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What to do when you get a new crystal

So, you just brought home a new crystal — and you want to get to know it, you want to know how to connect with it. You wish to know how to use it.

What’s the best way of going about doing that?

Here’s a step by step guide to welcome your new crystal home & to start off this new relationship.

1. Cleanse

When I bring home a new crystal I usually like to cleanse it, just to make sure it’s not bringing any extra baggage along with it. There are so many ways to cleanse a crystal. The below illustration shows you some of my favorite ways to cleanse

2. Intuit

Then, the next thing I love to do is a meditation with the crystal. I take at least 5-15 minutes to sit quietly with that crystal and see what kind of insights or messages I get from it — so I’ll know how that crystal will work best personally with me. This is how I feel I get to know my crystals & I usually journal any messages I receive. I also begin to incorporate the crystal into my regular meditations everyday for a month or so as well as working closely with it for other personal self-help or ceremonial rituals when they come up for me.

3. Research

I also love to do an online research and scan for recurring keywords, then specifically look up myths, stories, and folktales and give those a read. This is one of my favorite parts, because I truly believe there is so much to learn & this research can really broaden your knowledge on stones.

4. Integrate

This brings me to step 4, the most important step: integration.

At this stage, I have a number of puzzle pieces and it’s time to put them together. So once again I sit with the crystal, rearranging the different pieces of information in my mind, as I hold the crystal in my hands. My goal at this point is to see what feels true to me. And the way I do this is both easy and a bit esoteric: as I sit holding the crystal, I sort through all the impressions I’ve gotten and I see which make the crystal in my hands feel alive. & then I decide how I will be working with them (another way of saying this is: I see which bits of the information I’ve collected help me to forge a connection with the crystal. When the crystal and I are in sync, I’ll find the words that let me share what I’ve discovered.) If they direct me to place them in a particular part of the house or If I choose to carry the stone with me daily or anything that really comes up. I honor the message & what the crystal tries to tell me. 

That is basically it. This is how I have been working with the crystals for over 18 years now 

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