The handling and wearing of your mala beads transmute and absorb energy as well as the prayer, blessings, and intentions you have set with them. From time to time you want to cleanse your mala beads of any unwanted negative energies.
Other reasons for cleansing a mala would be if friends or family members touch it, most people who are not acquainted with mala beads see a beautiful piece of jewelry and that’s ok, remember a mala is first a tool for prayer and intention. Like any tools, we have to cleanse them to keep them in top shape. When someone curiously touches or holds your mala don’t worry, let it go. You can always cleanse it.
If you set your mala beads on the ground, some practices believe this is a sign of disrespect and the mala will lose its energies. If this happens, you will simply recharge it and set the intentions again. While practicing meditation or yoga if you are not wearing your mala, you can store it inside a mala bag instead of setting it directly on the floor or yoga mat.
The most popular method, burning white sage or "smudging" is a tradition that dates back thousands of years. Essentially, a smudge is performed to correct the energy in a home, in an office, in an object, or even in a person. This is accomplished by burning sage or sage and a combination of herbs, in a focused, intentional way to cleanse out negative energy and to replenish positive, healing energy.
I now release and send all negative energy surrounding my mala to the light. I release any energies that are no longer of service to my highest and greatest good, I ask that all energies that are less than love be discharged for the highest good of all. Surround this mala with positive energy and divine white light, and so it is.
You can purchase sage bundles specifically for smudging and one bundle can be used repeatedly. If sage is not available you can also use the smoke of incense, preferably one that is made of natural materials. Scents like sage, frankincense, or sandalwood are good options.
Organic material like wood, crystals, and gemstones healing properties are “charged” or activated by the mind’s intention. These materials vibrate at certain frequencies and amplify the energies you send through them while drawing out negativity from the body.
After cleansing your mala you want to charge it. Charging places energy into the beads so they can function at their highest vibrational level. There are several ways to activate and charge your mala beads:
Once you have cleansed and charged your mala beads you will want to set your intentions for it. Review our guide on manifesting intentions with your mala.
After you have some time to wear or pray with your mala beads, you will want to revisit cleansing and charging them on those occasions you feel they require it.
Some helpful tips to care for your mala and ensure the longevity of your prayer beads are listed below.
When a mala breaks it is a positive expression of the law of cause and effect, creating good karma. If you have a broken mala, you can restring it and have it blessed or set your intentions as you did when you first wore it.