Dowsing is the practice of using a device such as a stick, L-shaped rods or a pendulum to find a person, place or thing, or the answer to questions, indicated by the device’s movements.
The more traditional or commonly thought of form of dowsing is the use of a Y-shaped hazel rod to find (divine for) underground water. There are many stories and documented cases of dowsing successes throughout history from locating the best place to sink wells, attempts to find oil and even to determine the sex of an unborn baby: the ‘ring-on-a-string-over-the-bump’ thing!
There have also been many attempts both to discredit dowsing and to seek an explanation as to how it works. As with most of these subjects, there’s no definitive answer as to how dowsing works, only theories. Remain open minded, try it for yourself, then decide whether you need to know how it works, or if you can simply accept that it does.
Dowsing is either about tuning into a particular energy in order to locate its source or about finding out information. One theory on how this discipline works is that there’s a massive pool of collective information in the universe and that a part of our mind, which is usually untapped, is able to link into this ‘know’, ‘find’ or ‘remember’ the information that’s required.
Then tiny, imperceptible, muscular movements cause the dowsing device to move in the required manner to provide the correct information to our conscious mind.
Of course, in theory, this means that we shouldn’t need a pendulum or other tool at all. Again, as with many of these subjects, if our abilities are finely tuned we can work without tools, however they do provide a starting point, something to focus on as well as a clear visual guide to the answers.
It also means that we have t be careful to remain detached as we can often influence the answers that are given. If you’re seeking answers to something that you have strong feelings about it might be wise for someone else to dowse for you.
You can dowse to find the location of an object or similar by walking around an area or by holding your rods or pendulum over a map or drawing. Focus your attention on the energy of the object you are seeking. Have a picture in your mind or recall how it smells or makes you feel. Rods or a pendulum will move to indicate the objects whereabouts. Practice will allow you to translate your device’s movements. Bear in mind that movements and their translated meanings can vary hugely from one person to the next so you must work it out for yourself.
If you find that you have a knack for dowsing, don’t be put off if someone says that they saw your hand move or that they think you are moving the device yourself, the answer to this is that you are, but subconsciously. Ask that they judge your results rather than your methods. Then get them to have a go and experience it for themselves.
Module 7 Exercises
Exercise 1: Orientation
Usually rods cross each other to indicate a positive but still do this exercise as it may be different for you. A pendulum may spin clockwise or anti-clockwise, go back and forth or sideways, or even do nothing at all. We always establish orientation before beginning dowsing on every occasion to ensure accuracy.
To establish the direction of movement or the responses that indicate ‘yes’ and ‘no’, start by holding the rods or pendulum in a firm but relaxed manner. If using a pendulum, hold it in your dominant hand. You can place your other hand an inch or two below it. It seems that this creates some sort of circuit between the pendulum and us, making it easier to use. Experiment doing this exercise with and without your hand underneath it to see if it makes a difference to you.
Now either ask for it to move to indicate ‘yes’ or ask a question to which you know the answer is positive, for example, “Am I female?” Note the movement of the device and then say “Thank you” or “Stop”.
Repeat this for ‘no’ response. Then ask it stop or say ‘Thank you’ once more.
Exercise 2: Yes or No?
Once you have established the orientation of your pendulum or rods you can start to ask questions of them. This exercise will get you practiced at it.
Working in pairs, decide who will be the first dowser. The other person (the enquirer) should write a question and the answer on a piece of paper, (stick to yes / no answers for now) fold it up and place it in a pocket or somewhere out of view. It should be something that your partner does not know the answer to, such as “Did I have toast for breakfast?” followed by yes or no.
The enquirer should then ask the dowser the question and allow them to dowse for the answer. You may want to try two or three questions then swap over and repeat the exercise the other way round.
Keep a written record of your results.
Exercise 3: More Info
Now try dowsing for more detailed information
Working in pairs, take it in turns to do this. As an example, dowse for the colour and type of your partners front door, provided you do not already know this of course. If you do, come up with something else.
You will have to be specific and ask questions such as, ‘Is the door UPVC?’ ‘Is the door wooded?’ ‘Is the door painted?’ etc. before you even get on to the colours. See if you can build a picture.
