What is Pendulum Dowsing
Pendulum dowsing is a form of divination. A pendulum works similarly to an antenna. It picks up on and absorbs the energy vibes all around you, whether they’re coming from people, places or things. Or – in other words – a pendulum is an instrument that lets you access the treasures lurking in your subconscious, as well as the collective consciousness of our Universe. Scientifically speaking, some research indicates that a pendulum is simply picking up on an electromagnetic energy that exists on Earth and radiates from everything on it. To practice pendulum dowsing you hold a weighted crystal that’s attached to a string or chain between your finger and thumb. You then ask the pendulum questions and you divine the answer through the movements of the pendulum. You can ask yes or no questions with some basic practice or you can use a chart to divine answers to more complicated questions.
Legend has it that great minds like Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein both used pendulum dowsing in their practices.
Spiritual dowsing is something which didn’t really have much of a history before the latter part of the twentieth century. Prior to that time, dowsing was more focused on subjects like water and mineral locations with the beginnings of health dowsing just showing up.
As the century progressed however, for no obvious single reason, there was a surge of interest in using dowsing on non-visible and not-easily-verifiable subjects such as the exploration of ‘energies’ of places and people and objects. This segued into dowsing about the universe and the beings which might or might not inhabit it or interact in some fashion with humanity.
In other words, dowsing changed from being a simple tool with a limited range of applications to a full-fledged multi-purpose activity reaching into any and every aspect of life. One of those aspects came to be known as spiritual dowsing.
Common Dowsing Pitfalls and How to get pass them?
As a teacher of intuitive development, I have noticed that the same questions and pitfalls come up again and again for students.
So if you’re having trouble with pendulum dowsing, read on.…because below I have compiled a some of these pitfalls and how to get past them, not just as a resource for my students, but in case any dowsing beginners out there may find them helpful.
- Relax your arm!
Often when the movements are too small or slow, it is because your arm is tense, and it is making it difficult for the movements to come through. This is often connected to some worry around ‘getting it right’. So try relaxing your muscles – you’re not going to get more accurate answers by clenching your arm.
Here’s a relaxation exercise you can do before dowsing: clench every muscle in your body really hard (including your insides, your pelvic floor, and your face – don’t do this in public or around other people as it can look really funny!)
Hold that for 10 seconds and then let go. You will now be slightly more relaxed than you were before. Do it a few times if necessary.
- Make sure you’re holding your pendulum in the right place
What beginners sometimes do is hold their pendulum close to the end of the string – at the top , and that’s not good because the movement of the pendulum is going to be too slow if you hold it all the way up here.
So the ideal place to hold your pendulum (to have sufficient control of it) is about half way down the string.
You don’t want to hold it all the way down the string near the pendulum, either. In the middle is best – holding it at either extreme is not good because it can either slow the pendulum down or it’s just so close that it’s very fast.
- Support your arm properly
Rest your elbow on something. If not, you can end up clenching your arm muscles to support the pendulum, and that can lead to smaller or slower movements. I usually rest my elbow (the elbow on the arm I am using to dowse) on a table.
Or if I don’t have a surface in front of me, I rest it in my other hand (I have my other arm across my belly and with the hand just underneath the other elbow.)
- I still can’t get dowsing to work for me – the pendulum doesn’t respond at all, or I am still getting answers that make no sense?
Sometimes when you are not getting accurate information through dowsing, it can be because you have some unconscious blocks or fears around using the pendulum. This could come from a past life when you were lost , killed or hurt for using your intuitive skills or spiritual guidance. Or it could just be your conscious mind telling you that you can’t make dowsing work for you.
Using one or more of the following clearing statements should help you get the pendulum to respond to your questions. I would recommend saying them out loud. (These affirmations were passed on to me)
“I release all fear of using the pendulum. I release all belief, perception, and judgement that I cannot or should not use a pendulum. I release all need and desire to believe that I cannot or should not use a pendulum. I now completely accept and believe and instruct my subconscious to accept and believe on every level of my being, conscious and subconscious, that I can use a pendulum, and that I will receive strong signals and accurate information.”
“I release all fear of answering the question. I release all resistance to the answer. I give my subconscious mind permission to answer the question.”
These statements reprogram the subconscious mind to replace fear or resistance. In the beginning, you may find it necessary to use releasing statements several times to obtain a yes or no answer from your pendulum.
If you have tried everything and dowsing still didn’t work for you – try another method of connecting with your guides, such as a guided visualisation, Claircognizance or clairaudient channelling, automatic writing, oracle cards or Tarot. There is no point getting attached to one method if it doesn’t work for you, because there will be another one that will!