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Image result for cleansing crystals fantasy artCrystals are minerals formed underground from three-dimensional repeating patterns of atoms. A crystal’s
appearance depends upon the natural characteristics of its type and the conditions in which it grows. Some take on strange shapes, some are very small and others grow very large, developing over thousands of years. Stones, crystals, and minerals have been used around the world and throughout the ages for their energetic properties. Today with the world growing ever smaller, it’s never been easier to discover new, exciting and beautiful gems to adorn your home and body.Crystals and gemstones are like people, each one is unique and exudes a specific energy, a crystal or gemstone may be used for healing, magic, spell casting, to inspire, uplift, balance, calm and energize. Stone can enhance learning, alleviate stress, balance the energy fields in your home, activate your energy and promote lucid dreaming. Crystal energy can assist you in any area of your life and for any reason, each crystal or gem has a multitude of uses, and it will choose you, not the other way around. When purchasing a crystal or gemstone there will always be one that stands out from the rest, you will be attracted to the stone and be compelled to take it home with you. The crystal or gemstone that comes to you will be the one you need at that particular moment in your life.Crystal energy is the power that crystals naturally give off and that you are able to use to heal yourself.

You can apply the metaphysical properties of these more powerful crystals, as you learn how you can use them to heal yourself.

The purpose of crystal healing is to balance out the energies in the body with the use of natural crystals in order to regain balance, inner peace and a connection with yourself and the universe. No matter how hard we try to avoid it, we are confronted with negative energy in various daily situations and cleansing is essential in order to achieve equilibrium.The vibrations and healing properties of crystals allow practitioners to enjoy their natural benefits for the human body, chakras and all-around well-being.Healing crystals are also referred to as gemstones or chakra stones. Whatever healing gemstone you may turn to, it’s important to know that every stone should be cleansed regularly.

You cleanse your stones right after you buy or receive it. Then after that, if you wear a stone for healing purposes, it needs cleansing and “recharging” after each use. If worn as jewelry, you can opt to cleanse them daily or weekly, especially after they start looking dull. Crystals that are used to cleanse our environment (such as selenite in your home) should be cleansed monthly.

Healing crystals, or gemstones, are part of a category called “vibration healing.” They both absorb and give energy, so it’s important to discard any built-up negativity.

You can cleanse your stones based on their type and color. For example, for softer stones such as malachite or selenite, you can use sunlight or moonlight rather than water (so the water doesn’t “wash away” any properties). Whichever method you choose, gemstone cleaning doesn’t need to be a hassle.

 

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Right from the moment they are mined up to and including the moment that you select your chosen healing crystals and decide to make them a part of your life, these powerful healing tools are handled by many people.You do not know these people and each and every one of them imprints their own vibration (positive or negative) within the stone.All crystals are highly sensitive and have this ability to receive as well as transmit energy.Thus making it imperative that after buying your healing gemstones, you cleanse, clear and re-align all unwanted vibrations by using the correct cleansing methods. To cleanse your crystals they can be placed in a warm water bath with detergent added, use a soft toothbrush to clean.Each crystal has a pre-programmed energy for you to work with, and if you state your intention before working with a particular crystal, it will then resonate with energy and amplify the energy. While holding the crystal in both hands, breathe deeply in through the nose and out through the mouth and into the crystal, do this for approximately 3 minutes. By doing this you are connecting your intention with the inherent qualities of the crystal and activating the life energy within the crystal.Then place your crystals in cold water and leave for at least one hour. After removing your crystals from the water place them outside in the sun, or inside near a window where they will receive the sun’s rays. If the day is cloudy place them inside near a window and let them dry naturally. When night falls place the crystals outside, allowing them to absorb the moon’s rays, or inside near a window where they can be charged by the light of the moon.

stone should be cleansed :

As soon as it’s purchased.

Before it’s programmed.

After each use.

When you feel it has become drained or dull.

Regularly used stones, such as those worn or carried, should be purified daily.

Healing stones, massage wands and pendulums should be purified after each use.

Altar stones and environmental healing stones should be cleansed monthly.

The color, texture and feeling of a stone plays a big role in reflecting a certain season, chakra and moreover, your own personality. As mentioned, our own personal vibrations are actually attracted to the stones we need to wear, so take care of your stones like you would yourself. Whatever stone strikes your fancy, just don’t forget to start with a good crystal cleanse after your purchase.

