Cleansing and Caring for your Crystals
Crystals need to be cleansed for several reasons.
When you work with crystals, either by yourself or with others, they absorb energy from you, other people, and their environments.
Visibly, they can also become dusty and lacklustre.
You can see when your crystals need cleansing, they loose their sparkle, brightness and even colour. Crystals in need of cleansing may also feel sticky to the touch.
Good energy versus bad energy
Crystals naturally pick up energy from the environment they live in. Any traditional crystal cleansing method removes surplus energy that they have absorbed and which is no longer needed.
We may often seek to define this absorbed energy as good or bad, but there really is no difference between the two, energy, is simply energy, without judge¬ment.
Native American peoples used obsidian to fashion arrowheads just as healers recommend holding the stone to the belly to ease stomach ache. The ancient Greeks used beautiful quartz crystal globes to cauterize wounds, but leave one in direct sunlight and the same energy may burn your house down. So do not be concerned that your crystals somehow possess innate good or bad energy; the
y have only energy, and cleansing them helps release energy build-up, preparing them for healing work.
Crystals do become dusty.
Dust sticks with an electrostatic charge that affects the special electricity-generating properties of crystals. Dusty crystals will not work as effectively as crystals that have been cleansed, and dust also blocks light, which reduces the quantity of photons a crystal can focus.
To remove dust, lightly brush your crystals with a soft brush ~ a make-up brush or small paint brush is ideal. Do this regularly to avoid d
ust build-up. If the crystal has become sticky you can use a soft nail brush under running water, but never use detergents or chemical cleaners!!!
The simple ways are the best.
Firstly when you have been wearing or using a crystal for a while it will need to be discharged—do this by holding under cool running water and rubbing
between your fingers for a few minutes.
Thoroughly dry the crystal.
Never put your crystals directly into salt or in salt water as it will damage most crystals.
Get 2 glass bowls, one must fit inside the other!
In the largest bowl pour some sea salt, then press the smaller bowl into the salt so that it reaches about half way up the bowl.
(for very small crystals you can use drinking glasses) now place your crystals inside the empty bowl/glass.
Leave for 2 hours and then rinse under cool water again and dry thoroughly.
The only exception is Opals… the salt will kill an Opal!!
Smudging is an ancient tradition used to cleanse any form of unwanted energy.
Traditionally a “sage smudge stick” is used.
As before, discharge your crystals, dry them thoroughly and place them where you can easily move around them.
Light your smudge stick and ensure it is burning/smouldering evenly.
Using a Smudging Feather or your hand, gently waft the smoke over and around your crystals.
When you are finished dip the end of your smudge stick in water to ensure it is completely “out”.
There are many types of sound that can be used to cleanse energy, my preferred ways are a Singing Bowl, Tibetan cymbals also known as Tingsha, or clapping your hands.
Again prepare your crystals by discharging and placing where you can easily move around them.
Gently clap or play your Singing Bowl or Tingsha as you move around the crystals.
There are no rules as to how long any of these procedures will take.
Listen to your intuition and allow yourself to listen to your crystals, they will let you know when they are happy.
I would recommend that you cleanse your crystals weekly if you are using them on a continual basis, to maintain the purest vibrations and healing from the crystals. You can also discharge your crystals by running them under cold water for a few minutes each evening.