Dowsing Accuracy

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Written by Nigel Percy

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(A transcript of the video is below, if you prefer to read.)

Dowsing Accuracy

Dowsing accuracy is, of course, of major concern to all dowsers. It is also of interest to those who have not yet started to dowse. They ask questions like ‘how accurate is pendulum dowsing', or they wonder if dowsing is accurate in general.

What they are probably thinking when they ask these sorts of questions is whether a dowser is always accurate or not, always gets the right answer.

This, of course, is impossible. Nobody is always right every time they do something. Top athletes who train and train and train and get paid very well to perform a small range of activities, even they are not 100% perfect. So it is not fair to ask if dowsing is 100% accurate, because it's not fair to define accuracy in that way. The honest answer to the question of accuracy is that, for some dowsers, in a very narrow range of dowsing activity, they can be remarkably accurate, somewhere in the 90% range.

Another honest way to answer this question is to say that it depends. It depends on who is dowsing and what they are dowsing about. Dowsing is a skill. And that means that it can be developed and improved. A newcomer to dowsing would vary greatly in their accuracy because they are still learning and they haven't yet found the one area they can excel in.

It can also depend on what is being dowsed. If it is something like water dowsing, which most people have heard of, then it is easy to measure the accuracy. After all, the water is going to be there or it is not going to be there. And if it is there, then the flow rate can be measured and you can test it to see if it is drinkable. Those are easy ways to measure accuracy.

But, what of other areas of dowsing, other ways in which it can be used? Some, like dowsing vitamins or discovering energy lines on the earth, are not so easy to measure for accuracy. The vitamins might well be working, but if you're also changing diet and the way you exercise, that could be the reason for much of the success you think they have. And, with something invisible, like lines of energy, that pretty much has to be taken on faith by any onlooker.

So if you are a dowser and someone who doesn't dowse asks you how accurate is pendulum dowsing, or the accuracy of dowsing in general, then probably the best response you can have is to get them dowsing and let them decide for themselves.

Happy Dowsing!

Share your story about your dowsing accuracy in the comments section below and help others see the ways it can be used!

 

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22 Comments

  1. Kim

    How accurrate is a pendulum reading as ive had someone do one for me at 5.00 a time and ive have 3 reading so far and theyve all been differant each time and i cant find anyone else who does them to see if i get same answers

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    • Nigel Percy

      I may be wrong, but it sounds like you’re trying to find someone who will give you an answer that you want, otherwise why keep trying? The point about accuracy in dowsing is that you are only as good as you are on the day, which means accuracy can vary somewhat. For good dowsers, that accuracy range is small, but for others, it can cover a wide range (depending, of course, on what you are dowsing about). Dowsing if water can be found in one place or another is yes/no. Dowsing about relationships and what might happen in the future involves way more variables and is not so straightforward. So to fully answer your question, it depends on what is being dowsed about and also how good, in general, the dowser is.

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      • 1-800-come-on-now

        You did read this wrong.
        If this was a REAL skill; there would be a consistent reading.
        Because it’s not; it’s not.

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        • Nigel Percy

          Archery is a real skill yet I do not think that every archer on every day manages to hit the bullseye every time. The good ones can consistently hit the target. They are not consistently 100% accurate.

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      • John

        I’ve been dowsing for over 20 years, meditate regularly and fully understand the process of self awareness and truth. I also connect with many gifted people who trance channel the highest forms of light.

        After years of dowsing and going back and forth I eventually had to bring dowsing to a stop because the information made a lot of sense at times and brought about a lot of further understanding of what I was processing, but other times it was like I was connecting to a group of naughty children (or one’s own ego) who just wanted to mess with me. I cannot seem to get the same consistency no matter how neutral, still minded or energy cleared I am. I even consistently call on the light to ensure I have the highest intension. My questions were also precision based to avoid confusing answers. Therefore the issue is not practice at all, but an understanding of where this information is coming from….and why?? If it’s not correct then what is the body responding to get that incorrect information, and vice versa.
        The ability to channel is very clear…you’re either connecting and receiving information or you’re not. The source of that information is another discussion.
        But dowsing receives information at all times even if it’s from a reliable or unreliable source hence why the accuracy discussion is always ongoing. In dowsing we have few ways, or none at all of finding out if you’re being led down a path of truth or illusion.

