CRYSTAL PROGRAMMING FAQ'S 1. What kind of crystal should I use? Any crystal can be programmed.

Quartz crystal is a very flexible stone that can be used for programming any intention. I've listed a few of the most common specific programs and stones targeted for them below. If your intention is to program a stone for love, consider using a rose quartz, carnelian, garnet or ruby. To program a stone for prosperity and money, consider using jade or garnet. To program a stone for protection, consider jet or onyx. To program a stone for health, consider malachite or bloodstone. To program a stone for serenity and peace of mind consider amazonite, amethyst, or angel stone. To program a stone for increased personal power, consider yellow calcite, amber, or tigers eye. 2. Should I ask the stone before I program it? We believe it is always a good idea to ask a crystal before using it for any purpose. This can be a very simple process. Sit quietly with the stone in your hands and ask if the stone would like to be used in such a way. Then close your eyes and pay attention to any images, thoughts, or feelings that come to you. Your intuition will tell you the answer. If you are unsure about your intuitive abilities, consider using a pendulum to ask the question, or find a pendulum practitioner to ask for you. Often times, the answer will be clear simply by a feeling that it is the right thing to do. If you feel any resistance within you, choose a different stone. That is your intuition speaking, saying that the stone would prefer not to be used in such a way. 3. How long will the programming be effective? The programming will last indefinitely, but you may choose to reset the intention on occasion. This can be accomplished by following the steps outlined below in the crystal programming tutorial. Once every six months or year should be fine, although many times once the programming is set, it will stay active until you cancel it. 4. What will happen if I do it wrong? There is no wrong way to program a crystal or even to work with crystals. The only time something is wrong is if the user tries to harness the crystal energy to force an outcome, such as is often done in black magic or darker practices. As long as you keep your spirit light, you will do fine. The only thing that can happen is the crystal programming isn t especially effective. This can happen if you do the programming while in a scattered or chaotic state of mind, or if you don t check with the crystal first that it wants to be used in such a way. 5. Should I program all of my crystals? This is a personal choice for you to make. We have many crystals that we have never programmed. We allow them to do their work unfettered by our preconceived notions of what they should be doing. We do have crystals on the other hand, that are programmed. A common one for us is programming stones for healing that are used in our energy healing practice. The programming makes them much more focused and able to help heal those that come to us for healing. Do what feels right for you.

Program a crystal if you will be working with it extensively, or if you will be using it for one purpose only.

Below is a step by step tutorial on how to program a crystal. Remember, none of this is set in stone. We offer a guideline for those new to energy healing, crystals and programming crystals. If you prefer to change a few things or a lot of things, feel free. Your intuition will tell you the best way for you to access the energies of your stones. HOW TO PROGRAM CRYSTALS 1. First, clear your intentions and energies. This can be accomplished in whichever suits you best. Common methods are to light incense, put on sacred music, burn candles, take a bath, or clear your sacred space. It is always best to come from a place of peace and serenity when programming a crystal. The effect will be much stronger. 2. Clear the crystal of previous programming or old energies. This can be done by cleansing the crystal thoroughly. If you are short on time, and the crystal has been cleansed recently, simply hold it under running water for a few minutes and ask your higher spirit and angel guides to clear the old programming out of the stone. 3. Once you and your chosen stone are in a calm, peaceful state, hold the crystal in your hands and gaze in it. Center yourself and clear your mind , be relaxed. 4. As you gaze at your stone, visualize images of your wish. Envision what you want to bring about happening inside of the stone. You can imagine a movie screen inside the crystal where your intention is already here. An example if you are programming a jade stone for prosperity, envision yourself driving the car you ve always wanted, and taking your dream vacation, and sharing your wealth with your favorite charities. Take time with this step. It is important to visualize the reality of your intention clearly. 5. Continue the process until you are satisfied that you have filled the crystal with your intentioned program. 6. The new vibrations are now stored in the crystal. The program will stay until you clear the crystal again. 7. Seal the intention into your crystal by envisioning a white light surrounding the stone, and emanating from within it. 8. Give thanks for all that has been brought to you, as though it were already here. Repeat the thank you three times. This can be simple or elaborate as you choose. A simple version would be "Thank you. Thank you. Thank you". Another simple version, if it were a prosperity program would be, "Thank you for the prosperity that fills my life." More elaborate would be, "Thank you, Great Spirit, Mother Earth (fill in your chosen higher power here) for the prosperity that fills my life. Thank you for the abundance of love, and family, and friends, and wealth. Thank you for the food in my

