How to use dowsing in everyday life

Dowsing and Relationships

Dowsing and Relationships

This is a subject which pops up fairly frequently. This isn’t surprising, because relationships are a big issue! People want to know if they will find their soulmate with dowsing, or they want to know if the person they have met is the right one for them.

In other words, they’re either asking about when and if they will meet someone, which is dowsing about the future or they are wondering about the relationship they are currently in or wanting to be in.

Dowsing about the future is tricky. Dowsing about relationships in the future adds another layer of tricky! I’ll explain why. First, the future is not set in stone for everyone. There are always possibilities and new directions awaiting any of us. The further out from the present you go, the more there are. This makes future dowsing, especially about such a broad subject as meeting someone, a really difficult task. This is doubly so for newbies at dowsing.

I’m not saying it can’t be done. There are some people who can do this, but they are few and very far between.

Then, you add in the mix about having a relationship! You want one, or you wouldn’t be asking. So you’re going to find it really difficult to be objective about this and it’s going to be hard trying to keep your emotions in check when you dowse. Guess who mostly asks this sort of question? You’re right, it’s newbies.

Newbies don’t have the skill – yet – to ask these sorts of questions themselves, but they’re often the ones doing the asking!

So, the next type of question is about current or wished for relationships, with a particular person in mind. This can be a little easier because it’s not so much about the indeterminate future, but it still has issues.

Asking about relationships is not a simple, ‘does he/she like me?’ or ‘is he or she the one for me?’ This is where a skillfully crafted question or series of questions is hugely important.

To ask such a question you need to have it clear in your own mind what it is you are looking for in a relationship. That’s going to be unique to you. How important are good looks? Honesty? Dress sense? Financial security? Sense of humor? List down all of the aspects of a person that are important to you.

Then, you can begin to dowse about how well that person matches your list of priorities. For each one dowse on a scale of 0 to 1o, with 10 being absolutely perfect for you. But don’t do it only for right now. Also dowse for, say, six months down the line. Things change when people get together!

Look at your answers (assuming you were able to dowse accurately in an emotionally detached mindset) and then work out what you can live with and what you can’t.

Dowsing is a useful guide, but it never takes the place of real life. Use it to help you understand yourself and your needs better and that alone will be invaluable in helping you find the right person for you.

Have you used dowsing to help you in this way? If so, what success (or not) did you have? We'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.

How To Dowse For Gold

How to dowse for gold

Dowsing for gold is a popular application for this simple, natural skill. However, because dowsing is used in this instance for something of potentially great value, there is some confusion around it when there need not be.

Those who go dowsing for gold are often easy game for those who want to sell them expensive dowsing rods. Usually such rods are described as being of the correct length or have some special feature to help them tune in to gold more accurately.

What most people don’t want to admit, however, is that dowsing for gold is no different from dowsing for your lost car keys or which item to order from a menu. But, because it’s gold, that precious stuff which is so highly valued, a lot of people wrongly assume that they should be doing something special or different in order to find the stuff.

Not true!

Dowsing is dowsing, no matter what the target. And that means that the same basic principles for any type of dowsing should be followed when dowsing for gold.

That means that in order to find gold, you need to have a really precise question in mind and then you have to be in the right mental state of relaxed attention to allow the answer to come to you. It’s never the tool which tells you. It’s only your reaction, causing the tool to move, which is the essence of dowsing.

The question is the most important thing in all types of dowsing. It’s no different in dowsing for gold. You’ll presumably know what you are after, so really you’re framing a question about the location or the depth or the overall quantity. Whatever is your primary goal, that’s the question you have to form. Avoid the vague question like, “Is there gold here?” because there may well be but it might be one tiny grain six feet deep.

You can dowse for gold over a map and search for the most likely places to examine on foot. Again, you need a specific question. We map-dowsed for some clients who wanted to know which areas they should pan for gold in to produce sufficient quantities for them to feel successful. They followed our suggestions and had a successful season. Map dowsing is just another way of using this skill and we have a video on how you can map dowse. Click the link here.

The one thing to remember above all else is that no matter what you are using dowsing for; whether it’s for gold, for oil, for your choice of vitamins, dowsing is the same. And, what the people who want to sell you expensive dowsing tools won’t say is that you don’t actually need any tools at all. Of course, if you like tools, then you can make your own and adjust it to be exactly as you want it to be.

Happy Dowsing!

Have you dowsed for gold? Successfully? What did you use and why?

