Pitfalls encountered by dowsers and how to overcome them.
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
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.
Below is the transcript of the video, if you'd prefer to read:
Dowsing and Permission
This is another area of confusion and argument amongst dowsers. It can be split into two different areas: permission to dowse and permission about what to dowse about.
Let’s look at the first one; asking permission to dowse.
This is something which has come into fashion since the late twentieth century. Before that, there is no record of this being done. The way this works is by asking three questions before beginning to dowse. These three are; ‘Can I, May I and Should I?’
There are varying interpretations about the meanings, but they can be summed up roughly as follows:
‘Can I?’ apparently means, ’Is this something I am capable of dowsing about?’
‘May I?’ supposedly is ‘Do I have permission to do this?’
‘Should I?’ is about whether it is is advisable or in the best interests of all involved.
The problem with these questions is that they are vague and pretty much useless. After all, you are using dowsing to determine whether or not you can dowse. And that’s just to begin with.
The permission part of the second question is extremely vague. Some say that it is asking permission from the ‘high self’ of everyone involved. Others say it’s about getting permission from the universe in some fashion.
The last question is again about permission. But, if so, who are you asking? If you use the word ‘should’, then it means you are making a value judgment. But based on what? And, if it is about the ‘best interest’, how is that possibly to be judged, and on what time scale?
In other words, these three questions, often taught to beginners, are pretty much useless because they are so vague and open to differing interpretations.
What, if anything, can replace them?
This is where the second meaning of permission comes in; permission about what to dowse about.
This is very much simpler to describe, because it relies on one thing which cannot be misinterpreted; being given permission to dowse.
If you are dowsing about another person, they must give you their explicit permission. If you are dowsing about an animal, then gain the permission of the owner. If there is no way to gain permission, then you have none and it is inappropriate to dowse.
It’s remarkably simple. But it causes arguments. Why?
Because people, being people, want to do things they shouldn’t and they want to find ways to excuse themselves for interfering with other peoples’ lives. So they will claim they have gained permission from the high self of the person, or they claim it is for the highest good that they are dowsing. But, if you ask them what does the ‘highest good’ actually mean and how are they going to judge that, you will find no sensible answers.
In other words, such dowsers will cloak their prejudices and desires by saying that they have obtained permission in some strange fashion, or that they are helping humanity.
That is being dishonest at worst and unthinking at best. Dowsing, however it might eventually be proven to work, probably engages the energies of both parties in some fashion. In other words, as a dowser, you are entering into and interfering with another person’s energy field. Doing that without permission is like walking into someone’s house and looking through their fridge, possibly even taking things out or replacing them, for their highest good, of course, without bothering to ask them.
Would you like that being done to you?
Dowsing done properly, with properly obtained permission, is a wonderful tool. Don’t abuse that skill!
There is one area, however, where you do not need permission, ever, and that is when you are dowsing about yourself.
Most times, people will use dowsing to focus on ‘what’s out there’ and try to deal with it out of prejudice or fear, or because they feel like a victim or they do it out of ego. But, if you focus your dowsing on yourself, to help yourself, not only does the problem of permission disappear, but you are then using dowsing as a powerful tool for self-development.
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Why The Confusion Between Dowsing And Intention?
These are two different things which seem to make for a huge amount of confusion and misunderstanding, more than most any other aspects of dowsing.
Let’s make things clear here between the two. Dowsing is a specific practice where the dowser gets into the properly receptive state of mind, asks a question, and then obtains the answer. The answer can come via a tool such as a pendulum, but a tool is not necessary. There are plenty of ways of receiving the answer without using any tool at all.
Intention is also something quite specific. If you ‘intend’ something, you have an objective, a plan, in mind. ‘I intend to go shopping later today.’ ‘I intend to beat him at chess this time.’ Those are obvious examples. ‘I’m going to get fit and lose some weight this year’, is also an intention, but rather a vague one, as there is no real time scale or definite targets set. But, nevertheless, there is an intention implied to actually do something.
To give you an example of this confusion, you might have come across someone, in a forum, on Facebook or elsewhere, saying that if you swing your pendulum one way it will clear energies, or do something else. The important part of it is where they say you have twirl your pendulum one way or another.
Well, that’s not dowsing. It can appear as if it is dowsing, but it isn’t. And here’s why.
