Other techniques in dowsing, like scale use and map dowsing.

The Fastest Way To Become Accurate In Dowsing


The Fastest Way To Become Accurate In Dowsing

Being accurate is, obviously, something all dowsers should strive for. But, very often, dowsers will take it on faith that they are accurate and automatically assume that everything they dowse about is real and true and spot on. And they do that because they have never taught themselves how to be accurate or practiced being accurate.

Most of us, as well, like things to be short, sharp and quick to master, if possible. This is true of dowsing. Often newbies will ask about the fastest way to become accurate as if it is a sort of switch they can flip and hey presto! they are suddenly accurate.

It might sound strange, but perhaps it might be of use to use a quotation from a philosopher; Aristotle in this case. He said that in order to be a good person, you have to practice being good. In other words, it’s not something that happens to you out of the blue, nor is it something which you can acquire overnight. It is a process.

The same is true for becoming accurate in dowsing.

I said earlier that some dowsers take it on faith about their being accurate. This is because the things they tend to dowse about are things they cannot possibly verify one way or another. They’ll be dowsing about actions of aliens or spirits or something completely invisible which they assume exists in their environment and assume that the answers they get are always correct.

But, if you truly want to be accurate, then you have to dowse about things which you can verify yourself. Without that, you might just as well make up the answers to your questions.

That doesn’t mean you have to stop dowsing about other invisible things. But it does mean that you should spend the majority of your time on things which you can verify.

For example, you can do simple dowsing exercises such as dowsing how deep or where a water or sewage line is outdoors and then go and find out if you’re right.

But don’t do pointless stuff like dowsing playing cards for color or suit, or dowsing coin tosses. Sure, that’s verifiable, but does it really add anything to your life? Dowsing is for getting answers to questions your rational brain can’t supply. It should be used to enhance and improve your life, and sitting at a table dowsing playing cards does not fit that description. After a while you have no interest any more and it becomes dull and boring and your accuracy drops off dramatically.

To become accurate, don’t give yourself endless tests, use it to dowse about things around you everyday that you can then check up on. Is that meat done yet? Will my sister-in-law like this as a gift? Will I enjoy that film or this menu item? Where’s the thing I’m looking for in this store?

The list is endless. It’s up to you to practice!

When and how did you start to become accurate in your dowsing? Are you more accurate in only a few areas? How did you discover this? Let us know your story in the comments section below.

Pendulum Doesn’t Move

When The Dowsing Pendulum Doesn't Move

This is a common problem for beginner dowsers. They have purchased a nice dowsing pendulum but then, when they ask a question and hold it, nothing happens! The pendulum doesn’t move. Is the pendulum broken or are they doing something wrong or does dowsing simply not work? These are the typical sorts of things which go through their minds at such a time.

But, fear not for help is at hand.

The main problem is that new dowsers tend to think, consciously or not, that their brand new pendulum is much more magical than it really is. They tend to think that the real power of dowsing is in the tool, not in themselves. This leads them to think that, if they simply dangle the pendulum straight down from their fingers, it will move in some mystical fashion whenever they ask a question.

The truth, however, is that the real power of dowsing lies in the dowser, never the tool. It is the tool which reacts to the dowser’s movements. By itself, it does nothing. Therefore, if you hold a pendulum motionless from your fingertips, it will take a long time to move because it needs a bigger ‘push’ from the dowser to get it moving.

It will also need a big ‘push’ if the pendulum is dangling from a long chain. The longer the chain is the more slowly it will react. Remember: a long chain means a long time to respond and a slow movement when it does. Think of a grandfather clock. The long pendulum doesn’t whizz from side to side, but is slow and stately.

Therefore, a shorter chain will mean a faster response and a quicker movement.

But there is still one element missing to fully resolve the problem.

Why start with a pendulum which is motionless? It makes far more sense to have the pendulum moving to begin with. That way it will move much more quickly to indicate a response.

