There are many ways to cleanse your crystals. You will find that the internet is filled with articles and information on how to keep your crystals clean and how to care for them and they long lasting well being. For me, when it comes to the care of your crystals, it's much more than just clean them once in a while. For crystals not only need to be cleanse but they need to be recharged, re-energized. Additionally not all crystals can be cleansed the same way. That is why you need to know your crystals and how to care for them. And I'm going to tell you what is the very best way to cleanse and care for your crystals.
I will list below, the most common ways to clean your crystals. Then, I will tell you my ultimately favorite and add a picture as demonstration as well. I will also tell you why it's the BEST way to clean and recharge your crystals.
Here we go:
1. One of the methods to clean your newly bought crystals is to classify them according to their type, and soak them in salty water for three days. Afterwards, rinse them thoroughly and put them to dry out in the Sun. Still better variation of this method is to use seawater. Purified water with himalayan rough salt is a much beter option, than regular tap water with regular salt. 2. Crystals can be quickly cleaned by keeping them under the flow of lukewarm water for three to five minutes. Beware: some crystals should not be put into water, especially soft stones like azurite, angelite, phenakite, boji stone, selenite and similar. 3. The least invasive method of cleaning crystals would be exposing them to incense burning smoke. The incense of herbal origin, like cedar, salvia, juniper, or pine tree works the best. Put the incense stick bellow your crystal, allowing for a better exposure of your crystal to the smoke. This is an excellent way of purifying yourself and your environment. My favorite of all time is WHITE SAGE, no matter what form of cleaning your crystals you use, it is always a great idea to burn incense to clean not only your crystals but your environment and yourself! Besides, crystals love Sage!! 4. Here is another possibility: crystals can be cleaned by using essential oils. Soak them in a container filled with distilled water in which a few drops of essential oil have been added. The juniper essential oil is especially suitable due to its capability of releasing the crystals from the accumulated negative energies. For cleaning stones used in emotional healing, lavender oil is the best choice, since it has soothing and balancing features. I personally love lavender, I remember once I received some crystals and as non smoker myself, I inmediately felt the smell of smoke all over the box they came in, and the crystals itself! Well, not only I never purchased crystals from this vendor, but it was a must for me to remove this horrible smell. I placed them in a container filled with purified water, Himalayan grinded salt and a few drops of pure lavander oil. I left them there for 24 hours and it completely removed the smell plus I can tell you they really appreciated this I did for them. Crystals don't like smoke either;-) 5. One of the means of cleaning crystals is to bury them in the earth. This method should not be used when there is iron present in the composition of the crystal as a dominant element, e.g., hematite and tiger iron. Especially unrefined energies can be taken out of the crystal in this way. It can be a sort of a rebirth for the particular crystal to be put back in the embrace of the earth - the environment which it has been taken from originally.
6. And finally, I will share with you my absolute favorite way of cleaning my crystals, ALL OF THEM! And that is by placing them on Selenite. if you have read the full description of Selenite on our Crystal Description Page, you will know by now that Selenite not only doesn't need to be cleaned EVER, plus Selenite absorvs negative energy. Furthermore, it purifies your crystals and recharges them! To make things even better yet, as you know by reading above other methods, can take hours even days to clean your crystals. NOT with Selenite! you can simply place your crystals for about 10 minutes on top of a piece of Selenite and you are done! I personally, sleep every night with Amethyst and my Love-ME-More crystals healing pouch. When I wake up, I place them on top of my selenite slab for the entire day, once it's time for me to go bed, I place them under my pillow again. Same way, during the night I place the crystals I wear and use during the day, to be cleansed and recharged during the night while I sleep. So for all of these reasons, selenite for me is the VERY BEST way to clean and recharge my crystals.
Here below you will find one of the selenite beds I created with selenite logs (you can find them in my store) Every night I place the crystals I wear during the day on it. When I wake up after taking a shower, I put them on. Same way the crystals I had used during the night while I sleep, I place them over the selenite slab to be cleansed and recharged during the day, until it's night time and I will be using them again. You can find slabs of selenite in our store on this website.
ACTIVATING YOUR CRYSTALS
Once you receive your crystals, it's very important to activate your crystals. Some readers will not be familiar with how to activate a crystal. Sometimes, a crystal can be a "sleeper", and needs to know it is going to be used for healing or meditative purposes. Making a spiritual connection with the crystal helps to activate it, to awaken its consciousness. You can activate your crystal through an initiation ritual, by holding it, rolling it back and forth in your hands, sleeping with it, gazing at it, washing it and generally handling it. To awaken its consciousness through ritual, offer some sage, sweetgrass or tobacco and indicate your intent for use of the crystal (e.g. for healing). This event marks the initiation of the crystal and makes an energy connection with the person using the crystal. Remember to fully recharge your crystal after you've been handling it for activation purposes. BEFORE even activating a crystal, it's very important that one first respectfully introduce herself to the crystal. See below how to introduce yourself to a crystal.
