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Everything You Need to Know About Clearing and Charging Crystals

INSIDE: In this article, we explain why charging crystals is not really necessary as long as you are properly clearing them, and we show you 7 methods for doing so.

One of the most common questions anyone asks when they are beginning to learn about crystals is "how do I go about charging my crystal?"

But "charging crystals" isn't really the right term.

What you want to do instead is clear your crystals, and we'll demonstrate why that is so in this article. In short, though, charging crystals the right way means you are properly clearing them so that they don't need to be charged.

Is Charging Crystals Necessary?

According to Naisha Ahsian from Crystalis Institute for Personal & Planetary Transformation, you really don't have to charge crystals unless you are not clearing them properly. 

In fact, she warns against charging crystals in the sunlight or moonlight because crystals don't actually run out of energy and therefore don't need to be charged like most people think.

Instead, they are electromagnetic oscillators that continually provide us with their healing energy as long as they are vibrating at their natural frequency.

The problem we encounter with crystals is that their natural frequency can become "off kilter."

For example, a crystal that is used in a healing session can start to vibrate in tune with the energy being released during the healing process instead of its natural frequency. Naisha likens this to a radio station that gets out of tune when there is interference.

When a crystal is knocked out of tune from its own natural frequency, it doesn't oscillate properly, therefore it cannot do its healing work effectively. When this happens, the crystal needs to be cleared.

To clear crystals, you simply bring them back to their natural frequency instead of trying to turn up the volume on an already out of tune crystal, which is what happens when you are charging crystals that are out of tune.

Once a crystal is cleared, there is no reason to charge it.

Why Charging Crystals is Unnecessary
Want some proof that this idea of "clearing instead of charging crystals" is correct?

Most watches use quartz crystal to maintain time, powered by a battery that keeps the quartz oscillating at the right speed continuously because it is vibrating with the natural energy field of the earth.

It is very rare for a watch to stop telling time unless the battery dies, in which case a new battery is put in and the watch is reset. This will continue forever as long as you have enough batteries.

The battery is not charging the quartz; all it is doing is maintaining the frequency.

When we clear crystals, we allow them to maintain their natural frequencies so that they can do their most effective work, and like we've said, when you do that, charging crystals isn't necessary.

When Do Crystals Need to be Cleared?

  • When other people have handled them
  • Before and after they have been used for healing
  • After you purchase them
  • After they have been in the presence of negative energies (arguments, chaos, heavy emotions, etc.)
  • On a regular basis as maintenance

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How Do You Clear a Crystal?

The goal with crystal clearing is to introduce the crystal to an energy that will vibrate it enough so that it stops resonating with what caused it to become "out of tune."

At the same time, you want to make sure you don't cause more interference that will knock it off kilter again.

Use Vocal Toning to Clear Your Crystals

Naisha Ahsian says the best way to clear a crystal is with sound. This makes sense considering sound and crystals both work on vibrations. The difference is that crystals vibrate with light vibrations, while sound vibrates with sound vibrations.

By using sound to clear your crystals, you don't have to worry about introducing other interferences into the crystal, as long as you use the right sounds.

That's because sound is a physical energy that, if played loud enough, can make the molecules in objects move, but once the sound stops, the physical objects will return to their natural vibrational state.

When we use sound to clear crystals, the crystals don't actually move into resonance with the sound being played because crystals use light vibrations, not sound vibrations.

What the sound does do is moves the molecules in the crystals, releasing energy and resetting them back to their base resonant frequency.

Additional Benefits of Vocal Toning

Sound vibrations are highly effective at clearing on a physical level, so doing this process will not only clear your environment but also your physical body.

Vocal toning creates resonant chambers within the nasal passages and sinuses.

The sound vibrations massage the brain causing it to release biochemicals that enhance our state of awareness, therefore it's a great way to prepare for meditation or healing sessions.

Vocal Toning to Clear Crystals

How to Perform Vocal Toning

When you perform vocal toning, you don't need to reach a certain note. All you need to do is create a loud sound that is sustained, because louder sounds cause the molecules to vibrate more strongly, making a faster and more effective clearing.

PLEASE NOTE: Coughing is normal at first and is actually considered a cleansing of your lungs, preparaing your vocal cords to be able to do more vocal toning. This will especially happen if you are a smoker or a shallow breather. You also might feel like sneezing or feel a buzzing below your eyes in your sinuses, which are both normal as well.

Vocal toning is extremely simple and it is a quick and easy way to clear your crystals. Just follow these steps:

  1. Breathe deeply, allowing your belly to inflate like a balloon as you breathe in.
  2. Envision something that fills you with feelings of purification and cleansing.
  3. As you exhale fully, imagine that you are releasing a sound that represents that energy of purification.
  4. Optional: Place the crystal in front of your mouth (doing so will allow you to feel the vibrations in the crystals so that you know it is working).
  5. Take 3 deep breaths and as you exhale, make the tone you were thinking of in step 3.
  6. As you practice vocal toning, you'll start to feel like you want to shift the tone higher or lower. That is how you know the crystal has been cleared.

Naisha demonstrates vocal toning in her video here:

How Many Crystals Can You Clear at Once?

When you use sound, you can clear all the crystals that are presented with the sound at the same time (all crystals in the room can be cleared at once).

How Long Does it Take

When using sound, it only takes a couple minutes to clear your crystals (as long as the sound is loud).

