Learn to Pendulum Dowse

Learning to Pendulum Dowse

Anyone can learn to dowse, just like anyone can learn to write or type. When writing, you don’t consciously form every letter in a word. Your mind thinks the word or sentence and then sends a message to the fingers to create the word either by using a pen or a keyboard. We all know how hard we had to work to train our minds and fingers to work together to put these words onto paper. Using the same logic, when learning to dowse we are training our minds and fingers to work together to give us a response that we can recognize. Once the response is learned it is as easy as writing your name. Also, note that your fingers do not put words onto the paper without moving. There needs to be some movement. Similarly, don’t expect or assume that because your fingers or wrist move while dowsing, you are controlling the answers. The muscles in your fingers need to move, even if it is so slight that you can’t notice or so pronounced that it is blatantly obvious. The key is to allow your subconscious mind to control the movements of your dowsing tool.

This article will focus on using the Pendulum because of the ease of use, the portability, and the ease of creating a pendulum if you don’t have one handy. You can easily make one in seconds by using commonly available items. Some common household or office items I have used to create a pendulum are:

  •  A ring looped through a necklace.
  •  A string of paperclips joined together. 
  • A computer mouse. 
  • A nut tied to a piece of thread, string, dental floss, yarn, chain etc. in the wind you can increase the weight of the nut and string used to insure that it is not easily moved by the wind and you are in control. 
  • A rock tied to a string, thread, dental floss etc. 
  • A ring tied to a string, thread, dental floss etc. 
  • A plumb bob. 
  • A decorative ceiling fan pull. 
  • My favourite pendulum to use in a vehicle is a round bead on a string or a chain. 
  • Or you can purchase a ready made pendulum. If it swings freely it can be used as a pendulum.


Now that you have a pendulum, hold the string about 4 inches from the pendulum weight between your thumb and index finger. It may be useful to use one of the following Yes/No charts to enhance your focus. There are two different charts showing the common directions for obtaining Yes and No answers from your pendulum.

These charts are also available at this link.
I prefer using the back and forth motion for yes and the side to side motion for no. Once you have programmed your fingers to give you yes and no responses, you can then program many other movements to mean other things. You are in control of the meanings of each direction. Just like you can tell your subconscious how to “write an A,” you can tell your subconscious to have a back and forth movements to indicate a Yes answer.
  •  Step 1: Holding your pendulum over the chart, start the pendulum swinging in the Ready for Question direction. 
  • Step 2: State: “Show me Yes” and wait for a response. 
  • Step 3: If your fingers do not move your pendulum in the chosen direction, then move the pendulum and state: “This is a Yes.”


Repeat these 3 steps until your fingers are trained to give you the required responses without conscious thought. Then, perform the same steps for training your fingers to subconsciously show you a NO response. Do not give up! Perform these 3 steps whenever you think of it. It may take a few minutes or a few weeks to learn to dowse. The key is to practice every day. Eventually you will be able to dowse. Just as practice and perseverance in the techniques required to write a letter allows you to now communicate on paper, practice and perseverance will also allow you to communicate with your subconscious mind via Yes and No questions.

Once you have trained your subconscious mind to give you the desired pendulum responses that you know the answers to, you may now begin to ask simple questions. Formulating the structure of the question is very important. For instance, you might ask “Is it raining?” Clearly it is not raining outside your home. However, it is pretty certain to be raining somewhere. Be specific and know what question you are asking. You would then state your question. “Is it raining within 500 feet of my home?” It is helpful to write out your questions so that if you do not receive the response that you expected, you can look back at the question and see what you actually asked. In many cases the question you thought you were asking is not what you actually asked.

Once you are proficient at reading the movements of the pendulum, the strength of the swing will also come to give your answer special meaning. Just like you might ask your spouse if they think the dress you are wearing makes you look fat, you can gauge the actual answer you receive for truth. If the answer is a hesitant no, or a no but they look away, you might not be that confident that you are wearing the right dress, while a strong “NO” while looking at your outfit will give you a lot more confidence. Similarly, a hesitant swing in the Yes direction might give you cause to ask more questions to get a more direct answer while a STRONG swing gives you more confidence in the answer. Good Luck and Happy Dowsing.

© 2008; Juanita Ott


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