PROGRAMING YOUR CRYSTALS
Why do we want to program our crystals ? There is a folklore that crystals carry programming (a set of instructions) put there by other people or other beings before we acquire the crystals and that sometimes we do not want that. Well, I have the view that first, crystals come on the planet already with a set of instructions on how to grown, what structure, where, how fast and with what energy characteristics - just like humans who have a set of genetic instructions. This inherent pattern cannot be changed. It is up to your own belief system whether there were extra-terrestials or others who have loaded instructions into crystals or not. Let's move on then.
Second, each crystal has its own mission, or its own programming for healing. Sometimes, it is to provide a grounding force on the planet, maybe working energetically with other crystals in the earth to provide a network of stabile energy across the planet as part of the physical matrix of the planet. Sometimes, the crystal will carry a specific energy signature by resonating tones, colours and other vibrations that are provided through compassionate forces for humans and other life forms on Earth. Crystal people sometimes say that a crystal resonates for a particular chakra, or has a mission to "clear a past life" for instance. We don't want to harm that type of programming either.
Third, there is a blank database in each crystal. This is a spiritual (ie, not physical) energy centre which has the ability to store new instruction. Just like humans who have infinate capacity for spirituality, the crystal can translate and absorb an energy signature from outside itself and store it into a crystalline energy structure within itself. Now this is the real esoteric work of a crystal ! The mundane science of a crystal explains some of how these energy instructions are stored, but now we've left that far behind now and are going into an area of deep inner science! This database sometimes gets filled up with unconscious instructions from people handling the crystal, unaware they are projecting energy thought forms that are picked up and stored by the crystal. So, we will want to be sure that the database is empty of any unknown programming first. When we add our set of instructions. The crystal will then resonate with those instructions, amplifying, broadcasting, and projecting the new set of energy patterns to ourselves or others as directed.
Here are some different programming techniques used with crystals:
1) A simple method is writing a thought on a piece of paper then placing a crystal on top to absorb the thought energy. The crystal magnifies the thought and acts as the transmitter, sending the thought in its amplified state to the target person or thing mentioned in the note. You can also use one of the other methods below and place the crystal on a person's photograh to send them an amplified thought.
Personal note: I like this method specially for my prosperity-abundance house kit I have next to my computer and the one in the wealth/prosperity corner of the house. I write in a paper my goals for my business and product, on another paper I write how much money I want to make this year and place them both under the crystals.
2) You can also program your crystal by holding it in your hand then breathing in through your nose, hold the thought in your mind of what you want, then forcefully breath out (snort !) into the crystal through your nose. Do this on each side of the crystal to program it. There are 6 sides to a clear quartz crystal. This is a powerful programming technique. You can also read about this technique at the Vogel-Cut Crystal site.
3) Another method is to create a circular breath by holding the thought of what you desire in your mind and then breath slowly and naturally through your nose into the crystal and then breath energy back in from the crystal. Repeat this circular breath for 10 - 20 minutes. This is an effective meditative techniqueand is quite powerful to direct your mind for positive results. You can put as many thoughts, affirmations or items such as holographic images into your crystal. Whenever you want to clear them out, just forcefully breathe the word "CLEAR!" into the crystal 6 times (one for each side of the crystal) and this will be done. By the way, if you are holoding a crystal and are thinking bad thoughts, don't. Put the crystal down and clear your mind. Revisit yout intent and then you can proceed to use the crystal, unless you need to cleanse the crystal of any negativity its picked up or to clear it of any unintentional programming. Crystals are indiscriminate about energy, but Spirit isn't - so please use them for positive purposes. I program my crystals for protection, to enhance my dream states, to store affirmations ("I am healthy, happy, I'm love, wealthy and wise!") to attain mental focus and clarity, for self love and personal empowerment, to attract prosperity, love, among other intents.
HOW TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO YOUR NEW CRYSTALS:
This I share with you is simply a suggestion; I always introduce myself very respectfully and say a prayer. You can apply your own method, ideas or own prayers. When I get a new crystal, I always cleanse it first by placing it on a slab of Selenite for about an hour, sometimes longer. Once the crystal is cleansed, I introduce myself saying something like this: hello, my name is Ana and I wanted to express to you my gratitude for coming from far away and choosing me to become your keeper. I promise to lovingly care for you, cleanse and recharge you, and treat you with the utmost respect. I ask that the divine light of God that shines upon you, shines within me and that the gifts that God stored upon you, be of help and shared with me. That we become really close friends, and the more you know me the more you understand what are my needs (i.e., physical healing, emotional, mental or spiritual healing) and I want you to know that I'm extremely grateful for you coming into my life to help me and be with me. Thank you very very much.
This is just an example of what works for me and I share with you to have an idea of how easy it is to introduce yourself to your new crystals. To me there is no secret or magic about it, just a lot of sincerity for they will feel if you been sincere and real. You can use that or similar prayer but the most important thing is for you to be honest, sincere and respectful with your crystal. If you do this, you will certainly see noticeable results and things improving in every aspect of your life. Also keep in mind that some crystals take a longer time in getting to know you. The more they know you, the more they feel you, the more they read your thoughts, the more they will be in tune with you and know how to better help you;-))
Hope you enjoyed this article.
Love and Light Always