Dowsing The Aura

Dowsing The Aura

One of the neat ways you can use dowsing is to explore the aura.

In case you're not entirely sure of what I'm referring to, then think of the aura as the invisible, ever-changing energetic body which surrounds you and which, to some people, is visible. It is where your physical body and the energy of the universe meet.

Dowsing the aura can be achieved in a few different ways, depending on what it is you have in mind.

First, and simplest, is finding out far your aura actually reaches. This is easier to do with two people, but it is perfectly possible to do it by yourself. I'll describe it for two people first and then show how you can do yourself.

The person whose aura is being measured sits or stands in a place with some space around them. The dowser then, when in the dowsing state, asks to see the nearest boundary layer of the aura in front of them. The reason for this is that, to begin with, you have no idea whether you are standing within the aura of not, and, as an aura has several layers, it is easiest to focus on the one in front of you. With your tool or however you choose to dowse, move slowly forward until you get a reaction. Mark that point on the ground.

Now the fun part!

Ask the person to think something sad. Repeat the process starting from the same point as before. Mark the point where the reaction occurred. There is probably going to be a difference in the location of the two marks.

Now ask the person to think happy thoughts and repeat the process. The mark this time will probably again be in a different location. I'm not going to tell much more than that. It's more fun for you to find out when you are dowsing the aura yourself.

What if you have nobody to do this for you? Don't worry! Stand in the middle of a room and ask the same question about the nearest boundary layer, but this time you're going to ask for the reaction when that layer meets the wall. So start walking slowly and mark the point on the ground where you got the reaction.

You can do exactly the same exercises as before, only this time you're using the wall as the reference point.

The second way of dowsing the aura is more complex and involves finding where there might be damage. You want a nice, clean, healthy aura, but everyday living can create holes and tears in it. The simplest way of examining the aura for this detail is to dowse over an outline of the human body and carefully check for damage by using a pointer to find where it might be.

If that sounds confusing, then think of it as map dowsing, Only the map this time is of you and the location is where the aura is not complete.

Try dowsing your aura using one of the methods here and share your results in the comments section below.

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.

The Water Diviner with Russell Crowe

A Dowsing Movie?

“The Water Diviner” is a movie made by an A-list actor (who is also the director),  and backed by much money, which not only openly refers to the skill, but allows it to be shown in a sympathetic way. Not bad for a change.

I'm not going to review the whole movie, because there are plenty of people much better equipped than myself who can do that much better. All I'll say in passing is that I really enjoyed it a great deal and that well over 400 reviewers on Amazon are in agreement. The combined reviews there make it a 4-star effort.

“The Water Diviner” as dowsing…

What I would like to say is that I was (obviously) very interested in how dowsing (or divining) was shown in the movie. It was a different and pleasant experience.

For example, near the beginning, it shows Crowe's character, Conor, dowsing to find where to dig a well. As it's in the Australian outback, the need for water, reliable water, is pressing. The L-rods he uses are battered and bent pieces of thin-ish wire which cross over a particular place. He then proceeds to start digging.

Eventually he strikes water (or what would be the point of the title otherwise?) and happiness all round, except for his wife who… well, I'll let you watch that part for yourself.


Set just after the end of the First World War, “The Water Diviner” is based on the fact that, out of all the families who lost members in the fighting, only one Australian father went to try to find what happened.

For me, when Conor finally locates the place where his sons fell was most interesting. No rods in use, just a very simple deviceless dowsing method (I won't spoil it for you), before telling them where to dig.

It is an unusual method of dowsing and I did wonder how Russell Crowe learned it. Despite the obvious emotional issues at work, “The Water Diviner” at that point also showed how detached he was during the actual dowsing, as a good dowser has to be.

Although dowsing only takes up a small part of the entire film, I think that “The Water Diviner” is of interest to dowsers generally and to historians (my other love) of that period. For example, I never really thought about what the War Graves Commission work actually involved. I have immense respect for them now!

I can't think of any other film which treats dowsing in as sympathetic a light as “The Water Diviner” and, for that reason alone, I suggest you watch it if you haven't already. Certainly add it to your library.

You can get it here

Have you watched “The Water Diviner”? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Like it? Loathe it? Let us know in the comments section below

Dowsing For Baby Gender

Dowsing The Sex Of An Unborn Child

Dowsing For Baby Gender

If you'd prefer to read, the transcript of the video is below.

Hi, This is Nigel from Discovering Dowsing, answering your questions about dowsing.

Dowsing for baby gender.

