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Cleansing Crystals & Getting them Ready for Use

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After you’ve selected a crystal based on its properties and your own intuitive feelings, you will want to prepare it for your intended purpose. There are three main steps to this: Purify, dedicate, and thank.

Purify: It’s very important to do this, since natural objects like stones may pick up all kinds of unknown energies in their lifetime. Releasing these energies frees the crystal to work with you, and also helps you bring clear vision to your task. Before you begin, use smudging or some other technique on yourself and on your space, so you’ll be ready to work with your new stone without any energetic distractions.

There are a variety of ways you can clear a crystal. One common way is to use water, either by holding the crystal under a stream of water or by soaking it for a time — overnight is common. Natural spring or sea water is best, or else rain or snow if the weather cooperates. If these aren’t a possibility you can use distilled or tap water. Often salt or a purifying essential oil such as lavender are added as well. If you use this method, just be aware that some crystals are sensitive to water and may degrade with too much exposure to it.

Another method to cleanse a stone is by smudging it. To smudge a stone, you must pass the stone through the smoke of an herb or incense. White sage, juniper, palo santo, sweetgrass, cedar, and sandalwood are all commonly used smudging herbs. Also, you may choose to bury a stone in the earth for a length of time in order to cleanse it. If you like, it’s fine to wrap a stone in a small piece of cloth before burying it, to keep it clean. If you are adept in meditation, you can even use mental energy alone to cleanse the stone, perhaps bathing it in an energy field of white or golden light. These methods are safe for all stones.

Many have also become fans of cleansing with sound. You can use a singing bowl, gong, chime or bell to cleanse your crystal. Just place the crystal where it will be surrounded by the sound waves of whatever instrument you choose, and sound the instrument. You will probably notice the sound feels a little “dirty” at first, but that as you continue it becomes more clear and focused. Once the pure sound is maintained, you’re finished.

Whichever process you use, carry it out until you intuitively feel the stone is cleansed. You will probably get a feeling of release, as if you had just let out a deep breath.

Dedicate: This is where you will teach the stone what to do, where the two of you reach an agreement of what you wish to accomplish together. Here again there are a variety of methods, so choose the one that speaks to you. This process is sometimes also called charging the crystal.

Many people use a combination of words and light, stating their intention either verbally or by writing it on a piece of paper, then leaving the crystal out under the moon or the sun. It’s great if you can leave your stone outside, but if that is not possible, you can leave it in a window where it will get a full night’s worth of moonlight or a full day’s worth of sun.

Another method is to place the stone on your altar along with something that symbolizes your intention, even if it’s just a word written on a piece of paper.

Using an affirmation can help you when dedicating the stone. You can use a general affirmation such as “We can work together to bring peace and light into the world,” or write an affirmation that has to do with your intention. Ideally you should both write your intention and speak it.

It may sound strange to some, but talking to your crystals can be very effective. Many believe that natural materials such as crystals are beings with their own kind of consciousness. Whether you intuitively feel this way or not, speaking to the crystal, and even “listening” to what it has to say back, can be a powerful way of sharpening your intention and getting in touch with your true motivation. This can help you get deeper in touch with your crystals in a number of ways.

Thank: Along these lines, it’s always important to thank your crystal allies for their help. You will also want to thank any higher beings you have called upon to help with your purpose. It’s best to give thanks both before and after you’ve put your stones to work: Giving thanks ahead of time helps give us confidence that our goals will be reached, and giving thanks afterward helps to end our work in a satisfying and respectful way.

For more on this subject, please visit Love and Light Healing School’s website. The following article contains more details and links to two videos: loveandlighthealingschool.com/10-sure-fire-ways-cleanse-healing-crystals/

 


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“The Psychic Window: Scrying for Everyone” by Cathy Douglas

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Have you ever gazed into campfire or fireplace? You may have found your eyes “softening,” and started to notice patterns of sparks and smoke that seemed to turn into pictures. After a while, maybe your subconscious and/or imagination took over, allowing you to detect images of faces, animals, places you’ve never been–whatever visions your subconscious decided to send.

John William Waterhouse Painting from Wikipedia.

