Clearing, Cleansing, and Charging Crystals: A Beginner’s Guide

Editor’s note: The information contained in this article is based on research on this topic and represents the views and opinions of both thought leaders in the field and subjective literature. It does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Confidence Headquarters.

How to program your crystal

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The most common questions when it comes to crystals are:

How do you program your crystals?” and “What does it mean when you program a crystal?”.

The answer to the first question is simple, just hold your crystal in front of yourself or place it on a table and meditate upon its programming.

You can also use sound frequencies to activate the programmed intentions for that particular stone.

With regards to the second question, consider creating an intention with your crystal as a way of tying your intended outcomes to the stone’s natural strength.

It will retain that charge for a long time, just like a brand-new phone, and you may use it again and again.

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How to activate your crystal

There are different ways to activate your crystal, and the easiest one is just holding it in your hand.

You can also place it on a flat surface or sit with it on your palm.

As I said before, another way is to meditate with the stone, but you have to be careful because some stones may harm you if they are not treated properly.

You can also use sound frequencies for the activation of crystals and stones, so try using tuning forks for that purpose or even singing bowls.

Related: Expert recommendations for charging your amethyst

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What is Smudging and How Do I Do It?

Smudging is a Native American tradition that uses the smoke from burning herbs or tobacco to cleanse an area, space, object or person.

It’s a way of cleansing negative energy and bringing in positive vibes.

You can smudge your home with sage, sandalwood incense, or Palo Santo wood chips (which are often used for smoking cigars).

You can also burn sage outside on your porch to purify the air around you while you relax and watch the sunset.

Smudging is especially important when you have new plants in your house because they need extra love and attention right now!

If you’re starting fresh with potted plants like succulents or cacti, it’s best to leave them alone for at least one full moon cycle so that they have time to adjust without any added stress from humans.


What Are The Different Types of Sage And Which One Should I use?

There are many types of sage, but the most commonly used is White Sage.

It has a light and clean scent that can help clear your space of negativity.

Other types of sage that can be used are:

  • Black Sage
  • White Sage
  • Red/Blue/Purple Sage
  • Pink or Blue Lotus Flower
  • Sage Leaf
  • Other Names for Different Types: Black Agave, Blue Agave, Purple Agave, Pink Lotus Flower

The color of the sage will determine how it is used in cleansing rituals and what type of energy you should be focusing on during your meditation practice.

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How Does Sage Work To Cleanse Negative Energy?

Sage is a powerful cleanser of negative energy, and it’s one of the most popular ways to use sage for healing.

Sage can help you:

  • Clear your mind so that you can process emotions better
  • Embrace self-love and acceptance so that you don’t feel judged or rejected
  • Help heal past trauma by releasing stored up emotional pain
  • Bring peace, tranquility, and calmness to your home or workspace.

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Other Creative Ways to Use Sage to Cleanse Your Crystals

If you can’t find sage, or if you just don’t want to use it as incense, there are a few other creative ways to use sage that will still get your crystals clean.

You can burn the leaves of the sage plant in a bowl and then place your crystal inside for about 20 minutes.

This method is great because it gets all sides of your crystal clean without leaving any residue behind on the outside.

Another way is to put some dried Sage leaves in a glass jar with water and leave them overnight (or longer).


The next morning pour out what’s left of the water from this glass jar and add fresh filtered water until it covers at least half of those dried Sage leaves again.

Leave overnight again before pouring out what’s left again so that you have another cycle done with these herbs soaking in fresh filtered water each night for several nights or more until they’re gone completely from this process too (this should take around 2-3 days).

You can also boil up some sage tea bags using 1 cup boiling filtered H2O per bag steeped for 5-10 minutes then let cool down before placing over your crystal(s) overnight, but make sure not to touch them after steeping them first!

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When Should You Cleanse Your Crystals Using Sage?

The best time to cleanse your crystals is when they are in a state of high vibration.

This means that you should do this ritual as often as possible, ideally every day if possible.

If you want to get the most out of your crystal cleansing ritual, it’s best to use sage during the full moon or on days when you feel particularly spiritually charged.

The energy and vibrations from sage can help balance and harmonize with other energies around your crystals so that they can work at their highest potential for a longer period of time before needing another cleansing session.

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