How To Learn Dowsing

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How To Learn Dowsing

Learning how to dowse just might be one of the most intriguing things you could ever learn to do. However, if you are going to get the most you can out of dowsing, then you would be well-advised to learn to dowse the best way possible.

Before going into that, however, it is vitally important that you understand what dowsing really is so that you will have a clear picture in your mind to help you as you start out learning to dowse.

First, dowsing is nothing more than a way of getting answers to questions your brain cannot answer. It’s a completely natural human ability. Which means anyone can do it. It’s not a special psychic skill. In order for you to get those sorts of answers you need really precise questions. And then, you need to be in the right state of mind in order to allow the answer to come to you.

Now, most teachers will tell you that you just need a question which can be answered with either ‘yes’ or ‘no’, and you’re good to go. Not true. Before the question, you need to have reason, a clear reason, for asking it in the first place. No reason means poor question means useless answer.

Let’s assume you’ve got a really good question. How do you know what the answer is?

Again, people will talk about pendulums and L rods and bobbers and other sorts of tools. There are all sorts of tools out there, from cheap to hideously expensive. But, as dowsing is an entirely natural thing we can all do, then the simplest, quickest and clearest way of dowsing is to use your body to get the answers. Your body is the tool. As there are at least 20 different ways your body can respond, you can be sure that one of them, at the very least, will work for you. And, in order for that tool to work well, you must learn to get into the right mental state where the answer can come without your emotions getting in the way.

It’s important to remember that dowsing is a skill. To learn dowsing, to be a good, accurate dowser, you need to practice that skill until it becomes second nature. The skill consists of the following parts:

  • Having a clear reason for asking the question (the goal)
  • Making a clear and precise question
  • Being able to allow the answer to arrive

Master all of those and you’re well on your way

Happy Dowsing!

Did you learn to dowse in a day or less? Or are you still learning dowsing? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

You Are Not Normal!

Look Around

Next time you’re out shopping, and waiting in line to pay, take a moment and have a look at the other people there. It’s refreshing.

No two are the same.

No two look the same.

No two share the exact same history

No two act or react the same

And yet there is something called ‘normal’.

Normal is a useful tool to group people together and to get them to act or learn in the same way. Because it’s easier to teach everyone in a group the exact same thing at the exact same time.

Not that that guarantees anything like a ‘normal’ response, or even that everyone in that group will learn the same thing in the same way to the same depth of understanding as the person they sit next to.

It’s much, much harder to teach one person at a time in a fashion and style appropriate to their needs. Yet, if you want to really learn something as well as you can, that is what it takes in most cases.

So, the next time anyone tells you that the correct way to dowse is in a specific way, using a specific ritual or tool or phrase or whatever, just yawn politely and tell yourself, you are not normal.

Normal and you…

You are never going to be normal.

You can’t be normal if you tried.

You are exactly who you are and nobody else.

And that means you need to learn to dowse correctly, for yourself. Using techniques which work for you. And you know they work for you because you tried them out and evaluated them.

That makes you not normal

Don’t attempt to be normal, ever.  And if you ever tend to forget that, remember what your fellow shoppers are like… unique!

Did you begin by thinking dowsing was not normal? Or was it always a normal thing for you? Let us know in the comments section below

Dowsing Methods

So Many Things!

There can seem to be a large number of dowsing methods, using a variety of tools and techniques.

However, when you start to look in more detail, there really is only one main method of dowsing, as this short video describes.



There is no one dowsing method. In fact there are many different methods of dowsing. People tend to prefer one type over another, but that does not mean that that one method is the correct one or even the best one for you.

Briefly, you can dowse using a pendulum or another tool like an l-rod, a y-rod or a bobber and have the tool’s movements indicate the answer to you. Depending on how you use the tool, various movements can indicate a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ or even a direction or a number.

Another dowsing method is to use no tools at all, but use your own body’s natural responses as a way of getting the information. That can be done by something as simple as watching when you blink to seeing whether, when you rub your finger and thumb together, it feels sticky, to any number of other ways of listening to your body.

However, no matter what dowsing method or methods you end up using, the same process applies to all of them.

Dowsing methods reduce down to this…

That process is as follows: First make clear what it is you want to ask, then get into the proper dowsing state in your mind (a sort of relaxed attention is a good way of describing it) and then allow the answer to come without you wanting it to be one thing or another.

So, in a way, the dowsing method is not really a method of using either a tool you hold or listening to your body. The real dowsing method is what you do before you get to do any of those things. That’s the real secret.

Why not discover more about dowsing and what it can do for you?

What do you think of how the dowsing method is described here? Would you have a different definition? Let us know in the comments section below

The ‘DUH!’ Moment

Stirring My Tea…

A recent ‘duh!' moment for me was as follows…I was making a cup of tea with a tea bag. It’s one of those with a string and tag attached. As I poured the water in, so the bag swirled around and the tag got pulled in.

A small thing, but annoying.

It happened for a long time. Every time I made myself a cup of tea, this kept happening to me, and I kept trying to find new ways of pouring the water in without disturbing the bag. Sometimes, I was successful. Sometimes I wasn’t.

