Cleansing Your Crystals
Crystals absorb energy. Although they have energy of their own, they also can pick up and hold other energies they come in contact with—both positive and negative. Anyone who holds a crystal and is having bad feelings, or negative emotions, may imprint those emotions into the stone. Negative emotions cause a reduction in the human energy field.
It is vitally important to cleanse your crystals prior to use, and especially when you first purchase them. Clearing is the process of changing negative emotions to positive emotions. Cleansing is a process of reducing the negative emotional energy level of the crystal to the point where the emotional energy can no longer affect you. There are many ways to clear and cleanse your crystal. Some use visualization imagining golden white light pouring through the crystal and cleansing it of all negative energies. Others use smudging with the smoke of burning sage, and passing the crystal through the smoke to cleanse it. Some use the power of prayer, sound, or energy healing such as Reiki.
Another popular method is to expose the crystal to the light of the full moon and also to sunlight. (Be careful when leaving your crystal in the hot Queensland sun as it has been known to shatter some crystals which have a flaw running through them). It is also popular to place smaller crystals on larger clusters, particularly on an amethyst cluster.
BUT please be aware that you then need to cleanse your amethyst cluster from time to time. (It is a fallacy that amethyst does not require cleansing). Healing crystals can become dirty or sticky with body oils and need to be cleaned under running water. This method should not be used with water soluble crystals.
Another common method is to use salt, however this method is not recommended! Rubbing salt into a crystal, or placing it in salt water has been found to remove all the energy stored in the crystal, both good and bad. It then requires a lot of time to replace the good energy. It does not matter if the salt used is Celtic Sea Salt or salt derived from seawater. No matter what the salt, it is still salt. If you use salt to cleanse your crystal you will then have to re-energize it. There are a lot of ways to do this, but why have to do so when the Light Invocation prayer will clear and cleanse your crystal without draining the stone.
Hold your crystal between your two hands and repeat the Light Invocation three times. “I invoke the Light of God within. I am a clear and perfect channel. Light is my Guide”. The Light Invocation will leave all the energy in the stone. It simply changes those emotions from imbalanced to balanced, from negative to positive, cleansing and charging your crystal. The invocation not only clears negative emotions from the crystal, it causes an increase in the energy found within it. This is done by putting in enough positive energy to neutralize the negative and leave a positive charge. No salt or salt water. Just a prayer! The energy clearing power of the Light Invocation should not be underestimated.