Gridding - Part II
Preparing the Site
Start with deciding where you will set-up your grid. Optimally, it should be a place that won’t be disturbed by other people, children, or pets. But it also should be situated
where you can see it, clean it, and recharge it regularly. You do have flexibility with
location if, for example, you need to put it in a closet-turned-gridding space.
I have a make-shift altar on one of the middle shelves of a bookcase in my office.
It works perfectly for this purpose.
Next, gather all the items you will need. This includes the grid (if you’re using a physical grid), the crystals, your intention (written down), and anything else you might need such
as incense or sage, a lighter or matches, a candle, paper and pen, and so forth.
It is best to have everything right there as you begin the process. Any back and forth because you forgot something tends to break your concentration and intensify your frustration, both of which will hinder the process.
Finally, ensure that you will not be disturbed while constructing your grid. Interruptions also disturb your focus and can cause anxiety.
I recommend “clearing” the space with sage or incense. However, you can do this in whatever way you wish. Some people ring a bell, use a singing bowl, tingshas, drum,
tone, and so forth. Clearing the space should always be done before any activity
involving manifesting (of any kind) as it prevents any residual energy that may be
lingering in the area from disturbing the activity.
If you like, you may light a candle to help set the mood and assist with shifting your consciousness. If you do this each time you create a grid, the mere act of lighting the candle will shift your consciousness.
Sit or stand with all the objects before you; crystals in the center and closest to you.
Close your eyes and inhale slowly, hold for just a second, and then exhale slowly.
(Don’t exaggerate the inhale and exhale so much that you hyperventilate. Just slow
your breathing and make it a bit deeper than normal.) Do these breaths three times,
and then return to more normal breathing, but keep it slow.
Do some form of grounding and centering. You want to ensure that you release any
worries from the day as well as tension or stress from your body and give it to the earth,
to the light, or whatever you typically do. This brings you fully into the present moment
and prepares your mind to focus on the task at hand. Be sure to take enough time with
this step. Don’t feel like you have to rush. It is important that you fully disengage from
your mundane life and allow yourself to become absorbed in the moment.
Once you feel peaceful and relaxed, bring your intention to mind. Say your intention,
either out loud or in your head, and start to imagine what it looks like and feels like to
have this thing in your life. If doubt or distraction enters the picture, just ignore them
and bring your focus back to how wonderful your life is now with your desire achieved.
Really engage in the vision, seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling and even tasting all the awesomeness that is your life. The more senses you can engage the better. FEEL the joy and happiness in your heart. Keep the image in the present; meaning, see and feel it
as if it’s already happened. Feel how grateful you are.
Again, do not rush through this section. If you remember from the “Basics of Manifesting” page, this is the key to the entire process. Also realize that the more you do this the
faster you’ll be able to do it the next time. Initially, this may take upwards of 15 – 20 minutes or more to really bring up the images AND the associated feelings and emotions. After you become more experienced, it may only take 8 to 10. You really should never spend less time than this. You will get out of it what you put into it and if the intention
isn’t fully developed, your result won’t be either.
Here’s a tip if you are struggling with this step. When you initially decided to set up a
grid to manifest something, that’s when you wrote down your intention and spent time defining and clarifying it, phrasing it in the present, and making sure it was a positive statement.
At the end of that activity, when you have a refined intention, follow the instructions
above that begin with taking some deep breaths. Go through the breathing activity followed by a grounding and centering. Then bring your intention to mind and imagine your life with your desire fulfilled. Bring your joyful emotion into it and follow
the same steps as laid out above. If you do this visualization ahead of time, then when
you get to this point in your gridding preparations you will simply be “recalling” the images and emotions rather than creating them for the first time. This will allow you
to feel more confident and relaxed during the actual grid construction.
Petitioning the Crystals
When you feel ready, speak to the crystals.
Sidebar: Some of the books I’ve read over the years say to pick the crystals up and hold them to your forehead (or third eye) and “think” what you want them to help with.
They call this “programming the crystals”. I have a huge issue with the word “programming”. I realize this may just be semantics, but the word programming to me
insinuates that the thing you're programming has no consciousness or any choice in
the matter; it's merely a machine.
I simply wouldn't treat anything I considered conscious like this, especially if it is
something willing to assist me.
In addition, the act of speaking words aloud does make a difference. Sound is a
powerful energy and intensifies the vibration (and therefore, the transmission) of
When I speak my intention to the crystals, I begin with something like, “My friends,
today we will construct a grid to help bring (my intention) to my life. I ask for your assistance in this endeavor. I am deeply grateful for your support.”
