Question and Answer: Are There Any Negative Crystals/Gemstones

Crystal Q and A!! If you have a crystal question, post it below and I will do my best to get you an answer! Here’s one I received recently:


I’ve noticed in my limited research of the stones that have passed through my life over the years that nearly everything has some sort of metaphysical property… healing, protection etc. Based off of color, composition etc. I’ve noticed however that all stones that I’ve come across seem to always have positive qualities. Never anything per say negative, or destructive, that I’ve noticed.

So my question is: are there inherently negative stones that cause negative reactions in people, or are they all positive beings? Can, say, a quartz crystal be programmed to do negative instead of positive? What of radiated quartz which is turned black due to exposure to X-ray radiation? I’m simply curious not doing bad juju on anyone…


That’s an excellent question!! This is actually something I cover in my book (Understanding the Crystal People). Obviously in the book, the information is pertaining only to quartz crystal, however my guess is it is the same for all stones… And in my view, applies to anything other than human, actually. Animals or plants or even some stones may be harmful or even deadly to us physically but they aren’t harmful out of malice. I think people are the only species that do that (except maybe some aliens, but it could be argued they are “people”… or maybe just following their instincts?) So, certainly there are stones which can be dangerous to us physically (stones which contain cyanide or arsenic for example), but again, they aren’t physically harmful out of malice.

So that would leave the portion of the question whether they can intentionally be programmed for ill-intent. The short answer is no.

To expound on that, the vibration in quartz is too high, and as sentient beings, a person can’t program a crystal or “trick” it into participating with a program with bad intent. The analogy I received from my crystal guide, Venus, is that if you take a lidded box (which is dark inside, in a sense, to “carry the dark within”) into a room blaring with light (room = crystal, dark inside box = evil intent) when you take the lid off the box, it doesn’t darken the room at all. The shadows inside the box are replaced with light and the room is no darker because you opened the lid of the box. The same analogy works with our crystal friends. If one attempts to put “shadow” into the crystal (with negative programming), the light within simply causes the shadow to disappear.

And as for very dark, irradiated crystals (naturally occurring or manipulated by man), they simply have the properties of smoky quartz (grounding, stabilizing etc), but no negative connotations. I can see where one might think a black stone could be perceived as possibly used in a dark way, but the crystal entity simply isn’t going to get on board with that. Since it is a matter of co-creation, it will not work. Not to say that someone might try it and say its working, and even if their dark agenda did work, it would have nothing to do with the crystal and all to do with the sender’s energy on its own… since crystals are sentient beings, not simply automaton tools, it’s not going to happen that the crystal could be “used” or even “tricked” in that way.

It’s not the first time I’ve been asked this question, so hopefully seeing the answer here will be helpful to more people. Excellent!

ADDENDUM: Something else to consider: There are stones which may not be a vibrational match to the person in question, so they may make the person physically uncomfortable (for example, some people and tektite) or which cause a reaction in people which is perceived as negative (headache, lightheadedness, etc), or which are absolutely physically harmful (for example contain toxic or poisonous elements such as malachite dust… as an aside, here is an excellent resource from Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy on toxic stones.) The stones are not harmful due to mal-intent, any more than a rattlesnake or shark is. For example, the snake or shark would also be very dangerous if put in someones lap! I think there are ways around this and exceptions to every rule, however Crystals absolutely cannot be intentionally programmed or manipulated to be used in a harmful way.

If you have questions about this topic or a different question all-together, please post it in the comments section below. I am happy to write a blog post. Just like our teachers used to tell us, chances are, if you have a question, someone else probably has the same question. Talk to you soon!


soulmateLast week we covered part one of A Comprehensive Look at Programming where we covered what it is and why to do it. We’re going to pick right up where we left off last week with actually programming a crystal. If you read the post last week, I suggested you think of a basic (simple) program you might like to try and to find the crystal friend to help you. Once you have chosen the crystal, you need to cleanse and clear it.

As a reminder, cleansing is removing any residual energy it may have picked up in the environment. This crystal may have been recently cleansed, but it is good to do again, just prior to programming.

