Cleansing your crystals is so important in your spiritual practice. You should cleanse them when you first purchase/acquire them, before and after using them on yourself/others and even if they are simply sitting on a shelf, they should still be cleansed from time to time.
Crystals need to be cleansed as they pick up both positive and negative energy from their surrounds as well as those who handle them, allowing them to perform to the best of their ability. When you first purchase a crystal, you’re receiving the energy from every person who has handled it since it was mined til it ended up in your hands! Any negativity it is storing can be released onto you and your environment – which you definitely don’t want to project!
There are a few different ways that I’ll outline below which you can use to cleanse your crystals. I recommend that you use the one which you feel most drawn to, however do take note as some methods (e.g. water cleansing) are not recommended for certain types of crystals as they can damage them.
Sage/Incense/Santo Paulo Smoke
This method is a simple way to cleanse your crystals. Pass the smoke over your crystal to shift its vibration, I often use this method when cleansing lots of crystals at once. I would lay them down on a sheet on the floor or a table, then pass the smoke over them.
Using Other Crystals
Certain crystals have great cleansing properties such as clear quartz, carnelian and selenite. You can cleanse your other crystals by placing them on top of a large cluster, inside a geode cave or even in a small pouch together with the aforementioned crystals.You will need to cleanse these cleansing crystals afterwards to disperse any negative energy they’ve collected.
If you live near a natural water source, this is the perfect way to cleanse your crystals, however normal tap water is also fine. You can also collect rain water to use for cleansing. Make sure that the water source is running as you hold your crystal in its stream, remember again that not all crystals do well with water so if in doubt, check before you use this method.
Rice, Salt & Sand
This method is similar to the earth method; fill a bowl with either rice, salt or sand and place your crystal in it, ensuring that it is completely covered, leaving for at least an overnight period. Once the crystal has been cleansed, make sure you dispose of the salt, rice or sand as it has absorbed the negative energy from the crystal.
Burying your crystal in the earth is another great way to cleanse them. This releases any negative energy by returning the rock to its ‘home’. I suggest leaving the crystal in the earth for at least overnight, it is even more powerful by the light of the full moon. Remember not to use this technique for water soluble crystals such as selenite incase dampness gets to your precious crystal. Also, don’t forget to mark the spot where you’ve buried the crystal so you don’t lose it!
Place the crystal/crystals that you would like to cleanse outside on a full moon to allow the light to cleanse the crystal of all negative energy.
As with the moonlight method, crystals can be cleansed in the same way using the sun. However, some crystals such as amethyst, rose quartz, citrine and selenite may become brittle or fade in sunlight, so be sure to check before using this method.
This method uses the power of intention to cleanse the crystal. Close your eyes and cup the crystal between your hands, visualising a bright in your mind’s eye. This white light surrounding the crystal is absorbing and dispersing all negative energy with its celestial propertiesl. When you feel that the crystals’ vibration has positively shifted, you may visualise the light dimming and fading as you come back to the earthly plane.
With the method that you choose, remember that your intention is key as you perform the cleansing. It may help to visualise the negative energy being drawn away and replaced with pure, bright light.
What is your favourite cleansing method? Do you use any that I haven’t listed here?
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Love and light x