The new year is a common time to make big changes and set the stage for transformation and new beginnings. Most of us have grandiose plans at first, but quickly slip back into old habits. So how can you be sure to stick with your plans and stay on track with your goals to start fresh in the new year? With crystals of course!
UPDATE: This article previously mentioned White Sage and Palo Santo among the recommended methods for cleansing your stones. Smoke cleansing using these materials is culturally appropriative in the context it was previously described, especially shared by the author here (who is white). This article has been updated to reflect this change. Further, the term “smudging” has been updated to “smoke cleansing,” since the term smudging was incorrectly applied to the act of cleansing crystals without the cultural context and deeper meaning connected with the act of smudging by Indigenous people.
Crystals can be quickly and easily programmed with a specific intention or purpose. For example, Rhodonite is a fantastic stone for new beginnings. To start a new routine in the new year, simply reach for a piece of Rhodonite and hold it in your hands.
Close your eyes and think about exactly what you’d like to do differently in the new year. Visualize it in great detail – is it a new yoga routine, a commitment to read a book per week, quitting a bad habit? See it as clearly as possible, as if you can see it playing like a movie in your mind’s eye.
Once you’ve been able to visualize this new routine, hold the crystal over your heart for a moment to show your gratitude to the stone. Your stone has now been imprinted, or programmed, with the information from your visualization.
Any time you feel yourself begin to stray from your new routine, just reach for your stone for a bit of support and a reminder of that good feeling you had during your visualization. This will help ensure that your good intentions for creating new beginnings keep their momentum the whole year through.
Since you’ll be carrying your stone throughout the day, you’ll need to be sure to cleanse it frequently. One of the simplest methods of cleansing is to smoke cleanse your stones by burning herbs. You can cleanse a single stone by passing it through the smoke of burning herbs like rosemary, mugwort, and lavender.
Similarly, you can cleanse a group of crystals by wafting a burning smoke cleansing herbal bundle over the entire group of stones. A great alternative method to cleanse your stones is to ring a bell or sound a chime near your crystal. You may even play a singing bowl or use a tuning fork. Sound is a powerful cleanser of energy and is quick, simple, and convenient.