DOWSING: What is it, and how is it used?

Dowsing has been around for a very long time. I have no idea when it began, but I do know that it was used by farmers and villagers for hundreds of years to find water before drilling for wells. 

There are many ways to dowse. Some people use two L shaped sticks or rods. They hold the short side of the L and allow the long end to swing around until the two long sides cross or move away from each other. This tells them they are near water. Sounds a little crazy, but it works!


I don't look for water myself, but I do find a variety of things using dowsing! This is my personal favorite method for dowsing - using pendulum. 

A pendulum can be made from almost anything. Basically, what you need is a weight on one end of a long string, thread or chain. Examples are a needle tied to a thread and allowed to swing or a stone or crystal at one end of a long chain or cord. In order to use a pendulum to dowse, you hold the string or chain or cord in one hand, with the weight hanging free. You start by "asking" the pendulum to show you 'Yes'. Focus on the word Yes as you "ask" to see YES. 

In a short time you will see the pendulum begin to move, possibly in a circle, or maybe side to side. Each person and each pendulum has it's own way to show you yes. Once you know what yes looks like, ask it to show you 'No'. In a short while you will probably see the pendulum begin to move in another way. Possibly counter clockwise circles, or back and forth in another direction. Once you know how to interpret yes and no, you are ready to use the pendulum to ask yes or no questions.

What do I do with it now?

Once you know how to interpret the answers, pendulums can be used for many things. I once used a pendulum to find my lost passport...

I was heading to Europe, and while packing realized I couldn't find my passport where I left it. I was in a panic. I picked up the pendulum, and began going room to room asking it: "is it in this room"? Again and again it said no (for me, a swing in a circle, counter clock-wise is "no"). 

Finally, I came back to the room where I thought I had left it in the first place. This room was very small, perhaps 8 x 8, and I was using it as an extra large closet. It had clothing hanging along one wall, some shelving and a small dresser in it. I asked again, and this time it said 'Yes' (swung in a clock-wise circle).  Hmmm.  OK, I thought, I'll bite.

"Is it in plain sight?"  No, said the pendulum. 

"Is it in an article of clothing?"  Maybe, said the pendulum (swung back and forth in a straight line).

This could take all day, I thought. This is a closet! Time to re-phrase the question a bit.

"Is it in a pocket?"  No, said the pendulum. 

I looked around the room again baffled. There were not that many places for it to be. OK, it said it "might" be in clothing, but not in a pocket.

"Is it near a shoe?" Yes, said the pendulum. 

I looked down. All the shoes were on the floor along the walls. Interesting.

Next, I got down on my knees, and looked around the room at each pair of shoes. And there, underneath the dresser, sitting inside a shoe, poking up, was my passport. It had been on top of the dresser, and must have slid behind it onto the floor, but landed in a shoe and been stuck. 

Not bad. That was my first experience with using a pendulum in a way that sold me on how useful they can be! 

Whether you believe I remembered on some level that the passport must have fallen and was using the pendulum to access my sub-concious, or you believe the pendulum is magic, really doesn't matter. What matters is, they work!

Next time you can't find something, give it a try.  You don't need anything fancy, just a weight of some kind on the end of a chain or thread.

You have nothing to loose!