It has been traditional in the past to clear your crystals after you get them. This is supposedly done to remove unwanted energy and restore the crystals to their natural innate energy state so that the stone is at its maximum effectiveness and cannot possibly pass on imbalances or energetic static. Stones are largely self clearing.
Most crystals are actually quite capable of clearing themselves if they need to. I think of most of these clearing methods as part of our process of connection and communion with the crystals. first see if you can sense whether or not the crystal or stone wants this clearing attention.
Crystals rarely do need clearing or cleansing. The stone and crystal Deva are among the primary forces which clear and process and transform inharmonious energies for the planet and beings.
Some people are sensitive to the imprinted energy that can be picked up by stones and by most other objects. This is called Psychometry, clearing methods can be useful for clearing away your sensitivity to these imprints if they bother you. Where people have argued or some other intense event has occurred Everything may have picked up some information and energy from that. Actually everything picks up these all the time but most never comes to our attention. People also sometime amplify and or misinterpret the energy imprint they receive.
You may choose clear crystals after they have been used in healing sessions, whenever they seem dull or lifeless or when they have been exposed a lot of ambient negativity (arguments, sorrow, etc.). Stones are also cleared to remove old contracts (programing) and before new contracts are made. If the energy of the stone feels wonderful to you it does not need clearing. You will probably want to clear it if it feels heavy or unpleasant in some way, though you may choose to accept this as an indication that it is not time for you to work with a particular stone and simply set it aside until some other time.
Some stones are said to never need clearing Usually authorities list Three or four stones that never need clearing however the lists often differ Citrine and Kyanite are often on lists of stones that do not need to be cleared. I've seen Smoky quartz, amber and jade on these lists too. I figure if I'm going to clear any stones I might as well clear all of them. While It does not hurt to clear a stone that does not need to be cleared. The 'never need cleared " stones sometimes seem to benefit from clearing anyway. Maybe they enjoy the attention. Clearing, rather than being a way to remove impurities can be seen as an offering of attention and love as an expression of regard for the Deva spirits of the stone and their help for humanity.
Please remember that it is common for the mind to amplify the energy received, and sometimes high vibration positive energies can feel prickly and uncomfortable if you are not ready for them. Some people also tend to refuse to
recognize that stones are clear to the extent that they of return or add undesirable energies to the stone with their own mental intention.
During or after clearing your stones you can restore contracts and personalize the energies of the stones so that they are their best energetic condition and harmonize with the work they will be doing .You can also set an intention or contract with a stone to convert negative energies or to beam them away to spiritual entities or the Earth for transformation and clearing. Energy which belongs to someone can be cleansed and returned to its owner.
An energetically "dirty" stone will eventually clear itself but in the mean time it might be holding absorbed energies that decrease its effectiveness as a healing tool. An uncleared stone could transmit another person's pain to the next person who holds the stone. Very intensely used stones may even self destruct break or get lost. That's not the only reason stones break or get lost though.
Uncleared pendulums might lose some accuracy. Clearing these and crystal balls is more about removing influences from previous work than about clearing the crystal itself.
Once you have been working with your crystals a while you will probably keep them clear and will only encounter unclear stones from new or other people's stones. and occasionally from doing intense work on yourself or other people and situations you are working with.
Some Crystal healing practitioners do not let anyone touch their crystals except during treatments. I personally encourage people to touch and hold any crystal that interests them, provided it is not too fragile.
Some crystal healing teachers do not think clearing stones is ever really needed. That it is just a way for the practitioner symbolically prepare for the crystal work. I find that clearing stones can sometimes be a big help because everything can pick up energy impressions. Sometimes crystals do soak up a lot of pain energy and this can be felt or can effect the energy of the people in the area and the. surrounding environment itself.