Use Other Responsive Sound Methods

If you don't want to use vocal toning, there are other ways to use sound to clear crystals.

For example, you can use any of the following:

  • Tuning fork
  • Singing bowl
  • Drums
  • Gongs
These are all responsive methods of clearing crystals that have the same effect as vocal toning. And because they are responsive, you'll be led to know when your crystals are clear because you are involved in the process. 

Here's a handy video from Hibiscus Moon on how to use some of these methods:

What Not To Use

You can't expect to play a song loudly through speakers to clear your crystals. Doing so is an unconscious method, and it takes a more involved process on your end so that you can better determine when your crystals are cleared.

Use an Amethyst Geode to Clear Your Crystals

Amethyst geodes are another easy way to clear other crystals. Simply place one or more crystals on the amethyst crystal points inside the amethyst geode or amethyst cave and leave them there overnight.

The amethyst crystals pull the negative energy out of the crystals, bringing them back into resonance with their natural frequencies.

amethyst geodes for clearing and charging crystals
Use the Four Elements Method to Clear Crystals

Another method for clearing and cleansing crystals involves presenting them to the four elements.

Air - Present your crystal to the East, and pass it through the smoke of burning incense or a breeze for a few minutes.

Water - Present your crystal to the West, and wash it in fresh water by placing it in a bowl of water, a river or a stream for a few minutes.

Fire - Present your crystal to the South, and pass it quickly through a flame (being careful not to burn the crystal), or in moonlight overnight, or in the sun.

Placing crystals in the sun or moonlight is often thought of as a method of charging crystals, but when done as part of this process, it is considered to be cleansing.

PLEASE NOTE: It's important to note that some stones will fade in the sun. When they fade, so does the strength of their healing properties. Therefore, don't use the Sun method for the following crystals:

  • Amethyst
  • Aquamarine
  • Aventurine
  • Beryl
  • Citrine
  • Fluorite
  • Kunzite
  • Rose Quartz
  • Sapphire
  • Smoky Quartz

Earth - Present your crystal to the North, and burry it in the ground or in a terracotta pot filled with dirt for a couple hours. Alternatively, you can place it on an amethyst geode.

Cleanse Crystals in Salt Water

Salt water is extremely cleansing and is another simple crystal clearing method. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Submerge your crystal(s) in salt water (whether from the ocean or homemade) for anywhere from an hour to 24 hours.
  2. Rinse the crystal(s) under fresh running water.
  3. Throw away the salt water.

PLEASE NOTE: Not all crystals can be cleansed in salt water because it can damage them. For example, never soak the following crystals in salt water:

  • Porous crystals
  • Crystals that contain metal
  • Crystals that have a water content (Opal)
  • Pyrite, Lapis Lazuli, Hematite

Cleanse Crystals by Smudging

Smudging to Cleanse and Clear Crystals

Smudging is an ancient energy cleansing method that involves burning sticks of herbs or incense, and then passing the crystals through the smoke for 20-30 seconds.

The burning of the herbs removes negative energies from the environment and the crystals. Sage, sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweetgrass are the best smudging herbs to use for crystal clearing.

Clear Your Crystals Using Thought Energy

Our thoughts are a highly powerful source of energy, able to transform emotions, energetic tension, and even cleanse crystals.

That means, all you really have to do is imagine the crystal is surrounded by white cleansing light.

Then picture all the negative energy in the crystal being drawn out and neutralized.

You can't get much easier than that!

How to Program Your Cleared Crystals?

Charging crystals is not necessary once they have been cleared, as we explained above. This is because clearing them brings them back into resonance with themselves, which is all you need to do.

Programming your crystals, however, is a great way to communicate with your crystal so that you can acquire its help with a specific issue.

Simply follow these steps:

  1. Hold the crystal in the hand that you feel drawn to hold it in.
  2. Focus on your crystal and bring to mind the energy you would like to program your crystal with (keep it to one). 

Make sure the intention you are setting is in alignment with the healing properties of that particular crystal. Clear Quartz is one crystal that can be programmed for any purpose.

Now you know everything there is to know about clearing and charging crystals (at least all of the important stuff :)

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Alex Kim

Thank you for sharing this great article. I really liked the way you have presented this article.


I am very confused by this article. First you state that you shouldn’t charge your crystals but instead clear them and that charging isn’t technically necessary, but after the title Four Elements Methods To Clear Crystals you talk about charging crystals. I am under the impression there is a difference between clearing and charging crystals yes? Isn’t running crystals under water, burying them, placing them in the wind, or in the sun or moonlight charging them? Outside of this confusion, I found the info very interesting and will be using sound to tune my crystals now as I have a paranormal you tube channel called Dark Veil and I rely on my crystals for safety and protection. I do smudge my crystals after my location visits so I guess I have already been clearing them to their frequencies, but I also heavily charge my crystals by the elements of our world. What I am taking from this article is that I should clear them to tune them to their frequency, but also I should then charge them to up the volume of their energy yes?

Janette Gibbons

Thank you so much for this information having so many crystals around the house it makes it so much easier to take my singing bowl around instead of gathering all crystals to put out in the moonlight. Wonderful x


Lovely artical and wonderfully written.
Thank you

Kristin Day

Thank you for the wonderful information this all makes so much sense to me …I have been making Organite and researching the oscillation properties of quartz crystals to create the right energy for it
Thank you
Kristin Day

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