Pendulum Doesn’t Move

When The Dowsing Pendulum Doesn't Move

This is a common problem for beginner dowsers. They have purchased a nice dowsing pendulum but then, when they ask a question and hold it, nothing happens! The pendulum doesn’t move. Is the pendulum broken or are they doing something wrong or does dowsing simply not work? These are the typical sorts of things which go through their minds at such a time.

But, fear not for help is at hand.

The main problem is that new dowsers tend to think, consciously or not, that their brand new pendulum is much more magical than it really is. They tend to think that the real power of dowsing is in the tool, not in themselves. This leads them to think that, if they simply dangle the pendulum straight down from their fingers, it will move in some mystical fashion whenever they ask a question.

The truth, however, is that the real power of dowsing lies in the dowser, never the tool. It is the tool which reacts to the dowser’s movements. By itself, it does nothing. Therefore, if you hold a pendulum motionless from your fingertips, it will take a long time to move because it needs a bigger ‘push’ from the dowser to get it moving.

It will also need a big ‘push’ if the pendulum is dangling from a long chain. The longer the chain is the more slowly it will react. Remember: a long chain means a long time to respond and a slow movement when it does. Think of a grandfather clock. The long pendulum doesn’t whizz from side to side, but is slow and stately.

Therefore, a shorter chain will mean a faster response and a quicker movement.

But there is still one element missing to fully resolve the problem.

Why start with a pendulum which is motionless? It makes far more sense to have the pendulum moving to begin with. That way it will move much more quickly to indicate a response.

In order for this to work, you have to know which are your movements for ‘yes’ and ‘no’ so that you can have the pendulum swinging in a way which is neither of those. Let’s call that the ‘neutral’ swing: neither one thing nor the other. Suppose your ‘yes’ was to and fro and your ‘no’ was side to side, then a circular motion would be a good ‘neutral’ swing. Adjust it to what makes sense for you.

One other thing about having a short chain and a moving pendulum to begin with is that this is far less tiring for your arm than having a long chain and waiting for any movement to happen.

So, what you need to do if your pendulum doesn’t move is to shorten the chain length to maybe two inches or so, and have it moving as you ask your question.

Has something like this ever happened to you? How did you overcome it? Let us know in the comments section below

Pendulum Dowsing Charts

(Transcript below if you prefer to read about pendulum dowsing charts)

Pendulum Dowsing Charts

The pendulum is the most popular dowsing tool. Because it is small and easy to use, various types of pendulum charts have been developed for use by dowsers.

A pendulum chart can be made for virtually any subject you can think of. Health, past lives, vitamins, beliefs, locations, therapies and diet are just some of the possible charts. One of the reasons for their popularity is that they have the range of possible answers displayed and it’s simply a matter of dowsing which one is the answer for a particular question. Many newcomers to dowsing are attracted to charts for that very reason: seeing all the possible answers neatly spread out can give a sense of confidence and security.

But, any chart, no matter whether it is purchased or home-made, should always include ‘Other’ as an answer. And that’s because, no matter how detailed and precise you are when designing a chart, there is always going to be that one time when the answer is new or strange and does not appear on the chart in question.

Really, when we’re speaking of pendulum charts, whether they are charts for health or charts for hand chakras, we’re referring to a special way of displaying a list.

Everyone knows that a list is a set of items shown one below the other. A chart, on the other hand, can have those exact same items displayed in an arc. The arc is broken into the appropriate number of segments, each one containing one possible answer (not forgetting ‘Other’, of course). The segments should be of equal width wherever possible. The reason for this layout is because the pendulum starts out being swung at the central base of the chart and moves to the segment of the chart containing the answer easily. It is not possible to have that same ease of movement with a straightforward list.

Some charts can be quite complicated, having a large number of small segments, or even be split into two or more pages of possible answers. Other charts can be quite small and may not even need to be laid out in an arc. For example, if you only had three possible answers, you could divide a circle up into four segments (remember the need for ’Other’) and have the pendulum swinging over the center of the circle.

Whether you choose to have a circle or an arc as the basis for any charts you might make is a purely personal preference and will not affect their efficiency in any way.

When using a chart, remember the following two things:

1. Always have a good, well-formed and precise question.

2. Have the pendulum swinging over the central base of the arc or the center of the circle as appropriate.

As for the pendulum itself, it’s more useful to set it swinging in a circle, because then any movement in a straight line pointing to an answer is more immediately obvious. And, secondly, especially with smaller segments, it is useful to have a pendulum with a point on it, making it easier to see where exactly it is pointing to.

Happy dowsing!

Have you found a type of chart that really helps you, or have you got any tips for creating your own? Share them in the comments section below.

Common Questions About Dowsing Tools

Let's Dive Right In!

