The Bare Bones Of Dowsing

Are You Confused?

People can become very confused about dowsing, about what it is, about what can be done with it.

There are all sorts of ideas about dowsing floating around, some of which are strange and most which are just plain wrong. I'm not even talking about those people who scoff at it and say that it's all bogus and that dowsers are fooling themselves and everyone else. Those skeptics are quite happy with their misconceptions and I have no wish to disturb them.

So let's get down to the bare bones of dowsing, what it is really all about. It's supremely simple. Ready?

(Actually, before divulging the secret of dowsing, I should say that it's the problem people have with dowsing is because it is so darned simple!)

The secret of dowsing is this…

Dowsing is nothing more than the process of being in a receptive and focused mental state, asking questions and receiving yes or no answers to them.

That is it in its entirety!

No mention of any tools, Nothing about guides and angels. Nothing about healing. Nothing about intention. Nothing except the very simplest of things. Three of them.

ONE: Get into the proper mental state

TWO: Ask the clearly worded question

THREE: Receive the answer

Anything else anyone adds into that is usually unnecessary. You don't need tools to dowse, although you can use them. You don't need charts, but you can use one. You don't need protocols, but you can use them. You don't need anything else, with one single exception. It's not psychic. It's not channeling. It's nothing more than questions and answers in the right frame of mind.

Ethics. You have to be ethical.

And that's the bare bones, the secret of dowsing.

Told you it was simple!

This is what the secret of dowsing means to us. But it might mean something different for you. If so, why not share it in the comments section below?

Dowse Your Entertainment

What Shall We Do Tonight?

Dowsing is perfect for the many small decisions you make daily that you can't rationally be sure about. One application we love is using dowsing when making choices about movies, books and other forms of entertainment.

  • Want to go to a movie, but aren't sure which you'd like best?
  • Standing in the library or cruising Amazon, are you wondering which book to get?
  • Want to do something fun this weekend, but can't make your mind up between a picnic and a play?

When you're stuck making ANY choice, dowsing extends your intelligence and helps you pick the perfect one.

Dowsing your entertainment? It's a simple process.

1. Be clear about your goals. Are you reading a book or going to a movie for mindless entertainment, or because you seek thought-provoking, high quality material? Do you mainly want to relax, or are you looking to feel uplifted or educated?

2. Sometimes you can't make a choice, because the choices are so similar. Dowse using a scale of 0 to 10 or +10 to -10 instead of just ‘yes' or ‘no'. (Not sure how? Search ‘scales' on our website for instructions.)

3. Get into a dowsing state and dowse.

4. Follow the answer you get.

5. Confirm your answer. Were your goals met?

6. Repeat.

Did you ever dowse your entertainment? Did it work out well for you? Or not? Share your stories in the comments section below

Dowsing Wildfires: Doce Fire June 2013

That ‘Uh-Oh!' Moment

Dowsing emergency situations: maybe this wouldn't be the best time to learn…

The Doce Fire started on Tuesday, June 18th near Prescott. In less than 7 hours, it had destroyed nearly 7000 acres, roaring across Granite Mountain in a northeasterly direction.

By Tuesday evening is was less than 10 miles from our house and 0% contained. Over 450 homes were evacuated Tuesday evening several miles from us. It was a rush job. Since it was a rural area, livestock also had to be evacuated. The fire got within yards of people's homes… (That's NOT our house in the photo…)Doce fire, Williamson Valley

We decided since it was headed for us, we better do some dowsing! Read this post to find out how we dowse in emergency situations, and how you can learn to get accurate answers at times like this.



Dowsing emergency situations…

The biggest pitfall when dowsing in emergencies is FEAR. That's why we have spent years working on ourselves to release fear from our perceptions. Anyone who expects to dowse well in tough situations probably needs a LOT of work on releasing fear. Fear will block your dowsing response, making it useless.

Any clearing method works. Find one you like and practice it often. You need to clear the fear in advance, because you never know when you will face an emergency and want to dowse well. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is especially useful. But use whatever works for you. You will know you have succeeded, because when faced with an emergency, you won't feel a lot of fear.