cupboard and the soft bed to sleep on. Thank you for the overflowing balance in my bank account." 9. When you have finished with the process clear yourself and the environment. This can be accomplished by burning a bit of sage, or lighting incense, or even as simple as opening the windows to let fresh air in. 10. The crystal will work with you, even when you are not focusing on the concept, and make your intention become reality.

WORKING WITH YOUR PROGRAMMED CRYSTALS Now that your stone is programmed, there are simple ways to work with the intention in your stone that will help the manifestation come more rapidly. 1. Consider placing the stone on an altar or sacred space within your home. This will keep your intention strong, and your focus on the stone because your eye will catch it often. 2. Consider honoring it with gifts. These gifts can be simple or elaborate as you choose. If your intention was for increased serenity in yourself and your home, consider honoring your stone with a gift from nature, something that makes you feel serene, like a leaf or small ceramic bowl with water in it. If your intention was to manifest love, place a beautiful necklace or a single rose near your stone. If your intention was to manifest prosperity, place your crystal on a dollar bill, or a pile of change. 3. Work with your stone every week. Take it down from it's sacred spot and hold it in your hands, sharing healing energy, and re-envisioning the programming within it. If it is small, consider taking it with you as you go about your day. Simply slip it in your pocket or purse, so that it's energies will stay near you. CRYSTALS FOR LUCID DREAMING AND DREAM RECALL Crystals for Lucid Dreaming and Dream Recall: The crystal healing dreams section covers how to use crystals and energy healing techniques for increasing dream recall and accessing your dreams for intuitions from spirit and angel guides. When you're done here, visit the rest of the crystal healing section for more crystal healing articles and crystal healing resources. Dreams offer humans a strong connection to our spirit guides, higher purpose, and intuition on paths to follow in our waking life. They can take us on a journey to the next step in our spiritual development. This section is all about how to use crystals to increase dream recall and how to use crystals to delve deeper into the dream world and lucid dreaming. It is also about using crystals to help interpret the lessons from your dreams and translate them into beneficial lessons for your waking life. I'm going to start off with a personal story. Several years ago I had a dream about being in a park surrounded by friends. It was a beautiful sunny day and I was enjoying the kinship of seeing old friends that I hadn't visited with in years. They

were friends from Arkansas, where I had lived for several years before moving to Florida to care for an ailing family member. In the park there was an old wooden tower. I became intrigued by the tower and walked up to the weathered front door, leaving the park and old friends behind. Opening the door, I saw a spiral staircase leading upwards. I followed the staircase higher and higher. Finally, after climbing many flights I approached a landing on the uppermost floor. There was nothing on the landing except for one magnificent door. Vivid glowing green crystals were set into the door in a beautiful, intricate pattern. The door felt ancient and powerful. The crystals hummed with energy and light emanated from them in an enchanting glow. I stepped towards the door, turned the door knob and opened it. On the other side of the door was white light so bright it can only be described as blinding, although it wasn't painful. It was just b-r-i-g-h-t. The white light instantly filled me with a strong feeling of serenity and peace, as though everything were exactly as it should be, and I was doing exactly what I should be, which was nothing but standing in the glow of the light. It was one of those moments when I felt completely, totally, utterly at peace. I woke feeling as though I had been traveling to another plane of existence, and the feeling of peace was strong within me. Now what did this dream mean to me? Perhaps something completely different than it would mean to you if it were your dream. That's the beauty of dream interpretation. It is personal to you and your set of life experiences. For me, the dream meant that I was reaching a new stage of consciousness, and that working with translucent green crystals would help me achieve the next step on the journey of my life. You can bet that the first thing I did was started working intensely with two green crystals that had been added to our collection recently. It just so happened that several months before the dream my partner and I splurged and purchased three rare stones for the cost of $190. It's an uncommon day when we let ourselves spend that much on crystals (although it's happened before), but we were extremely drawn to three pieces we found at a large gem and mineral show in Florida. We'd been working with those three stones intensively for several months before I had that dream. One was a translucent green Moldavite, a powerful stone of transformation, a meteor in fact, so it's origins are not of this world, but of the world around us, in space. The other purchase was for two very rare pieces of Poland Zincite, also a stone of transformation. One a translucent red, the other a translucent green. For me, the dream signified that my work with the Moldavite and green Zincite were taking me on the right path in my journey through life, and that through continued energy healing working with them, I would achieve a greater connection with the higher powers of divinity. This is exactly what happened. These two strong transformation stones rapidly changed our lives. We had been living in Florida for several years, but yearned to move back to our five acres of land in Arkansas. It didn t seem possible at the time as we were both set strongly with work and family in the Florida area. But the universe, and the stones proceeded to make it happen. Within in a span of two weeks two events happened. My partner was involved in a car accident where another car hit his, and totaled it, and I was laid off from the job that I loved. Looking within, and working with the Moldavite and Zincite energies, we

