Dowsing Accuracy

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Dowsing Accuracy

Dowsing accuracy is, of course, of major concern to all dowsers. It is also of interest to those who have not yet started to dowse. They ask questions like ‘how accurate is pendulum dowsing?, or they wonder if dowsing is accurate in general.

What they are probably thinking when they ask these sorts of questions is whether a dowser is always accurate or not, always gets the right answer.

This, of course, is impossible. Nobody is always right every time they do something. Top athletes who train and train and train and get paid very well to perform a small range of activities, even they are not 100% perfect. So it is not fair to ask if dowsing is 100% accurate, because it’s not fair to define accuracy in that way. The honest answer to the question of accuracy is that, for some dowsers, in a very narrow range of dowsing activity, they can be remarkably accurate, somewhere in the 90% range.

Another honest way to answer this question is to say that it depends. It depends on who is dowsing and what they are dowsing about. Dowsing is a skill. And that means that it can be developed and improved. A newcomer to dowsing would vary greatly in their accuracy because they are still learning and they haven’t yet found the one area they can excel in.

It can also depend on what is being dowsed. If it is something like water dowsing, which most people have heard of, then it is easy to measure the accuracy. After all, the water is going to be there or it is not going to be there. And if it is there, then the flow rate can be measured and you can test it to see if it is drinkable. Those are easy ways to measure accuracy.

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But, what of other areas of dowsing, other ways in which it can be used? Some, like dowsing vitamins or discovering energy lines on the earth, are not so easy to measure for accuracy. The vitamins might well be working, but if you’re also changing diet and the way you exercise, that could be the reason for much of the success you think they have. And, with something invisible, like lines of energy, that pretty much has to be taken on faith by any onlooker.

So if you are a dowser and someone who doesn’t dowse asks you how accurate is pendulum dowsing, or the accuracy of dowsing in general, then probably the best response you can have is to get them dowsing and let them decide for themselves.

Happy Dowsing!

Share your story about your dowsing accuracy in the comments section below and help others see the ways it can be used!

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

What Is The Truth?

A Big Question

What is the truth and how does it apply to dowsing – your dowsing in particular?

This is a huge subject and there are many areas to consider.

So, rather than write a really long post, I’m just going to ask some questions and let you fill in the answers for yourself.

Ready? Here goes…

  • Is there such a thing as ‘The TRUTH’?
  • What is the truth (about pretty much anything) and how do we know it, when we dowse it?
  • When we dowse something, do we know it is the truth because it fits everything we can test or because it just feels right?
  • Which is more important to getting at the truth in dowsing; feeling right about it or being right?
  • Does either feeing right or being right depend on the situation or on something else? (Call that something else ‘Natural Law’ for want of any better word.)
  • How do we judge what is right? If we are using dowsing about ourselves and what we do, then can we really judge what is right (about our dowsing) in the same way as we judge everything else?
  • If we are too tied up in our own process, can we even judge ourselves and what we dowse and know what is true?
  • Is truth just an idea or is it something bigger than that? And how could you persuade anyone else of the truth of your answer?

Now what do you think of ‘the truth'?

At the end of this list are you as confident now about the truth of something you have dowsed, what it is and how you can explain it to anyone else as you were at the beginning?

Next time you hear someone telling you the ‘truth’ of something they have dowsed, don’t just accept it at face value. Ask yourself how they are so sure it is the truth and how can they convince you of that?

Equally, be cautious about declaring something to be true with your dowsing.

Do you agree with this article about the truth and how it relates to dowsing? Share your thoughts in the comments section below

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 A Wrong Dowsing Answer Is Right…

When It All Goes Wrong

You've gotten a wrong dowsing answer before, right? What did you do?

You're thinking, “What could I do? I just got annoyed and moved on.” But that didn't help your dowsing skill improve. In fact, your negative reaction probably made you less likely to pick up a pendulum in the future.

Getting a wrong dowsing answer is the biggest single problem dowsers face. Yet most dowsers don't have a useful strategy for dealing with this issue. By ‘useful', I mean a way of turning ‘wrong' into ‘right'. And why would they? Most dowsers have had little or no training. They haven't read lots of books on dowsing. They haven't gone to lots of conferences or taken tons of workshops. Most don't give dowsing a second thought. Just pick up the pendulum and do it.

This isn't a criticism. It's just how it is. There aren't a lot of opportunities locally for most dowsers. There are some good books on dowsing, but reading is becoming a lost art. Only relatively recently has the internet become a good resource for dowsers.

So what can you do? By all means, take advantage of the internet and of this site.  There's a huge amount of information available here which will help you overcome some of the basic reasons for wrong dowsing answers.

But you can also do something every day that we've done for years. It's a useful practice that will help you become more accurate in your dowsing very quickly. And that is: confirm your results.

