"Activate" your crystal skull!


"The first layer of working with any skull, including the ancient ones, is "to remember."  This is the first layer - and this layer has many other layers within it.  
What you are called to remember is who you really are.  It's so easy to get caught up in the daily things and forget that each life is short and sweet, even with the difficulties.
The real you is a Being of Light. You are a Spiritual Being, inside of a physical body. Remember..."   ---Sherry Whitfield, Guardian of Synergy.

"Activation" of a crystal skull is an area of contention with some people these days.  The controversy usually starts with various people who say they are the ones who activated a certain skull or they can activate yours. Hey, that's OK, we all have our own opinions.

"Activation" is a word that in some ways I wish we didn't use in the crystal skull world, but it seems inevitable. It's hard to describe what it's like when a crystal skull becomes "active." The issue I have with the word is when some people use it to make it seem like their skull is more important than someone else's. I personally think all crystal skulls have their place. And, when worked with as a tool of spiritual awareness and perhaps in other ways, any is just as important and significant as any other. Just like us humans!

So let's just jump in and discuss about what 'activation' might mean and how one might proceed to activate a crystal skull. 
These are my understandings, based on my own experiences almost 20 years of being the guardian of Synergy, an ancient crystal skull from the South Pacific. I've worked with literally countless contemporary skulls and spent time with and learned from the spiritual leader of the aboriginal tribe, still living in the South Pacific, that has Synergy's twin in their possession. I'll share a bit more about them, in a moment.

Here is what I've learned about crystal skulls, in a nutshell:

The journey you take with a crystal skull is about activating yourself,
as well as, or even more than, activating the crystal skull.
No one else can activate your crystal skull for you; no more than anyone can fulfill your unique destiny for you!
You can get a contemporary skull that someone has worked with and that is "activated," at the time you acquire it, but it will not stay activated to that level, over a long period of time, unless you work with it yourself. The good news is that it is not hard to do. It does take a true interest and some dedication.

Here are some easy things we can do to 'activate' our skulls and some ideas to think about, as you do so.

* First of all - love them!
Enjoy them, admire them, touch them and "bond" with them.
Just think... they are a part of Mother Earth that you can hold in your hands.
I often hold and turn skulls over and over, admiring them as I work with them. For me, this greatly increases my connection to the crystal skull, or any other stone. 

* We can breathe with our skulls.
This is a technique from the Real People, the tribe Synergy's twin, Harmony, lives with. This is their South Pacific way of working with a crystal skull. This exercise, is “intent driven,” as are all exercises that utilize the subtle energies around us. When you start to act "as if" something is possible, your intent will often start the process. Your energy follows your intent.

Choose a simple intent to focus on, before you start. I recommend you ask that the skull help you to amplify your clarity. If you have clarity then you can figure lots of things out!

I begin the exercise by taking a few deep breathes and bringing thoughts of someone or something that I love into my mind and into my heart. I imagine that someone or something I love is in front of me and I am giving them a hug, drawing them close to my heart.
***It's important that you choose someone or something simple, that you do not have a lot of issues with. It could be a pet or a small child… Someone or something that you feel the love with naturally enough to make you smile. 

Take deep breath and breath in the love and allow it to open your heart to whatever degree is appropriate and natural for you, at this time.  Give it a minute or so and just allow your heart to open.

Now hold your skull firmly in either both hands, keeping the thought of what you wish to work with in mind. 
Bring the skull up to your face and slowly begin to breathe into the face of the skull. Breathe into the face of the skull; then inhale deeply from the skull.  Continue to breathe with your skull for about one - two minutes and then gently set the crystal skull down. 

As you breathe, you are sharing your Mana, with the skull's Mana.  Mana, among the Melanesian and Polynesian peoples, is a personal, sacred force or spiritual essence or power that is attributed to people, spirits or inanimate objects. Mana is also known as the Life Force, your Spiritual Vibration, Chi, Ki, Prana, your Aura,  etc.

Breathing with your skull is an easy, yet extremely effective, way to begin working with a crystal skull. Even individuals who have worked for years with crystal skulls will find that they can unlock a new layer by breathing with them. 

