Cleansing and charging are two distinct processes when it comes to working with gemstones or crystals. Here's an explanation of each:
Cleansing Gemstones :
Cleansing is the process of removing any impurities or negative energies that may have accumulated within a gemstone. Gemstones have the ability to absorb and store energies from their surroundings, and over time, they may become overloaded or imbalanced. By the process of cleaning/clearing, you are also charging/recharging the gemstone. In other words, you are removing all the dense energy, which brings the crystal back to its original and energetic state.
There are several methods you can use to cleanse your gemstones:
1. Selenite Wands or plates: Just place your bracelets on top or right next to this protection stone so they are touching in some way. Leave them overnight or as long as you deem necessary. Selenite : never needs cleansing and can provide a cleansing platform for gemstones that need refreshing.
2. Smudging: Pass your bracelets through the smoke of sacred herbs like sage, palo santo, or cedar. The smoke is believed to purify the crystal's energy.
3. Sunlight and Moonlight: Place your crystals outdoors in a spot where they can be exposed to sunlight or moonlight for a few hours or overnight. The light energy helps cleanse the gemstones.
4. Himalayan Salt: This method can also be used to draw out negativity in a safe and contained setting. It’s especially beneficial for protective stones, such as Onyx or Black Tourmaline.
To do this, fill a bowl with dry salt and bury your bracelet beneath. Dispose of the salt immediately after the cleansing, as the salt is said to have absorbed the energy you’re trying to eradicate.
*Approximate duration: 24 hours
Remember to use methods that are safe for your specific gemstones, as some gemstones are sensitive to water, sunlight, or other cleansing methods.
Charging refers to replenishing or enhancing the energy within a gemstone . While cleansing clears away negative or stagnant energies, charging helps amplify the gemstones positive qualities and intentions. Charging is especially beneficial when you want to align the gemstone with a specific purpose or intention.
Here are some common methods for charging gemstones :
1. Moonlight: Place your gemstone outside during a full moon or a specific moon phase that aligns with your intention. Moonlight is believed to infuse the crystals with positive energy.
2. Sunlight: Leave your bracelet in direct sunlight for a few hours to energize them. Be cautious, as some crystals may fade or become damaged with prolonged exposure to sunlight. *Avoid Rose Quartz and Amethyst.
3. Other Crystal Clusters or Geodes: Place your bracelet on a larger crystal cluster or inside a geode. The larger crystal acts as an amplifier and charges the smaller gemstones within its vicinity. Quartz is an amazing amplifier.
These are just a few examples of how to charge your gemstones, and you can choose the method that speaks to you and your gemstones the most. Remember to cleanse your gemstones before charging them to ensure that any unwanted energies are cleared away, allowing the charging process to be more effective.
How do you program your gemstones once they have been cleansed and charged?
Visualization and Intention: Hold the bracelet in your hand, focus on your intention, and visualize positive and vibrant energy flowing into the gemstone. This method is more focused on your own energy and intention rather than external sources.
For example, with Rose Quartz you could say; I charge this crystal with the intention of welcoming self love into my life. I welcome love from others.
As you hold each one, really feel these intentions and remind yourself of this feeling throughout the day.
How often do I need to cleanse my gemstones?
The more often you use a stone, the more energy it collects. A good rule of thumb is to clear all of your stones at least once a month.
However, if you notice that a particular stone feels heavier or energetically burdened, feel free to cleanse it without waiting for a specific time interval. Trust your intuition and attend to the cleansing needs of each stone as required.
Trying different methods you will discover a cleansing technique that aligns with your soul. Remember that the most effective method for you might not yield the same results for others, so listen to your intuition and choose what resonates with you.
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