Crystals pick up energy from their environments, often storing this energy for long periods of time which can have an impact on the next person who uses them. Crystals generally need to be cleansed and charged every month to every few months (or at the very least before introducing them to new energy). This gives them a good, clean start- like taking a deep breath for the next adventure! Using crystals that haven’t been cleansed and charged brings that old, stagnant energy into places it shouldn’t be- like your presence! It can result in useless, lackluster, or even broken stones. It’s not that the energy in the stones is good or bad, per se, it’s just a general backup of energy. Fortunately, cleansing, charging, and programming your crystals is easy and there are a lot of options to choose from. Knowing which route to go is pretty straightforward and you should always do what feels right. If you’re not sure, try a couple of different methods and see which one resonates with you.
*Side note: Stones purchased from Crystals & Creations are cleansed and charged before being shipped off to their new homes. However, this doesn’t ensure that they will arrive this way since many postal workers interact with the packages before they are delivered. It’s therefor not imperative that they be cleansed and charged immediately upon arrival but it is recommended before their first use.
Physically cleansing your crystals is different than energetically cleansing them. If your stones need to be physically cleansed, most can be wiped down with a cloth or even rinsed in water. Be sure to research your specific stones to ensure that they are able to withstand exposure to water as some do not have the hardness levels necessary not to begin breaking down in water. Selenite is a good example of a stone that should NOT be exposed to water. It is a 2 on the Moh's hardness scale and water will begin to break down its structure.
Energetic cleansing can be done in any of the following ways but this list is not all-inclusive. There are many many ways to cleanse your stones and if none of these feels right to you, research other ways or just follow your intuition and try something new.
Once your stones have been cleansed, they will be ready for charging and programming. Each stone has several metaphysical associations and can be used in a wide variety of ways so charging and programming your stones is a way to hone in on a specific healing property or goal. Additionally, when you plan to use multiple stones for a common goal (such as a grid), programming encourages them to work together toward a common goal. Similar to cleansing, charging and programming can be done in many different ways and the ‘best’ way will be the method that resonates the most with you. Here are some popular ways to charge and program your crystals: