How to use dowsing tools

Dowsing Tools

Dowsing Tools

[Transcript, if you prefer to read] Dowsing tools come in all shapes and sizes. They also come with a wide range of price tags; from absolutely free to absolutely astronomical.

However, no matter what tool you use, they all do the same thing. That is, they react to and amplify your own body’s reactions. Once you get that straight, then it really becomes a matter of finding which type of tool is best suited to your reactions.

Before we look at some dowsing tools, you should be be aware that, actually, you don’t need any tools to dowse with. And that’s because dowsing is an entirely natural human ability whereby you can gain answers to questions which your rational, logical mind cannot provide.

But, as this video is about dowsing tools, let’s take a look at some of them, beginning with the simplest and moving to the more complicated.

First, the simplest tool of all is a branch. It should be long enough to dip in front of you when you hold it. Depending on how your body reacts, the branch might move up and down or side to side or go in a circle to show you a ‘yes’. That’s about as simple as it gets.

A more modern version is a bobber. This is smaller than the branch. They tend to be clunky and long and get bent easily, as they are usually made out of copper wire. But you can easily make smaller, more durable ones out of a length of speedometer cable stuck in a wooden handle. They operate the same way as the branch.

A more complicated version of the bobber is the aurameter, which is usually expensive and is supposed to be more sensitive in its responses. But it essentially does the same thing as the first two.

Next up in simplicity is the pendulum. Any weight at the end of a length of string or chain will do. Car keys, three-quarter inch nuts, carved wood or turned metal; all will work. If a bobber sticks out in front of you, then a pendulum is exactly like a bobber only the movements take place below your hand, instead of in front of it.

Common movements for ‘yes’ are clockwise circles or to and fro movements. ‘No’ is often shown as anti-clockwise or side to side.

An L rod is probably the next one to look at. Again, you can spend vast amounts of money or make your own. It’s your choice. Here, the tool is held above the hand and rod swings to the left or right according to your body’s reactions. If using two rods, then having them cross in front of you is often a ‘yes’. When they move apart, that is a common ‘no’ response.

Then we come to the Y rod. This is sometimes seen as the ‘traditional’ tool for dowsers because it’s the one most often seen being used by water dowsers. And water dowsing is a public exhibition of dowsing more than any other type of dowsing. The point about the y rod is that it can be tricky to hold out in front of you correctly. Once you succeed, then the most usual ‘yes’ response is a sharp movement down.

These are the main types of tools. They work by being held in front of you, or by being dangled from your hand and they all show you what your body is sensing.

There are plenty of variations on these types, and some might be more appealing to you than others. Most dowsers have more than one type of tool and often have different versions of one type as well. So, you might have more than one pendulum as well as some l rods.

No one tool is perfect. It all depends on your preferences and sensitivities.

Happy Dowsing!

Do you have a favorite dowsing tool? Let us know 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

Pendulum Dowsing Techniques

Pendulum dowsing techniques

(Transcript Below)

A technique is just another way of saying how you do something. It’s about the method or the way you do it. So, in this case, it’s about how you can dowse with a pendulum.

The technique of dowsing with a pendulum is quite simple, but what you can do with that simple skill is quite another matter!

Let’s run through a few things to remember about pendulum dowsing.

First, keep the chain or string short. For a lightweight pendulum, one which weighs about one or two ounces, you only need a short length, because it will move much more quickly and be more responsive than a heavier pendulum. A heavier pendulum is one which usually weighs around four or five ounces. A heavy pendulum will take longer to respond and works better at the end of a longer chain. But we’re really only talking here of a length of around two to three inches for the lighter pendulum, and up to about four or five inches at most for the heavier ones. Not a great deal of difference. As you become more familiar with your own pendulum, you will discover the best and most responsive length for you. Ideally, what you are looking for is something which responds as quickly as possible and which is as easy as possible for you to hold comfortably.

And make sure that you don’t drape the chain over your finger, but have it pinched between finger and thumb, so it hangs straight down.

Second, it’s no good if you have the right length of chain for your pendulum but you start off your dowsing by holding it completely still and spend ages waiting for it to move. One vital thing to remember, which will help you greatly, is that the pendulum, in fact any dowsing tool at all, only moves because you are making it do so. Therefore, if you have the pendulum dangling at the end of a length of chain, you are, in fact, waiting for yourself to do something. And, because you are so fixed on looking at it, you are almost afraid to let yourself move it.