This use of dowsing, along with using it to find water or minerals, ranks amongst the oldest uses of this natural, intuitive skill.

The idea is that dangling a pendulum over a pregnant woman will show the sex of the unborn child depending on which way the pendulum moves.

The original method of doing this was to tie some hair of the woman to the wedding ring and then hold it suspended over her belly. If the woman’s hair was not long enough, then cotton thread could be used instead. In fact, it could even be a needle and thread, or pretty much anything which was light and could be held easily and allow the weight at the end to move.

If we expand the idea of baby gender a little, then we can include the idea of sexing baby chicks using this method. The ability to sort out the sex of a chick at an early age – and the earlier the better! – Is important if the chicken breeder is not going to have too many roosters and too few hens.

Some of the people who use a pendulum to dowse for the gender of the chick go so far as to say that they can do this over the egg, before it hatches.

Again, there is no one type of pendulum which is best. Something simple to make and light to hold is all that counts here.

But, of course, the real question is, how do you know which sex is which by the way the pendulum moves?

There is no real consensus here about babies. But, if we take into account the people who sex chicks, then there is general agreement. They say that if the pendulum moves in a circle, that indicates a female. If it moves in a line, up and down, then that indicates that it is a male.

If that is generally true for those people, then it is fair to assume the exact same thing for human babies as well.

The key point here, however, is that, if you are going to be the one doing the sexing of the baby, then you need to be able to be focused on the task at hand.

You need to decide in advance which direction of the pendulum will indicate which sex. Once that’s clear in your head, then don’t hold the pendulum and keep on chatting or listening to what others are saying. Allow the pendulum to move in a neutral swing, that is, showing neither the ‘male’ or the ‘female’ movement but something in between,  as you keep focused on the question. Dowsing is a natural, intuitive skill which everyone can do. And, by keeping your emotions out of it, not wanting the child to be a boy or a girl, or even think about what the parents might say or how they might react when you tell them, you will be far more accurate than getting involved in the emotions of the situation.

Happy Dowsing!

Have you dowsed for baby gender? Were you successful? What tool or tools did you use? Tell us about it in the comments section below

Map Dowsing Techniques

Map dowsing is an advanced application of dowsing, and there are many map dowsing techniques, way more than I can cover in a single blog post. So I'm going to pick an easy one and walk you through it. But first, let's talk about what map dowsing is. When you dowse a map or sketch, you are usually working at a distance from the property or person you are dowsing about. The map or sketch is a representation of that property or person's body. You use the map to dowse the location of whatever you are seeking.

You might be dowsing for treasure or gold, but more likely, you are dowsing to find a lost object or to find a good location to drill for water or oil. Archaeological dowsers dowse for things like a burial location or the foundations of a ruined building. You can dowse the floor plan of a house looking for a lost object or noxious environmental energies. It can even be considered map dowsing if you dowse over a sketch of the human body to determine the location of the cause of a symptom.

Map dowsing might seem like a really weird concept to you if you are new to dowsing. You might ask, “How can anyone use dowsing to find things in a different location using a map?” But think about it this way: what is a map for, and how do you use it? Have you ever looked at a map of another location, maybe a vacation spot you planned to visit? And did you find your hotel or a popular beach or a favorite tourist destination on it? And you said, “Ah, there it is!” You were confident you could find it. You weren't at that location. You'd never been there, but you knew the exact location of something.

When you dowse using a map, you are doing much the same thing. You don't have to be there to find what you are looking for. You are tapping into your natural intuitive ability and asking the question about the object you wish to find. Dowsing gives you the answer to that question, and you don't need to be there any more than you need to be on location to find useful information from a road map or city street map. You do need to be an accurate dowser to get a correct answer, though!

As I said in the beginning, there are many map dowsing techniques. An easy one to do, one that you can use with a pendulum or without any dowsing tool at all, is by drawing quadrants on your map or sketch. Take your drawing and divide it into 4 equal squares by drawing straight lines through the midpoint horizontally and vertically. Label each quadrant with a number or letter.

Remember that you need a great dowsing question in order to be accurate. You need to get into a dowsing state. And you need to be detached about the answer. Then ask if the item you seek is in Quadrant A? Quadrant B? Quadrant C? Quadrant D? You should only get one “yes” answer. If you don't get a “yes” answer, then maybe the item is not located on that map.

Assuming you got a “yes” answer, you then divide that quadrant into four parts as before, labeling them, this time with numbers if you used letters before. Ask the same question about each quadrant. When you get a “yes” answer, repeat the process until you have a small enough quadrant for searching. It can be helpful to name the quadrants using different things each time, so there is no confusion during dowsing. You may need to get a map with larger scale to drill down to the point where a search would be worthwhile.