In order for this to work, you have to know which are your movements for ‘yes’ and ‘no’ so that you can have the pendulum swinging in a way which is neither of those. Let’s call that the ‘neutral’ swing: neither one thing nor the other. Suppose your ‘yes’ was to and fro and your ‘no’ was side to side, then a circular motion would be a good ‘neutral’ swing. Adjust it to what makes sense for you.

One other thing about having a short chain and a moving pendulum to begin with is that this is far less tiring for your arm than having a long chain and waiting for any movement to happen.

So, what you need to do if your pendulum doesn’t move is to shorten the chain length to maybe two inches or so, and have it moving as you ask your question.

Has something like this ever happened to you? How did you overcome it? Let us know in the comments section below

Remote Dowsing

Remote Dowsing

Remote dowsing is best described by saying that the dowser is in one location, and the subject of the dowser’s focus, the thing, place or person he or she is dowsing about is somewhere else.

So that would mean that map dowsing is a form of remote dowsing for example. Dowsing for the placement of a water well in a field, actually tramping about, that is on-site dowsing. If you are working with a client and using dowsing to help identify an issue, that is also in-person dowsing, not remote dowsing.

Remote dowsing is sometimes thought, by non-dowsers, to be a very strange thing indeed. After all, the dowser can ask exactly the same detailed questions of a place or person many thousands of miles away and get the same detailed answers as if they were there in person. That is what makes it hard for non-dowsers to accept.

But remote dowsing is no stranger in some ways than how we look at maps. We can look at a map of a distant place and, according to the scale and the symbols, we can tell a lot about it without ever having been there. The size of it, the types of buildings, the types of transport in and out, whether there are lakes or rivers. All of those things and more can be told by looking at a piece of paper. We take it for granted, but it really is amazing when you think about it.

In remote dowsing, there is no single accepted equivalent of that printed piece of paper. Some dowsers might talk about holograms or quantum reality or some other such label to explain how remote dowsing works. There is no single explanation which everyone can agree upon, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t one. It’s just that we don’t know it… yet.

If distance really is no object in remote dowsing, then, obviously, you can dowse about any place at all. Australia, India, Canada, the bottom of the ocean, even Jupiter’s moons; they are all the same as far as remote dowsing goes. To dowse any such place you simply follow the same basics as any in-person dowsing. That is, you get a good, detailed dowsing question and then, after asking it, you get in the right frame of mind, the dowsing state as it’s called, and let the answer come to you.

In a sense, therefore, remote dowsing is no different to any other type of dowsing because it’s the same simple steps no matter what you are doing, no matter where you are. If you are new to all this, then don’t let the label put you off, because it’s not important. The only thing which is important is that you accept that remote dowsing is just dowsing, plain and simple.

Have you had success with remote dowsing? What happened? Share your stories in the comments section below

Body Dowsing

Body Dowsing

Body dowsing is perhaps the most natural dowsing technique as it requires no tools. Considering that dowsing is a natural human ability, then it makes sense that using the human body itself is the best way of experiencing dowsing.
In body dowsing, the dowser uses his or her body to provide the answer. Instead of the movement of a pendulum or the motion of an l-rod or other tool, the dowser learns which particular body movement is giving the answer.
It should be obvious that this is not a new technique or a new twist on dowsing. In fact, there are many documents recording how various dowsers have used their body to help them gain answers. Most notably, several water dowsers, incredibly successful ones at that, would have specific body responses. For example, one dowser would walk with his hands held out in front of him and wait for a tremor to show him the place to drill a well. Another, when younger, had the more extreme reaction of fainting over water sources, until he was able to control the reaction better. Certainly it was body dowsing, but there are other ways of doing this.
As I said, this is a technique where the physical response is all-important. But, before you begin to think that this is going to be too hard for you to do, you need to realize something.
What you need to realize is that you already are doing this yourself now, without any help. I’m not making this up. Think of the times when you’ve had a feeling that you don’t want to go into some place, or you enter a room and you just know there’s been an argument in there just before. Or, you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach about what to do in a certain situation. That gut feeling.
All of those things are your body giving you messages about something. Something good or bad or to be wary of or to look forward to. That’s what body dowsing is.
Now, the only difference between what happens to you and what happens when dowsers get a body response is that the dowser has asked a specific question which has a yes or a no answer, plus he or she knows which body response to look out for. For some people, it’s a twitch in the hand, for others it’s a feeling at the back of the neck. It could be a tightening of the shoulders, a blink of an eyelid or a weak feeling on one side or the other. The point is, the dowser, by experimenting, has discovered what works best and is the most reliable method.
It doesn’t require you to train your body to give you the answer. Your body has always been doing that for you. All it requires is learning how to ask good questions and then being quiet inside to let the answer come to you.
That’s body dowsing.
Happy Dowsing!

