How Often Do You Smile?

I'm Serious!

When I was young, my teachers had only a couple of complaints about me in school. One that came up often was that I didn't smile much.

Now, many decades later, I have learned the cause of my problem. Better yet, I've fixed it, or at least improved it a lot.

You see, I discovered later in life that I am energetically sensitive to everything and everyone around me. And there were a lot of negative energies in my environment. My family, God bless them, were a real challenge. I lived in an area that had terrible environmental energies. I also had a pattern of subconsciously trying to heal and ‘fix' everything that wasn't working.

I became a sponge for toxic energies. It made me very serious, sometimes depressed and often ill. It was as if I carried the weight of the world on my small shoulders.

I believe that many people have similar patterns. These patterns are not healthy, and they drag you down emotionally. For the past ten or so years, I have done lots of energy therapies, dowsing and studying to help myself disengage from noxious things in my environment. It is making a difference.

Learning to smile…

Now, I find myself smiling often throughout the day at absolutely nothing. That never used to happen. I am aware that I am happier than I have ever been.

While there are many things I have done that contributed to my healing, one that has helped me the most is the simple practices Dr. Patrick MacManaway outlines in his books here:

If you aren't smiling often, you're probably not manifesting the life you desire. Find a way to change that. Patrick's methods worked for me. They're easy to do. (I don't make any money from recommending his techniques.) But do whatever works for you. Then share the love by helping others to smile.

Dowsing and smiling? Do they go together for you? Let us know how, in the comments section below

Dowsing Presentation: The Future of Dowsing is in the Balance

Keynote Dowsing Presentation

In 2010, Nigel & Maggie Percy were invited to present the keynote address at the Canadian Society of Dowsers Annual Convention in Toronto. Unfortunately, the presentation was not able to be recorded. What you see in the video is an abbreviated version of that presentation. We thought the content and subject matter to be important. Plus we liked it so much that we decided we would record the whole thing again. Obviously, it isn't exactly the same, word-for-word, as what we said in Canada, but we used our notes; the same ones we used there, for this recording.

The dowsing presentation covers the importance of using both left and right brain. There are also some self-tests that will help you determine your preference. Are you more left-brain or right-brain?

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If you are interested in a long look at the spinning dancer test, visit:

Here's another test of side preference:

Brain dominance test

When Maggie took both tests, she came out left-brain dominant for the dancer and right-brain dominant for the test above. It may be that the dancer is a more dynamic test of how you use your brain in daily life. You might find that what you are working on or thinking about affects the direction the dancer moves. Maggie and Nigel can make it go both ways.

Maggie feels that perhaps the pink/blue image above is using a test that is more a reflection of natural inclination. As with personality tests, you have to be careful of what you are measuring. You might be measuring how someone chooses to move through life, even if it isn't their natural preference. It might be an indication of culture, training and various pressures.

For Maggie, her intensive training in science and her parents' preference for rationality and logic may have caused her to develop that left brain ability as a way of pleasing them and succeeding, when in reality, her right brain is her dominant side. Couple that with the long-held belief that she had no artistic ability, and you can see why she used the left brain more. But since the 90s, she has focused on using both sides, seeing her innate talents and valuing both left and right brains.

Which side of your brain is dominant? And how does that influence your dowsing? Let us know in the comments section below

Space Clearing, Or, Stalking the Demon Broccoli

Space Clearing: Best Practices

At the Verde Valley (Sedona, AZ) Chapter of the American Society of Dowsers, Nigel and Maggie Percy presented a talk about dowsing, environmental energies and space clearing.

What most people are unaware of is that the energies in the environment are constantly changing, and the time before and after 2012 was rife with chaotic, difficult energies that traditional space clearing techniques did not clear well. And they still don't clear them well! Anyone who has an interest in environmental energies or doing space clearing will benefit from watching this presentation.

Watch the video and then check out the summary beneath it. Oh, and you can check out the book I mention near the beginning (The Essence Of Dowsing). We've written quite a few since then, as you can see!

A summary of action items from this talk:

  • Avoid Fear:
    • Fear is the normal response to this type of situation. There is danger, but fear will not help you. Caution and taking care are constructive.
  • Avoid Duality:
    • Many of the things we now face that are dangerous and hard to clear have a consciousness about them.
    • If you judge them and treat them in an adversarial way, it can exacerbate the situation.
    • Next, if you judge them and decide they are the ‘bad guy', then you are feeling negative towards them. In many cases that will strengthen or feed them.
    • Compassion is the best way to approach these beings. I have found that the more compassion I show them, the more harmless they are.
  • Avoid empathy:
    • Empathy is not only overrated; it is dangerous.
    • Empathy won't help them, and it can hurt you a lot.
    • Computers, email, telephones, internet service are all subject to influence and negative energies.
    • Protection can be helpful to some extent. Be aware that alien energies and other powerful forces can overcome a lot of protection.
  • Do regular personal clearing work and protection. Rid yourself of attachments daily. Do aura strengthening.
  • Clear your space regularly, or have it cleared by a professional. Sense it. Clear it 2-3 times yearly at least.

Did you learn something new from this presentation, even if it was that I look awful with long hair :-) ? Share how it helped you (or not) in the comments section below

Deep Down Dowsing

Deep Down Dowsing – And You

Nigel and Maggie Percy's presentation of ‘Deep Down Dowsing'  at the American Society of Dowsers SW Conference in Flagstaff, AZ in 2011 focused on the subconscious and how it controls your experience of reality.

With audience participation, they go through simple exercises to demonstrate the surprising conflicts most of us have within us, and why the subconscious needs to be addressed.