Crystal clear - is more about clearing as being over used and of more benefit for humans than for crystals
A comprehensive list of crystal clearing methods
Again, for the most part the crystals don't need these . What determines whether these methods work for you is your belief system and your intention . Any of these methods will work, it is up to you to find those that feel most effective to you. Even though they are not usually needed these can be part of your communion with the crystals
There are many ways to cleanse or clear crystals and you may want to try out several methods to find those that feel most effective to you. To some extent this is a matter of personal preference. The best choice of method will also have something to do with the use or history of a particular stone. A rock used as a murder weapon or from a place of great tragedy / horror will most likely need a serious cleansing than a newly mined stone or your favorite Great Aunt's doorstop.
Many of us find that our needs and preferences change over time. If a method that worked for you before seems less effective now please try some of the other options. You can use clearing methods in combinations too as some methods have slightly different effects than others. There are some popular methods that can be drastic or even physically damage some crystals. Be careful which stones you immerse in water. I do not usually pass stones through fire or freeze them because the potential for damage is great. Remember that you are offering clearing not imposing it. The stone may or may not choose to be cleared . You can also run clearing shakti on your self .
SHAKTI - ENERGY
The principle way I clear my crystals on the run is with an energy shakti I most often use a specific crystal clearing shakti but also use other energies to clear crystals .Reiki ,Huna energies , Spiritual light energies Rainbow Light ,
and other subtle energy shakti can be used for this Using energy is very effective.
Most general purpose healing energies and universal chi etc. work quite well if you are attuned to them or have done a little practice work with those that come in without attunements . Generally just run the energy into the stone until you feel that it is cleared. This is effortless once you learn how to call in or turn on shakti you just allow it to flow .
While some shakti require that you be attuned to them before you can use them many other subtle energies will come in by request and. intention.
This method is available to anyone even without specific attunement to an energy work system. It can be thought of as a way of having a spiritual agent do the clearing To activate a shakti you would hold or touch the stone to be cleared and turn the shakti on .allowing it to run until it is done.
The specific crystal clearing shakti I work with needs only be turned on it will run to completion without further intention
or attention. People who have the ability to do remote work and group or area work can use shakti to clear many stones at
once even from a distance. I use shakti on a daily basis and clear the stones I work with before and after I use them . A principle advantage of shakti clearing is that when you are doing treatments during a healing circle or demonstration. A deep clearing can take less than a minute and therefore you can do treatment for large numbers of people at a healing circle or demonstration with a relatively small number of crystals. The shakti will not run if it is not of value.
You can clear the stones between each person treated so that you do not run out of crystals suitable to work with.
and you always have the means of clearing at hand. This cuts down on or stops psychometric transfer.
I also sometimes clear and charge my stones in moonlight each full moon and with Sunlight and frequently by smudging quite often and use more intense methods periodically. Crystal clearing shakti if you have one, is autonomous and once you have started it running on a stone or group of stones it will work until it has done what is needed without further attention or intention on your part. Holding the piece between both hands while running energy or beaming a flood of spiritual light
into it also works.
With most intelligent energies you can add the intention that the crystal become self clearing. The energies of the Stones can also be run as shakti and you can clear a stone by running the energy of the particular stone type. This is a Devic gift . This energy is also very good for charging stones to amplify their natural abilities and our ability to perceive them.
INTENTION- Mental Focus
Using your mental focus or the directed emotional energy of Love by direct intention can be very effective if you are able to focus your intention and are not distracted by doubt or other side events.
Hold the stone in your hand or palm or place your hands on or over it and focus your Attention on it with the intention of clearing it, for most stones a minute should be long enough to clear it. If you are skilled at remote
work or have an aptitude for it you may not need to actually touch the stone. Some people imagine a beam of light from their heart or third eye while they focus on the stone. To Clear a stone with the emotional energy of love you simply hold the stone in your hand and beam love at it from your heart you may visualize a beam of soft pink light glowing from your heart but the key is to feel love and project into the stone.
Intention is also used to place a filter or shield around stones that you wish not to clear but only prevent from broadcasting generally, These may be stones with programs for a specific person only, such as a stone programmed for sexual enhancement in a bedroom .
