Apache Tear is a form of Black Obsidian but it is much gentler in its effect. It is excellent for absorbing negative energy and for protecting the aura. It grounds and cleanses the earth chakra. Apache Tear is so named because it is believed to shed tears in times of sorrow. It comforts grief, provides insight into the source of distress, and relieves long-held grievances. This stone stimulates analytical capabilities and promotes forgiveness. An Apache Tear will remove self-limitations and increase spontaneity.