The way round this is to have it moving to begin with. Of course, this movement has to be different from your ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Such a swing is called a ‘neutral’ swing. Once you have started this neutral swing, you will find that a very small movement on your part will make it change direction very quickly. You can try it for yourself. Get your pendulum spinning in a circle and keep it spinning with the least amount of effort possible. Then, when you’re ready, make it change direction with the smallest movement you can make. You’ll find that it’s much quicker that way than waiting for a still pendulum to get moving! So, always start with a neutral swing!

Third, be as relaxed as you can be when dowsing. This becomes easier with practice. You will find that tension in your shoulder and elbow really makes itself noticed after a while. The more relaxed you are, the longer you can dowse. You can rest your elbow on a table, a chair arm or your leg. It won’t matter. Find a position which is comfortable for you and you’ll find that pendulum dowsing becomes much easier.

Happy Dowsing!

Did this video make sense for you? What are your thoughts about the fundamental things to remember about using a pendulum? Let us know in the comments section below.

Best Dowsing Rods

Which Are The Best Dowsing Rods?

The best dowsing rods, or dowsing l rods as they are often called, are not necessarily going to be the same ones for different people.

To answer this question, you need to be clear in your mind what it is you mean by ‘best’. It could be that ‘best’ means ‘feels the nicest’. Or it could be that it means, ‘just the right weight’. Or it could be the length, or what the rod is made of, or how easily it moves for you.

As you can see, that might mean that what is ‘best’ for you might be something which another person wouldn’t spend any time, or money, on.

And that’s another aspect to think about. Some dowsing rods are very cheap – as in free –  because you make them yourself. Others are incredibly expensive. I think the most expensive ones I’ve seen are somewhere around $2000.

Which is fine if you’re making them and you can persuade someone to part with that amount of money. But, really, all rods, the expensive ones and the free ones, all do the same thing in the same way. That is, they respond to tiny movements in the muscles of your hand and arm, making them move in one way or another.

You can see that the answer to the question, ‘What are the best dowsing rods’ really depends on your own preference as well as your budget.

The best dowsing rods? You decide!

So, in order to help answer it for you, here are the following things you should take into account when you are thinking about buying any l rods.

First, do they actually feel comfortable in your hands when you hold them? If they don’t, then you are never going to feel comfortable using them and you shouldn’t get them.

Secondly, how do they look? Do you like the materials they are made of? Do they feel too heavy or too light?

Third. What about how easily they move? Do they seem to whizz around like helicopter blades or are they very sluggish? Some dowsing rods are made with handles which allow the rod to swing more easily. Others, like mine, are just one piece of metal, no handles at all. Maggie’s rods have handles and, to me, they are just way too sensitive, moving all the time. On the other hand, she doesn’t like mine because they are not as sensitive and don’t move as easily. She calls hers ‘girly rods’, because they are so sensitive. It’s purely a matter of personal preference.

Fourth. What about the size of the rods? Some people like dowsing rods which are long. Others prefer shorter ones. Some rods you can actually alter the pivot point and change how the rod reacts.

A lot of times, rods are used on the move, outside, so you should take that into consideration as well. Walk around with them, when you try them out, before settling on them. They need to feel good on the move as well as when standing still.

Above all, bear this in mind. You can dowse with a bent coat hanger or hand-crafted copper and titanium, but the movement, the actual dowsing, comes down to you. Just make sure you’re happy with the rods you use, and then always remember, it’s you doing the dowsing, and not the rods. They are just there to show you the reaction. Nothing else!

Finally, dowsing rods are always sold in pairs. I’ve never known why that is. But you don’t generally need two to dowse with. One works just fine. So, you can make just one on its own, and I promise you, you can dowse with that and have a free hand to hold markers or sandwiches, a notebook or anything else. Try it and see!

Happy dowsing!

What type of rods do you favor? Do you have a particular pair (or just one!) which is perfect for you? Let us know in the comments section below.

Common Questions About Dowsing Tools

Let's Dive Right In!

