Archive for November, 2008


If you’ve tried a few of the dowsing exercises and find your accuracy is off, don’t give up.  A few simple steps may clear the way and also improve other imbalances at the same time.  Try any or all of the following suggestions:


  • Drink a glass of water.  Never underestimate the value of proper hydration.
  • Breathe.  Sometimes we focus so hard, we forget the basics.  Without breath, we cannot access prana or qi, the vital energy that nourishes our cells and sustains life.  This is essential.
  • Try relocating slightly.  The Earth energies, as well as man-made energies, can have a big effect on us.  If you are standing over a detrimental energy, you will be weaker, and this may be affecting your responses.
  • If your polarity is unbalanced, this can impact your dowsing and the overall flow of energy through your body.  During a dowsing workshop, there was a girl who was having trouble – her yes’s were no’s, her no’s were yes’s, and she was unable to locate the same water sources the rest of us were.  Marty identified the problem, and in minutes was able to correct the imbalance, which, in turn, corrected the inaccuracies in her dowsing.  Several things may help, such as forming the Gyan Mudra to help balance the flow of energy and stimulate knowledge and ability.  Simply by connecting your thumb (representing cosmic consciousness, intuition) and index finger (individual consciousness, inspiration) you are completing the circuit and bringing about a change in your body.  Breathe.  Another option is to tap your thymus, which will stimulate the gland and help build immunities, while also energizing the lungs, heart, bronchial tubes, and throat.  Additionally, you can stand with your right hand on your left shoulder, and your left hand on your right shoulder – take three deep breaths, then switch your arms and take three more.  
  • You can ask to be cleared.  It almost sounds too obvious, but the Universe wants to work with us, not against us, and will assist us if we only ask.  This can be done in whatever fashion you feel comfortable with.  You can say, “I invoke that I be in clear and present time”, or ask the pendulum, “Please clear me for dowsing”, or ask the divinity of your choice to clear your chakras and put you in balance.
  • Finally, consider what it is you are trying to dowse:  Did you ask permission?  Is it something frivolous or intrusive that is not for the highest good?  Is your question poorly phrased for a clear answer?

If, after trying these, you still aren’t having much luck, don’t hesitate to contact myself, the American Dowsing Society, or any other dowser for help.  It’s not a secret society, and the more people who empower themselves to reconnect with the world around them, the better off we all are.


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A beautiful way to start the day:



Hello Divine Oneness.  

We stand here within you, this special group of your Beings.  We thank you for this day.  We thank you for each other.  I thank you for me.  We dedicate our day to the honor and purpose of Oneness.  We ask that everything we need be provided for.  We ask that everything we do today, say today, hear today, be only in the highest good; in my highest good, in the highest good for all concerned, and in the highest good for all of life everywhere throughout the Universe.

End of Message.

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There are many great resources for those interested in learning to dowse, but the best method for learning – as with anything – is to practice so that you gain confidence in your skills.  Dowsing doesn’t rely on psychic ability, religious belief (or non-belief), secret rituals, or bizarre tools to work; it’s a way of knowing.  Anyone and everyone is capable of tapping into the universal consciousness.  Here are a few resources, exercises, and tips to get you started, and most dowsers are more than willing to answer any questions you encounter.

Related Readings and Resources:

Letter to Robin & the Companion Letter to Robin by Walter Woods – These two are often considered the “go-to” introductory books.  Robin was having the same problems many new dowsers experience – how to ask questions correctly, programming the tools, judging the reliability of the responses, how to explain it to your friends, etc.  She contacted the American Society of Dowsers, and they sent her the names of ten Dowsers, who all responded to her inquiries.  One of the ten was Walter Woods, a past president of ASD, who recognized the need for a booklet to address these questions.  Using the suggestions of many dowsers, he created these guides, which are now in their tenth editions.

Dowsing: A Path to Enlightenment by Joey Korn – Joey is a fascinating character I’ve had the pleasure of learning from in workshops.  This book describes both the pragmatism of dowsing (changing the detrimental energies of your microwave into beneficial ones, for example), as well as how it can be used as a powerful tool to increase spirituality and healing.  Joey has found the Tree of Life, a central feature of Kabbalah, in the energies around human beings and Earth energies.

Spiritual Dowsing by Sig Lonegren – Sig focuses on not only the tangible things one can dowse, but also the intangible.  His book provides the intellectual background our left brains crave, but also the exercizes necessary to really experience what he writes about.  He has worked extensively with sacred sites in New England and Great Britain, and strongly promotes deviceless dowsing.


While deviceless dowsing is easy to learn, most beginners should start using a pendulum or L-rod to give them a little distance until they learn to trust their responses.  Otherwise the conscious mind may overtake the subconscious.  

Pendulum: I have lovely memories wiling away tenth-grade English class and wowing my friends by answering yes/no questions using my necklace as a pendulum.  You can use anything that hangs on a few inches of string or chain.  Pendulums are quick, small, and easy to use with a chart.

