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You can use any type of rice, either white or brown rice is okay for cleansing crystals, and its quite easy to do.
You can use rice cleansing if you are wary of using water or sage, and this may be especially useful if you have a stone that is very precious to you.
Simply place your stones on top of the rice and leave overnight. This method is very easy and simple, and you can do it easily.
The rice will absorb negative energy, so you will need to throw it out after using it. It is advantageous to use a flat bowl, and depending on the stone sometimes you may choose to cover it with rice, or simply place it on top as shown in the photo. Use your intuition to decide what is best for that stone.
You may also choose to bury your stone in the earth, but again make sure that you know if the stone is one that can take water, in case rain seeps through to where they are located. This is a perfect way to cleanse many stones, but do mark where you put them so that you can find them again!
You may have noticed that I don't recommend cleansing crystals with salt or with salt water. I know a lot of people swear by this method, but personally I ruined quite a few crystals by taking someones advice when first using crystals.
Salt is quite abrasive, so I don't recommend using this method. It is up to you to use this method if it pleases you, but I must warn you that a lovely crystal may not be so lovely afterwards, so do it with care!
I have quite a few Amethyst Crystal clusters, and I actually buy flat pieces specifically for the purpose of charging my jewelry. Alternatively you can use Clear Quartz, Citrine or Selenite for this purpose.
At night I take off my rings and pendants and carefully place them on top of the cluster. It is also helpful to place new stones you buy, or ones you have been using on top of a quartz crystal cluster to recharge.
I have a cloth over one of my clusters, to ensure my jewelry doesn't get scratched by the points of the Amethyst cluster they sit on. If you have had a stone in your pocket during the day or worn your jewelry, you could place them on top of a cluster.
You can leave them there overnight for their negative energy to be released. Cleansing crystals by leaving them there until you wish to use them again can be helpful.
You can also program your cluster to cleanse your crystals. While it will cleanse negativity from your stones regardless, this extra step can be helpful.
If you are not sure how to program quartz, check out my article that talks about this, as it has details on how to program your stones while in meditation.
I have a rack that I hang my jewelry on, above the cluster, and when I run out of room I move them up onto the rack.
Quartz resonates very well, and the energy will charge the stones if they are nearby.
I may also use running water too, for cleansing crystals that I have been wearing as well, but the quartz helps to recharge them.
Having them on your body can reduce their energy levels, as they have given so much to you during the day. Make sure you regularly cleanse and recharge the cluster if you are doing this, and smudging with sage works well for this purpose.
I have included moonlight in this section as it could be said that it is related to cleaning your crystals. The moonlight has a powerful influence that will re-energize your crystals, and allow them to lift their vibration naturally.
A good time for cleansing crystals is at the time of the full moon, when it is at its brightest, and its energy is strongest.
If you wish you can combine the use of moonlight charging with methods for cleansing crystals, and your stones will be more vibrant and potent next time you use them.
They don't really need to be out in the moonlight to absorb the moon's energy.
But it can be an added advantage if you are able to place them somewhere in your home where they will be in the moonlight for as long as possible.
Leave them there overnight if you are able to. By absorbing the energy of moonlight, you will allow their vibration to naturally lift.
Be wary of placing them where they will get strong sunlight on them, as this can fade their color. While losing their color may not have affect their energy, you may feel disappointed if they are no longer the color they were when you purchased them.
Cleaning Quartz crystals is easier than other types of natural crystals as they like water. To clean quartz crystals any or all of the above methods may additionally be used. You can clean quartz crystal using running water, or in a container of water.
If you are not sure don't use this method. Some sellers of stones coat the stone with a sealant that may come off in water, so be aware that this can happen.
As quartz is highly programmable, while cleansing it you might tell it to release and let go of any negativity within it.
By programming it to release negativity, it will aid other crystals nearby to stay cleaner and may not need cleaning as frequently.
Some people say that some crystals never need cleansing, like Kyanite or Citrine, but I cleanse them anyway. They like being refreshed.
If you are doing Quartz Crystal Healing, ensure that your crystals are cleansed regularly, to ensure the vibrations within the stones are most effective.
Regular smudging of your crystals will revitalize them and lift their vibration.
It is also a good practice to regularly put your crystals out in the moonlight, around the time of the full moon when it is at its brightest, to boost their energy.
As a general rule cleansing crystals is necessary, even if you may not feel that your crystals have any reason to be cleaned.
Cleaning crystals regularly ensures they will be at their best to assist you as you use them in your life.
Keep them at their best and you will enjoy using your stones!