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Water Dowsing Techniques

Water Dowsing Techniques

Water dowsing is sometimes called water witching or water divining. Dowsing for water is one of the oldest uses of this simple, natural skill. Often, it is the first, or only, exposure to dowsing which most people have.  Water dowsers have been quietly going about their business for hundreds of years. Naturally, those who see them in action are likely to ask questions. The most usual one is to ask how does water dowsing work? The straight answer is that nobody knows for sure. There are plenty of ideas, but no commonly accepted explanation. Some people, despite seeing the results, then ask does dowsing for water really work? Which, given the success rate of good water dowsers, seems a little redundant.

However, other people, upon seeing water witching happening, will go on to ask how they can do it themselves. They’re not necessarily concerned in understanding how it works, they want to learn the technique themselves. A technique is a way of carrying out a particular task.  So what they’re asking is a simple explanation of how to dowse for water.

First, you must realize that simple does not mean easy. The two are not the same. In the case of  water dowsing, it will not take long to outline the techniques. But performing them well is not easy. Please remember that in what follows.

Dowsing, all dowsing, is essentially the same. Whether you are dowsing for gold, for water, for your lost car keys or for the best vacation to take, it is always the same few things involved. First, you have to have a specific goal in mind. In the case of water dowsing, it would be about finding water. Then, you have to have a specific question in mind. Again, that would be about the right type of water (drinkable or just for irrigation) and whereabouts to find it. After that, you then have to be in the right state of mind to allow the answer to come through to you. It’s this last part you see when someone is dowsing a water well. They are in the right state of mind to locate the drilling place.

Once you’ve found the place then there is more dowsing, repeating the same three steps (goal, question, receptive state) for the depth and the flow rate.

Because dowsing is a skill, then the more you practice it, the better you are at it. If you can’t find a water dowser to learn from, then you can practice finding the water pipe which feeds your house, dowse the depth and to see if there are any leaks. Dig and confirm your answers if you can. Also, be sure to watch the other videos on our channel about dowsing tools and techniques. How To Dowse With L rods , The Four Main Types Of Dowsing Tools and Getting Started With Pendulum Dowsing.

Happy Dowsing!

What are your best tips for water dowsing? Share them in the comments section below.

Pendulum Dowsing Charts

(Transcript below if you prefer to read about pendulum dowsing charts)

Pendulum Dowsing Charts

The pendulum is the most popular dowsing tool. Because it is small and easy to use, various types of pendulum charts have been developed for use by dowsers.

A pendulum chart can be made for virtually any subject you can think of. Health, past lives, vitamins, beliefs, locations, therapies and diet are just some of the possible charts. One of the reasons for their popularity is that they have the range of possible answers displayed and it’s simply a matter of dowsing which one is the answer for a particular question. Many newcomers to dowsing are attracted to charts for that very reason: seeing all the possible answers neatly spread out can give a sense of confidence and security.

But, any chart, no matter whether it is purchased or home-made, should always include ‘Other’ as an answer. And that’s because, no matter how detailed and precise you are when designing a chart, there is always going to be that one time when the answer is new or strange and does not appear on the chart in question.

Really, when we’re speaking of pendulum charts, whether they are charts for health or charts for hand chakras, we’re referring to a special way of displaying a list.