John William Waterhouse Painting from Wikipedia.

You may not have known it, but you were scrying. (Or skrying–both spellings are okay.) Sometimes these seemingly random visions may even organize themselves into messages, messages which may answer questions we don’t even realize we were asking. Experienced practitioners claim they can even use scrying to guess the identity of a face-down card or foresee future events. The funny thing is, all this happens without conscious effort; in fact, any “work” intended to further the process will almost certainly end it.

Scrying is a practice of seeing things outside of the physical world, often using either a reflective medium or some embodiment of the four traditional elements–earth, air, fire, and water. For example, one might let one’s mind wander while fixing the eyes on a crystal ball, clouds passing over the moon, a log in the fireplace, or a still bowl of water. Any of these things could be classified as scrying, and all of them have been practiced for so many centuries that it would be hard to place any sort of date on the origin of the practice.

On occasion, all of us “see” things that are not there. How does that work, anyway? Sensory deprivation plays a part. When we focus on something as simple as a bowl of water or crystal ball, we move towards a meditative state which allows us to put aside everyday thoughts. Then, with the eyes having no immediate tasks work on, the visual parts of the mind start to harness things coming from… somewhere else. The location of that “somewhere” is, of course, open to interpretation. The subconscious mind plays a big part, but the techniques of scrying are designed to turn the subconscious into a springboard.

Scrying doesn’t require any special skills, or any particular belief system. Like meditation, the ability improves with practice, but that doesn’t mean it’s some supernatural “gift” that only a few people possess.

Here’s a time-tested method you can use to try it out. All you need is a quiet room, half an hour, and a scrying medium of some sort. A simple bowl of water will do.

1. Start with a few minutes of grounding. One simple grounding exercise is to sit with your eyes closed and imagine yourself as a tree, visualizing your backbone as the trunk, and roots extending from your tailbone down into the earth. In this way, the Earth literally “has your back,” keeping you connected to the everyday world while your mind floats free.

2. Fix your eyes on a bowl of water (or other scrying medium). Don’t try to see anything at first, just look at the water. Focus your awareness on what each of your five senses registers, and say out loud what that is. (For example, “I hear traffic sounds and a siren. I feel air coming from the heat vent.”) Do this for a minute or two.

3. Now shift all of your attention to the visual. Focus especially on any incontinuities in your scrying surface–ripples, reflected light, floating dust. Say out loud what these things remind you of, whether through shape, color, movement, etc. Just free-associate. Maybe a spot of light reminds you of an owl’s eye, or a little ripple reminds you of a lake you sailed toy boats on when you were a kid. These images may in turn call up others, often things you will see at the edges of your vision. For example, while that ripple that reminds you of your childhood lake sits in the center of your visual field, that image may extend itself, allowing you to sense the presence of trees or other people via peripheral vision.

4. Keep going with this as long as you like; a few minutes of this should be plenty to start out, but you should quit sooner if you start to feel overloaded. It may help to move in closer to the scrying medium as you go, and/or to hover your hands over it. The “visions” will likely get more complex as you go along, and may involve other senses. They may even evolve into little stories. The main thing is just to keep the impressions moving along, saying whatever comes into your head.

5. To come out of the session, go backwards through the steps: take note of what you are literally seeing, notice what’s really coming to you from all five senses, and finally take a moment to ground yourself. Then have a cookie (or your snack food of choice) while you write down or record what you saw and experienced.

Individuals may be very sensitive to visions or not so sensitive; wherever you fall on the spectrum has its own advantages and challenges. People who have a real sensitivity for scrying and pick up messages easily will need to be extra careful about grounding, and to know when it’s time to quit. Less sensitive people won’t be so prone to wandering off into la-la land, but may need to remind themselves that it’s okay to let their imagination run free, and that there are no “right” or “wrong” results to this exercise.

Scrying is one of those things where you really don’t know what’s going to happen until you try it! Have fun, and don’t take it too seriously; just because you “see” something in a scrying mirror doesn’t mean it’s written in stone. If something you experience helps you make sense of past, present or future, so much the better. The purpose of knowledge is to use it.


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