Clarity is an extremely powerful concept. It can help anyone, in a variety of situations. IF you have clarity, then you have a priceless tool for spiritual and emotional growth. Lots of people try to increase their psychic abilities. You probably already have some abilities, but perhaps you wish you had more. Work with what you have first and make the most efficient use of them.  Almost certainly, as a human being, you will have times when you lack clarity. What do you do in order to figure out what something might mean, (like a dream)? If you focus on increasing your clarity you will have a much better chance of figuring things out. Clarity is a key!

Be aware that your own Desires and Fears will interfere with your clarity. That's because you are human.
Practice self-honesty so you understand your own motivations and desires - and to look at your fears. We all have them. It's nothing to be ashamed of and this is a private exercise; no one will know anything unless you decide not to share.

Learn to be grounded energetically - and most important - open your heart chakra to whatever degree is appropriate and natural and correct for YOU.  

Crystal skulls amplify energy. They don't make you feel anything - but they may amplify it.
This is something that anyone who is seriously working with a crystal skull, learns and learns pretty quickly. It's your responsibility to know that they could do this and to be prepared.

So... what do they amplify when you are working with one? If you have no specific intent or thought of what you want when you are working with one, (or even when you are around one for very long) then they will tend to amplify the strongest underlying (and usually unresolved) emotional issue. This could be something joyful or it might feel uncomfortable. You may feel emotional, overwhelmed... upset, anxious, peaceful, thoughtful, aggressive... any kind of emotion is possible. That's why I said it's best to set your intent on what you want, when you first begin to work with a crystal skull, knowing that it will amplify that intent.
Own your emotions and issues. Feel them as deeply as you need to; then allow yourself to begin to move beyond them.

I suggested that you start by setting an intent to develop more clarity. Humans tend to over complicate things, especially things they care a lot about. When you start out with crystal skulls, and at many other points during your life, try to keep it simple.
If you get more complicated in what you want to get out of your connection with a crystal skull, you may trip yourself up. The subconscious can be very literal and you have to be careful with how you 'talk' to it, in order to get what you want. Crystal skulls at a certain level are simply taking your intent and then amplifying it and reflecting it back at you - they may not yet be doing much of anything else with that 'vibration.' So, keep it simple!

Crystal skulls reflect energy
I have to speak about self-honesty. I feel that it's important to use rigorous and persistent self-honesty when you are working with a crystal skull or doing any kind of spiritual work. They will bring up your deepest feelings and amplify them. They will bring up stray feelings and thoughts you have. They will amplify and reflect them back to you.

Your perception of the skull's personality or something that you feel it wants or needs might well be an aspect of yourself.
I see people give messages that they say are coming from their skull on a regular basis - and I am often pretty sure it was the person who really felt that way, and not the crystal skull.
Let me be clear: I don't think they are lying. It absolutely seems to that person that their skull gave them the message. However, I think they are not taking into account the energetic interactions the crystal skull has with humans. They will reflect and amplify things back at you, and many people with crystal skulls do not know this.
Many of these kinds of messages support things humans already believe and have strong opinions about. Maybe it's exciting to get a message from a crystal skull that mirrors how you already feel. For example, at any moment there are going to be a lot of people who are feeling unsettled, so reading the message that 'today is a day when people are feeling unsettled' is not exactly useful.

It's also important to remember that just because a thought comes into your head, it doesn't mean it is true.  I'm not suggesting you just dismiss your thoughts and visions, but take a close and hard look at them. Your thoughts and emotions can be amplified by a crystal skull in ways you don't realize and then reflected back at you. It's not personal, it's just what they do - and it's good to try to  always keep that in mind.

Back to clarity. Your own hopes, desires and fears will, without a doubt, interfere with your clarity. That's because we humans all have inner conflicts and desires. We have defense mechanisms that protect us from seeing certain things about ourselves that are very painful. We have to be willing to face ourselves in a very honest way when we look into the face of a crystal skull. Learn and then practice ways of detaching so you can set aside what you hope and fear and see what is true.

Our inner experiences and our outer experiences must be in alignment or we may fall into delusion. Delusion is not part of clarity! That can be true in any area of metaphysics, as well as in daily life. What do I mean by the inner and outer experiences must be in alignment?
Here's a common example: Let's say you have a dream experience that is very clear and vivid. It shows you being initiated into an order of adepts. In this life, you haven't done any real studying or been consistent in spiritual practices, but the dream felt intensely real. That's a big clue that something is amiss. You may well have gone through an initiation in another life, but you still have to bring things into alignment in this life through your own actions and work, or the initiation isn't going to be very useful.
In other words just because you heard a voice or had a vision doesn't mean it's true or even possible in this time and place. Make sure that you have other evidence in your own outer life that you are on the right track when you have any experience.  Anything that is true will be echoed in several different ways and in several places in your outer world.

