Getting started with pendulum dowsing.
Before using the pendulum for dowsing, you need to be in the right frame of mind. That means you aren't emotionally involved in wanting a particular answer, just that you are interested in the outcome. It's more curious than anything, a sort of detachment from the world, if you like. It's called the ‘dowsing state', and it gets easier to master with time and practice.
There are some important things to remember when starting using a pendulum for dowsing.
Firstly, you should be holding the pendulum in such a way that it can react quickly and smoothly to show the answer. That means you hold it with a short length of chain or string or whatever, and that you have it moving to begin with. Too many people start out with the pendulum absolutely still, dangling at the end of a long length of chain and wait for ages for it to begin moving.
So, remember: a short chain is better than a long one.
Second, you have to find which movement of the pendulum is showing you a ‘yes' response and which is showing you a ‘no' response. There are two ways of doing this.
The first way is for you to choose how you want your pendulum to move for each response and then you practice this repeatedly until it becomes natural. There is no standard here. It is down to you and what you want it to be. Some common movements are to and fro for ‘yes' and side to side for ‘no', or clockwise circle for ‘yes' and counter-clockwise for ‘no'. Once you have decided which you like, then you simply practice moving the pendulum in each direction while making it very clear in your mind which is which. This is often called ‘programming'. When you are happy with the movements, you can then test them with the questions you'll see in the second method.
The second way of finding the ‘yes' and ‘no' for your pendulum is to have it moving in a ‘neutral' way. This movement, neither ‘yes' nor ‘no', is called the ‘neutral' or ‘ready' swing, because it's ready to move in the direction of ‘yes' or ‘no'. A very useful neutral swing is one which is at 45 degrees as you look down on it. Get it going and then make a true statement similar to the following: ‘I was born, in this lifetime, in____?' wherever you were born. As it's a true statement, you are expecting the pendulum movement to change in some fashion. It might take a bit of time at first, so you need to be patient. Then you need to repeat the process with a false statement of where you were born. Again, watch the pendulum for a change of movement.
Getting started with pendulum dowsing
It doesn't matter which of the two methods you use to find your ‘yes' or ‘no'. But, for each of them, when you are dowsing, you need to start your pendulum in that neutral or ready movement, so that it can respond quickly.
As with anything new, it might take a little time and practice to get to the point where the difference between the ‘yes' and ‘no' is clear and happens quickly. When getting started with a pendulum, you just keep at it until you are confident that you can tell the difference between the two and also you can see the change from the neutral or ready movement happening quickly.
The other important thing to keep in mind when starting pendulum dowsing is that you need to make sure that the question you ask when you dowse is a good one. By that, I mean that it covers every pertinent aspect of the situation and can only be answered by a ‘yes' or a ‘no'. Without going into too much detail, you should make sure that your question includes the following aspects: who, what, where, how, why and when.
Without a good question you won't get a good answer. A vague question gives a vague answer; it's that simple. This is true for all types of dowsing.
And, lastly, for all types of dowsing, remember that it is a skill and that any skill can be improved with practice. So take the time to master it. It's well worth it!
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