Finger Dowsing – The Finger Link Method

Finger Dowsing

Written by Nigel Percy

Finger Dowsing: The Basics

Although having a pendulum or other tool always to hand is useful, there will be times when you need to dowse something when you don't have a tool. That's when you turn to deviceless dowsing. This term simply means you don't use a tool such as a pendulum or rods. You just need to know how to use fingers, eyes, arms or whatever else you are comfortable with to get an answer. In this case, the type of deviceless dowsing we'll be talking about is finger dowsing.

There are several variations on finger dowsing. Amongst the various types, this finger link method is one of the more widely known. In all the variations there is a similarity. As a dowser, you are looking for a difference between a ‘yes' and a ‘no' response when you dowse. If you can't tell the difference with whatever tool (or in this case, whichever finger dowsing method) you use, then you have to change to something which will show that difference. The difference is usually in the strength or weakness of the response. In virtually all deviceless dowsing methods it is true to say that a strong response indicates a ‘yes' while a weak response indicates a ‘no'.

How that response is obtained will, of course, depend on which method you are using. The video below takes you through how you can tell the different responses in this particular type of finger dowsing.

It is a simple but effective method. We have seen it used by many different people in a variety of situations; from working with animals to checking vitamins to…well, just about anything!

Watch this short video and you'll see for yourself just how quick and easy it can be.

Did it work for you? Share your experience with finger dowsing in the comments section below.


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  1. Sanjeev Koul


  2. Nigel Percy

    Glad you liked it!

  3. Sam

    I have been successful getting yes/no with a pendulum, but with body/finger dowsing I have been struggling for long. I use same amount of pressure for yes and no, but failed to notice a difference even after spending a lot of time with many methods. Do you recommend using electronic hand held devices that are designed to help people who find it difficult to get a response?

    I read a few applied kinesiology books and surprised to see none of them have mentioned a procedure/ technique to learn these methods, while a couple of books suggest ‘fake it till you make it’ approach. Wont this be an issue in itself if we end up programming the subconscious this way?

    • Maggie Percy

      Very good questions. There is a reason you are able to use a pendulum and haven’t had luck with deviceless techniques. My first suggestion is try another deviceless technique. If you’ve tried and tried one finger dowsing method without success, try blink dowsing or the body sway. Most people can get results with the body sway. There are over 20 ways to dowse without a tool that we know of, and one is probably going to be easy for you. Search for ‘deviceless dowsing’ on this site and read the articles. If you signed up for our newsletter, you get access to three videos on deviceless dowsing. If you own our Discovering Dowsing course, the complete range of deviceless techniques is covered in the Basic Dowsing segment.

      What if you try them all and get no results? There are two things I would look into. First, getting a yes/no with a pendulum is not dowsing, in that anyone can do that and not be dowsing if they are not using proper dowsing technique. You can prove this to yourself by asking any question at all, and you will see you get a yes or no. However, the answers won’t be any better than guessing. You have to follow proper technique in order to dowse.

      Proper dowsing technique is not that hard, but you must master it. You need to make a good question. You must learn how to get into a dowsing state, the altered brain state required for dowsing, and you need to be detached about the answer. There are many articles on these subjects on the site, plus our course goes into detail.

      If you have mastered basic technique and get accurate answers with a pendulum, but can’t get any body dowsing method to work, you may have past life issues or beliefs that are stopping you, and they will need to be cleared. However, this is rare, and I prefer to think you just need to either master basic technique or find the right deviceless method for you. So try that first.

      As to electronic devices for getting a response, I have never heard of such a thing, and I would not want to add EMFs into the dowsing process. Dowsing is natural and doesn’t require a device at all. Don’t complicate it.

      I also don’t think faking it is a good idea. You are right. You need to build confidence by seeing that you CAN dowse. To me, that means learn basic technique and start practicing on simple things that matter. Our book “101 Amazing Things You Can Do With Dowsing” is free on all online channels and will give you lots to dowse about. It is natural to doubt your dowsing at first. Just keep doing it and you will start seeing more and more success if you follow our suggestions.

  4. Sam

    Thank you Maggie, I did follow your suggestions and it helped a lot, but the device-less dowsing concept still confuses me. Do we need to give ourselves separate instructions (As in hypnosis or subconscious programming) to start indicating yes/no responses to our questions? I found that making fingers or a tool to respond is the simplest part of learning to dowse, but having these tools respond to our questions is totally different.

    Since my post above I have managed to get finger dowsing to work, and by ‘work’, I mean, I do get 2 distinct responses. Thinking of YES hardens the loop and thinking of NO weakens it, but it is just that. Ask it if it will rain on my way to the fuel station if I leave now, and it becomes clueless for what to respond.. as if it waits for my conscious signal to indicate a yes or no. No matter how perfectly you frame the question, it waits for an input. What might have been wrong?

    • Maggie Percy

      These are very good questions. You are experiencing what a lot of newbies experience. In fact, so many ‘courses’ simply teach you how to get a yes/no response with a tool (and rarely, with your body), as if that is all there is to dowsing. Getting a distinct signal for your answers is of course vital, but there are a few steps to the dowsing process, and it’s important you master good technique in order to get accurate and meaningful answers. This article gives you the steps: What you’ll want to do is use the Search feature to find articles and videos on each step and then put it all together and practice. So, you need to check out how to ask a question; how to be detached; how to get into a dowsing state; etc. We have many articles and videos that address these steps. And I suggest you Search for ‘pitfalls’ as well and check them out. You can post questions on any page, and we will answer them.

      It’s best to regard dowsing as a skill with a learning curve. It isn’t a big deal, but most of us have to take our time and master the steps. We’re here to help you. And if you get our course, it takes you through the process step by step, and you can write our support address with questions about the content at any time. I think that you may be struggling a little bit with the dowsing state at this time. It is a very important step. You can still get a yes/no even if you are not in the dowsing state, so it is important to learn to get into that altered brain state when you dowse. If you are like me and tend to have a ‘busy’ rational mind, it will take a little practice to still the mind, tell it to sit and be quiet, while you learn to tune in via the dowsing state and focus only on your question. My mind tends to want to always be in control, and that won’t work with dowsing.

      You can ‘program’ what you want your yes/no responses to be, but most people will have a natural yes/no for deviceless dowsing, and you can discover it by asking a question you know the answer to. Your birthplace is a good one if you know it. Ask “Was I born in ______ in this life?” Fill in the blank with the right answer; note your ‘yes’. Fill in the blank with a wrong answer; note your ‘no’. They should be different. You can use your ‘polarity’ question (I use birthplace) before you begin to dowse, to make sure your body hasn’t switched polarity. Read our articles on polarity reversal for more help on that. Post any questions on the appropriate page, such as one of the devicless dowsing videos or articles if you have any problems.

      You’ve got the yes/no now. Your question about the rain perhaps bothered your subconscious since it is such blatant future dowsing, and future dowsing can be tricky. Perhaps ask about something more practical and helpful to you. Such as, if there is no roof at the gas station, and it looks like it will rain, it matters to you whether you get it right or not. But if you’re just asking to ‘test’ your dowsing, you won’t be as likely to get a clear response as a newbie. An element of need is very helpful in dowsing. So ask something that will help you that your brain can’t know. See our book “101 Amazing Things You Can Do With Dowsing” for ideas. It’s free everywhere. Start with everyday stuff that will help you. Simple everyday questions your brain can’t answer that will make life easier is what you want to start with. Ease into dowsing that has an aspect of the future, as most of us have issues with telling the future. Ha ha. Good luck and we look forward to your questions and comments.


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