You would not your young children or repairmen to respond to it so you shield it from them.
The Most common use of shield filters on a stone is usually for Teaching Stones or Witnesses. Stones which carry an energy or message of some importance that they need to share But which might be too intense or painful for constant exposure. Objects From German Concentration camps and the site of massacres are sometimes shielded in this way.
They can then share their witness via the painful memory and information ` and message to those who need to know and recognize a truth and/or feel compassion but the witness stones and other items will not continually bombard the people who work around them . Someone has done this with many of the objects at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles ( I think Irving Feurst, or one of the SUN teachers but I am not positive. )
When using energy and intention based methods to clear your stones you can request that the crystal retain or restore its ideal state and or previous contracts and memories rather than totally erasing them. Consult the crystal intuitively for a sense of how much it needs and wants to be cleared .
You can also smudge your crystals with sage, sweet grass, cedar, sandalwood Epsom salts, incense or other clearing smoke or incense ,fanning the smoke over them or holding them in the smoke make sure that all sides of the stones are placed in the smoke.
This works well and can be used on delicate crystals that can not be placed in water or salt without damaging them.
There is less possibility of sparks if you have your smudge material in a dish or shell sitting on a trivet and use a fan to direct the smoke rather than waving a smudge stick around.
Small crystals can be cleared by leaving them on a large crystal cluster, either clear Quartz or amethyst or using a Selenite wand. Other crystals will work for this too but quartz amethyst and Selinite are the most used
It is preferable that the cluster have points in many directions if possible as it is said to be the multiple steams of energy that
clear the resting stones ..
Breath techniques are very effective for small pieces, hold the stone to be cleared in your dominant hand, (the one you use to write with) take a deep breath in through your nose and focusing your intention on clearing the stone, expel your breath firmly onto the stone from your nose, repeat until you have covered all sides of the stone either a long slow exhalation or short quick bursts are effective choose the way you prefer.
You may take a deep breath through your nose and holding the stone in either hand with your mouth slightly open expel your breath through your mouth slowly over the stone while making the "ha" sound .
White light and rainbows either from actual light or energetically is also used white ,gold, violet and blue light are commonly but not exclusively used . Visualizing a purple flame is more often used for self clearing but has been used for crystals too. You can visualize the color or white light flooding the crystals or actually expose them to the light you can use gels or colored glass as a color source Holding the crystal in the rainbows cast by a prism is a gentle way to clear and charge a clear quartz crystal.
Toning , bell ringing, drumming , chanting and other clearing with sound can also be effective and enjoyable Aum, AH El EE Oh, Ha ,eee- ah- O and ah- eee -Oh being only a minute fraction of sounds that work for clearing. Playing healing music and chants of various kinds vowel sounds are often used . Some sources suggest that you use a pitch pipe and use the tone
that is assigned to the chakra that you would use the stone for.
SUN AND MOON
Placing stones in Sunlight or Moonlight is also good for clearing and charging them .Some stones are faded or otherwise distressed by direct sunlight. This may include Amethyst, rose Quartz, Citrine, Celestite (particularly blue), Aquamarine, Moonstone and Fluorite. Some turquoise may fade. A chunk of blue calcite faded after a while I have also heard
hat Realgar and pyrope can dissolve in air rather than sunlight. Stones are left in bright sunlight usually from 3 hours to all day but strong sunlight may take as little a 30 minutes or even less .
Bury your crystals in Earth for a few days to give them a rest and clear them Stones that you feel carry extremely negative energy can be buried in earth for an entire moon cycle. or longer. Some rocks and minerals such as hematite and other iron rich stones can rust or fall apart in the earth. You will need a sure way to mark the location of buried stones to make sure you can find them again if you intend to do so. Animals have been known to dig them up and carry them off.
flowers, feathers and sand
Gentler and slower methods include immersing the stones in rose petals or lavender petals or sage, thyme or Rosemary leaves or in feathers or charged sand. Putting the stone on a sacred altar or in a place with healing energies
will also work over time.
