Chapter 8: Are Dowsing Tools Needed?

Written by Maggie Percy

Dowsing Tools Not Required

A common question is, “Are dowsing tools needed to dowse?” You don't really need dowsing tools to dowse. They are just a way of amplifying your body's reaction to the dowsing question, so that you may more easily interpret the answer. It's just as easy-perhaps easier-to learn to dowse without tools.

In fact, when we teach dowsing, we always begin by showing students how to dowse without tools. This is called deviceless dowsing. Deviceless dowsing may seem weird, but you may have encountered it before. If you go to a chiropractor or any practitioner who uses muscle testing, that is a form of dowsing without a tool, or more properly, using the body as the tool.

There are many deviceless dowsing techniques. All of them make it possible to get a “yes” or “no” to your dowsing questions simply by using a part of the body. Let's start by showing you one of the most popular deviceless dowsing techniques, called The Body Sway.

Learn The Body Sway

The Body Sway is easy to do. You stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and relax. Empty your mind. It's important to get into a dowsing state. We describe that in an earlier chapter of the guide. Your goal will be to use the swaying of your body to indicate a “yes” or “no” response to your question.

In order to see what your “yes” is, you can ask a question for which you know the answer. We've found that this one works well for most people: “Was I born in _____________(name the city/state/country you were born in) in this lifetime?” By putting the proper birthplace in the blank, you will get a “yes” answer in most cases. (There are some pitfalls that would be covered in a dowsing course, but this will get you started.) Most people find that their body moves forward for “yes”.

It may take time and patience at first. You need to be in a dowsing state, detached, open, and thinking of nothing but your question. Then wait for the answer. Be open and curious.

To check your “no” response, put a false location into the birthplace statement and see what your body does. For most people, it will sway backwards. Newbies will usually find it takes a bit longer to get an answer, and the motion may not be large. Closing your eyes while asking the question will accentuate the motion for you. As you become a more masterful dowser, your answers will come faster and be stronger.

Blink Dowsing Is Fun

If you've read the other chapters, you know that simply getting a yes/no response is only a small part of what dowsing is, and that there are other key elements to really dowsing, including asking a good question, getting into a dowsing state and ethical dowsing practices. A good dowsing course is indispensable if you intend to become a masterful dowser, and it should include all of those subjects.

There are many ways to dowse without a tool. Our personal favorite is Blink Dowsing. You use the motion of your eyelids to indicate the answer in Blink Dowsing, which makes it one of the stealthiest dowsing practices. To get started with Blink Dowsing, be calm and relaxed and get into a dowsing state while softly focusing on a spot on a wall in front of you.

Use the same birthplace questions you did with The Body Sway. Start with your real birthplace and observe what your eyelids do. Do they blink once or twice? Do they feel like they can't stay open? For most people, one blink is “yes”. If you aren't sure it was a dowsing blink, ask the question again and see.

Then ask your question containing the false birthplace and observe what your eyes do. For most people, “no” is no reaction at all. However, people do get different reactions. All that really matters is that your “yes” and “no” are different and consistent. Once you know what they are, you are good to go.

Amaze yourself with your dowsing prowess! Learn dowsing from Nigel & Maggie Percy, who have been dowsing for decades. They share all their expertise in the Discovering Dowsing Course.

Finger Dowsing Is Easy

There are many other interesting deviceless dowsing techniques. You won't find all of them equally effective for you, but you should be able to find a few that work well. Many techniques involve the use of your fingers or hands. We have noted more than 20 different deviceless techniques. They are a lot of fun to try.

There are benefits to dowsing without tools:

  • You can dowse any time, anywhere. No tool needed.
  • You can dowse stealthily, so people don't realize you are dowsing
  • Deviceless dowsing teaches you to be aware of all your bodily responses to a dowsing question, rather than focusing on the movement of a tool. It is easier to develop your intuitive sensing abilities if you are open to all your body's reactions during dowsing.

But Wait, There's Still More…

Remember that dowsing is much more than just getting a yes/no response to your questions. In fact, many people who think they are dowsing are not, because it is possible to get a yes/no response when you are not in a dowsing state. That is why it is so important to get proper dowsing training. We love to help people who are interested in learning to dowse accurately. To continue your exploration of dowsing, click the links below.

Better yet, get our Discovering Dowsing course and learn how to become an accurate, confident dowser. See details here.


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