Everyone knows that a list is a set of items shown one below the other. A chart, on the other hand, can have those exact same items displayed in an arc. The arc is broken into the appropriate number of segments, each one containing one possible answer (not forgetting ‘Other’, of course). The segments should be of equal width wherever possible. The reason for this layout is because the pendulum starts out being swung at the central base of the chart and moves to the segment of the chart containing the answer easily. It is not possible to have that same ease of movement with a straightforward list.

Some charts can be quite complicated, having a large number of small segments, or even be split into two or more pages of possible answers. Other charts can be quite small and may not even need to be laid out in an arc. For example, if you only had three possible answers, you could divide a circle up into four segments (remember the need for ’Other’) and have the pendulum swinging over the center of the circle.

Whether you choose to have a circle or an arc as the basis for any charts you might make is a purely personal preference and will not affect their efficiency in any way.

When using a chart, remember the following two things:

1. Always have a good, well-formed and precise question.

2. Have the pendulum swinging over the central base of the arc or the center of the circle as appropriate.

As for the pendulum itself, it’s more useful to set it swinging in a circle, because then any movement in a straight line pointing to an answer is more immediately obvious. And, secondly, especially with smaller segments, it is useful to have a pendulum with a point on it, making it easier to see where exactly it is pointing to.

Happy dowsing!

Have you found a type of chart that really helps you, or have you got any tips for creating your own? Share them in the comments section below.

Dowsing the chakras

Dowsing the chakras

(Transcript below if you prefer to read)

Before going any further, let’s be clear about what we mean about chakras. Then we’ll move on to pendulums and chakras.

Chakra is a word from the ancient Sanskrit language which roughly translates  as ‘wheel’ or ‘disk’. It might help to think of these as the places where the invisible or energetic aspect of your body meets with the visible, physical body itself, allowing a flow of energy to move through you.

There are considered to be seven major chakras forming a line down the body. But there are also many minor ones as well. For example, the hand has chakras, in the palm and also on the tips of the fingers.

In this video, we’ll be looking at the hand chakras and how you can use a pendulum to check on them. However, you can use the exact same principles on the seven major ones as well.

One thing should be made clear, however, and that is that no matter what pendulum you use, no matter how it is described, it will not clean up or alter any chakra at all. Any alteration to a chakra comes only through your focus, your intent or any number of environmental or emotional factors acting on you.

If you recall that the word ‘chakra’ translates as ‘wheel’, then, in order to be operating properly and effectively, the chakra should be open and able to spin. This is what can be checked using a pendulum.

In this case, you are not asking a question with a yes/no answer, but are using the pendulum to show you how a specific chakra is at that time.

To begin, hold the pendulum as you would normally, but have one fingertip of your opposite hand underneath it. Focus on wanting to see what the energy flow of that chakra is like and expect the pendulum to move in response to that focus.

For most people, the pendulum will describe a circle, clockwise or anti-clockwise. The width of the circle and the vigor or lack of it in the movement will tell you how strongly or weakly that particular chakra is at that time.

Once you have a response over the first finger, try the next and repeat the process. Often you will find that different fingers will have different directions of spin.

Also, you can try the pendulum over the palm chakra, which is usually much more vigorous than the fingertips. Remember that chakras are in constant motion and will vary in how open they are at different times and under different conditions.

This is not the place to go into what any particular response might mean, but, by doing this exercise regularly over several days, you will get a good idea of the general activity of your chakras.

Once you have the idea about your finger and hand chakras, then you can also check your seven main chakras simply by asking to be shown the energy of each chakra, one at a time.

From there you can begin to explore the many, many sites which speak of chakras and what they do.

Have you explored your hand chakras? What did you find? Did they all spin the same way? What else did you notice? Share your experiences or thoughts in the comments section below

Types of Dowsing Pendulums

(Transcript of video is below, if you prefer to read)

Types of Dowsing Pendulums

Hi, this is Nigel from discovering dowsing answering your questions about dowsing.

Dowsing pendulums

Pendulums are a very popular dowsing tool and are easily purchased or made. The reason for them being so popular is because they are so easy to carry and use. Because of that popularity there are a number of questions which are frequently asked about them. For example, people always want to know which is the best pendulum for them to use. Or, they want to know about the different types of pendulums.

