When batteries get drained or dirty they tend not to work so good. When it comes to crystals, “dirt” can mean literally that -- the dust collected just from sitting around, looking pretty -- or it can mean the energetic garbage it collects from human use. They can also simply get tired.
"Crystals and Their Use: A Study of At-One-ment with the Mineral Kingdom," written by Page Bryant (as channeled by an entity named Albion) was one of my favorite books on crystals from my teen years. All high school alternative kids are, at one time or another, drawn to the occult and metaphysical. It is a rule. This is when we’re often most susceptible to the mysterious fringe wisdom of the self-published, in all their misspelled and ungrammatical glory. Thankfully the language abuse is extremely minimal in this book.
In the intro, says Page/Albion, “We are all familiar with the Atlanteans and their use of crystals as batteries to store power.” Are we not? Real quick, just in case you need a refresher: For all sorts of reasons, from molecular structure to basic good looks, crystals retain information that humans can tap into to heal, energize, or store or impart information.
"Crystals and their Use" has all kinds of very specific tips on cleaning and clearing crystals, which is basically hitting the reset button to restore and reactivate them. For the Kundalini crystal (used on the first—aka root, red, anal, or base—chakra), it is recommended that you bury your crystal in the ground for at least 24 hours. “This is so that it can absorb the magnetism of the Earth which can be used to stimulate and balance the ‘serpent fire’ in the shaft of the spine,” Page/Albion says. The crystal associated with the second, or orange, chakra should be stored in an orange container or orange piece of fabric. The crystal for the Heart (fourth, green, etc.) chakra is supposed to be kept in an airtight container, pulled out only when applied for healing.
I’m sure all of this is well and good, and that many a shaman, re-visiting Atlantean, and plain ol’ seekers of abundance and enlightenment have gotten some great results from these processes. I, however, find stuff like this to be a little tedious, precious, and unnecessary. I do not want to treat my crystals like a jar of kim chee, or suffocate them, or have to find them special color-coordinated clothes in order for them to feel happy.
I opt for rinsing, then soaking them in a bowl of purified water in the sunlight for a while. Easy peasy. I’d like to consider myself sensitive to their needs, and they seem pretty cheerful with this arrangement. Though I have occasionally positioned them so they soak up the rays of an entire moon cycle, from new to full, when I want to get all mystical high-school style—and really, from time to time, who doesn’t?