Again, most books and websites have you asking the universe to have the crystals help
you (which is an extra step and unnecessary), or simply speak the intention to the crystals (which is fine), or just launch right into setting up the grid without addressing the crystals
at all. I do not recommend this since the stones don’t inherently “know” what your intention is. You must give them instructions.
This is all mostly personal preference. However, I spoke on a previous page about
having respect for the crystals since they’re actually helping you achieve what you want
in life. Respect is pretty hefty stuff in my book and something that deserves attention.
Also, quantum physics points more and more to the fact that everything in the universe
has consciousness, including crystals. Being polite and respectful is always a safe bet.
You are welcome to hold the crystals while you speak to them, although there may be
too many to hold all at once. You can do them in groups, repeating what you say to
each group. Or you can hold just the focus or center stone since it is sort of like the quarterback. (I can’t help myself).
Assembling the Grid
Place the grid in the center of the area. You may have to move the crystals to one side.
Decide if you’re going to start with the outer ring of support stones or with the focus
stone. My personal preference is to start with the focus stone. To me, the focus stone is
like the center of a wheel. It wouldn’t make sense to put the spokes on first then the
center piece. But again, this is just the way I do it.
Also, if you’re not using a physical grid but simply visualizing the shape in your mind,
you may want to start with the focus stone. Having the center stone as a reference point may make it easier to place all the supporting stones.
There does need to be order to the placing of the stones. The mathematical nature of
the universe indicates that it prefers order. For this reason, I would not recommend just randomly placing crystals willy-nilly.
Next, place the first row of supporting stones. If you follow a particular spiritual path,
it may dictate that you start, for example, in the north. If this is the case, you would
place the first stone in the north position and then place each of the other stones
(one at a time) in a clockwise direction.
If you do not have such constraints, then you can start wherever you like. What I would
say, however, is wherever you begin, always begin there. Again, you’re establishing an order which will enhance the energy of all your gridding efforts over time. It creates a pattern, if you will; and we know that patterns have power.
If you don’t know where to start, go straight up on the grid and start there. It’s easy to remember and probably feels natural.
Let me make a quick comment about clockwise and counterclockwise. Generally
speaking, moving clockwise has an energy that denotes growth, increase, expansion,
and improvement. The energy of counterclockwise signifies decline, removal,
reduction, and contraction.
If you’re using more than one type of stone in the row, place all of one type first,
skipping a space in between each stone. Then place the second type in the spaces left open between the first ones.
Lay the second or outer row following the same method you used in the first row.
In case you’re wondering, it doesn’t matter if your rows line up perfectly or are offset
from one another (like bricks). Certain grids allow for offsetting, such as the Flower of
Life pattern. Others tend to compel you to align the rows, such as with Metatron’s
Cube. Energetically, either works just fine.
If you’re using amplifiers place those once all the rows have been completed. Follow
the same procedure as far as where you start and the direction (clockwise/counterclockwise) you move in.
If you’re using additional items and wish them to be on the grid, place those objects
last following the same method as before. If you do not want these supplemental items
to be on the grid, place them around the perimeter or outside of the grid proper.
Even in this location, follow the same procedures for placing them.
Once everything is in place, pick up your activator crystal or wand. Hold it in your hands
at about heart level. Take a moment to visualize energy coming from the universe and moving into your crown chakra and then moving to your heart. At the same time,
visualize energy coming up through the floor from the earth and moving to your heart.
Let the energy move from your heart to the activator crystal. Don’t rush this but you
don’t have to spend a long time either. The more you practice this activity, the faster
you will be able to execute it each subsequent time.
Take the activator crystal in your dominant hand and point it straight down at the focus stone staying an inch or two above it. Wait a moment for the two crystals to link.
You may feel this shift in the activator crystal or you may not. Just wait a few moments
and whether or not you feel a difference, move on to the next step.
SLOWLY move the activator from the focus stone to the first stone in the first row (where you began laying the crystals), then move it back to the focus stone. (You drew a kind of flower petal in the air above the stones). Even when linking stones, move the activator crystal in a clockwise direction as shown.
Next, move the activator from the focus stone to the second stone in the first row (the second stone you placed) and back to the focus stone.
Follow this same process with each stone in the first row, always coming back to the
focus stone before moving on to the next stone.
Remember to move slowly and FEEL or imagine or visualize the energy linking from the focus stone to each of the supporting stones.
When you finish with the first row, use the same method with each stone in the second row. Start with the first stone you placed in the second row and move in a clockwise direction. Remember to always come back to the focus stone before moving on to the
next crystal. You are linking each individual stone to the focus stone (and thus,
to the intention of your grid).