Your partner can take notes on your behalf.
When you think that you have enough information to narrow it down to an answer, tell your partner and discuss your results.
Swap over so that you both get a go.
Exercise 4: Dowsing The Chakras
Using your Body/Chakra Outline handout.
Working in three’s, one person (the subject) lays/sits with their back on the floor or a couch.
The second person holds the pendulum in the subjects aura at the feet but in line with the spine.
Allow the pendulum to hang free about 1-2 inches above their physical body. From here, slowly draw the pendulum along the mid-line of the body.
You may feel the pendulum dragging through the auric energy at certain points and it may even appear to stop. If you feel that you want to pause, then pause. The key with this exercise is to use your intuition. At the chakras it will usually pause and either spin or make crossways movements.
The third person can observe and record the movements of the pendulum using the Body/Chakras Outline handout.
If the pendulum spins it indicates that the chakra’s energy is flowing well.
However if it spins widely, it can indicate that the chakra is too open. This may indicate that the person needs to be more protective of their energy as they may be losing energy to others or to the ether for some reason. The reasons will depend on which chakra is affected.
If the pendulum spins but it a very small, tight, circle it can indicate that the chakra is too closed. Again the reason depends on the chakra.
If the pendulum does not move at all, this can also suggest that the chakra is not open enough.
If the pendulum criss-crosses, let it continue to do so until it begins to spin. This can take some time and indicates that there is an energy blockage. The pendulum will work to free up the blockage and allow the energy to flow as it should. Reasons for this are similar to those when chakras are too closed.
Refer to basic chakra information to analyse your results.
Swap around so that everyone gets the opportunity to try this exercise as the subject, dowser and observer.
Exercise 5: Auras
Working in pairs use the pendulum or dowsing rods and take it in turns to divine for the edge of each other’s auras.
The subject should stand in the middle of the room while you, starting from as far away as you can, slowly walk towards them with your rods or pendulum.
Focus your mind on finding their aura and you will at some point get a reaction from your dowsing device.
Try this exercise again but ask your partner to either expand or withdraw their aura – not telling you which they’re doing. See what you discover and discuss your results.
Swap around so that everyone gets a chance to try this exercise.
Exercise 6: Colous
You will need the pendulum colour charts (use either of them or both)
Holding the pendulum with one hand take a couple of breaths and ask that the pendulum moves to indicate ‘YES’ and the same again for ‘NO’. Ask it to ‘STOP’ and say ‘THANK YOU’.
Now ask the pendulum to show you which colour(s) you are mainly vibrating in at the moment. Hold the pendulum over each colour in turn, and see how it moves.
Repeat the exercise asking which colour(s) you are most lacking in.
You can also ask the pendulum to show you which colours you would most benefit from at the present time.
Make notes of your findings and refer to the ‘Basic Colour Information’ to analyse them.
Basic Chakra Information
Base Chakra – Red
Located at the perineum, this chakra opens downwards. It connects us to the physical world, keeps us grounded, and is said to be the seat of the collective unconscious. If this chakra is too open we may be overly concerned with material things, possibly self-indulgent. If the chakra is too closed we may be run down physically, have a tendency to worry too much, or feel ‘away with the fairies’. If this is the case, grounding work is important to keep our feet on the ground.
Sacral Chakra – Orange
Located two fingers below the naval. It’s related to our primordial emotions, security, sexuality, empowerment and creativity. If this chakra is too open we may crave a more meaningful relationship, not realizing that the most important one is with oneself. We may need to be more embracing of the miracles of nature. If this chakra is too closed we may withdraw from attention or sensual signals from others, life may seem a bit boring and we may need to learn to express our feelings.
Solar Plexus – Yellow
Located at the diaphragm, this chakra is our power center, it connects us to the astral body and it helps us to perceive the vibrations of others. If this chakra is too open to the energies of others we need to learn to protect ourselves. The automatic reaction of folding the arms over this area if feeling uncomfortable helps prevent us from picking up negativity from others or our surroundings. If this chakra is too closed, we may be insensitive to others energy or to our surroundings. We may need to learn to extend our awareness and be more observant.