Firstly, just because someone happens to be holding a pendulum does not mean they are dowsing. A pendulum is any weighted object at the end of a material hanging from a fixed point which will allow it to move freely. That’s what a pendulum is. A pendulum is not a dowsing pendulum automatically. A pendulum only becomes a dowsing pendulum when it is used to show a yes or no answer to a dowsing question. Therefore, if you are NOT asking a dowsing question and the pendulum is moving or twirling or whatever, there is no dowsing going on, there is simply the movement of the pendulum.
So, if someone is whirling a pendulum or other tool around and saying that by doing it in this direction, for example, they are removing energy, or replacing it, or doing something else, you now know that what you are witnessing is not dowsing. It is the use of intention instead. They are intending to change things. The pendulum is merely a handy way of focusing what they want to do and has, despite what you might hear, absolutely nothing to do with the process itself.
If you are ever confused by what someone has told you, or what they are demonstrating, just remember this: If they are wanting something to happen, or trying to make something happen, that is intention. If they are asking about something, that is dowsing.
Intention is doing something, dowsing is asking something. Keep those clear in your mind and you will find things suddenly become a lot clearer!
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A Case Of Confusion
Dowsing for healing can cause a great deal of confusion amongst both dowsers and non-dowsers. The reason for that is that people aren't clear about the difference between dowsing and intention. It's necessary to make that very clear.
So what IS dowsing for healing?
Dowsing for healing is a very specific thing. It is about using dowsing to gain information which will be of help in your healing.
Notice what I did there? I didn't make any mention at all about how you can heal someone using dowsing. And the reason for that is because you can't do it.
And I don't mean you are incapable of doing it. Not at all! You may be a wonderfully capable healer. But I can guarantee you that you can't heal anyone of anything using dowsing. You can't use dowsing for healing.
You can certainly use intention to heal, and that's what many people do. But where the confusion arises is that when they do that, a lot of them will be swinging a pendulum around and using it to indicate when the session (or whatever) is finished, ended, completed or whatever is appropriate.
But, and here's the important point, just because a pendulum is moving does not mean that any dowsing is going on.
Having said that, however, you can certainly use dowsing for healing, if, as I said earlier, you use it to gain information which will help you on your healing journey. Remember, dowsing is just about asking questions and getting answers. It's nothing more than that.
Once that is clear, then obviously you're not going to go around healing anybody or anything just by waving your pendulum over them and wishing it were so. The ‘wishing it were so' is intention, and that is not healing.
So, if you have heard of someone using dowsing for healing, you are probably hearing about someone who is confused about what dowsing is for and what you can do with it.
What do you think about this confusion about dowsing for healing? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below
Problems, Problems, Problems!
Three problems with pendulums.
The first problem with pendulums is that most beginner dowsers want them to move. By themselves.
The problem is, they won’t.
You have to get use to the idea that you, the dowser, makes the pendulum move.
It’s the nature of dowsing; the physics, if you like.
The other problems with pendulums
The other two problems come together, quite often. First, the chain or string or whatever is usually too long. Second, the beginner dowser quite often starts off by holding the pendulum quite still, hanging straight down.
Nope and nope.
The longer the chain, the slower the response. And the less the pendulum moves before you ask your question, the longer it will take to show you any response.
Get the pendulum to move to begin with and then let it change direction according to the answer. Don't just sit there looking at it. If nothing else, your arm will tire and you'll get strange looks from people.
So, in order to get a response which doesn’t tire you out and which is obvious (and quick!), is to have the pendulum on a short chain and have it moving before you ask your question.
How short and moving in what direction is up to you to decide. But, as a rule of thumb (or should that be ‘rule of pendulum’?), any chain longer than three inches is too long and any movement which is less than an inch in diameter (whichever the movement is), is too little.
The rest is up to you to discover.
After all, dowsing is for those who want to question and explore, isn’t it? :-)
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Seek And You Shall Find!
There’s one aspect of dowsing which is not quite like real life…. Well, not so much. In real life, you can go searching for something and find something else.
For example, you can go to the kitchen drawer to look for those toothpicks you were sure were there, and while rummaging around you discover that ghastly bottle-opener your neighbor brought back for you from their holiday. You thought it had gone for ever, and are slightly sad to see it again.
But, the point is, you discovered it by accident when you were looking for something else. It was right there. You couldn’t miss it.
But, in dowsing, it’s not quite the same.
If you go looking for a particular thing in dowsing, the chances are you will either find it or not.
Notice the difference. You’ll find it. Or you won’t find it.
