Any crystal possesses its own unique vibration (magnetic field) which can be affected by the energies in its environment (explanation here). It is, therefore, always important to fully cleanse, activate, charge and dedicate any crystal before you start to use or wear it. Regular process of maintaining the crystal is important to ensure their subtle vibrations and healing properties and to help you become attuned with them.
(1) cleansing crystals: there are many ways of cleansing crystals, for example the use of flowing clean water over a crystal, salt bath (we do not recommend as may destroy surface of crystal), smudge sticks and intention/crystal energy work. I typically like to use smudge sticks makes of herbs and have it diffused over the crystals.
(2) Activating crystals: this requires a little bit of practice with your mind/intention, however if you find this is too difficult to concentration it is okay to speak out loud to the crystal. “I hereby ask upon you to unleash and awake to be at your full potential for the highest good and love of all” and follow by a sound (positive vibration) usually bells and singing bowls.
(3) charging crystals: usually done using the elements from the nature, subtle morning rays of the sun, beautiful charging full moon, gracious waterfall, sea side, another larger crystals (clusters), any you could think, possess elemental energy to charge your crystals . It is easier for me to have them lay in the garden and the over morning sun for a few hours, and sometimes, I would have leave them overnight in the garden during full moon.
(4) dedicating crystals: this also requires a little bit of practice with your mind/intention, however if you find this is too difficult to concentration it is okay to speak out loud to the crystal. “I hereby ask upon you to —objective— for highest good for —recipient name— and love of all”. Example while working with a rose quartz: “I hereby ask upon you to assists in the awareness of self love and to stop all habits and or disruptive lifestyle and patterns for Kevin Gan and love of all. (Its is okay to use the name if you are dedicating for yourself or dedication for another person for this process). You could also use some sacred geometry to assist you in the dedicating process, this increases your focus for a better result. I keep this simple I just transform my palms and fingers into a 2D pyramid and the focus/energy is plain amazing. I will write a post on how to identify the functions of any type of minerals and crystals using sight, touch, feel and insight, however you could also google them, there are quite a number of references for this case.
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The act of smudging is done with a smudge bowl with appropriate herbs directly lit. Smudging is also done with herbs tied in bundles called Smudge Sticks. In either case the smoke is ‘washed’ over the person or object with a Feather or by fanning the smoke with one’s hand.
To do a blessing of a person, begin by looking into the eyes of the person for a moment to ‘greet’ them, fan the smoke first at their heart and then up to the right side (your left) of the person’s head, moving around clockwise (sun-wise), gently washing them with the smoke. Continue brushing smoke down over their left shoulder and the length of their arm and back up again to the shoulder. Wash the smoke down the left side of the torso, left leg and foot. Now smudge the right foot, up the left leg, torso and down the length of the right arm and back up to the shoulder. Now turn the person around, turning to their right (sun-wise again) and repeat these movements as you smudge and bless the person’s back. For objects, bless them moving sun-wise around them also.
Smudging in the Seven Directions
Facing East – I welcome the energy of the beginning way, the rising sun at the beginning of the day and the light of illumination. Welcome Eagle, flying nearest the heavens, with the clearest of vision. I welcome the energies and spirits of the East. HO!
Facing South – I welcome the energy of service to all my relatives, the heat of the noonday sun and the spirit of action in the world. Welcome Coyote spirit. I welcome the energies and spirits of the South. HO!
Facing West – I welcome the energy of looking within to find the gifts of healing. Welcome Bear spirit going deep within to seek the gift of renewal. I welcome the energies and spirits of the West. HO!
Facing North – I welcome the energy of wisdom and blessing and the Grandmothers and Grandfathers who teach me. Welcome Buffalo and the spirit of giveaway, teach me to be generous and honor all that I receive. I welcome the energies and spirits of the North. HO!
Looking up – I welcome the energy and spirit of Above. Father Sky, Star people, and Cloud people. Welcome all that is masculine, grandfathers, fathers, brothers, uncles and sons. And that masculine energy that also exists within the feminine. I welcome the energies and spirits of Father Sky. HO!
