Dowsing Accuracy

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Written by Nigel Percy

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(A transcript of the video is below, if you prefer to read.)

Dowsing Accuracy

Dowsing accuracy is, of course, of major concern to all dowsers. It is also of interest to those who have not yet started to dowse. They ask questions like ‘how accurate is pendulum dowsing?, or they wonder if dowsing is accurate in general.

What they are probably thinking when they ask these sorts of questions is whether a dowser is always accurate or not, always gets the right answer.

This, of course, is impossible. Nobody is always right every time they do something. Top athletes who train and train and train and get paid very well to perform a small range of activities, even they are not 100% perfect. So it is not fair to ask if dowsing is 100% accurate, because it’s not fair to define accuracy in that way. The honest answer to the question of accuracy is that, for some dowsers, in a very narrow range of dowsing activity, they can be remarkably accurate, somewhere in the 90% range.

Another honest way to answer this question is to say that it depends. It depends on who is dowsing and what they are dowsing about. Dowsing is a skill. And that means that it can be developed and improved. A newcomer to dowsing would vary greatly in their accuracy because they are still learning and they haven’t yet found the one area they can excel in.

It can also depend on what is being dowsed. If it is something like water dowsing, which most people have heard of, then it is easy to measure the accuracy. After all, the water is going to be there or it is not going to be there. And if it is there, then the flow rate can be measured and you can test it to see if it is drinkable. Those are easy ways to measure accuracy.

But, what of other areas of dowsing, other ways in which it can be used? Some, like dowsing vitamins or discovering energy lines on the earth, are not so easy to measure for accuracy. The vitamins might well be working, but if you’re also changing diet and the way you exercise, that could be the reason for much of the success you think they have. And, with something invisible, like lines of energy, that pretty much has to be taken on faith by any onlooker.

So if you are a dowser and someone who doesn’t dowse asks you how accurate is pendulum dowsing, or the accuracy of dowsing in general, then probably the best response you can have is to get them dowsing and let them decide for themselves.

Happy Dowsing!

Share your story about your dowsing accuracy in the comments section below and help others see the ways it can be used!

 

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15 Comments

  1. Kim

    How accurrate is a pendulum reading as ive had someone do one for me at 5.00 a time and ive have 3 reading so far and theyve all been differant each time and i cant find anyone else who does them to see if i get same answers

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    • Nigel Percy

      I may be wrong, but it sounds like you’re trying to find someone who will give you an answer that you want, otherwise why keep trying? The point about accuracy in dowsing is that you are only as good as you are on the day, which means accuracy can vary somewhat. For good dowsers, that accuracy range is small, but for others, it can cover a wide range (depending, of course, on what you are dowsing about). Dowsing if water can be found in one place or another is yes/no. Dowsing about relationships and what might happen in the future involves way more variables and is not so straightforward. So to fully answer your question, it depends on what is being dowsed about and also how good, in general, the dowser is.

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      • 1-800-come-on-now

        You did read this wrong.
        If this was a REAL skill; there would be a consistent reading.
        Because it’s not; it’s not.

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        • Nigel Percy

          Archery is a real skill yet I do not think that every archer on every day manages to hit the bullseye every time. The good ones can consistently hit the target. They are not consistently 100% accurate.

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  2. frank

    how do you know if you get the right answer with the pendulum. i have had it for some time and i get varying answers to the same question. so how can i refine my skills so i can have a higher accuracy rate

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    • Nigel Percy

      First, I’d advise against asking the same question over and over. That’s not a good way to improve your accuracy (or your confidence). If you want to know if you have the right answer, then you should spend time dowsing about those things you can verify. There are some examples in this post about dowsing accuracy but basically try dowsing practical things. Examples might include which movie you will like best to rent, or which book you will find to be of most use (or most enjoyable) about a particular interest. Dowsing when a meal is cooked to your exact satisfaction, or thee location of piping or wiring behind a wall (which you intend to dig into anyway!) or the location of the lid of the septic tank. All such things (and many more) can be verifiable. The more you do of these, the greater your self-confidence becomes and thus the increased confidence in your dowsing accuracy on those things which are not so easily verifiable. The best way of all to increase your accuracy is to dowse everyday on as many different things as possible.
      I hope that helps give you some ideas to try out!

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      • Vivian

        Yes, I’ve used mine to find the sweetest fruit at the market with the greatest results and to to find out if the foods I’m cooking need more spices or salt or if my meats are done to perfection. So many things it can be used for!

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        • Nigel Percy

          Excellent suggestions! Thank you for posting them.

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  3. Frank

    Hello there thank you for getting back to me
    i have been dowsing about certain people and events in my life which has given me mixed results
    it has caused me confusion because at times when a yes becomes a no
    i have dowsed if that person is a real friend or could be trusted and often times i get the wrong answer
    i ask for permission to dowse that person. i have my method of yes and no correct i know which is my yes and which is my no
    i have had a pendulum which i have put down and picked up since 1991 but the issue of accuracy has been very questionable but yes i will first dowse for the things i know and then ask about the unknowns

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    • Nigel Percy

      Good to hear you’re going to focus on practical aspects for a while. I’m, certain it will be of benefit. Just one point to make about what you were dowsing about. You say you were dowsing about how a person might or might not be a friend. Dowsing about other people requires (in our way of thinking) a direct form of permission from them. But, as you’re asking about them in relation to you, you could first define what you mean by a good friend and then dowse about how you will feel about them within a certain time period. In this case you’re dowsing about your own feelings and emotions and not theirs. To my mind that’s more ethical. Remember a real friend might be one who tells you truths you’d rather not hear, or act in such a way as to make you look at yourself in a new light. It’s up to you to decide what exactly makes a real friend for you.
      Good luck with improving your accuracy!

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  4. Kelsey J Duncan

    A very good article Mr Percy. I love your replies. I did not know you were a Life Skills Trainer also. I am going to check my accuracy on a divining job I did for a friend last week. I told my friend that I would predict how far down the water is and its flow rate before he drills the bore. I will let you know how it goes.

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    • Maggie Percy

      Water dowsing is a very practical, valuable skill. It isn’t one of our specialties, but we have dowsed one well in the desert successfully. As with all types of dowsing, success depends on having good basic technique. We wish you luck with your endeavor and look forward to hearing from you in the future.

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    • Nigel Percy

      I don’t know about being a Life Skills Trainer :-), but I am interested in hearing how you do with your water dowsing. Always good to hear from someone using dowsing!

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  5. Kelsey J Duncan

    Have you or any of your followers used dowsing to predict the sex type of Canary Birds? It works I think. I have just dowsed my breeding pairs of canaries. It had a positive result. I used Clockwise Movement of my crystal as female and Line movement as male. I used anti-clockwise movement of my crystal as I don’t know. It is winter here in Australia now, so I will have to wait until spring to find out the results of the sex of my baby canaries. In any case, my dowsing still only works if I clear my mind and concentrate on only the energy. I think you called that the Dowsing State didn’t you?

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    • Maggie Percy

      Dowsing gender in humans or animals is one common application of dowsing, and yes, it does work. The only caveat is you must practice proper dowsing technique, which we talk about extensively on this site. You can check the article on Dowsing Basics to see what they are, then look at articles on each step. If you are clear on your goal, have a good question and are detached and able to get into a dowsing state, you will be correct over 90% of the time. And this is one application you can keep a journal and then record your accuracy based on results. You can then go back to your journal entry if you were wrong and try to figure out why and improve your technique.

      We look forward to hearing how it goes when the babies hatch. And remember our Discovering Dowsing course is a great investment if you want to master dowsing and use it in a variety of ways to improve your life.

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