Then, I had an epiphany! A moment of pure joy.  A ‘Duh!’ moment. I realized I was right-handed! That’s all it took to change my tea-making for ever. Once I realized that, I also realized that I couldn’t hold the tag easily if I draped it over the right side of the mug. But I could if I draped it over the left. Then, I could still pour the water AND I could hold the tag! Being right-handed, I naturally draped the tag over the right side.

Yes. I know. You would have spotted that long ago. Just like you would have spotted the fact that we hand-washed the coffee carafe for months because it wouldn’t fit into the dishwasher. Duh! But the dishwasher rack has two sides. The only side we tried it on was higher. The other side, the one we didn’t try for months, was easily big enough to fit it.


The ‘Duh!’ moments are what count. They are the moments when, all of a sudden, you see something in a new way. Or you suddenly realize that you CAN do something you thought was impossible.

Just as in dowsing, you can suddenly realize that you can dowse in a new way, or ask a question you never thought you could. Duh! In that moment, your world changes, even if only in just a small way.

But you will never get that moment of enlightenment and awakening and realization if you never keep your mind open to going ‘Duh!’.

Be prepared to be surprised!

Have you ever had a ‘Duh!' moment in your dowsing? What was it? Please share your experience with others in the comments section below

The Problems of Learning to Dowse

In The Beginning

When you were learning to dowse, chances are you were told how to hold a pendulum, how to ask a question and even what sort of response was a ‘yes' or a ‘no'. And all the class, assuming you were in a class, were told the same thing.

Which is fine, except….

The problem, as I see it, is that nobody is the same as anyone else. We all think and act differently. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, yet we are all expected to do the same thing and get the same result. (Don't get me started on education!!)

Learning to dowse…YOUR way!

It's for this very reason, that you are an individual, that neither Maggie nor I say that you HAVE to dowse in one certain way, following one specific set of instructions, as though you were a computer to be programmed.

Sure, we'll suggest certain things, certain approaches, and try to steer people way from doing things we have discovered to cause problems in one way or another, but as to the actual dowsing…. We try to let everyone get to their best result going down the road they choose. For us, that's what learning to dowse is all about.

Anyone with even a tiny interest in the the brain and the way it works will have discovered that what goes on inside our heads, the way we see and interact with the world, can be hugely different between two people.

In dowsing terms, that could mean that, where I get a sensation in the back of my head telling me that I'm in the groove, so to speak, for you, it could be you hear a sound, or your right knee aches briefly. It could be anything at all. But the point is, no matter what happens to you when you dowse, it is you who is aware of it, sensing it.

So, next time you hear of the perfect and foolproof way of getting the right answer, of dowsing the ‘correct way', by all means give it a try. It might work for you, for a while. It might not ever work for you.

But, and here's the beautiful thing, it might get you thinking about what does work….for YOU!

When you began learning to dowse, what things were you taught that you no longer do? Share your experiences in the comments section below

Learn Pendulum Dowsing Here

The Popular Tool

If you don't know much about dowsing, or you've never dowsed before, or you've never taken a class, the chances are you will start out to learn pendulum dowsing. It's the most popular tool of all and comes in so many shapes and sizes and with different weights and with gems and semi-precious stones that it's hard to know where to start. Plus, of course, there are those which are made out of plain metal or just wood.

So, if you want to learn pendulum dowsing, where do you begin? What's the best pendulum to use? How do you hold it? Will it work?

These are all normal questions which beginners have when they start to learn pendulum dowsing. And they are all good ones, and they all have pretty much the same answer (except for that last question!). The answer to the other questions is, ‘Whatever works for you'. And for that last question, about whether it will work for you, that will be answered as soon as the pendulum moves.

Learn pendulum dowsing: The basics

Probably the most important thing to learn is that you don't have a great long string to the pendulum. Keep it short (about a couple of inches). Way too many dowsers start out with a great long length of string or chain dangling from their finger and then spend ages waiting for anything to happen. So the second thing is, pinch the string or chain between the finger and thumb, don't hang it over the index finger.

And finally, the third thing is to keep the pendulum moving! Don't have it dangling and still, make it move so that it can change quickly to a yes or a no.

All of these points are demonstrated clearly in this video about pendulum dowsing.

One of the simplest pendulums you can make (and one of the nicest in terms of response) is a three-quarter inch nut on the end of some dental floss. Sounds strange? Try it and you'll see for yourself. It's a great way (and very cheap) to learn pendulum dowsing.

Did you learn pendulum dowsing first of all? What were your first experiences like? Did it work for you from the very start? Share your story in the comments section below

Practical Dowsing in 5 Easy Steps

Practical Dowsing: Get Better Faster!

The best way to become good at dowsing is to do a lot of dowsing. And that means practical dowsing!

This practical dowsing exercise, or getting into the rhythm of practical dowsing if you like, can be adapted to almost ANY daily task, with the intention of giving you better outcomes than if you didn't use dowsing. Anyone who can get a yes/no response in dowsing can do this exercise. It is appropriate for all levels of dowsing. So follow along!