Although they are very simple, there are a number of common questions about dowsing tools which keep cropping up.

Although we can't guarantee that we answer all of them in this video, we are fairly certain that we've at least covered some of the most common ones.

Common questions about dowsing tools

These really break down into two major areas.

The first area is about how to look after your dowsing tool. This includes things like cleaning it, keeping it looking good and so on. Some people like to see the tool they use for dowsing always in a clean and tidy state. Others, like me, on the other hand :-), don't really care what it looks like, as long as it works.

The cleaning idea also include a ‘biggie' about whether other energies can mess up your tool. So, in this instance, a very common question is about whether or not to allow other people to use your tool, or whether, if they do, it needs cleaning or not afterwards. And, if it does, then what's the best way to clean it?

Now, as you'll see in the above video, the answer to these questions really does depend a whole lot on your thinking about the situation. If you really and truly believe that you must keep your tool just to yourself, then it's true for you that you should keep your tool for yourself. This is because what you believe is what is true for you.

The second main area of questions about dowsing tools is about which is the right tool to use. Again, that's not a ‘one-answer-fits-all' deal. It's more about which tool feels right to you when you use it as well as whether or not it does the job.

So, personal preference plays an important part in these things.

Was your question answered in the video? If not, what would you like to know about dowsing tools? Let us know in the comments section below!

Unruly Dowsing Pendulum?

All Of A Sudden…

So there you are, dangling your pendulum (on a short chain!) and wheeeee! All of a sudden there's a new pendulum movement. Instead of going back and forth (or whatever your usual movement is), it takes off in a different direction.

This happens.

It happens a lot to pretty much every dowser at one time or another. And most dowsers don’t do anything about it.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, ‘Many dowsers trip over the problem, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.'

Yet the answer to the problem is, literally, in your hands.

What to do with new pendulum movements

If your pendulum does something strange, then you have the option to ask a question as to why.

If you have only ever had yes and no responses, then it might be that you’ve just discovered a ‘stupid question’ response. Or it might be a ‘not now’ or a ‘wrong time’ or even a ‘no answer’ response.

Whenever this happens to you, it is presenting to you the perfect opportunity to extend your dowsing, to make it better, richer, more nuanced, more skillful.

All you have to do is ask the right question!

You’ve got nothing better to do, have you? After all, you’re sitting there with the pendulum in your hand. Don’t waste time. Ask right away. It might only be a response which happens once a month or once in a lifetime. But ask! Ask simple yes/no questions and you will learn more about your dowsing doing that than pretty much anything else.

So, if it’s happened to you, start by asking, ‘Is that movement to give me more information than just a simple yes or no?’ And then see where you go from there?

Seize the moment and grow as a dowser because of it.

What new pendulum movements have you experienced and what did they eventually mean for you? Let us know in the comments section below

Three Pendulum Problems

Problems, Problems, Problems!

Three problems with pendulums.

The first problem with pendulums is that most beginner dowsers want them to move. By themselves.

The problem is, they won’t.

You have to get use to the idea that you, the dowser, makes the pendulum move.

It’s the nature of dowsing; the physics, if you like.

The other problems with pendulums

The other two problems come together, quite often. First, the chain or string or whatever is usually too long. Second, the beginner dowser quite often starts off by holding the pendulum quite still, hanging straight down.

Nope and nope.

The longer the chain, the slower the response. And the less the pendulum moves before you ask your question, the longer it will take to show you any response.

Get the pendulum to move to begin with and then let it change direction according to the answer. Don't just sit there looking at it. If nothing else, your arm will tire and you'll get strange looks from people.

So, in order to get a response which doesn’t tire you out and which is obvious (and quick!), is to have the pendulum on a short chain and have it moving before you ask your question.

How short and moving in what direction is up to you to decide. But, as a rule of thumb (or should that be ‘rule of pendulum’?), any chain longer than three inches is too long and any movement which is less than an inch in diameter (whichever the movement is), is too little.

The rest is up to you to discover.

After all, dowsing is for those who want to question and explore, isn’t it? :-)

What's the biggest problem you've had with pendulums? Is it mentioned here or is it something else entirely? Let us know and maybe we can help you. Post the details in the comments section below

The Problem With Using A Pendulum

The Popular Tool

In recent decades, using a pendulum for dowsing has surpassed water dowsing with a Y-rod or forked branch as the hottest trend in dowsing. But there is a problem. As popular as pendulum dowsing is, people aren't really dowsing that much.

I believe one reason is the tool itself. A pendulum is a cool tool. Pendulums come in all kinds of lovely materials and designs. You can get really attached to using a pendulum.

The problem with your attachment to your pendulum is you become convinced you can't dowse without it. You may even have special pendulums for certain dowsing tasks.

