A pendulum is nothing more than a communication device. In and of itself it has no power and no ability to move. Although no one knows how or why dowsing works, it is most commonly thought that the movement of the pendulum is controlled through or by your subconscious (or something of that nature). Any object hung from a piece of string is a pendulum. As dowsing pendulums can be purchased in all sizes, shapes and materials, it is important only that you choose a tool that you're comfortable with for all pendulums work equally well for experienced dowsers
Learning to Dowse
Dowsing is a skill that anyone can learn. It does take practice but then what worthwhile goal is ever reached without effort? Before you can practice you do need to discover what the movement of the pendulum means.
For beginners, dowsing can be accomplished using three movements: one for a YES/POSITIVE answer, another for NO/NEGATIVE, and a third for MAYBE/NEUTRAL (or a Rephrase the Question) response. Experienced dowsers may also count the number of swings or turns to determine depth of an item being searched for; rely on the movement of the instrument to determine the length of a particular treatment they're doing; etc.
The first step is determining what YOUR responses mean. Your responses may vary from another person's but that is fine - what works for you is all that counts!
•Take your pendulum and hold the string or chain between your thumb and first finger, about 2 ½ to 3 inches from the weight at the end.
•Sit quietly for a few moments to centre and ground yourself. If you find that you are out-of-sorts in some way wait until another time. You should be in a state of relaxed alertness.
•While slowly swinging the pendulum vertically back and forth, mentally (or out loud) ask the pendulum to show you your YES movement by swinging in a circular direction. This will be clockwise or counter-clockwise. If there is little or irregular movement it might be beneficial to hold the pendulum over your right knee.
•Repeat for a NO response. Repeat the question "Please show me what my YES response is."
•Ask for your MAYBE response. Oftentimes it will be a back-and-forth swing at a 45-degree angle. It should be something quite different from the circular motions.
Now you practice, practice, and practice some more! You should start by asking questions that you know the answers to. For example, is my name ____ (choose a name other than your own)? You should get a NO response. Repeat the question using your own name. You should get a YES response. Then you can move on to asking questions where the answer can be verified, such as "Are there any messages on my answering machine?" If you get a YES response, ask, "Is there 1 message?" "More than 1 message?" "Is there 2 messages?" and so on. These simple exercises, done consistently, will enhance and confirm your ability to dowse.
There are a number of charts available commercially or you can print out the chart below. You can add numbers 0 to 100 (in increments of 10) for a percentage chart or mark the names of various remedies (Bach Flower, homeopathic, etc.) to see which ones you should take. Anything at all can be marked on the chart. Hold your pendulum at the centre of the bottom line and slowly swing it back-and-forth horizontally. Then ask a question such as "What is the percentage of likelihood that it will rain today?" The pendulum will slowly move to a diagonal back-and-forth swing over the correct figure.
How to Use a Pendulum for Divination
To use the pendulum, dangle the object while holding the other end either with your fingers or by looping the end of the chain over one finger. The hand is kept as still as possible. The pendulum should begin to move within a minute or so. A pendulum movements include swinging back and forth and circling either clockwise or counter clockwise. By practicing first, it is possible for anyone to accomplish getting some movement from the pendulum.
In order to practice tapping into the subconscious, it is advised to draw a simple direction (NESW) chart and then ask questions of which you know the answers.
Some practice questions include which way is north or which direction is my front door. Practice and ask about weather conditions or some similar question when divining for yes or no answers. The main thing is that you know the answers to the questions and that you can get the pendulum to give correct answers. When you are able to answer your questions, it is time to try dowsing for unknown information.
Before the divination is performed, the meanings of the movements should already be decided. This should be decided even if you are only going to do simple yes or no questions. To avoid any confusion over the answers that are received, use a cloth or paper on which the directions or quadrants are clearly marked. Ask questions in such a way that your pendulum will be able to answer according to the rules on which you have decided. You can ask your questions mentally or aloud.