The Fire Starts…


Here's a time-lapse view of the first day–less than 7 hours–of the Doce Fire. It starts on the south side of Granite Mountain, and sweeps over the  mountain by sunset, growing in size as it moves north with the wind.

View from our house of Doce fire


Tuesday evening, our view of Granite Mountain was blocked, because the smoke was blowing in our direction. This photo is a view from our living room window. The smoke had been getting worse all day, as the fire drew nearer.

…and It Was Big!

Out on the road, a bit to the east or west, people took photos of the actual fire. Here are some of them. We never actually saw the fire itself, except at night. At night, the wind died down, and the mountain glowed orange.

Doce fire on Granite Mountain, June 2013Doce fire, Granite Mountain

People were being evacuated not far from us. We had a decision to make. We had 8 cats and 2 dogs, and only 4 cat carriers and 1 dog carrier. We couldn't imagine how we were going to load 10 animals into our vehicle and flee the area without losing one or more of them. Evacuation centers aren't equipped to handle cats. Especially that many. We had no place to go, even if we could pack them into the car.

Dowsing Emergency Situations

It made sense to dowse about the possibility of evacuation. If we knew how the fire would go, we could plan better. Sounds simple, right? But try dowsing in a situation like that, with your nose full of smoke and your eyes burning from having it flow through your house all day, knowing the wind is pushing the fire in your direction.

Doce fire map 2013Just to ramp it up a notch, here's a map of the track the fire was following, being pushed by prevailing winds, which were gusting to 35 mph throughout the day in areas that had had NO rain for months.

Looking at the maps didn't exactly inspire us with hope…note that the fire traveled from the pin at the bottom of the map to the one near Williamson in less than 7 hours. That was the time covered in the time lapse video above. Things weren't looking good. Tuesday night it didn't seem wise to go to sleep!

Here are some things we needed to consider:

  • Evacuation is not mandatory, but you must stay on your property if you elect not to evacuate after the order is given, due to various reasons
  • The process of evacuation is understandably traumatizing to pets
  • You need a place to go to if you choose to evacuate, and we didn't have one
  • Staying in a home during a fire can be very dangerous not only due to fire, but due to smoke
  • We only had one car, and we weren't convinced all the pet carriers we had would fit–even though we didn't have enough carriers
  • We knew that any other belongings probably wouldn't fit, if we managed to fit the pets in the car
  • If you have room, what do you take with you besides the clothes on your back?
  • If your house burns down, it's helpful to have a video record of the contents for insurance claims. We didn't have one…
  • How much house insurance do you have? What's covered? You don't want to leave behind valuables you can't replace, but space is limited, as is time

Using a Whole Brain ApproachLeft or right brain dominant?

As mentioned earlier, you need to eliminate fear if you want to dowse accurately in emergency situations. We've been doing that. It helped us in two ways:

  • Fear blocks intuition. By removing fear, and by dowsing often, we were in close touch with our intuition and ability to sense. Both Nigel and I tuned in to the fire. Neither of us got a sense of danger to us personally. Nor did we feel an urge to leave the area. This in spite of all the hype. Also in spite of the logic of the speed and direction of the fire. Both of us felt it would be resolved rather soon and not endanger us.
  • When we actually dowsed about the fire, we were able to be more detached, because we had little fear.

Next, we decided that each of us would dowse a series of questions and then compare answers. As you know, your dowsing question must be very good, or you can get an incorrect answer. That wouldn't be good now!

Here's what I did. Nigel probably had his own way of approaching it that might have been different. What really matters is that you practice and train and learn what works for you. Some things I dowsed:

  1. Will the Doce fire that is now burning reach our property?
  2. Will that fire cause significant smoke damage to us, any of our pets or our property?
  3. When will the fire stop growing? When will the fire be contained fully?
  4. Is evacuating our property an 8 or higher on a scale of 10, where 0 gives no benefits and 10 gives a lot?

Those are a few of the aspects I dowsed. None of them indicated we were in danger at all.

Doce fire near PrescottWhen I compared notes with Nigel, he agreed that we were not in danger from the fire.

