Cleansing & Recharging Crystals
The purpose of programming a stone is to focus its energy on something you specifically want or need, thereby magnifying its intent through your own. Once a stone has been programmed, it will continually emit that intention until it is cleared or reprogrammed. Stones can be programmed for many purposes like healing, protection, spiritual guidance, manifesting more love or prosperity, or to just improve your environment.
Before recharging, the selected stone must be purified of any outside energies. There are various ways to do so:
- Incense: Smudging with sweet grass, sage, or cedar incense. Pass the stone several times through the wafting smoke and then place your crystals to be charged in a bowl of tumbled hematite or clear quartz crystal for 24 hours.
- Sea Salt: Add one teaspoon of sea salt in a glass bowl in cool to lukewarm water. The crystals should be submersed completely in the water for 24 hours. This is a wonderful way to rejuvenate the power of your crystals washing away negative energy and recharges it with positive healing energy. Stones unable to be cleansed in sea salt water include Alabaster, Calcite, Carnelian, Hematite, Labradorite, Lepidolite, Moldivate, Opal, Turquoise, and Ulexite.
- Dirt: Bury your stones in the earth or a pot of dirt for 24 hours.
- Chime: Place your stone in or around a singing bowl and the melody of the chime will clear away negative energy.
To program a stone you first need to formulate your intention. It is important that it is well thought out and properly focused. Sit quietly and focus your mind on your intention. Hold the stone and gaze at it. Sense its energy, letting your own become attuned to it. Once you feel in harmony with the stone, clearly and firmly state your intention aloud. You may wish to repeat it several times to anchor it into the stone. You will intuitively feel when the programming is complete. Another great way to recharge by the light of the Full Moon. Charge and energize your crystals by placing them under moon light.
How to use your Intention Stone Once a stone has been programmed, it’s best to meditate or pray with it, asking its energies to be transferred to you. It can also be worn, carried with you, or placed by your bedside. Stones can corrupt or exchange their programs when coming into physical contact with one another. To prevent this, protect your stone by wrapping it in white cloth made of natural fibers, such as silk or cotton, when not in use. Cleanse and re-program your stones when you feel necessary to do so.