The term "dowsing" has typically been associated with "water witching" -- the ability to locate underground water sources using a Y-shaped branch called a dowsing rod. Many people believe this ability of finding underground water is a skill that few have. The truth is dowsing can be learned in about an hour and, with daily practice, can be mastered in a few weeks.
Dowsing is not just used for finding underground streams. People are using it as a tool to explore the subconscious, to sharpen their intuitive ability, to diagnose and treat physical and energetic ailments, and to locate various natural energy sources as well as exploring the hidden realms of creation around us. Map dowsing is a way to combine pendulum dowsing with distance work to locate natural energies and places of interest. Dowsing can even be used for finding information and gaining insights from books, photos and other resources.
Successful dowsing comes down to having a clear intention of what you want to dowse, making sure you have the necessary permission and ability to dowse the question before proceeding and wording your questions in a way that clearly expresses what you want to find or know. The only limitation to what you can dowse is your imagination.
If you're interested in learning how to dowse, please keep an eye out for Dave Cornell's upcoming workshops listed in the local events area. His classes focus on the importance of the human energy field, the energetic bubble that surrounds us. A lack of integrity in our energy field can influence the effectiveness of our dowsing and Dave demonstrates ways this field can be maintained through dowsing.
If you want to learn how to dowse now, there is an excellent handbook called Letter to Robin in .pdf and .html formats and is available for free download. Many established dowsers began their journey with this terrific guide.
Important note: I recommend a modified approach to the "May I, Can I, Should I" program described on page 5 of the manual. To sum it up in a few words, dowsers begin with this program to make sure they have the ability and necessary permission to proceed with dowsing. In the manual, the "May I" part reads:
"May I is to mean: Do I have appropriate permission to proceed and be involved?"
The word "appropriate" is too imprecise and can potentially open the dowser to incorrect guidance. A question which may bring you better results is:
Do I have legitimate permission to proceed and be involved?
[Legitimate meaning authorized; real; genuine; not false, counterfeit, or spurious]
This not only asks for permission to do the work, it limits the permission to come from true sources of guidance.
The choice you make in wording your dowsing questions is highly personal and is influenced by your unspoken and unconscious assumptions and beliefs. Choose wording that accurately reflects your best and clearest intention.
If you have questions or comments about any dowsing issue, I'm available to answer questions or help with any problems you might be having with your dowsing.
Good luck and have fun!
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