Crystals, gems and other minerals are wonderful tools for
transformation. They are "solid friends" and objects of beauty that can
help us along the way to our goal. We must remember that crystals, gems and minerals
are solidified reflection of all that which is always available within ourselves
and that love is the only goal. Lets keep everything in proper perspective, not
giving our power away, while enjoying all the gifts that nature has provided for
us. Love is all that matters. Love one another.
CLEANING GEMSTONES & CRYSTALS
Sometimes a stone or crystal you are strongly drawn to doesn't feel good, or a stone
that felt good previously doesn'tšt feel good now. The stone or crystal may need
to be cleared. Clearing is necessary before using any stone for healing. The clearer
the energy of a healing stone, the more powerful it is. Crystals and healing gemstones
need to be cleared as soon as they are purchased as well as clearing after every
healing. A cleared, ready crystal feels positive and bright, tingly and cold to
the touch. A crystal that needs clearing may feel hot, heavy or drained. There are
a number of ways to effectively clear crystals and gemstones.
Sea salt is the most traditional purifying agent in psychic work and healing. It
dispels any sort of dis-ease and negativity, and is a physical and psychic disinfectant.
I feel it is the most accepted and probably the most powerful method of clearing
crystals and stones. I highly recommend it for the initial cleansing of a new healing
stone and for any time a stone is overloaded with negative energy. Salt can be mixed
with water or used dry. To use salt water, mix a tablespoon of sea salt in a glass
or ceramic cup of cold water. Do not use plastic or metal containers. Place the
stones in the solution and allow to soak overnight. To use dry salt, place the sea
salt in a glass or non-plastic container and bury the crystals with the points facing
downward into the salt. Again, leave overnight. Sometimes a stone may take longer
to clear, especially if it has been used in a deep, intense healing. If this is
the case, leave another day or two in the sea salt. When clearing gemstone necklaces
it is best to use the dry sea salt method. Be sure to use sea salt only, table salt
contains aluminium and other chemicals. For those who live by the ocean, salt water
can be brought from the beach in a jar, or gently wash them directly in the ocean.
Moonlight is another way of clearing your gemstones. Simply place outside from the
Full to the New Moon. Waning Moons are good times to clear crystals, to dispel old
energies, but any time works. The amount of time used varies with the sensitivity
of the healer and the amount of material from which the stone needs cleansing. Try
hanging your gemstone necklaces in a tree where the moonlight can cleanse them.
(I personally do not recommend ever placing your crystals and gemstones in the sunlight,
many stones tend to fade their colours in the sun. Also internal fractures may cause
your stone to crack or break if placed in the sun.)
OTHER METHODS THAT WORK WELL
Burying your crystal in a cupful of dried herbs will also clear it. Suggested herbs
for this are rose petals, sage, frankincense, myrrh, and sandalwood. You can usually
find these at low cost at many co-ops or herb stores. This is a gentle way to clear
crystals, and a pleasant way, but it does take longer than sea salt.
Crystals may also be buried into the Earth. This is especially helpful when you
feel deep cleansing is needed. Outdoors, simply dig a hole the size of your crystal
into the Earth, place your crystal again point down, and cover with soil. The amount
of time needed is personal choice. Be sure to place a Popsicle stick or some other
marker to insure you fine your stone again!!! For apartment dwellers, use a flower
pot to bury your stone in.
A quick way to cleanse your healing stones is to smudge them with burning cedar
or sage. Smudging is an excellent way to make sure your stones are purified. Simply
hold the burning sage or cedar stick while passing your stone through the smoke.
I usually do this a couple times to ensure cleansing. I also like to cleanse my
stones by smudging after every healing.
Finally, if you are in a hurry and feel that your crystal needs to be cleared, you
can easily run them under cool tap water. Make sure the points are facing down the
drain to run the negative energy right down the sink!!! NEVER USE WARM OR HOT WATER,
THIS WILL FRACTURE OR BREAK YOUR CRYSTALS. Visualise the crystal as sparkly, tingly,
cold, and belonging to the healer.