How to start working with crystals?

How to start working with crystals?

There are many schools of thought when it comes to cleansing, charging, and programming crystals. First, let’s define what this actually means.

Charging Crystals: What does it mean and how to do it?

✤Charging a crystal means you are giving it an energy boost. It’s said to be a way to increase the vibrancy of the energy and the intensity of the intention placed onto the crystal. This is based on the premise that crystals and stones need to be charged periodically, as the energy within them is not unlimited. Once they are removed from the earth, their energy can weaken over time. By charging your crystals, you are maintaining the energy of the crystal.

✤Cleansing a crystal means removing unwanted energy that has been absorbed by the crystal. Crystals can absorb energies from other people and before using them you want to restore the energy to its natural state.

✤Programming a crystal means setting a particular intention for what you want this crystal to do. This is basically directing the energy of the crystal, so it does exactly what you want it to do.

So, the general consensus is that crystals should be cleansed, charged, and programmed before using them.

I will break it down into 3 easy steps.


There are a few ways you can choose a crystal, whether it’s your first or just the latest to add to your collection.

1. Choose a crystal that you feel drawn to. This is one of our favorite ways because it all comes down to your own intuition!
Whether you’re in the room with crystals or browsing online, pick one that catches your eye. It might have a message or purpose for you that you don’t even know you need yet!

2. Choose a crystal based on what you are struggling with. This struggle might be something physical or on a more energetic level.
For example, rose quartz is a good stone if you are going through a time of upheaval or intense stress, whereas amethyst is thought to aid with headaches and stress

3. Choose a crystal based on what you want more of. For example, if you are manifesting wealth and abundance, there are crystals known to support this: pyrite, citrine, and green aventurine. Working with these crystals will help you align your energy and start attracting the wealth and abundance you desire. If it’s love you want, opt for a stone that is all about attracting love.

There’s no right or wrong way to do it - see what resonates with you and go for it!



Just like uses, there are a few ways to cleanse your crystals. Remember that if your crystals aren’t a type that can be used in water, use one of the other cleansing methods!

Sea salt/ Himalayan salt and water can help rid your stone of unwanted energy.
While all salts can be useful, it’s best to make sure that other compounds – most notably iodine – have not been added.
You don’t need to use a lot of salt here, only a pinch of salt for a bowl of pure water.


How to perform a Salt Water Cleanse:

  • Pour the saltwater on top of your crystals.
  • Leave them submerged in the saltwater, or sprinkle salt on top of them.
  • Let them sit for one to five minutes for quick cleansing. (If you have more time keep them in salt water for 8-12 hours)
  • Afterward, make sure to rinse your crystals with pure water 
  • Pat them down with a soft towel or cloth.

It should not be used for soft stones, minerals, porous stones, or any stones which contain trace metals within them.
Click here to view full list of water unsafe crystals

How to Perform Salt Cleansing without water:

  • Fill a glass or crystal bowl about halfway full with salt.
  • Run your crystals under water for a few seconds.
  • Dry your crystal with a towel
  • Place it in the bowl of salt for 24 hours
  • Dispose of the salt after cleansing your crystal (The salt can hold onto the energy).

Additional Tips:

  • You should not use salt to cleanse soft or porous stones. A good rule guideline is to use salt only for crystals at a 4 or higher on Mohs scale of hardness.

You can cleanse a crystal by holding it in moving water for at least 1 minute. You can say a mantra such as “please remove and release any negative energy”. Water's cleansing properties will rinse away negative energy and purify your crystal.

One general rule is that for crystals ending in -ite like Pyrite, Hematite, Angelite, Calcite, etc, we recommend not using this method. These are water unsafe crystals
or if they must be cleaned by water, at least to minimize the contact with water to only a few seconds before having it dry off.
Click here to view full list of water unsafe crystals

Place your crystal on a piece of selenite and allow it to rest there for at least 6 hours. That's it! Selenite is a soft but powerful mineral. It can cleanse other stones by absorbing their bad energy.

Additional Tips:

  • Keep selenite bowls, plates, a bunch of tumbles, or towers in areas where you spend a lot of your time. This way, you always have selenite nearby when you feel that your crystals need to be cleansed.

    • Examples: Nightstand, Work Desk, Dining Room Table, Kitchen.

  • Selenite needs to be cleansed to rid it of all of the energy it has absorbed while cleansing other stones. Cleanse your selenite once a month with Moonlight, Sound, or Smoke Cleansing.

  • Do not cleanse your Selenite using these methods:

    • Water will cause your Selenite to break down and crumble.

    • Soil can also cause your Selenite to break down and crumble if it is moist.

    • Sunlight has UV rays which can cause selenite to become brittle and break.

    • Salt: Selenite can absorb the saltwater if there is any moisture in the salt or the air.