realized that what looked on the surface like two unrelated tragedies, were actually guiding nudges from our spirit guides that the time for us to move back to Arkansas was here. Over the span of a few months Patrick, my partner, closed his energy healing practice, and we packed up the dog and cat and came back to our simple cabin in the woods. Since then, we have never doubted that this is the right place for us to be, because of the serenity and peace found on our land, and the strong spiritual community in Northwest Arkansas. By listening to the message in my dream, and the signs from our spirit guides, spirit nudged us back into alignment with our higher purpose. Working with your crystals and your dreams will help you listen to the messages from spirit too. Below are some steps you can take to furthering your connection with Divine Spirit through your dreams and stones. I've started with a quick list of stones useful for aiding dream recall, astral travel, lucid dreaming and a basic, quick and easy technique first, for those of you who don t want to spend a lot of time on this. I've found the crystal under your pillow technique to be extremely effective. Sometimes basic and simple can be very powerful. Do whichever technique you feel most drawn to, or try them all out over time. Also, as always, none of these techniques are set in stone. Feel free to use your intuitive urges to change them around, and make them feel comfortable for you. These are simply techniques that have worked for us and others. DREAM STONES Amethyst for Dream Recall: A crown chakra crystal (7th chakra) that brings a connection to higher divinity. This stone is useful for dream recall. It will also promote peaceful sleep and serenity. It deepens meditations and will aid in deepening dreams as well. It will aid in insomnia. Ametrine for Dream Wisdom: A crown chakra crystal (7th Chakra). Ametrine is a natural blend of Amethyst and Citrine inclusions. Ametrine will aid you in accessing your higher wisdom in the dream realms. Azurite for Accessing Intuition through Dreams: A third eye chakra crystal (6th Chakra).Azurite heightens psychic awareness and intuition. It will aid you in opening up to the intuitive potentials of your dreams. This is an excellent stone for use with dream work, and is recommended as one of the top stones to choose if you don't already have one picked out. Clear Quartz for Amplifying Dreams: All seven chakras. Clear quartz is an amplifier. It is especially beneficial for use in dream work to amplify the vividity of your dreams and the recollection of your dreams upon awakening. Clear quartz is easily programmed for any purpose, and can be programmed to work as a dream stone. Lepidolite for Nightmares and Insomnia: Crown Chakra (7th Chakra). Lepidolite is a calming crystal. It contains the natural substance lithium which has been used by modern science to calm agitated individuals. You can access the calming effects of lithium without resorting to prescription drugs simply by keeping lepidolite in your home or on your body. Lepidolite is useful for people with bad dreams, interrupted sleep patterns,anxiety or insomnia. Often times these three factors will keep a person

from having good dream recall. If you frequently experience any of these three factors, consider Lepidolite for your dreamwork. Moldavite for Transformative Dream Work: All seven chakras. Moldavite is a powerful stone of transformation. If you are wanting to do some serious dreamwork, use moldavite in conjunction with any of the stones listed above. Moldavite can change your life, by working with it in your dreamwork, it will help you to facilitate faster growth in any area you are focused on, whether dream recall, lucid dreaming, or astral travel.

