Practical Dowsing in 5 Easy Steps

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Written by Maggie Percy

Practical Dowsing: Get Better Faster!

The best way to become good at dowsing is to do a lot of dowsing. And that means practical dowsing!

This practical dowsing exercise, or getting into the rhythm of practical dowsing if you like, can be adapted to almost ANY daily task, with the intention of giving you better outcomes than if you didn't use dowsing. Anyone who can get a yes/no response in dowsing can do this exercise. It is appropriate for all levels of dowsing. So follow along!

One of the problems many dowsers have is they lack confidence in their dowsing accuracy. But practical dowsing will help build confidence by getting verifiable results on topics on which most people do not have a lot of emotional attachment. Even advanced dowsers will enjoy seeing how using this exercise in daily life saves time, effort, money and heartache.

There are five steps to this process:

1. Choose what you want to dowse about
2. Write down a detailed, specific list of things you associate with success on that topic
3. Formulate a dowsing question using the list
4. Dowse the question using a yes/no response or a scale such as 0-10.
5. Verify your results

It's that simple!

Don't take any short cuts in this process. Most people will want to skip or do very little on Step #2, but it is one of the most important steps in the process. After you have used this procedure a lot, you won't need to write things down, but I urge you to write them down until you find it easy to make a list in your head and keep focused on it. The reason is that you need that list to make a good dowsing question, and without a good dowsing question, you won't get an accurate answer. In order to verify your results, it will be very helpful to have your list to refer to.

Practical Dowsing Step #1: Choose your topic.

This procedure works well for any daily task. Some things I use it regularly for are:

  • Choosing produce in the grocery store
  • Picking a bottle of wine
  • Selecting clothing for a particular day or event
  • Picking a gift to buy for someone
  • Finding a parking space
  • Selecting an item on the menu in a restaurant
  • Choosing a book to buy
  • Picking a movie to rent

The list is literally endless. Once you have learned the process, you can apply it successfully to any daily task. It will reward you many times over!

For this exercise, I will use picking produce as the example. But you can substitute anything and get great results. Just follow the procedure.

Suppose you are at the grocery store, and you need an avocado for a salad recipe for some guests you are having to dinner in three days. Avocados are hard to pick. They can have blemishes. If you wait too long, they are too soft, but if they are unripe, they are too hard and not tasty. Getting the perfect avocado used to be a challenge for me. Especially if I wanted it for several days in the future. But now that I can dowse, I always find the perfect avocado (or melon, etc.).

Practical Dowsing Step #2: Make a list of what you are looking to accomplish, what you want or what you intend to achieve.

I want the avocado to be tasty, smooth and uniform in color (no blemishes, but I don't ever say or write what I don't want; I write what I do want), filled with nutrients, having a good texture, and being the perfect degree of ripeness for my recipe on the day that I will use it.

What I have done by making this list is to write down the who, what, where, when, how and why so that I can make a good dowsing question.

Practical Dowsing Step #3: Making the dowsing question(s)

Using the list above, I formulate a dowsing question or questions. If appropriate, my first question might be:
“Is there an avocado here that meets all my requirements at no less than an 8 out of 10, when 0 is not meeting them at all, and 10 is meeting them perfectly?”

You ask that question, because you cannot assume there is an avocado there that will meet your requirements (the same can be said if you are dowsing for a parking space, a bottle of wine or a birthday gift for a friend). If the subject is either/or, such as a parking space, you can just ask if there is a parking space in the lot the meets all your requirements, because there may not be.

The reason I ask for 8 or better is that I consider that acceptable. I don't want an avocado (or bottle of wine, or gift) that is only a 3 out of 10 in terms of meeting my requirements. Also, if there are many avocados that are ok, using the scale will help you pick the very best one.

If you get a no, then you have to decide if you want to go to another store, or settle for something less.

If you get a yes, then you need to find the best avocado of the bunch.

(If you find that you have problems making really good dowsing questions, then this book, ‘Ask The Right Question', is what you need!)

Practical Dowsing Step #4: Asking the question(s)

Using a dowsing tool in public can be clumsy and embarrassing. I use deviceless dowsing. If you are unfamiliar with deviceless dowsing, check this post for some ideas on that subject. There are many types you can use. I use blink dowsing. I ask my dowsing question, and if I blink once, that is yes, and if I don't blink, that is no. Of course, if you want to use your pendulum, you can.

After determining that there are candidates present using my first dowsing question, I point my finger at an area of the pile of avocados (or section of the parking lot) and ask, “Are there any avocados that rank 8 or better on my question here?” If I get a yes, I point at each individually until I get one that gives me a yes. (You can go for 10 if there are a lot of good ones there.)

When I find one that gives me a good response, I ask my question again, to make sure I have one that really will suit me. Then I buy it.

Practical Dowsing Step #5: Verify your answer

When the day comes to use the avocado, you will have your confirmation. If you are not happy with the condition of the avocado, look at the list you wrote. See if you left something off the list. Probably your question was not detailed enough. Confirming your answers is how you learn to ask better questions.

If you feel your question was perfect, then you might ask yourself if you were too attached to results at the time, or maybe dehydrated. Did you check your polarity before dowsing to make sure it was not reversed? Check the post on dowsing pitfalls if you need to.

The more you use this practical dowsing process, the better dowser you will become. But not only that–you will make your life so much happier and easier. Happy Dowsing!

Have you used this procedure for yourself? Was it successful? Did you have problems with it? Share your experiences in the comments section below.

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    I am homeopathic doctor and i want to dowse the pendulum to get the better result for choosing the medicine

    • Maggie Percy

      Dowsing is indeed a powerful tool for health professionals. Health dowsing is a favorite application of dowsers, and we have used dowsing to help us make health choices for ourselves and our pets for many years with great success. The key is to learn excellent technique before trying to use dowsing in situations where you are attached to results. Health choices, especially for a doctor, can be very stressful, and you need to be confident and detached. I suggest you get our Discovering Dowsing course and master dowsing technique as your first step. You can see details at Then get our book “Dowsing For Health: Awaken Your Hidden Talent” which you can see a description and links for here:
      You don’t need a pendulum to dowse, and actually, dowsing without a pendulum puts you in a better brain state, as we show in our book, “The Dowsing State.” So I suggest you first learn to dowse without a tool. If you register using the pop-up box on the home page of our site, we send you a link to three brief videos on deviceless dowsing techniques.
      Most importantly, if you by our course, you can ask us questions about how to apply the content at any time. We can’t provide free training for everyone, so we focus on helping those who have taken our course, as they have the basics mastered. Welcome to the Dowsing Tribe!

  2. Modern Sorcerer

    Great tips! Everyone can benefit from developing dowsing skill. Its Real Magic!

    • Maggie Percy

      You said it!


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