Pendulum dowsing is one of the easiest forms for divination. It’s inexpensive – all you need is a pendulum, portable and the basics can be learned and understood in less than 10 minutes. In addition to dowsing to find lost objects, or to check health issues and chakras, dowsing can be very useful for gaining quick insight into very specific questions too. Let’s take a look at how it works.
Where Do Dowsing Answers Come From?
It’s not fully understood how or why dowsing works, but it does seem to. Most people believe that the answers you are getting are coming either from your own higher consciousness, or from spirit guides.
What Questions Can You Answer with Dowsing?
Almost anything! Pendulum dowsing definitely works best with questions which have yes or no answers, but as you get more skilled, you can dowse to select from a wide range of possible answers. As with any kind of divination work, however, ethical considerations are always present. You should not dowse for answers to questions which are none of your business, and you should not try to dowse on behalf of another person without their permission.
Getting Started with Question Dowsing
If you are new to using your pendulum, you will first need to understand it. Sit calmly with it in your cupped hands for a few moments, free of distractions. Then simply hold the pendulum above a flat surface, and either mentally or out loud ask it to “show me yes”. Be patient, and wait for movement. The first movements you get may only be tiny, but slowly, your pendulum should start to either move in a circle, clockwise or anticlockwise, or in a straight line towards you and away from you, or from side to side. Note down how it moves and in which direction.
Still the pendulum, and ask it “show me no”. You should now get a different response – again, note it down. Finally, ask “show me maybe or wrong question” – this is the third of the three pendulum responses you need to be familiar with, so note down the pendulum’s movement.
Start With Easy Questions!
To begin with, and to ensure that you have understood your pendulum’s movements correctly, ask very simple questions to which you already know the answer. Good ideas might include:
– Is my name ___?
– Is it [day of the week] today?
– Did I have ____ for breakfast?
– Is my cat’s name ___?
and so on. Keep practicing until you are confident that you are getting yes and no answers correctly.
Moving On To Real Questions
Now you are ready to ask genuine questions to which you do not know the answers. Most experienced dowsers recommend that you begin with the following scene-setting question:
– May I ask about ____? This confirms that you have permission from the cosmos, and that an answer will be forthcoming. If you get a “no” to this, then it might be that it is not in your interest to have an answer to that question at this time.
Assuming you get a yes, you may proceed. Always try to be highly specific in your question, leaving no room for guesswork or interpretation. For instance “Will I get a new job this month?” is a better question than “Will I get a new job?” as the latter could be taken to mean, well, ever. Likewise, “Should I go on holiday to Greece with Mary in September?” is a better question than “Can I go on holiday with Mary?”, as the latter implies are you physically capable of going on holiday with Mary, at any time, to any place, and the answer would tell you nothing about your specific trip to Greece in September with Mary.
Where there is a lot riding on a question, you will already have strong feelings about it, which may influence your pendulum. In order to avoid this, state at the beginning of your question something like “Without regard to my own feelings and wishes, will I/should I ____?”
Checking Your Answers
If an answer you get truly surprises you, it’s OK to ask for confirmation. Do so by immediately asking a follow up question such as “Was the previous answer correct?”. However, what you shouldn’t do is keep asking the same question in the hope of getting a different answer! Pendulum dowsing, like any other form of divination, can become addictive and can be over-used. Ask your question once, seek clarification if necessary, and then reflect on your answer instead of trying to change it.