Dowsing Rituals: Necessary or Not?


Written by Nigel Percy


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I suspect that, when you first learned to dowse, you were told to do certain things. These dowsing rituals were to help you get into the right state of mind to dowse.

(Incidentally, that's one of the reasons I don't agree with the ‘Can I?, May I?, Should I? sequence, as the questions assume you are already in the dowsing state, even though it's rarely stated that this should precede these questions.)

Dowsing rituals, the things you do to get yourself ready to dowse, cover a huge range of activities. But they mainly deal with meditation or stilling the mind in one way or another.

Perhaps a better way of saying it is that, to get into the dowsing state, you need to take a step back from the world and find a cozy spot in your head from where you can observe it all without judgment.

When are dowsing rituals no longer rituals?

The problem with rituals, however, is that they can soon become just a habit; a thing or series of things you do because you've always done it that way. There are lots of things we do in our lives which are habits, but which probably were rituals at one point. Saying ‘Bless you!' when someone sneezes, for example. Even shaking hands (to show you don't carry a weapon) is a habit.

What makes a ritual different from a habit is that a ritual is done with intent. Without that intention, it is just a meaningless action.

Let's say, for example, that one of your dowsing rituals is to close your eyes and take a slow, deep breath and then imagine that you are in a sort of soundproof chamber, so that nothing of the outside world can distract you. For the first few times, that will be a struggle to get it easily and quickly. Then it will be much easier and then, it becomes something you do before dowsing.

Because, hopefully, by that stage, you will be able to recognize just how you feel when you are ready to dowse. You won't necessarily need to keep doing the ritual to ‘get you there'. Instead, you can just conjure up the feeling for yourself and then check, in your head, whether you really do have that feeling and are ready to go.

The point of this, of course, is that the more you dowse, the more frequently you get into the dowsing state, the easier it is to get into it. If you need one or more dowsing rituals to get you going, so to speak, then, by all means use one. But don't hang on to it forever. Remember, it's like a crutch.

Be aware of how you feel, of what it feels like, for you, to be ready to dowse and you'll discover that, in the end, your ritual is, in fact, checking in on how you feel.

What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you have dowsing rituals you use? Or have you stopped using them? Let us know in the comments section below.


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  1. Leslie Jacobs

    I discovered that having a lucky #7 charm on me when dowsing, not only calms my mind, it gives me greater confidence and that edge for success. Because it is a dedicated charm for when I go dowsing, I put it on and use it only when I go dowsing and no other times. Having a lucky charm on me when dowsing works great.

    When I am not dowsing, I take it off as charms can wear out if used for something or in a way they are not intended for.

    When I am not dowsing, l have a #7 of Spades playing card in my wallet that is a dedicated full time lucky charm.

    • Nigel Percy

      If it works, it works. But if you find that you can only dowse when you have that, then it becomes a crutch or an obstacle to you freely being able to dowse whenever and wherever you want. But, for now, if it works to help you gain confidence in your dowsing, enjoy it!


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