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There are several methods of dowsing so try them all until you find the one that works best for you and then practise to refine your technique. Dowsing for solutions or for choosing a crystal works best in an energetically clear space, but dowsing can be used to find GS lines and areas of electromagnetic smog.

Pendulum Dowsing

Pendulum DowsingI have taken images from the internet to demonstrate that, as with so much else in life, there is no one right way to pendulum dowse. Hand positions vary widely. You can choose the length of chain and type of pendulum that suits you. Personally I find it easier to wrap the spare chain around my fingers and to have about a hand’s breadth length of chain hanging down, which I secure between my thumb and first finger – similar to the first of these illustrations. However, I keep my arm bent at the elbow with the lower part out straight at right angles, elbow and upper arm tucked tight into my side. This prevents me from unconsciously moving my arm to give a hoped for answer. But do experiment to discover what is right for you.


To pendulum dowse

To pendulum dowse, hold your pendulum between the thumb and forefinger of your most receptive hand with about a hand’s length of chain hanging down to the pendulum – you will soon learn what is the right length for you. Wrap the remaining chain around your fingers so that it does not obstruct the dowsing.

You will need to ascertain which is a ‘yes’ and which a ‘no’ response. Some people find that the pendulum swings in one direction for ‘yes’ and at right angles to that axis for ‘no’, while others have a backwards and forwards swing for one reply, and a circular motion for the other. A ‘wobble’ of the pendulum can indicate a ‘maybe’ or that it is not appropriate to dowse at that time, or that the wrong question is being asked. In which case, ask if it is appropriate, and if the answer is ‘yes’, check that you are framing the question in the correct way. If the pendulum stops completely it is usually inappropriate to ask at that time.

You can ascertain your particular pendulum response by holding the pendulum over your knee and asking: ‘Is my name [correct name]?’ The direction that the pendulum swings will indicate ‘yes’. Check by asking: ‘Is my name [incorrect name]?’ to establish ‘no’. Or, you can programme in ‘yes’ and ‘no’ by swinging the pendulum in a particular direction a few times, saying as you do: ‘This is yes’ and swinging it in a different direction to programme in ‘no’.

To ascertain the best crystal for you

To ascertain which crystal will be most beneficial for you or for your purpose, hold the pendulum in your most receptive hand. Put the forefinger of your other hand on the condition or issue in the Directory. Slowly run your finger along the list of possible crystals, noting whether you get a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response. Check the whole list to see which ‘yes’ response is strongest as there may well be two or three that would be appropriate, or you may need to use several crystals in combination. Another way to do this, if you have several of the crystals available, is to touch each crystal in turn, again noting the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response – open your palm chakras before doing so by rubbing your hands briskly together.

If you get a no response when checking out a condition or site, open your palm chakras touch each of the capital letters in turn dowsing until you receive a yes, then run your finger down the conditions. This may well reveal something that underlies the apparent issue. If you get no response at all, it may be that you need to remove yourself from a geopathically stressed place, or that the question should be asked at another time.

Alternatively, open the palm chakras in your hands and allow your hands to simply find the right crystal, without thinking about it, which will feel tingly or may jump out of your hands as you pick it up.

Finger Dowsing

Finger dowsing answers ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions quickly and unambiguously and can be done unobtrusively in situations where a pendulum might provoke unwanted attention. This method of dowsing works particularly well for people who are kinaesthetic, that is to say their body responds intuitively to subtle feelings, but anyone can learn to finger dowse.

To finger dowse

  • To finger dowse, hold the thumb and first finger of your dominant hand together (see illustration).

To finger dowse






  • Loop the thumb and finger of your left hand through to make a ‘chain’.

Loop the thumb






  • Ask your question clearly and unambiguously – you can speak it aloud or keep it within your mind. It must be a closed question that has a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.
  • Now pull gently but firmly. If the chain breaks, the answer is usually ‘no’. If it holds, the answer is usually ‘yes’ – but check by asking your name in case your response is reversed.

Rod dowsing

dowsing rodsYou can use purpose-made dowsing rods, y-shaped hazel twigs or cut wire coathangers into right-angled shapes. Hold the rods loosely in your hands, fingers curled inwards to make a holder, and slowly walk forwards across a room or site. Ask to be shown where the lines are. The rods will move or twitch when you reach the front edge and move back to straight when you pass out of it. Similarly rods will cross over the appropriate crystal for you.

Body dowsing

As bodies are extremely sensitive to changing vibrations you can use your hands or feet to dowse for GS lines or EMFs or to sense which is the right crystal for you. If you are using your hands open your palm chakras (see page), extend them forwards with your palms turned up and facing out. Walk slowly and when you reach the line it will feel as though you are pushing against an energetic wall. Or, your feet may tingle if the line is beneficial or your knees go weak and feel like you are walking through treacle if the line is harmful. A crystal that sends a tingle through your palm chakras (centre of the palms) is the one for you.

Muscle testing

If you have an assistant available, then you can muscle test for answers. This is an quick way to test whether a crystal will be beneficial for you or not. It can also give you ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers to food intolerances, remedies, supplements and the like and identify the source of a problem.

  • Stand with your dominant arm outstretched sideways.
  • Ask your assistant to stand with one hand on the shoulder of your dominant arm and the other on your wrist.
  • If you are checking out a crystal, place the crystal over your thymus/higher heart chakra (centre of your chest) or over an organ or chakra.
  • When your assistant says ‘resist’ and pushes down on your wrist, try to hold the arm steady. If it stays strong, the answer is yes. If the arm drops, the answer is no.
  • If you are checking out the source of a problem, the arm will drop when the source is reached.
yes response

Positive or ‘yes’ response. image:

no response