Using a cleansing technique (you will find options below), be sure any negative energies are removed from the stones so you do not transfer residual energies onto yourself.  This can happen in transit if the stones are mailed to you or touched by others.   For maximum benefits of healing, charging stones will ensure they are ready electromagnetically and are saturated with ultraviolet light to energize the stones.  To "wake-up" your stones,  activate them into their role and mission.  Finally, program your stones to direct the energy for a specific outcome or for support.  Since I don't usually know specifically what you are needing your crystals for, and your needs change, I will help you do this yourself.


Cleanse the stones of unwanted vibrations and energies that come from other people handling them.  This can happen during mining, packing, transportation, unpacking and display before it reaches you. Stones tend to take on energy indiscriminately and like wearing someone else's clothing, you can feel when the energy is not right for you.

  • Breath - I recommend this one and visualization, they are my favorite.  Hold the stones to your heart while inhaling, then bring them to your mouth and exhale your breath onto them.  Repeat several times, always keeping in mind your intention of cleansing them of all negative energies.   Your breath (the Breath of Life), combined with your intention is a powerful enough force to cleanse the stones of negative energies.  Intuition will tell you when the cleansing is complete.

  • Fire - carefully pass the stones through the flame of a candle several times until you intuitively feel it has been cleared.  The fire will burn away any negative energies, (always use care when dealing with fire to ensure safety for yourself and environment).  This way is not recommended with bracelets as they are strung on elastic which can melt.

  • Smudging - pass the stones through the smoke of a white sage smudge stick several times until you intuitively feel it has been cleared. 

  • Water - rinse the stones in moving water.  See below for ideas:

    • hold the stones in a river or brook,

    • leave them out in the rain for several hours,

    • hold them under the faucet for several minutes.

    The water will wash away negative energy and return it to the Earth where it can be neutralized.

    **DO NOT USE WATER on soft stones such as angelite, some calcites, howlite, aragonite, azurite, dolomite, malachite, selenite, sulphur, etc. as it may dissolve the stone to a greater or lesser degree.

  • Earth - bury the stones in the ground for one full day, place a marker over it so you can to find it later, or bury the stone in a pot of ground soil.  (Do not use potting soil as it is treated.)  The soil will absorb negative energy, disperse it, and transmute it into positive.  Stones feel very comfortable in the earth; this is where they formed and grew.  By using this method, you will need to clean them when done.

  • Air - smudge the stones on all sides with a sage smudge stick, or with dried sage or cedar, or pass it through the smoke of sandalwood or sage incense.  Sage is a very effective cleanser, neutralizing most negative energy and transmuting it into positive.

  • Sea salt - the most common method of cleansing stones is with water and sea salt.  Do so by placing them in a mesh bag and rinsing it in the ocean for several minutes, or by soaking them for several hours in a glass of water with a pinch of sea salt. CAUTION: *Salt may damage the finish on some stones, as well as any spacers or chains on necklaces and bracelets.*  Water may damage soft or friable stones. *Placing a stone in dry sea salt (without the water) may damage its electromagnetic field.*

  • Light - place the stones in sunlight, either outside or on a windowsill, for at least an hour.  NOTE: solar energy may be too much for some stones since they have been formed within the Earth without any light.  CAUTION: over time, sunlight may fade the color of some stones.  An alternative is to place the stones in moonlight for at least one night under a full moon, longer if the moon is not full.

  • Sound - produce a tone using a bell, chime, or tuning fork.  Repeat the sound until the stones feel cleansed and their energies are positive.  A pure tone will reset a stone's vibration to one that cannot hold negative energy.

  • Visualization - visualize a column of pure white or golden light coming down and surrounding the stones. Imagine it cleansing and transmuting all negative energies into positive ones.  Visualization combined with intention is another force powerful enough to cleanse stones.  Listen to your intuition to know when finished.

  • Plants - place the stones in a flower pot with one of your plants for several hours.  Just as live plants purify the air; they can also purify stones as well, transmuting negative energy into positive. 


Sunlight re-charges stones with ultraviolet light, sometimes called light radiation.  When the stone comes from the Earth, it has been nurtured in yin energy, the feminine.  The stone has been taking nutrients from the ground - gases, water, various minerals and other nutrients to develop into a stone. When it is "harvested" from the Earth, it is being removed from the yin energies and needs now to receive yang energies as its source of energy renewal.  The ultraviolet light from the sun, the full spectrum of light, restores the stones' depleted energies. The time it takes depends on the stones' capacity to absorb the light, the stage of energy depletion within the stone, and the will of the person who has been handling it.  Typically, 4 hours in the sun once a week keeps a small bracelet or necklace energetic and alert.  Some stones require longer to recharge.  Experiment with the stone by putting it in the sun for 1 week then holding it in your hand. You may receive an energy discharge from the crystal.

Sometimes, a stone can be a "sleeper", and needs to know it's going to be used for healing or meditative purposes.  Making a spiritual connection with the crystal helps to activate it, to awaken it.  You can activate your stones by holding them, rolling them quickly back and forth in your hands, sleeping with them, gazing at them, washing them and generally handling them. To awaken it through ritual, offer some sage, sweetgrass or tobacco and indicate your intent for use of the stones (e.g. for healing).  This marks the initiation of the stones and makes an energy connection with the person using them. Remember to fully recharge your stones after you've been handling it for activation purposes.


Below are some different programming methods used with stones:

  • A simple method is writing a thought on a piece of paper then placing the stones on top to absorb thought energy.  The stones magnify the thought and acts as the transmitter, sending the thought in its amplified state to the target person or thing mentioned in the note.  You can also use one of the other methods below and place the crystal on a person's photograph to send them an amplified thought.

  • You can also program your stones by holding them in your hand and breathing in through your nose, hold the thought in your mind of what you want, then forcefully breathing out into the stones through your nose.  Do this on each side of the stones to program them.  Top, bottom and sides of each bracelet or necklace.

  • Another method is to create a circular breath.  Hold the thought of what you desire in your mind, breathe slowly and naturally through your nose into the stones and then breathe energy back in from the crystal.  Repeat this circular breath for 10 - 20 minutes. This is an effective meditative technique and is quite powerful to direct your mind for positivity.

You can put as many thoughts, affirmations or items such as holographic images into your stones. Whenever you want to clear them out, just forcefully breathe the word "CLEAR!" into the stones 4 times (one for each side of the stone) and this will be done.

Good luck with your stones and happy healing!