Below is an
explanation of how we dowse charts using a pendulum. If you would like
to know more about dowsing, we highly recommend reading a "Letter To
Robin" by Walt Woods. He also has another article he wrote called the
"Companion To Letter To Robin" which explains dowsing further. Both can
be read at the following site:
First you will
need an indicator of some sort. A pendulum is perfect for dowsing
charts because it is compact and flexible. You can have a fancy
pendulum or a simple bolt nut on a string, either will work since it is
an extension of yourself. It is very helpful to have the pendulum
come to a long point at the bottom because it makes it easier to see
what letter or number it is locking to on a chart. The pendulum does
not have any power in itself. Basically it is the power moving through
you that moves the pendulum. There are other things to be known about
this process, but these instructions will hopefully get you started so
you can find out for yourself.
These are some of the pendulums we use. The brass ones on the left are
called "Dancing Pendulums", handmade by dowser Joe Smith. Both of
us use these the most, so we ordered a second pendulum for both of us
in case we lost the first.
John's are the larger versions. Here is the url to the Toronto Dowsers
that tell more about Joe and his Dancing Pendulums. Scroll to the
bottom of the page and there will be a link for ordering.
can email Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Put Dancing Pendulums in the subject area of your email post to him.
The stepped pendulum on the far right we got from a man who also made
L-rods where the top of the rod is made in the same stepped formation
and rotated on ball bearings where it was connected to the handle. We
ordered both the pendulum and the L-rod years ago from an ad in the
back of a magazine. We do not remember the man's name, so if anyone
knows the maker of this pendulum we will put a email address in here or
an url to his website if available.
The black and the white pendulums are made by Bruce Copen. Both of
screw in tops and an empty cavity inside that you can put things in.
John put a couple of Quartz crystals inside his. (Shown below)
Here is the url to the Copen website. Scroll down on his website page
and you will see the
pictures and info of all the pendulums they carry.
Another dowsing friend of ours, Chris Gozdzik, carries a variety of
very different pendulums. Here is the url to his Divining Minds website:
Here are some of the
beautiful energetic stone pendulums hand-made by Georgia
Henzler. If you are looking for a particular stone configuration
perhaps she can make a custom pendulum for you. You can contact her at
Holding the Pendulum
pick your pendulum up, holding the string or chain between your thumb
and forefinger about two to three inches from the top of the pendulum,
deliberately get it moving in a back and forth motion in front of you.
To simply hold the pendulum and wait for it to move on its own takes a
tremendous amount of energy. You want to get it moving first so you
have more energy to get answers. Some dowsers call this initial back
and forth movement as the Ready position - you are ready to start.
The next thing
you need to know is how your pendulum will react for a Yes and No
answer. For some Yes indications the pendulum might circle clockwise,
another is for the pendulum to circle once then continue to swing in a
back and forth movement. For No it might circle in a counter-clockwise
motion, or swing sideways from left to right. Or you may get something
totally different. While your pendulum is swinging back and forth in
the Ready position you can ask what its indication will be for a Yes
answer and see what it does. Then ask what it will do for a No answer.
If nothing happens you can try holding the positive end of a normal
flashlight battery under the pendulum, then turn the battery upside
down so its negative end is up. If still there is no reaction you can
pick what you want the pendulum to do for each Yes and No answer. Get
the pendulum moving in the way you want it to answer, for example get
it circling in a clockwise movement for Yes, and say "I want this
movement to be the indicator for all Yes answers." Do that several
times to program it in. Then get your pendulum moving how you want it
to for a No answer, for example counter-clockwise, and say "I want this
movement to be the indicator for all No answers". Do that several
times. To test it out pick up your pendulum, get it swinging in the
Ready position and say "Show me a Yes", then "Show me a No" and see if
the pendulum will move in the way you want it to do. Sometimes it will
take several days of practice as your neuropathways become established.
Be open to
other ways you can have your pendulum tell you things that might be
helpful. My Yes and No are a clockwise and counter-clockwise circling.
I have a movement that is a sideways swing that tells me the question
given is "part right", which means part of it is right. So I ask
questions to narrow down what the "part right" is, then ask more
questions in that "part right" direction to get more information. John
has a programed diagonal swing that means "part right" or "maybe".
biggest errors made while dowsing are the words used when asking a
question. You know what you want to ask, but sometimes the words used
in the actual question might not be the ones to use. The questions are
taken quite literally - not what you think, but what you say. Ask only
one question at a time and make it as simple as possible. If you get a
wrong answer look at the words you used in your question. I had to look
some words up in a dictionary to see what they really meant and saw
that what I thought they meant was not the same as the true definition.
