Whether you’re new to crystals, or you’ve been using them for a while, they will have absorbed a range of different energies - not all of them good. This can be from a variety of sources: yourself, others who handled it before you, or people in the general vicinity.
We understand how to clean crystals. We know that it’s not the most amusing activity, but we understand the necessity. Purifying your healing crystals extracts their stored energy, and ensures they’re light and ready to take on new energy. When freshly cleaned, they will be vibrating on the highest possible frequency, magnifying their healing abilities.
Crystals effectiveness in energy work is the exact reason why cleansing them is crucial - crystals take on energy. Purifying your crystals resets this energy. Each time you use a crystal, you should start fresh. If they’re never cleaned, they will take on energy until they’re no longer viable vessels for energy work. You must purify your crystals before they can purify you.
This cleansing process isn't 'physical'. Don’t just use soap and water. It’s intended to cleanse the stone of its stored energies, both good and bad. If this isn’t done regularly, the stone can emit these energies at any time, having adverse effects on you. Crystals used specifically for healing should always be cleansed before and after use.
There are a few different ways that you can set about cleaning crystals.
Intention: Hold the crystal in your hand and imagine all negativity being washed away by your intention. During the process, visualize a white light surrounding the stone. Do this for a few minutes or until you feel the crystal release energy and become lighter.
Sunshine and Moonlight: The natural energies transmitted by the Sun and Moon can also energize your crystals. Many people like to leave their newly cleansed stones under Moonlight and Sunlight for several hours, to allow them to absorb natural energies. The Sun provides a stronger energy, but can damage certain crystals if left for too long, whereas the Moon has a more gentle one.
Bury Them in Rice: Cleansing crystals with rice is highly beneficial. It acts in a similar way to wet electrical devices, absorbing the negativity and reverting them to their natural state. If you’re wondering how to clean your crystal stones using just household equipment, then this can be a great way. Cover them entirely in brown rice and leave in a glass bowl overnight. Come the morning, your crystals will be reenergized and ready for programming.
Smoke: Burning herbs or incense can dramatically enhance a crystal’s purification process.. Immerse your crystal in the smoke. Place it approximately 6 to 12 inches above the source, letting the smoke surround the stone until the energy has been completely drained and it’s ready for reuse.
Sound: Sound can be a powerful cleanser of crystals. A Tibetan Singing Bowl is particularly beneficial in releasing the energy of stones. It vibrates at just the right frequency to drain the crystal of its stored energy. This sound promotes harmony and balance, great themes to embed in an unprogrammed crystal.
Nature: The nourishment provided by nature is beneficial to crystals as well as people. To revitalize your crystal, place it in the soil or hang it from the branches of a healthy houseplant for a few days. You can also hang it from the branches of a tree so that it’s subject to the elements for a night, This will rejuvenate the crystal.
Snow: For those lucky enough to have regular access to snow, you can bury your crystals in it for a long-lasting cleanse. It rids any previously held energy and opens it up to programming. Crystals purified in snow are easier to activate with your intentions.
Lightning: Place the crystals in a bowl and leave it on the ground outside before a storm. The pattering water on the ground will send vibrations to the bowl, and if lightning strikes, the energy will be transferred to your crystals. This is a great way to reset your crystal’s energy as it’s one of the fastest. If a storm is coming, you’re in luck.
AFTER THE CLEANSE
In order for your crystal to be productive, you need to set a clear purpose. Give your crystal an intention - think about what you want to achieve using the stone. For the crystal to help manifest your goals into realities, you have to be specific. The process of energizing crystals is as follows.
Before starting, you might wish to influence the area with calming vibes by lighting an incense stick.
To program a crystal for a specific use, sit quietly, away from distractions and electrical devices, and hold the crystal in front of you. If you prefer, you can hold the crystal to your third eye or heart chakra. This can ease the communication process between you and the stone, enabling it to hear your intentions with more clarity.
Clear your mind and focus on the stone. Breathe in deeply and visualize your intention. Concentrate on the specific energy that you wish to program the crystal with, and direct these thoughts straight to the stone. Be concise and direct while doing this to avoid overloading the crystal with contrasting information. Continue until you’re happy that the desired energies have passed onto the stone.
Once you’ve communicated your intention to the crystal, say thank you and show your gratitude. The crystal will now begin its work, manipulating energy to broadcast your intention to the universe. When the universe hears your goal, your gratitude, your positivity, it will surely become a reality. You know this. If you expect it to happen, just as you expect the sun to rise, then it will. Make sure you put in the required work, too. The crystal enhances your energy so that you can make life happen. It won’t make life happen for you. Crystals are a supplement, not a cure.
Give time for the manifestation process to begin - instant results are unlikely. Reaffirm your desires daily and channel your belief. Have faith in the crystal, in the universe, and most importantly, have faith in yourself.