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I’ve been introducing myself to an afterlife forum, reading over old posts, and was surprised to see dowsing mentioned. I didn’t totally understand how dowsing fit into the afterlife discussion context until I read over basic How to Dowse documents.

Dowsing? Yes, dowsing: that mysterious way of finding water or minerals or lost objects. Or communicating with the dead.

I don’t have any experience with after-death communication, that I know of. And I have to qualify it that way because I do have a feeling of intuition or, as I like to label it, a way of listening to the quiet voices. I wouldn’t call myself psychic, instead preferring a level closer to aware or sensitive, which means it’s all pretty weak and nebulous. Instead of being associated with some being, my intuitions are like occasional hints about the current situation whispered into me.

Whether those whispers come from my subconscious or the collective conscious or my higher self or someone on the other side, I have no idea. But I believe their appearance can be facilitated—because it’s not so much that the whispers are appearing as that I am listening.

Read a basic How to Dowse document and you will see the process of listening to the quiet voices spelled out into steps. Dowsers are a group of people who make a hobby of listening to the quiet voices, and they are happy to lead others along the same path.

Websites with How to Dowse Documents

  • American Society of Dowsers
    On the home page, you’ll find a New to Dowsing? link to download a free 4,3,2,1…of Dowsing PDF
  • Letter to Robin
    The main page offers a PDF download of the Letter to Robin mini-course in pendulum dowsing. Check out each of the menu pages for other How to Dowse–type PDFs.
  • British Society of Dowsers
    The home page offers to trade your email address for a guide to dowsing PDF.

The How to Dowse documents discuss using Y-shaped or L-shaped rods, or even long door springs, but they begin the learning process with a pendulum. Hanging any simple weight on a string or chain, the pendulum is suspended over a graph with Yes and No on the perpendicular axes, plus a Waiting for Question diagonal.

The dowsing method then begins:

First achieve a quiet listening state. One document describes the listening state using a phone number analogy: Picture yourself asking someone for his phone number, then listening for the answer—there’s the listening awareness of dowsing, or listening to the quiet voices. Another document uses the phrase “prayerful mood.”

Then you train your subconscious how to move the pendulum along each of the axes, teaching it how to move for Yes or No and how to wait in the Waiting for Question diagonal.

Clarity of communication is always essential when dealing with the subconscious or beings beyond. You must know what you want before you can achieve it; vague communication produces vague results.

As if in emphasis, the next step in the dowsing method is called programming and is considered a key step that establishes with your Dowsing System (at this point, the pendulum) some mutually acceptable agreements and understandings about words and phrases and what is meant by different pendulum movements.

The first step of programming is obtaining permission:

  • “Can I?”: The dowser is asking the powers if she has the ability.
  • “May I?”: The dowser is asking the universe if he has the universe’s permission.
  • “Should I?”: The dowser is asking the collective consciousness if this is a question that should be asked, providing the dowser protection from being taken advantage of.

Then a communication occurs for any additional clarifications, which can include creating a more detailed graph that provides answers beyond Yes and No. End by asking the pendulum if everything is clear and non-contradictory.

Then practice, practice, practice for a few minutes each day and starting with questions that have no emotional value or for which you have prior knowledge. End each session with a check that asks how much your own emotions have influenced the provided answers. Even though the basic agreement in place is that you will not interfere, you could be a strong-minded, strong-willed individual and unknowingly override your own basic agreement.

When you feel you’ve reached the point, ask your pendulum if you’re ready to move on. Each time you consider a different dowsing subject, permission should be asked anew: Can I? May I? Should I?

When you’re ready to move beyond simple practice questions, then the wording of the question needs careful consideration. Again, clarity of communication is essential. There is a saying in dowsing: The answer is always correct; what question did you ask? Such as when a dowser was demonstrating his skill and asked his L rod to point north; it pointed toward the audience. He tried again, since it had always worked before. Then an audience member raised his hand to state that his name was North.

Another dowsing adage is to use questions that have worked before and test new questions. By testing, they mean asking the question various ways to see if the same answer is given each time.

When sensing information, dowsers are advised to not emotionally attach themselves to particular answers so that they can more objectively judge the validity. One way is by addressing the pendulum as a person so that your focus is on the action of the pendulum rather than the energies.

Dowsers are also aware of the rebound karma of misusing such energies: Dowsing works when there’s a need not greed.

The Letter to Robin document tries to explain how dowsing works; the description of the mind–dowsing tool interaction reads a lot like the interaction of a shaman with his drum during journeying: The mind needs to keep busy to stay alert and also needs to understand. By watching the dowsing tool, the mind is kept busy and alert while maintaining understanding.

Dowsing is also called witching, and it’s easy to see why: The rules and processes are the same. If you are looking for a way to communicate with energies, dowsing may supply a path.

So what does all this have to do with after-death communication?

In her book The Fun of Staying in Touch: How Our Loved Ones Contact Us and How We Can Contact Them (page 88), Roberta Grimes describes Carol Morgan using a pendulum to talk with her dead son Mikey:

Carol sat down with a crystal pendulum on a string that was suspended over a flat disc of letters and numbers laid on a table, and she called for Mikey. The pendulum began to move. Carol was transformed. She and Mikey were soon chatting and laughing (something Mikey did by wildly swinging the pendulum), and all the while her arm and hand holding the pendulum never moved. As I studied her from all angles—got my nose right down there next to her—Mikey brought messages of love and comfort to three grieving mothers in the room.


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