The next step is to clear it of any prior programming. Clearing is asking the crystal to release any prior programs. Even if you haven’t personally programmed this crystal, someone might have in the past, or it may have picked up a program inadvertently just living in your space. It is always good to erase the blackboard and ensure that you are starting with a clean slate. If it is a crystal you have had for a while, you might have programmed it and forgotten.

These two steps are easy and don’t have to be complex or involve a long ritual. It is as simple as holding the crystal, asking it that it release any prior energies which it may have picked up (this is the cleansing), and then asking it to release any prior programs it may be holding (this is the clearing). If you are big into ritual, feel free to make these two steps as flowery or involved as you would like, and if you are not, it can be as simple as a thought. It’s all up to you.

check-in-no-crystalI’m going to go over the “check in” again, both to remind you of how, and also suggest that you check in even if you became close during the week in preparation for programming. It’s always good to do a new check in before programming, even with your most familiar crystals. It is a way to say hello, give thanks and prepare for your task before beginning. You are also in a new space in every moment, so your check in from day to day, hour to hour or even minute to minute may vary greatly. Before picking up your crystal, do the check in with yourself and your body.

To begin the check in, find a comfortable position. I make it a point not to have any of my extremities crossed, and my feet are flat on the floor. Next, become mindful of any sensations you might have. What kind of mood are you in, how does your body feel? Take more than a few seconds on this. Take several moments and really go inside and become mindful of what your body is experiencing. What sounds do you hear? Do you see any colors? This is determining your baseline so you will be able to “hear” your crystal speaking to you when you begin.

check-in-with-crystalOnce you are fully aware of your baseline, pick up your crystal. Sit with it and notice how you feel with the crystal in your hand. How is what you are experiencing different from your baseline? Do you notice any sensations in your body which weren’t there when you started the check in? You may see colors or pictures, hear sounds, feel sensations such as buzzing or tingling, experience a shift in mood or a difference in lightness or heaviness of your limbs. Pay attention to your chakras. Do you have a pressure or sensation in any of them that is different from the baseline? Which direction is the energy flowing? Is it up or down, does it stay in one place? These are all ways that your crystal is speaking to you. It will vary from person to person depending on your primary sense. It may be several of these sensations, layered. Your crystal may have a message for you or a suggestion on how to proceed. This may be something you simply intuit or it may be direct, as hearing instructions. When you feel connected and attuned to your crystal and it to you, you’ll move to the next step, which is the actual programming.

Again, proper sitting posture is important. Sit comfortably with your spine straight and your feet flat on the floor. Don’t forget to clear your mind. You want to focus on this one thing that you need assistance with, so you don’t want to boggle your crystal up with mind chatter. Connect your head to the heavens and your feet to the earth. Ground yourself while remaining uplifted.

Programming is usually best done with your crystal in your dominant hand (if you are “right-handed” your dominant hand is your right, left if you are “left-handed” for example). Your crystal should be in your dominant hand because your non-dominant hand is receptive. You are sending this program. You may use the crystal in your receptive hand after it is programmed. This will vary on program and desire.

You are going to send your desire from your mind, feel it in your body, imagine it as complete and send these thoughts and feelings down your arm and into the crystal. This is the usual “Law of Attraction” philosophy (we covered the basics in the last post). Visualize and feel yourself not in the ‘wanting and waiting’ stage, but in the ‘completed’ stage. Your crystal is like a portal and can connect you to all times: past, present and future. Be in the NOW with your desire that you are programming into your crystal, complete and successful. As you work with your programmed crystal, it will be holding the final intent for you to help remind you of your goal. With focused intent and a clear request, it really couldn’t be any easier.

Remember, programming your crystal isn’t a requirement. The crystal will still function in all kinds of ways (such as raising vibrations, clearing a room of negative energy and amplification of positive energy, among other things). You also needn’t worry about “erasing information” in a Record Keeper with clearing and programming. If you read the prior blog on Record Keepers you may remember that the Record Keeper crystal is more like a portal to the information rather than something like a read-write CD which may be erased and reformatted.