Many people are afraid of the idea or the process of taking a hard (and honest) look at their own spiritual or psychic experiences. Why? Perhaps they are afraid their experiences may not hold up under scrutiny, or that they might be incorrect. No one is right all of the time, but I know many people in the field who feel they have to be right every time and they will not budge. The metaphysical/paranormal field is filled with people who make predictions that don't come true, pronouncements that can't be tested and advice that doesn't seem to work very well. If you question them, their defensiveness blocks any meaningful discussion.
The channeling or declarations may sound good at the moment, but if there is nothing but emotion driving the message then I think it's a good thing to step back and think about what is really being said, before jumping onto a bandwagon.
I learned the hard way when I was still young that it's not healthy to give my own personal power to anyone or anything (including a crystal skull.) That's not spiritually sound, in any way. 

If you are too afraid to test the things that you experience then you will never know if you are fooling yourself and others. It can be painful and uncomfortable, but I am not afraid to look at myself anymore. I think it's better to know. I admit that I have a bias about this because I spent many years as a subject and as a "sensitive" for various physicians and scientists dealing with research on psychic phenomena. It sounds exciting, but it's not. At least it wasn't for me. It taught me a lot, and one of the most important things was that it's a good idea to be honest with myself and it's OK and healthy to question authority. That attitude supports my clarity.

* We can meditate with our crystal skulls.
We can do this in a number of ways. Pick what works for you.  Meditation or contemplation is a great thing to do, even if just for ourselves. Again, no need to get complicated.  You could try a traditional technique or a guided meditation or you can just go out into Nature somewhere and sit with your crystal skull.

A good way to start is to do some deep breathing and then start thinking about things that you are grateful for in your life. Gratitude opens your heart and relaxes your body. Thinking about things in your life that you are grateful for is a kind of contemplation, rather than a structured meditation, but it can be very powerful and it's easy. I know many people, novices as well as those with years of experience in meditation, who enjoy taking a gratitude break daily. Done all on its own, taking a moment to have gratitude can be a powerful spiritual experience. Bring your crystal skull into the exercise and it will amplify your experience and help to "activate" you both.

* We can take our skulls to high Earth energy places.
We can take them there and set them on the ground. Let them absorb the energies.  Let them interact directly with the Earth. There is no need for you to do anything, just hold the space and sit quietly.  

* We can dream with our skulls. 
This opens a whole new world to you. I have an exercise to get you started, if you are interested in trying that. Synergy's tribe uses dreams to interact with one another and the world at large. Their access to Dreamtime is a powerful and consistent tool for insight and communication. They also work with the ancient crystal skulls that they have in their keeping, in Dreamtime.
( See another blog post about this here! )

* We can take them to be with other crystal skulls, especially the ancient ones. When they are close together, the energy is easily shared between them. This creates and cements the networks that they form between them.

Interviewers often ask me if someone can take an ancient crystal skull like Synergy and do something Evil with it. People misuse power and do awful things every day, so I understand the interest.  The ancient crystal skulls are objects of intense power, on many levels. I've witnessed unbelievable things in my time as the Keeper of Synergy. What if one of the real ancient ones falls into the hands of someone who has selfish and even evil intentions? 
This is what I have experienced: there is a built in safeguard in the most powerful of crystal skulls. There is an internal password, if you will, that limits the access of the greatest power.

The password into an crystal ancient skull isn't a word at all. It's actually a frequency or vibration. That vibration is love: a very specific kind of love. I think of it as the kind of love I had when I first held my daughter. I also think it's the kind of love given to me by my dogs. In other words, there is a purity to this kind of love  that is often too rare in this world. Touch a crystal skull with this vibration active in your own energy field and you will be able to access the 'power.'  There is no way to fake this. I don't think the 'bad guys' can manage to hold that vibration for very long and misusing the power of the skulls is impossible when you can't hold love in your heart and mind. When you do access that vibration and enter the skull, well, that's a kind of power that selfish people can't understand.

In my experience, it's the cultivation Love and Gratitude that does the most to activate any crystal skull, as well as any human. The other things we do can also be important, but the foundation, as simply as I can state it, is love. 

