To Use A Tool Or Not?
When that pendulum moves to indicate your answer, it's truly exciting. Tool use is the easiest part of dowsing to teach, and that might explain why most courses include it. Many courses include little else, which does not prepare you to be an accurate dowser.
Whatever tool you are using, you will be looking for a “yes” or a “no” answer. At least when you first start dowsing, most of your answers are yes/no. More advanced dowsing techniques allow you to get more detailed answers, and we talk about them in a later chapter.
It doesn't really matter what motion your pendulum or rod or any other tool makes for “yes” or “no”, as long as the two answers are distinctly different and consistent. Some people use clockwise and counterclockwise circles for yes/no with a pendulum. Others use a linear back and forth/side to side set of motions much like a head nodding “yes” and “no”.
When you are using L-rods, it is most common that the rod swinging inward is “yes” and outward is “no”. You can use either one rod or two, depending on your preference.
You can dowse without tools, as we explain in a later chapter, and the motions of your body will indicate your yes/no responses. As with all tool movement, as long as “yes” and “no” are distinctly different and consistent, that's all that matters.
You can ‘program' your tool movement by taking a tool and swinging it in the motion you want to represent “yes”, and say, “This is my ‘yes' motion”. Do the same with “no”. It may take a lot of focus and several tries to imprint yourself with this program.
Then you can test questions you know the answer to and see what motions you get. Your birthplace is a good one. Ask, “Was I born in ___________(name your birthplace) in this lifetime?” You should get your ‘yes' response. Then insert a false location into the question and ask again. You should get your ‘no' response.
Many dowsers notice that their yes/no responses alter with time. That's fine as long as you know what your “yes” and “no” responses are.