Crystal Care: Clearing, Cleansing & Programming your Crystals

The lure of beautiful crystals cannot be denied. Whether you have 1 or 100, they speak to us in ways that we know we must bring them home. I see our role as guardian rather than owner, for their gifts to us are massive, but they like to be co-creators rather than indentured servants to humanity.

Their love is vast and teachings great. They are among our most direct gifts from the loving bosom of Gaia. Some crystals will open us to the cosmos while others will heal and soothe our emotions. The ways to use crystals will be far reaching but if you pay mindful attention, the gem itself will guide you best.

Recognizing this partnership as cooperative, knowing how to take care of crystals while in your possession will be paramount to how well they can benefit you. A few ways to cleanse, charge and program crystals are offered to ensure your financial and spiritual investment are most worthwhile.

Cleansing

The purpose of cleansing is to purify and honor the stone, recognizing the vast journey it has undergone to get to you now.

I was recently gifted a crystal from Colombia. A friend had gone and was drawn to acquire this quartz sphere though she knew not why. Throughout her month long journey she was unable to locate it in her bag assuming it had gotten lost in the traveling shuffle.

Upon returning home to the states she found it and carried it in her purse for a week still in its original paper wrapping. Sitting on my couch one night she squealed with enthusiasm realizing it belonged to me. It sang to me sweet and loud stating it had been waiting centuries to work with me. I began spontaneous channeling of light language and she proclaimed that it was levitating in my hands.

A mighty gift indeed and with such efforts to find me, purifying cleaning and honoring it is my obligation as its guardian.

Programming

Programming is a masterful form of ritual, you may program your crystal to assist with specific tasks and projects. I have one in my home for instance that assists with my writing, one that attracts abundance, one that holds cosmic frequencies and assists in galactic activations.

My favorites and most trusted crystal allies are those that help me with dream and journey work recall! (Put a programmed quartz under your pillow at night and hold it in the morning to help you remember dreams!)

  1. Determine what you need assistance with
  2. Choose the crystal that grabs your attention and ask it if it willing to partner You will feel a clear yes, excitement even, 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
  3. Hold your crystal to your heart and then to your 3rd eye. With clear intent, imagine the task projected into the crystal. Hold it extended in front of you until the 3 (crystal, heart and mind) link forming a triangle and locking in the purpose
  4. State aloud the program and thank the crystal for being a willing transmitter of this frequency

Methods

Each of us has our own mojo which we believe most empowers the crystal. Try them all, recognizing each gem has their 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 journey will be felt.

As you are working with purification, being of 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 after all and all such endeavors require mindful peace and vigilance.

Water

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.

  1. You may hold the crystal under water (pure spring or a river/ocean is most ideal, but we make due!)
  2. Visualize the water washing over the crystal taking away any disruptions to its natural state
  3. 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 under water.

Moon

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 a feminine energy can help with spiritual and emotional healing.

Sun

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.

Snow

Not everyone is fortunate enough to share this special blessing, but placing your cherished crystals in snow is a quick and powerful way to clear and program your crystals to hold long lasting intent.

Earth

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 you intuition on how long to leave the crystal in the earth, 3, 7, or 11 days is best to give your stone a total reset.

Smoke

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 which would corrode under water.

Sound

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

Besides when first acquiring, 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.

Programming

Another form of ritual, you may program your crystal to assist with specific tasks and projects. I have one in my home that assists with my writing, one that attracts abundance, one that holds cosmic frequencies and assists in galactic activations. My favorites and most trusted allies are those that help me with dream and journey work recall! (Try this: Put a programmed quartz under your pillow at night and hold it in the morning to help you remember dreams.)

  1. Determine what you need assistance with
  2. Choose the crystal that grabs your attention and ask it if it willing to partner. You will feel a clear yes, excitement even 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
  3. Hold your crystal to your heart and then to your 3rd eye. With clear intent in your self imagine the task projected into the crystal. Extend it in front of you until the 3 (crystal, heart and mind) link forming a triangle and locking in the purpose
  4. State aloud the “program” and thank the crystal for being a willing transmitter of this frequency

As you deepen your work with the crystal realm, you may likely uncover your own special magic to partner with the gems you cherish. Remember they are both an asset and a boon to our planet and should be treated with the utmost respect. You may find the apophyllite you hold so dear is ready to be gifted elsewhere. Appreciate this is the beauty of flow and be grateful for the time and blessings it did offer you.

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