Crystals have the natural ability to absorb and release energy. They absorb energy from everyone who has handled them, from their surrounding environment and from our bodies when we use them for healing. Crystals also release energies which calm our mind, heal our body and enlighten and attune our spirit. They enhance meditation, attract abundance and offer protection. This is all done by their ability to vibrate at different frequencies.
In order to maintain a healthy vibration from our crystals, we must cleanse away these absorbed energies. Failing to do so will leave your crystals less effective and may pass on unpleasant energies or imbalances. If you are using crystals for their healing properties, the already absorbed energies will act as a barricade, not allowing the healing vibrations to be released.
Crystals need cleansing regularly, preferably after each use if used for healing. If they are used for a decorative function, you can clean then weekly or monthly. A good indication of when a crystal needs cleansing is when they have lost their sparkle or brightness. After a while you will also ‘feel’ when your crystals need cleansing, as they will intuitively let you know. Newly purchased crystals must always be cleansed prior to your use, as they have an energetic imprint from everyone who has handle them.
Once you have cleansed a new crystal you can then dedicate it. Dedication is the conscious ‘willing’ for the crystal to be used for the highest good. Simply hold it in your hand and clearly state that this crystal will only be used in love and light, for the highest good. This process focuses the intention that the crystal will be used positively.
After the dedication, you can them move on to programming your crystal. Programming tunes the crystal into your own vibration, plus clearly identifies what you will be using that particular crystal for. Spend some quiet time connecting with your crystal through all of your senses (except taste as some crystals are toxic). Gaze into it, notice how the light hits it, what colors are within the crystal. Hold it, how does it feel in your hands, against your skin. Now close your eyes and feel it. Hold it to your ear, can you hear its vibrations?
Once you feel connected to your new crystals, you can then clearly state what it is you would like the crystal to do. Use precise intentions to avoid confusion and keep your mind focused. Imagine this going deep within your crystal. Continue for 5 to 10 minutes, or until you feel that the programming is complete. This process can be repeated over the next few weeks to re-enforce your connection with the crystal and its programming.
How to cleanse your crystals
There are many different ways to cleanse your newly purchased crystals or one you have had for a while. However, it is important to know that not all methods are suitable for every crystal. Some crystals break down in water, lose their luster from salt, or dull in the sun. Which ever method you use, it is important to hold the thought that the old, stagnant energies are being removed. The following are different methods which can be used to cleanse your crystals. You do not need to use all of them at the same time, however trying each method allows you to find the one best suited for your crystals, and your preference.
Securely hold your crystal under running water for a few minutes. You can use the kitchen sink, or a fresh water stream. This method is also good for removing dust and dirt, but not recommended for soft or water-soluble stones. Allow your crystals to dry naturally in sunlight.
Place crystals in the sunlight for 30 minutes. Taking a precaution that quartz can magnify the sun’s rays and can be a fire hazard. Light colored crystals, such as Amethyst and Citrine will fade in prolonged periods of sunlight.
Place crystals in the light of the full moon, either on a windowsill or outside. Some people use the moonlight from the day prior through to the day after a full moon.
Smudging with White Sage
The smoke from sage is believed to drive away negative thoughts, energies, spirits and influences. In theory, the smoke attaches itself to negative/unwanted energies and as the smoke clears it takes the energies with it, releasing it into another space where it will be regenerated into positive energy. Carefully light some sage, let burn for a few seconds then blow out. Pass your crystal over the smoke several times. Extinguish smoldering sage in water.
Place some sea salt in a bowl then bury your crystals into the salt for 24 hours. This method is suitable for soft crystals, but is not recommended for polished crystals as the salt will scratch the surface. Alternatively, you can make a mixture of sea salt and water to submerge your crystals in for 24 hours. Rinse afterward to remove the salt residue. This method is not recommended for soft or water-soluble stones.
There are several crystals that have the ability to cleanse other crystals. You can place a crystal on an Amethyst or Clear Quartz cluster or geode. Citrine and Carnelian also have the ability to remove unwanted energies from other crystals. Keep in mind though that the crystals you use to cleanse other crystals will need cleansing themselves. With one of these methods
You can also bury your crystals in earth and leave there for a complete cycle of the moon. Bury on the full moon, unearth on the new moon.
Hold your crystal in your hands and gently blow on it while holding the thought that your breath is blowing away any and all energies that have been absorbed.
After you have cleansed your crystals, you will need to re-energize them. This can be done by placing them in sunlight for 30 minutes or in the light of the full moon, or on a Clear Quartz cluster. It is also helpful to spend a few minutes re-enforcing your program for that crystal.
Notes from Anna Yamamaya:
Never put the following under sunlight for long periods of time:
- Rose Quartz
- Smokey Quartz
Water-soluble stones (list may be inaccurate since compiled from opinions):
- Any stone created by sedimentation or resin. Also if flakes apart.
Also, if you own sterling silver jewlery, do not place it in ocean water, salt water, or even chlorine water because it’ll tarnish.