A Man, a Car and Ice-cream

A man, A Car And Ice-cream

A true story. And yet it also relates to dowsing.

A man had bought a brand new car. It ran beautifully. Except on Sundays. Actually, it was even more specific than that.

Sundays at his home there was always a vote taken after Sunday lunch as to what flavor ice-cream he would buy. Then he would drive to the store and buy it for the family.

This worked well except when he purchased vanilla ice cream. The car would always start up again if he bought a different flavor, but not if he bought vanilla.

Imagine how he felt trying to explain that to a mechanic, or back at the dealer’s place where he had originally bought it! The car was looked at and tested, many times. And always, if vanilla was bought, it wouldn’t start back up.

He eventually wrote a long letter to the maker in Detroit, asking if they could please explain what was going on. He liked the car and didn’t want to change it for another, but it was ruining his Sunday family ritual

Finally, one of the chief engineers turned up on his doorstep and asked if he could please come along when he went to buy ice-cream.

Off they set. He parked the car as usual, switched it off and went inside. That day was chocolate. The car started up again and they drove back. The engineer scratched his head.

‘Could he go back out and buy some vanilla?’ Of course!

Off they went and the engineer this time came into the shop with the man. He picked and paid for the vanilla and got back in the car. It didn’t start! They waited as normal, ice-cream beginning to melt. Finally, after several attempts, it started up.

The engineer was not to be beaten. He knew that every test possible had already been done on the car. So he went back into the shop and looked at where the ice-cream was stored.

A sudden insight occurred.

The only ice-cream stored near the door was vanilla. All the other flavors were deeper inside the shop. He noticed that it took longer for the man to buy the chocolate flavor because he had to go further back and then return to the counter to pay.

He suddenly realized what was happening and what was the cause of the problem. It had nothing to do with the vanilla ice cream. It had everything to do with how long the car’s engine has off.

For the short time it took to buy vanilla ice cream, a vapor-lock occurred in the engine. (For non-techies it simply means it wouldn’t start.) But the longer time it took to buy other ice-cream flavors allowed the vapor lock to vanish of its own accord.


And, yes, there is a moral to the story.

In dowsing, we can so easily get caught up in one answer or be led down one avenue of investigation that it seems impossible to think that there might be other answers as well.

That is why it is absolutely vital to remember what every new dowser hears at one time or another; keep yourself out of it.

Just because you think you might know what is causing something to happen and it feels comfortable to keep on thinking the way you’ve always thought, does not mean that it is the right way to think.

Always stop, let go of your attachment to the answer and try again if ever you find yourself going down the same, familiar territory.

Just tell yourself, ‘It’s NOT the ice-cream!’

Have you got a story about a time when you were attached to the answer and it all went a bit strange? Do let us know in the comments section below

When Not to Dowse

The Big Question

One of the questions we are most often asked is, “How can I make my dowsing 100% accurate?” That's a loaded question, but one short answer is: Know when not to dowse. Because if you dowse when it isn't appropriate, you will almost certainly get a ‘wrong' answer.

You might find this hard to absorb. You thought that you could dowse about anything. In fact, you remember hearing us tell you to try it on anything. Yes, but…

When Not to Dowse:

There are exceptions to every rule. Sure, try dowsing on everything, but use your judgment.

  1. Don't dowse about things you can more easily and accurately answer using rational means. For example, don't dowse a phone number you can look up in a phone book. That's silly. That's when NOT to dowse.
  2. Don't dowse about things that are ethically inappropriate. Sure, you can dowse if your neighbor is having an affair, because you've seen that strange car parked next door (just like the song…), but it's none of your business. Back off! That's when NOT to dowse.
  3. Don't dowse about things you are unable to be detached about. Fear will ruin your answers. That's when NOT to dowse.
  4. Don't dowse about things you are not properly trained to dowse about. That'
  5. s when NOT to dowse. No matter what anyone has told you, dowsing IS a skill and requires training if you want to be good at it. Even if you are a ‘natural', you still need plenty of training and practice. An example is health dowsing.

Here's a Recent Example:

Even we do not dowse about everything. Just this week, I found myself trying to dowse about the problem I was having with my wi-fi. I had a new computer and a new modem. I consulted experts from the cable company and the Geek Squad. Everyone had a different suggestion. So I decided to dowse about it.

When I'm not getting accurate answers, I can usually tell by how it feels when I'm dowsing. Then I get confirmation, because my answers are inconsistent. When that happens, I stop and ask: “Can I get an accurate answer to this question?” I got a ‘no'. So I quit dowsing immediately.

In this case, it was pretty easy to see what had happened. I only had 15 days to decide whether to return the computer, and I was on day 9. And I still had no idea if the problem was the computer or not. I felt a lot of pressure, as I was falling behind in work, and if I made a ‘wrong' choice, I could see myself falling behind further still. I was attached to results due to the pressure I was putting on myself.