There’s no third way here. There’s no, ‘Oooh! Look what I stumbled across when I was searching for the cause of the pain in my leg, which I’m pretty sure is to do with diet.’
Because you were looking for one thing, the dietary cause of the pain in your legs, you weren’t able to be open to any other answers. So, you never saw them, felt them, heard them or came across them in whatever you come across answers when you dowse.
What is it you are actually finding?
If you set out looking for one thing, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find it… or not find it. That’s because you don’t allow room for any other answers to come in.
On the other hand, such an idea could be valuable, in the right circumstances. For example, let’s suppose you are dowsing to find water. But what you really want is drinkable water flowing at a rate of at least 30 gallons a minute. You’re so fixated on these numbers, that anything else is ignored. But, guess what? You find exactly 30 gallons a minute in the right place and everyone is happy.
Now, consider for a moment the reverse of what I started off by saying. I said that if you look for one thing, you’ll find it (or not). What if it works like this: If you look hard enough for something, you find it, because (and here’s the kicker), you created it.
Is that outlandish? Is that too strange to think about? Is it madness?
Or, is it, perhaps, a possibility?
Could you really find water like that?
Could you really find other things like that?
Are you really willing to say, for certain, that you can’t? Or, are you willing to allow yourself to start thinking that you can find what you are looking for?
What do you think? Can you actually be finding at the same time as creating what you are looking for? Share your thoughts about this in the comments section below
The Popular Tool
In recent decades, using a pendulum for dowsing has surpassed water dowsing with a Y-rod or forked branch as the hottest trend in dowsing. But there is a problem. As popular as pendulum dowsing is, people aren't really dowsing that much.
I believe one reason is the tool itself. A pendulum is a cool tool. Pendulums come in all kinds of lovely materials and designs. You can get really attached to using a pendulum.
The problem with your attachment to your pendulum is you become convinced you can't dowse without it. You may even have special pendulums for certain dowsing tasks.
Unless you carry your pendulum with you (and the right one at that), you won't feel prepared to dowse all the time. But even if you start carrying your pendulum with you everywhere, you have a much bigger challenge to overcome.
Using a pendulum can hold you back
Pendulum dowsing isn't sweeping the country in part because of the pendulum itself. If you are a dowser, you probably have friends and family who do not believe in dowsing. Some may even be strongly opposed to it. Others maybe just mock you every time they see you using a pendulum. Maybe your spouse won't consider any suggestions you make if they come from pendulum dowsing.
Every time you start using a pendulum in front of anyone, either in public or in private with doubting family, you are put under stress. You may be mocked or rejected for your belief in dowsing. So, because you don't like conflict, and because you can't really explain your belief in dowsing or persuade others to accept it, you find it easier not to get your pendulum out. So you dowse less often than you would like.
There is a solution! Quit using a pendulum. It's just a tool. Dowsing without a tool is just as effective and has the benefit of not being visible in many cases. There are more ways to dowse devicelessly than you can imagine. And it's easy. Just try them and find one that works for you.
You can use your eyelids to blink dowse or rub your finger and thumb together to get answers. When you dowse using a deviceless method, your dowsing becomes invisible. You can get immediate answers to questions without pulling out a tool that causes people to sigh or roll their eyes. Find out what method of deviceless dowsing works best for you.
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Seeing Things In New Ways
Polarization! Wonderful, isn't it?
Do you now own or have you ever owned a pair of Polaroid sunglasses? I suspect that most of you have.
I can remember my first pair. I was so intrigued that I could turn them 90 degrees and see the sky change color or reflections disappear from windows. Polarization was a truly wonderful thing to behold!
The best part of it though, was water. I could be dazzled by the sun reflecting on water, but, with my trusty sunglasses, I could banish the glare. The world was seen in a new way. I could see what was otherwise hiding in that tidal pool, or see the sky darken behind a yacht and make it stand out in a way I could not do just with my unaided eyes.
Dowsing is polarization for your mind
Dowsing is like wearing polaroids. Suddenly, you’re able to see things you never knew were there before, or objects will appear in a new light.
You get to understand things better and it opens your brain up to new ideas. These ideas you would never have had without using dowsing.
If polarization can change your view of the world, then dowsing can turn your mind around as well.
It’s all there in front of you right now. But dowsing rearranges the way you see it.
You ought to try it! Polarization is such fun
Have you got an example of this polarization effect of dowsing? If so, why not share it in the comments section below?