Crystals should always be cleansed after purchasing, wearing, or using for any crystal healing. Cleansing will remove any other’s energy who may have handled the stone, allowing only your energy and the crystal’s energy to remain.
A Short History of Smudging & Cleansing:
Smudging is a Native American tradition of burning of sacred herbs to produce smoke used to cleanse and purify. Smudging is a ritual cleansing of the mind, body, and spirit. The smudge was and still is believed to disperse impurities, and lift away all negative thoughts and energies. Smudging is traditionally a ceremony for purifying or cleansing a person, object, or space. There are 4 Elements involved in a smudge: The container, or censer, traditionally a shell to represent the element of water.
Sacred plants, and herbs to represent the second element of Earth. Lighting of the sacred plants represents the third element of fire. The smoke produced from the fire represents air, the fourth element.
Mystics say the Native American practice of smudging, or purifying an object, space, or person clears out all negative energy. Science has proven that when burned, Sage releases negative ions, which research has linked to more positive moods and even has even been shown to kill bacteria. Smudging cleanses, rebalances, and opens fresh energy to flow all around us.
Palo Santo, very much like Sage, and related to frankincense, myrrh, and copal, is a sacred fragrance tree in South America meaning “Holy Wood.” This smoke is also believed to remove negative energies, relax the mind and body, and disinfect the air.
It is traditional to use a bird’s feather (usually an eagle feather) to brush the smoke over what is being smudged and cleansed. It is important to use the underside of the feather to wash the smoke over the object, space, or person being cleansed. It is the underside of the bird and the wings that face Mother Earth as it flies, and it is this surface of the feather that offers the blessing medicine of the bird.
The Abalone Shell is the traditional vessel used by the Indigenous American people to catch hot cinders, and ash of the smudge stick as it is burned.
How to Cleanse & Smudge:
Sage: Light the smudge stick with a lighter, matches, or candle until it has a flame, then blow it out. It should be smoldering and give off smoke. Fan the smoke using the underside of the feather over what is being cleansed, while catching the falling cinders and ashes in the Abalone Shell.
Palo Santo: Hold the stick in your hand, move the furthest end from your hand into a flame to light it on fire. Palo Santo does not light as easily as Sage, so be sure to let the flame burn about 30 seconds before blowing it out. Use the same method, fan the smoke with the feather onto the object, space, or person being cleansed while catching the ashes in your Abalone shell.
Smudging Spray: One of the simplest ways to cleanse and purify an object, space, or person is using a Smudge Spray. This only requires a light mist, and this method will not damage friable crystals when sprayed lightly, unlike water or salt.
White Candle: During the cleanse, a white candle can be lit. White Candles are known to cleanse homes, purify spaces and create harmony.
Cleansing, Charging, and Energizing:
In addition to cleansing you can also charge your crystals using Selenite or Amethyst.
Selenite: Place the stones you want cleansed on top of the selenite slab for about 15-30 minutes. The Selenite will cleanse the stone by drawing out negative and unwanted energies and also recharge the crystals to their original state. In addition to cleansing, stones left on selenite for a longer period of time (over 24 hours) can become highly charged.
Amethyst: All crystals can be cleansed by placing them on an Amethyst Geode or Druzy for 24-48 hours.
Once your crystals have been cleansed, it is time to program and charge them. This will help focus the crystal’s energy.
Simple Charging / Energizing Method: Hold the crystal, or crystals in your hands. Picture light surrounding them. Consider the purpose for which you intend to use it. When you feel fully in tune, say out loud: “I program this crystal for (your desired purpose).
Moonlight Cleansing & Charging: For best results, do this on the night of the Full Moon. Place your crystals out on a plate, or on a table outside where they can catch the moonlight. This will enhance and increase the power of the crystals. Pour a circle of Sea Salt around the crystals for extra cleansing and charging. Collect your crystals the next morning. Be careful not to leave fragile crystals in the sunlight for too long, as some crystals will lose their color in the sunlight.
Your crystals will now be fully cleansed, charged, and energized for all your needs. Be sure to cleanse and charge your crystals regularly so they maintain their energy and do not soak up any negativity. Happy Crystal Healing! Brightest Blessings!
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