If you consider that a pendulum is nothing more than a weight at the end of a chain or string of some kind which allows it to swing freely, then the only two important aspects to consider are the weight of it and the material it is made out of.

Those two things by themselves mean that it is impossible to answer the question as to which is the best dowsing pendulum to use because what feels right for one person will not feel comfortable for another. If one person likes a brass pendulum, another dowser might prefer one made of wood or a small crystal.


Generally, when starting out, those new to dowsing tend to prefer light-weight pendulums made of crystal or wood. Heavier pendulums made of brass in various shapes are also popular.

So let’s take a quick look at the various types of pendulums available.

First are the light-weight varieties made of crystal, precious or semi-precious stones. They can be quite fancy, but if you’re not careful, they can be damaged through use.

Next are the wooden ones. These are often carved into interesting shapes, such as an acorn shape. These tend to be lightweight as well, but also more durable.

Following them we have the ones made of brass or other types of metal. These come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and are amongst the heaviest pendulums around. They are very popular. Again, they are very durable.

What is often confusing for newcomers to dowsing is that they hear that certain shapes of pendulums are better for certain types of dowsing.

That is not true. A pendulum, as was said earlier, is nothing more than a weight on a cord. When it moves, it moves because the dowser’s reaction causes it to move. Doesn’t matter whether it’s a really heavy one in an intricate shape or a nut on a length of dental floss, it’s the dowser who makes it move.

A pendulum, by itself, does nothing. Remember that.

Also if you believe that a particular pendulum works best for certain types of dowsing, then your belief will be strong enough to make it true for you. That does not mean that it is true for anyone else.

Basically, a pendulum is just a tool and nothing more. So make sure you find one that you like, for whatever reason, and dowse with it!

Happy dowsing!

Do you have a favorite type of dowsing pendulum? Let us know in the comments section below.

Dowsing For Ley Lines

Dowsing for ley lines

Prefer to read instead of watch? The transcript is below:

This is a topic which comes up amongst dowsers every now and then and, like so many other subjects in dowsing, it causes a lot of confusion.

old-straight-track-coverThe book which started it all: Alfred Watkins' The Old Straight Track

The first, and main cause of confusion is over what is meant by ley lines. The term was first used in 1921 by Alfred Watkins (1855 – 1935) in his book The Old Straight Track. He used it to mean something quite specific. His idea was that there were alignments of ancient monuments and prehistoric sites which could still be seen on the land. He suggested that these alignments were trackways which could still be followed, on a map if not on foot.

What happened next was that, over the years, this idea of a simple physical alignment changed into something more spiritual and energetic in nature.

But before we look at what happened, it’s important to point out that the original idea of these lines has not convinced everyone. The critics argue that you can simply throw a straightedge on a map and find a line pretty much anywhere at all. In other words, they are nothing special.

So how did they remain popular? The answer lies in a book by John Michell called The View Over Atlantis published in 1972 In this, Michell, fascinated by Earth mysteries, expanded on the original concept of Watkin’s by saying that such lines on the earth were acting as guides for extraterrestrial craft. Later on, he became more interested in the landscape than the spacecraft idea and claimed that the lines had a real magnetic phenomenon to them and that they were part of a planet-wide network.

view-over-atlantis-coverThe Book which kept it going: John Mitchell's The View Over Atlantis

The influence of this book was immense and acted to spark a whole generation’s interest in earth mysteries and lost knowledge.

Challenges to the idea of ley line s as visible things led to a split in the leyline movement. Which is where dowsing comes in, because some felt that, even if the old idea of visible lines on the land was wrong, then such lines still existed, but could only be discovered by intuition or dowsing.

