Whats the difference between cleaning, clearing, and charging crystals? Thank you.
For me, cleaning can mean either physically cleaning the dust and buildup off of a crystal or energetically cleaning (also called clearing) the crystal. For most folks, cleaning and clearing are often used interchangeably and basically mean the same thing. The idea is to remove/release/restore the crystals' energy.
Crystals that are used to send energy out may become depleted and need a cleansing to restore their energy.
Crystals that are used to pull energy in, like illness energy from the body or to remove negative energy away from a space, collect this energy in the crystal and this energy needs to be released.
Here is a summary page in our archives that share a variety of ways in which to clean/clear your crystals: http://www.healingcrystals.com/How_to_Clear_Your_Crystals_Articles_11427.html
By the process of cleaning/clearing, you are also charging/recharging the crystal. In other words, you are removing all the dense energy, which brings the crystal back to its original and energetic state.
Many times, you will hear folks speak of charging, as in charging a crystal grid, or charging water. In the case of a crystal grid, this is a way to connect all of the crystals energetically to work for a singular purpose. In the case of charging water, you are infusing the water with the energy of the crystal.
This is a great question! I hope that this breakdown has made it easier to understand the differences between cleaning, clearing, and charging.
With love and crystal blessings,
Author and Project Manager for Healing Crystals