CRYSTAL UNDER PILLOW: BASIC DREAM TECHNIQUE This is for all of you who want the quick and easy answer of how to aid dream recall, depth of dreams, and lucid dreaming. Take a stone you are drawn to and ask it to aid your visions and recall. Place the stone under your pillow and see what happens! Every night before you go to bed, hold the stone in your left hand and ask it to bring you dreams that will help you discover your higher path in life or that clarify whatever issue is most at hand in your life. For example, if you are confused about a work situation, ask the stone and your spirit guides to bring you a dream that will clarify the path of highest good. If you are worried about disagreements with a loved one, ask the stone and your spirit guides to bring you a dream that will clarify the best direction to take for harmony with your loved one. These are just examples, focus on the most pressing issue in your life that you want guidance on. Simply ask for clarity from your spirit guides, angel guides, animal totems, Jesus, Buddha, whomever it is that you personally choose to work with. The stone will act as a conduit to bring their higher wisdoms to you. You can use any stone for this exercise. Several good ones are clear quartz, amethyst, azurite, sodalite, moldavite, and zincite.

PROGRAM A CRYSTAL FOR DREAM INTUITIONS If you feel like it, program the stone to your specific request before using it. Visit the programming your crystal page for a detailed how-to list on programming a stone. A condensed version focused on programming a stone for dream recall, astral travel, and lucid dreaming is here. Clear the crystal of previous programming or old energies. This can be done by cleansing the crystal thoroughly. If you are short on time, and the crystal has been cleansed recently, simply hold it under running water for a few minutes and ask your higher spirit and angel guides to clear the old programming out of the stone. First, cleanse your crystal. This can be accomplished by holding it under running water for a few moments as a quick and easy method, or for a more intensive cleansing leave it outside in a bowl of water overnight. Once your chosen dream

crystal has been cleansed, meditate with the stone in your hands. It is beneficial to create a calm, serene environment while you are doing this. Some ideas are burning candles or incense, playing a cd of new age music, and smudging your home with sage. Whatever you find peaceful, just make sure you are in a calm, focused state before beginning the programming process. Hold the crystal in your hands and gaze upon it. As you gaze at the stone, visualize yourself sleeping comfortably in your bed. Envision a soothing blue light encircling you and your entire bed. The blue light is a portal to the dream world. Envision your stone tucked under your pillow or mattress, or sitting on top of your nightstand. The stone is circled in the blue light also. The blue light dream portal is now open to you. With the assistance of your stone, you can travel through the dream portal to the dream world. You can easily pass back and forth, remembering details of this plane and the dream plane. Now ask your stone to aid you in your dreaming. Ask for increased dream recall, lucid dreaming, astral travel, and guidance in your dreams. Thank your stone for undertaking the task of dream guardian for you. The stone will keep you safe in the dream realms, moving towards your highest purpose, and the knowledge that your higher self wants to share with you. Seal the intention into your crystal by envisioning a white light surrounding the stone, and emanating from within it. The new vibrations are now stored in the crystal. The dream program will stay until you clear the crystal again. Every night before you fall asleep, hold the dream stone in your left hand (the left hand is for receiving energies, the right hand is for sending energies) and thank it for aiding you. Say, "Thank you for helping me to remember my dreams tonight. Thank you for helping me receive guidance from my spirit guides in my dreams tonight. Thank you for helping me receive guidance regarding (insert any special issue you are trying to resolve) in my dreams tonight." Hold the dream stone to your third eye for a minute and concentrate your energies on the third eye. Meditate on the energies of your stone. Then place your dream stone near your bed. Common places are under your pillow, under your mattress, under your bed, or on your night stand. Note: Say the thank you's out loud. There is more power in the human voice than is currently recognized by modern science. Intoning the words starts a vibration that penetrates through to the spirit world. Another tip is to always use a positive affirmation. Instead of saying "Thank you for taking away my bad dreams". "Say Thank you for bringing me joyful dreams tonight."

