Crystal Cleansing, Charging and Programming
Crystal, oh how amazing they are! They are valuable tools for balancing our physical, spiritual and emotional bodies. They aren't just a pretty thing, to be placed on a shelf never to be touched (although this is also fine!) they want to be USED, to be given a purpose. To be connected to us through physical and energetic vibrations, this is how they bond to us and attune their frequency to ours.
In this article I'm going to cover a few basic ways you can cleanse, charge and program your crystals to suit your needs, and really take advantage of their potential to heal. You don't need to have any experience with energy work to use these, and you can get as detailed or as simple as you prefer, there really is no right or wrong. The following is for you to extract what resonates most with your practice.
Cleansing your Crystal
When you first get a crystal, it is important to clean it of any unwanted imprints from people who may have touched it before you. Crystals are like sponges, they absorb and reflect energy, so if someone picked up your stone who was maybe upset or angry, their 'energetic residue' can be imprinted onto your crystal and transmitted to you.
The most effective (deep clean) way I have found to thoroughly cleanse your crystal especially if you are not sure where is came from, or was in contact with some form of heavy energy, is to place it in a brown paper bag with some Sea Salt and fresh (dried will work as well) Rosemary. Close the bag and place it somewhere quiet for a minimum of 24 hours, or longer as needed. Discard the salt and rosemary by placing in the compost, dispose of it immediately. This method should only be used with non-porous crystals.
Cleansing and charging your crystal with the Elements.
These methods are excellent if you wish to cleanse and charge your crystal with elemental energies, and attune your crystal to a specific element for spiritual or healing purposes.