How to ask a good dowsing question and why it’s important

Bad Dowsing Questions

Most books about dowsing or dowsing teachers will usually tell you about how to ask good dowsing questions. That’s certainly what we’ve done.

But there’s not enough emphasis on why some dowsing questions are bad, or poor, or weak, or to be generally avoided. That’s what this is about.

Generally speaking, bad dowsing questions are too vague. They are often very short and use vague terms. But what we’re going to be looking at here is what exactly is wrong with them.

First, if ever anyone talks about the ‘highest good’ of something, it’s a bad question. Why? Because there is no way, ever, that you are going to know the outcome and there is nothing you can measure. But, far worse than that, is the fact that by referring to something you can never know about, you have given over your power to some unseen, unknown, unpredictable force or personality or being and left it up to it/them to decide the outcome.

That is not what dowsing is about. Dowsing is about empowerment and about helping you in life and guiding you through various problems and tricky decisions. But, by throwing in the term ‘highest good’, you’ve given all that up and left it to the whim of ‘whatever’ to decide for you. In that case, why bother dowsing at all? Just put the pendulum down and walk away.

Another bad question has the world ‘should’ in it. ‘Should I buy this?’ ‘Should I do this?’

The word should implies a moral judgment and, as such, is asking for some outside opinion to validate what you do. ‘Should I marry so-and-so?’ Why would you ask that sort of question? What does it mean if it’s either ‘yes’ or ‘no’? What information does that give you? None! You have no idea of the pros or cons of the answer. If someone comes to you and asks, ‘Should I do so-and-so?’, your answer will (hopefully) contain reasons for your decision. But, in dowsing, you don’t get those reasons. And the reasons behind the answer might be relevant to you or not. Those reasons will help you make up your mind to accept the answer or not. But, in dowsing, you don’t get that chance to weight the arguments, because you already decided to bypass them.

Don’t ask anything about ‘should’!

There’s another bad question which begins with ‘May I? Can I? Should I?’ OK, so this is not strictly about a dowsing question, but about what some people say you should do (notice the ‘should’ there?) before dowsing. Apparently, it’s meant to clear up any issues about what you’re proposing to dowse about. Except it doesn’t. It’s dowsing about whether to dowse or not. Which is somewhat circular. Who are you asking? And why should they be trusted?
(I’ve written a lot more about it here giving more details why I think it’s a habit you should avoid.)
If you don’t have the moral compass to decide whether it is ethical to dowse, or doubt you are competent enough to dowse, then don’t dowse! Asking that three part question is not going to make things happy for you. Most people will get the answer they want anyway, and then hide behind the statement that they asked permission first.

There are other types of bad questions, but those are the main types to avoid.

Have you other examples of bad dowsing questions? Or do you disagree with the examples here? Let us know in the comments section below.

How To Ask Good Dowsing Questions

(Transcript is below if you prefer to read)

Good Dowsing Questions

Good dowsing questions can seem simple at first, but they are more complex than they may appear to be. Dowsing questions are incredibly important! Without a good question you won’t get a good answer. You might have heard that you have to ask a question which can only be answered with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. That is true, as far as it goes. There is a lot more to it than that, however.

Dowsing is all about getting answers to questions your brain can’t answer. The more detailed an answer is, the more useful it is. But you can only get detailed answers if you ask detailed questions.

So, for example, if you were to ask a question about an exercise program you were thinking of taking, you would want an answer which would help you decide. Therefore, if you simply asked whether or not that exercise program was going to be good for you, and you got a ‘Yes’, is that a helpful answer?

You might be thinking, ‘Of course it is!’.

But wait one moment!

You’ve just asked if it is good for you. But good compared to what? Good for what reasons? Good in what ways? It might be brilliant at giving you muscular arms but useless at reducing your belly. Or it might be great at giving you increased stamina but increases the risk of strain on your knees or your back.

In other words, that answer is not as helpful as it might appear to be. And that is because the question was not accurate enough to give you a detailed answer.

So in order to ask a good dowsing question you need to have a purpose in mind, a clear purpose. A goal. What’s your purpose, your goal for starting this exercise program? Without that in mind, any question is going to be vague, which means the answer will be of little use.

Let’s pretend that you want an exercise program which will generally tone your body by reducing fat and increasing muscle so that your waist will measure 28 inches. And you’d like that to happen within 6 months, because you’re not going to go mad at this, and you’re not going on a special diet to lose weight.