More and more therapists and ‘gurus' are accepting that the subconscious is really running the show. But, without knowing what's in the subconscious, you're pretty much stuck. That's why this presentation was called ‘Deep Down Dowsing', because dowsing is the easiest way to access the subconscious. Once you can do that, you can begin to clear blocks that keep you from manifesting what you want.

But it's vital that you know what it is that is there in the subconscious, otherwise it's no better than guesswork.

Watch the video and then look at the help below it if you want to get started on your own deep down dowsing.

OK, so you watched the whole video (you did, didn't you?). And now you're ready to get started yourself.

Here are the dowsing statements we gave the audience to test in the talk:

In the blank below, insert a phrase that clearly describes what you consciously want to experience – to be fit; to be wealthy; to be happy. Then dowse whether your subconscious agrees to the statement or not. (Hint: if you get any NOs, you will have blocks to some extent in that part of your life.) Watch the entire presentation to find out how to clear the subconscious beliefs.

I want  ___________________

I am able _______________

I have chosen  _________________

I have chosen ______________now

It is safe for me ___________________

I must not ___________________________

How did that work out for you? Find anything interesting? Why not share your thoughts and discoveries in the comments section below

A Healthier Reality: 7 Strategies For You

A Healthier Reality For You

This talk was first presented at the Verde Valley Chapter (Sedona, AZ) of the American Society of Dowsers on April 18, 2010. It came about because we had been working with a large number of clients and had realized that there were a lot of discordant energies making life difficult for them, and for others. They needed a way of seeing a healthier reality for themselves.

In order to help them achieve that we realized that it would be most important if we could help them to understand reality in a way that gave them control and kept them from feeling like victims.

What we felt then about creating a healthier reality is just as true today. Even if this all sounds a bit too way out, if you are already a dowser then you'll realize that dowsing doesn't have to make you crazy.

You might think that reality is just something which happens to you. It's there, you walk in it every day and that's all there is to it. You can't make a healthier reality, because it is what it is.

In fact, Reality (and, yes, I really meant the capital R) is actually a continuum from your inner to your outer world. What you believe will dictate what happens in the outer world. It sounds deceptively simple, doesn't it? Could it really be that easy? Find out what the 7 steps are for creating a healthier reality by watching the video:

It is a long video, so, in case you weren't making notes, what follows is a summary of the 7 steps we referred to:

7 Strategies for a Healthier Reality 

  1. Be open to new ways of seeing
  2. Be a victor, not a victim
  3. Experience reality as a continuum
  4. Release fear and judgment (duality)
  5. Learn to Read the Signs
  6. Use the Whole Brain approach
  7. Be prepared to alter and improve your view of reality

Examples are given in the presentation to help make these steps clear.

What are your thoughts about the points we raised in this presentation? Share them in the comments section below.

Tuning In to Your Sixth Sense

Your Sixth Sense

This presentation about ‘Tuning Into Your Sixth Sense', by Maggie & Nigel Percy, was originally given at the American Society of Dowsers' Southwest Conference in Flagstaff, AZ in 2009.

Often, when people dowse, they get locked into the idea that it's all about the tool or about their intuition. Sometimes they think it's both at once. But what about the sixth sense which everyone has? Is that the same as your intuition? Or is it something separate from dowsing?

Where does the sixth sense fit into dowsing? Should it?

If dowsing can be thought of as heightening the intuitive sense, then it would seem to make sense to really practice and become proficient at dowsing. After all, who amongst us does not want to have a well-developed sixth sense? We all do. We all want to have access to that seemingly hidden knowledge.

But how can dowsing actually be used to make our sixth sense, our intuition, really kick in? It's all very well to point out that there is a similarity, but what can actually be done?

This presentation goes into some of those questions and provides examples and insights which you can use as a dowser in your daily dowsing life.

Typical of the interactive style of presentation Maggie and Nigel favor, this talk has audience participation in several ways of sensing things intuitively. Simple exercises with the group involve remote viewing; clearing of space by the group; and sensing and altering hand chakra energies.

Discover how dowsing can help you become more intuitive, even more psychic, in this engaging talk.

(Note: If the lighting in this video seems a little off balance every now and then, don't worry, because it will not spoil it for you. The cameraman made good use of a tricky visual setup. You'll get all you need and want from it… promise!)

Dowsing as the Sixth Sense? Does that make sense to you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below

Maggie Percy, Dowser

Maggie Percy

Maggie Percy, co-founder of The Dowsing World Summit and co-owner of Sixth Sense Consulting, came to dowsing while searching for ways to heal her physical body. As with many people, Maggie found her problems to be an opportunity to discover wonderful new ways of looking at life and living.

Originally from a very rational, scientific background, she chose to integrate dowsing and intuition into her life in a significant way, and she and her husband, Nigel find this ‘whole brain' view of life works far better than just using one side of the brain or the other.


Maggie came to dowsing and spiritual things late in life as a result of a health catastrophe. On the long and winding journey back to health, which started in 1990, she became interested in empowering herself to be healthy. That led to other forms of empowerment, and inevitably to energy work and then dowsing.

Dowsing became Maggie's passion, with a special interest in using it for health and personal growth. She met Nigel in 2000 through their mutual interest in dowsing and overcame many obstacles to go to the U.K. to meet, and later, marry him. On returning to Arizona, they started offering their services professionally online and locally through their business Sixth Sense Consulting.

Currently, Maggie enjoys teaching people how to get the best results using dowsing in all areas of their lives by focusing on online events, courses and membership sites.

 Maggie's Recommended Reading:


Ask The Right Question: The Essential Sourcebooks Of Good Dowsing Questions
One of the hardest things to learn in dowsing is how to ask a good question. If your question sucks, your answer probably will, too. This book gives you tons of tested dowsing questions, plus shows you how to make good questions yourself.

What are your thoughts about what Maggie shared in her interview? Put them in a comment in the section below