You Have To Hold Them Right
The diagram shows how you hold a Y-rod. It is necessary to put it in tension, which then allows it to flip up or down to indicate “yes” or “no”. Down is usually “yes”, but it doesn't matter which is which, as long as you know your “yes” and “no”. You need to be cautious when first using a Y-rod, as it is possible to hit yourself in the face with it if you are not careful. It's funny to watch someone learning to hold the Y-rod with proper tension, focus carefully on a dowsing question, then walk along the earth waiting for a response. It takes practice for sure, but it's really fun when you master it. It's also dead accurate.
The L-rod can be used for all the same applications. L-rods need to be held by the handle (the short side), with the long side tipped just below horizontal. If you tip up a bit, the rods fall to your side, and if you tip down too much, they swing together in the middle. You need to find that sweet spot where they are both balanced just below horizontal and pointed straight ahead. “Yes” is usually the rod turning inward; “no” is usually the rod turning outward, towards your shoulder.
If you only use one rod, it is a bit easier. It's personal preference whether you use one or two. There's a lot of laughter when you are first learning to use rods, because it does require you to do a few things at once, all of which are new to you. But it does get a lot easier with practice.
As you learned in previous chapters, there is much more to dowsing than just getting a yes/no answer with a tool. It's important to get proper training so that you are actually dowsing and can become accurate. Tool use is probably the most fun part of learning to dowse, but be sure you also learn all about asking the right question, getting into a dowsing state and dowsing ethics.
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