There are angels and Deva and other spiritual beings who can and will clear crystals when you ask them learning to connect with your high self and Companion Angel will help you learn to work with the " stone people " in a
Essential oil mists and flower essences will also work as will the aura cleansing mists that can be bought or made .just a drop or two in an atomizer misted softly over your water safe stones, Sandalwood, citrus, Ylang Ylang, lavender,
Cedar are among the oils that have been used.
Pyramids and other geometric boxes
Some people clear crystals by putting them in pyramid shaped boxes There also boxes and copper wire objects designed in some other geometric shapes which are said to be great for crystal clearing and charging Tetrahedron and stellated-Octahedron and the like but other than a few brief encounters at various expos I don't have a lot of experience in the physical with sacred geometry .
Silk, cotton, linen, deerskin and wool felt
Some people keep crystals in silk which they say keeps them cleared. Some of my crystals have not wanted to be kept wrapped up so I have not done this much myself. Quite a few people always carry their crystals wrapped in silk which certainly might help keep them from chipping. I have also met those who wrap the stones in cotton or in linen for clearing and protecting .Some people feel very militant about this. I've also heard from the deerskin and wool felt people. All I can say for certain is that so far no one has specified synthetic fiber. This can be useful when you are transporting crystals as a protection from damage.
DRY SALT AND VINEGAR SOAKS ( not recommended )
Leaving the crystals in dry sea salt overnight or longer is a somewhat heavy duty clearing method.
Soaking the crystals in a solution of 1 quart of warm water with one tablespoon of sea salt and a quarter cup of apple cider
vinegar for 20 minutes to half an hour is a quick clear technique that is not too drastic and seems quite thorough .. A similar solution with distilled vinegar actually seemed to work well with just a quick dip in the water .Use a glass or lead crystal bowl for these immersion methods and before putting the crystals in place your hands on the side of the bowl and intend that it be empowered to cleanse your crystals.
Salt can be harsh and many stones are water soluble or otherwise potentially harmed by water. some of these include Halite (salt), Sylvite, Desert Rose Selenite, all Selenite, gypsum angelite , Azurite ,Talc.
Calcite may dissolve in water as may Alabaster ,Sulfur dissolves in salt water. I have been told that any stone that has a name ending in ite can possibly be damaged by water though I am not sure of that..
I have one stone that fizzes and leaches a white mineral if you touch it with vinegar .
RUNNING WATER ( not recommended for clearing, though with the agreement of the crystal this may be part of some rituals and prayer forms.)
Running water works well for clearing stones that are not harmed by water. A spring or stream or the ocean waves is best though you must be careful not to lose your stones to the ocean or river. Holding crystals under the tap
will do in an emergency (?). Some stones like to be outside out during rainstorms too. Many people also bathe with their waterproof crystals which not only clears and charges the stones it is very refreshing and healing for the bather as well.
salt water, fire and Ice not recommended
Probably the most commonly used clearing method is soaking them in salt water this is not really recommended for general use any more because it is rather drastic and can harm many kinds of crystals both physically and energetically. You can save that for really heavy duty cases and absolutely impermeable stones. The Proportion I was taught is a half cup of sea salt to one quart of pure water soaking times vary from three minutes to overnight.
Placing stones in fire may damage or destroy many crystals and is not recommended. Some people pass the stones over the fire in the smoke this is certainly preferable to leaving them in a fire over night.
Putting stones outside in the winter or in the freezer has been suggested but there is a real possibility of having the stones crack or even shatter So that is also among my not recommend methods.
That covers a rather wide range of ways that are used to clear stones. This article is about traditional methods of crystal work but for the most part clearing crystals is about you and your process of connection and awareness to the crystal energies and spirits. Crystal clearCharging Crystals
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