You may worry that in the beginning you might program a crystal the “wrong” way. Again, with programming as with cleansing and clearing, Intent is more important than content. You really can’t do anything wrong with a crystal if your intent is good. You can’t mess it up or cause irreparable damage with your programming. You might wonder, “What if someone wanted to program a crystal for evil purposes? What happens then?” Because crystal isn’t simply an inanimate tool like a hammer or screwdriver, those with negative intent (incarnate or discarnate) can’t use a crystal in simply any way they choose. A “negative program” simply will not take.

The next steps on how you work with your programmed crystal are as important or more important than the initial programming.

I paraphrased a concept presented by Mike Dooley in the last post. Remember that if the crystal is the GPS and the program (your desired end result) is the address, the route will be mapped for you. You will be guided by the Universe, but you will have to put your car in drive and MOVE. Part of this movement is engaging in whatever activity will bring you closer to your goal. For example, if it is to quit smoking, you might try switching to a lighter brand or even stepping down with e-cigarettes or nicotine patches. If it is to eat a more healthy diet, ramp up your water intake and cut out sodas. If it is to attain a loving committed relationship, you put yourself in places you are likely to meet other people. Remember, even with the programmed crystal, we still have to do the work. (Just like on a road trip, we still have to endure the hours in the car and the possible inconveniences of travel.)

As you work with your crystal, and as you take your steps along the path to your desired goal, it is important to revisit and recharge. Many people think that programming a crystal is a step, complete in and of itself. In fact, programming is just the beginning. It is plugging the address into the GPS. As you work toward your goal (program) you will need to revisit your crystal. Touch in. It might be time to add in a via point (a stop along the way if you decide half way that you might want to tweak your address/program a bit.) It will not do to program a whole bunch of crystals for all these different desires and expect that they will carry the load while we go eat pizza. They are helping us, not doing for us. In the beginning I would suggest programming only one crystal at a time, and add them as you become comfortable with the process. You will need to keep your crystal cleansed of energies, thank it for its work and offer recharging at least monthly. That brings us to the next variable in programming, and that is when.

charging quartz crystal in full moonWe have a natural calendar built in with the changing of the phases of the moon. Like with any magical works, New Moon energies will benefit programs which have to do with new beginnings, growing things, things which increase. Full Moon energy is good for things which decrease, which you would like to see end, or diminish. Whichever moon you choose, you can decide to recharge it the next month on that moon (New Moon or Full Moon). If you can leave it outside, that’s fine, but remember, in our discussion about charging, you don’t have to even take it outside. It is basically a deeper check in and asking the energies to rejuvenate and recharge your crystal. It can certainly do this for itself, but it is part of your responsibility in holding up your end of the programmed desire. It keeps you present with your desire and helps to keep you on track. It is also a good time to take stock, see if you are listening to the GPS when it redirects you when you get off course, or if you have been driving off the map, not paying any attention to where you are or where you’re going.

Basically, that’s all I have on programming! The process may seem a little long and involved at first, but the doing is much easier than the explaining. And remember, even though we have a crystal programmed to a destination (goal) we still have to do the work. Here is a recap:

  • When you select your crystal for a specific task, ask the crystal’s permission to program it;
  • Determine your intention and hold it in your mind in clarity;
  • Check in, first without the crystal and then with it in your hand;
  • Listen carefully for any guidance you receive;
  • continue until you feel attuned and connected to your crystal;
  • Feel yourself in the moment of successful completion of your desire. Pour this feeling into the crystal. Whatever it is you are programming: See it. Feel it. Taste it. Send all of this into your crystal so it can remind you of this successful feeling when you need a boost or assistance with this task.
  • The final step in programming (and the beginning step toward the goal): When you are finished with your positive visualization and focused intent, indicate to the crystal that you are finished. Let it know that you are ready for it to take over in holding your intention. Thank it for its assistance in helping you complete this task, whatever the task may be.
  • Check in often during the month. Daily is great.
  • Recharge and revisit your program monthly, use the moon phase to remind you of when it is time.