What Did I Do Instead of Dowsing?

So I did some clearing work on myself. I reminded myself of my goal. Which wasn't to dictate the details of what happened, but to find an easy solution to my problem that would get me back on track with minimum time, money and effort.  I worked towards trusting that even when things seem to be going wrong, they can work out fine. Just focus on what I want, not what I don't want.

I accepted that even though I had done this work, I still probably wasn't detached enough to dowse, so I decided to take what action I could, but not dowse. I did some research on my computer and found it had a wi-fi diagnostics routine. I ran it. I got a report. We made some changes in settings on our modem. They appeared to fix the problem, or at least strongly indicate the computer is not the issue.

Sometimes you just shouldn't dowse. (I know, I try to avoid the word ‘should'). Every tool has its proper use. You don't use a screwdriver as a hammer. It is important to know when NOT to dowse. And then, just don't do it. Take another path.

Have you suddenly recognized when not to dowse? How did you know and what did you do? Let us know in the comments section below

The 5 Biggest Dowsing Mistakes

Do You Make These Dowsing Mistakes?

What are the 5 biggest dowsing mistakes made that cause dowsers to mistrust their own dowsing?

The following 5 dowsing mistakes, in order from #5 to #1, all contribute to doubt and mistrust about your dowsing response. If you can fix these 5 common errors, you will become a confident,  more accurate dowser.

Top Dowsing Mistakes #5: Being attached to the answers.

When you dowse a question, you are waiting for an answer, and if you have an attachment to a particular answer, or you feel that one answer is good and the other bad, or you are afraid of being ‘wrong' with your dowsing, your accuracy will crash and burn.

No one can teach you how to be detached. Either you are, or you aren't. The first step is never dowse any question that you know you care so much about that there is a ‘right' and a ‘wrong' answer. If you fear hearing the answer, you shouldn't be dowsing it.

Practice your dowsing on things that interest you, but that are not life and death. Learn to recognize how you feel when you are resisting hearing the truth. You may feel tension in your body or you might hold your breath. (You might even hear a little voice in your head making fearful comments.)

See how it feels when you dowse about something you are merely curious about, and compare that to when you try to dowse a serious question. Cultivate a curious attitude whenever you dowse, and know that whatever the truth is will help you in the long run. If you find yourself resisting the answer, don't dowse. Practice on things that you are able to approach with curiosity alone.

Top Dowsing Mistakes #4: Lack of experience.

Sounds obvious, but if you don't dowse, you don't get confident. Lack of practice leads to mistrust when you dowse. Often, people who don't practice only turn to dowsing when they have a serious question they need answered. Unfortunately, dowsing that way is like going to play a concert without practicing at all. If you really want to be able to use dowsing when it counts, you must practice dowsing. And that means starting with small subjects and working up to bigger ones.

Give yourself the chance to learn and grow in your dowsing. Don't expect that you either are great at dowsing or not. Very few people are prodigies. Most have to practice. Enjoy the process of becoming the best dowser you can be. We have found that almost anyone can become an excellent dowser if they do the right things.

Top Dowsing Mistakes #3: Not being aware of the common pitfalls, and not knowing how to remedy them.

All skills have pitfalls. Unfortunately, most dowsers are given the impression that they can dowse just by learning to get a yes/no response with a pendulum or other dowsing tool. Then they go off and dowse, not knowing anything about proper technique or the traps that await them. Even basic dowsing courses rarely touch on important aspects of technique. They tend to focus on the use of the tools, but that is by far the smallest part of learning to be a dowser.

One of the most common dowsing pitfalls that can mess up your dowsing is polarity reversal. The body has polarity, a north and south pole. When those poles get reversed, everything becomes backwards. Symptoms of polarity reversal include feeling prickly and not wanting to be touched; switching left and right; being clumsy with words or with your body; getting things backwards.

A good way to test your polarity is to ask a clear question to which you know the answer. We find that using your birthplace in this lifetime is usually a good polarity question, unless you don't know your birthplace or have some strong negative emotions about your birth. Make a question or statement about your birthplace, such as, “I was born in _____________in this lifetime.” The answer should be ‘yes' if you fill the blank with your birthplace. Retest by inserting a place you were not born, and you should get a ‘no'. What if you got the ‘wrong' answer when you dowsed? Your polarity is reversed.

Polarity can reverse for a number of reasons. The most common are dehydration, improper mineralization of the body; your own emotions and noxious environmental energies.

When your polarity is reversed, ‘yes' becomes ‘no' and vice versa. Nothing is more demoralizing to a dowser than to have his polarity reversed and NOT KNOW IT. Yet it is a common problem.