Although they are very simple, there are a number of common questions about dowsing tools which keep cropping up.

Although we can't guarantee that we answer all of them in this video, we are fairly certain that we've at least covered some of the most common ones.

Common questions about dowsing tools

These really break down into two major areas.

The first area is about how to look after your dowsing tool. This includes things like cleaning it, keeping it looking good and so on. Some people like to see the tool they use for dowsing always in a clean and tidy state. Others, like me, on the other hand :-), don't really care what it looks like, as long as it works.

The cleaning idea also include a ‘biggie' about whether other energies can mess up your tool. So, in this instance, a very common question is about whether or not to allow other people to use your tool, or whether, if they do, it needs cleaning or not afterwards. And, if it does, then what's the best way to clean it?

Now, as you'll see in the above video, the answer to these questions really does depend a whole lot on your thinking about the situation. If you really and truly believe that you must keep your tool just to yourself, then it's true for you that you should keep your tool for yourself. This is because what you believe is what is true for you.

The second main area of questions about dowsing tools is about which is the right tool to use. Again, that's not a ‘one-answer-fits-all' deal. It's more about which tool feels right to you when you use it as well as whether or not it does the job.

So, personal preference plays an important part in these things.

Was your question answered in the video? If not, what would you like to know about dowsing tools? Let us know in the comments section below!

How To Make A Dowsing Pendulum

Make It Simple!

The first thing you should realize when watching this video of how make a dowsing pendulum is that the only thing which counts in the end is whether or not a tool works. You might prefer one type of pendulum over another. You might even want to spend large amounts of money on a dowsing pendulum with a precious stone or two in in, but the ultimate deciding factor on any tool is that it works.

A pendulum is a simple tool. Ideally, you should look to make it as simple as possible to create you own.

Should you bother to learn how to make a dowsing pendulum?

If you have ever wondered whether it's worth your time and effort to make your own pendulum, then spend a few minutes watching this video and you'll have your answer.

I show you one of the cheapest and easiest pendulums you can make using nothing more than a three-quarter inch nut on dental floss. It's that quick and that easy. And, here's the surprising part, it's also one of the most responsive and nicest feeling pendulums you can find.

If you don't believe me, then try it yourself. You won't be wasting money, that's for sure!

Weirdest pendulum?

how to make a dowsing pendulumTowards the end of the video, I let you in on the strangest pendulum I've ever seen being used. It's not one you will want to use yourself. I'm pretty sure about that! But it does prove my point that pretty much anything at all can be used as a tool in dowsing.

Don't be restricted in your thinking about what you should use as the perfect pendulum. Let your imagination run riot.

All that matters is that, whatever you end up using, it should be something which feels good and which is responsive to you when you dowse. That's all that matters! Nothing else at all.

What is your strangest pendulum? What is it made from and why do you like it? Let's see what dowsers are using by sharing in the comments section below

How to dowse with a crystal pendulum

Click this link if you want to subscribe to our YouTube channel and not miss any videos!

The Popular Tool

Many dowsers start out with a lightweight crystal pendulum. I certainly did and I still have it (somewhere!). They can certainly be attractive to look at and the fact they are lightweight means they can respond quickly. Learning how to dowse with a crystal pendulum is what most dowsers do, at first.

Personally, I don't use crystal pendulums any more. In fact, the only one I still have is that very first one I bought so many years ago. I prefer a heavier pendulum now, usually made out of brass. The fact is, I don't often use a pendulum at all any more, as I prefer to dowse without tools. It's called deviceless dowsing.

How To Dowse With A Crystal Pendulum

But, back to how to dowse with a crystal pendulum. The most common problem dowsers make, no matter what tool they use, is starting off with the pendulum dangling lifelessly at the end of a long chain which has been looped over their index finger. They then wait for ages (or, at least, that's how it seems to me), for the pendulum to start moving.

These pendulums are usually very light in weight and so can move quickly. But, you have to have the pendulum moving first in some sort of neutral swing so that it can show you a yes or a no quickly. And that is achieved by making sure that you only have about a couple of inches of chain and you are holding it pinched between your finger and thumb, not dangling over a finger.

