CLEANSING, CLEARING AND RE-CHARGING CRYSTALS
Cleansing (aka clearing) and re-charging your crystals is an important part of their ownership and care.
Crystals and gemstones pick up, absorb and transmit all kinds of energies, so it is a good practice to regularly cleanse our stones to release their accumulated energies. Cleansing releases the negativity and bad vibrations that crystals pick up from various surroundings and people with whom they have been exposed. When crystals become saturated with too much negativity, it hampers their ability to work efficiently.
One indication that a crystal may need cleansing is when it no longer seems to be working its magick for us. Sometimes its energy has shifted or it seems to have little or no energy. This may also manifest as it appearing / feeling heavy, drained or warm / hot to the touch. A cleansed and fully charged crystal will generally feel more alive, positive, bright, tingly and cool to the touch. Our intuition will usually let us know when the crystal needs to have its accumulated negative and not so other great energies released. A good rule of thumb is that if a crystal feels good / comfortable to you, it is most likely ready for use.
Before using any stone, it is important that they be cleansed. This should be done upon first receiving them, after working with them, wearing them for a while and / or after healing work. Here again, they should be cleansed when you feel that their potency or effectiveness has been diminished. Some people like to clear them after a negative person or someone they don’t care for touches them. Others choose to cleanse them after ANYONE has touched them.
The clearer the energy of a healing stone, the more powerful it is.
There are numerous ways to cleanse / clear your crystals and stones. These methods are not in any specific order. As with all of these methods, it is beneficial visualizing the crystal as being re-energized. Some visualizations can include seeing the crystal as sparkly, vibrant, clear, tingly and cold. Remember that crystals want to work their magick for us. The greater the nurturing intent the better.
Some stones that never need cleansing are Amethyst, Citrine, Kyanite and Azeztulite
NATURAL WATER SOURCES
Take the crystals for a “dip” in the ocean, sea, stream, lake, pond or river. Place them in a netted bag, a colander or in your hand. Let the water run over them for several minutes. Place in the sun afterwards to re-charge.
Caution… Stones that have a hardness less than 3 should not be exposed to water for too long as they can dissolve. Most metal based stones such as pyrite and copper really should not be exposed to water at all.
Soak the stones in a glass bowl with 3 tbsp of table salt, sea salt or coarse kosher salt and 1 cup of water. Cover stones completely with water. Leave the stones in the salt water for 12 – 24 hours. Rinse with filtered water and energize them in the sun for several hours. Discharges adverse energies
Not a good idea to continually use this method as it can eventually wear away and erode the crystals.
Run cool water over them. Warm or hot water can possibly fracture or break the crystal. Crystals with points should be held with the points facing downward allowing any negative energies to run down the drain. Using a gentle soap is fine.
Place outside in the rain or gather rain water
WATER WITH FLOWER PETALS
Combine water and flower petals (or flower essences). Soak the stones for 24 hours. Energize in the sun.
CRYSTAL CLUSTERS / GEODES
Some stones that cleanse other stones are: clear quartz, amethyst, carnelian, blue halite (salt) and selenite.
Place the stone on top of a large quartz or amethyst crystal cluster or inside a geode for several days. Clusters radiate positive energy and absorb harmful energy.
Place crystals in a pouch with carnelian tumbles for a couple of days.
Place the stone in direct sun light for several hours. Place outside or on a window ledge. Light can fade some crystals, though (ie: amethyst and fluorite) or cause internal fractures, breaks or cracks.
Place the stone OVERNIGHT outside or on a window ledge that is exposed to the moon’s energies. Especially effective during a new moon, full moon and when the moon is waning (going from a full moon to a new moon).
SMUDGING WITH SAGE / CEDAR / PALO SANTO WOOD
Light sage, a cedar stick or palo santo and pass the stone through the smoke. This can also be done with incense or the flame of a candle.
BURN SAGE, / FRANKINCENSE / SANDALWOOD INCENSE
Pass the crystals around the incense smoke.
BURNING A CANDLE
Pass the crystal(s) through the flame of the candle
A BOWL OF SEA SALT OR DRIED HERBS
Place your crystal(s) in a bowl of sea salt or kosher salt for a day or two.
Place your crystal(s) in a bowl of dried herbs. Crystals should remain in the herbs for 2 – 3 days. Frankincense, Myrrh, Rose Petals and Sandalwood are great choices.
WHHITE OR BROWN RICE
Bury the crystal(s) in a bowl of white or brown rice for 24 hours
Visualize a white or gold light. Concentrate and focus on surrounding the crystal with this purifying light. Consciously state that all negativity will be turned into positive.
OUR OWN BREATH
Hold the stone and gently blow on it. While blowing, ask your higher self to cleanse the crystal.
This is done by holding the crystal in your hand and setting the intention for it to be cleared / cleansed.
SOUND VIBRATIONS – CHANTING, DRUMS, TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS / BELLS
Place the crystals near the singing bowls when they are being used. The vibrations will cleanse the stones.
BURYING IN THE EARTH – MOST POTENT METHOD OF CLEANSING / CLEARING
Bury / cover the stone(s) in the earth for a minimum of a couple of weeks. Dig a hole slightly larger than the size of the crystal and make sure the crystal is completely covered with dirt. If the crystal has a point, make sure the point is placed down. After a couple of weeks, dig up and rinse with filtered water. The trick here is to mark the area where the crystal has been placed. 😉
AFTER CLEANSING, CRYSTALS SHOULD BE DEDICATED AND PROGRAMMED. POSITIVE PROGRAMMING FOCUSES THEIR ENERGY AND ENABLES THEM TO WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY.
In dedicating the crystal, we must consciously state our intention. It can be in our thought (silence) or said out loud. It can be something like… “I dedicate this crystal to be used only in light and love and for the highest good of all.”
If you are right handed, hold the crystal in your left hand. Left handed people should hold the crystal in their right hand. You may prefer to hold the crystal in both hands. Visualize white light surrounding the crystal. If you find this difficult, hold it up to a light.
Crystals can be easily “programmed.”
Decide the purpose for which the crystal will be used. Tell the crystal what you would like it to do. Make sure your intentions are “crystal clear.” If our intent is not specific, the response we receive may disappoint us. Some examples…
Do you want to access information from the crystal?
Do you need the crystal to provide you with something beneficial (stability, strength, change)?
Would you like to regulate or “fine tune” a behavior?
Are you trying to reach someone on the other side?
Once you have established what you would like the crystal to accomplish, go to an area that is free from distractions. Keep an open mind and allow the crystal to work for you.