MAKE A CRYSTAL DREAM PILLOW

Supplies: Pillowcase six inches square of extra fabric needle and thread a small crystal or crystals your choice of herbs: sage, sweet grass, frankincense, valerian root, kava kava. You can sew a special pillowcase or use one that is ready made. If you choose to sew one, consider fabrics that are in the blue and purple shades, as those colors most closely relate with the portal to the dream world. The next step is basically making a pocket on the pillowcase to hold your dream stone, and any other dream herbs and sacred objects that you wish to add. Here are the instructions for making the pocket. Cut the extra fabric. Make it approximately three to five inches across. You can cut it in a square, circle, or even star shape if you want to get fancy with it. Sew the shape in the center of your pillowcase, stitching along the outside edges of the cut-out fabric. Leave an unstitched section at the top roughly two to three inches across. The opening is there for you to insert and remove your dream crystal. If you want to get detailed with it, you could sew on a button or a snap at the top opening. It will help to keep your dream crystal from slipping out of the pocket. You can also add embroidery touches to the pocket, or sew the edges under to avoid frayed edges. It all depends on how much time you want to spend on it. The more time you spend in the creation, the more energy and intention will be present, but that doesn't mean you need to spend a lot of time on the construction of your dream pillow. When you are done crafting it, add your dream stone to the pocket. Other additions you might want to consider are:

-Sage for clearing out bad dreams and negative energy. Especially helpful if you have nightmares or night terrors.

- Sweetgrass if you are interested in working more closely with your animal totems. Animal guides speak to us in the dream world also, and sweet grass is a traditional Native American herb used for inviting animal totems into your life. Sweetgrass and a quartz crystal in your dream pillow is a very powerful combination for increasing your interactions with your animal guides.

-Frankincense is useful if you have insomnia or a generally difficult time getting restful sleep. The frankincense will bestow peace and serenity to you. Especially good in conjunction with amethyst or ametrine.

-Valerian Root and Kava Kava are both good for insomnia and restless sleep. Just add a pinch of either herb to your dream pillow pocket and watch your sleep become deeper and more productive. Now that your dream pillow is constructed on your dream crystal and other metaphysical items have been added to the pocket, you are ready to begin using your pillow. Simply place the pillow pocket side down onto your bed and sleep with your head touching the blank side of the pillowcase. You will heighten your dream recall, lucid dreaming and intensity of your dreams dramatically. If you wish to hold a sacred ritual to consecrate your new dream pillow you can do that as well.

CRYSTAL GRIDS FOR DREAM RECALL Crystal grids are often also called crystal layouts and crystal mandalas. They are three terms that basically mean the same thing. A crystal grid is simply laying out two or more stones in a pattern that feels intuitively correct for bringing about an intended result. More can be read about crystal layouts elsewhere on the site, but for the purpose of this page, we are only going to discuss the basics of crystal grids as they relate to dreamwork and opening a stronger dream portal. The most common layout in a room (and a very pleasant, simple one) is four quartz crystal points, each one set in the four corners of a room. You can do this in your bedroom to promote restful dreams and protection from darker energies. Another simple layout is four to five crystals of any type placed underneath the bed frame. For four crystals, place one at each corner of the bed. For a the five crystal layout, place one at each corner of the bed and the fifth directly in the center underneath the bed. The five pattern layout has it's roots in the pentacle, also known as the five-pointed star, a symbol from ancient times used for protection and as a way of increasing the power in any ritual work. A third layout is a full scale crystal mandala. Find a place in your bedroom that won't be disturbed much. This can be underneath the bed, on a nightstand or dresser, or a specially set up sacred altar. Take all of the stones that you have that are useful for dreamwork or that you feel compelled to work with in this fashion, and creating a mandala pattern out of them. Common concepts are concentric circles of stones, or radiating patterns of stones, a cross symbol, a five pointed star, a straight ling with a pointed crystal at the top. Allow yourself to experiment with the placement. We have found the crystal mandala method to be most effective when we allow our intuition to kick in and nudge us in the right direction. This is because it gives our spirit guides a chance to help us along.

Remember dream work can be enhanced with daily notes in a dream book. Before you go to sleep at night, envision your blue light dream portal opening up and surrounding your bed, and say "I will remember my dreams tonight. Thank you for helping me remember my dreams tonight." When you wake up in the morning, write in your dream journal. Even if all you have to say is, I have no recall. Write it down. It will begin the habit and train your subconscious mind to start remembering. Thank you for reading our section on using crystals in dreamwork. If you have a story or a technique you'd like to share on the subject, please email us. We would love to post your stories!