What is Dowsing?

Decision Tool - Dowsing for Answers

Y Dowsing Rod
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Dowsing is a form of divination that is conducted with the aid of a divining tool. Dowsing tools come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The most common are L Rods, Y Rods, and pendulums or bobbers. Any object hung from a piece of string is a pendulum and a old wire coat hanger can be cut and bent into a L-rod. Learning how to dowse does take practice. Important skills for successful dowsing is concentration, intention, grounding, and intuitive listening.

We've all been faced with making important decisions. We seek answers before deciding what to do or not to do. Dowsing is one way you can define answers to your many questions.

  • Buy or sell?
  • Move or stay?
  • Quit or not?
  • Ask for a promotion or not?
  • College or tech school?
  • Spend savings on a vacation or home improvement?
  • Coca Cola or Pepsi? (okay... maybe not for cola choices!)

The best way to get clear responses while dowsing is being grounded and through your phrasing. Phrase your probing questions in ways that will glean yes or no responses.

Tip - Don't expect to get the name of your soul mate from a pendulum unless you are willing to call out all the names from the phone book one by one.

If you are wanting to know whether you should move or not, begin by asking "Would making a move at this time be beneficial for me?" If the answer is no, you're done. But, if the answer is yes... then several more questions might follow depending on where you are considering moving to (Will I be happy living in California?, Is Colorado a good location for me to move to?, and so on...). You could also try laying a map on the floor or table. Hold the pendulum over the map, asking it to swing in the direction (East, West, North, South) for your optimal move.

The more you practice communicating with a dowsing tool the better you will get at divining the clearest answers to your inquiries. It is not unusual for beginners to get muddy answers... keep practicing!

Getting Started - First you must determine how your dowsing tool (L rods, Y rod , pendulum, or a bobber) communicates for you. A clockwise swing could mean a yes for you, but this same motion could mean no for someone else. Read my how to use a pendulum article to learn how to choose a pendulum, how cleanse it, and how to go about determining what its various movements mean... for YOU!

In addition to getting no and yes responses, you can use your defining tools for other things. Dowsing can help you develop your intuitive nature in general. Also, dowsing can assist you finding lost objects, evaluate the flow of your chakras (open or blocked), identify blocked chi areas in your home, etc.

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