What is the Dowsing State and Do You Need It?

Written by Maggie Percy

The Problem…

Is just asking a question and getting an answer dowsing? If that were the case, all of our 8-yr-old games with ouija boards would have been dowsing, right? Do you remember your childish attempts to use a ouija board? How you asked a question and forced the planchette to spell out the most amusing or expected answer? There was no trust involved, no tapping into your intuition, no letting go of control, no altered state of consciousness. It was lots of fun, but no one took it seriously.

That is true of dowsing these days, and probably for the same reason. The dowsing state is a unique aspect of dowsing technique. It is required, or you are not dowsing. Anyone can swing a pendulum, ask a question and get an answer. But it isn't dowsing if you aren't accessing the answer through this special altered brain state.

But What Is The Dowsing State?

This special mental state has been shown in studies to be different from normal attention. It's even different from a meditative state. It's most like the brain state healers have when healing, but it's unique. It takes time to master this state. It's very difficult to describe or teach, and it is the most critical part of good dowsing technique.

I'm not saying a good question and detachment aren't vital. But you aren't even dowsing if you are not in this special altered state that allows you to get answers. So if you want to be an accurate dowser, take the time to study and practice this important part of dowsing technique.

How To Find Out More

Read this post to learn more about how to get into a dowsing state when you dowse.

We've written a book called The Dowsing State: Secret Key To Accurate Dowsing, which explains what it is, how you can get into it and what research has shown about this amazing brain state. You can see a description of the book here. Get this book and read it if you want to improve your dowsing accuracy.

Please comment below about your experiences with learning the dowsing state.


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  1. Rajiv Sardana

    Very True. Getting into Dowsing State is important to get correct response. Regards.
    Rajiv Sardana

    • Maggie Percy

      Thank you, Rajiv.

      • azhar

        hi Maggie. During dowsing, my mind always try to answer and my pendulum will swing according to it. How to avoid from biased mind ?

        • Maggie Percy

          What you describe is a very common problem people have when they are first learning to dowse. Our rational mind wants to be in charge. It wants to guess the answer. That is not dowsing. You have to tell your rational mind to shut up and sit down. So to speak. One way to do that is with some type of exercise that puts the mind to silence, like meditation or guided visualization. It takes practice to get the mind to shut up. But if you don’t succeed, you won’t be in a dowsing state. Our book “The Dowsing State” goes into this in detail. It is very hard to teach the dowsing state or even describe it, but if you can’t overcome monkey mind by meditating and learning to set the mind aside, get our book, as it might help you figure out what the best way will be for you. Basically, it sounds like you have a strong mental faculty and just need to set it aside during dowsing and connect with your heart and intuition. I would guess you haven’t spent much time doing that in the past, so be patient and keep trying. You will get there. There’s nothing to be ashamed of if your mind is strong; you just need to make it the servant, not the master.

  2. Pooja Mahajan

    very true. dowsing state is very much required. since the dowser catches the energies very fast n gives our answers based on those energies… so if we are predecided about answer dowser will give the same results. so dowsing state is basically the meditative state (to be nuetral) n let the dowser answer ur question. This is how i can explain the doswing state.

    With Regards

    • Maggie Percy

      A meditative, neutral state is a good start to the description of the dowsing state. But it is more than that. When people simply meditate, they don’t expect answers to questions, although sometimes when you quiet the mind, they come. The reason answers come to you in the dowsing state is that your mind is empty of everything EXCEPT your question, which you are very focused on. Focus on just one thing is hard for most people. And, not only meditative and focused, but you must be–as you note–detached emotionally. You must adopt a curious attitude, and really want to know the true answer. The dowsing state is hard to describe or teach, but it is vital to accuracy, and sadly, most dowsers never heard of it. That’s why we wrote our book “The Dowsing State” on this important subject.


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