Clear, Cleanse, Charge
The purpose of cleansing is to purify and honor the stone, recognizing the vast journey it has undergone to get to you now.
Programming is a masterful form of ritual, you may program your crystal to assist with specific tasks and projects. l allies are those that help me with dream and journey work recall! (Put programmed quartz under your pillow at night and hold it in the morning to help you remember dreams!)
Determine what you need assistance with
Choose the crystal that grabs your attention and ask it if it is willing to partner. You will feel a clear “yes,” excitement if the answer is affirmative. No will usually feel like a strong resistance. I find “no” is easier to determine than yes which may just be neutral
Hold your crystal to your heart and then to your third eye. With clear intent, imagine the task projected into the crystal. Hold it extended in front of you until the three (crystal, heart, and mind) link forming a triangle and locking in the purpose
State aloud the program and thank the crystal for being a willing transmitter of this frequency
Each of us has our own mojo which we believe most empowers the crystal. Try them all, recognizing each gem has its own preference as well and see which method you like best to take care of your crystals.
Be Clear in Mind
The purpose of cleaning is to bring the crystal to a clear and pure state. Crystals are frozen vibrations, after all, and any impurities and discord it experiences during its harvest, sale, and the journey will be felt.
As you are working with purification, being of a clear mind and intention is necessary. Say a mantra, clear the room with sage or bells and be ready to let the purest light move from you. The cleansing is a ritual and all such endeavors require mindful peace and vigilance.
Water is a master energy and can be used in any form of ritual. With crystals and water, their legacy is entwined and they are amicable partners for assisting each other.
You may hold the crystal underwater (pure spring or a river/ocean is most ideal, but we make due!)
Visualize the water washing over the crystal taking away any disruptions to its natural state
Use sea salt and lightly brush it over the stone using the water to cleanse the salt away
*Note not all crystals can withstand water. Some, like selenite, will dissolve. Please do your homework before immersing your beloved underwater.
The energies of the moon are most purifying and can be used to clear and program any crystal for extra vitality. Place directly under the moonlight and charge it up under the full and new moons to get the most potent frequencies.
The moon as feminine energy that can help with spiritual and emotional healing.
It would be irresponsible to honor the moon and not recognize the power of the Sun! Charging your crystals in the sunlight (direct light is better than windows) will super-charge your crystal and give it drive and focus.
The solar energies tend to be more “masculine” and are better suited for programming. Allow the sun to support big efforts that require momentum and call attention to your endeavors.
Burying your stones will clear any and all lingering energies from your crystal. Going back to the places from whence it began is a powerfully effective means of clearing!
While you may follow your intuition on how long to leave the crystal in the earth — three, seven, or eleven days is best to give your stone a total reset.
As you may use smudging to clear your home (think sage, copal, and sweetgrass) so too may you use smoke to clear crystals. This is especially helpful for jewelry that would corrode underwater.
Long trusted by the ancients, a bell is an easy ally to remind you how to take care of your crystals. Likewise, the sound of your own voice and the use of sacred chants will hold the programming.
Super Power Crystals
There are some crystals that need no clearing and actually clear other stones. Selenite, quartz, carnelian, amethyst, and kyanite are among these rare treasures.
A selenite slab under your crystals acts as a perfect technique for clearing and charging your crystals. Likewise, a beautiful amethyst cluster can happily hold and bless other smaller stones.
When to Clear
Clear each new crystal as you acquire them. Additionally, a crystal will absorb energy as it “works.” Each has its own purpose and like people, needs a rest, a recharge, from time to time. You may notice your crystal feeling heavy or dull or you may intuitively get a message that it needs some refreshing.
Any particularly intense work – after a fight or during times of illness or trauma, for instance – crystals can best serve you if they are cleared before being put back to work.