Here’s a very short story of a man who I don’t know personally but some of my friends and relatives know.
One night, many years ago, when this man was about 45 years old, he decided to go out for a drink with his wife and some common friends. Someone (I think it was my mother) noticed the pendant that he wore and touched it saying «It’s very beautiful!»
Then, that man started to act a little bit strange and he said that my mother shouldn’t touch the pendant with the crystal because it was cleared and activated by the Full Moon.
The next day, my mother told me what happened between him and her. Everyone was laughing at him because they thought that he was so overreacted for something very silly. Well, only few know about the power of a Crystal. And, even if you don’t believe in these stuff, you have to respect other people’s faith at least. No matter how ridiculous seems to you!
Many years later, I have the same faith with his man and I bevieve in magic and power of Mother Earth with all my heart and soul! So, this post isn’t just about having Crystals as decoration, somewhere in your house… moreover, what’s the point of having them if you don’t use them?! It’s like a Christian who has statues of Saints and rosaries, but he never prays. Of course, Crystals aren’t some kind of religion. It’s about Chakras and our spirit!
When you first obtain crystals or have been using them for some time (or even if they have been left sitting around somewhere), they’ll have absorbed a range of different energies that they will have been exposed to by yourself and others who may have handled them and transferred various energies and emotions into them.
Therefore, it’s important to «cleanse» your crystals as soon as you obtain them, and on a regular basis (daily, weekly, or monthly – depending on use) however, you may have been given a crystal as a gift from someone who may have programmed it specially for you with specific energies. In this case, the stone may not need this initial cleansing.
This cleansing process isn’t a physical cleaning with soap and water, but intended to cleanse the stone of its stored energies (both good and bad) which can be released again by the stone at any time and once it becomes loaded with energy. Crystals used specifically for healing should be cleansed before and after use.
Cleaning your crystals is very important! You have to do it when: a. You’ve taken them out with you ( that means jewelry, too), b. You’ve had guests over your space, c. After someone else has touched them, d. A couple of days before a Full Moon or e. You just have this gut feeling you should.
There are many theories and methods about cleansing your crystals but I think the 8 methods you’ll read in my post are these which they will help you more! So, let’s see the cleansing methods that are recommended:
First of all, relax and close your eyes!
Clean your thoughts from things that make you feel bad (anger, sadness, jealousy, etc). It’s not easy and you may made it after days or months. Remember that you own your body and your mind and the major energy is your own soul and aura. You don’t want to activate your crystal while you have bad feelings, maliciousness or malice.
Music may help you. If you focus in a relaxing sounds (for me is the sound of rain) you’ll feel happy for some moments. A deep sigh may help you too. It will, for the time being, remove a large amount of anxiety. So, find your own way to clean your soul from the dust.
1. Use running water!
Holding the stone under running water is a very effective way of cleansing your stone. As you do so, put intention in the stone by asking the Universe to remove all negativity. You could imagine a ray of white light around the stone cleaning and filling it with wisdom.
Another popular method of cleansing crystals is Smudging. This involves burning either Smudge Sticks or Incense Sticks and holding the crystals in the smoke to cleanse the stored energies. While smudging your stones, it’s important to put intention in to them. Asking for protection or dedicating love to them is the best medicine.
Several types of incense are specifically recommended for this because, when burned, they release certain elements into the air via the smoke which can effectively remove bad and built-up energies. The following incense sticks are particularly recommended for effective smudging: Sage and Sweetgrass, Sandalwood or Cedarwood.
A feather can be used to fan the smoke across the crystals and this only needs to be done for a short amount of time. 20 – 30 seconds should be long enough.
3. Use other stones!
It’s actually really simple. Stones like Carnelian and Clear Quartz cleanse other stones. All you have to do is add them in the bag where you store your stones.
TIP: If you already have a Geode, the effects will be much better!
All crystals can be cleansed safely by placing them inside an Amethyst Geode Cave overnight or for 24 – 48 hours. An Amethyst Druse or Cluster can also be used in the same way. A Clear Quartz Geode or Cluster provides a faster cleansing process than Amethyst, but both methods are equally as effective.
These crystal cluster formations (both Amethyst and Quartz) have the ability to absorb the energies contained within crystals, neutralise the energies and then release «good» energy from the cluster back into the crystals being cleansed, so they can effectively cleanse and energize at the same time.
Sunlight and moonlight can charge and clean your gemstone. The Sun will supply a newly harvested gemstone with yang solar energy that balances the stone’s innate yin energy it received from the earth during its creation. For stones that are susceptible to discoloration under the strong sun (such as Amethyst, Rose Quartz or Amber), you can opt to put them out at dawn for an hour.
Note: Moonlight is a more delicate (and non color-altering) method that is especially effective with a full moon, because it’s at its brightest and full potential, increasing the stone’s vibrations.
You can use the elements of the earth by burying your stones underground for a full day. Let the earth soak up all the unwanted energies contained within the stones so they are cleansed and refreshed.
6. Fire Power!
You can use fire or smoke to cleanse your stones, by quickly burning your stones or smudging. Direct fire immediately burns away any negative energy and is done in a matter of seconds over a candle. Smudging can be done with sage sticks or incense like Sandalwood or Cedarwood, which are known to remove negativity. Wave your stone over your smoke source for 20 – 30 seconds to cleanse it while simultaneously purifying your home.
7. Use Sea Salt!
Sea salt and water are greats way to rid your stone of unwanted harmful energies. If the stone is not brittle, using sea salt will not harm the stone. When using this method, I leave the stone in the water overnight. You can add sage, basil or lavender to the water to enhance the cleansing affect.
Suitable crystals can be left to soak in sea water or water mixed with sea salt. Cooking salt is chemical and it’s not suitable!
You should fill a glass bowl (not metal) about half to one third full and place your crystals so they are fully submerged in the salt water for anywhere between 1 to 24 hours.
Many people leave them in salt water overnight but a crystal that needs a much deeper and more thorough cleansing can be left for up to 1 week. You should thoroughly rinse your crystals in cool running water after spending time in salt water to remove any remaining salt.
After use, the salt water must be flushed away and never re-used because it will have absorbed negative and unwanted energies.
Salt water cleansing is considered one of the best and most thorough ways to cleanse crystals, but please be aware that this method must be avoided for certain crystals as it can have an adverse effect on them and even change their appearance and properties! Stones that should not be soaked in salt water include crystals that are porous, contain metal or have a water content, for example Opal. Stones and minerals that should be kept away from salt include Pyrite, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Hematite, etc.
You can also use visualization or «thought energy» to cleanse crystals. Simply hold the crystal, focus on it, and visualize a bright white light surrounding the crystal, followed by a beam of white light coming down through the stone, passing all the way through the stone, taking away stored energy within the stone.
Do this until you feel happy that the white light has done its job and flushed away the stored energies. The «thought energy» generated by you will be transmitted to the stone and this cleansing energy will do the job of clearing the stone of its stored energies.
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