morticia monroe said:I don't cleanse my stones at all. I liken it to re-ordering a deck. It's like taking a human and erasing their memory. I find that, like people, the more my stones experience, the stronger they become.
I do at times set them in the moonlihgt. Not for the purpose of cleansing, but simply to let them bask in awe (as I do)under Our Lady Moon.
Ah, but they are so much prettier when they are cleansed. I have a gorgeous phantom smoky quartz. When it needs to be cleansed, the quartz is so dark that you can't see the phantoms. After cleansing, the amazing phantoms become dark shapes in a medium brown crystal that looks as deep and clear as the ocean at some Hawaiian beaches. And crystals sparkle more after cleansing. I think it makes them happy to be clean.
In fact, I first started cleansing my crystals under running water. I would visualize a rainstorm and then let the crystal shift the imagery as it felt comfortable. For instance, one rose quartz likes lazy, sensous baths because the imagery would shift to a gently meandering stream. Others shifted to huge storms, or pounding rains, or misty nights that lightly drench the world in dew. Some had some kind of temple structure in the vision, from egyptian obelisks slowly revealing cartouches under the pouring rain to cathedrals that shed packed dirt from gargoyles and stone corners during a deluge. I always let the vision continue until everything in the vision was sparkling clean, from top to bottom.
But my all-time favorite was a small milky quartz sphere. I put it under the tap, started envisioning the rain in my head, and suddenly I saw a dark-haired man in the shower. He lathered and scrubbed himself from head to foot, singing the entire time. When he was finished, I started to pull the sphere out from under the tap, and he suddenly screamed "Wait!". I put him back under the water, and suddenly I saw the guy frantically brushing his teeth in front of the mirror! LOL!
I told him to take his time. I would wait for him to finish.
That exercise is an excellent way to get to know know your crystals. I have one friend who can't connnect very well with any kind of earth energy and never understood the whole crystals thing. In 5 minutes, he was communicating with different crystals and getting exceptionally clear impressions of each crystal's personality and character. We selected 5 crystals with very unique personalities, and did the exercise with a group of about 6 or so people. Everybody received fairly consistent visions (different imagery, but consistent personalities - like each tarot card is different in every deck, but consistent in meaning).