Moonlight: Place your crystals outside in a bowl of water totally exposed under a full moon, the water will wash them clean and the moon will charge them. It can also help to do an invocation to the Archangels when you place them outdoors, try the following: "I ask now that these crystals be surrounded by a divine white light. I ask that any and all negativity or density be cleansed and released into the light of the divine with assistance from Archangel Michael and Archangel Uriel. I ask that the full power of these healing stones be restored and that their full light and healing energy is empowered to shine through. I ask this according to divine will for the highest and greatest good. And so it is".
Smudging: This was the preferred method of the Native American Indians to remove negativity. You can do this by simply lighting some incense and holding the crystal above it or by using a smudge wand or feather to waft the smoke over your crystals, this also works well in removing the negativity in your immediate environment. You can say a prayer while you practice this, for added benefit try the following: "Negativity that invades my sacred space. I banish you away with the light of my grace. You have no hold or power here. For I stand and face you with no fear. Be gone forever, for this I will say. This is my sacred space and you will obey".
Water: Holding your crystals under running water is a quick and simple way of cleansing them. For maximum benefit find a natural water source like a stream and immerse them in it for a few minutes.
Salt: You can cleanse crystals by placing them in a container of salt for a few hours and then take them out and wash them clean with water, this is best used for hard crystals.
Earthing: As crystals come from the ground in the first place another technique that can be used is to bury them in the ground for around a minimum of 24hours, then give them a good wash once you've removed them from the dirt. This process works really well and is a lovely way to take them back to their natural home and amplify the grounding and renewing energies of the earth.
Fire: You can very gently and quickly pass them through the flame of a candlelight to burn away any bad energy.
Sound: Use some high vibrational sound to purify your crystals, you can try playing them meditation music from you tube, use a singing bowl or even some drumming next to them as a cleansing sound bath.
Finally once you've got your gems all cleaned up it's good to program them with a new intention before their next use. You can choose a particular intention for different purposes but one that's good all round for positivity is the following:
~Take a few deep breaths and clear your mind of all thoughts, hold your crystals and repeat the mantra: "May the positive energy of the universe surround me, flow through me, bring peace to my mind, love to my heart and calm my spirit".
I hope these tips are useful to you and your crystals.
Next weeks post will be all about Friday the 13th and Full Moon rituals!