Learn how to deprogram a crystal. Cancel, clear and delete any old programs or intentions from a crystal in this easy step-by-step guide.
What is Deprogramming?
Many people don’t think about deprogramming or teach you how how to do this. Following on from my last blog article How to Program Crystals for Beginners I thought I better tell you how to deprogram a crystal.
If you have programmed a crystal for a specific purpose you can remove this at any time. Deprogramming is just clearing old programs and intentions from your crystals.
Why Would You Need to Deprogram a Crystal?
When you no longer need the crystal to work for the specific reason you programmed it.
You may have achieved what it was you selected the crystal for. Or your desires have changed and you want to use the crystal for another purpose.
If you created a Crystal Grid for example you would not want those crystals to be still broadcasting the intention of the grid once you finished with it. It is best to start with a clean slate.
Another reason is that you may feel while you were programming a crystal that you got distracted or chose the wrong words. You can delete it and start again.
How to Deprogram a Crystal
Find a quite place where you will not be disturbed.
Cleanse your crystal/s in your prefered way (See How to Cleanse Crystals)
Take your crystal (or crystals) in both hands and hold it up in front of your third eye. Between your eyebrows.
While focusing on your crystal say the following or similar words out loud or in your head:
“I cancel, clear and release this crystal (or these crystals) of all previous tasks or programs now”
That wasn’t too painful, was it? Now your crystal will be ready for any purpose you wish including programming it with a new intention.
If you’re interested in learning more about crystal healing, check out my Beginners Guides and other helpful articles in the Resources section by clicking Here.
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Again, so timely! I just had the occasion to want to use one of my larger quartz crystals for more focused healing and did the quiet time holding and reciting. However, I forgot to cleanse it! Needless to say, I knew right away that something wasn’t quite right 🙂 It took a couple of hours, actually, for me to realize my mistake. I started over again and it is working magnificently!! Thanks so much for all you do!!!! xxoo
Glad i could help
Hi Ethan, can you please tell me for exemplar if I use citrine crystals to attract prosperity , ( I have citrine crystals in far left corner of the rooms and I clean them only on a full moon ) can I hold in my hand more then one crystal , for programming , or I have to program the crystals one bay one.
Hi Val, yes you can hold multiple crystals even different types in your hand for programming as long as they all need the same program.
When you say in step 3 to hold crystal in both hands, does that mean you have to recite the same stone in each hand? If your only doing one stone?
Hi Jennifer. No I just mean use both your hands to hold the crystal. You only recite this once and it can be customised to your needs.
I have a moon Stone pendulum how do I cleanse it properly
There are lots of ways, no way is better than another. Check out my article on how to cleanse crystals here for some options: https://www.ethanlazzerini.com/how-to-cleanse-crystals-safely/
I am relatively new to crystals and their work…..i don’t feel things like articles n blogs say I should….am I just not doing it right or is this something I shouldn’t even be doing?
It is not normal for beginners to feel energies of crystals when they start. It can develop over time but crystals should work regardless.
Thank you, I have a few crystals that need clearing. I usually fun them under cold water or put them in the freezer and then run my hand over them …but this seems more efficient.
Hi, Ethan. Should I deprogram my crystals before cleansing them in a full moon since I will be taking it out of the grid and reprogram them again with the same intention?
No, cleansing does not remove the programing. Cleansing and deprograming are two different things.
Is it better to keep your crystals in a drawer and put away or is out in a bowl ok when not in use?
That is a completely personal choice Ky
I’ll be moving out to a different country in a few days. But I wonder if I should deactivate my crystal grid for now although I’m not finished with it yet. Should I deactivate my current Crystal grid and make the same one again once I settle down there? I can’t keep and bring the same shape of grid as I fly in the airplane. Thank you for your advice!
I would not worry to much about it. I think it is fine to just put all the crystals from the grid together in a box or bag while transporting them and just rearrange them again when you get to your new place. Good luck.
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Hi Ethan! I am a beginner when it comes to Crystal grids and I want to connect with the angelic realms, my angels and guide so I thought I wanted to try this myself. I was wondering if that is my main purpose for my grid do I need to unprogramme the crystals after every session so to speak? Thank you
You would only deprogram/deactivate a crystal grid once you dismantle all the crystals because you are completely finished with it.
