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!

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Pendulum Dowsing Techniques

Pendulum dowsing techniques

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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!

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Dowsing Pendulum

The Dowsing Pendulum

One question which people tend to ask at first is, ‘What is a dowsing pendulum?' It's a good question. And the answer appears below, as well as in the video itself.

But first we should tell you something that's equally important. In truth, there is not really one type of dowsing pendulum. Any sort of pendulum which you can comfortably hold could be considered a dowsing pendulum. The assumption is that there is a type of pendulum which is best suited for dowsing. You may well discover many places selling pendulums and advertising them as being the best for a particular area of dowsing or for a particular type of dowsing.

You may even speak with dowsers who will tell you something similar, that a dowsing pendulum has to be of a certain kind.

Pendulums for dowsing come in all sorts of shapes and sizes (as well as prices!!).  The reason for that is that the pendulum is the most commonly used dowsing tool.

It stands to reason that there is going to be a whole slew of dowsing pendulums for sale, because there's such a demand.

I'll let you into a secret. Ready? Here goes. One of the best pendulums I've used is a three-quarter inch nut on dental floss. How about that for cheap and easy?

And the reason I can say that about a dowsing pendulum is because the answer to the question at the top of this page is as follows.

The best pendulum for dowsing is the one you like the most.

So, repeat after me; ‘What is a dowsing pendulum?' Answer: ‘Which ever one you like because that is the one which responds best to you.' You're not going to like a dowsing pendulum if it feels clunky and slow. Once you've learned about the various pendulums, you can begin to use yours to effect!

Watch this short video where Nigel gives an introduction to dowsing pendulums and the various types of them. It will help you get off on the right foot with this great tool.

What is your favorite dowsing pendulum? A really, really cheap one or one made of precious stones? Why not share your preference with others in the comments section below?