One of the first things you should learn when you begin working with crystals is how to cleanse crystals. This is not physical cleaning I am talking about but how to energetically cleanse them.
Crystals are sensitive tools which absorb energies as well as emit them. If you have never cleansed your crystals before don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Cleansing crystals can seem intimidating to some people or even complicated but it’s really not once you get started.
Why Do We Need To Cleanse Crystals?
Crystals pick up all kinds of energies from our thoughts, feelings, other people and places.
Sometimes these energies are not in alignment with the crystal’s higher purpose, they may even be negative or can simply clog the crystal weakening its properties.
If you use a crystal for chakra healing for example it can take on energies which you would not want to keep or pass onto others. If you have purchased or been given new crystals, you should always cleanse them before you use them. Also if someone else handles your crystals it is a good idea to cleanse them too.
How To Cleanse Crystals
There are many methods available which you can use to cleanse your crystals and bring them back into balance. Some methods you may come across online and in books can actually damage your crystals (I know because I’ve learned the hard way). I do not recommend you use water, salt or the Sun. So I am going to be sharing with you only those which I have used and know to be perfectly safe for your crystals. Some of these methods are well known but some you may not have heard of before.
Whatever method you choose remember it’s all about your intention. Focus on energetically cleansing your crystal as you do it.
This popular Native American cleansing method uses dried White Sage bundles which can be purchased at most metaphysical shops or websites. You will need a dish to catch any ashes or cinders. You could use a large Abalone Shell which is traditional in some tribes.
Light the Smudge Stick then blow out any flame. You can now pass your crystal through the smoke a few times to clear it. Carefully stub out the Smudge Stick in the dish. Alternativly burn part of a stick of Palo Santo wood, use the smoke in the same way.
At night when the Moon is full place your crystals on a window sill which faces the Moon. If it is safe to do so and dry you could also leave them outside. Use a glass jar or bowl to cover them for extra protection if needed. The moonlight will cleanse the crystals overnight.
Remember to remove them first thing in the morning so they don’t get too much direct sunlight which can fade them over time. For a detailed look at this method please read How To Cleanse Crystals By The Full Moon.
If you are a Reiki practitioner or use any other energy healing method you can use this to cleanse your crystals whenever or wherever you are. Simply hold your crystals and pass the healing energy through them.
These days you can learn many healing modalities online through Home study courses.
Tibetan Singing Bowl
These Buddhist metal bowls come with a cushion to rest them on and a wooden stick. When struck they emit a tone which is both soothing and cleansing. You do not need a big one, there are some beautiful handmade ones on Amazon like this simple one. Or this one engraved with mantras.
Don’t put your crystals inside the bowl itself (It may damage them) but place them outside, around it. Gently strike the side with the stick and slowly rub the rim or outer edge of the Singing Bowl in a clockwise direction several times.
Not very well known but one of the simplest methods to use. You can find these online and they are made of copper pipes or rods. Look for ones based on the proportions of the Great Pyramid to tap into powerful Sacred Geometry. Remember that really small ones will only be good for smaller crystals.
Use a compass so that you always have all four sides facing the four cardinal directions. Simply leave your crystals in the pyramid for an hour or longer if you wish. To learn more about these energy tools and how to use them, please read my article Cleansing Crystals with a Copper Pyramid.
But Can’t I Just Use Water?
You may be wondering why I don’t recommend using water to cleanse crystals. This is one of the methods which can damage certain minerals. To learn more about the potential dangers of using water with your crystals check out my blog post: Why I NEVER Cleanse Crystals in Water.
Will Cleansing Remove The Good Stuff?
Cleansing crystals will not remove any good energies from your stones. All you are removing is energies that do not belong there or are clogging up your crystal and stopping it from working at optimal level. Cleansing crystals will not remove any pragrams you have placed inside your crystals unless that is your intention. That is called deprogramming and is not the same thing as cleansing.
These are just a few methods you can use. In time you will likely develop your own ways. After cleansing the crystals will feel revitalised and renewed as well as work at their full potential.
If your interested in learning more about crystal healing do check out my Beginners Guides and other helpful articles in the Resources section by clicking Here.
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