I would like to open a discussion on cleansing (re-tuning) your crystals. And share my thoughts. I would like to start by saying if it works for you then don't change it but I would like to think about things and shake them up so here are my thoughts. All stones (crystals, rocks) have a dormant ossillary rate (DOR) - geek for vibration - each one is unique to itself. As you work with them and use them this DOR can become disrupted or off kilter and needs to be reset or restored to optimal working order! or cleansed, if you will- sound familiar (vacation?)? Just like us, some can work for a long time without needing to be cleansed and others need it more frequently. It does not make sense to me that there are stones that never need to be cleansed, just my opinion, because when you use anything it gets "used up" or "worn out" and while some may go longer I believe eventually they (we) all need re-tuning (or cleansing). Just something to think about. My favorite way to re-tune is by sound. I have a quad chime that I love and striking it daily - sometimes more- resonates with me and my stones, it makes us happy and sets our rhythms right. Re-tuning or cleansing with sound can be done with chimes, tuning forks, drums, tingsha, sing bowls, rain stick - really anything that resonates with you and restores your peace. The full moon does a great job every month and I think that unless you have really worked something it does not have to be outside in the direct moonlight to be effected. Think about it the moon effects the tides and our moods it is so powerful, and yet we feel if we don’t haul all our crystals outside they will not be cleansed. I have a huge personal collection and a huge inventory it would literally take me the entire month to haul it all out but I feel it all benefits every month from the lovely moon and those that need extra love go on a window sill. Smudging is also wonderful and my smudge of choice is palo santo but sage and sweet grass and other things work just as well. I use these to clear my head and my space regularly and to immerse a stone that needs extra love in occasionally.
If a stone either arrives to you feeling totally out of whack OR has been a real workhorse for you and needs a rest and restorative vacation I feel the best way to do this is to return it to the earth. You can bury it for 30 days. Find a safe spot where you can bury it (make sure you mark it so yo can recover it) and leave it for 30 or more days. This allows it to totally restore to its original DOR and become renewed again. Salt water, running water are also good ways of cleansing – be sure you have then secured so yo don’t lose them. I love taking mine to the ocean which restores my soul but I also make sure they are in a small net bag that I can hold securely so they don’t get carried away on me. When we are in our WV home there is a small stream nearby that is running most of the year with fresh mountain water but again I make sure they are secure so I don’t lose them . Anyway these are some popular ways and some of my thoughts on things. Please feel free to share yours here. There is no right or wrong, if it works for you then cool beans.
As my collection started growing I knew I was getting into trouble! How was I ever going to remember all these names!?!? Well I came up with a plan and so far, it is working here is what I did: I bought small white dot labels (you can get hem at Amazon) and I put a number on them and then attach it to the stone, usually on the bottom or back or out of the way. Then I have a spreadsheet and next to the number I have the name, where I got it, how much I paid, and any other info that I feel is important. The thing about this is I can sort my spreadsheet anyway I want to. Also my stones can be all over the house which is how I like them. This way I don't have to worry about remembering which bin they go back in the label goes with them My working ones are in a craft box so I can carry them with me to appointments, vacations etc.
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO USE YOUR PENDULUM
Hold the pendulum between your thumb and index finger with your elbow slightly bent at your side. Use the hand that feels most comfortable for you. Relax! It is important to let the natural vibrations of your own body move through your hand to the pendulum. The pendulum works like muscle-testing or kinesiology: your sub-conscious knows what you need to know. The pendulum will show you the answer by picking up and amplifying the subtle vibrations from your sub-conscious, causing the pendulum to swing! You can ask any question to get a YES or NO answer.
HOW TO INTERPRET YES/NO For many people, when the pendulum swings left and right this can be interpreted as a "NO". If the pendulum swings to and fro, then this can be interpreted as a "YES". If your pendulum swings elliptically, clock-wise, counter-clockwise, or in some other gyration or even stays rigidly still, you must interpret this as best you can. Here's a hint: Ask your pendulum something that is true: "IS MY NAME ...? (insert your real name) Note what the response is. This will give you a "YES".
Now ask your pendulum something that you know is not true: "IS MY NAME BARNEY?" Note what the response is. This will give you a "NO".
SOME IMPORTANT TIPS The pendulum can provide a good second opinion. It uses your own energy and as such should not be touched by others who may impart their vibrations into the pendulum and thereby reduce its reliability. Keep the pendulum with you as much as possible during the first 3 weeks to have it absorb your own energies. Ask the pendulum simple questions that will help build your trust in the answers. Asking questions that you already know the answers to will end up in your own frustration. The pendulum will learn to resonate with you, within your own energy field. Cleanse your pendulum in salt water (1 tsp. salt in 8 oz. water) overnight after your purchase and then once a month thereafter.
Some people get better results holding the pendulum about 1" above the open palm of their opposite hand. This "opens" your energy circuits and creates a bio-feedback loop and the energy will flow more freely. If your pendulum doesn't move very well for you, try opening and closing your hands a few times to activate the hand energy centres (The Hand Chakras). Also, empty your mind of doubts and preconceptions about the outcome of your question. It is important to have a clear mind so the answer doesn't get all muddled up by your own thoughts. "Clear" the energy from pendulum after each question by simply lowering the tip for a moment to your hand or other surface. This signals that your question has been answered and you are ready for the next question. Use this technique frequently, especially if your answers seem confusing.
SUGGESTED USES FOR YOUR PENDULUM: Your pendulum will answer any question with either a "yes" or "no", so it is important to structure your question properly. Example: "Will I get a new job?", is a good question. The answer can be either "yes", or "no". An example of a poor question is: "Should I stay at this job or leave ?". This question does not give the choice for the answer to be either yes or no. Ask either: "Should I stay at this job?", or "Should I leave this job?" to get a clear answer.
You can hold your pendulum over any object to determine a range of answers. For example, hold the pendulum over food to determine if it is suitable for you (or others) to eat. Pick out the best tasting apple at the grocers next time by holding your pendulum over each apple until you get a "yes". Don't mind other people staring at you, they'll just have to get used to so many people using pendulums in public!
When you have a number of choices to select from, use a list or a chart. Draw a circle or a semi-circle with a radius of about 4" - 6". Mark the choices off as degrees on the circle. Hold the pendulum in the center and the swing of the pendulum will line-up with the appropriate marked off selection. This technique can be used to select vitamin supplements, herbal teas, colours in the aura, healing stones to wear...
If you need to determine a date to do something, use your pendulum over a calendar. Hold the pendulum over each date of the month, waiting until the pendulum registers an answer. As you become proficient with the pendulum, your answers will become almost instant.