Dowsing is a form of divination that utilizes tools to measure our subconscious insight via the body’s micro-muscular movements. Essentially, when we are intending to contact our subconscious, our higher self, our guides, or other entities this way, the response is shown to us through our dowsing tool.
The most familiar dowsing tools are usually the L rods (two L shaped rods, one in each hand, that cross or point in response to a question) and the Y rod (Y shaped rod held in both hands), primarily used for finding water, minerals, power lines, or other hidden objects. However, the dowsing tool I want to focus on here is the pendulum: a weighted object attached to a string that is allowed to swing freely in response to a question.
The pendulum can be used to ask just about anything! It can be used to gain understanding in a situation, help make a decision, narrow down options, find information, find an object, read chakras, or anything you can think of!
If you are interested in exploring this method of divination, let’s get you started.
How to dowse: Tools
Choose your pendulum. ANYTHING out of ANY MATERIAL will work so long as it swings freely and it feels good to you. You can make these out of whatever you have lying around. On the other hand, perhaps you feel like getting one of the fancier crystal or metal ones sold in any metaphysical store. In any case, here’s what I’d keep in mind:
- Pick a pendulum you resonate with. The crystal type doesn’t matter as much for this kind of work, although you may be drawn to a particular kind of crystal or metal.
- Pay attention to the weight and length of the chain. Is it too heavy? Too light? Do you prefer shorter chains, or longer ones? Pick one that feels the most comfortable to use.
- Some pendulums are pointed, which makes them easier to use with charts. Some are rounded; some are made out of other shapes. Again, choose the shape you like the best and that will serve your purposes best.
- Whether you make your own or buy one, I would recommend taking the time to put your energy into it and make/pick something you will enjoy using. This is your tool, and it is a special one, so putting your love and energy into it is important!
- Always cleanse your pendulum after making/buying it, and cleanse after every use, especially when divining for others.
Program your pendulum to work for you
Once you’ve made or bought your pendulum, cleansed it, and are ready to work with it, it is time to program. This is the most important part, because you will be establishing with your subconscious/higher self what each direction will be interpreted as.
Pendulums can swing in a number of ways. They can swing in circles, back and forth, side to side, diagonally, erratically. Even standing still might be a signal to you if that is how you have arranged it! The main things you will be needing to program are:
- Maybe/uncertain/more info needed (you can use all of these directives separately or just one of them)
- Do not want to answer/not the right time
The first two are obvious. Other than those, you’ll want to have a way for your pendulum to communicate to you whether what you are asking is undetermined, could go either way, needs more definition, or is not right for you to know at this time.
Sit down with your pendulum and ask it “show me yes.” Whichever way it swings (clockwise, counterclockwise, front to back, whatever) will be your yes signal. Next ask it for your no signal. Keep going until you’ve made it through all of your directives.
(Note: you can also swing your pendulum in the direction you’d prefer and say “this means yes” etc. Either way, you are establishing a set of code for you to communicate with your deeper self.)
Ask some questions!
Now that you’ve programmed your pendulum, try it out and ask it some questions! But first, some extremely important things to always keep in mind:
Be sure that your question is as CLEAR and CLARIFIED as possible. The reason is that what you think you’re asking and what your subconscious thinks you’re asking are often more different than you realize. Try to avoid anything that is not a literal interpretation of a word of phrase. I’d recommend writing out the question beforehand and then whittling it down into exactly what you mean. Example:
Original question: Will this relationship be good for me?
Well, yes and no. Good in some ways, bad in others. What way do you mean good?
Revised question: Will this relationship make me happy?
What defines “happy”? What do you mean here? What are your specific needs? Also, this statement is very broad. Even the worst of relationship circumstances could warrant a “yes” answer, technically speaking.
Revised question: Will this relationship offer me a positive source of companionship and mutual respect throughout its duration?
Now you are getting more specific and defining your needs, that is, what you are really asking. But it’s still a bit broad; things can change drastically over time, and what may be good now won’t necessarily be good later. Try to narrow it down a little.
Submitted question: Will this relationship offer me a positive source of companionship and mutual respect that will benefit my higher needs at this time in my life?
Being as specific as you can is good. Saying exactly what you mean is good. Defining and understanding what you really want to ask is key.
Keep the perspective that you are asking this for your higher good only, and that you intend to receive answers only from those who have your highest good at heart. Apply protection and state your intention to communicate only with the Light and in the Light. Keep in mind that not every answer is for your higher good. This is what many refer to as the “May I/Can I/Should I/” system. This is especially important when dowsing for others or about others. Although I feel that the Light will not allow you access to anything you are not permitted to know at that time, it is always good to check and be sure before you ask your question. On that note, I personally do not believe that there is any subject or topic we “shouldn’t” dowse about, although others would disagree. Just use your discretion.
When asking about which course of action to take in a situation, avoid phrases like “should I do X” or similar statements. First, your situation is never that simple, and second, it denies both your freewill in the matter and the fluctuation of possibility. That is to say, there is no “should” or “should not” in regards to your potential actions. Treat this information as though it were coming from a guide: a guide can’t force you to do anything, they can only offer guidance. Try opening your question with statements that acknowledge this, and that help you remember that you are trying to get more information from a higher perspective. Also, you do not necessarily know what is best in your situation nor do you necessarily know all the options. Try phrases like:
- “Is it for my highest good to X…”
- “Is it optimal for….”
- “At this time, would X further my goal in Y manner toward Z…”
- “Considering all possible options…”
and so on.
Keep in mind that reality fluctuates, your needs fluctuate, your desires fluctuate, and many other aspects will shift and change the possible outcome. Be aware of this when asking your questions and remember to always keep this in perspective especially when asking sensitive or important questions!
Your accuracy with dowsing will depend on a number of things:
- Practice: how long you’ve been working at it and using it. Even a lifelong dowser gets a few misses once in awhile!
- The clarity of the question. This is probably the biggest influence of accuracy. Your question and the phrasing you use determine the answer you’ll get! Be sure you really are asking what you think you are asking!
- Fluctuation in reality. Like all predictions, the outcome hangs on freewill and is only an accurate portrayal of what is most likely at the given time. What may have been more likely yesterday may not be as much today. Just like weather reports. 🙂
- Who you are getting your information from. This is why grounding and protection are important. It is possible to receive misinformation due to interference from other entities. You are in no danger when this happens, but it can be very annoying! Be certain you are communicating with the Light, and check in periodically. If you suspect you are speaking to another entity or getting interference, ask “Are you from the Light?” Send it away if you are not.
- Your state of being at the time, or human error. Dowsing while emotional, tired, sick, or with an acute physical need may affect accuracy. Also, be aware that you may misunderstand or misinterpret the answers. Cross check or ask for clarification.
- Try asking questions you already know the answer to see if your pendulum is “calibrated.”
Most importantly: don’t take every answer at face value. Use your discretion, use the information you already have, use your intuition. Dowsing is an intuitive tool that makes visible your gut instincts, but it is important that you consider all options, be aware of the chance of inaccuracy, and be humble.
Explore charts! Although you can have a great degree of insight by dowsing yes/no questions only, using a chart, spirit board, or other visual marker of multiple options opens up a world of new possibilities! Charts can be used for letters, numbers, options, or anything in between! Check out free charts on the internet or make your own depending on your needs!
Figure out your own rhythm. What works for me does not work for others and vice versa. There are no hard rules here, only guidelines.
That should get you started in exploring pendulum dowsing! Don’t worry if you can’t get it to move at first, just keep practicing! I believe that everyone has the ability to dowse, although not all will resonate with it as their divination tool of choice. But if you feel drawn, try it out and see what you think!