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How to Cleanse, Dedicate, and Charge Your Healing Crystals

Updated on February 16, 2017

The Amethyst is One of the Most Powerful Healing Crystals

An Introduction to Healing Crystals

Many people are intrigued by the healing powers of cystals and gemstones, but they don't know where to start.

This is an introduction to healing crystals, how to use them and how to care for them.

In this piece, I will cover what crystals are best for beginners, as well as how to clean your crystals, clear your crystals, dedicate and program your crystals, and energize your crystals.

It should be noted that this process is not something you do once and never do again. Crystals are only as powerful as you allow them to be, and this is accomplished through regularly cleansing them, dedicating them, and energizing them.

This article will be part of a series revolving around the healing properties of crystals, what each crystal does, and how to get the most out of your crystals.

If after reading this piece you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask, and I will do my best to answer them for you!

The Clear Quartz Crystal is a Popular Healing Crystal

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How to Choose Your First Healing Crystal

There are so many healing crystals that it can be overwhelming for those with little to no experience with the powers crystals possess. From turquoise to smoky quartz, each crystal has different healing properties, and needs to be cared for in a unique way.

If you are just starting out with healing crystals, there are some crystals that are better choices than others. These crystals include the clear quartz, the amethyst, the smokey quartz, the rose quartz, citrine, black tourmaline and the green aventurine.

When choosing a crystal, it is crucial to trust your intuition and follow your gut. Choose a crystal because you are drawn to it's energy, not because it looks pretty or because it is less expensive.

Some people feel an immediate connection with crystals through their physical and emotional reactions, while others notice the changes but do not necessarily feel the energy of the crystal. This is not abnormal when dealing with such powerful properties.

Remember that there is no right combination of crystals for any specific person. Each and every one of us is in a different place on our spiritual journey, and because of this, we will each feel a different and unique energy from certain crystals and gemstones.

Have fun experimenting with different types of stones and gems until you find the particular combination that suits you best. When browsing for crystals, hold each one in your hand, one at a time, and try to sense the energy that is being emitted from the crystal. If you don't feel anything, put that crystal down and try a new one.

Cleaning, Clearing and Energizing Your Crystals is Essential to Benefit from the Crystal's Healing Properties

How to Clean Your Crystals

Cleaning your crystals is very important. This is a process of cleansing the crystal from negative energy that may be trapped within it. There are many ways to approach the cleansing process, some are much more in-depth than others.

Cleansing Your Crystals with a Salt Bath

One of the most common ways to cleanse your crystals, and the simplest way for beginners, is to use a warm salt bath.

Fill a sink with lukewarm water and one or two tablespoons of sea salt. Place your crystals in the saltwater bath and let them soak. The salt will pull out any energy from the crystal that should not be there.

Note: Some crystals do not react well to sea salt, and will rust over time due to the fragile nature of the crystals. These crystals include hematite and lodestone. Other crystals, like selenite, turquoise, calcite, lepidolite, mica, pyrite and malachite may dissolve in salt water, so use an alternate method of cleaning for these particular crystals.

Cleansing Your Crystals with Selenite

An alternative to a saltwater bath for cleaning your crystals is using selenite. Selenite is a cleansing mineral that is very soft, but also very powerful.

To cleanse your crystals with a chunk of selenite, place the crystals on the selenite and leave them there overnight. The selenite will draw out any unwanted energy from your crystals so that they can be programmed and energized.

It can also be helpful to store your crystals with selenite permanently, as this will prevent them from absorbing any negative energy in the future. A good substitute for selenite if you cannot find it is carnelian.

Caring for Your Crystals Involves Clearing, Dedicating and Energizing Each Crystal

Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz and Green Aventurine are Good Crystals for Beginners

Dedicating and/or Programming Your Crystals

The power that crystals hold is a spiritual one, and because of this, crystals must be dedicated, or programmed, by the person who owns them. This step is a very personal and intimate step, but is necessary if you want your crystals to remain pure.

A clear, but undedicated or un-programmed crystal is like an empty space, waiting to be filled. Unprogrammed crystals are at risk of becoming filled with energies that you don't want around, and will need to be cleaned constantly because of this.

To begin dedicating your crystals, you will need a sentence or two that you will use as your dedication mantra. An example of a dedication mantra is "I dedicate these crystals to be used only for good and never for evil. I pour the positive energy inside myself into my crystal so that I can bless others with the powers this crystal holds."

Once you have your dedication you can start the process. Place one crystal in your hand at a time, and hold the crystal tight. Picture a pure, white light surrounding the crystal. Say your dedication outloud five times in a row.

Congratulations! You have now cleansed your crystals and dedicated them!

After Cleansing and Dedicating Your Crystals, You Must Energize Them

How to Charge and/or Energize Your Crystals

The last step in preparing your crystals is charging, or energizing them. This is an important step that helps the crystals absorb natural, positive energy.

In order to properly energize your crystals, they must be cleansed and dedicated first. After those steps, you can charge or energize your crystals by placing them either outside or on a windowsill during a clear night.

The key is to make sure that the crystals are exposed to ample amounts of moonlight. The energy from the moon will help charge the crystals.

If you happen to be unable to leave your crystals exposed to the light of the moon, you can also charge them through reiki, a form of holistic healing.

Some people say that placing the crystals in front of speakers while playing meditative music also works to energize them.

© 2014 Kathleen Odenthal Romano

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      I love the idea of crystals, and when I found out that they cause the environment where they occur naturally to flourish I was like WOW! this isn't just a bunch of hogwash!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I have a friend who used to have a crystal shop. I don't know if she still practices using crystals or not, but at one time they were a huge part of her life.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      It can be hard to trust those who sell healing crystals. That is why it is important to trust your intuition, both when it comes to the seller as well as the crystal.

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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      There's a part in Masnila, Philippines where they sell a lot of these crystals. I'm not pretty sure if there are the real deal though.