Unless you carry your pendulum with you (and the right one at that), you won't feel prepared to dowse all the time. But even if you start carrying your pendulum with you everywhere, you have a much bigger challenge to overcome.

Using a pendulum can hold you back

Pendulum dowsing isn't sweeping the country in part because of the pendulum itself. If you are a dowser, you probably have friends and family who do not believe in dowsing. Some may even be strongly opposed to it. Others maybe just mock you every time they see you using a pendulum. Maybe your spouse won't consider any suggestions you make if they come from pendulum dowsing.

Every time you start using a pendulum in front of anyone, either in public or in private with doubting family, you are put under stress. You may be mocked or rejected for your belief in dowsing. So, because you don't like conflict, and because you can't really explain your belief in dowsing or persuade others to accept it, you find it easier not to get your pendulum out. So you dowse less often than you would like.

There is a solution! Quit using a pendulum. It's just a tool. Dowsing without a tool is just as effective and has the benefit of not being visible in many cases. There are more ways to dowse devicelessly than you can imagine. And it's easy. Just try them and find one that works for you.

You can use your eyelids to blink dowse or rub your finger and thumb together to get answers. When you dowse using a deviceless method, your dowsing becomes invisible. You can get immediate answers to questions without pulling out a tool that causes people to sigh or roll their eyes. Find out what method of deviceless dowsing works best for you.

What are your thoughts about the ideas raised in this article? Is using a pendulum for dowsing holding you back? Share your thoughts in the comments section below

Is Pendulum Dowsing a Psychic Activity?

It's Popular, But Is It Psychic?

Pendulum dowsing is rapidly becoming the most popular form of dowsing. Dowsing is a way of getting answers to questions you cannot get rationally.

But what is going on when you dowse with a pendulum? Is the pendulum talking to you? Are you accessing the Akashic records? Are you using a latent psychic ability? How and why does pendulum dowsing work?

The simple truth of pendulum dowsing

The truth is that a pendulum is just a tool for amplifying the tiny responses you get when you are dowsing. It makes it easier to tell ‘yes' from ‘no'.

There is no magic in the pendulum itself, and it is not providing the answers. No one knows exactly where the answers are coming from when you are pendulum dowsing, but it is widely believed that your intuitive senses are able to access information that the rational mind cannot. It is as if there is a ‘field' out there which holds all information, and you access it using dowsing. Some might call that the Akashic Records.

Some even regard dowsing as an inward, rather than an outward, journey. They think that all the answers lie within us. There is no one consensus on how dowsing works.

As to psychic abilities, we believe that there are many latent intuitive sensing abilities in all humans. Our culture does not respect or revere the use of intuition. But the intuitive senses expand your ability to enjoy success and happiness in life, and it appears they are associated with the right brain and the heart.

Anyone can learn to dowse, and training improves your results. So while dowsing is often listed as a psychic ability, we do not feel that classification is useful in helping people to understand it is a natural ability.

Pendulum dowsing is usually the first type of dowsing which beginners are exposed to. But, in fact, you can dowse without using a pendulum or any other tool. You can use your body to get the answers. But people find the pendulum convenient and fun to use. (Here's a book showing you the simple ways in which you can become proficient at pendulum dowsing.)

One final word about pendulum dowsing. You can spend a lot of money on fancy pendulums. Maybe you already have. But, anything that is a weight on a string or piece of chain may be used as a pendulum. Really, anything!

Pendulum dowsing is a popular way to dowse. How do you regard it? Psychic or natural? Let us know what you think 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

How to Use a Pendulum

The pendulum is the most popular tool of dowsers. Spiritual dowsers and healers love to use a crystal on a chain or a handmade dowsing pendulum in their work. Even though it's easy to use, there are things you should know about how to use this dowsing tool.

Beginners often will hold the pendulum wrong, inhibiting its ability to move freely. Sometimes they leave the chain too long, making it painfully slow to get the answer. It's easy to learn how to hold a pendulum for best dowsing results.

You can use a pendant on a chain or a metal nut on a bit of dental floss as an impromptu pendulum. Anything that has weight and is on the end of a length of flexible material will work. (Long ago, Nigel tells me he and some friends used a garden gnome on a length of rope to dowse. I think alcohol may have been involved…:)

Watch this video as Nigel demonstrates the most effective way to hold and use this popular dowsing tool. Then give it a try yourself and leave your comments in the section below.

How to Use a Pendulum

Have you been holding your pendulum right? Does it move too slow or too fast? This video will show you how you affect the motion of the pendulum by how you hold it.

It's so important to be comfortable with your dowsing tool and to know that you are handling it the best way.

Give it a try!

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?