Place your crystal outside or on a window sill at night for 8 to 10 hours. The cleansing power of the moon will remove any negative energy. A full moon or an eclipse can be especially effective, but any phase of the moon will work.

Additional Tips:

  • Use the moon to cleanse your selenite if you are using it to cleanse your other crystals.

  • Be sure to check the weather to make sure it is not going to rain and damage your stone.

Smoke Cleansing is one of the most popular and effective methods of crystal cleansing. You use either Sage Smudge sticks or Palo Santo wood sticks. Hold pointing downward and light the wood or incense. Allow the flame to burn for a few moments before blowing out. Move your crystals through the smoke to energetically cleanse them.

When to Use this Method: We recommend this method if you are feeling especially overcome with negativity or unwanted energy. Smoke Cleansing not only cleanses your crystal but can also be used to cleanse yourself and your space. 


Using Singing bowls and bells is a great way to remove impurities. Simply surround the area with your crystals and let the sound release its powerful cleansing vibration.

When to Use this Method: We recommend this method if you prefer the energy and vibration of sound. It is also useful if you have many crystals to cleanse at once.

Bury your crystal outside in the soil or in a household planter for at least 6 hours. The purifying energy of the earth will cleanse your crystal by absorbing any unwanted energy.

When to Use this Method: We recommend this method if you prefer to use the elements to cleanse your crystals for personal or spiritual reasons. Crystals come from the earth, after all, so this method can be more meaningful.

Additional Tips:

  • The moisture in the soil can be harmful to crystals that are affected by water.

  • Be sure to check the weather to make sure it is not going to rain and damage your stone.

  • Soil may sink into the stone and cause discoloration if you are using this method with a raw stone or a stone with pits, cracks, or crevices.

Set your crystal outside or on a window sill for 8-10 hours during daylight. The powerful rays of the sun will cleanse your crystal’s energy. Even if it is cloudy, the sun’s energy is still doing its work behind the scenes.

When to Use this Method: This method is great for convenience and also for brighter, high-energy stones with meanings tied to positivity and joy.

Additional Tips:

  • The sun can cause some crystals’ natural colors to fade. Please see our list of crystals that will fade in sunlight.

  • The sun can cause some crystals’ to become brittle. Check our list to see if your crystal can be subjected to Sunlight without risk of fading or damage.

  • Be sure to check the weather to make sure it is not going to rain and damage your stone.

▶When should you cleanse your crystals?
In addition to clearing your crystals when you first receive them, crystals will pick up and hold onto energy over time. After intense work, a bad encounter, or prolonged reliance you should clear your crystals. consider cleansing your gemstones any time somebody else has been touching them to clear their energetic fingerprint. To me, the energy will become stale, heavy, or even muddy feeling. A crystal in its pristine frequency should feel fresh and crisp, anytime it feels foggy, you know a cleaning might be necessary.

Ideally, you want to cleanse them on a regular basis - once a month is a good guide to start with. That way, they’re always ready to go when you need their gentle support.


  • The purpose of programming a crystal is to focus its energies on a specific goal, intention, or desire.
  • A programmed crystal becomes more powerful, useful, and effective.
  • If you don’t program your crystals, it’s like taking your boat out to sea and shouting to the waves to just take you anywhere!
    That’s exactly where you’ll end up and what you’ll get. You will end up anywhere with just about anything as a result.
  • Specify exactly what you want your crystals to do for you and you will be pleasantly surprised by the results!

▶ Steps to program your crystals

First of all, choose a crystal to help you create it. There are many types of crystals and all will amplify your energy. Some crystals, such as clear quartz, work great for all types of manifestation. Others, such as rose quartz, work particularly well on issues of the heart, while citrine works well for manifesting money. You can’t go wrong with choosing any crystal to help your manifesting work, but some are more aligned with certain issues than others

Crystals get their power once they're "programmed," or dedicated to a specific purpose of your choosing. The best time to do this is directly after you've cleared your stone. I've tried programming my crystals with intentions a few different ways but found the following the most effective:

1. Start by holding your crystal cupped in both hands. Clear and calm your mind. Focus on your breathing until you feel a stillness.

2. Connect with the crystal. You’ll be tempted to skip this step. Don’t. It’s an important step that awakens the consciousness of the crystal and forms and/or strengthens your relationship with it. Connecting with a crystal means getting to know it. Hold it. Touch it. Squeeze it. Look at its details and intricacies. Admire it. Allow it to impact you and notice how you feel while in its presence. Hold it up to light and see what parts of it come more alive. Listen to your inner knowing and be open to its communications. Feel grateful for its presence and willingness to help you in this way. Spend 5 to 7 minutes connecting before you move on to the next step.

