Getting Into A Dowsing State

dowsing state

Written by Maggie Percy


The Basis Of Success

In the many years we've been teaching dowsing and presenting to groups, we have often found that dowsers are not familiar with the dowsing state. This is very disturbing, because you cannot dowse if you are not in a dowsing state.

The dowsing state is a frame of mind that allows you to more easily access answers to the questions you ask. You can swing a pendulum and get a ‘yes' or ‘no' answer, but if you aren't in a dowsing state, the answer is meaningless.

Your intuition has a small voice, and in order to hear it, you need to be focused, while at the same time detached and mentally quite calm and clear. The brain waves of dowsers have been measured while they dowse, and it was found that they are unlike a normal resting state, a sleeping state or a meditative state. The brain waves of a dowser when dowsing are unique.

What is the dowsing state?

The dowsing state is a combination of attention and calm, of focus and detachment. Think of how it feels to meditate. Your mind is calm, clear and empty. You are detached emotionally. You are not affected by what's going on outside of you. Then think about focusing on one thing, a dowsing question, while in that state. Then, imagine opening your mind to the answer, allowing it to come in however it wishes.

We often refer to dowsing as focused intuition. And listening to your heart works best when the mind is still and you release all emotions and judgments. It's very hard to describe a dowsing state in words, but once you have practiced enough, you will know when you are in it.

Start your dowsing in a safe place away from noise and distractions. If you have a place you do healing or meditation, that is good. Once you learn how to get into a dowsing state easily, then you can dowse in public. But take your time. There is a learning curve. Mastering the dowsing state is a big step towards being an accurate dowser. If this subject interests you, check out our book, The Dowsing State: Secret Key to Accurate Dowsing. It goes into a lot of detail and covers the experiments I've mentioned.

How would you describe the dowsing state to someone? Let us know how you'd go about it in the comments section below.


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  1. Beers

    I appreciated the information about the downswing, now I know why I was having problems with them. Indeed, I need to read your information.
    Thank you,

    • Maggie Percy

      We look forward to answering your questions.

  2. Zena Curtis Valley

    Why does my pendulum keep giving me mixed messages, one minute the answer is yes then no to the same question.
    The pendulum has been cleansed.

    • Maggie Percy

      Don’t feel bad! This is a common problem, and it can be solved rather easily. Start by seeing your pendulum not as a magic wand, but as an indicator for your body’s response to your questions. The tool is not needed for dowsing; it’s helpful for beginners, because it amplifies your body’s yes/no response to make it easier for you to see it. But the tool is not giving you the answers. That may sound like semantics, but how you think about dowsing affects how successful you are.

      If you think of dowsing as a psychic activity, you may expect accurate and consistent answers any time you pick up a pendulum without using any technique other than knowing your yes and no response. This is so common, yet it is a misconception.

      You will be far more successful at dowsing if you regard it as a skill rather than a psychic gift. In doing that, you admit you need proper technique. Think of it like learning to drive. It isn’t all that hard, but if you have no training, you can have accidents on the way to mastery.

      The reason you are getting conflicting answers is you need to learn proper technique. It isn’t that hard, but it takes a little practice. You need to learn to ask a good, clear question based on your goals. We have quite a few posts on that topic, and it is covered in some of our videos and recorded presentations. Another thing you must master is the dowsing state. Dowsing must be done in a different brain state from your normal waking state. It takes practice to master it. There are some posts on that topic here as well.

      Our Discovering Dowsing course is the best way to learn dowsing once you have decided you would like to master it. Once you know proper technique, you will gain confidence, and your answers will be consistent. Start out with the free posts and recordings here. Ask appropriate questions in the Comments, and we will answer you. We look forward to helping you learn to use dowsing to improve your life.


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