Ever since CBs were made public by Don Croft, the question has come up whether the six crystals at the base of the pipes ever lose their power: whether they must be replaced or recharged.
I have been making and using CBs since 2003, and it was only
this past year that I noticed that one of my CBs had stopped
working. It is possible that the power of others has diminished
over time, but this was the first time one had actually
This particular CB has a base perhaps twice as big as a standard
CB, with pipes somewhat larger than normal, but in other
respects much like the Croft standard: no magnets, no center
pipe, and no coils.
Yesterday evening I took it into my shop and pushed the crystals
out of the pipes. All six of the crystals were dominated by
negative qi, and contained other unwanted things as well.
I have tried clearing crystals before by putting them out in the
sun, but when they had gotten into such a negative state, I
found that sunshine was insufficient to clense them. This
afternoon I found an alternate method which seems to do the job
A quartz crystal in a CB usually has two poles: a positive pole,
which is typically the pointed end, and a negative pole, which
is typically the broken or rough end. For a "double terminated
crystal", which has two pointed ends, it may not be so easily
determined which end is positive, but even a DT has two distinct
I took two of the crystals from the CB, and set them on a table
in line, such that the positive tip of one was in contact with
the center of the negative end of the other. In less than a
minute both crystals had lost their negative qi, as well as the
other unwanted things.
I then did this with a second pair of CB crystals, and they both
cleared up, just as rapidly.
The third pair I cleansed by a different proven method, so as to
have something to compare the other four to.
Tomorrow I shall inspect them all to see if they remain clean,
and if so, shall put them back in the CB to see how well it