There are many other map dowsing techniques, but this gives you a good idea of how to get started.


Money Dowsing Exercise

What We All Want

I confess that dowsing about numbers or money were never my strong suits. I would try to dowse, and I'd get crappy answers. So I felt like I just couldn't be good at it. I knew it meant I probably had issues with money or numbers or knowing the future about them. But I was not able to easily identify and clear whatever was blocking me.

I was tempted to quit dowsing those things, but then I thought, “Why not just practice regularly and see if I can improve?” No harm in that. So each week, when it was time to do the weekly shopping, I would take my list and ask a dowsing question to determine how much money in total my shopping expedition would require. This was actually a very practical exercise, because I often needed to transfer money from one account to another, and I needed to know how much to transfer.

At first, my answers weren't very accurate. That caused me to feel like I shouldn't dowse about it, because it could lead me to make some mistakes, like not transferring enough money. In fact, that happened one time. But then I realized I was focusing on fear of making a mistake. I was focusing on not feeling competent to dowse. So I did a reframe and just regarded this as a practical exercise, without worrying about being wrong or right.

Getting better at money dowsing!

That turned things around. Within a few weeks I started consistently getting accurate answers. In fact, now I totally trust my dowsing about the total of a shopping expedition. Hooray!

Money dowsing may not be my best dowsing application. It certainly wasn't easiest for me to learn. But this experience proves that with the right mindset and practice, you can become good at just about any kind of dowsing. Now maybe I need to tackle finding lost objects….:)

Have you tried money dowsing? Share your success (or failure!) in the comments section below

Dowse Your Entertainment

What Shall We Do Tonight?

Dowsing is perfect for the many small decisions you make daily that you can't rationally be sure about. One application we love is using dowsing when making choices about movies, books and other forms of entertainment.

  • Want to go to a movie, but aren't sure which you'd like best?
  • Standing in the library or cruising Amazon, are you wondering which book to get?
  • Want to do something fun this weekend, but can't make your mind up between a picnic and a play?

When you're stuck making ANY choice, dowsing extends your intelligence and helps you pick the perfect one.

Dowsing your entertainment? It's a simple process.

1. Be clear about your goals. Are you reading a book or going to a movie for mindless entertainment, or because you seek thought-provoking, high quality material? Do you mainly want to relax, or are you looking to feel uplifted or educated?

2. Sometimes you can't make a choice, because the choices are so similar. Dowse using a scale of 0 to 10 or +10 to -10 instead of just ‘yes' or ‘no'. (Not sure how? Search ‘scales' on our website for instructions.)

3. Get into a dowsing state and dowse.

4. Follow the answer you get.

5. Confirm your answer. Were your goals met?

6. Repeat.

Did you ever dowse your entertainment? Did it work out well for you? Or not? Share your stories in the comments section below

Animals and Dowsing

Animals Are Amazing

One of our dogs, Lee, is always interested in what’s going on. However, he gets especially interested when Maggie goes to the essential oils. Maggie will take one out, remove the top and allow him to sniff it. If he doesn’t like it he will turn his head away. But if he does like it, then he lick at it and follow until Maggie puts some on him. Sometimes it’s on his paws, sometimes on his head or neck, depending on where it dowses as being best.

The point is, we think it’s charming and also clever that an animal can know what it wants, even if they seem to have no conception of what is involved. But really what is going on is a form of dowsing. After all, dowsing is getting answers in such a way as to seem impossible to by-standers. And Lee simply knew what he wanted.

Animals and dowsing: a great combo!

Or, we could say, he dowsed it for himself, in much the same way that horses react to certain remedies. They know what will work for them and what will not at any given time. They lick and chew when presented with some remedies and not at others. Sometimes, it’s just a bottle with the top on. It appears to make no difference. It’s dowsing, in another form. That's what animals do.

One last example of animals and dowsing comes from T.C. Lethbridge’s book, ‘The Power of the Pendulum’ where he talks of his cat locating a field vole in her sleep about 25 yards away, coming awake and then knowing how to get there and catch it despite having to take many winding turns. (He knows what it caught because she brought it back and ate it under the bed!) How was that achieved? By accessing information otherwise unobtainable through normal senses… or we could say, dowsing.

Have you found a great way to connect animals and dowsing in your life? We'd love to hear about it! Please share in the comments section below