Dowsing and Permission

Written by Nigel Percy

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Dowsing and Permission

This is another area of confusion and argument amongst dowsers. It can be split into two different areas: permission to dowse and permission about what to dowse about.

Let's look at the first one; asking permission to dowse.

This is something that has come into fashion since the late twentieth century. Before that, there is no record of this being done. The way this works is by asking three questions before beginning to dowse. These three are; ‘Can I, May I and Should I?'

There are varying interpretations about the meanings, but they can be summed up roughly as follows:

‘Can I?' apparently means, ‘Is this something I am capable of dowsing about?'

‘May I?' supposedly is ‘Do I have permission to do this?'

‘Should I?' is about whether it is advisable or in the best interests of all involved.

The problem with these questions is that they are vague and pretty much useless. After all, you are using dowsing to determine whether or not you can dowse. And that's just to begin with.

The permission part of the second question is extremely vague. Some say that it is asking permission from the ‘high self' of everyone involved. Others say it's about getting permission from the universe in some fashion.

The last question is again about permission. But, if so, who are you asking? If you use the word ‘should', then it means you are making a value judgment. But based on what? And, if it is about the ‘best interest', how is that possibly to be judged, and on what time scale?

In other words, these three questions, often taught to beginners, are pretty much useless because they are so vague and open to differing interpretations.

What, if anything, can replace them?

This is where the second meaning of permission comes in; permission about what to dowse about.

This is very much simpler to describe, because it relies on one thing which cannot be misinterpreted; being given permission to dowse.

If you are dowsing about another person, they must give you their explicit permission. If you are dowsing about an animal, then gain the permission of the owner. If there is no way to gain permission, then you have none and it is inappropriate to dowse.

It's remarkably simple. But it causes arguments. Why?

Because people, being people, want to do things they shouldn't, and they want to find ways to excuse themselves for interfering with other peoples' lives. So they will claim they have gained permission from the high self of the person, or they claim it is for the highest good that they are dowsing. But, if you ask them what does the ‘highest good' actually mean and how are they going to judge that, you will find no sensible answers.

In other words, such dowsers will cloak their prejudices and desires by saying that they have obtained permission in some strange fashion, or that they are helping humanity.

That is being dishonest at worst and unthinking at best. Dowsing, however it might eventually be proven to work, probably engages the energies of both parties in some fashion. In other words, as a dowser, you are entering into and interfering with another person's energy field. Doing that without permission is like walking into someone's house and looking through their fridge, possibly even taking things out or replacing them, for their highest good, of course, without bothering to ask them.

Would you like that being done to you?

Dowsing done properly, with properly obtained permission, is a wonderful tool. Don't abuse that skill!

There is one area, however, where you do not need permission, ever, and that is when you are dowsing about yourself.

Most times, people will use dowsing to focus on ‘what's out there?' and try to deal with it out of prejudice or fear, or because they feel like a victim or they do it out of ego. But, if you focus your dowsing on yourself, to help yourself, not only does the problem of permission disappear, but you are then using dowsing as a powerful tool for self-development.

Happy Dowsing!

What are your thoughts about permission and dowsing? Share them in the comments section below.


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  1. Sherryl

    Never thought about the question about asking. If I want to do something for someone I would usually ask them first just automatically.

    • Nigel Percy

      Not everyone does!

      • Sherryl

        I think it was my mom that taught me to ask or it was just common sense.

  2. Alpheus Moses

    I am interested in the limits of Remote Dowsing .I have had pendulums for about Seven Years,some bought, some made, but have not been properly trained. I now have concerns about my use.

    • Maggie Percy

      Please clarify what concerns you have. Our course will instruct you in good dowsing technique, and you can dowse at a distance as well as in person. I suggest you take our course. See details at

  3. Gabriel Coles

    My question anout gaining permission is what if the reason you are dowsing to begin with is to locate a missing person who has no relatives living in the same state?

    • Nigel Percy

      Has anyone asked you to become involved in locating the person? If not, then presumably you’re doing it because you want to do it. Let’s say that you go ahead anyway, who are you going to tell (assuming you get a result) and why would they believe you anyway?
      Keep it simple. Dowse when you get permission or are asked to become involved.

      • Sherryl Treen

        I agree. Either ask to help or if they know you use a pendulum ask you. Other than that if you want to help join the search party.

  4. Jennifer Dixon

    How should I ask whether or not a person I am dating is interested in someone else

    • Nigel Percy

      While that question might be one of the most important ones you’re ever going to be asking, there are several things you should consider. Dowsing is not 100% accurate. That’s the first thing. Secondly, dowsing is not a substitute for communication. Which leads to my third point, the simplest and best way of having your question answered is to ask the person you are dating. After asking, the person’s response and their subsequent actions should give you sufficient information for you to have a definitive answer. I wish you well!

      • Jennifer Dixon

        Thank you Nigel!!! You are very correct in your statement!!


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