Bad Dowsing Questions

Most books about dowsing or dowsing teachers will usually tell you about how to ask good dowsing questions. That’s certainly what we’ve done.

But there’s not enough emphasis on why some dowsing questions are bad, or poor, or weak, or to be generally avoided. That’s what this is about.

Generally speaking, bad dowsing questions are too vague. They are often very short and use vague terms. But what we’re going to be looking at here is what exactly is wrong with them.

First, if ever anyone talks about the ‘highest good’ of something, it’s a bad question. Why? Because there is no way, ever, that you are going to know the outcome and there is nothing you can measure. But, far worse than that, is the fact that by referring to something you can never know about, you have given over your power to some unseen, unknown, unpredictable force or personality or being and left it up to it/them to decide the outcome.

That is not what dowsing is about. Dowsing is about empowerment and about helping you in life and guiding you through various problems and tricky decisions. But, by throwing in the term ‘highest good’, you’ve given all that up and left it to the whim of ‘whatever’ to decide for you. In that case, why bother dowsing at all? Just put the pendulum down and walk away.

Another bad question has the world ‘should’ in it. ‘Should I buy this?’ ‘Should I do this?’

The word should implies a moral judgment and, as such, is asking for some outside opinion to validate what you do. ‘Should I marry so-and-so?’ Why would you ask that sort of question? What does it mean if it’s either ‘yes’ or ‘no’? What information does that give you? None! You have no idea of the pros or cons of the answer. If someone comes to you and asks, ‘Should I do so-and-so?’, your answer will (hopefully) contain reasons for your decision. But, in dowsing, you don’t get those reasons. And the reasons behind the answer might be relevant to you or not. Those reasons will help you make up your mind to accept the answer or not. But, in dowsing, you don’t get that chance to weight the arguments, because you already decided to bypass them.

Don’t ask anything about ‘should’!

There’s another bad question which begins with ‘May I? Can I? Should I?’ OK, so this is not strictly about a dowsing question, but about what some people say you should do (notice the ‘should’ there?) before dowsing. Apparently, it’s meant to clear up any issues about what you’re proposing to dowse about. Except it doesn’t. It’s dowsing about whether to dowse or not. Which is somewhat circular. Who are you asking? And why should they be trusted?
(I’ve written a lot more about it here giving more details why I think it’s a habit you should avoid.)
If you don’t have the moral compass to decide whether it is ethical to dowse, or doubt you are competent enough to dowse, then don’t dowse! Asking that three part question is not going to make things happy for you. Most people will get the answer they want anyway, and then hide behind the statement that they asked permission first.

There are other types of bad questions, but those are the main types to avoid.

Have you other examples of bad dowsing questions? Or do you disagree with the examples here? Let us know in the comments section below.

Dowsing and Permission

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?

This book will help you come to grips with the problem of permission. Lots of examples to ponder over as well as some simple explanations to help you understand the problems involved.

Get the book here

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.

Happy Dowsing!

What are your thoughts about permission and dowsing? Share them in the comments section below

The 3 Biggest Dowsing Pitfalls

Dowsing Pitfalls And How To Avoid Them

Let's be honest. All activities have pitfalls. When you are training to play tennis or play the piano, your instructor alerts you to the most common mistakes people make. Unfortunately, dowsers don't always have the intensive training that athletes and musicians have. Nigel and I had to learn a lot of what we learned by trial and error. One of the reasons for this website is to help you progress faster by sharing our dowsing secrets with you. Read this article about the 3 most common dowsing pitfalls and how to fix them, and then share your thoughts with us in the Comments section.

While there are obviously more than three things that can go wrong when you dowse, there are three big ones to avoid:

  1. Polarity reversal
  2. Asking a poor question
  3. Being emotionally attached to the answer

Any of these three things will give you a false answer. Most of the time, people are unaware that they have reversed polarity, or asked an incomplete question. Also, a lot of people will try to dowse about things they are very emotional about, not realizing that is a prescription for disaster.

Dowsing Pitfalls: #1 Polarity Issues

Your body has polarity, as in a north and south pole. This polarity is affected by a number of things, and can become reversed. When it reverses, your dowsing yes becomes no and vice versa. Among the things that can flip your polarity are: dehydration, not having enough minerals in your body, being in a geopathic zone and being emotionally upset. It is beyond the scope of this article to go into detail about polarity reversal, but it is vital to learn to recognize it.