If you placed amplifiers on your grid follow the same process with each of those crystals.
Lastly, if there are any other items ON the grid, follow the same method with those.
If you have supplemental items but they’re around the perimeter of your grid and not
on it, do NOT link them in this manner. They will still contribute energy to your purpose
but more importantly, they will serve as a prompt or trigger for your mind to think
about your intention whenever you see them.
Once you have linked all the individual stones and other items on your grid, take the activator crystal and starting at the focus stone slowly move out to the edge of the grid
(in line with where you placed the first stone. For example, at the top of the grid) and “draw” a circle around the entire grid space in a clockwise direction. Do not include
those items outside of the immediate grid space.
You have now created a net of energy over the entire grid. This is important because it ensure that all of the stones are working as a team and the grid as a whole will continue
to generate energy to the torus field and out to the universe* (more on this * in a bit).
You are now finished with the activator crystal.
Place your hands over the grid (I place mine at two and ten o’clock) and take a few moments to really feel the energy of the grid. Imagine or visualize it pulsing with a
vibrant and powerful energy. It would help if you could visualize the torus field and feel
it moving in its circular flow pattern. (No worries if you’re not there yet).
After a moment or two, speak your full (written) intention out loud to the grid.
Again, visualize your intention as you did in the preparation phase. Feel the emotional
joy associated with having this thing in your life. Include your appreciation to the
universe and to the crystals for helping you achieve it. And feel your confidence
and belief that you are worthy to have it.
I usually end with a statement such as “So be it” or something indicating the energy is
now set on its path. It sort of defines the end of the activity rather than leaving it hanging
or feeling unfinished. Again, this is just personal preference.
The process is now complete. If you lit a candle at the beginning you can extinguish it
now. I always take a moment and thank the crystals for their assistance. It is also not necessary though.
I know I say it a lot, but don’t rush through this last visualization section. I want to underscore the importance of doing this entire process with focus and intention.
The more you rush through it, the less likely you will experience a positive result. It took
me years to develop the focus and concentration to really be able to call the images
and emotions to the surface in a smooth and prompt manner.
Consider the phrase, “You reap what you sow” and “You get out of something what you put into it”. These are not simply platitudes, or trivialities invented by practitioners of ceremonial ritual who love every activity to be long, dramatic, and filled with endless
and excruciatingly complicated details. (No offense to practitioners of ceremonial
These methods come from hundreds of years of research and practice into the art
and science of manifesting. They come from tried and true techniques of what works
and what doesn’t work (and what hinders). And they come from every culture and
area of the world.
In addition, I can tell you as a meditation teacher and practitioner that a great number
of people in western society lack the ability to hold a focus in their mind for an
extended period, or attend to a single activity without countless other unrelated
thoughts invading their mind.
If you truly want to be successful at any form of manifesting, whether it is crystal gridding
or some other approach, you will need to develop these skills. And guess what?
These skills actually have enormous application in other areas of your life! So you’re
not developing them “just” for manifesting (as if that wasn’t enough).
Off the soapbox.
In order to cover the remaining information and steps, let’s address some of the
common questions I hear about crystal gridding.
Is there anything I need to do to the grid during the time it's "working"?
This is a multi-faceted question with an equal number of answers. Let’s break this
down a bit more.
If you live in a dusty area of the country (such as Arizona), or have a lot of pets or children, your grid may quickly develop a layer of dust and/or debris. If this happens, you can gently blow any visible dust off the grid (don’t blow hard enough to knock
anything over or out of place) and remove debris with your hands. Generally
speaking, you should leave your grid alone to do its job so as not to disturb the
energy field. But no worries if the dust is getting deep. Just don’t get obsessive
with it or fuss with it any more than you have to.
You should “cleanse” or clear the energy field and recharge the crystals occasionally. Your grid can, and probably will, pick up unwanted energies from
your home and other people if you share your living space. Clearing can be accomplished with a bell, tingshas, a drum, a singing bowl, incense, sage, etc.
Again, don’t be obsessive, but if your grid is up for 30 days or more you should
cleanse and recharge it every other week.
If a crystal gets knocked over it is perfectly fine to pick it up and put it back in
its place. Unless this is happening frequently (at which point you might want to consider relocating the grid), it will not do any harm.
Here’s the lengthy, but crucial answer to the “*” earlier. On the “Basics of
Manifesting” page in the section labeled, “One More Item”, we discussed how
people often do all the work of deciding an intention, clarifying and defining it, phrasing it appropriately and then perform some sort of enhancing activity such
as setting up a crystal grid. Then, they go back to their normal life and say and
do things that directly contradict the intention.