Remember that because it is present in all times (past, present and future) your crystal is already there with your successful self. The crystal can “see” that you have already completed whatever task you programmed it to help you achieve. Be grateful and thankful. Ask your crystal to hold that vision for you until you have achieved it or until you have changed your direction. Ask that it remind you when you need a boost. Ground out the energy, put your crystal somewhere special and check in often. Not only will checking in keep you connected to your crystal, and your program, but your crystal may have a message for you or a suggestion on how to proceed. Don’t miss out on this part!

I hope you have enjoyed this discussion on programming crystals. Next week is Christmas, I think I will take a blog-break and join you again in two weeks. If you have topics you would like to have me cover or expound on, or if you have a question about quartz crystal which has been vexing you and you just can’t quite get it, please put them in the comments section below (or email me at I want to write about the things which are important to you. Until next time, Happy Holidays!

A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT PROGRAMMING CRYSTALS (Part 1 of 2) What is it and Why to do it

Rainbow crystal

Rainbow crystal, represents hope and optimism

In the last post we talked about charging your crystals. I hope you were able to pull in some full moon energy and give your crystals some much needed attention, rest, and rejuvenation. This week we’re going to revisit programming since it is a natural followup to charging. It’s a big topic so I’m splitting it into two parts. This week we’ll cover what programming is, what it ISN’T and why do it. Next week we’ll talk about how and when.

Recording what you want assistance with is the basic premise behind programming a crystal.

You simply determine what kind of assistance you would like from your crystal friend, and then respectfully ask the crystal to agree to help you. It ISN’T telling the crystal what to do and then leaving it on its own to “fix” your problems or manifest your desired reality. More about this later.

Programming crystals isn’t a have-to. Meaning they will still work to raise the vibrations, bring in energies, and alter the light to benefit whatever structure they may have, without any input from us. However, if you are going to request the help of a crystal for something specific (during meditation, for magical works, astral travel or to contact Angels or Spirit Guides, for example), you will get better results if you program your crystal with that specific intent. It is similar to making sure that two people who want to work together get on the same page about their goal or end result.

Programming your crystal allows you and your crystal to work together toward a clearly focused goal.

Programming is also helpful in achieving a goal or end result because it requires that you become clear on what it is you’re aiming toward. The best “program” is one that is well thought out and concise. This ensures that you are clear about what you want. It isn’t micromanaging the Universe, however. Broad strokes are fine, and the less specific details (such as how you get there) the better. These statements may seem to contradict each other, but really, they don’t. Let me explain.

As an example, let’s say your “end result”, (for which you are programming the crystal), may be that you would like to be in a dedicated, loving relationship. What you need to do now, is define that for yourself. What would it look like to be in this desired relationship? How would it feel? How would the other person treat you? How would you treat them? What are the big picture desires you have for wanting this relationship to manifest? I’m not necessarily talking about specific physical characteristics or that they have a specific job, and I’m not talking about making a specific person fall in love with you. It is more that you are deciding what it means, exactly, to be in a dedicated, loving relationship. Then the details of how that comes to you is up to the Universe. In this way, you are open to all possibilities (including possibilities of which you might have never dreamed or even imagined).

The next step in programming is basic Law of Attraction stuff. If you aren’t familiar with what the Law of Attraction is, here is a quote from Wikipedia: “The law of attraction is the name given to the maxim “like attracts like” which in New Thought philosophy is used to sum up the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life. This belief is based upon the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from “pure energy”, and the belief that like energy attracts like energy.” Thoughts become things, and matching our vibrations with the vibration of our desires brings the desire to us (manifests it in our reality).


Soulmate crystal

So, now you have distilled your desired “program”; you can see, feel and be in this space as if the end result has already been attained. Now it is time to decide which crystal you might like to help you. Because your program is about relationship, you might choose a Soulmate crystal to help you with this task. The first thing you should do is attain the Soulmate crystal which resonates with you (it may be one you already have in your crystal family or it may be a new one you adopt specifically for this purpose). The next thing you should do before programming is familiarize yourself with your Soulmate crystal. I call this familiarization process the “check in”. I call it this because you are “checking in” with how you feel before you pick your crystal up, which is discovering your baseline, and then you are “checking in” with the crystal.

