The Cleansing Charging and Activation of Crystals
To cleanse a crystal is to strip away static and accumulated charge that the stone has picked up while in use. Because of the different virtues of each stone type, some will need more attention than others. For example citrine very rarely needs cleansing because of it's particularly extroverted energy flow. Malachite however is very receptive to energy absorption (in fact this is how it works, by drawing into it's self the energy around it) and it is recommended to cleans Malachite regularly.
When to cleans?
You will often know by it's feel or emotive response. Train your intuitive sense to feel for a mis-emotion, turbulence or dullness in the stone. It may look cloudy or dull in color, waxy, sometimes even ugly. If the stone is being used for healing, cleansing should be considered following each session. Personal stones that are worn often and intentionally for empowerment purposes will also require a regular routine. If you expect to get optimum results form crystalline techniques you will be using, keep them running clear and strong. There are lots of ways to cleans, I suggest you choose at the time the most appropriate for each occasion. You will find what works for you, you will also come up with a few of your own ways too.
BY EARTH. To bury a stone is to take it home. The symbolism it implies is perfect for the deep cleansing that this means gives. Dig a hole well into the earth (in a safe spot) . Place the stones point upward, then cover it over. Water the hole well, then fill it with soil completely. This will ensure good earthly contact. It should rest there for at least 10 days.
WITH WATER. If you have a stream (any clear running water) near by, place your crystal in a cloth pouch and tie it securely in the waters flow. Even 10 min's is helpful but 24 hr's is far better. An hour in a glass under a dripping tap, under a fall of water on a rainy day, or even a rock pool at the beach. Any source of clean water fresh or salty will do. I have tropical fish so, my tank is always a safe home for many a stone.
A CLUSTER OR GEODE of clear quartz or amethyst is the go for jewelry and other delicate pieces. When you are not actually using a crystal, assign it's home on the cluster. I recommend a cluster as big as your budget can possibly muster or at least one the size of a saucer. The cluster itself will require attention from time to time so keep a thought for it to.
BY SMUDGING. The use of smoke to cleanse crystals is a tradition of the American Indian shaman. Smoke permeates the etheric and is able to 'dissolve' ambient charge in an environment. It is a particularly useful means of cleansing (both crystal and ones-self) when incorporated within a sacred routine or ritual.
USING SEA SALT. Fresh plain sea salt will draw charge like a poultice from the crystal. You need enough salt to bury the crystal wholly within a jar. A few drops of water to get good contact then leave it be for at least 3 days. It's quite a wasteful means as the salt can be used but once for this.
USE INTENTION AND YOUR OWN CHI ENERGY. This means is by far the most direct and instant solution. Providing you have developed your sense for managing personal energy, it is quick and very effective. It is a combination of certainty of intention, (a focused mind with a clear crystal in sight) directed breathing (slow and long to build power then command a blow like a freak gust of wind) and a pulse of energy pressed, all elements at one time.
Crystals accumulate, hold steady and emit energy charges. Generally speaking, the larger a crystals physical mass, the greater it's clarity, fewer internal or surface fractures it has, the larger it's overall energy capacity will be. Exceptions to this would include crystals that have been worked with extensively by an experienced individual, those crystals which have been 'en-lightened' by spiritual intervention and those that are members of matched sets of gridwork crystals. A crystals given charge is the feel you get from it as it radiates. As you will see, the different 'moods' and dynamics that can be used are as perfect and quiet as a rose flower or as mighty and as loud as a storm. A soul mate to quartz, the pyramid. They are coupled by geometric relationships at the twilight of physical time. These two do complement each other with perfection. Place your crystal at the center for charging of the stone and greater activation of the pyramid. A quality geode of amethyst cut in 2 provides a wonderful recluse for well used crystals. Large amethyst clusters and geodes are excellent for both cleansing and charging purposes. I recommend to healers this means. It can handle a constant demand providing the cluster is it's self cared for. For those of you who use crystal circles, you will have experienced the very magnified fields they create. Using the center of a quartz crystal gridwork as a charge area will give an intense quartz charge. Lots more on gridwork will be coming up, they are way stronger than wands any day.
Activation is distinctly different to charging. Charging is the renewal of energy stored within the stone. Activation is the expansion of the crystals overall capacity and energy spectrum range. It's like a turbo charger added to an engine, an 'active' crystal is functioning at expanded levels of performance. As crystalline technology unfolds, the means to stimulate increasingly higher functions of purpose will be realized, but for the present there are known means to catalyze activation. Exposure to very high or low temperatures. This must be done under well controlled conditions. Gradually is the key to avoid thermal shock, and a fractured crystal. Extreme weather conditions such as lightening storms, and blizzards will catalyze a stone. Placing a crystal in the focal zones of strong electromagnetic devices such as Tesla coils, plasma spheres or electrostatic generators will excite the crystal into greater activity. Laser light and magnetics are also known to amplify the responses from crystals. The most potentially effective means at this time is to set the chosen crystal at the centre of a 12 point gridwork. Place a capstoned pyramid over the centre to complete the array. Each day for 7, spend time focussing on the activation concept with the crystal. Defiantly invite the greater consciousness to participate in the process. By thy truest will, greatness may dwell here.