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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