldavite is useful when healing from heart surgery. It is a perfect amulet for an inventor or anyone who creates something entirely new. The green energy of this stone promotes prosperity while keeping you focused on the greater good for all. Moldavite is an activation stone - not really a healing stone. Use this stone if you are already fairly healthy and balanced and ready to move to the next phase of your life. If you are frustrated with not being able to identify the reason for your imbalance or disease, using this stone can clearly point to the problem. Moldavite opens your heart as well as your mind, enabling you to find inner peace, harmony and joy. This stone can help you release your emotions, especially unreasonable feelings of despair that can result in crying fits. Use it to help you shed tears and heal pain to improve your emotional health. Be ready to look into your deepest, darkest fears, secrets and shadows. Moldavite will bring to the surface things that you need to recognise, honour, integrate or clear, so that you can really see the problems and remove them. Moldavite can help expand your mind to enable you to think beyond the ordinary. As moldavite is formed by the impact of meteorites on the earth, this stone will help you in all areas of your life, including your ability to see the greater vision. From a distance or in hindsight, you can grasp the greater reality and touch upon increased self knowledge as well as tolerance for others. Moldavite will also stimulate a lazy mind into activity or increase intelligence as needed. Moldavite is a tool for channeling otherworldly beings. It also helps you contemplate the vastness of the cosmos and the part you play in the vast scheme of life on Earth. This naturally formed green glass can help you remember your soul's contract and how to complete it while remaining focused on love, peace and harmony. Moldavite allows you to have the experiences most people are seeking when they refer to 'spiritual experiences'. Connection to guides, expanded awareness and a visceral experience of the highest frequencies are all possible when you request this stones energy.