Clearing and cleansing crystals are very important factors to keep in mind when caring for your healing gemstones.

image3Firecarefully pass the stone through the flame of a candle several times until you intuitively feel it has been cleared. The fire will burn away any negative energy. (Always use care when dealing with fire to ensure safety for yourself and environment).

Smudging is a cleansing technique used for many years, yet it is unknown exactly when smudging began. This Native North American ritual is simply a way of cleansing oneself of negative energies and creating a sense of peace and harmony in the body, an object as well as in the home or space around you. Most believe that the body and home are made up of only physical matter. However, they also have a silent clairvoyant energy as well.Smudge your healing gemstones with the purifying smoke of dried herbs or incense. This method can be used for cleansing crystals one by one or even for a roomful of crystals.You can use fire or smoke to cleanse your stones, by quickly burning your stones or smudging. Direct fire immediately burns away any negative energy and is done in a matter of seconds over a candle. Smudging can be done with sage sticks, palo santo, or commercial incense like sandalwood or cedar, which is known to remove negativity. Wave your stone over your smoke source for 20-30 seconds to cleanse it while simultaneously purifying your home.It is a great advantage to have natural crystals of any sort in your environment, and the stones with a higher vibration are powerful aids to move you forwards in your life.Some crystals have higher frequencies, and their strong energy fields can be used to raise your personal vibration.Clearing and cleansing crystals are very important factors to keep in mind when caring for your healing gemstones.Right from the moment they are mined up to and including the moment that you select your chosen healing crystals and decide to make them a part of your life, these powerful healing tools are handled by many people.You do not know these people and each and every one of them imprints their own vibration (positive or negative) within the stone.All crystals are highly sensitive and have this ability to receive as well as transmit energy.Thus making it imperative that after buying your healing gemstones, you cleanse, clear and re-align all unwanted vibrations by using the correct cleansing methods.You will then have removed and re-aligned the vibration energies the healing stones have absorbed over time.The method you use is always a matter of personal choice. Approach the crystal as if it is a living entity.You will then have removed and re-aligned the vibration energies the healing stones have absorbed over time.

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The method you use is always a matter of personal choice. Approach the crystal as if it is a living entity.

Crystals usually ‘speak to you’ and tell you where they want to be placed and how they want you to use them. Some are merely ornamental and or balance energies. You can move crystals around your home – as guided by them.

Your healing gemstones will then be prepared for dedication and charging making your crystals clear channels.

You will now have enabled them to attune to your vibrations before you use them for healing in a manner that will not detract or destroy their outer beauty or healing ability.

Your healing gemstones will then be prepared for dedication and charging making your crystals clear channels.

You will now have enabled them to attune to your vibrations before you use them for healing in a manner that will not detract or destroy their outer beauty or healing ability.

Cleansing crystals on a regular basis after you have done a healing session is also highly recommended since they absorb and are affected by your emotions as well as that of others within their energetic field which can affect their healing powers adversely. Be gentle with your crystals when handling them and be mindful to be gentle and loving in your speech as healing gemstones also store thoughts and are not judgmental taking and absorbing whatever thoughts are offered.

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Air – smudge the stone on all sides with a sage smudge stick, or with dried sage or cedar, or pass it through the smoke of sandalwood or sage incense. Sage is a very effective cleanser, neutralizing negative energy and transmuting it into positive energy.Your healing crystals have an energy field just like you, that needs protection and caring for your crystals is as important as caring for any living creature.They are the epitome of unconditional love and will enhance your health and well-being regardless of your class, race, sex or age.You will benefit from the soft energies that these healing gemstones bring you by clearing your Aura and energizing your Chakras absorbing the negativity of dis-ease.By taking care of them you can assure that they will retain their beauty and that their energy will remain pure and unobstructed.You too can learn how to love, handle and take care of your crystals to make sure that no negative energies are held within your healing crystals or passed on to others during a healing session.

Stones are believed to have an extensive memory, remembering where they’ve been, who they’ve touched, and all forces and energies that have surrounded them. A stone can pass onto others any energy that it has stored within it. Periodically, stones need to be cleansed of any unwanted energies that they may have collected from you, from others, or from the environment.

