I recently returned from a trip to Iceland, a land of geothermal pools, waterfalls, volcanoes, and rhyolite mountains. The presence of those rhyolite mountains surprised me until I learned how they are formed. Composed of feldspar and quartz, rhyolite has a composition similar to granite but with a smaller grain size. Rhyolite frequently contains voids and glassy fragments, due to its rapid cooling from a molten state. Its beautiful bands, bubbles, and crystal-rich layers form as lava flows onto the stone’s surface and moves forward. Individual pieces of rhyolite can therefore look very different from each other, depending on how the volcano that formed them has erupted. Owing to the variety of its formations, rhyolite represents change, variety, creativity, and progress. This stone allows us to recognize and ignite our potential, sparking creativity in the soul for individuals who are ready to move forward and make things happen in their lives. Use rhyolite to reach out beyond your capabilities, to break through mental barriers, to let go of destructive emotion, to manifest your deepest desires, and to resolve issues from the past. Rhyolite will help you to focus on the present, and clear the way for the future. This stone works well in keeping the Heart Chakra clear and balanced and can therefore help you deal with past-life issues. As a balancing stone, rhyolite is recommended for help with issues of self-esteem and emotional strength; it is the perfect piece to carry when facing confrontation. Rhyolite is an excellent tool for channeling totem animals and for use when communicating with animals, especially cats. As a stone of regeneration, rhyolite helps to boost the immune system and to fortify the body’s natural resistance, cleansing the kidneys and liver. It treats all skin problems, especially those with viral origins, and helps with animal bites and insect stings. Other common names for rhyolite are steaming rock and rainforest jasper. In addition to Iceland, this mineral may be found in Australia, Mexico, and the United States.