Make sure you drink plenty of pure water. Get your vitamins and minerals. Water and mineral frequencies are ‘burned up' in intuitive and energy work.

Do not dowse about anything you have strong emotions about, as it can reverse your polarity.

And be aware that if you are in a zone of noxious energies, your polarity can reverse.

Fixing polarity is usually pretty easy. For most people, doing the ‘thymus thump' works fine. Just make a fist with either hand and tap your sternum (breastbone) several times gently while intending to restore your polarity to right and perfect function. Retest your question and see if the answer to your question about where you were born is now correct.

If you cannot fix your polarity no matter how hard you try, by drinking water, moving to a different location or doing the thymus thump, you can still dowse. Just keep in mind that yes is no, and no is yes.

Chronic polarity reversal can be remedied, so if you find that even when dowsing simple questions, your polarity is often reversed, it would be worthwhile to discover the cause and do your best to balance your polarity. Start with things like hydration and mineralization and work your way through to space clearing if things don't become balanced. Or seek outside assistance from someone familiar with this condition and how to balance it.

Top Dowsing Mistakes #2: Not formulating a good dowsing question.

It may seem obvious to say that your dowsing answers are only as good as your questions. As with computers, it's garbage in, garbage out. Therefore, it makes sense to spend appropriate time crafting a specific question that will give you accurate answers. But that takes time, effort and practice. Most courses don't spend a lot of time teaching you how to create good dowsing questions. Furthermore, even if you have taken a course that did cover this important topic, if you are right-brain dominant, you are going to feel like launching right into the dowsing rather than doing a left-brain thing like making up a good question.

We like to tell our students that there are no wrong dowsing answers. Often, there are inappropriate or poorly worded questions that mislead the dowser with answers that do not address his or her true question. The answer you get is the answer to the question you asked. And most of the time, it is an accurate answer for that question, or as accurate an answer as you can get for that question.

Good dowsing questions are usually long, detailed and very specific, because they have to be in order to include all the critical factors of a good question: why, when, what, how, where and who. Often, if you leave one of these factors out of the question, your answer will not be accurate.

Another common problem is the use of vague words that have emotional meaning or multiple connotations, which makes the question unanswerable. ‘Good', ‘for my highest good' and ‘best' are often used in dowsing questions, but if you ask three people what those words mean, you will often get three different answers. Avoid the use of judgmental and trite phrases.

Here's an example: before you dowse whether to commit to the person you are currently in love with, sit down and use your left brain to make a list of the aspects of a committed relationship that are important to you, that will contribute to your happiness. Everyone is different. But include everything from health to finances. Put in values like honesty, open communication and fidelity if they are important to you. Make sure your list includes every aspect of a committed relationship that matters to you.

Next, you can then begin to formulate your question. List the who, what, where, when, how and why as appropriate. For ‘who', that's easy. It's the name of your lover. The ‘what' is your definition of a committed relationship. If your question seems to get too long, substitute a word or phrase for that complete definition of your perfect relationship after intending that the two are now equal for dowsing purposes. Be specific. The ‘where' might actually matter in some cases, so include it if you think it is appropriate to your relationship. ‘When' is vital. The phrase ‘at this time' is a common on in many dowsing questions, as you do need to specify a time for most things. ‘How' and ‘why' are also useful in many dowsing questions.  In this case, the ‘how' may refer to the type of committed relationship, while the ‘why' could refer to the maximum long-term happiness you can experience, or perhaps attaining your spiritual goals by having a life partner who is in alignment with them.

Do not be afraid of long dowsing questions. You may want to write them down at first, so you don't have to remember them. You want to have them clear and in your head, but you don't want to only be focused on the question itself. The goal is to allow this to become easier for you, so that what you are focusing on is not the tool or the question, but that moment between question and answer, the essence of dowsing.

Top Dowsing Mistakes #1: Thinking that just taking a basic dowsing class is enough training to become an accurate dowser.

Or an even bigger mistake, thinking that a friend showing you how to use a dowsing tool is enough to make you a good dowser. Learning to use a dowsing tool, which is the focus of most basic courses, is not complete training. Going to a single course is just the beginning of your dowsing training. Reading and attending conferences and meetings will help you a lot. But I did all of those things, and I soon ran out of ways to improve my dowsing. Nigel learned dowsing in the U.K., and he also found it hard to get the training he wanted.

Luckily, training opportunities are becoming more abundant, affordable and convenient. As dowsing becomes more popular, there are more people offering courses that will show you techniques and applications that can guarantee your dowsing will be as reliable and accurate as you want it to be. You wouldn't take one piano lesson and think that was enough to make you a good pianist. Dowsing is a skill, and like all skills, training will improve performance. Learn from the masters and become the best dowser you can be.

What have been your biggest problems to overcome in dowsing? And, how did you overcome them? Post your story in the comments section below.