We all know that crystals hold immense power, and act as vehicles for one’s spiritual journey. However, what few realise is that crystals, much like any other resource, can become depleted with time, and must be reinvigorated and re-energised regularly.
Each crystal, whether a raw stone or a part of your crystal jewellery, is structured in its own, unique way. Some o crystals do not damage easily and some are extremely fragile. Therefore, the methods of caring for your crystals will often vary from stone to stone.
How to Care for Your Crystals
There are several methods to caring for our crystals. As a general rule, your crystals must be stored safely, far away from the influence of the elements. Some wrap their crystals in cotton or velvet, but any cloth will do.
Most people who regularly meditate with their crystals tend to intuitively know when their crystals need some TLC, but there is no right or wrong time to re-energise your crystals and prayer beads. Here are some rituals and tools you can use to care for your crystals:
One of the simplest ways to clear and re-energise your crystals is to hold them under running water. Water neutralises the negative energies that your crystal absorbs over time. Use this method only for hard, non-porous stones.
Rock salt or sea salt is an effective cleansing agent. It absorbs all the negative energies of your crystals. Put your stone in a dish and then cover it with rock or sea salt. Leave it for a day or two, and then remove it, and clean it before use in your meditation. Use this method only for hard crystals like quartz and amethyst
Some crystals can be energised simply with a little sunlight, no matter what time of day. Leave your crystal in direct sunlight for a full day, and it will be ready for use by evening! A word of caution: Some crystals like the vibrant amethyst may fade if left in sunlight for a long time. This method is popularly used for tumbled crystals
Popular amongst Native Americans, the smudging technique involves cleansing a space with burning sage leaves. Said to clear all inharmonious vibrations and restore positive energies, smudge your crystals by lighting the sage and allowing your crystals to sit in the smoke. Do keep your windows open if you are smudging indoors.
Lunar recharging is one of the most potent methods of energising your crystals and setting intentions. Full moons and new moons are especially potent, so be sure to track the lunar cycle to take advantage of these sacred needs. Place your crystal on your windowsill at night, and allow the moonlight to draw off any impurities. You retrieve the crystal the next morning to use it for meditation.
Tuning and Programming of Crystals.
Programming your crystals with the right intentions can go a long way toward getting the desired result from your meditation. Every crystal has subtle electromagnetic vibration, and with the right intentions, can be used to enhance your spiritual journey.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to programming your crystals:
- Choose the right crystal for your intention.
- Stand in the natural light if possible.
- Be clear in your purpose and intention.
- Hold the crystal in your hand.
- Feel for subtle vibrations, and harmonise your breathing with its ebb and flow.
- Repeat your affirmation to yourself. For example, ‘I dedicate this crystal to bring happiness in my life and clear all obstacles.’
- Your crystal is now reprogrammed for your meditation.
Clear quartz, rose quartz, amethyst, smoky quartz and black tourmaline are some of the most effective crystals to meditate with, so be sure to choose a crystal best suited to your needs.
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