To begin the check in, find a comfortable position and become mindful of any sensations you might have. What kind of mood are you in, how does your body feel? Take more than a few seconds on this. Take several moments and really go inside and become mindful of what your body is experiencing. What sounds do you hear? Do you see any colors? This is determining your baseline so you will be able to “hear” your crystal speaking to you when you begin.

Once you are fully aware of your baseline, pick up your crystal. Sit with it and notice how you feel with the crystal in your hand. How is what you are experiencing different from your baseline? Do you notice any sensations in your body which weren’t there when you started the check in? You may see colors or pictures, hear sounds, feel sensations such as buzzing or tingling, experience a shift in mood or a difference in lightness or heaviness of your limbs. Pay attention to your chakras. Do you have a pressure or sensation in any of them that is different from the baseline? Which direction is the energy flowing? Is it up or down, does it stay in one place? These are all ways that your crystal is speaking to you. It will vary from person to person depending on your primary sense. It may be several of these sensations, layered.

This may be a crystal with which you are already familiar (one which has lived with you). It is important to do all of this again with your crystal even if you are familiar with it and have previously done a check in. It just means it may take a little less time than it did in the beginning; but it is still a very important step. You’re in a different place and the crystal is as well. What the crystal tells you this time may be very different than what you heard (felt, saw) last time. You need to reestablish the connection with your crystal, in the light of this new program, and the best way to do that is with the check-in.

Besides becoming familiar with the sensations (energetic connections) you get from your crystal, it’s good to also look at it. Become familiar with what it looks like physically. Since we’re talking about a Soulmate crystal in this example, how do the two crystals stand together? Are they merged or kind of separate? Is there Fairy Frost, Rainbows or mirror fractures inside? Are the sides smooth or Lineated? Does it have Barnacles or Bridges? How does it physically feel in your hand? Is it heavy or light? Try holding it in different positions and determine how it likes to be held. This may seem like a big procedure and you might wonder if all this is necessary. Becoming intimately familiar with your crystal is an important step for after you are done with the initial program and when you are working with it toward your goal. I’ll go into this in more detail later.

I don’t know how many of you reading this are familiar with Mike Dooley. He was one of the people featured in the movie The Secret. I’m going to paraphrase a story he told in one of his You-Tube videos because it struck a resonant chord for me, and it applies wonderfully to the subject of working with and programming your crystal. Following is a heavily paraphrased rendition of what Mike Dooley said in the video, after being run through the Genn-filter. What struck the chord with me was this: He said that most of us got the Law of Attraction mostly right, but we are missing a very important step. He compared the process with using a GPS. Following is a scenario. As you read, keep what I have been talking about with programming your crystal in mind.

So, here’s our scenario regarding the GPS. Before we even turn the GPS on, we have to know where we want to go. Let’s say we have a new friend who lives on the other side of the country. Say we live in New York and they are 3000 miles away in California. When we decide to go, we could just plug “California” in the GPS, but that could put us a LONG way from where our friend actually is. We need to narrow it way down. So we get specific. We add the town, the street and finally the house number. Notice here that we don’t tell the GPS which roads we will take and we don’t even have to have any idea how to get there, turn by turn. We just have to know exactly where we want to end up; our New Friend’s house at 123 ABC Street, Anytown, California.

If you watched The Secret, you might remember when they were talking about getting your vibrations in alignment with what you want. That if you want a red sports car, sit in your chair at home, pretend you’re in your new sports car: feel the sports car around you, smell the upholstery, visualize the scenery, the smell of the air, engage all your senses. (So, likewise, in our trip to Anytown, California, the next step might be packing our clothes, preparing the car for the journey, placing a hold on our mail, taking time off work.)

Here’s the catch: After watching The Secret, and applying the suggestionsmost people found that it didn’t actually work for them! That no matter how much they immersed themselves in the imaginary experience, aligned with the vibration, (felt, believed and KNEW that the sports car was coming, was indeed THERE), most people realized that when they opened their eyes, there they still sat. In their chair, in their house, not in the red sports car. They do this again and again, and still, no red sports car. Sadly, they decide that the Law of Attraction is nothing more than New Age Hooey. What they don’t realize is that they have missed a crucial step.

