Step 7 Dowsing
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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.
Step 7 Dowsing 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.
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