Question: I’m a new dowser and I have been trying tricks such as locating a coin under three glasses, and separating kings from queens from a pack of playing cards. My problem is that I am invariably getting the incorrect answer from the pendulum most of the time. This is very frustrating. Why do you think this is happening and what can be done to help?
Check what questions you are asking. For example – If your question was “Is there something under this glass?” you will always get a yes answer as there is always something under the glass – the table for one thing.
— Gary Skillen
I can understand your frustration all too well! It is a common problem. It seems that when you are just “practicing”, the universe (or whatever name you give to the place from where you get your answers) doesn’t take you too seriously. And thus doesn’t give you the correct answers. Also no dowser, no matter how experienced, can dowse for winning lottery numbers. I suggest you read Letter to Robin by Walt Woods. There is a free download at www.lettertorobin.org and especially study the section on programming and “when to trust your dowsing” and “asking the right question”.
When practicing with playing cards or coins under a glass, I would limit the practice to no more than 10 minutes at a time, once a day. Check beforehand, by dowsing, to see if now is the best time to practise. Don’t practise unless you get a YES. Check afterwards what percent you influenced the answers (use a chart numbered 1 to 100). There is a blank chart you can print out here. Keep a record of the date, the number of tries, the number or percent of correct answers, and the percentage that you influenced the answers. Do this for 7 times (no more than once a day). Hopefully you’ll start to see that you are getting more correct answers. If not, continue for another 7 days. What you want is to get better results than pure chance – don’t expect to be 100% correct or even 80%. If after 14 days your results haven’t noticeably improved then take a break for a week or so and then try again. However, some experienced dowsers never have success with this type of practice. Please don’t get discouraged, it might be better to practise by having someone hide something in your home and you use your dowsing to find it. Be very careful how you word your questions so there is no ambiguity.
— Diane Marcotte
Before I dowse, I always “zone in”: my protocol is to connect with the intelligence of nature, with the Divine, with my spirit team, I ask to be guided in my dowsing for the best and highest good as appropriate. If you don’t zone in to the Divine first, it’s like picking up the telephone and taking advice from any random person who answers. You want to establish a relationship of trust with your guides. Then your answers get more accurate. One should always use the “May I … Can I …. Should I ..” before beginning any session, and when the focus of a session is changing. Perhaps if the “card reading” isn’t going well, you could try dowsing your foods to see if they’re all supporting your health, or if you have a friend of family member with a health issue, dowse for them. You could try looking for detrimental or beneficial energies in your home.
Dowsing works when there is a real need, for example if a well is dry or for a missing object or to resolve a health issue. A real application would probably bring better results than a pretend one. Dowsing in service for someone else brings the best results. I also have a rule, that if I ask for advice, I follow it. For e.g. if the answer comes back “Coffee doesn’t support your health”, then I don’t drink the coffee. The more you trust and respect the advice you get, the better the advice becomes. If you pay no attention to the advice, the universe won’t bother giving it. Personally, I’m never guided to do those card practices since they have no point. And if they’re not working, it might be better to try something else completely – doing the same thing for 14 days will just be boring and become frustrating if there’s no results.
— Susan Collins
When I first began to dowse, I tried practising on selecting red or black cards from a playing card deck, with a frustration similar to your own. I don’t play cards very often, so maybe that influenced my lack of success. One of the things that I practised on at the beginning, and still do frequently, is to dowse what clothes to wear. In the course of time, any decisions here are something less than earthshaking. Sometimes I would focus on a combination, and then ask for a pendulum opinion. Often it would agree. When it didn’t, I would then explore my cupboard and chest of drawers, curious to see what “higher wisdom” suggested. Usually, I wear what is advised, again out of curiosity. Often, someone will comment about what I’m wearing. Perhaps it was for them that I wore the colour purple instead of blue! Dowsing for clothing is fun for me.
Another thing I have tried dowsing for is cooking food. I make homemade soup frequently. I check with my pendulum to see how much salt to put in, what herbs to add for flavour, which vegetables to use, how much soup base to add. I will ask if the soup has simmered sufficiently. The good part about this is that you can check with a spoon to see what you get. Occasionally, I have personally preferred to add more salt, or soya sauce, or garlic, and I have done so without guilt! I look at the pendulum in these situations as a “valued second opinion,” but I feel free to make my own decisions on small matters if I happen to disagree with the answer.
Another enjoyable area for dowsing practice for me has been using some of the many sets of cards that are available these days. Some sets are traditional tarot, while others are angel messages, fairy messages, quotes from Conversations with God, etc.. You could use one of the many calendars with a nice quote of the day, even an outdated one. Set an intention for a message that will be helpful for you today. On a calendar of quotes, you could then dowse which month, which week, which day, and then read the message. Enjoy digesting it, and be thankful. See if you get the same messages frequently. Are they helpful? After a while, I began to feel that I was receiving welcome support that somehow seemed to be “custom-selected.”
For me, learning to dowse was learning NOT to try to “guess right” (and I really like to be right!). Dowsing is a receiving process, not a figuring-out process. As we practise dowsing, we learn to relax the thinking processes we use to make decisions. We learn to become receptive to intuitive insights. One side of our brain handles thinking functions, while the other side handles intuitive reception, feelings, etc. Our society has tended to downplay intuitive knowledge, so most of us have rather undeveloped “listening to intuition” skills. Please be patient with yourself as you begin to practise. Your intention to develop your skill will be honoured. Dowsing is meant to be fun. It’s meant to take the worry out of life, leaving us free to enjoy ourselves and others. It’s meant to help us use our full brain power to tackle the challenges of life.
— Joan de New