Cleansing & Charging Crystals
It is usual practice to cleanse a crystal before and after use, as with any healing practice we should always keep our tools clean of residual energy that may have come into contact with the crystal.
Crystals can be cleansed in a number of ways for example, by other crystals as some crystals can cleanse and effect other crystals, by the use of incenses, sound vibration, light, and in some cases water, although be careful with water as some crystals can be damaged by water.
Amethyst, Selenite, Kyanite, Sulphur, Super Seven, Herkimer and some other crystals are natural cleansers and do not require cleansing, similarly some of the crystals can be used to cleanse other crystals, or even to energise them. This is a method I personally use a lot. Often I will pick up a crystal and place it on another, leave it there for some time, then perhaps I move it again to sit on another crystal while the crystals energy is being tailored by the other crystals it sits with until eventually it gets used. Many healers and light workers use this method and mostly with out any thought at all, just purely on what feels right. The same method can be incorporated into healing and meditative use to positive effect in the following way;
White Light Charged Crystal Beds
Select yourself a suitable crystal, Selenite or Amethyst bed for example. Empower the crystal with your white light and place crystals you intend to use in a session on the white light charged amethyst crystal bed, for example your layout crystals, Laser Wand, Geometrics Crystals or chakra crystals. The charging of the crystal bed allows you to focus your mind and white light on the session, knowing that the crystals are constantly being cleansed and charged for use. In addition if you are working in a busy clinic then the crystals are being cleansed in between sessions.
Natural Grain Incense
Smudge sticks have been used in cleansing rituals for centuries. Smudging utilizes the four elements and with the user working harmoniously with the stick the fifth element is brought into play. The use of the stick involves allowing the smoke from the smudge stick to surround the crystal, and circling the smudge in a spiral manner to create a vortex, working from the base of the crystal to above the crystal – from earth towards sky. This releases negative energy from the base of the area. The incense focuses on the Air and Fire elements primarily, so it can be used to clear away elemental spirits from an area, in addition it can be used to invoke positive air elementals too.
Ting Sha & Singing Bowls
The use of Ting Sha Cymbals or Tibetan Singing Bowls can also be very effective, especially for removing programs set by others. Ting Sha & singing bowls are made of seven metals; each metal corresponding to a chakra level, once the cymbals is struck the metals release their sound vibrations at each level which unite creating a single sound, the sound of universe in union. In the presence of this sound all is brought into harmony and balance. One only needs to unite their mind with the sound to achieve communion with the higher self. Concentration and practice, meditating with the sound provide a mental path to communion. This method is very good for general use and is very effective on the sound level therefore very good for clearing thoughts, ideas, programs and limiting beliefs. In addition as they work on the air vibration they are also good for combining elements, and encouraging harmonious working.
Placing a crystal in running water is one way to cleanse the crystal and is possibly the most widely used. Many prefer to use a naturally running spring or river. One can also use tap water, allowing the water to run over the crystal for a few minutes until you feel it to be clean.
Stones & Crystals NOT to be cleansed with Water
Some crystals will damage in water and so should be cleansed by another means. The types of crystals not to be cleansed with water are: Halite, Rock Salt, Sulphur, Selenite, Adamite, Vanadalite, Vanadite, Azurite, Fibrous Malachite, Desert Roses, Fulgurite, Wavellite. Iron Pyrite, Shaman Stones, Boji Stones
Stones & Crystals that do NOT Require Cleansing
Sulphur, Kyanite, Amethyst, Citrine, Super Seven, Fulgurite, Diamond, Herkimer Diamond
The Sun also can be used to clear a crystal influence. Placing the crystal in open sunlight will dissipate energy held within the crystal.
Moonlight & Water
Place crystals in a bowl of salt water in moonlight also clears crystal.
Each crystal has its own energy and if you take time to read the descriptions and uses for crystals you may notice the use and description cover a wide range, this is because when we feel the energy for the crystal we feel its energy pattern first, and then where it flows and then what it does when it arrives at a point within the body, so the crystal could do a wide range of things on its journey, it is for this reason that the user should take time to provide their intention clearly to the crystal, to bring to fore the correct frequency and use for the crystal.
This will increase the effectiveness of the crystal towards its desired purpose. This can be done in quiet mediation, focus your thoughts on the desired effect whilst holding a cleansed crystal and concentrate on that thought becoming present within the crystal. This process is greatly enhanced when performed in partnership with the full moon or white light meditation. This what many would call programming a crystal, perhaps it is better called talking to it?
Naturally Energizing Crystals
Above in the section other crystals we outline the use of crystals for cleansing and charging other crystals. If you should feel that your crystal has lost its shine, then it’s probably time to pass it on to another person. However you may not quite feel its time to do this so perhaps you should energize it? You can do this by adding the crystal to a collection of other crystals, and leaving it there for all the energies of all the crystals to re-balance each other naturally. Amethyst is good for this but so is sulphur.
Charged Crystal Beds
You can energize a crystal by laying the crystal on a charged crystal bed. Quartz is good for this, just concentrate on white light and add the thought “Grow” to the light as the light leaves your hand and imparts into the crystal bed. Then place the crystal you wish to recharge on the crystal bed. The basic premise for this comes down to how you understand the basic nature of the universe and forming a simple recognition of this nature which can then be used in the form of a command. The Universes only has two basic natures, Growth & Decline. The same dynamic that is present within Physics, Nature, Tao and the beating heart of us all.