        So the real teaching is to understand who or what we are connecting to and how to ensure its always in alignment with the truth. The truth is always consistent.

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        • Maggie Percy

          Nigel will have an answer to this, but I can’t resist responding, because this is a very thoughtful question and one which many dowsers ask.

          My first and most important comment is that while we all want to know where our dowsing answers come from, it really doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter, because the answer should be the same regardless of where it comes from. I want to know where the answer come from. But I don’t know. That doesn’t stop me from dowsing, because I believe using focused intuition always is an improvement over using only my rational mind. I am not minimizing your curiosity, but I think by getting too attached to needing to know, we then affect our dowsing negatively. We need to trust our intuition, and if you have proper technique, that becomes easier, because your answers become more accurate.

          The second issue here is the concept of truth. Nigel will probably address that. When you are dowsing for a particular fact, there is a ‘truth’ of sorts possible. Either you are going to get the job you applied for or not. But many dowsing questions are more complex. They seek information to be used as guidance for healing, or a choice of marriage or not, or where to live. Dowsing for ‘truth’ sort of implies there is a right or wrong answer, and in some cases that may be true. But advanced dowsing is more complex than simply finding which supplement is best for your goals (and that is also a bit complex, if you think about it).

          I believe using focused intuition is NOT simply like googling some fact. I believe it is a life skill for helping us navigate complex situations and reach our goals. You have to have clear goals for this to work. Most people do not. And the interesting fact is, once you start making clear goals, then sometimes, it appears your dowsing answer leads you astray or is ‘wrong’, but it is not. It may be wrong in fact, but right in terms of your goal. A simple example is if I dowse the best route to get to the airport for my flight, and it turns out there is a huge pileup, then you would say the answer is wrong. However, when the plane you miss falls out of the sky, the fact is, your goal has been met, if you were wanting at any level to be safe.

          I know that is a complex example, but many dowsing questions deal in similar complexities. I have very complex goals when I ask about taking my apparently sick cat to the vet. I want the cat well. But I also want not to waste money or make him sicker. I don’t want to put him through pain and suffering for no good reason. When I dowse consistently that I shouldn’t take him to the vet and he dies, does that mean I got a wrong answer? Not necessarily. Maybe I got through dowsing that his pancreas was OK and he didn’t have cancer, and he had no infection or parasites, because no matter what I did, he was going to die, and my main goal was to give him the best care with the least harm or pain and cost. Yes, he had cancer or whatever, and I got the ‘wrong’ answer, but did I really? No.

          I think if you see dowsing as focused intuition for improving your life and reaching goals, many of them quite complex, you can begin to see that even ‘wrong’ answers can lead to good outcomes, and what this does is teaches you to trust your intuition and not be so hung up on ‘truth’ or where the answers come from. Is your life better with dowsing? I think it is.

          This answer doesn’t even address the fact that there are many paths to reaching your goals, and you can only go on those which align with your current energy. Dowsing doesn’t magically make you a different person. You can only be led by your intuition where you allow yourself to be led. Dowsing answers must align with your energy. You can’t see what you can’t see, even with dowsing; sometimes that means you cannot see the truth. And that is a huge topic to explore. Self-work in allowing is vital. Dowsing isn’t magic and can’t make you psychic. It only improves your ability to react to situations and create positive outcomes.

