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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.
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
The Dangers Of Using Dowsing Rods
How can dowsing rods be dangerous? It depends on your point of view.
For some dowsing skeptics, especially those who are deeply religious and who maintain that dowsing is something which has diabolical connections, the use of dowsing rods then becomes something which threatens the very soul of the dowser. The reasoning being that holding them and dowsing with them is to allow the Devil to work through you.
Now, that’s an extreme view but it is held by many such people. But, for them, it is a real and present danger. Of course, none of them would have actually tried to dowse so their opposition to the use of this skill is based only on their interpretation of the Bible or their own personal attitudes.
Admittedly, in the history of dowsing, there have been many religious people who have said the same thing about dowsing; that it must have some diabolical aspect to it, but there have been an equally large number of religious people who have used dowsing for themselves without any concerns for their personal salvation.
Therefore, this view of the dangers of dowsing has no real weight to it at all, based as it is on personal inclinations only.
As for other types of dangers in using dowsing rods, there are perhaps one or two possible things to bear in mind. If you have fairly solid rods, such as those made of steel, then there is a very slight risk that you could cause yourself an injury if you weren’t careful how you carried them or how you used them.
Personally, I tend to wander around with one rod stuck down the inside of my boot ready to stick it into the ground as a marker. If I carried either or both of them in my pockets – tricky but doable – then, if I tripped over, I suppose I could stab myself.
But, the good news is, I haven’t ever heard of any dowser who has been injured in such a way, so I suppose it’s not much of a danger at all.
The only other thing I can think of which might be thought of as a danger would be if you waved your arms around while holding a rod as you might put someone’s eye out. But, again, I’ve never heard of such a thing.
In which case, the only danger appears to be whether or not you consider that when using such rods you are putting your soul at risk. If you think that, then you’re not likely to dowse anyway. You have to go with what your conscience guides you to do. For me, that means I use dowsing whenever and wherever I can in perfect safety.
Have you ever experienced danger using dowsing rods? If so, please let us know in the comments section below.
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.
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Dowsing for healing, sometimes thought of as dowsing healing or pendulum healing, is really the result of confusion and mis-information. The two do not go together. At least, not in the way that many seem to think that they do.
As an example, you will sometimes find people asking about pendulum healing or which are the best healing pendulums. They sound reasonable things to be asking, but they are really showing that they have the wrong idea about dowsing.
Let’s be very clear about this. Dowsing is a natural human skill. Essentially, it’s a simple idea. You ask questions about things your logical and rational mind cannot answer. And that is pretty much it. You can use tools or not as you prefer, but there really is nothing more to dowsing than asking questions and getting answers.
As you can see, there’s no room in that description for anything to do with healing or healing pendulums. So where did this confusion come from?
It probably came from the popular use of the pendulum as a dowsing tool. There’s nothing special about a pendulum when used for dowsing. It can be as fancy or as plain as you like. As long as it works for you, that’s fine. But, no matter what sort of pendulum you use, whether plain wood, or brass or a fancy crystal or a nut on a piece of dental floss, they all move in the same way; circles or side to side essentially.
Now, imagine the following scenario. There are two people. One is a dowser, and the other is someone who has an issue with her hand; pain perhaps in one of the fingers. The dowser is using a pendulum and it’s swinging in some fashion over the persons’s finger, presumably to locate the precise area of the problem. And, at the same time, the dowser is focusing on sending some healing energy to that finger.
Here’s where it gets important. The dowser is not using the pendulum to send healing energy. The pendulum has absolutely nothing to do with any healing. She is using the pendulum to locate where the healing energy is to be sent. She might also have set her intention so that when she has done all she can, the pendulum will indicate that she should stop.
As an onlooker however, all you see is the pendulum swinging, some healing taking place and the pendulum stops when it’s finished. It’s easy enough to think that the pendulum has something to do with the healing. But it doesn’t!
Therefore there are no healing pendulums. There are only people who send healing. You don’t need a pendulum or other tool for that. All you need is your very focused intention to send healing energy as well as you can. Intention is the key, not dowsing.
Even so-called healing pendulums will do nothing unless you intend an outcome. Otherwise they would be the wonderful magic bullet that would work on everyone, everywhere all the time. It’s intention which makes anything work.
So don’t think you have to buy anything special. You don’t. You just have to use your intention.
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.
Pendulum movements meanings
Sounds like a mouthful, doesn't it? But this is a subject which crops up a lot particularly amongst new dowsers. They are using a pendulum and have got used to it doing one thing for a yes answer and a different thing for a no answer. Then, out of nowhere, the pendulum’s movement is new and different.
At that point, because they are new, they usually ask what does that change of movement in the pendulum mean? After all, a pendulum’s movements have to have some meaning, don’t they?
The point is, that question can’t be answered. That’s not to say that there is not an answer. There is. But the answer will be unique to that person. A pendulum’s movements meanings are different for different people. Your ‘yes’ and ‘no’ responses might be different to the next person’s responses. So, what is your ‘yes’ might be their ‘strange new movement’.
Despite not being able to answer one person’s question about what is happening when the pendulum moves differently, there are a range of possible reasons for it happening.
Now, note that I said this is a question which is mostly asked by dowsing newbies. That’s because everyone, after a while, finds a change of movement if they are using a pendulum. It’s the first time which catches people out. Also, newbies are not yet confident enough in dowsing to use it to find out what is going on. After all, they’ve only had maybe one or two short lessons and that’s it. The rest of the time, they’re on their own.
