How To Practice Dowsing
The best way to practice dowsing is probably not what you think. Just about everyone, including me, makes the same mistake as a beginner. They know practice makes perfect, and they want to measure their results, so they concoct a ‘test' of their dowsing. Most often, they choose either coin tosses or card suits.
I remember back in the 90s when I first started dowsing, and I was eager to see improvement, so I had an intense session of dowsing coin tosses. I even wrote down the results. They were depressingly close to the results you get when you guess. I asked myself why? I wondered if maybe I wasn't meant to be a dowser, or perhaps I just wasn't talented enough.
Looking back, it occurs to me that it is likely that many people quit dowsing at about that juncture. If you can't see progress, why keep dowsing? And what's the point of practice if you don't see progress? Most people give up on dowsing because they don't see results, and this is sad, because it's really pretty easy to see results if you practice dowsing the right way.
You Must ‘Need' An Answer
Dowsing isn't a psychic gift. It's a skill. You need to learn the basics, but once you have mastered them, you must practice dowsing to hone your skill. What most people don't understand is that dowsing involves an element of need. You are asking a question because you feel some need to know the answer. And there is no element of need in a test situation. The only element in a test situation is ego and a fear of failure.
So how can you practice dowsing with a proper element of need? Beginners will benefit from starting with everyday situations that their brain can't help with, but an answer would improve their life, if only by lessening stress. Some situations include:
- Picking a good gift for a loved one
- Choosing the best meal from a restaurant menu
- Selecting a movie to rent or a book to buy
- Picking the right jacket to wear to work for shifting weather conditions
These types of situations are called ‘tangible target dowsing' because you are dowsing about something in the physical world that will have a measurable result. You can check your answer later. And these are all situations where having the right answer can make life happier.
So What Are The Best Things For Practice?
Don't start by dowsing supplements. That has too long-term a goal for results to be easily interpreted. Don't dowse only about intangible targets like ghosts or curses. You can't prove results with intangible targets. Patrick MacManaway, past President of the British Society of Dowsers, recommends that 80% of your dowsing be tangible target dowsing. We suggest you keep a dowsing journal so that you can chart your progress.
Our book 101 Amazing Things You Can Do With Dowsing contains over 100 subjects for you to dowse about, many of them everyday situations with tangible targets. The ebook is free on all channels, or you can buy the paperback. Visit this page for links.
Please share your experiences below about what you practiced on as a beginner that was tangible and helped you gain confidence.