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        • Nigel Percy

          Some interesting points here. One of the basic ways of determining accuracy is to dowse about questions which can be verified, such as finding water, for example, or where pipes or cables run in the house. Doing such things can help immeasurably in improving accuracy. Non-tangible targets cannot be verified as easily so the level of accuracy is, to a great extent, unknown. In such cases it is hard to establish ‘Truth’ as if it were one thing only. It is much more likely that truth is both plural and contingent, depending upon beliefs and the nature of whatever is being dowsed about.
          To be honest, it sounds very much like you were channeling rather than dowsing when you speak of connecting to ‘a group of naughty children’.
          As for receiving information at all times, that is how we live and dowsing is simply picking out specific aspects of that in response to the questions asked. At our other website sixthsensebooks.com you can find our book ‘The Nature Of Intuition’ which resulted from thinking about where dowsing answers come from. You’ll find that it covers a very wide range of possibilities, but none of them need be explained in terms of ‘light’ or any other such terms.
          I think the important point here is not to be concerned about the origin of answers, but on the objectivity of the mind in the act of dowsing.
          Thanks for bringing these questions up.

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  2. frank

    how do you know if you get the right answer with the pendulum. i have had it for some time and i get varying answers to the same question. so how can i refine my skills so i can have a higher accuracy rate

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    • Nigel Percy

      First, I’d advise against asking the same question over and over. That’s not a good way to improve your accuracy (or your confidence). If you want to know if you have the right answer, then you should spend time dowsing about those things you can verify. There are some examples in this post about dowsing accuracy but basically try dowsing practical things. Examples might include which movie you will like best to rent, or which book you will find to be of most use (or most enjoyable) about a particular interest. Dowsing when a meal is cooked to your exact satisfaction, or the location of piping or wiring behind a wall (which you intend to dig into anyway!) or the location of the lid of the septic tank. All such things (and many more) can be verifiable. The more you do of these, the greater your self-confidence becomes and thus the increased confidence in your dowsing accuracy on those things which are not so easily verifiable. The best way of all to increase your accuracy is to dowse everyday on as many different things as possible.
      I hope that helps give you some ideas to try out!

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      • Vivian

        Yes, I’ve used mine to find the sweetest fruit at the market with the greatest results and to to find out if the foods I’m cooking need more spices or salt or if my meats are done to perfection. So many things it can be used for!

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        • Nigel Percy

          Excellent suggestions! Thank you for posting them.

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  3. Frank

    Hello there thank you for getting back to me
    i have been dowsing about certain people and events in my life which has given me mixed results
    it has caused me confusion because at times when a yes becomes a no
    i have dowsed if that person is a real friend or could be trusted and often times i get the wrong answer
    i ask for permission to dowse that person. i have my method of yes and no correct i know which is my yes and which is my no
    i have had a pendulum which i have put down and picked up since 1991 but the issue of accuracy has been very questionable but yes i will first dowse for the things i know and then ask about the unknowns

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    • Nigel Percy

      Good to hear you’re going to focus on practical aspects for a while. I’m, certain it will be of benefit. Just one point to make about what you were dowsing about. You say you were dowsing about how a person might or might not be a friend. Dowsing about other people requires (in our way of thinking) a direct form of permission from them. But, as you’re asking about them in relation to you, you could first define what you mean by a good friend and then dowse about how you will feel about them within a certain time period. In this case you’re dowsing about your own feelings and emotions and not theirs. To my mind that’s more ethical. Remember a real friend might be one who tells you truths you’d rather not hear, or act in such a way as to make you look at yourself in a new light. It’s up to you to decide what exactly makes a real friend for you.
      Good luck with improving your accuracy!

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  4. Kelsey J Duncan

    A very good article Mr Percy. I love your replies. I did not know you were a Life Skills Trainer also. I am going to check my accuracy on a divining job I did for a friend last week. I told my friend that I would predict how far down the water is and its flow rate before he drills the bore. I will let you know how it goes.

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    • Maggie Percy

      Water dowsing is a very practical, valuable skill. It isn’t one of our specialties, but we have dowsed one well in the desert successfully. As with all types of dowsing, success depends on having good basic technique. We wish you luck with your endeavor and look forward to hearing from you in the future.

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    • Nigel Percy

      I don’t know about being a Life Skills Trainer :-), but I am interested in hearing how you do with your water dowsing. Always good to hear from someone using dowsing!

