Dowsing and Intention

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Why The Confusion Between Dowsing And Intention?

These are two different things which seem to make for a huge amount of confusion and misunderstanding, more than most any other aspects of dowsing.

Let’s make things clear here between the two. Dowsing is a specific practice where the dowser gets into the properly receptive state of mind, asks a question, and then obtains the answer. The answer can come via a tool such as a pendulum, but a tool is not necessary. There are plenty of ways of receiving the answer without using any tool at all.

Intention is also something quite specific. If you ‘intend’ something, you have an objective, a plan, in mind. ‘I intend to go shopping later today.’ ‘I intend to beat him at chess this time.’ Those are obvious examples. ‘I’m going to get fit and lose some weight this year’, is also an intention, but rather a vague one, as there is no real time scale or definite targets set. But, nevertheless, there is an intention implied to actually do something.

To give you an example of this confusion, you might have come across someone, in a forum, on Facebook or elsewhere, saying that if you swing your pendulum one way it will clear energies, or do something else. The important part of it is where they say you have twirl your pendulum one way or another.

Well, that’s not dowsing. It can appear as if it is dowsing, but it isn’t. And here’s why.

Firstly, just because someone happens to be holding a pendulum does not mean they are dowsing. A pendulum is any weighted object at the end of a material hanging from a fixed point which will allow it to move freely. That’s what a pendulum is. A pendulum is not a dowsing pendulum automatically. A pendulum only becomes a dowsing pendulum when it is used to show a yes or no answer to a dowsing question. Therefore, if you are NOT asking a dowsing question and the pendulum is moving or twirling or whatever, there is no dowsing going on, there is simply the movement of the pendulum.

So, if someone is whirling a pendulum or other tool around and saying that by doing it in this direction, for example, they are removing energy, or replacing it, or doing something else, you now know that what you are witnessing is not dowsing. It is the use of intention instead. They are intending to change things. The pendulum is merely a handy way of focusing what they want to do and has, despite what you might hear, absolutely nothing to do with the process itself.

If you are ever confused by what someone has told you, or what they are demonstrating, just remember this: If they are wanting something to happen, or trying to make something happen, that is intention. If they are asking about something, that is dowsing.

Intention is doing something, dowsing is asking something. Keep those clear in your mind and you will find things suddenly become a lot clearer!

Happy Dowsing!

Does this explanation make sense to you? Or do you have further questions? Let us know how you feel about it in the comments section below

Dowsing For Healing

A Case Of Confusion

Dowsing for healing can cause a great deal of confusion amongst both dowsers and non-dowsers. The reason for that is that people aren't clear about the difference between dowsing and intention. It's necessary to make that very clear.

So what IS dowsing for healing?

Dowsing for healing is a very specific thing. It is about using dowsing to gain information which will be of help in your healing.

Notice what I did there? I didn't make any mention at all about how you can heal someone using dowsing. And the reason for that is because you can't do it.

And I don't mean you are incapable of doing it. Not at all! You may be a wonderfully capable healer. But I can guarantee you that you can't heal anyone of anything using dowsing. You can't use dowsing for healing.

You can certainly use intention to heal, and that's what many people do. But where the confusion arises is that when they do that, a lot of them will be swinging a pendulum around and using it to indicate when the session (or whatever) is finished, ended, completed or whatever is appropriate.

But, and here's the important point, just because a pendulum is moving does not mean that any dowsing is going on.

Having said that, however, you can certainly use dowsing for healing, if, as I said earlier, you use it to gain information which will help you on your healing journey. Remember, dowsing is just about asking questions and getting answers. It's nothing more than that.

Once that is clear, then obviously you're not going to go around healing anybody or anything just by waving your pendulum over them and wishing it were so. The ‘wishing it were so' is intention, and that is not healing.

So, if you have heard of someone using dowsing for healing, you are probably hearing about someone who is confused about what dowsing is for and what you can do with it.

What do you think about this confusion about dowsing for healing? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below

The Evolution of Dowsing

Where Is It Going?

Dowsing has been around for at least hundreds of years. In all cases, dowsing is depicted as a process using some kind of tool for finding water and minerals. While some may argue that dowsing for water is bunk, it has been scientifically proven to be the real deal.

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For in depth information on a scientific investigation of water dowsing, see “The Credibility of Dowsing” by Professor William Barrett, edited by Nigel Percy.

What's really interesting is that dowsing didn't change much at all for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Then sometime in the mid-twentieth century, a new wrinkle was added to dowsing. People started using dowsing to find not only water and underground minerals and pipes, but lost objects and information about all kinds of subjects. Suddenly they realized that dowsing has always been about asking questions and getting answers via a non-rational method. So why not ask about other stuff besides where to find water?

These new dowsers, “New Age” dowsers, tended to use a different tool from water dowsers. Since they were sitting while dowsing, they didn't need cumbersome L-rods, or Y-rods that can slap you in the face. A simple weight on the end of a string gave a nice yes or no response. These pendulums had many historical uses not associated with dowsing. Perhaps the most common was during hypnosis sessions. But that fact was soon to be lost…

Naturally, these new dowsing enthusiasts wanted to differentiate what they were doing from boring water dowsing. So they called it ‘spiritual dowsing'. They dowsed all kinds of cool things, like the types of energies at sacred spots, causes of health issues and even realized that they could communicate with animals and advanced beings using yes/no questions, which really pushed the envelope.

