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The American Society of Dowsers is having their annual Dowsing Convention in Killington, Vermont this year.  I have a special soft spot for this event, because it was my first true exposure to a community of powerful, supportive, and wise dowsers.  I highly encourage you all to check out the Convention Booklet and explore the pre-convention workshops.  You can learn from masters about everything from spiritual empowerment, to shamanic crystal work, to labyrinth building, or attend one of the dowsing schools for different levels of instruction.  New information is constantly being added regarding the workshops during the convention proper, and there are topics of interest for everyone.  People of all ages attend, and I have never been around so many people emanating positive energy and (it sounds cheesy, I know) unconditional love.

The keynote presentation will be given by Russel Targ, a fascinating man who was involved with the creation of the laser for peaceful uses, and helped develop remote viewing for the US government in the 1970’s and ’80’s.  His speech will focus on ESP and remote viewing as a spiritual path, and how by using these abilities, we can work towards discovering who we really are.

A few of the many wonderful presenters include:

  • Marty Cain, an amazing lady and labyrinth builder.
  • Joey Korn, who has made remarkable connections between the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and the energy lines he dowses in nature and made by us.
  • Ellie Drew, a spirit messenger who focuses on conscious manifesting.
  • Adhi Two Owls, a shaman who works with sacred objects and their energies.
  • … keep checking dowsers.org for more!!

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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.

Tools:

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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