What is Dowsing ?

All things whether living or inert give off energetic radiation. Our own senses can feel and measure these energies. The pendulum becomes our communication device between conscious and subconsious.

A pendulum receives information from the vibrations and energy waves emitted by people, places, thoughts and things, and has been used for centuries.

For instance, dowsing has been found on cave drawings estimated to be over 8000 years old. The practice of dowsing, either by pendulum or rod was used in the time of Queen Cleopatra, who's own advisors used it extensively.


Books on dowsing have been published dating from the 16th Century. More recently dowsing has been used by the United States Military originally to locate water supplies but this then extended to locating underground mines,sea mines and tunnels in Vietnam and unexploded shells following World War 1. French physicians used it in making a diagnosis, a science called radiethesia. Dowsers are today employed by prominent oil and pharmaceutical companies.

We are all born with the ability to dowse and children especially make the best dowsers. Unfortunately through lack of knowledge, interest or confidence we do not utilise this ability which could be so useful to us in our everyday lives.

To be a sucessful dowser you need only two requirements; your own pendulum or rod and lots of practice.

A pendulum is anything that can be suspended from a chain or piece of thread. Some people use specially crafted crystals. However even a paper clip suspended from a piece of cotton would be adequate for dowsing. The length of chain or thread usually needs to be at least 3 to 4 inches long. I use a faceted clear crystal or a clay pendulum made be my husband, both attached to pieces of thread.

There are two other types of instruments used for dowsing. Rods and bobbers. Rods come in two types "L" and "Y" shape.

L shape rods are usually made from wire and are 12 to 16 inches long. Y shaped rods are made from plastic, metal or wood and are 12 to 24 inches long.

Bobbers are made from flexible wire or branches and are 1 to 3 feet in length. They are sometimes made from coiled wire with a weight on the end. For more information on how to use rods and bobbers visit our links page.

After obtaining a pendulum, whether by buying, or making one yourself, you need to train it. Some people feel it is important not to let anyone else handle the pendulum, as this may interrupt your own energy. Hold the string or chain between your thumb and forefinger, allowing the pendulum to dangle between 3 and 9 inches below. In your normal tone of voice, or silently and mentally, instruct your pendulum which direction will indicate a "yes" response; whether clockwise, counter-clockwise, or a vertical or horizontal movement. After this, instruct the pendulum to move in an opposite manner, saying this will be the "no" answer.

The purpose of the programming is to obtain accurate responses. You are suggesting establishing an agreement on what is meant by different pendulum movements. Some people programme their pendulum by drawing a circle on a piece of paper and by holding their pendulum over the circle they instrust it in this way. You then need to practice this lesson daily until you are confident in different movements and their meaning.

I have trained my pendulum to swing clockwise for "yes" and anticlockwise for "no". I use the swing "away and towards me", for unsure, cannot answer, or do not understand the question. I programmed it by drawing and using a circle on a piece of paper.

Now you are ready to start using your pendulum. When seeking information from dowsing talk to the pendulum as if it were a trusted friend. This will help to keep you uninvolved in the outcome of the answer. This leaves your mind free to concentrate on the action of the pendulum.


Appropriate dowsing and questions to ask


Dowsing is a very useful skill which can be utilised in every day life from asking what colour shirt should I wear today, to should I change my current job. However there are some basic rules which need to be observed to get the best results.

You should only use dowsing for positive reasons. You should only ask questions which relate to yourself or a partner or close relative with their permission. Never ask questions about another person, unless asked by them.

Make your questions clear and precise: ie: "should I go to the Bank?" This is not a precise question and should be phrased "should I go to the Bank today?". "Should I take up exercise?" should be phrased "should I take up jogging?".

Always ask your questions when you are in a peaceful relaxed state with a clear uncluttered mind.

Have confidence in your own intuition and dowsing skills. As they say, practice makes perfect. Good luck.


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