At that point, we could have asked a dowsing buddy to dowse for us, but we chose not to, because we felt confident of our answers.

This was where the Whole Brain approach came in. Although we trust our dowsing, we also use our left brains to take appropriate actions just in case. So we did the following:

  • We made a list of what we would take with us if faced with an evacuation situation
  • We talked about where we could go that would take the pets if we had to evacuate, as concern for them probably would affect our dowsing
  • We looked at our work schedule and decided what to do about the various things on it for the next two days
  • We gathered important papers like our passports and insurance documents together just in case
  • We went around the house photographing everything and then backed up the files to the cloud server
  • We checked our insurance coverage
  • We talked with our neighbors
  • We signed up for Code Red alerts on our cell phone, because we don't have a landline and reverse 911 won't work for us
  • We found several websites we checked regularly for updates on the fire
  • We went back and redowsed and tuned in to things periodically as new facts came in, to see if anything had changed
  • We cleared ourselves and our property a number of times a day–negative energies were flowing through the area

The Outcomequestions

At the time I am writing this, the fire is 15% contained, but has not moved any closer to us. The winds are still bad during the day, but the boosted efforts of firefighters seem to have made progress. Smoke is not bad at 11am today (Thursday), and that is an improvement over yesterday. Yesterday we finally closed up the house and turned on the air conditioning, as the smoke was making our eyes and throats hurt.

A key final point to make is about detachment. We knew what outcome we wanted. But we can't control that. We took a detached attitude. We did everything the best we could and set our intention for a positive outcome. We were prepared no matter what happened.

We then acknowledged that things might not go the way we wanted. But we chose to believe that even if they did not, that it would be a positive outcome, and that in the long run, it would be for our benefit. We could not see how that could be, but that didn't matter.

We know that we can create positive outcomes, but they don't always come in the package we imagined. So we had to let go of attachment to our particular vision of the outcome.

You Can Dowse About Critical Choices

Dowsing answersAnyone can reduce stress by learning to dowse well in practical situations. The more you dowse, the better you get. And eventually you are good enough to dowse in emergency situations like health crises and fires.

But you won't be anything but a hobbyist if you don't train and practice. And we want to emphasize that changing your outlook to less fearful and more detached is vital, and this almost always requires ongoing clearing work on yourself.

Bottom line is, dowsing can save you so much–even save your life–but you have to work a bit to get the skill level required for success in emergencies.

We are convinced you have the ability, and we are happy to help you develop that skill if you wish.

Have you had to dowse in an emergency? How did it work out for you? Share your story in the comments section below

Pendulum Dowsing Exercise #1: Restaurant

A Simple Pendulum Dowsing Exercise

One of the most overlooked benefits of dowsing is that you can (and should!) be using it in your daily life. Pendulum dowsing exercises build your confidence while giving yourself a tool you can use over and over.

This pendulum dowsing exercise is for all levels of dowsers. The process used in this exercise can be applied to many other situations with success.

Almost everyone goes out to a restaurant now and then. This exercise includes how to choose the best restaurant and how to pick the best item on the menu or wine list.

In order for this work well, you have to be willing to change. For instance, you have to be willing to change and go to a different place to your regular restaurant. Secondly, you have to be willing to change and eat something you wouldn't usually choose. Don't worry! You're not going to get something you hate. After all, you're going to be dowsing with a very specific question in mind in this pendulum dowsing exercise, so you're going to be safe!

For me, I can still remember wanting a lovely juicy steak, and I ended up with barbecue chicken! But, Oh! Was that good!!! I would never have ordered that if I had just done the usual thing and got what my eye was drawn to and what my stomach was telling me to get.

So, go ahead and download the pendulum dowsing exercise and give it a try. It really is a superb way of learning to trust your dowsing, because you eat the answer! :-)

And, of course, you absolutely do NOT have to use a pendulum if that is not your tool of choice. This pendulum dowsing exercise works just as well as a deviceless dowsing exercise or a bobber dowsing exercise.

Download the exercise here:

Confidence Exercises Simple Restaurant

How did that work out for you? Was it an outright winner or did something hilarious happen instead? Please share in the comments section below