When you dowse about something, find out whether you were correct. If you were, pat yourself on the back. If not, spend some time finding out why.

Avoiding the wrong dowsing answer

And here's an important point. You cannot know whether you were correct if you only dowse about things you cannot confirm.

So, assuming that doesn't describe you…

  • Was your dowsing question too short?
  • Was your dowsing question too vague?
  • Were you in a proper dowsing state?
  • Were you emotionally attached to getting a certain answer?
  • Did you take the time to create a detailed dowsing question with your goals in mind?
  • Did you carefully define your terms?

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Another trick we've used is to try and find out how the answer you got was accurate, but not for the intendedquestion.

Here's an example from my life: I'm a veteran dowser. But sometimes I slip up. I dowsed in 2009 that we would get approved for a home loan modification on our mortgage. We waited for over 18 months, and our application was denied.

I was floored. I felt certain we would be accepted. In 2013, our mortgage was sold to another company. That fall, they approached us and asked if we'd like to apply for a home loan modification. We did. We got it.

So I got the right answer, but it didn't occur to me to put ‘when' in the question. Big mistake. If I had spent some time examining the question, which I usually do, I might have guessed what went wrong. So my dowsing was accurate, but the information was not useful to me, because it was for the wrong time. A wrong answer can be right, but it's only useful if you figure out how.

What did you do when you got a wrong dowsing answer? How did you improve your dowsing? Let us know in the comments section below

Pendulum movements

It's An Old Question

One of the questions we keep getting asked has to do with the dowser's pendulum movements.

Typically, the question is something along the lines of, ‘I asked a question but the pendulum moved in a different way. What does that mean?' This supposes that when you use your pendulum, it tends to move one way for a ‘Yes' and another way for a ‘No'. And then, suddenly, there's a new movement!

Of course, the first question you are going to ask is, ‘What does it mean?' But the SECOND you thing you should do is not a complaint aimed at the universe in general, but a question, a dowsing question, aimed at your dowsing skill in particular.

Pendulum movements: Possible reasons

It should be something along the lines of , ‘Does this new movement mean X?', where ‘X' could be any one of the following:

  • Wrong question
  • Poor question
  • Don't know
  • No answer at this time
  • You don't have the ability to deal with this information now
  • You need to rest, not dowse
  • You're not in a dowsing state
  • Interference
  • Other


I'll give brief explanations of the ones I've listed above to help you understand the variety of possible ways in which you could be getting useful information.

Wrong question might mean that, for what you are dowsing about, the question actually doesn't make much sense, even though it is a well-constructed one.

Poor question probably means that the question is inadequate for what you are trying to discover.

Don't know means exactly that.

No answer now means the answer is simply not accessible now, but it might be available later on. You can dowse that as well!

You don't have the ability…. means that your present level of understanding of the topic being dowsed about is insufficient for you to be able to understand the answer.

You need to rest, not dowse, is your own body's way of telling you that you've done enough right now and it's time to step back and re-group before doing anything else.

You're not in a dowsing state means just that.

Interference could be from a variety of things. From geopathic stress affecting you, to other, more complex issues, perhaps involving other people or other forms of consciousness. This would probably be just the starting point for more dowsing to uncover the issue and deal with it. If you get ‘Other', then that's also the start of a whole chain of dowsing to find out what is going on. But at least, you'll be on the road to finding out why your pendulum has made a new and strange movement.

Has this happened to you, suddenly the pendulum movements changed? What did you do? Why not help others and share your experiences in the comments section below?

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We All Have Doubts

Do you doubt dowsing is reliable? Do you wonder if it can work for you? Have you lost the enthusiasm you once had about dowsing and what it could do for you?

You're not alone. And it's not your fault. You may be blaming yourself, saying you must not have the talent to dowse. Or perhaps you are thinking dowsing isn't all they said it would be. Maybe your husband/friend/co-worker is right, and dowsing is just a scam.

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In this 90-minute event, we answered lots of questions about dowsing and how to get it to deliver on its promises. We shared proven, simple tricks and tips that will help you get on the path to accurate, confident dowsing. We explained why may be having problems dowsing, and how you can resolve them.

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What are your thoughts about this? Did it help you? 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

Polarity Reversal & How to Fix It

North Becomes South

There are plenty of possible reasons you are getting ‘wrong' answers when dowsing. But one of the most common–and easiest to fix–is polarity reversal. Understanding about polarity reversal and knowing how to fix polarity will improve your dowsing accuracy.


Your body has a polarity, or a north and south orientation, like a magnet. If your polarity is reversed, your dowsing answers are reversed. Yes becomes no. No becomes yes. This can be very frustrating and confusing, and it can put you off dowsing. The good news is that it's relatively easy to fix in most cases.

