There are many methods in use today for cleansing crystals and gemstones in order to increase the effects of their metaphysical energies. 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 on to 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.
Any crystal possesses its own unique vibration which can be affected by the energies in its environment. Therefore, it is always important to fully cleanse any stone before you use or wear it. It’s best to cleanse it of any unwanted energy and then to continue cleansing them at regular intervals to maintain their purity and integrity. Regular cleansing is important to maintain their subtle vibrations, healing properties, and to help you become attuned to them. If a stone has absorbed negative energies, it may not work well for whatever purpose it has been programmed. (Read about programming your crystals and gemstones here.)
The time needed varies depending upon how drained the stone is and which method is used. The durations mentioned below are minimums based on moderately drained stones. Heavily drained stones will take more time and mildly drained stones will take less. Newly acquired stones and stones to be programmed will take the greatest length of time. Exactly how long a cleansing takes is up to you. Listen to your intuition and it will tell you.
There are many ways to cleanse a stone. Which method you choose should be based on the type of stone, how much time you have, and what tools are readily available to you. Once again, let your intuition be your guide. Natural forces, such as the elements of nature (fire, water, earth, and air), the sun, the moon, and plants, are very effective in cleansing stones of negative energies. Stones respond to the intentions of their users, so it is important that while you are actively cleansing your stone, no matter which method you use, you hold in your mind the intention of carrying away unwanted energies to a place where they can do no harm, and your desire to re-energize the stone with positive energies.
Candlelight – Carefully pass your 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.
Smudging – Carefully pass the stone through the smoke of a white sage smudge stick or incense several times until you intuitively feel it has been cleared. Sage is a very effective cleanser, neutralizing negative energy and transmuting it into positive energy. This method is an ancient tradition that utilizes the energy of fire (albeit smouldering) combined with the sacred scent of the smudge or incense.
Water – Rinse the stone in moving water. The water will wash away negative energy and return it to the Earth where it can be neutralized. This can be done by holding the stone in a river or brook for several minutes, holding it under the sink faucet for several minutes, or leaving it out in the rain for several hours. CAUTION: Do not use water on soft stones such as angelite, some calcites, howlite, aragonite, azurite, dolomite, malachite, selenite, and sulphur to name a few. Water may dissolve the stone to a greater or lesser degree.
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. CAUTION: Salt may damage the finish on some stones. Water may damage soft or friable stones. Placing a stone in dry sea salt without water may damage its electromagnetic field.
Earth – Bury the stone in the ground for one full day, placing a marker over it so you can find it later, or bury the stone in a pot of ground soil. (Do not use potting soil as it has been treated.) The soil will absorb negative energy, disperse it, and transmute it into positive energy.
Sunlight – Place a stone in bright sunlight, either outside or on a windowsill for at least an hour. Leaving your bracelet in the sun's rays can be very energizing, as well as energetically clearing. You can use this method to both clear and charge your crystals simultaneously. CAUTION: Solar energy may be too violent for some stones, having been formed within the Earth devoid of any light. Over time, sunlight may fade the color of some stones such as amethyst.
Moonlight – An alternative to the sunlight cleansing method is to place the stone on a moonlit windowsill for at least one night under a full moon, or longer if the moon is not full. Leaving your stone in the moonlight overnight can cleanse and charge the stone with the moon’s gentle energy.
Sound – Produce a tone using a bell, chime, singing bowl, 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.
Breath – 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.
Visualization – 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.
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. 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.
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