How To Ask Good Dowsing Questions

Written by Nigel Percy

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Good Dowsing Questions

Good dowsing questions can seem simple at first, but they are more complex than they may appear to be. Dowsing questions are incredibly important! Without a good question you won't get a good answer. You might have heard that you have to ask a question which can only be answered with a ‘yes' or a ‘no'. That is true, as far as it goes. There is a lot more to it than that, however.

Dowsing is all about getting answers to questions your brain can't answer. The more detailed an answer is, the more useful it is. But you can only get detailed answers if you ask detailed questions.

So, for example, if you were to ask a question about an exercise program you were thinking of taking, you would want an answer which would help you decide. Therefore, if you simply asked whether or not that exercise program was going to be good for you, and you got a ‘yes', is that a helpful answer?

You might be thinking, ‘Of course it is!'.

But wait one moment!

You've just asked if it is good for you. But good compared to what? Good for what reasons? Good in what ways? It might be brilliant at giving you muscular arms but useless at reducing your belly. Or it might be great at giving you increased stamina but increases the risk of strain on your knees or your back.

In other words, that answer is not as helpful as it might appear to be. And that is because the question was not accurate enough to give you a detailed answer.

So in order to ask a good dowsing question you need to have a purpose in mind, a clear purpose. A goal. What's your purpose, your goal for starting this exercise program? Without that in mind, any question is going to be vague, which means the answer will be of little use.

Let's pretend that you want an exercise program which will generally tone your body by reducing fat and increasing muscle so that your waist will measure 28 inches. And you'd like that to happen within 6 months, because you're not going to go mad at this, and you're not going on a special diet to lose weight.

Now, those are pretty specific goals. And, once you have them, you are able to form a question which will give you a useful answer: more useful than ‘Is it good for me?' would.

To make that question, however, you have to include as many of the following 6 things as possible. You need to include: Who, What, Where, How, Why and When in the question.

Sounds challenging? Let me help.

You already have the goals. But how close to those goals will that exercise program get you? A simple Yes or No answer won't tell you. But, if you ask the question and use a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being absolutely spot on target for your goals, that is way more helpful. When the answer is 8 or higher on such a scale, that means it's good to take action. There are many ways to dowse the numerical rank of a program, but the easiest way is:

‘On a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being absolutely perfect for my goals, how suitable is exercise program X for me, at the end of 6 months, to be able to reduce my waist to 28 inches as well as reduce body fat and increase muscle?'

That takes care of Who, What, Why, When and How. Where doesn't really come into this one, assuming that you are at the gym anyway.

If you get that the answer is an 8 or higher, that's pretty good. If it comes out lower however you need to find a better program, because this one won't help you reach your goals.

Remember, dowsing questions need to be detailed and goal-oriented in order to be useful. Whether you use a pendulum or not to dowse with, always take time and care over framing the question. Good dowsing questions are worth the time and trouble they take to make, because the information they provide is so useful.

Happy Dowsing!

Have you had problems with dowsing questions? Why not share what happened or what you learned in the comments section below?


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  1. Lesley Lewis

    How do you know if the question is an 8 or above? Do you need to ask another question to get the response for the scale?

    • Nigel Percy

      Once you have got the question clearly organized and in your mind, then you can use a scale. Have it clearly in mind that for you a +10 would be the most completely perfect answer reaching all the goals of the question and that a 0 means that none of them are realized to any degree at all (i.e. a complete failure). You can then ask if the response is 8 or better. That’s one question. Or you can ask for each number of the scale in turn against the question and check the response. I prefer the former method. You can see more details about the use of scales at or do a search on the site using the word ‘scales’ (no quotes) and you’ll find more suggestions.


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