Questions And Answers
“You don't see yet, Genry, why we perfected and practice Foretelling?”
“To exhibit the perfect uselessness of knowing the answer to the wrong question.”
–The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
A lot of time should be spent in dowsing classes on asking a good dowsing question. Because your answer is only as good as your question.
Learning how to ask a good dowsing question is complex. It's part art and part science. It's about learning to listen to your intuition while also tapping into your rational mind. In fact, there is so much to know about that subject, you could probably create a two-day workshop on it.
To save you the trouble of searching for a two-day workshop on making a good dowsing question, we've written a book on it instead, full of questions for you and your dowsing.
Dowsing accuracy and confidence go hand in hand. And getting ‘wrong' answers can erode your confidence. Can you remember when you first started dowsing (or maybe you're new, and this is something you've experienced) and you were so excited about using dowsing? And you rushed off and started dowsing about this and that, and it was so much fun to be getting yes and no answers to questions you could never have known the answer to?
But then you started finding out that some of your answers weren't right. And each time you got a ‘wrong' answer, you felt worse. You doubted your dowsing. You doubted your talent. And it almost seemed that doubt led to more mistakes. Has this happened to you?
A good dowsing question is something you grow into
Honestly, when you are learning anything, there is a learning curve. You make mistakes. You make course corrections. Like learning to skate or play the piano. You don't expect to be perfect immediately. But somehow, with dowsing, people get discouraged if they make mistakes. They start thinking maybe they can't dowse. Or worse yet, they think maybe dowsing is fake and doesn't work.
Technique and practice are so important in mastering any skill. Dowsing is a skill. You can master it. But you need to know proper technique, and you must practice (unless you're the Mozart of dowsing :)).
Take the time to make a good dowsing question
Taking the time to make a good dowsing question and learning all the factors that go into it can seem boring or tedious. You may be so eager to get dowsing, that you want to skip that stuff. But don't. Take the time to learn how to ask a good dowsing question. Then your answers will be much more accurate. That will cause you to have confidence. And that leads you to enjoy using dowsing more and more.
In the posts on this site, there are often suggestions about asking a good dowsing question. So wander around the site and feel free to add a comment on them.
For now, I'll just start by saying the first step in asking a good dowsing question is to get a pen and paper and make a list about what you are asking about. Why are you asking this? Why do you want to know? What do you want to know? List the factors how, when, who, where, what and why about your subject.
A good dowsing question is usually long. Writing your question down, at least at first, is helpful. That way, you don't have to focus on remembering it when you dowse. You read it a few times, then focus on getting into a dowsing state and ask, “What's the answer to this question?”
Then write your answer down. It's best if you can confirm the truth of the answer, as that helps you learn.
Don't assume your dowsing was ‘wrong' if the answer appears wrong. Take time to try and see why that could have been the correct answer to YOUR question. In other words, how was the question weak or incomplete, causing that to be a correct answer to that question? That way, you can improve next time.
What has been your experience about getting a good dowsing question right? What went right (or wrong)? Share your story in the comments section below