Now, those are pretty specific goals. And, once you have them, you are able to form a question which will give you a useful answer: more useful than ‘Is it good for me?’ would.

To make that question, however, you have to include as many of the following 6 things as possible. You need to include Who, What, Where, How, Why and When in the question.

Sounds challenging? Let me help.

You already have the goals. But how close to those goals will that exercise program get you? A simple Yes or No answer won’t tell you. But, if you ask the question and use a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being absolutely spot on target for your goals, that is way more helpful. When the answer is 8 or higher on such a scale, that means it's good to take action. There are many ways to dowse the numerical rank of a program, but the easiest way is:

‘On a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being absolutely perfect for my goals, how suitable is exercise program X for me, at the end of 6 months, to be able to reduce my waist to 28 inches as well as reduce body fat and increase muscle?’

That takes care of Who, What, Why, When and How. Where doesn’t really come into this one, assuming that you are at the gym anyway.

If you get that the answer is an 8 or higher, that’s pretty good. If it comes out lower however you need to find a better program, because this one won’t help you reach your goals.

Remember, dowsing questions need to be detailed and goal-oriented in order to be useful. Whether you use a pendulum or not to dowse with, always take time and care over framing the question. Good dowsing questions are worth the time and trouble they take to make, because the information they provide is so useful.

Happy Dowsing!

Have you had problems with dowsing questions? Why not share what happened or what you learned in the comments section below?

A Good Dowsing Question Is A Precious Thing!

Questions And Answers

“You don't see yet, Genry, why we perfected and practice Foretelling?”
“No-”
“To exhibit the perfect uselessness of knowing the answer to the wrong question.”
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

A lot of time is spent in dowsing classes on asking a good dowsing question. Because your answer is only as good as your question.

Learning how to ask a good dowsing question is complex. It's part art and part science. It's about learning to listen to your intuition while also tapping into your rational mind. In fact, there is so much to know about that subject, you could probably create a two-day workshop on it.

To save you the trouble of searching for a two-day workshop on making a good dowsing question, we've written a book on it instead, full of questions for you and your dowsing.

Dowsing accuracy and confidence go hand in hand. And getting ‘wrong' answers can erode your confidence. Can you remember when you first started dowsing (or maybe you're new, and this is something you've experienced) and you were so excited about using dowsing? And you rushed off and started dowsing about this and that, and it was so much fun to be getting yes and no answers to questions you could never have known the answer to?

But then you started finding out that some of your answers weren't right. And each time you got a ‘wrong' answer, you felt worse. You doubted your dowsing. You doubted your talent. And it almost seemed that doubt led to more mistakes. Has this happened to you?

A good dowsing question is something you grow into

Honestly, when you are learning anything, there is a learning curve. You make mistakes. You make course corrections. Like learning to skate or play piano. You don't expect to be perfect immediately. But somehow, with dowsing, people get discouraged if they make mistakes. They start thinking maybe they can't dowse. Or worse yet, they think maybe dowsing is fake and doesn't work.

Technique and practice are so important in mastering any skill. Dowsing is a skill. You can master it. But you need to know proper technique, and you must practice (unless you're the Mozart of dowsing :)).

Take the time to make a good dowsing question

Taking the time to make a good dowsing question and learning all the factors that go into it can seem boring or tedious. You may be so eager to get dowsing, that you want to skip that stuff. But don't. Take the time to learn how to ask a good dowsing question. Then your answers will be much more accurate. That will cause you to have confidence. And that leads you to enjoy using dowsing more and more.

In the posts on this site, there are often suggestions about asking a good dowsing question. So wander around the site and feel free to add a comment on them. You're welcome to join the forums as well!

For now, I'll just start by saying the first step in asking a good dowsing question is to get a pen and paper and make a list about what your are asking about. Why are you asking this? Why do you want to know? What do you want to know? List the factors how, when, who, where, what and why about your subject.

A good dowsing question is usually long. Writing your question down, at least at first, is helpful. That way, you don't have to focus on remembering it when you dowse. You read it a few times, then focus on getting into a dowsing state and ask, “What's the answer to this question?”

Then write your answer down. It's best if you can confirm the truth of the answer, as that helps you learn.

Don't assume your dowsing was ‘wrong' if the answer appears wrong. Take time to try and see why that could have been the correct answer to YOUR question. In other words, how was the question weak or incomplete, causing that to be a correct answer to that question? That way, you can improve next time.

What has been your experience about getting a good dowsing question right? What went right (or wrong)? Share your story in the comments section below