The video of how to dowse with a crystal pendulum also speaks about another aspect of them which doesn't apply to brass and wooden ones. That is the issue about them needing to be cleaned. Not all crystal pendulums will require this. It depends on the type of crystal as well as how often you dowse. If in doubt, you can easily find out about it on the internet.

Did you learn how to dowse with a crystal pendulum when you started out dowsing? Do you still like them better than any other tool? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

The Pendulum Neutral Swing

What Is The Neutral Swing?

Most people don't know what the phrase ‘neutral swing' means with respect to a dowsing pendulum. The pendulum neutral swing makes it easier to get a response from your pendulum.

Don't start dowsing with your pendulum at a standstill. Move it in a neutral swing to get some momentum going before you ask your question. A neutral swing is defined as ‘not yes' and ‘not no'. In other words, the pendulum is moving in some way other than yes or no, and when you ask your dowsing question, it already has momentum. So the response will be quicker to get.

The advantage of having a quicker response is that you don't have to stay in the dowsing state as long. And when you're starting out, that's a very good thing!

What a neutral swing looks like depends on your yes and no responses. If you're like me, and yes is like nodding your head up and down, and no is like shaking it side to side, a good neutral swing is in between those motions, at about a 45 degree angle to the horizontal or vertical swings.

So get the pendulum moving at an angle that is between your yes and no response, then see how much easier and faster your dowsing answer shows up. Cool, right?

If your yes/no response are circular motions, one clockwise and the other counterclockwise, then a good neutral swing is any linear swing. However, you will notice that it will take a bit longer for the pendulum to go to a yes or no in this case, because the neutral swing is not close to either yes or no. But it still works a lot better than dowsing with the pendulum motionless.

So start using the pendulum neutral swing to get faster responses when you pendulum dowse.

How did you discover the neutral swing of your pendulum? Share your experience in the comments section below

Be prepared for change

It's Not Always The Same

The thing about dowsing is that, once you've got things sorted, you have a tool you like, you know how to ask good questions and you know what movements correspond to which answer, suddenly, things change!

The normal ‘yes' response changes. Or you get a new ‘no' response. Or, even worse, you get an entirely new movement and you have no idea why. (You can check out some ideas about what to do about new pendulum movements here and here.)

Change is good!

The point is that these things happen as a matter of course. If you get stuck in doing one thing in the same way all the time, then you tend to get comfortable. When one or more of these changes happen to you (and it will!), don't get upset. Instead look at it as another piece of information and see how you can incorporate it into your dowsing.

Sure, you could spend a lot of time and effort trying to figure out they ‘why' of it all. And you might even get an idea. But it won't change the fact that you've had a change happen to you.

Live with it, learn to like it and wait for the next thing….

What's the strangest change you've had happen to your dowsing? And what did you learn from it? Let us know in the comments section below

Unruly Dowsing Pendulum?

All Of A Sudden…

So there you are, dangling your pendulum (on a short chain!) and wheeeee! All of a sudden there's a new pendulum movement. Instead of going back and forth (or whatever your usual movement is), it takes off in a different direction.

This happens.

It happens a lot to pretty much every dowser at one time or another. And most dowsers don’t do anything about it.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, ‘Many dowsers trip over the problem, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.'

Yet the answer to the problem is, literally, in your hands.

What to do with new pendulum movements

If your pendulum does something strange, then you have the option to ask a question as to why.

If you have only ever had yes and no responses, then it might be that you’ve just discovered a ‘stupid question’ response. Or it might be a ‘not now’ or a ‘wrong time’ or even a ‘no answer’ response.

Whenever this happens to you, it is presenting to you the perfect opportunity to extend your dowsing, to make it better, richer, more nuanced, more skillful.

All you have to do is ask the right question!

You’ve got nothing better to do, have you? After all, you’re sitting there with the pendulum in your hand. Don’t waste time. Ask right away. It might only be a response which happens once a month or once in a lifetime. But ask! Ask simple yes/no questions and you will learn more about your dowsing doing that than pretty much anything else.

So, if it’s happened to you, start by asking, ‘Is that movement to give me more information than just a simple yes or no?’ And then see where you go from there?

Seize the moment and grow as a dowser because of it.

What new pendulum movements have you experienced and what did they eventually mean for you? Let us know in the comments section below