The literal meaning of shungite is explained quickly: it got its name from where it was first discovered. In the village of Shunga, in Russia.
The term “shungite” can refer both to solid pieces of the carbon-based stone, and to other stones that contain shards or deposits of shungite minerals.
Shungite is linked to our Root Chakra, known as the Muladhara Chakra in Sanskrit. This is the energy we associate with entrenching ourselves to Mother Earth, and the core foundation of both physical and spiritual evolution.
Shungite can be called ‘The Neutralizer’. Equally balancing the left and right sides of your body, or ying and yang.
Thus, it’s the stone for those who wish to feel more balance in their masculine and feminine energies, in case one is overcompensating for the other.
In order for one to really awaken to new levels of consciousness and ascend to the higher chakras, there comes a lot of healing work to be done in the earthly realm through our root chakra.
Upon realization that you are not your physical body, and after starting to see yourself as a formless, shapeless soul, let go from limiting beliefs and negative behaviours. Disassociate from the ego, and your journey to self-discover will unfold.
Shungite is an excellent stone to connect with as part of your spiritual practice. I would suggest you experiment first through the following meditation techniques, before wearing Shungite as a necklace as the energy of Shungite may be too heavy for some to handle. This is because of its very dense and magnetically pulling nature.
As a stone that holds a lot of intense energy, resonating at a low vibrational frequency, the best way to work with Shungite is to attune to its energy slowly, as it may be very overwhelming in the beginning.
Most crystals need to be attuned to gradually. This way, you’ll let your energies align and understand the crystals individual energy.
Two different but identical pieces of Shungite may yield vastly different experiences depending on their energetic make up and your individual intention.
Properties And History of Shungite
Shungite is a black stone made mostly of carbon. The same element that forms both graphite and diamonds.
Its high carbon content is what gives it its distinctive light-sucking black colour. But unlike graphite (the form of carbon you’re probably most familiar with), it is lustrous. And some high-quality examples even have a kind of silver reflection!
In Russia, shungite has a long history. Czar Peter the Great, who ruled Russia at the time, was rumoured to prefer to drink water infused with shungite minerals. This led to his frequent travels to the Karelia region in Russia, where Shunga is located.
Shungite’s healing properties have since become famous, and popular among laypeople as well as Czars! (https://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/shungite/)