There are different types of charts you can create for your divination with a pendulum. Your charts can be linear, circular or semi-circular. Examples of charts that can be useful include alphabet, numbers, yes or no, color, directions and one marked with segments for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual.
With your pendulum, you will be able to divine answers to questions about the future, relationships, lost items and for help with making decisions. You can make
your own charts for whatever is necessary.
It is important to make your own rules about the pendulum movement if you are not going to use divination charts. If you are using charts, it is easy to gain specific answers to a variety of questions. You can customize your charts easily. Just make sure you are consistent with your own rules.
Some amazing things can be uncovered using the pendulum. For years the pendulum has been associated with the Svengali image of the hypnotist holding you in his power.
. Actually, as one looks at the information on pendulums, the pendulum goes much further back in history. Ancient kings and queens such as Solomon, Sheba, Cleopatra and other employed the use of pendulumists, who practiced the science of Radiesthesia. Today, pendulums are more widely used by psychologists, hypnotists and individuals to create a link of communication with the subconscious mind to uncover information thought to be forgotten or unknown. Many skilled in the science of E.S.P. utilize the pendulum to connect with powers and intelligence beyond the physical. In all truth, this tool is as serious as you make it. And dowsing pendulums can be as inexpensive or as expensive, or as small or as large as you want them.
The most inexpensive pendulum can be made for less than a penny by tying a small
object such as a small nut on the end of a piece of string. Expensive pendulums can be made from the finest of crystals. The crystals are believed to possess certain energies that are compatible with the user's energies to get the best results. Somehow the acrylic pendulums we manufacture, (a molten plastic that crystallizes upon cooling and is polished so that it is perfectly clear) is the best approach for the beginner pendulumist. Because it is perfectly spherical, there are no distractions from rotating shapes that many others have.
Unlike ouija boards, that have somewhat of a reputation for connecting with unsavory and sometimes evil forces, the pendulum is associated with connecting with the good and more powerful forces. (Forces that bring health and prosperity to the user--and never at the expense of another's health or prosperity.) Using the pendulum, you can develop skills to achieve your potential or just plain have more fun picking numbers for the lottery.
What makes it work? Tiny muscles in your finger tips are connected to the motor centers of the brain and it is these motor centers that are affected by unconscious thoughts. Your unconscious thoughts cause the tiny muscles in your fingers to react and thus move the pendulum. This is called the ideomotor response. The pendulum then becomes a direct link to your unconscious. And the unconscious is where thoughts and memories are stored that your conscious is unaware of. The pendulum is a means of connecting with those hidden truths and memories. Using the pendulum this way is called pendulum dowsing--using it to find information.
Making your dowsing charts for crystal pendulum dowsing
First, draw a circle about 4" in diameter on a blank sheet of paper. Draw a straight horizontal line through the circle to intersect the center of the circle. Place an arrow on each of of the line and label the line, "NO." Next draw a vertical line through the center of the circle, add an arrow on each end and label this line, "Yes." At the top of the circle draw a curved line inside or outside the circle to match the curvature of the circle, place one arrow on the right side of the line and label this curved line, "I don't know." Lastly at the bottom of the circle, draw another curved line as you did at the top, place an arrow on the left end of the line and label it, "I don't care to answer."
If you're right handed, place your right elbow on the table with your forearm and hand extended above the chart. Drape the chain of the pendulum over your right forefinger and hold in in place with your thumb such that the ball of the pendulum is suspended from a half inch to an inch over the center of the chart. Obviously if you are left handed, you use your left arm and hand.
Begin by thinking the word, "Yes." Don't try to make the pendulum move, nor try to hold it still, just let the thought, "yes," repeat in your mind. Some people respond immediately and the pendulum begins moving up and down on the chart along the vertical line labeled, "Yes." The response might be very minimal or very strong--it doesn't matter.