Looking down (touching the ground) – I welcome the energy of Mother Earth, the feminine principle, the energy and spirit of Below. I welcome the energy and the spirit of our grandmothers, our mothers, sisters, aunties and daughters. And that feminine energy that exists within the Masculine. I welcome the energies and spirits of Mother Earth. HO!
Looking within (holding your hands over your heart) – I welcome the energy of Within, the principle of being connected, the energy and spirit of Within. I welcome the gifts of balance, oneness, and the connection with all things, for all things are one and all things are related. HO!
Smudging and Blessing Herbs
The use of sage is for healing. The smoke is used to bless, cleanse and heal the person or object being smudged. Sage is used to ‘wash off’ the outside world when one enters ceremony or other sacred space. Objects are likewise washed off with sage medicine smoke to rid them of unwanted influences.The plants that are called sage can come from very different families of plants. True sages are in the genus of Salvia; this includes Salvia Officinalis (garden sage) and Salvia Apiana (White Sage), also called California White Sage and Sacred Sage. Many of the herbs called sage come from a completely different family of plants, the Asteracea family. This family brings us the genus of Artemisia from which come New Mexico Sage (Artemisia tridentada), and the sage from the Dakotas (Artemisia ludoviciana), also called Grey sage, Prairie sage, Dakota sage, Lakota Sage and mistakenly sometimes called White sage. All of these sages (Salvia and Artemisia) are used for healing and cleansing. More can be learned from the book Sacred Sage, How It Heals.
Cedar is a medicine of protection. Cedar trees are very old, wise and powerful spirits. Cedar is often used to cleanse a home or apartment when first moving in, inviting unwanted spirits to leave and protecting a person, place or object from unwanted influences. Cedar is used as a name for a number of different genuses of trees and shrubs. The primary ones are Cedrus, Thuja, Libdocedrus and Juniperus. The Junipers are not truly Cedars (scientifically) but are used as such by many people. Keep in mind that these scientific names have little meaning to the people using them as medicine in traditional ways.
Also called Seneca grass, holy grass and vanilla grass. This very special herb’s sweet vanilla-like scent is the breath of the Earth mother, bringing the blessing of Mother Earth’s love. Sweetgrass is burned to remind us of essence of the feminine and that the earth provides us with everything we need. Sweetgrass can also be be unbraided or trimmed with a scissors into small pieces and sprinkled on hot Charcoal Tablets. Allow the sacred smoke that follows to wash over the subject of the blessing. The sacredness of the sweetgrass herb then sustains the smudging process. Use a smudging feather if you need to douse the flame or promote more smoke.
This native of Europe is often used for invitation of the spirits. The name may be derived from the Latin lavare (to wash) or livendula (meaning bluish). In ancient times lavender was an important herb used in mummification. There is a legend that the clothing of baby Jesus was laid upon a lavender bush and acquired the fragrance. Some Christians still regard the scent of lavender as a safeguard against evil. Burning Lavender is best done on Charcoal Tablets.
It is traditional to use a bird’s feather to brush the smoke over the person or object being blessed. It is important to use the underside of the feather to wash the smoke over the object of blessing. It is the underside of the bird and its wings that face the Mother Earth as it flies and it is surface of the feather that offers the blessing medicine of the bird.
white sage & desert sage ~4.5″-5″
chamomile, lavender, white sage & desert sage ~6″
lavender, sweetgrass, white sage & desert sage ~6″
hibiscus, white sage & desert sage ~6″
lavender, white sage & desert sage ~5.75″
passion flower, white sage & desert sage ~6″
sweetgrass, white sage & desert sage ~5″ (thin/small)
jasmine, lavender, white sage & desert sage ~6″
lavender, rosemary, white sage & desert sage ~5.5″-6″
honeysuckle, lavender, white sage & desert sage ~5.5″
honeysuckle, wild cherry bark, white sage & desert sage ~6″