How to Determine if Your Polarity is Reversed

We usually advocate you begin each dowsing session with a polarity question. That question will be one that should give you a ‘yes' response. Our favorite is, “I was born in ______________in this lifetime.” (Fill in the blank with your birthplace.) You can use any question you know the answer should be yes, but preferably you will use a question you have no emotion about.

If you get ‘yes' to your polarity question, your polarity is balanced correctly. If you get ‘no', then your polarity is reversed.

Fixing Polarity Reversal

There are several ways to restore your polarity. A simple one is the thymus thump. Take either hand. Make a fist. Gently tap your breastbone (sternum) several times while thinking or saying, “Please restore my polarity to right and perfect function.”

Retest your polarity question. If you get the right answer, you're ready to start dowsing.

If you get the wrong answer, do the thymus thump using that intention again. Recheck the question. Normally once or twice doing the thymus thump will restore your polarity.

When You Stay Reversed…

Sometimes a person might find they cannot restore their polarity, but they still want to dowse. You can still dowse, even if your polarity is reversed. You just need to remember that ‘yes' is really ‘no' and vice versa.

However, it is not beneficial to stay reversed. It can lead to a number of symptoms. You might find you are clumsy and trip and fall easily. You perhaps will have difficulty putting coherent sentences together. You may feel prickly and not want to be touched. Also, it is common to feel unworthy and down when you are reversed. Healthy things won't attract you when you are reversed.

Obviously, you don't want to feel that way. So find out why you are reversed and treat the cause.

Common Causes of Polarity Reversal

  • Geopathic stress (noxious environmental energies)
  • Emotional stress
  • Attachment to answers
  • Strong emotions in general
  • Dehydration
  • Not enough minerals in your body

All of these can be resolved and your polarity restored. Dowsing will help you determine which is the cause and even how to help resolve it.

Check Your Polarity Often

Especially if you are in a very important dowsing session, working with clients or not sure you are in a zone of beneficial energy, test your polarity often during the session to make sure it hasn't ‘flipped'. Just do the thymus thump if it has. This is an excellent way to be assured your answers are more accurate.

If you find that your polarity is constantly reversing and you have taken care of all the usual causes, there may be some subconscious issues you have with being empowered or being able to use your intuition or dowse accurately. Usually this will relate to past lives that ended badly, and those energies or beliefs can be cleared, but more advanced techniques are required.

Being aware of the importance of polarity and making sure yours is balanced will go a long way to improving your dowsing accuracy.

Have you experienced polarity reversal? How did you know? And how did you fix it? Share your experience in the comments section below

‘I Don’t Trust My Pendulum’

Your Pendulum Is Your Friend

I saw a one-line post in a dowsing forum recently, and it sparked a whole train of thought. The line was, “I don't think I trust my pendulum.” A number of people had replied that they agreed with this statement. It appears that such dowsing problems are common.

It brought to mind something my mother would always tell us kids when we would fuss about something we were trying to do: “A poor workman quarrels with his tools.” I wish I had a nickel for every time she said that…

What does that have to do with dowsing? I think we all have a tendency to project our frustration outward. When our dowsing answers appear ‘wrong' or we don't feel confident dowsing, we naturally focus our disappointment and frustration on what we think the cause is.

‘I'd trust my pendulum if…'

Some people will conclude they can't dowse, or that dowsing doesn't work, or maybe that it just won't work for them. Others talk about their pendulums mis-informing them, or suggest that maybe some entity has hijacked their dowsing. Nobody that I've heard (so far, anyway) has said, “I would trust my pendulum if I were a better dowser.” Everyone assumes that they are a good dowser from the get-go. But is that really the case? I doubt it.

I have almost never heard anyone saying, “I must need more training or practice in dowsing.” Yet that's the best answer, in my opinion.

A great concert pianist can make a rickety upright piano sing, but an untrained amateur will have a problem getting “Chopsticks” to sound good on a high quality grand piano. Good tools make the job easier, but they don't make the job.

I recall my shock one time when someone looked at a prize-winning photo I had taken and calmly said, “You must have a great camera!” Well, I had a good camera, but 3 chimps with high-end word processors won't end up creating the works of Shakespeare, no matter how long they type.

Remember, the ‘I trust my pendulum' thing is really about the tool and its response. But it's only responding to the question you posed. So, maybe the reason is not the pendulum, but the question, or your state of mind.

Bottom line is that you shouldn't feel bad if you get a ‘wrong' dowsing answer. No one is perfect. Not even the most veteran dowser. But don't fall into the ‘poor workman' syndrome. Don't go and buy another pendulum. If you aren't happy with your dowsing performance, seek out training and practice, practice, practice.

The solution may not be glamorous, but the good news is that almost anyone can do that! And we're here to help!

How did you lose trust in your pendulum and how did you regain it (or have you never regained it)? Let us know in the comments section below