L-rods: Another easy tool to use, and can be made cheaply with wire coat hangers.

Y-rod: This is the traditional tool of the water dowser, and is often made from small tree branches.

Getting Started:

The first step is to determine your neutral or search position.  Set the pendulum swinging in a to and fro motion at a slight diagonal to your body.  Ask (in your head or out loud, it makes no difference) to be shown your “yes” position, and then your “no” position.  For some, it’s a clockwise/counterclockwise circle, while for others it is a forward-backward/side-to-side motion.  There is no wrong response.  If you aren’t sure of your answer, or the pendulum continues to swing in the neutral position, you can program the response.  This isn’t cheating – it’s establishing the symbolic language mind and body will use to communicate.  I recommend a clockwise rotation for yes, and a counterclockwise rotation for no.  It may also be helpful to program a “wrong question” signal until you get the hang of it, such as swinging in the opposite diagonal of your neutral position.  Just like any new skill, a little practice will go far, so spend some time asking for “yes”, “no”, and “wrong question” responses until they come quickly and reliably.

After your responses are established, you’re ready to ask a question.  Once you have chosen a topic, it is good practice to ask permission.  We might want to know something which cannot yet be answered, or is an issue of pyschic trespass, and this may negatively affect our responses.  Not for every question, but for every topic, I ask, “May I, Can I, Is it appropriate for me to dowse?”  “May I” asks permission, to ensure we are asking in response to a genuine need, and not idle curiosity or unwanted intrusion.  “Can I” asks if I am competent to do the work (you might get a no if you are energetically unbalanced or not yet skilled enough).  “Is it appropriate” asks if this is the right time for such an inquiry to be made and the answer revealed.  If you receive a yes to all three, pose your query.

Asking the right question can be tricky for beginners.  Clear your mind and focus – the subconscious will have a harder time if your mind is a jumble of thoughts.  Phrase each question clearly so that a “yes” or “no” response is a full and complete answer; be specific and avoid compound questions.  “Will I meet someone nice?” doesn’t get to the heart of the question, as nice people come and go every day.  “Will I meet a suitable romantic partner in the near future?” is more accurate, and can be followed up by more specific questions, such as “Will this person enter my life in the next six months?”  Often when answers are misleading, it can be traced back to an ambiguous question, so it helps to write down the questions to ensure they’re fully developed.  I usually start questions with “Is it for the highest good” … for me to buy this couch? … to turn left at the next light? … to dye my hair blue today?

After the question has been asked, keep your mind open and unattached to the answer you are about to receive.  Remember that your subconscious will interpret your question literally, and won’t distinguish between what you meant and what you asked.  When I am finished with a topic, I like to say “thank you” to the universal consciousness and any Guides that may have assisted me.  It helps to keep one’s energies aligned with the higher good, and fosters a sense of reverence and respect for this wonderful gift.

Practice! Practice! Practice!:

To build up confidence in your dowsing abilities, try a few of these exercises:

  • Flip over a pack of cards one at a time and dowse whether the next card will be red or black.
  • Blind dowsing: write down simple questions you know the answers to on slips of paper and fold them.  Choose a slip and – without reading the question – ask if the answer is yes or no.
  • Dowse questions you will shortly know the answers to: Will a friend be at home when you call?  How many rings before they pick up?
  • Roll dice and dowse if the sum will be even or odd.
  • Dowse questions with friends to see if you come up with the same answers.

Don’t get frustrated if your answers aren’t accurate.  Check your question for ambiguity or try again later when you feel more alert and clear.  Remember that genuine need and serving the highest good is the best key to unlock your dowsing abilities.  Good luck, and good dowsing!

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It’s physics.

No, really.  It is.

Everyone think back to the homework you copied off the smart kid in 12th grade physics.  The Law of Vibration & Resonance, very simply put, determines the vibrational intensity a system projects.  If you have two fields resonating at a similar frequency and amplitude, they make a third similar field.  If you have two fields with a dissimilar frequency and amplitude, their vibrations must come into a state of resonance, where the smaller field will shift and come into harmony with the larger one.  

I can hear your brain wondering, “So, what?”

Back to our old friend, Science: Blood is made up of hemoglobin, which is a rhombic, prismatic crystal.  Everytime blood moves through your heart, it becomes programed with the frequency of your heart (which is determined by your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs).   Human beings are giant EMF (electromagnetic frequency) oscillators, and when we are exposed to systems emitting vibrations of a louder amplitude than our natural balance, our resonance shifts.  These overpowering fields can originate from many sources, including having a lot of electronic equipment or unshielded wires in the home, someone near us in a really bad mood, or stones and crystals.  