For instance, healers take care to clean their healing stones after each use because the stones might take pain (both physical and emotional) into themselves and pass it onto others if they have not been cleansed of those energies between uses. If a stone has absorbed negative energies, it may not work well for whatever purpose it has been programmed

There are a few recommended methods:

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If one doesn’t work for you, always depend on your intuition and try another cleansing method.Next I place them on the window sill to allow the sunlight and moo light to energize them.

Sunlight – Light is the essential currency of crystal healing therefore cleansing crystals this way works best. Leave your crystals in sunlight for a couple of hours, at least 12; the crystal will absorb the healing rays of the sun.place a stone in bright sunlight, either outside or on a windowsill, for at least an hour. Solar energy may be too violent for some stones, having been formed within the Earth devoid of any light. Caution: over time, sunlight may fade the color of some stones. An alternate, and gentler, method is to place the stone in moonlight for at least one night under a full moon, longer if the moon is not full.Leaving crystals outside in the sun is fantastic! It is cleansing and also very energizing. The Sun (very large fire!) cleanses with both immense light and fiery heat, recharging life. Be aware of SUN-FADING crystals! Like Amethyst, some Smoky Quartz, Crysocolla, realgar….. This solar connection exercise can be done at any time of day – with differing effects.
Dawn Cleansing and also Sunset Cleansing is a wonderful experience – simply leave your crystal outside sitting on the bare earth or leaves (something nice and natural and connected to Earth) in the light of the dawn or sun for a few hours. Sunlight and moonlight can charge and clean your gemstone. The sun will supply a newly harvested gemstone with yang solar energy that balances the stone’s innate yin energy it received from the earth during its creation. For stones that are susceptible to discoloration under the strong sun (such as amethyst, rose quartz or amber, you can opt to put them out at dawn for an hour.

Moonlight is a more delicate (and non color-altering) method that is especially effective with a full moon, because it’s at its brightest and full potential, increasing the stone’s vibrations.

Most people wash their crystals in water or soak them for several hours in sea salt mixed in water.Most people wash their crystals in water or soak them for several hours in sea salt mixed in water.

Natural Water

Water neutralizes the negative energy stored in the stone and directs it back to the earth. Rinse and stimulate your stones with water by placing it under directly under natural rainfall for 4-5 minutes. If it’s a dry season, you can also place your stones in a colander and run your stones under a faucet for about 10 minutes.Water  rinse the stone in moving water. This can be done in one of three ways:

by holding the stone in a river or brook (placing it into a mesh bag will make it easier to hold onto) for several minutes,

by leaving it out in the rain for several hours,

by holding it under the faucet for several minutes.

The water will wash away negative energy and return it to the Earth where it can be neutralized.

Don’t use Water on soft stones such as angelite, some calcites, howlite, aragonite, azurite, dolomite, malachite, selenite, sulphur, etc. as it may dissolve the stone to a greater or lesser degree.

Image result for water cleansing crystalsRunning water – (do not use this crystal cleansing method on porous crystals e.g. Azurite) Hold your crystals under running water and imagine all the negativity flowing out of your crystal as little minus signs and going down the drain.Leaving your crystal outside in the rain is a fabulous way of cleansing them and the difference between using tap water and rain water is phenomenal – just leave in a secure place outside over nite and allow the natural balance of the Earth and Rain to wash and cleanse your stone. Storms are fun! as this charges the crystal with transformation Storm energies. Then imagine your crystal being filled with loads of positive energy (with little plus signs).This is best if the running water is natural – such as a stream, a river or a waterfall – but a tap works okay too. The water running over the stone purify s it, returning the crystal to it’s optimum vibration. This is a great quick cleanser – like when you are just handed an uncleaned stone – or before using it for healing.

Water does have a physical force, so be sure to only clean hard stones such as amethyst, turquoise or quartz with this method.