So, in no particular order, what follows are the list of usual reasons for strange or new pendulum movements.
- Your ‘yes’ and ‘no’ have changed. This can and does happen. Sometimes overnight.
- The question you asked is either a) poorly phrased, b) impossible to answer (for whatever reason), and c) one you do not have the skill / knowledge / permission to ask, or understand the answer (check which applies in your case)
- It’s a stupid or pointless question (i.e., a category which is not included in B above).
- You are not ready to have the answer. This applies more to those dowsers who have the belief that they have to be ‘connected’ to something in some way before they can dowse, or have to be protected by something or someone first.
- It indicates that someone or something is trying to make contact with you. Again, this only happens to those dowsers mentioned in 4 above.
- You simply lost focus when dowsing!
This list covers the usual reasons for strange pendulum movements. It’s up to you to find out what it means in your case.
But remember! Dowsing is all about asking questions. So, if something strange happens to your pendulum, then start asking about it and find out for yourself.
Has something like this happened to you when dowsing? Did you find out why? Let us know in the comments section below.
The History Of Dowsing
When people talk about the history of dowsing, they usually want to explore how far back it can be traced. This has led to interpreting Bible verses and even prehistoric rock art. None of this is provable. But that does not deter people from proclaiming what they feel is their ‘truth’.
I take a different view on the history of dowsing. I don’t believe that it needs to have a history, or even that any history can be produced for it. The reason for this stance is based on the idea, which virtually ever dowser agrees with, that dowsing is a natural human ability.
Given that idea, then it becomes an impossibility to point to a time when dowsing was not used in one form or another throughout human history, whether it was written or not. At some point, some early human found that he or she could ‘know’ where water was, or whether a particular plant was healthy to eat or not. Or they ‘knew’ which way to go in a strange country, or where to dig for metal ore.
In this sense, dowsing is very much like breathing; everyone can do it, it’s not unusual, so why mention it as something special?
In that sense, dowsing needs no historians. It is a continual presence in humanity. However, that doesn’t stop people trying to prove it has a long and wonderful history.
However, there are two other better reasons for looking at the history of dowsing. The first is to see how it has been perceived over time and the second is to see how it has changed in that time.
The first is easier to answer. Dowsing, because it lacks a clear explanation and has no single accepted theory about how it works, has usually been viewed with skepticism. Such skepticism has either been outrightly hostile: the Catholic Church, for example, or it has been ignored and dismissed as the work of charlatans whose only interest is to hoodwink the public. Dowsing has been identified as the work of the devil, even though some of the best dowsers as well as the best objective investigators have been members of the church. In the vast majority of cases, dowsers have been viewed with suspicion and any successes they have had have been put down to luck or chance.
The second way of looking at the history of dowsing is to examine how it has been used over time. The earliest competent references speak of using it for ore location. Later, it was used more extensively (i.e., it was noted down) for water dowsing. Although there were some references to what was, at first, referred to as moral dowsing (dowsing about other people and what they had or had not done), the nineteenth century saw an explosion in varieties of applications. Health dowsing became very popular and so did a whole slew of other applications, so that, by now, dowsing is being used in a vast range of activities which would never have occurred to its earliest recorded practitioners.
To gain a better overview of this subject, refer to The Dowsing Encyclopedia which is able to give a far better treatment to this and many other dowsing subjects.
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Dowsing with Y Rods
Y Rods are a very old type of dowsing tool. One of the earliest pictures of someone dowsing shows them using this type y shaped dowsing rod.
It takes its name, obviously, from the shape. When such tools were more popular than they are today, they would be cut fresh from a tree or bush on site. After a few days, the wood would dry out and the rod would crack or split, so having a fresh rod was essential.
This type of rod was used mostly in water dowsing, or water witching as it’s sometimes known, although that first picture was showing its use for dowsing for metal ores.
Various dowsers have proclaimed that certain types of wood work better than others. Some dowsers have even said that the rod should be cut at certain times of the month. The truth is that, if you look at what successful dowsers have used, there is a huge variety of woods mentioned and the time of the month, the phase of the moon or time of day are disregarded. All those dowsers were looking for was a tool they could cut and use straight away while it was still supple.
The length of the rod is very much down to personal preference. Some people use a shorter length than others. Some use a very long length indeed.
Modern dowsers tend not to use fresh cut rods so much. Instead there are plenty of rods made out of a variety of materials which do not decay, dry out or snap easily. These tend to be of metal or plastic usually.
No matter what material the rod is made of, how it is used remains basically the same. The most usual method of holding the y rod is to have the hands palm up. I have seen it being held palms down, but, to me at least, it’s a more difficult method. The y rod works because of the amount of tension it is being held under. If you simply held it out in front of you by the ends, it probably wouldn’t do a thing for you. But, held under tension, the rod can move up or down very easily. In fact, if you’re not careful, you can get a nasty smack in the mouth from a longer rod while you are learning!
As with any type of dowsing, you have to have a specific and precise question in mind when using the rod. Being held in such a way as to apply pressure to the limbs of the rod, the point end of it will either flick up or down to indicate the answer to the question. For some people, a ‘yes’ response is an upward flick, for others, that’s what they get for a ‘no’ response. You have to find out what it is for you.
A y rod, no matter whether it is a forked stick or a modern metal version, is good for indicating location, as in water dowsing, or direction; turning slowly until you get a response.
Do you dowse regularly with y rods? What are they made of? Any tips you can add to this? Let us know in the comments section below