Clearing Your Crystals
by Crystal CAT
You might be wondering why you should clear your crystals.
Why clear your crystals. Whether you use your stones for programming, or you just like to wear them, it is important to keep them cleared on a regular basis. If you don’t actively “work” with your stones, but you like to wear them, either for protection against negative energies or perhaps you just like the way your crystal pendant looks. Either way, after wearing a Clear Quartz Crystal for a day (or holding one in your pocket), you’ll probably come into contact with some negative energies. In addition you might also be feeling some negative emotions yourself at some point during the day.
You can hold your stones under running water to remove negative energies. Using visualization can help this process or any other cleansing method, for that matter. To do this, simply hold your stone under a running faucet, or in a stream, and imagine the moving water washing your crystal clean of all negative energies. You cannot use this method for friable stones such as Azurite, Sulfur, Kyanite, Zeolite, among others, or for some jointed crystals like clusters or twins, as the water may break apart your stone.
Many people like to use salt water, as salt is a very cleansing mineral. Fill a bowl of water, add salt, and then place your crystal in it. Some people visualize the crystal releasing old energies out into the salt water. Again, you don’t want to use this method with delicate stones. Both salt and water can damage your crystals if left on them for too long, so if you use this method, make it short and sweet.
This method considers the source of our beautiful crystals as Mother Earth. What better way to clear away negativity than by placing your stone back into its original cradle. For this method, you can either bury your stone in your backyard, (use a marker), or you can simply gather some soil in a container, and place your stone within it. If you feel comfortable with this method, just use a makeup brush to remove excess dirt. Blowing on it afterwards can not only help remove small bits of dirt, but you can also visualize yourself blowing away any extra stagnant energies.
You can cleanse your stones energetically simply by using your breath. Simply visualize yourself blowing clear, white light into each stone and use as many breaths as it takes until you feel that the stone is “shining” and clear again.
Using the Sun to clear negative energies from your crystals sounds logical. For many stones, the Sun acts as a wonderful purifier. The method commonly used here is placing your stones outside for a specified period of time. There’s no consistent time period for doing this, so follow your intuition for what is right for your stones. Be aware of a drawback to this method: Some crystals will fade in the Sun. Crystals not to be left in the Sun for any period of time often have deep color to them and are partially translucent such as Amethyst, Smokey Quartz, Rose Quartz, Celestite, Citrine, Flourite and others. So, please BE CAREFUL when setting your crystals in the Sun so that you don’t damage the color.
This method is pretty safe, using the same method as above, except with the Moon instead of the Sun as the clearing agent. Of course, using the Moon, one need not worry about fading. The only drawback is that you must be sure your stones are safe in their places.
Coming from Native American tradition, this is a simple method of clearing your crystals, wherein you light some incense or herbs, and pass your stone through the smoke. This method is pretty safe, with no fading possible and nothing to harm the stone. Always do smudging in a ventilated area, and keep a window open to allow the negative energies to flow out of your space. Use sage to clear away negative energies, and cedar wood to bring in positive energies.
Reiki or other Hands on Healing Energies:
I usually hold my hands in the air around the stone or even place the stone in my hand. While doing this, visualize the stone as a beautiful sphere of white light Send energy into the stone, from 10 seconds to several minutes depending on the amount of energy that needs to be cleared.
I use tuning forks to create a pure vibration that resonates throughout the crystal and “shakes loose” all vibrations that have been stored in the crystal and “resets” the crystal to a natural and clear state. When the crystal “feels good” again and it appears bright energetically, then I feel that I am complete.
These are the most common methods of clearing crystals. With each method, it is advised that you visualize the negative energies leaving your stone to be transmuted by the Earth or the Sun. I have a preferred method of smudging, because it is safest for the stone, there is no guesswork involved, and I don’t have to worry that my crystal might disappear when I come to get it. I always open a window, state my intention, and as I pass my crystal through the smoke, I imagine the negative energies lifting up with the smoke, away from my stone.
With any crystal work, always remember that your intention holds the key to what you can do with your stones.