Heart Chakra – Green (sometimes Pink)
Said to be the seat of unconditional love. This chakra is related to healing, empathy and sympathy. It connects us to the spiritual aspect of ourselves and others. If this chakra is too open it’s possibly as a result of constantly putting others before ourselves. A closed down heart chakra is often found in those who don’t like themselves or find it difficult to trust or love others. We may need to learn to be kinder and forgive ourselves.
Throat Chakra – Blue
This chakra relates to expression, communication (including listening) and inspiration. It connects us with the mental auric body. An overly open throat chakra is common among public speakers or those who feel driven to communicate continually for whatever reason. A closed throat chakra is found if we’re unable to communicate our feelings with others, or if we do not listen to others, or notice signs around us.
Third Eye or Brow Chakra – Indigo or Violet
Located slightly above and between the eyes. This chakra relates to psychic perception and intuition and is said to connect us to levels of creation. If this chakra is too open we may be too focused on intellect and reason, try to rationalize everything and influence the thoughts of others. If this chakra is too closed we may only accept what we can actually see, be forgetful or lose our head in a crisis. In either case we may benefit from developing our intuitive and psychic side.
Crown Chakra – Violet or White
Located on the crown of the head, this chakra opens upwards. It’s related to universal knowledge and connects us to the spiritual plane. The crown chakra becomes more open with spiritual advancement. It can’t be too open. The crown is always connecting us to spirit, however, if it appears small or narrow, you may wish to actively pursue a more spiritual path.
Basic Colour Information
If you surround yourself with love the colour, or have loads of RED in your aura you are: Passionate, Active, Courageous and Strong with lots of vitality.
Caution: Too much exposure can cause Anger, Impulsiveness and Hunger.
Use RED to: Add some get up and go to your life.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of ORANGE in your aura you are: Joyful and Happy, An Optimistic, Independent, and Social Person.
Caution: Too much can cause restlessness.
Use ORANGE to: Cheer yourself and give you confidence.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of YELLOW in your aura you are: Intellectual, Creative, Artistic. An open and articulate person.
Caution: Over exposure can cause over-thinking, over analysis or being too open to the affect that others can have on you.
Use YELLOW to: Awaken Clairsentient abilities and to bring happiness into your life.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of GREEN in your aura you are: Affectionate, Loyal and Trustworthy. You are full of sympathy and compassion and strive for health and harmony.
Caution: Too much green can mean that you let others walk all over you or have a tendency to seek peace at any price.
Use GREEN to: Promote calm, Relaxation, Healing and Balance.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of PINK in your aura you are: Charming and Delicate, A Peacemaker, full of love and compassion.
Caution: Over exposure can lead to Indecisiveness, Immaturity and lack of focus.
Use PINK to: Attract Love, Protection and Security and to learn to appreciate the finer things in life.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of BLUE in your aura you are: Good at Communication, Listening Skills and Self-Expression. You are Serious and Cautious. Blue is linked to Clairaudience.
Caution: Too much can mean someone who is over cautious, a worrier or is oversensitive.
Use BLUE to: Attract Tranquility, and learn to Communicate your concerns.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of PURPLE in your aura you are: Strong, Sensitive, Spiritual and Intuitive. It is linked with Clairvoyance and E.S.P. You’re a Visionary and are Passionate about your beliefs.
Caution: Over exposure can cause you to be Overbearing, Feel Misunderstood and become Aloof.
Use PURPLE to: Develop your Spiritual and Psychic side.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of WHITE in your aura you are: A very Spiritual person, an Idealist and an Innovator. You may seem shy but do voice your opinions. You are seeking and are aware of the process of enlightenment.
Caution: Over exposure may cause you to begin to think of yourself as more Important than others.
Use WHITE to: Help simplify your life, seek the truth and awaken greater creativity.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of BLACK in your aura you are: Seeking Knowledge, Intense, Introspective and have hidden depths.
Caution: You may be trying to hide in the shadows or be suppressing your desires.
Use BLACK to: Look Within.