Some of the symptoms of polarity reversal are a clumsiness with words and with your body, and a tendency to avoid being touched, feeling prickly about being close to other people. Having your dowsing response reverse is also a sign of polarity reversal.

We suggest you start any dowsing session with a question that will determine your polarity is accurate and balanced. Most of the time, your birthplace is a good question. I was born in Washington, DC. So I ask, “Was I born in Washington, DC in this life?” I should get a yes response. You can also make a statement instead of a question, as in “I was born in Washington, DC in this life.” Yes will be ‘true' and no will mean ‘false'. Getting yes means your polarity is ok.

Polarity reversal can be resolved in a number of ways. The easiest is to do the thymus thump (make a fist with either hand and tap your breastbone several times while intending to restore your polarity to right and perfect function). Retest the question/statement about your birthplace. Sometimes you need to do the thymus thump more than once.

If it doesn't restore your polarity, you may have chronic polarity reversal, which really should be taken care of. But in the meantime, you can still dowse. Just be aware that yes is no and no is yes for you when your polarity is reversed.

Dowsing Pitfalls: #2 Poor Dowsing Questions

Asking a detailed question when dowsing is really important if you want accurate answers. Include who, what, where, when, how and why if possible. Write your question down if you are new to dowsing. That way, you don't have to remember it, and you can go back and check it out when you get results that are not what you expected. This allows you to perfect your questions.

Too often, people just want to ask a question so they can get an answer. They don't engage their left brain and get specific about what they want to know. They leave out the above details. Or perhaps they use vague words that involve judgment, like ‘should' and ‘good', two of our least favorite words to use when dowsing.

Try to avoid vague words or words that imply judgment, as judgment is not consistent or universal. For example, if you ask, “Is this wine good for me?”, what exactly do you mean? How much wine, drunk how fast? Good in terms of not allergenic, or good for your heart? Good tasting? No hangover?

Take the time to write your detailed question that covers all possible aspects of the subject you are dowsing very clearly using language that is specific and not subject to interpretation. This will give you the best answer you can hope for.

Dowsing Pitfalls: #3 Emotional Issues

Never dowse a subject about which you have strong emotions. And never dowse when your emotions are running high. Dowsing is best done when you are feeling calm, balanced, centered and energetically fit. If you are angry, depressed or upset, just don't dowse. Wait until you feel better.

But what about subjects that push your buttons emotionally? How do people health dowse or dowse about really important issues that can cost a lot of money or be life-changing? It takes a lot of time and practice to be able to become emotionally detached about certain subjects. Nigel & I have been dowsing for years now, but there are still subjects that I will have a friend dowse for me to make sure my answers are correct.

If you are new to dowsing, avoid dowsing about anything that makes you feel you are being tested, you can get a ‘wrong' answer, or a wrong answer is going to really be a problem. Start dowsing on simple subjects and learn to cultivate a curious attitude. When you are able to be detached about simple dowsing subjects, you can move on to more challenging ones.

But there will always be some subjects that you will want help on. Having a dowsing buddy who is a good dowser really helps. You can ask them to dowse your question for you. They are hopefully more detached.

You can also blind dowse, which involves putting answers on pieces of paper and folding or scrunching them up. For example, with yes/no answers, put several pieces of paper of the same size, shape and color with either ‘yes' or ‘no' on them. You want a few yes and a few no papers. Scrunch or fold them up. Toss them on the floor. Dowse the question and point to the papers one at a time until you get a response for the right answer. Having more than one yes and no paper helps you to avoid guessing which is which.

Another example is a woman who adopted kittens we fostered liked all the kittens, but only wanted two. So she put each kitten's name on a paper and made a question that asked which two would be the best in several ways, then she pointed at each paper and dowsed the two kittens. She was very happy with the results.

There are plenty of pitfalls in any activity. By learning to spot them and avoid these dowsing pitfalls, your dowsing will only get better, faster. Happy Dowsing!

How did these work for you? Did you successfully avoid or overcome these dowsing pitfalls? What about other dowsing pitfalls? Let us know by posting in the comments section below.