The body has a natural instinct to move towards balance, and developing your intuition is the first step to reaching that equilibrium.  Have you ever been walking somewhere and spotted a rock that you just had to pick up?  It may have been pretty, or had an odd texture, or fit perfectly in your hand – whatever the reason, chances are, it was resonating at a frequency and amplitude that your body craved.  By bringing it into your electromagnetic field, you allowed the stone to alter the vibrations of atoms in your body with a similar vibratory field, creating a larger resonant field between your energy and that of the stone.  This has a domino effect affecting the other vibrational fields in your body, ultimately causing an energetic shift.

There are two main points I’m trying to illustrate:

1.  Working with crystals and stones is not just for people who drank the kool-aid: it’s based on the unchanging principles that govern our universe and allow it to exist and thrive.  While valuable during healing sessions, incorporating them into our everyday lives is simpler (and subtler) than one might think – wearing an amber necklace to stimulate the throat chakra, placing amethyst by your bed for insomnia, using black tourmaline to block EMFs emitted by your computer, or just carrying a rock you felt drawn to in your pocket.  We can all benefit from the vibratory gifts the Earth has provided for us.

2.  The Law of Resonance applies to more than just stones.  Reiki, Tai Chi, Qigong, and sound therapy are just a few forms of vibrational healing.  Energy medicine is an ancient art that is only now being taken seriously by the Western scientific community, but we often practice it (albeit sometimes poorly) without even realizing.  We’ve all had those moments of getting in an elevator with someone who’s angry or upset and finding our mood becomes sour as well, or a friend who’s laughter is truly contagious.  You don’t have to be an expert to have an impact on those around you, so being aware of the energy you put forth is, if nothing more, a courtesy to your neighbors.  The next time you have a friend having a bad day, see if you can raise their vibrations and elevate their mood with your own energy, instead of vice versa.  

A few resources for those seeking a deeper understanding:

How and Why Stones and Crystals Work by Naisha Ahsian gives a much better description of the particle physics behind everything.  She also co-authored The Book of Stones with Robert Simmons, which I find to be an indispensable guide for identifying and understanding the subtle energies of minerals.  

The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall is a good quick-reference guide with a great index that cross-references stones and attributes.

More common in Europe – especially Poland – Salt Caves are believed to improve many dis-eases of the respiratory, circulatory, and endocrine systems.  After all, what is salt, but crystals!

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Learning to dowse changed my life.

As a favor to my mother, I agreed to accompany her to the American Society of Dowsers Annual Convention.  She had gone the year before with my aunt, and was excited to share this experience with me, as well as to spend a week with family in Vermont.  I had no idea what I was in for when I arrived for the pre-convention dowsing school, but I was ready for anything.  I had recently quit my job after realizing I couldn’t put the “happy face” on every morning and serve people eggs anymore, and was desperately seeking direction.  I knew I was meant to do more with my life than mindlessly bumble through, but the options were overwhelming.  This seemed like a perfect opportunity to escape the city, clear my head, and begin to figure out what I wanted.

The participants at the workshop ran the gamut, from old New Englanders who had been water witching for years, to young children, to people like me, who had an interest, but needed guidance.  A sense of empowerment started to flow through the two-dozen or so of us as we began to locate underground streams, the doors in trees, and each others energy fields.  One of the teachers there was Marty Cain, an amazing woman who told us you can dowse anything: locating your reading glasses, measuring how much to water the plants in your garden, making sure a car you’re about to buy doesn’t have any hidden problems, learning if there is water on the moon – you can do it all, and everyone has the ability.  Whether by a wooden Y-rod, bobber, metal L-rods, pendulum, or your own body; it’s not the tool that dowses, but you.  It’s the ability to tap into your intuition, that little voice we all possess (and sometimes ignore) that knows better, and can connect us to the higher conscious.  Now, before this starts to sound too airy-fairy, let me cover some basics:

Everything is conscious: humans, animals, plants, water, even stones.  We are all beings of energy living in a sea of energy, interconnected and able to change the subtle energies around us with every thought, action, and emotion.  Ever wonder why some people just can’t catch a break, while other seem to have all the luck?  Every negative thought and feeling puts forth detrimental energy into our environment, surrounding and filling us with fear, anger, and resentment, which can hold us back and make us physically sick.  By the same token, positivity promotes beneficial energies that bring us joy, abundance, healing, and success in all we endeavor to accomplish.  The more we understand these energies and their effects, the more we are able to take charge of the process.  Dowsing is a potent tool to explore the subtle energies and our connection to them, allowing us to take more control over our lives.

I received many gifts from this experience, the two most important being intuition and intention.  I learned that we all have the ability to dowse, because we are all part of the energetic web that connects us to everything around us, past, present, and future.  Our intuition is the key that can unlock the secrets of the universe, if only we trust it and learn to develop it.  Once we open the door to the higher conscious, we can stop being passive spectators and victims of circumstance.  By learning to actively engage the world around us, we can empower ourselves to break old patterns that may have hindered us, and shape our fortunes for the higher good of ourselves, our loved ones, and the universe as a whole.

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