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A salt water bath is one of the most common methods to clean your gemstones. Throughout history, salt has been used in all religions for rituals and as a vehicle to absorb unwanted energy. With this technique, soak your stones overnight in water with a pinch of sea salt. Ideally, if you have access to sea water, you can bring them back to nature and let them sit in the sea in a mesh bag. Make sure to give them a rinse in clear water after the salt bath to remove any residue.Sea salt – the most common method of cleansing stones is with water and sea salt. You can do this by placing the stone in a mesh bag and rinsing it in the ocean for several minutes, or by soaking the stone for several hours in a glass of water with a pinch of sea salt. CAUTIONS: *Salt may damage the finish on some stones. * Water may damage soft or friable stones. Placing a stone in dry sea salt (without the water) may damage its electromagnetic field.It is not always advisable to use salt water to cleanse stones as the salt can damage certain delicate stones, such as hematite or pyrite.

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Yes, you can meditate your way to cleansed stones! There are ways to clean and meditate with your gemstones at the same time. You can balance your own energies during meditation by blowing balanced breath onto your jewels. It’s important to state an intention so you can refuel your gemstone after you clean it. If you practice this form of crystal cleansing regularly, it will come naturally, and the calmness of your being will allow for true stone sterilization.

Do not do this in vain. Make sure you practice this with relaxed and true meditation. A double whammy is to do a meditation-cleanse during a full moon. Whether you are in the market for a new stone to add to your collection, or you just want to know how to maintain your existing stones, cleansing your stones regularly is important.image5

Resonating sound – Purify your crystals with the resonating sound of a bell that you love. You can even use beautiful music and again either a single crystal or a roomful of crystals can be cleansed this way. Cleansing crystals this way has an added benefit; the vibration of sound is integrated into the healing energies of your crystal.produce a tone using a bell, chime, or tuning fork. Repeat the sound until the stone’s energies feel cleansed. A pure tone will reset a stone’s vibration to one that cannot hold negative energy.Remember to cleanse your crystal cluster from time to time.A crystal singing bowl may be used to cleanse your crystals. There are two ways to do this. If the stones are small you may put them into the crystal singing bowl.The lovely crystal bowl music is very powerful and the sounds emitted by the bowl will resonate throughout the room.For bigger items, place them close to the bowl, then play the bowl for a few minutes.As the strong vibration of the pure crystalline sound of your crystal singing bowl fills the crystals, it will drive out any negative energy. The sound will lift the vibration of any of your crystals that are close by, and the room will also be filled with good vibrations as well. I love playing my crystal bowl to lift the vibration of my home, as it resonates a powerful energy into its surroundings.

image1Amethyst cluster / bed – Placing your healing gemstones on a cluster will cleanse and remove negative energy from your crystals. This method can be applied overnight. 

Brown rice – a firm favorite. Cover or lay your healing crystals on a bed of brown rice for 24 hours.

After cleansing crystals this way, that the rice can be used for cooking and need not be thrown away.

However there are two schools of thought as far as eating the rice or throwing it out is concerned.Trust your intuition and do what works for you.

Although most crystals seem to be rock-like as you look at them and touch them, some crystals, like Selenite, are extremely delicate, soft and porous and if you treat them wrong they will damage.

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Cleansing crystals using rock/kosher salt or salt water, both of these methods can damage your beauties over time.

However do not despair, even though some of your healing crystals might be damaged and have lost their beauty; their energy memory (healing ability and power) is not lost as this unique healing power is intrinsic to the very structure of the crystal itself.

To destroy the energy or healing ability of a gemstone would require from you the total destruction of the crystal itself.

Hold the stone to your heart while inhaling. Then bring the stone to your mouth and exhale your breath onto it. Repeat several times, always keeping in mind your intention of cleansing the stone of all negative energies. Your breath (the Breath of Life), combined with your intention, is a powerful enough force to cleanse a stone of negative energy. Your intuition will tell you when the cleansing is complete.

