Crystals hold a considerable amount of data indefinitely. A crystal’s vibrational storage bin can be programmed or formatted by the intentions of others, consciously or unconsciously, creating a resonance that may not be conducive (might even oppose) to your purpose for that crystal. Fortunately, crystals can be cleansed or relieved of toxic energy by exposing the crystals to a variety of appropriate cleansing methods. Occasionally cleansing the crystals you use daily can help your crystals retain their integrity as well. It is best not to let other people ever touch your crystals. A cleansed crystal reformatted to a new owner/user, can amplify the new owner’s thoughts and visualizations more accurately.
The elemental makeups of the crystal you wish to cleanse should be considered first when cleansing a crystal. Every crystal has resonance with one or more of Earth’s five elemental energetic vibrations:
Cleansing your crystals using the crystal’s Earth element connection is a good way to start cleaning your crystals. For example, an air element stone, such as blue lace agate or purple fluorite, would do well to be cleansed using the scent of burning incense or sage smudging. Pass a “fire” crystal, such as cinnabar or sunstone, through a candle flame or expose the crystal to the Sun. It is best to limit Sun exposure when Sun cleansing a crystal. Avoid excessive Sun exposure to no more than four hours when cleaning any crystal. Beware that the two months after the spring equinox (March 21-May 20) are when the Sun’s energies are at their peak. Bury a crystal with an Earth element archetype, such as any jasper or black spinel for example, in the ground for three days. A water element crystal cleanses well in pure water. Cleanse metal element crystals, such as pyrite, yellow apatite or green tourmaline under the Moon during one of the four Moon phases you would like to format your crystal with:
Leave the cleansing crystal where it will be under the Moon for the night for at least three days.
Other methods of crystal cleansing are:
Once your crystal is clean it is best to reformat your cleansed crystal towards your intention as soon as possible after the cleansing process is complete. Set an intention by first using your imagination to see any negativity being released out of the crystal. Using the following affirmation or create one of your own affirmations to begin your intention setting process:
“This crystal is filled with pure light and ready to receive my clear intentions.”