3. Then, program the crystal for a specific use. I suggest using just one intention at a time for each crystal.

4. Think about what you want that crystal to support you with, whether it's landing a new job or speaking more kindly to yourself. While still holding the stone in your left hand, visualize and feel what it would be like if you were to achieve that intention. Imagine that desire happening. How will you feel? What will you do? Who will you tell? How will you celebrate? Feel the emotions of receiving that dream come true as fully and intensely as you can.

5. Once you've envisioned the crystal's purpose, finish the process by saying aloud: "I dedicate this crystal for the [your purpose]."
State your intention aloud while holding the crystal in your hand. You may likewise enhance your charging by placing the crystal to your heart or 3rd eye (the spot on your forehead, just up from between your eyes) while speaking its purpose aloud.

6. Complete the session. Mentally let the crystal know you are through. Thank the crystal for its help. Feel deep gratitude.

7. Refresh as necessary. You may want to repeat the above steps, or simply hold the crystal when you do techniques to manifest this intention. (optional)

-Release the crystal from this focus. Once your dream has manifested or you have changed your mind about creating it, thank the crystal once again and clean and clear the programming from it, readying it for the next creation.


Now that you have a crystal, or two, or 20 (we don’t judge) - how do you actually use them?
There are so many ways you can work with the energy of crystals, so I will outline some of my favorite ways.

This is such an easy way to use the energy of the crystal in your daily life. Wear a bracelet, necklace, or other pieces of jewelry throughout the day. By wearing crystal jewelry, you can benefit from the healing energy, but from a manifestation perspective, it’s also a visual reminder of what you are manifesting. Every time you look at your wrist you’ll see the crystals - which can trigger the thought of your goal or manifestation. Wearing crystal jewelry is a really great way to shift your thoughts and bring in some amazing energy

Meditation alone is an incredible way to shift your mindset and start manifesting your dreams. Adding crystals into the mix is even better. There are certain crystals, in particular, that I love using in meditation. Selenite is one of my favourites - it promotes clarity, focus, and higher spiritual alignment, while also cleansing energy within.
You can place the crystal in the palm of your hand, or align the placement with your chakras. You can also create a crystal grid in your space.

If you are manifesting something, you are probably going to start journaling. If you are using the Manifest + Flow Journal to start manifesting, incorporating crystals into your daily journal habit is an amazing way to amplify energy! It does not have to be a complicated practice, simply take your favourite crystal and place it on the book (an opposite page from what you are writing on). After you write your manifestation, hold the crystal and visualize that manifestation. You can practice gratitude at the moment by stating “Thank you, Universe!”. Repeat for each manifestation!

Keeping crystals in your home or office is a great way to shift the energy and bring in some good vibes! I keep a large black tourmaline near my front door, and in my office. I also keep aventurine and citrine in my workspace and amethyst in almost every room! You can even place a small tumbled stone in your pillowcase to bring in soothing energy while you sleep or keep a bunch of tumbled stones in a bowl. The options are endless, so have fun with them and find what works for you!


  • Hold them when you need a little bit of support or reassurance
  • Pop one in your bra for all-day support (just remember to take it out before throwing it in the wash!)
  • Keep it in your wallet or purse - a good option for abundance crystals!
  • Take a bath with them - you can put them in the water (check whether your crystal of choice is waterproof first), or simply put them on the edge of the bath along with a candle or two


  • Crystal healing is NOT MAGIC you have to believe in them and have patience in order to achieve something with your crystal 
  • Do not wear any crystals while taking a bath
  • Crystals deserve respect. Crystals are consciousness and it is a gift to be a “crystal keeper” (not “owner”). Don’t put them on the floor without a cloth or pad underneath. Don’t entrust them to people (even housecleaners) who will not respect them. Treat them with care and reverence.
  • Crystals should be cleared of any old intention already set before setting a new intention.
  • I recommend sticking to only one intention per crystal at a time.
  • Do not combine crystals on your own if you do not have proper knowledge about combining them
  • Do not let other people touch your crystals. However, if you want other people to see and feel the beauty of your crystal then you can welcome them but please do remember to cleanse the crystals again after any other person touches them.
  • Do remember to set your intention again after washing your crystals as the water may also wash out your intention.
  • I highly recommend keeping large stones of either all or at least one of these crystals in your home in order to charge your crystals regularly and also promote a peaceful and positive environment in your home.
    crystals- Selenite, Clear Quartz, Amethyst, and Black Tourmaline.
  • A very important point now- Some of my customers do complain about having little scratches or tiny cracks on the crystals.
    let me tell you, first of all, These are natural stones extracted straight from mother earth.
    Mother earth leaves marks on these stones and we see them as a great thing as it makes the stone feel and look more natural rather than the highly polished ones which are being sold at some stores. 
    You should always appreciate the beauty of crystal. 

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