Image result for water cleansing crystals Visualize a column of pure white or golden light coming down and surrounding the stone. Imagine it cleansing and transmuting the stone’s negative energies into positive ones. Visualization combined with intention is another force powerful enough to cleanse stones. Again, listen to your intuition.You can also use visualization or ‘thought energy’ to cleanse crystals. Simply hold the crystal, focus on it, and visualize a bright white light surrounding the crystal, followed by a beam of white light coming down through the stone, passing all the way through the stone, taking away stored energy within the stone. For a successful visualization you will need a quiet place where nobody is going to disturb you. See to it that you are relaxed, with positive thoughts and feelings. Try to experience love, close your eyes and take your crystal in both hands. Visualize your crystal as it glows in white light, or in the colors of the rainbow. Feel the crystal as it releases the negative energies and starts to emit smooth, tender, worm, and balanced energy. Feel your crystal as it becomes clean and ready to be charged.
Do this until you feel happy that the white light has done its job and flushed away the stored energies.  The ‘thought energy’ generated by you will be transmitted to the stone and this cleansing energy will do the job of clearing the stone of its stored energies.The power of intent and creative visualization – hold the crystal in your hands and visualize a column of white light penetrating the crystal and releasing all dense energy from it and at the same time recharging the crystal with vibrant healing energy. You will get a sense of when the crystal is recharged.

Image result for put the crystals into the plants pterYou can also  place the stone in a flower pot with one of your plants for several hours. Just as live plants purify the air; they can also purify stones as well, transmuting negative energy into positive energy. If you do not have a plant available, an alternate method is to bury the stone in a glass of dried sage or cedar for a full day. The herbs will absorb the negative energies. After use, burn the herbs, or bury them in the Earth, or discard them in a river or creek. Do not reuse them.One of the means of cleaning crystals is to bury them in the earth. This method should not be used when there is iron present in the composition of the crystal as a dominant element, e.g., hematite and tiger iron. Especially unrefined energies can be taken out of the crystal in this way. It can be a sort of a rebirth for the particular crystal to be put back in the embrace of the earth – the environment which it has been taken from originally.Burying your crystal in the ground can be a fabulous way of re-balancing it, and allowing it to once again vibrate in harmony with the earth. You can also leave your crystal by a tree or in a bush for a while – this allows the stone to re find the earth it was made from – bringing it closer to its source.Plants – place the crystal in a flower pot with one of your plants for several hours. Just as live plants purify the air; they can also purify crystals as well, transmuting negative energy into positive energy. If you do not have a plant available, an alternate method is to bury the crystal in a glass of dried sage or cedar for a full day. The herbs will absorb the negative energies. After use, burn the herbs, or bury them in the Earth, or discard them in a river or creek. Do not reuse them.
Taking your crystal to a sacred space, a lay line or a place of great natural beauty will immediately retune it to vibrate with the balance of that space – this can be an incredible experience for both crystals and people as we are as much affected by ancient places, as the stones that we are holding.

Quartz cluster – place the stone on large clear quartz cluster or bag of crystal chips for at least one full day. Clear quartz is excellent for magnifying, focusing, and, in this case, transmuting energy.Related image

Pyramid – leave the stone under a glass pyramid for several days. The energy produced by a pyramid has the ability to neutralize any negative energy that is placed within it.

Cleansing can be done using just one of these methods or a combination of them, such as the four elements, or light and quartz, or plants and breath, or smudging and visualization and sound, just to name a few of many possibilities. Combinations typically include using anywhere from two to five different methods.

All cleansing methods are compatible with each other; so use whatever combination feels right for you and your stone. Using a combination of methods is especially good for cleansing new stones, clearing stones for programming, and cleansing and recharging heavily drained stones. Combinations cleanse the stones more effectively and sometimes more quickly.

Keep the following in mind when cleansing your crystals:
Crystal Types to avoid contact with water:

  • Azurite, Halite, Selenite – water soluble.
  • Lapis lazuli, Opal, Turquoise – porous, do not soak, dry after cleansing.
  • Malachite – use cool water only, dry after cleansing.

Light sensitive crystal types:

  • Amethyst, Rose Quartz – may fade.
  • Turquoise – may dry out.

Heat sensitive crystal types:

  • Amethyst – may fade in gentle heat, becomes colorless in strong heat.
  • Quartz – may fracture with sudden temperature changes.
  • Lapis Lazuli – avoid high heat.
  • Malachite – avoid sudden temperature changes.
  • Tourmaline – high heat alters colors.
  • Turquoise – sensitive to all heat.

Easily scratched crystal types:

  • Metallic crystals or minerals.
  • Calcite, Celestite, malachite, Fluorite, Rhodochrosite, Apatite, Lapis Lazuli.
  • Sodalite, Selenite, Turquoise, Hematite, Moonstone.

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