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.
The following list is a general guide only and based on my experience over many years. Opinions on cleansing crystals vary and you may develop your own cleansing routine over time.
When To Cleanse Your Crystals:
1. When they are new crystals
2. If you have never cleansed them before
3. After using them for a crystal healing treatment
4. After using them for chakra balancing
5. After wearing or carrying them throughout the day
6. If someone else touches or handles your crystals
7. Before and after using them in a crystal grid
8. At least once a month for display crystals
9. If you feel that the crystal needs cleansing
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 crystals as you do it.
Smudging & Incense
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.
Open a window for ventilation. 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.
You can also burn part of a stick of Palo Santo wood in a similar way. Burning Palo Santo is a tradition that comes from Peru. Please make sure your Palo Santo is sustainably and ethically sourced and only gathered from naturally fallen branches.
Alternatively, use other cleansing natural incense in other forms such as sticks, cones, powder or loose incense. You could use Sandalwood, Camphor, Copal, Lemongrass, Sage, Frankincense and Myrrh. Or any blend of cleansing/purifying incense. Burn it in a suitable heat resistant holder and pass your crystals through the smoke. Remember to open your windows.
TIP: Sensitive to smoke or don’t like the smell in your home? You can always sit outside in the fresh air to do these methods.
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. A Usui Reiki level 1 course is usually inexpensive and give you valuable self-healing skills. Please also see below.
Universal White Light
This is a completely free way to channel white light using visualisation to clear your crystals. I share this in all my books for readers as it requires no special training, tools, smoke, sound or water. I have a detailed guide on how this works if you want to know more here How To Cleanse Crystals Without Tools.
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 my recommended Spiritual Tools List on Amazon.
Don’t put your crystals inside the bowl itself (it may damage them) place them outside, around it. You can also hold the bowl in one hand sitting on the cushion and sound it above the crystals. 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.
For a more detailed guide to singing bowls and a video demonstration by me please read How To Cleanse Crystals With a Singing Bowl.
This is another cleansing method that uses sound and originates from Tibet. Tingshas are metal cymbals which many find easier to use than a Singing Bowl. I have now added a detailed guide to them and this method (with a video demo) for those who are interested, How To Cleanse Crystals With Tingshas.
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 a really small one 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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