Crystals: you’re pretty sure you love them, but not so certain you know much about them. Join us for a series with our friends at Happy Soul Toronto to learn the basics of these complex stones. In Part Three of our Crystals 101 series, we’re talking about a key element in crystal ownership: programming and clearing your crystals. You can find Part I here and Part II here.
So I Bought a Crystal, Now What:
If you’ve purchased yours at Happy Soul, the great news is they’re going to be clearing your crystals for you with a singing bowl or Tibetan chimes. When you get home, your first order of business is to program your new piece.
Programming Your Crystals:
“Programming your crystals is basically just putting intentions into your crystal and being mindful of what you’re going to use your crystal for,” explains our crystal guide, Joey Wargachuk. “You have to clear your mind and set your intention because if you’re in a bad mood or you have this negative energy it’s going to pick up on it. Either the crystal is going to absorb it and deal with it for you or it’s going to just break.
“If it’s a seeker crystal like clear quartz or citrine it’s going to send it out in to the universe and that negativity you’re trying to deal with is going to come at you like a freight train. That’s why we clear and charge our crystals.”
One of the ways Wargachuk suggested we program our crystals is to take a few moments to meditate, and then write down our intentions for that crystal on a piece of paper. Place the paper under the crystal as you program it with your intention.
Clearing Your Crystals:
There are plenty of ways to go about clearing your crystals but not all are created equal and not all methods work with every crystal. If you’ve purchased your stone at a place that does not clear the crystal for you, that’s the first thing you’ll want to do before using it; it’s important to clear any energy that’s been put into the crystal by someone who handled it before you.
Let’s break down a few of the most popular methods:
“Sunlight is great to charge and clear your crystals,” explains Wargachuk. But not every crystal can withstand sunlight. “If you love your nice dark purple amethyst, know that because it’s purple, it’s photo sensitive, and it will turn clear in maybe a couple of days of being placed in direct sunlight.”
This is likely the way you and most people you know who are clearing your crystals. Wait until the full moon is upon us and leave your crystals on the windowsill overnight.
Soaking in Spring Water:
While this is definitely one of the easier methods, it’s important to be mindful of which crystals you can put in water. There is an extensive list of crystals that react poorly to water (some dissolve, some get irreparably damaged) but let’s run through a few of the most popular crystals that you’ll want to treat like Mogwai:
- Lapis lazuli
- Black tourmaline
- Tiger Eye
Covering your crystals in sea salt is another easy and popular option. You’ll want to bury them for 24 hours. But keep in mind crystals can negatively react to salt as they do to water. To be safe, follow the same list of crystals to avoid as the one we provided for water.
Smudge with Sage/Palo Santo:
“Sage is the antibiotic of energy,” Wargachuk tells us. “It will clear up all of the negative energy, all of the positive energy, any kind of good entities like angels, fairies or portals to angel realms, or anything doing anything good for the room. It empties it all out.” For that reason, he doesn’t necessarily recommend using sage consistently, though it’s great for an occasional deep cleanse.
Palo Santo, however, is a great alternative. “Palo Santo translates to Holy Wood,” he tells us. “It comes from Peru and it raises the vibrations. It amps up the positive and good energies and doesn’t close any of the portals. If there’s any negativity that’s not supposed to be there, it just resolves it. So you’re not clearing out and starting from scratch.”
“If you’re into reiki or light work,” says Wargachuk, “you can use that and visualize loving light from the universe coming in and clearing your crystals. The crystals will respond to the intention.”
This one is Wargachuk’s go-to method and a surprisingly easy one at that. “You literally just light the candle and place the crystals around it,” he explains. “Because you’re using the element of fire, it’s super charging and clearing at the same time. I do 20 minutes of exposing my crystals to candle light every day.”
Bury in Sand, Soil, or Brown Rice:
If you don’t have access to a plot of land (and we don’t recommend using the local park unless you want to get some seriously strange looks), burying your crystals in a bowl of brown rice is another alternative way to clear them with something you likely already have at home.
The super cool thing about selenite, the chakra-clearing crystal, is that it can also clear your other crystals. Simply take your selenite log and place the crystals you want to clear on top of it. You can even leave them there (bonus: also makes a lovely way to display your stones!).
Tibetan Chimes / Singing Bowl:
“We expose the crystals to the Tibetan chimes every time someone buys a crystal here in the store,” explains Wargachuk. “You can use a singing bowl too but do not place your crystals inside the singing bowl because it changes the sonic harmonics of the singing bowl and therefore will not properly clear and charge your crystals. Place your crystals around the singing bowl in a grid or circular pattern.”
How Often Should We Clear Our Crystals?
Unless you are a healer working with crystals on a consistent basis, Wargachuk says cleaning them weekly should suffice. He adds, however, that sometimes you may just feel the energy needs to be changed or adjusted, in which case go ahead and clear them more often.
What to Do When Your Crystal Has Run its Course:
“If your crystal has done doing what it needs to do, it’s time to return it to the earth,” says Wargachuk. Similarly, if the crystal explodes or changes color, it should be returned to the earth out of respect for the stone.
While we were wondering where to find a patch of private earth in a condo-filled city, Wargachuk felt a bit more free to head to his local park for a crystal burial. “I go to the park and bury my crystals,” he told us, “and I had someone look at me like I was burying dead bodies.”
Featured image courtesy of Energy Muse