The problem now is what exactly is being discovered by dowsing? Do such lines truly exist? And, if they do, how can that be proven to anyone else? And what are they for? Are they really part of a lost ancient network – for what purpose? Or are they somehow connected to UFO’s? Are all ley lines straight? If not, why not? Is a straight line on the landscape like at Chaco Canyon or like a Roman road a ley line or something else? Can a straight line become a ley line? Can all ley lines be dowsed because they are invisible or are they only visible lines? Or a mixture of the two? In other words, what makes a ley line a ley line nowadays? And is it even possible to have any agreement anymore? What started out as a very simple idea has become so complicated and muddled that it’s very difficult to know what anyone means anymore when they use the term ‘ley line’.

Therefore, if you decide to use dowsing to investigate a ley line you have to be careful about being very clear in your definition before you start. Otherwise you run the risk of dowsing two or more different things in the same area as well as not being able to explain clearly to any other dowser what exactly you are doing. In other words, your results will have no meaning and make no sense to anyone else.

What are your thoughts about ley lines? Share them in the comments section below.

Getting started with pendulum dowsing

Pendulum dowsing

Getting started with pendulum dowsing.

Before using the pendulum for dowsing, you need to be in the right frame of mind. That means you aren’t emotionally involved in wanting a particular answer, just that you are interested in the outcome. It’s more curious than anything, a sort of detachment from the world, if you like. It’s called the ‘dowsing state’, and it gets easier to master with time and practice.

There are some important things to remember when starting using a pendulum for dowsing.

Firstly, you should be holding the pendulum in such a way that it can react quickly and smoothly to show the answer. That means you hold it with a short length of chain or string or whatever, and that you have it moving to begin with. Too many people start out with the pendulum absolutely still, dangling at the end of a long length of chain and wait for ages for it to begin moving.

So, remember: a short chain is better than a long one.

Second, you have to find which movement of the pendulum is showing you a ‘yes’ response and which is showing you a ‘no’ response. There are two ways of doing this.

The first way is for you to choose how you want your pendulum to move for each response and then you practice this repeatedly until it becomes natural. There is no standard here. It is down to you and what you want it to be. Some common movements are to and fro for ‘yes’ and side to side for ‘no’, or clockwise circle for ‘yes’ and counter-clockwise for ‘no’. Once you have decided which you like, then you simply practice moving the pendulum in each direction while making it very clear in your mind which is which. This is often called ‘programming’. When you are happy with the movements, you can then test them with the questions you’ll see in the second method.

The second way of finding the ‘yes’ and ’no’ for your pendulum is to have it moving in a ‘neutral’ way. This movement, neither ‘yes’ nor ‘no’,  is called the ’neutral’ or ‘ready’ swing, because it’s ready to move in the direction of ‘yes’ or ‘no’. A very useful neutral swing is one which is at 45 degrees as you look down on it. Get it going and then make a true statement similar to the following: ‘I was born, in this lifetime, in…’ wherever you were born. As it’s a true statement, you are expecting the pendulum movement to change in some fashion. It might take a bit of time at first, so you need to be patient. Then you need to repeat the process with a false statement of where you were born. Again, watch the pendulum for a change of movement.

Getting started with pendulum dowsing

It doesn’t matter which of the two methods you use to find your ‘yes’ or ‘no’. But, for each of them, when you are dowsing, you need to start your pendulum in that neutral or ready movement, so that it can respond quickly.

As with anything new, it might take a little time and practice to get to the point where the difference between the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ is clear and happens quickly. When getting started with a pendulum you just keep at it until you are confident that you can tell the difference between the two and also you can see the change from the neutral or ready movement happening quickly.

The other important thing to keep in mind when starting pendulum dowsing is that you need to make sure that the question you ask when you dowse is a good one. By that, I mean that it covers every pertinent aspect of the situation and can only be answered by a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. Without going into too much detail, you should make sure that your question includes the following aspects: who, what, where, how, why and when.

Without a good question you won’t get a good answer. A vague question gives a vague answer; it’s that simple. This is true for all types of dowsing.

And, lastly, for all types of dowsing, remember that it is a skill and that any skill can be improved with practice. So take the time to master it. It’s well worth it!

Happy Dowsing!

Did you find this helpful? Let us know in the comments section below. Feel free to add other ideas for anyone starting out pendulum dowsing