Please realize that every time you do or say something that contradicts your
intention, that energy works against your manifesting efforts. It is entirely likely if
you continue to do this you will completely negate the energy of your grid
(or whatever manifesting activity you have engaged in).
That’s a lot of wasted time and effort.
But this happens more frequently than you might expect. In fact, I find that the
majority of people who say, “I did everything right” followed by, “This stuff just
doesn’t work”, engaged in this very behavior. They did set up their grid correctly.
And they may have even developed their intention appropriately, performed
the visualization portions precisely, and so on. But then they went back to their
everyday lives and proceeded to negate, negate, negate.
Manifesting simply doesn’t work this way. The universe is not paying attention
to just certain things you say or do or things you say or do at a particular
time of the day. It’s ALWAYS paying attention and trying to deliver what you
want. The thought or belief that gets your most consistent focus and attention
is what will manifest.
Consider that the amount of time you invested in creating a grid was maybe
three or four hours (if you include the time to create and perfect the intention
statement). Then for the next 30 days, you acted and spoke “as if” your life was
the opposite of what you’re trying to manifest. Which one of these activities
did you spend more time on?
Again, this goes back to your core beliefs and to a lesser degree, to the fact that
we’ve just grown so accustomed to complaining about how terrible our lives are.
Unless you change these behaviors it is doubtful your life or situation will
This calls to mind the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and
over and expecting a different outcome.
There are some additional actions you can undertake to enhance the power
of the grid. These include:
- Carrying a pocket stone or stones that have been charged with your intention.
- Wearing crystal jewelry that has been charged with your intention.
- In addition to these two actions, you should, on a regular basis, go through
the breathing exercise, followed by the grounding and centering, and then
spend a good 10 minutes (at least) going through the visualization of your
intention being in your life now.
As I have mentioned numerous times before, do not underestimate the
power of this visualization provided you always include the emotional
component (emotion plus belief plus gratitude). The more you do this,
the more likely your intention will manifest and/or manifest more quickly.
Interestingly, this activity can also help you become more aware of
when you’re saying and doing contradictory things, which should help
you eliminate these negative behaviors. It’s a win-win in my opinion.
How long do I leave the grid in place? There’s really no set amount of time.
Having said that, if you give the grid only a week to do its job you will probably
be sorely disappointed.
I tend to leave mine up for at least 30 days, sometimes longer. It really
depends on the magnitude of the request. As a rule, the bigger the request
the longer the grid should stay in place.
A factor to take into consideration is how long you can stay focused on the
intention (see the previous section). It doesn’t do any good to leave a grid
in place when you’ve long ago stopped focusing on the intention.
How do I end/dismantle the grid when it’s time? Great question.
- Start by doing some type of a grounding and centering.
Take three slow, deep breaths.
- Remove the items along the perimeter of the grid if there are any
and put them away.
- Next, remove the crystals from their positions on the grid. Speak to the
crystals and to the grid saying something to indicate the work is completed
and you appreciate their assistance. I usually say something like, “My friends.
Our work is finished for now. I appreciate your help and effort.
Please clear all requests associated with this work. Thank you. “
Be sure to add something about the crystals clearing your request. It is important
that they do not carry this energy forward. To reinforce the clearing part you
might want to use a bell, tingshas, a drum, sage, etc., to cleanse and clear
them. This can be done after you put everything else away, however.
- Put everything away. I usually sage the area after all the tools are put
away in order to clear any residual energy left behind by the grid.
Can I have more than one grid going at a time? Yes. However, I think you
need to read the page about manifesting as well as the above comments on
the same. The answer to this question really depends on your focus
and attention skills.
A Quick Note
It is essential that you both clear and cleanse your crystals when you first bring them
home after purchasing (or receive them in the mail), as well as after any work they
do for you.
You always want to start with clear crystals (ones free of any residual energy) and ones
that are not working on another purpose.
Wow! That was a lot to take in. No worries. Take your time. Do what you can.
It doesn't have to be perfect. But do practice.
In the beginning of....well pretty much any new endeavor, we just want to "get to it"
and many of us tend to skip things believing they're not really that important. But they
are important. If there's one thing (or three things actually) I've learned from my years
on this planet it's that 1) it truly isn't as easy as it looks (the experts just make it look so),
2) people who have been doing something for years are probably smarter than me
(about their craft), and 3) practice makes perfect.
For those activities that I stuck with and practiced, I became pretty darn good.
For some of them, I even became a teacher.
I would love to hear your experiences with gridding or working with crystals.
Please drop me a line and let me know how things are going for you.
Blessings Crystal Friends!