Blind Dowsing Tips

blind dowsing

Written by Nigel Percy

What Is Blind Dowsing?

Blind dowsing is an excellent way of removing yourself from the answer. It teaches you emotional distance, which is very important.

Blind dowsing is when you don't know what the question is or you don't know which answer you've chosen until later.

Hiding the Question

Use this type of blind dowsing when you want confirmation from a friend or when you know you are too emotionally involved to dowse accurately.

In this, you simply hold the question (or problem) as clearly as possible in your head as you ask another dowser to get the answer to it. Note: This technique is more accurate if you ask a clear, specific, well-worded question.

Hiding the Question Exercise

With a partner, take turns in blind dowsing the other person's question. For the person asking the question, do not tell your partner what the question is. Simply have it as clearly in your mind as possible.

Suggestions for the person doing the dowsing: Wait until your partner is ready, then calm your mind. You can ask a question such as, ‘Is the question held clearly enough for me to answer it?' If so, then dowse whether the answer is either ‘yes' or ‘no'.

Hiding the Answer

Use this version of blind dowsing when on your own and you know that you will be too emotionally involved, for example, to dowse accurately yourself.

Hiding the Answer Exercise

Normally, you would have different numbers of ‘yes' and ‘no' on scraps of paper which you will have rolled into balls and scattered or shuffled, or you can use cards with the answers on, face down. Here you will be choosing between 4 cards (2 ‘Yes' and 2 ‘No') for your answers.

Dowse the following questions, using ONLY the cards with the hidden answers. Only dowse one question before finding out the answer. This will allow us to shuffle cards before your next question. (When using this system on your own, ALWAYS shuffle between questions.)

A. On a scale of -10 to +10, would it be a +8 or better for me to have dental work done on me in the near future?

B. On a scale of -10 to +10, does my present regime of vitamins and supplements dowse as +8 or better for me nutritionally for me at this time?

Have you tried blind dowsing using either of these methods? If so, what was the result? Did it work for you? Let us know in the comments section below.


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  1. Jordan Pisowicz

    I am unsure if I am understanding this process correctly any chance there’s a video about it or if you could clarify how you get the answers from the cards as I’m doing this myself. Thank you very much in advance.

    • Nigel Percy

      I don’t recall making a video on this specifically. However, the process is relatively simple in that you take say 4 index cards. On two of them write Yes on the other two write No. Turn them over, mix them around, close your eyes while doing this and spread them out. (You can, of course, have more than 4 cards and they could even be small pieces of paper, like the small Stick-It notes on which you write yes or no). The main point is that you can’t tell, by looking at the back of them which card contains a yes or a no. Then you ask your question and you use the pendulum to indicate which card contains the answer. The reason for having more than 2 is that usually it’s pretty easy to detect which one contains yes and which one contains no. They need to be as nearly identical on the back as possible for this to work well.
      Hope that helps!

  2. Jordan Pisowicz

    Thanks for the clarification and all the content. I Very much appreciate it.

  3. Bethany

    So – I read a couple of your books last week and loved them! I hadn’t heard of blind dowsing before but I thought maybe it might be the trick for me to learn how to dowse/muscle test with my hands, which I really feel strongly that I want to learn.

    I have been successful with the sway test and a pendulum but anything with my hands has been a no-go. The problem for me is that it always feels the same no matter what, I get no noticeable yes or no. So I thought that if I tried blind dowsing I could stop focusing on overanalyzing based on what I know the answer SHOULD be, and focus on noticing any differences in what it felt like.

    Here’s what I did: I took a sheet of paper, cut it into 8 equal pieces, and wrote numbers 1-4 on them (so that there are 2 of each number). Folded them up and they pretty much all look the same, then would pull one and try to dowse to see if it was a 1,2,3 or 4.

    But I can’t get them right! I get no noticeable difference in any of the hand based muscle testing methods, and then to my surprise my pendulum isn’t working for them either! But the pendulum has worked quite well for the most part otherwise, mostly using charts and yes/no answers.

    Do you know why this might be? I have tried literally ever deviceless dowsing method I’ve come across with the same results (no discernable answer), and even tried to see if I could invent my own and nothing works. I am hydrated, pray for guidance and ask for it to be safe and efficient, have tried correcting my polarity, grounding, etc. I am new to this so there could be something I’m missing, do you have any thoughts?

    • Nigel Percy

      First, I’m glad you found our books helpful. Second, you say that when dowsing over bits of paper with numbers on them, you got no responses mo matter what you did. You didn’t mention what type of dowsing you did with charts, but that was successful. One thought comes to mind, which is that maybe dowsing without a purpose, over something essentially meaningless, simply does not work for you.
      Not everyone is equally competent (or sensitive?) with each dowsing method. Some people love a pendulum and loath l-rods and vice-versa. Perhaps instead of using muscle response in your hands you might try being aware of the sensitivity in them. Try rubbing your palms together and then passing your open hand over a glass of water, a battery, or an electrical wire which has current running through it. If you get a slight response that’s a start.
      Other than that, I’d suggest you make sure you are in the dowsing state and that when you dowse you, you dowse about something that has value for you (which, presumably is not the case with finding which numbers are where).
      Please feel free to let us know if you need further help.

      • Bethany

        Thank you for the quick response! Interesting – I hadn’t thought of meaningless questions being the issue. I was just trying out the technique. Yesterday I was at the store and I actually was sway testing just by looking at various foods and it was working, which is great!

        I feel like I am sensitive enough, and I can dowse with my pendulum, say, to locate my kids (I can say “show me where ____ is” and it will swing in their direction even if they aren’t here at my house) and NSEW directions, I can accurately dowse most anything that I have been able to verify, so this has really thrown me for a loop. I think my main reasoning for wanting to use hands is just that it takes my pendulum some time to respond and I have been doing a lot of Emotion code work and I feel like that would speed things up.

        I’ll definitely try the sensitivity thing just by “feel.” I am pretty new to this – less than a month – but have already found sometimes on my charts (mostly homemade charts, especially one chart I made to help me with Emotion Code) I already know what the answer will be before the pendulum swings to it. So perhaps I just need to tune in more to whatever that is, that enables me to “know” before I know.

        • Nigel Percy

          Good to hear of things working! One piece of advice I can give would be to look at the dowsing state. We have a book on it as well as three articles here, here and here.
          Remember, dowsing is a skill and, like any skill, it requires practice based on good technique, hence I’m going to also recommend you have a look at our course here.
          But, as I said, glad to hear of the progress!


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