There are many things you can do to work with your skull to bring it and yourself to a higher level and 'activate.' Explore that for yourself. It's easy for one person to tell another what to do - BUT - the real growth experience comes in thinking, experiencing and learning for yourself.

The “Best” way...  So many methods and so many opinions to think about...
When it comes down to it, see what feels correct to you. It's all about opening your heart and staying in a place of love. That's how you access the 'power' of any crystal skull.'   I think that the ‘best way’ to feel their energy and discover more about them is open your heart and feel them.  Love them!  Workshops, books, articles and such are only a starting point. How you interact will be perfect for you. Hold them, talk to them, meditate with them, dream with them, place them in patterns or grids, carry them around, display them on shelves, wear them, give them away, etc. 

Carefully look again at the list of things that Crystal Skulls do with Energy and pay attention to what happens as you begin to work with one, open and develop your clarity and awareness. Crystal skulls are truly tools of awareness.
Although the exact words used below might not be universally used by each researcher, the concepts are solid.  A properly carved skull will:
Focus Energy
Reflect Energy
Refract Energy
Amplify Energy
Attune Energy
Transmit Energy
Transform Energy
Store Energy
and they may...Act as a Witness

Ask yourself... What would YOU do with a tool that could really do something like what I have described?  You will receive far more than you ever realized you could, if you are open to the possibilities.


  • Max

    Really informative article.Keep writing Desantigo.

  • Williamei

    I really liked your article post.Much thanks again. Keep writing. Desantigo

  • Ross

    One thing I tend to do with new skulls is cleanse them under running water and smudge them with sage. Then I use your breathing technique when I christen the skull with his name. Then that night, I will toss it in bed with me or sleep with it under my pillow to let it entrain to my energy. I usually have some wild and crazy dreams that night!

  • Mary Ridenour

    Sherry! I am on Facebook and belong to one particular “Lightworkers” walls and someone had posted something about being at a location where the “Max” skull was being presented and she posted some pics and talked about her experience. Well I had heard about the crystal skulls years ago and knew some things about them but when I was reading her post and looking at the pictures she had taken all of a sudden I was “IN”! I immediately felt an overwhelming attraction to them and I guess you could call it an epiphany of some sort. All day all I could do was look at You-Tube videos and read about them..it was like I totally resonated with them and wanted that experience of being with one all of a sudden. I think I felt Max’s energy just by looking at the pics on FB. Someone had responded on the post asking where they could get “one” and I thought well you can’t get “one” like Max but someone else responded by referring them to surfing “Synergy Crystal Skulls”??? So last night it finally sunk in with me that I HAD to find out more about this response so I surfed the net and found your website and soon realized that Synergy was one of the other skull names!!!! And this was how I finally figured out how I could find and benefit from that energy. I went to the E-bay store that you suggested on your website and found 3 and also by that point learned how this worked…that they are crafted and placed near Synergy to absorb/learn its energies/gifts/knowledge!!!! So I have ordered 3 of them!!! Gosh Sherry I just ordered them last night and I’m OVER THE MOON excited about them!! I know that I am seriously resonating with them like crazy. I’ve already picked out names for them and can’t wait to receive them. I can’t thank you and the Universe enough for what you have done here. And I truly believe that the Super Moon on Sept 28 2015 has something to do with me converging with all of this..I was meant to find this! The moon came and went and I didn’t really feel anything noticeable since then and that was okay too UNTIL yesterday. Again may heaven hold you and how this all fell together with you (your story of Synergy) in the palm of their hand because now is the time for us to come together in peace, love and unity. I have totally fallen head over heels in love with these skulls all of a sudden..it’s like they were meant to be placed upon my path at this time…thank you and the Creator and these skulls!!!!

  • Katrina

    This comes at a wonderful time for me and my new skull. Yes – they really can amplify emotions, as happened when I went into almost a fury of anger one day. Guess who was sitting behind me, reflecting and amplifying my feelings. LOL I have not been able to do a real cleansing – but I apologized to it and greet it and caress it every time I pass by. This is several times a day. We are both happier for my recognizing it and giving it ‘happiness’ all the time. I sometimes find myself greeting it. I am noticing a difference in my own inner peace since interacting positively with this new skull. In fact I am receiving a sort of vision of a gathering place for my skulls, crystals and totems. This will happen when it happens. But this particular article comes at the exact time we needed it. Thank you.

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