Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you're all having a beautiful start of the week.
I try to use the most natural water I can get my hands on. While in Canada I sat by a stream and rinsed my crystals in glacial run off, and in Mexico the stones and I had a little ceremony by the ocean. You can replicate this in your kitchen by using tap water and sea salt, or you can collect rain. Sometimes I cleanse them for just a few moments, other times I feel compelled to soak them for a few nights. There are no rules here, I just go with what feels right. The whole purpose of cleansing is to clear the crystal of any energy that isn't yours; if a crystal isn't cleansed- it holds the energy of every one that's its come into contact with.
A) Sunlight charges crystals rapidly, so if on your weekend you're blessed with a beautifully sunny day, bring your crystals out to sun bake for a few hours. A side note- be careful of brightly coloured stones, they'll fade with excessive exposure.
B) Charge by the moon: the moon works her magic much slower than the sun, but her results are magical. My feminine stones are vampires (they come out at night), whereas my masculine stones are day-walkers. You can find out what 'gender' your crystal is with a tiny bit of research.
C) Clusters are brilliant for energising your collection, as are high vibration stones like Selenite (thanks for that tip, Terri!).
|Crystal clusters like this help to energise other stones.|
Everything is energy. The crystal itself is energy, and energy is what it stores inside of it. So after cleansing and charging your crystal it's important to nurse them with your intention (which in itself is- yep, energy) so as to attune it to your vibration. Intention is powerful, especially the wrapped-in-love-and-hope-and-generosity type of intention. A generalised way to do this is to spend a little bit of quiet time with each and every stone (or perhaps you'd like to meditate over all of them at once) and devote them to the highest good, that is- not to manipulation or control or resentment, but instead to love, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, healing. You may like to personalise it depending on the stone. These are some examples of how I've programmed my crystals with my intentions (based on the metaphysical description of the stones and what I know of them so far):
This Rose Quartz is going to help heal my heart. It will show me how to love myself more, forgive others more freely, and attract more love into my life, from all directions.
This Tourmaline will humble me, keep me grounded and absorb any fearful energy from my ego. It will protect my spirit.
This Carnelian will help ignite the creative power within me. When I sit with this stone, I become inspired to write meaningful words and to dream big.
This Hermiker Diamond will connect me to the source. With this stone I learn to trust my intuition, communicate with other dimensions and develop my psychic abilities.
4. Spoil Your Crystals
I often like to pass my stones through wafting incense, meditate with them, sleep with them under my pillow and generally just admire their radical beauty. I like to spoil them by using them, because I wholeheartedly believe that they enjoy healing me. I was holding black tourmaline in this video with the intention that it would absorb my nervousness. I sleep with Rose Quartz close the bed if Glen and I have retired for the night in turmoil; every time I've done this, we've always woken up in each others arms. I've felt myself levitating while meditating with Hermiker Diamond on my third eye.
Sometimes I just hold them because I'm drawn to. Other times I'll be getting ready to make a dash out the door, when suddenly I find myself reaching for some amethyst and bloodstone and throwing them in my handbag. I have a good chuckle to myself when this happens, and I certainly don't fight it.
Now, I would absolutely love to hear about your experiences with crystals. What do you use them for? How do you program them? How do you shape your intention? And what shifts have you noticed in your life? If you're a total newbie to crystals, then I'd love to know whether you thought this post was useful.
Have a beautiful day!