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I won’t stand on my soapbox for long, but I want to emphasize the moral compass necessary to be a good dowser and a good human.  Ethics don’t depend on religious preferences or life circumstances; it’s as simple as the Golden Rule we all learned as children.  With all the knowledge of the Universe at our fingertips, we have a responsibility to guide our actions with the highest standard of personal integrity, compassion, and love.

Here is a beautiful set of guidelines to inspire awareness of our actions – both good and bad.  It is not limited to one tribe, culture, or ethnicity, but is for everyone.

Native American Code of Ethics:

  • Rise with the sun to pray.  Pray alone.  Pray often.  The Great Spirit will listen, if only you speak.
  • Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path.  Ignorance, conceit, jealousy, and greed stem from a lost soul.  Pray that they will find guidance.
  • Search for yourself, by yourself.  Do not allow others to make your path for you.  It is your road and yours alone.  Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
  • Treat the guests in your home with much consideration.  Serve them the best food, give them the best bed, and treat them with respect and honor.
  • Do not take what is not yours, whether from a person, a community, the wilderness, or from a culture.  It was not earned nor given.  It is not yours.
  • Respect all things that are placed upon this earth, whether it be people or plant.
  • Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes, and words.  Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them.  Allow each person the right to personal expression.
  • Never speak of others in a bad way.  The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.
  • All persons make mistakes, and all mistakes can be forgiven.
  • Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body, and spirit.  Practice optimism.
  • Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us.  It is part of your worldly family.
  • Children are the seeds of our future.  Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons.  When they are grown, give them space to grow.
  • Avoid hurting the hearts of others.  The poison of your pain will return to you.
  • Be truthful at all times.  Honesty is the test of one’s will within this universe.
  • Keep yourself balanced.  Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical Self – all need to be strong, pure, and healthy.  Work out the body to strengthen the mind.  Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
  • Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react.  Be responsible for your own actions.
  • Respect the privacy and personal space of others.  Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects.  This is forbidden.
  • Be true to yourself first.  You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.
  • Respect others’ religious beliefs.  Do not force your belief on others.
  • Share your good fortune with others.  Participate in charity.

I also recommend exploring the British Society of Dowsers Good Dowsing Practices, as well as the Dalai Lama’s Ethics for the New Millenium – a beautiful discourse on how to incorporate love and compassion in your life, regardless of religion or dogma.


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Shamanism is the world’s oldest healing tradition, and is found in all cultures on Earth.  Throughout history, the Shaman has served as the communicator between the physical and spiritual realms through various rituals and visualizations.  These are the basic and fundamental practices of our ancestors, and facilitate the spiritual work that aligns us with our own nature and connects us to the Earth.  Shamans work with allies, including animal spirits, to teach, guide, and assist them as they strive to live impeccably.  

Since ancient times, animals have acted as messengers and omens, healers, and symbols of aspects of the human experience.  By observing the instinctual behavior of each animal – how and where it lived, located food, found mates, and protected itself – a shaman was able to learn the strengths and weaknesses of that animal.  The ancient Egyptians, for example, revered frogs for fertility, cats as guardian creatures and signs of good fortune, and falcons as a symbol of the flight of the soul after death.  In Native American traditions, buffalo are a sign of abundance and groundedness.  The Bible depicts the serpent as a giver of knowledge, while the Greeks and Romans viewed it as a symbol or renewal and healing.  Animal spirits are a powerful tool to get in touch with specific qualities found within the animal that a person needs, connects with, or feels a deep affinity for.  

There are several guides who will help us throughout our lives, either by physically appearing, coming to us in dreams or visions, or by being with us in essence.  It is not up to us to choose the guide we want or think best suits us, nor is it something someone else can decide for us.  Each animal spirit has its own unique Medicine, and each will choose to whom they will reveal themselves.  Discovering your animal guides is a process of paying attention to the spirits around you and following the signs.  A Crow or Snake crossing your path may be more than a random coincidence.  Once we recognize the significance of the pattern the animal represents (just like Bohm’s Implicate Order in quantum physics) the event relates information about the deeper layers of our lives.  By developing our inner knowledge and spiritual understanding, we can reap the benefits of the gifts Mother Earth provides to guide and nurture our whole selves, allowing us to lead richer and more connected lives.

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