Here is another
example of thinking one thing and saying something different, which
caused wrong answers to be given, at least as far as to what you might
be thinking. A woman was
throwing a coin up in the air and dowsing to see what side was up after
it fell to the floor. She was having great success at doing this until
a few days later. She could not understand why now the answers were
wrong. It appears that she started out asking the right question, but
then started asking the wrong one without knowing it. When she wrote us
she explained what she was doing with the coin toss, but said the
answers were wrong when she asked which side the coin fell on. I
knew what she meant, she knew what she meant, which was what side was
up when the coin fell. But to ask which side the coin fell on would
have been just the opposite - literally it would be the side the coin
fell on, which would be the side facing down - it fell on that side.
different styles of charts - many use the half circle/flat bottom
appearance that looks like a protractor. I found it was faster to dowse
words when the letters were close together so I chose block formations
in my chart. The most important thing about making your own charts is
to make them comfortable for you to dowse from and make them the most
energy efficient way you can. The less energy used moving from one
symbol to the next gives you more energy for asking questions and
getting answers. I print mine out on 5x8 card stock which is more
durable than paper. Here is what one of my earlier Alphabet Charts
looked like. Now I have more of the black box quick buttons which would
be more applicable to what I dowse for now. I kept the black box quick
buttons to a minimum to avoid confusion. You can always add any quick
buttons to your charts that you think are necessary for your own
I made my charts in ArcSoft by clicking on File, then New. A box pops
up asking for a size and I put in 1000 pixels for
height and 1600 pixels for
width at 200 dpi. This gives you a 5x8 work area. A blank photo plate
will pop up and then I would put in text. Usually I save as a bit map
my computer because it does not degrade like jpegs do. This makes it
to make changes and I don't have to redo everything just to have it
undone the second I close the program!
charts there are only two movements your pendulum will be making.
Initially from the Ready position it will continue to swing but
gradually turn to point in a certain direction as it swings. When it
looks like it has stopped turning but is still swinging towards a
direction you slowly move your hand holding the pendulum in the
direction it is swinging towards.
pendulum is directly over the letter, number or box it will "lock" onto
the correct item by circling clockwise. So you have the straight swing
for the direction to move towards and the circling that shows you what
item is chosen.
pendulum has circled for a short time over an item (letter, number,
etc.) it will start to swing towards the next direction. When it has
stabilized swinging towards a certain direction again move your hand
holding the pendulum in that direction until it starts to circle over
This will be
quite tedious at first but becomes much faster as you do it. A good
exercise is to spread out different coins or objects on a table and
start by holding the pendulum swinging in the Ready position in front
of the objects. Ask "Show me where the penny is" (or whatever object is
there), wait for the pendulum to swing towards the object, move your
hand in the direction it is swinging towards and as it gets directly
over the object it should start to circle. Still holding it over that
object, ask to be shown where the next object is and wait for the
pendulum to start swinging and turn towards it. If nothing appears to
be happening, deliberately go through the motions of swinging towards
and circling over the object requested with the pendulum
to program those motions in.
John does this differently. He holds his pendulum off to the side of
the chart and asks his pendulum to swing towards the correct
symbol. Then he uses his pointing finger to scan the chart in the
direction the pendulum is swinging towards. His pendulum will circle
briefly when his finger is over the correct symbol, and then confirm it
with his Yes indication. John has his pendulum programed differently
It is easier to
see what the pendulum is circling over if you put the chart as close to
you as possible. I hold my chart so it is almost touching my
stomach so I can look straight down at it.
pendulum in the Ready position on either side of the chart, in front
of it or on the vertical black line between the alphabet letters and
the numbers. Follow the directions given in Exercises For Using
a word is finished my pendulum will turn towards the outside of the
chart. I will
move it there and the pendulum will swing there a few times, then turn
again swinging towards a direction for the beginning of the next word.
If it is finished the pendulum will not turn in for the next direction
will remain swinging outside the chart.
The boxes with
words are a quick way for your pendulum self to tell you what is going
on without having to spell the words out. It will swing towards a box
and as you move your hand holding the pendulum in the direction it is
swinging, the pendulum will circle over the box it wants you to know
about. When you make your own charts feel free to put whatever you feel
to be most important in those boxes.
talking with those unseen the unseen party will abbreviate certain
Once I got "I'd
rather be looking for REP!"
what that was I asked what it meant and got Real Exciting Phenomena!
If you think
you are getting gobbledygook, hold your pendulum over the Interference
box and ask if you are getting interference right now. If the answer is
No, ask for a better answer to your question. If the answer is Yes,
many times it is better to put the pendulum down and try again later
when you have more energy. If you are tired it is better to not be
Another thing to try if your pendulum seems to be stalling giving you
answers is to ask if the words used in your question were right or if
the question itself was right. If you get a No, change the words or
change the question.
what you get by dowsing be prepared not to believe any of it until it
can be confirmed. Put the information gained on the back burner and let
it stew awhile until more can be revealed. It is a good idea to write
down what you get, along with the date and question asked, because the
exact words can be forgotten rather quickly.
Don't take it
too seriously. Try to have fun with it.
Many times you
what you will find out until shortly before it is confirmed!
Date created: September 16,
and Jan Young