So, this is the point where Mike said The Secret had it wrong, and he went on to explain the missing final step: You can plug in your coordinates, pack your car, cancel the mail and get time off work. You can get in your car, put the key in the ignition and even start the motor. BUT YOU HAVE TO PUT THE CAR IN GEAR AND DRIVE. In ANY direction. You don’t have to have any idea how to get to California. You might pull out and head east when you need to go west. THAT’S OK. The GPS will gently redirect you and you will be on your merry way. But you will NEVER get there, no matter how well planned the trip, no matter how aligned you are with the vibration, if you don’t put the car in gear and drive.

The very same is true with programming your crystal friends. You’ve accurately defined your desired end result (specific street address) <check>. You’ve found the crystal friend you would like to have help you (attained the Garmin or TomTom GPS) <check>. You have become intimately familiar with your crystal friend so you can call its image into your mind at will (learned the ins and outs of how to navigate with your GPS unit) <check>. You sat with your crystal friend and described your end result clearly, aligning with the vibration of being in a loving, committed relationship (programmed the exact street address coordinates into the GPS) <check>. And now you apply the final step: YOU PUT YOUR CAR IN GEAR AND DRIVE.

With the relationship scenario, you put yourself out there. You go to places where you might meet new people. You get off the couch and out of your comfort zone. Just because you’ve programmed it, you don’t expect the crystal to magically produce the desired result. Most people who have attained crystals to work with on certain issues, and who may have even followed other’s instructions on how to program, find that they don’t achieve the desired results. So they buy another crystal that is said to bring financial abundance, healing, weight loss, help with astral travel or any of 1000 programs you might have in mind. They buy and buy and program and program, but still they don’t achieve the results. So either they a) keep buying, keep chasing the crystal descriptions or b) begin to think that working with crystals is (I’ll say it again) nothing more than New Age Hooey. But they didn’t apply the final step. It DOES work! We must keep in mind it is a co-creative endeavor. Our crystals will help us, and will help us hold the vision, but we have to do the work as well.

You may be thinking, “Well that’s just great. What’s the point in programming a crystal if I still have to do all this work!?” Compare it to the GPS trip again. You plug in the coordinates, the GPS maps your route and guides you, but you still have to drive. Your butt will get tired and you will have to put gas in the car and eat and navigate traffic and may have to deal with bad weather and construction. You may have a flat tire or encounter a detour. But still you know, that providing you keep your car in gear and moving, and also that you heed the warning when you make a wrong turn and Carmen the Garmin tells you “redirecting… make a U turn” you will end up at your desired destination. Granted. You could make the same trip without a GPS, but you have to agree it would be much harder.

The beauty of the GPS and programming your crystal is that you can redefine the program at any time. You may get half way there and decide you don’t want to visit your new friend after all, and you decide to visit someone in Colorado instead. So you hit “new destination” on the GPS, plug in the new coordinates, and you’re off. Same with your crystal. Cleanse and Clear your crystal, let it know you are switching gears and have a new end goal and start again.

So this looks like a good place to stop this post. Next time we’ll finish up with programming. We’ll talk about how to do it, what times are better, and how to maintain the program until you reach your destination. So until next time, start thinking of a program (where do you want to go), get it distilled (what is the exact street address), and select a crystal with which you resonate (buy the GPS that fits the bill or dig the one you have out of the glove box). This week, do the check in and become intimately familiar with your crystal. We’ll get right into programming in the next blog post. Consider choosing an easy program to begin with (drive to the corner store) and then work on the bigger programs (driving across country). As an example, in an end goal to attain a healthy weight, choose a small step initially. Say, to help you to drink more water and cut out soda (easy program) and then as you meet that goal and as you become familiar with your crystal and how programming works, choose to program for a bigger goal (losing 50 pounds).

I’ll see you next week and we’ll get to programming!