To many civilisations throughout history, Clear Quartz has represented perfection and was highly revered for its roles in ritual, folklore and its magical properties. 

Today, we know that crystals have highly ordered atomic structures that offer great regularity to the flow of electro-magnetic energy. It is for this reason silicon chips are used as memory in computers, and why Clear Quartz (Silicon Dioxide crystals) are incorporated into watches providing accurate impulses, giving measurement of time. Most of the technology our modern world relies on, has its “intelligence” grounded in Silicon (Quartz). 

Not only are they useful in a scientific sense but their energy is still treasured today and used as a tool for our spirituality, energy work and access to higher information. We feel their resonance and they draw us in when we need them at a certain point in our life, for support, guidance and learning. 

However, crystals build up energy, which is sometimes reflected by them becoming cloudy or dull in colour and feel. By cleansing on a regular basis or simply when their energy starts to feel stagnant, we can revive their energy and bring them back for a clear, fresh start. 

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1) Cleansing Your Crystal

Many crystals, particularly any from the Quartz family (Clear Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Citrine, Amethyst etc) will absorb static and unwanted energies that inhibit their optimal functioning. You will know when they require cleaning as they will begin to simply feel “dirty”.  The surface can feel a little greasy, they lose their sparkle and generally begin to feel a little tired…less “lively”.  Some pieces, particularly clear Quartz, can begin to go a little cloudy, signalling that it’s time to clear your stone. Upon receipt of a new stone, it is also a great idea to invest some time and care to first cleanse the piece thoroughly, then Charge it…before embarking upon Activating it then Programming it with an Intention. Of course, simply using the Quartz directly from the shelf is not a problem, but the stone will feel very different if it is well prepared. Mostly, Clear Quartz is used to accept a Programmed Intention, but any of the Quartz family will also benefit to some extent from the following protocols. 

Certainly, cleansing and activating any crystal is useful, with Clear Quartz being by far the best choice to then accept a Programmed Intention. There are many ways to effectively clear and cleanse a stone. Beyond any physical technique, simply having a concrete intention to fully cleanse the crystal is imperative. 

Some people find that meditating with a new piece, and visualising white light or water flowing through the crystal is a great way to cleanse the piece fully and simply… 

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Other Crystal Cleansing Methods 

  1. Salt Cleanse:  It is difficult to go past this technique as the crystals emerge bright, sparkling and ready to get to work after a good salt cleanse. Very simply, purchase any salt (preferably rock salt but a large packet of cheap table salt works just fine) and “bury” your crystal in it.  Ideally a couple of centimetres of salt on all sides ensures a thorough cleanse. Simply leave it for at least 24 hours (or longer for a more thorough cleanse) and then give it a thorough rinse in flowing cold water.  Your crystal will love it!! The salt is then best not used again, simply give it back to the earth to neutralise the static it has absorbed. If the piece you are cleansing is set in silver, best not to pack it in salt but look to the other, less corrosive methods to cleanse and charge it.
  2. Earth cleanse:  Particularly useful for larger pieces, and for pieces that have been used intensively. An Earth cleanse is a great way to achieve a deeper, neutral state with your crystals. Simply dig a hole deep enough in the earth to house your crystal, and leave it for as long as you feel is necessary to thoroughly cleanse it. Generally, a day, a week, or a cycle of the moon is a useful length of time but consider perhaps a year, or a decade or longer to mark the passage of significant intervals of your life. Imagine digging up a magnificent quartz you and your new wife buried on the night before your wedding…on the night before your 20th anniversary!  Or leading your 21 year old son or daughter to a place where a crystal was placed on the day of their birth. If you are planning to bury a crystal to mark the arrival of a significant event, it would, however, be more advantageous to respect the rhythm of cleansing, charging and programming the piece before returning it to the Earth for a period such as this. Make certain, however, you clearly mark the location of your crystal. I have lost several much loved pieces by placing them in/on the Earth and not being able to find them again!!
  3. Flowing Water: Crystals love flowing water. By simply holding the termination downwards and having the intention of “flushing” the crystal, you will definitely feel a new freshness surrounding the piece. Leaving a crystal near (or perhaps in) a waterfall or the ocean, will definitely impregnate the crystal with the highly ionised nature of these environments. Waterfalls and waves are Nature’s negative ion generators and given Quartz crystal’s natural affinity for electro-magnetic energies, you are sure to cleanse and enliven both yourself and the crystal.
  4. Smudging: For millennia, smoke has been used to clear away unwanted energies and cleanse environments. Sage, mugwort, lavender and resin rich herbs such as frankincense and myrrh (as used by the Christian Church) have long traditions of use as cleansers and purifiers. Smudge sticks of Sage (from the Native American tradition), Moxa sticks (from Traditional Chinese Medicine), or the smoky twigs and leaves of a Eucalypt (as our Indigenous Australians used) are very useful.  Simply pass the piece through the column of smoke, or by gently wafting the smoke over your crystal a similar effect is created. Remember to hold the intention of what you are doing firmly in your mind. The smoke cleanses and also represents a blessing or offering to the natural forces these crystals represent.
  5. Toning: Certainly one of the easiest methods to use…Simply Singing any sound rich with your intention (Aum/Om etc) to cleanse and purify the crystal towards and through it will serve to restore its freshness. Crystal or brass singing bowls can also be used, with the crystals placed inside the bowls on a piece of fabric as they are played to affect a result. Great for day to day cleansing. Some crystal teachers also suggest that a “silent” tone can be used just as effectively to clear a crystal. Simply holding the point with the termination facing away from you and with the out-breath silently “tone” your intention through the piece with the intention to clear and cleanse it. Similarly, this technique can be used for an environment or gridwork that has been crystal enhanced. Address the whole space, take a long slow breath and tone (silently or audibly) to cleanse and refresh the space.

