Cleansing and charging our Guardians has become a really cherished part of my practice – it’s such a beautiful ritual. Crystals absorb energy, both positive and negative, so cleansing allows any negative energy to be released. That means your Guardian can live up to its name and only release pure positive energy to you. Here are a few of my favourite ways we cleanse and charge our stones – I hope some or all of these might become part of your practice too!
SMUDGING WITH SAGE OR PALO SANTO
In this context smudging doesn’t mean making a mess! In fact, it’s pretty much the opposite – think of it like taking a really good, long metaphysical shower. Smudging means burning sacred herbs or wood to purify and clear space and as a practice it’s safe, easy, and something we love to do before we set intentions or meditate. Both ceremonial white sage and Palo Santo release a fragrant, cleansing smoke that’s believed to clear negative energy and purify space and auras. Palo Santo (it means ‘holy wood’ in Spanish) comes from a wild tree that’s been used for centuries by shamans in ritual prayer, sacred ceremonies and healing. Also, it smells incredible: like pine, mint and lemon. Sage releases an earthier sort of fragrance and has also been used for centuries to connect to spiritual realm. We love them both!
What you’ll need:
- Sage bundle or Palo Santo sticks
- Fire – candle/matchstick/lighter
- Heatproof surface e.g. a ceramic bowl
How do to it:
Light your chosen smudging tool and surround your Guardian with the smoke by making sweeping, circular motions. If you’re inside, make sure you have a window open so the cleared energy can pass on. As you do this, you might like to place your other hand on your heart, so as to connect even more fully to your intuition.
CLEANSING WITH WATER
Water is a great natural source to clear negative energy and return it back to the earth. You might be lucky enough to live by the ocean, or a fresh water supply but you can also simply use running water at home. Just submerge your Guardian for a few moments and then pat dry.
CLEANSING WITH THE FULL MOON
The full moon emits a new powerful shift of energy which makes it the perfect time to cleanse and recharge your Guardian. Simply set your crystals out on the windowsill where they’ll be bathed in and illuminated by the moonlight.
CRYSTAL CHARGE YOUR CRYSTAL!
Crystals like quartz and selenite are true powerhouses when it comes to cleansing and recharging powers. You can buy charging plates online: simply lay your Guardians on them overnight and let the mother crystal do its magic.
CHARGING WITH MEDITATION
Tools are wonderful, but there’s another way to charge your crystal and that’s simply through you and your own divine power. Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed and take a few moments to come into your body. You might want to light a candle or put on some quiet music. Sit in a way that allows you to feel both relaxed and alert, then hold your Guardian within your hands, close your eyes, and take some slow, deep breaths to centre yourself fully. As you breathe in, imagine your Guardian lighting up with a bright, white light in your hands. As you breathe out, imagine any negative energy evaporating like smoke. We love to combine this kind of meditation with some of the practices above for a truly holistic ritual.
Once your Guardian is cleansed it’s ready for you to set your intentions and support you through everyday.