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  5. Kelsey J Duncan

    Have you or any of your followers used dowsing to predict the sex type of Canary Birds? It works I think. I have just dowsed my breeding pairs of canaries. It had a positive result. I used Clockwise Movement of my crystal as female and Line movement as male. I used anti-clockwise movement of my crystal as I don’t know. It is winter here in Australia now, so I will have to wait until spring to find out the results of the sex of my baby canaries. In any case, my dowsing still only works if I clear my mind and concentrate on only the energy. I think you called that the Dowsing State didn’t you?

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    • Maggie Percy

      Dowsing gender in humans or animals is one common application of dowsing, and yes, it does work. The only caveat is you must practice proper dowsing technique, which we talk about extensively on this site. You can check the article on Dowsing Basics to see what they are, then look at articles on each step. If you are clear on your goal, have a good question and are detached and able to get into a dowsing state, you will be correct over 90% of the time. And this is one application you can keep a journal and then record your accuracy based on results. You can then go back to your journal entry if you were wrong and try to figure out why and improve your technique.

      We look forward to hearing how it goes when the babies hatch. And remember our Discovering Dowsing course is a great investment if you want to master dowsing and use it in a variety of ways to improve your life.

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  6. PJ

    I started dowsing several years ago. My grandmother was renown as a water dowser and my Mom claimed she was psychic. This grandma passed over in the 1970s. Anyway, I often repeat the question at different times of the day (I tend to be more accurate in the p.m., as that’s when the pendulum swings more without any prompts from me). Each time, the questions to the answer repeat. For example, I ask the same question over and over to ensure I am getting the correct answer. I also pose my one question in both positive and negative questions, such as: Is my dog a dachshund? (answer “yes”) versus Is my dog a poodle (answer “no”). My dowsing is proving to be very accurate, up to and including answering this question: “Is my daughter and her husband pregnant? They had been trying for five years and had NOT opted for fertility treatments and are no longer “young”. One afternoon last summer, the answer was “yes” and through process of elimination, I was able to deduce the arrival date in late November 2019. I asked my daughter, “Is there any news on the baby front?” She dejectedly said no, but that was life, etc. Her usual depressed answer that made her cry, so it was something that I never pestered her about. Then a few weeks later, she called and said they were expecting in November 2019. I didn’t tell her my grandchild would be a boy (another yes or no deduction) as she would just have rolled her eyes at her freaky Friday mother and all my voodoo ju-ju. Anyway, this is another question asked in positive and negative several times, and all repeated that my grandchild would be a boy. Grandson is healthy, born on November 29, 2019 and has blue eyes like his Mom: two more questions – born healthy? and blue eyes? – that were correctly predicted by dowsing.

    PS: Have connected to my grandma on the other side and confirmed several known and unknown family history; unknown family history was confirmed via other relatives that filled in the blanks and ‘verified’ grandma’s responses from the other dimension.

    I do not dowse professionally and have no intention of doing so.

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    • Nigel Percy

      Congratulations on your dowsing. As an aside we prefer not to keep repeating a question but being in the right frame of mind and asking a specific question once. Nevertheless, congratulations!

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  7. Charles

    I recently started but have had accurate deja vu my whole life as far as I can remember, about 36 years. My question and answer remain constant every single time. Deja vu has saved my life 3 times by allowing me years later to break the chain of events. That being said would you place trust in the dowsing prediction I received?

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    • Maggie Percy

      This is a difficult question to answer. Every person is unique. No method is 100% accurate. You are the best judge of whether you can trust a prediction or premonition, because you know how an accurate one ‘feels’.

      Dowsing is something new to you. It may take time to achieve the level of trust in your dowsing that you have in your gut feelings or deja vu. Be patient. Work on proper technique. Learn from your mistakes. Keep a journal when dowsing. I always recommend having a dowsing buddy who is a good dowser who can back up what you get. In the end, it’s your call. If you are dowsing something important as a newbie, it may not be wise to act on your dowsing. But then again, I did when I was new, and it turned out great. If you feel no fear about your answer and it just feels right, it is likely to be right, but only you can say for sure. But: Never act on anything important based on newbie dowsing alone.

      We’re here to help you improve your technique and use dowsing in many ways. Read the articles and watch our videos and post questions about the content. We look forward to being your guides.

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