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How to Clear, Charge and Program Crystals

Updated: Apr 14, 2023

Crystals have healing properties that have been utilized for centuries. You may be experienced with crystals or you may be new to the world of crystals, either way it is vital that you understand how to clear, charge and program your crystals when working with them. Here's how:

How to Clear/Cleanse Crystals - Before working with a crystal, the negative energies it likely picked up along its way to you must be cleansed from it. However, it is also important to cleanse your crystals regularly due to their natural ability to absorb energy, in addition to radiating it. Some practices that help you clear unwanted energies from crystals include:

  • Completely cover with smoke from smudging sacred herbs

  • Bathe in water (preferably moving water)

  • Submerge in salt

  • Place with cleansing crystals (Carnelian, Selenite or Clear Quartz)

  • Move through candlelight

  • Meditating with the intention of cleansing the crystal

  • Visualizing light surrounding the crystal to purify it

  • Sound baths also help knock loose any negative energies from crystals

All cleansing methods being equal, choose the one that feels best for you and your crystals. Please note that water soluble crystals should not be placed in water for cleansing and all salt should be dusted from crystal crevices following a salt cleansing.

How to Charge Crystals - Once your crystal has been cleared of negative energies, it’s the perfect time to fill them with positive energy by charging them. Here are a few charging practices for you to consider for your crystals:

  • Place in sunlight to charge with masculine energy. Sunlight can cause discoloration in some crystals, so be mindful of the crystals you place in the sun. Please be cautious with crystals that can focus sun rays, as they can start fires at any point during the day as the sun moves through the sky.

  • Place in moonlight for feminine energy and a gentle charge. It is believed you can do this 2-3 days leading up to a full moon and 2-3 days following it.

  • Place on selenite bar, plate or bowl

  • Meditate with your crystal setting the intention of charging it

  • Visualize your universal or divine energy charging your crystal

  • Bury in the ground to charge with earth energy, where it originated

  • Crystals can also be charged with Reiki

How to Program Crystals - 
Once your crystals are cleared and charged, it’s time to program them with your intentions.

  1. Hold the crystal in your hand and focus on the specific intention you want to set.

  2. Visualize the energy of your intention flowing into the crystal and say a positive affirmation out loud.

  3. Repeat this process until you feel the crystal is fully programmed.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your crystals are properly cleansed, charged, and programmed for the most optimal experience with your crystals.

Please note that each crystal's fragility must be taken into consideration when choosing cleansing and charging methods.

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