One of the problems many dowsers have is they lack confidence in their dowsing accuracy. But practical dowsing will help build confidence by getting verifiable results on topics on which most people do not have a lot of emotional attachment. Even advanced dowsers will enjoy seeing how using this exercise in daily life saves time, effort, money and heartache.

There are five steps to this process:

1. Choose what you want to dowse about
2. Write down a detailed, specific list of things you associate with success on that topic
3. Formulate a dowsing question using the list
4. Dowse the question using a yes/no response or a scale such as 0-10.
5. Verify your results

It's that simple!

Don't take any short cuts in this process. Most people will want to skip or do very little on Step #2, but it is one of the most important steps in the process. After you have used this procedure a lot, you won't need to write things down, but I urge you to write them down until you find it easy to make a list in your head and keep focused on it. The reason is that you need that list to make a good dowsing question, and without a good dowsing question, you won't get an accurate answer. In order to verify your results, it will be very helpful to have your list to refer to.

Practical Dowsing Step #1: Choose your topic.

This procedure works well for any daily task. Some things I use it regularly for are:

  • Choosing produce in the grocery store
  • Picking a bottle of wine
  • Selecting clothing for a particular day or event
  • Picking a gift to buy for someone
  • Finding a parking space
  • Selecting an item on the menu in a restaurant
  • Choosing a book to buy
  • Picking a movie to rent

The list is literally endless. Once you have learned the process, you can apply it successfully to any daily task. It will reward you many times over!

For this exercise, I will use picking produce as the example. But you can substitute anything and get great results. Just follow the procedure.

Suppose you are at the grocery store, and you need an avocado for a salad recipe for some guests you are having to dinner in three days. Avocados are hard to pick. They can have blemishes. If you wait too long, they are too soft, but if they are unripe, they are too hard and not tasty. Getting the perfect avocado used to be a challenge for me. Especially if I wanted it for several days in the future. But now that I can dowse, I always find the perfect avocado (or melon, etc.).

Practical Dowsing Step #2: Make a list of what you are looking to accomplish, what you want or what you intend to achieve.

I want the avocado to be tasty, smooth and uniform in color (no blemishes, but I don't ever say or write what I don't want; I write what I do want), filled with nutrients, having a good texture, and being the perfect degree of ripeness for my recipe on the day that I will use it.

What I have done by making this list is to write down the who, what, where, when, how and why so that I can make a good dowsing question.

Practical Dowsing Step #3: Making the dowsing question(s)

Using the list above, I formulate a dowsing question or questions. If appropriate, my first question might be:
“Is there an avocado here that meets all my requirements at no less than an 8 out of 10, when 0 is not meeting them at all, and 10 is meeting them perfectly?”

You ask that question, because you cannot assume there is an avocado there that will meet your requirements (the same can be said if you are dowsing for a parking space, a bottle of wine or a birthday gift for a friend). If the subject is either/or, such as a parking space, you can just ask if there is a parking space in the lot the meets all your requirements, because there may not be.

The reason I ask for 8 or better is that I consider that acceptable. I don't want an avocado (or bottle of wine, or gift) that is only a 3 out of 10 in terms of meeting my requirements. Also, if there are many avocados that are ok, using the scale will help you pick the very best one.

If you get a no, then you have to decide if you want to go to another store, or settle for something less.

If you get a yes, then you need to find the best avocado of the bunch.

(If you find that you have problems making really good dowsing questions, then this book, ‘Ask The Right Question', is what you need!)

Practical Dowsing Step #4: Asking the question(s)

Using a dowsing tool in public can be clumsy and embarrassing. I use deviceless dowsing. If you are unfamiliar with deviceless dowsing, check this post for some ideas on that subject. There are many types you can use. I use blink dowsing. I ask my dowsing question, and if I blink once, that is yes, and if I don't blink, that is no. Of course, if you want to use your pendulum, you can.

After determining that there are candidates present using my first dowsing question, I point my finger at an area of the pile of avocados (or section of the parking lot) and ask, “Are there any avocados that rank 8 or better on my question here?” If I get a yes, I point at each individually until I get one that gives me a yes. (You can go for 10 if there are a lot of good ones there.)

When I find one that gives me a good response, I ask my question again, to make sure I have one that really will suit me. Then I buy it.

Practical Dowsing Step #5: Verify your answer

When the day comes to use the avocado, you will have your confirmation. If you are not happy with the condition of the avocado, look at the list you wrote. See if you left something off the list. Probably your question was not detailed enough. Confirming your answers is how you learn to ask better questions.

If you feel your question was perfect, then you might ask yourself if you were too attached to results at the time, or maybe dehydrated. Did you check your polarity before dowsing to make sure it was not reversed? Check the post on dowsing pitfalls if you need to.

The more you use this practical dowsing process, the better dowser you will become. But not only that–you will make your life so much happier and easier. Happy Dowsing!

Have you used this procedure for yourself? Was it successful? Did you have problems with it? Share your experiences in the comments section below