Still, at that time, everyone realized dowsing was just about asking questions and getting answers you cannot get rationally. But people are human. And what happened next was perhaps predictable. Dowsing had always been categorized as a psychic power. This didn't give it credibility. Quite the opposite. But it had one big effect. Suddenly it seemed possible for anyone to be psychic, because anyone could swing a pendulum. This was not true of other psychic powers, which seemed unattainable to the average person. And that opened the floodgates.

Dowsing is just a natural human skill. Anyone can learn it. Like all skills, it takes training and practice to become good. Like all skills, some people are better than others at it. But since it was labeled psychic, and since almost anyone can get a yes/no answer with a pendulum in 5 minutes of ‘training', lots of people were attracted to the idea of dowsing.

The problem with evolution of dowsing…

Unfortunately, those who promoted dowsing were so eager to expand the interest in it that they downplayed the practical and the real. They made dowsing out to be a pendulum and a yes/no answer, just to keep it simple. Dowsing came to be associated with the tool, as if anyone holding a pendulum was dowsing. Maybe many of them didn't realize the inaccuracy or disservice they were doing to dowsing in the long run. They saw it as magical, and they sold the sizzle, not the steak, a typical mlm tactic. Harry Potter fans loved the idea of a pendulum as a magic wand. Now a normal person could be Harry Potter. Some gurus took the next step and began to tell people that was the case. Just swing your pendulum and you can change the world to whatever you wish. Suddenly, dowsing was not dowsing at all anymore…

Of course, people will always be attracted to silver bullets and magic wands. We all want easy solutions to our problems, even though we know at heart that they don't exist. We all have an innate laziness and desire to do things the easy way. This isn't bad, but we need a dose of realism, or we get snookered. This attitude of selling dowsing as a magic wand has lowered the credibility of dowsing and steered people away from using it properly and meaningfully, which is really a sad thing. It has caused them to believe they need no training or practice to become good dowsers. It has steered them away from honing their skill and using it practically to change their lives.


We'd like to see dowsing be understood as originally intended. Dowsing is asking questions and getting answers. It isn't intention. It isn't a healing method. It isn't a transformational method. This whole swing a pendulum thing is out of control. Just today I saw in a dowsing forum that a new member underwent a past life regression with someone who had a pendulum and thus called the process dowsing. She was wondering how dowsing does past life regressions. Sheesh! You can do anything with a pendulum, but unless you are asking questions and getting answers, it is NOT dowsing. The pendulum is NOT dowsing. In fact, we don't use tools for dowsing much at all anymore. We don't teach dowsing with tools until we've taught it without them. It's too easy to confuse the tool with dowsing, as history has proven.

It may be a long road to restore the integrity of dowsing and get people to regard it as it really is. Even in the 90s, when I was learning dowsing, many of the courses I attended had elements of confusion in them, saying that the use of intention while holding a pendulum is dowsing. It took me years to unravel the many things dowsing is called and understand the real truth. It may be a losing battle to try and share this with others, because what we say asks people to study and practice and be impeccable with their word. And that isn't sexy. We're selling the steak, not the sizzle. But we believe there are lots of people out there who want to do dowsing the right way, and we look forward to supporting them in discovering just how powerful real dowsing can be. And in the end, it does open doors to transforming your life in ways you never imagined. So it is actually quite magical. You just have to work a bit to discover the magic.

Do you agree with this assessment of the evolution of dowsing? How do you see it developing (or not) in the near future? Share your thoughts on this topic in the comments section below

Dowsing and Healing

Confusion All Round!

Dowsing and healing seem to go together a lot in peoples' minds. Hands up all those who have heard (or used) a phrase similar to the following: “I used my pendulum to remove the issue/problem/energy/whatever”. It's a fairly commonly used phrase.

And it's completely wrong.

The only connection between a dowsing tool and doing anything like healing is the person holding the tool. Doesn't matter what tool it is; a gold-plated zirconium diamond studded L-rod or a fishing weight on the end of a piece of string. It doesn't matter. I guarantee that if you laid that tool down beside someone who was ill, it wouldn't do a thing.

And that means that it's not the tool. It's the person holding it. Nothing else.

Dowsing and healing are not the same thing.

Dowsing and healing is really a simple idea

I don't know why this is such a confusing point in dowsing. But it's really very plain and very simple. The healing (of whatever type or design or method or whatever) is down to the person, not the tool. Dowsing and healing are two different things.

First you have the tool. A tool is simply an indicator. It is nothing else. It shows reactions, your reactions, to whatever it is you are focusing on. Yes/No, This way/That way, Here/There and so on.

But holding the tool is a person? And that's where the power lies! That's where the real stuff is happening. A tool doesn't do it; the person holding the tool does it, and the tool might show when it's finished, or whatever. But it doesn't do it by itself.

If you want a quick and easy explanation about this whole subject, take a quick look at this short video about dowsing and healing.

I don't know why this confusion exists, but I can guess. First reason is sloppy thinking or sloppy talking, or even worse, sloppy teaching! Confusing the reaction of the tool with the intention.

Second reason is that it's way too scary to admit to ourselves that we are actually capable of doing anything amazing. Far easier and more comforting to give credit to a tool in our hands than the focus in our heads.

It's easier to be powerless than powerful.

But that's hiding from who we are. And that is easy.

The hard part is accepting who we are.

And you thought dowsing was just about dangling a pendulum!

Dowsing and healing are two different things. But you might not agree. Let us know in the comments section below