If the pendulum doesn't move, it's because you are trying too hard, i.e. trying to make sure that you are not consciously moving it. If so, relax, take a few deep breaths, close your eyes and repeatedly think, "Yes." Let your mind and body feel the direction of, "yes." If no response is attained, skip to horizontal direction. Repeat this for the horizontal direction representative of, "NO." There are only two other directions, clock wise and counter clock wise. Think, "I don't know," to have the pendulum move in the clockwise direction. And then plead the fifth (pun), think, "I don't care to answer," to have it move in the counter clock wise direction.
Now you are ready for basic communication. Suggestion: avoid starting with complication. Keep your initial communication basic. Begin by asking, "I am asking my subconscious if my name is "_________?" Or, I am asking my subconscious mind if I am married?" Make sure each question is directed to your subconscious mind by saying, "I am asking my subconscious mind... As you direct the question to the subconscious, avoid consciously thinking the answer, i.e. let your mind be blank. Avoid thinking, "sure my wife's name is," or, "of course I'm not--I'm not even dating anyone." Also make sure the question is clearly stated. If not, the pendulum may swing diagonally.
If you are having trouble getting the pendulum to respond, you are trying too hard. Like any talent, it improves with tutoring and practice. The book, Pendulum Power by Greg Nielsen and Joseph Polansky as well as our own "How to use the Pendulum" cassette program may be very useful. Often times the hypnotic suggestions and relaxation found on the cassette program opens the pathways to your subconscious more easily and effectively than if you do it simply form a book or these instructions. The program also gives suggestions to develop the subconscious connection with the universal intelligence.
Once you have linked communication with your pendulum and feel confident, you can begin using it for finding answers which are not known to your conscious. It can be used as a Magic Lotto ball, a Magic Mind Finder®, food finder, for dowsing, and so on. Technically, as a Magic Mind Finder your are exploring your subconscious for self truths. As a Magic Lotto Ball, you're having fun picking numbers or using it in a more advanced way of connecting your subconscious with powers beyond yourself--there are no guarantees that this is possible.
Caution: the pendulum gives you literal interpretation from the subconscious, e.g., you may ask yours subconscious mind if your name is (name) and even though that is what your birth certificate says, it may swing, NO." This is because your subconscious doesn't regard you as " _____," but as your nickname. Or perhaps you ask yourself if you're a writer, and it might say, NO." because you regard yourself as a poet. Thus you may not always have rational explanations for the answers. Your mind is influenced easily, so if your husband disappointed you and didn't take out the garbage today, don't ask if you love him. A "NO," answer may mean that your love is contingent on the garbage being taken out, which really ahs nothing to do with him -- unless your marriage is only about the garbage being taken out.
Uncovering Hidden Truths
For example, you feel that you enjoy your job or career, but don't understand why you're lacking initiative.
"I'm asking my subconscious mind if I enjoy my job?" The pendulum swings, "NO".
"I'm asking my subconscious mind if I like the type of work that I do?" It swings, "YES."
"I'm asking my subconscious mind if I like my supervisor?" It swings, "YES."
"I'm asking my subconscious mind if I enjoy the commute to work?" It swings, "NO."
"I'm asking my subconscious mind if I want to relocate closer to work?" It swings, "YES."
and you have your answer.
The pendulum can be used to:
determine romantic compatibility.
uncover reasons for phobic reactions.
find lost articles.
determine sex of unborn child/children.
uncover reasons for resistance to weight loss.
define the best suggestions for use in self hypnosis
induce hypnosis or self hypnosis
question witness in forensic investigations
do pendulum dowsing
as a food finder
have fun at parties
have fun picking lottery numbers, winners at the track...
metaphysical, esp, and so on.
Nomenclature: some who use the pendulum call it dowsing and the chart is called a dowsing chart. By holding the pendulum over a specific food, dowsing pendulums can be used to determine if the specific food is healthy for you.
Those who use it for hypnosis or self hypnosis generally don't refer to it as dowsing, they simply call it using the pendulum to uncover hidden truths or as an aid to induce hypnosis or self hypnosis. Then there are those who simply call themselves pendulumists and use it metaphysically.