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Hi, I wanna know how to use crystals as bracelets for my financial crisis, I’m wearing it daily.. I have these crystals
Please see my response to your comment elsewhere
Ok I’m new to the world of crystals and I have questions.
First what books are best for new user?
And how should I start when buying crystals?
Are there kits that I can get so I’m not running around like a chicken looking for crystals?
And can you name some online store that has good ones but fair prices.
Please visit my Resources page and look under the Crystal Buyers Guides section for many articles that should help. My book on chakra crystals is for beginners and you might want something like The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall for properties of crystals. These books can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/shop/ethanlazzerini?listId=1G1J5720OMHXW
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Can I mention many purposes for one crystal when I programmed it?
Ex: I program this crystal for healing and protecting
Yes, you can do that if you want
I am from India, new to the Crystals and fascinated by the Crystal Skull and so have got one small Amethyst and was wondering how to use, as I read that one needs to name the Crystal to begin with and get answers to issues or guidance when stuck. Kindly advice.
You don’t need to name a crystal at all. I have loads, and none of them have names (though I have named a couple of my house plants, or rather, they’ve told me what to call them).
Some of my crystals have shorthand names which my husband and I use to talk about them without referring to “the Quartz I bought at such a place, this many years ago”, but they’re reference terms, not names. I usually think of them by their specific properties if I have more than one of the same kind, or by the place I got them if they’re the only one so bought there (“Enhydro Phantom”, “Chlorite Phantom”, “Smoky Faden Quartz”; “Glastonbury Clear Quartz”).
Amethyst is a great starter crystal and a very helpful one for almost any purpose. When I started out with crystals I used to find Clear Quartz too strong, so I began with Amethyst and Rose Quartz. Fun fact: before the discovery of the enormous deposits in South America – especially Brazil – Amethyst was considered a cardinal gem, alongside Diamond, Sapphire, Emerald and Ruby, because of its sheer rarity!
As to using your Amethyst, well, it depends on what you want it to help you with. When I make a specific request of one of my crystals, I usually either touch it, if I’m at home or it’s with me, or visualise it if not, and think or say, “Dear friend, please can you help me ?” It’s advisable to address your crystals respectfully and politely but in the familiar sense, the same way you’d address a cherished human friend. One example is when I get hip problems (Ankylosing Spondylitis); I pick up my Smoky Faden Quartz and ask it, “Dear friend, please can you help me get rid of this hip pain?” The response is always positive and enthusiastic unless the crystal needs charging, in which case it’s more along the lines of, “I’m sorry but I can’t help you; I need your help to recharge.” Then – pain be damned – I make sure the crystal gets what it needs. Often crystals will offer to help before I have a chance to ask: I’ll look over my collection with a specific aim in mind and one stone will seem to glow at me; that means it knows what’s happening and it can help. (Of course, if your Amethyst is your only crystal you’d need to obtain some more before that happens for you.) You could also, if and when you obtain more crystals, use manifestation grids – if you want to do that, Ethan’s advice is by far the clearest and most straightforward I’ve ever seen – but it’s wholly up to you and your crystal.
Let your Amethyst guide you to what’s appropriate for you. After all, when learning about the powers of crystals, what better teachers could you have than the crystals themselves?
Love and Light.
how would you cancel and clear a grid previously placed grid by someone else when you dont know what their intentions were when they placed that grid? I’m going to re grid the house I live in (family home) but my guides told me to de grid first before I re grid. My mother in law passed so I cant ask her what she did
It’s pretty much the same process described above. Just reword your intentions to something like “I cancel, clear and delete any previous programs or intentions placed within this crystal grid”. I go into more detail in my book Crystal Grids Power.
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Hi Ethan. Once you have put your crystal grid up for a full or new moon, what is the process of taking the grid down to put the next one up?
You would cleanse and deprogram your crystals. I have covered crystal grid deactivation in detail in my book Crystal Grids Power.
Thank you, I am ordering your book.
Thanks so much Tash
Is the same if I want to deprogram a bracelet that I programmed with Reiki and a client’s name? It was for a client but that was months ago and at least for the moment he will not come for it or pay for it, it simply has not been possible for him and the bracelet has stayed there, but a new client wants a combination that has that stone and I would like to use it to make a different bracelet for the new customer. Thanks for your advices and your post, is always a pleasure to read you. Blessings
I believe we always have the power to change the energy with our intention. Just adapt the words for your purpose.
Thank you Ethan! Blessings, Gabriela