Now your piece is deeply cleansed…it is time to consider the best way to charge and activate it ready to receive its programming….

2) Charging and Activating Your Crystal

These techniques are best used with Clear Quartz as a means of preparing it to receive a Programmed Intention. However, many other Crystals can benefit from a similar protocol.  It is assumed you have used a Clearing/Cleansing Technique and now wish to enhance your crystal’s resonant capacities by activating and awakening its potential.

  1. Natural Energy Activation:  Any significant Natural Energy concentration will awaken Quartz. A Full Moon, a thunderstorm, a Clear Dawn’s first light and dew, a waterfall, the Ocean, even an open fire will serve to charge the crystal with energy. The larger the piece, the more energy required.    Placing a deeply cleansed crystal on a mountain top to receive the first rays of New Year’s Day is a sure fire way to prepare it to capture your New Year’s Resolutions with great intensity.
  2. Gridworks & Pyramids: Placing a crystal within a crystal grid-work, or within a pyramid for a day or more is a great way to activate and charge it. 
  3. Amethyst/Citrine Geodes or large cluster: Placing your crystal within or upon a cleansed Geode or Quartz Cluster activates and charges it with the energy of the large piece.

So now your Crystal is cleansed and Activated.  Ready now to accept your Program…

3) Programming Your Crystal

First, ensure your crystal has been recently Cleansed,  preferably Activated and ready to receive it’s instruction, or programming. Programming your crystal is the process of aligning the energies of the crystal with the intent you wish to use them for. For example, you can program your crystal to send healing to a specific person, for protection, love, insight or support around a particular issue etc… This process should be approached with care and a sense of reverence, ensuring the intent placed within your Quartz is clear, high & noble. It is a means by which you can focus your creative potential towards a specific reality, helping to manifest a heart-felt want. Ensure your “program” is clear and uncomplicated. Reduce it to a simple phrase of stated intention. See examples on right hand side. 

So now that your intention is clear, and you feel a sense of readiness, take the time to become settled, be still, and quietly lift your awareness to the highest, finest level you are able to comfortably sustain. Place the point of your crystal in your dominant hand with the termination facing away from you. Choose a facet on the termination and place your thumb upon it. Bring your consciousness to the interior of the crystal and develop a “felt sense” of what the interior matrix of the crystal feels like, some even hold the crystal to the third eye. When you have a sense of readiness, and wish to begin “programming”, gather your intention and allow it to flow brightly and strongly into your crystal. Repeat your phrased intention over and over until you feel a sense of “saturation” in the crystal.

Once the programming is complete (which can take anywhere from 10 seconds to an hour or 2), gently begin the process of disconnecting from the crystal or simply withdrawing your attention from within the crystal back to your surroundings. A program needs to be reinforced and repeated on occasion, especially if the Quartz you are using is large. Sometimes multiple efforts at cleansing, charging and programming are required to get the crystal resonating strongly to your chosen intention. As this is such an intuitive, meditative exercise, enjoy the process and base your completion on what feels right to you personally. 

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Programming Intention Examples:

For Fear/Anxiety: -“ My World is safe, bountiful and welcoming; providing me with guidance, nourishment and Love”. 

For Meaningful Relationships: -“All my Relationships are blessed with respect, love and Universal Light. Being with another allows me to see, experience and be received in this Loving Light.” 

For a New Project/Business -“This Project serves to bring Real Abundance at every level.  It serves only to fulfil, to nourish, to learn and to grow.” 

For Abundant Health -“Every cell in my body rings with the Harmony of Universal Love. Health flows through me and from me in all directions. I am the Living Connection between the energies of Heaven and Earth and at every moment have access to all the energy I need to be strong, bright and at Peace.”

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