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Radiesthia or Dowsing

Radiesthia or Dowsing

by Shelly Stokes

“Dowsing is proved: further proof is unnecessary, let us find a way to use it.” – Charles Richet

The Pendulum is considered to be the most common Psychic lever. It has been used since ancient times–The Oracle of Delphi was said to have used one. Its modern use can be traced to the early decades of this century when De Chevrul, a French Psychologist used it to probe the subconscious minds of his patients.

The practice of dowsing, either by pendulum or rod, is even noted before the time of Queen Cleopatra, who’s own advisors used them extensively.

Dowsing allows that access and also helps in developing our intuition. First you try to get to the state of relaxed concentration, then by asking carefully worded question you open a “channel” of communication and receive the information you seek; your body amplifies that signal and displays it through dowsing tools – pendulum or divining rod.

Almost everybody can learn basic dowsing, to be an expert dowser one needs to practice, practice, practice…

All things give off energetic radiation. Our own senses can feel and measure these energies. The pendulum becomes our communication device between consious and subconsious. A pendulum receives information from the vibrations and energy waves emitted by people, places, thoughts and things, and has been used for centuries.

After aquiring a pendulum, whether by purchasing, or making one yourself, you must charge it. It is important to note not to let another person handle your pendulum, as this will interrupt your own energy. Hold the string or chain between your thumb and forefinger, about 3″ from the weight, or mass, being used. In a normal tone of voice, tell your pendulum which direction will indicate a “yes” response-whether clockwise, counter-clockwise, or a vertical or horizontal amplitude. Next, tell the pendulum to move in an opposite manner, saying this will be the “no” answer. The purpose of programming is to achieve maximum accuracy. Practice this lesson daily until you are confident in different movements and their meaning. Now you are ready to start utilizing your pendulum.

When seeking information from dowsing, talk to the pendulum as if it were a person. This will direct the energies to the pendulum, and not you. This frees your mind to concentrate on the action of the pendulum and not on the energies. You must always dowse in the best interest regarding other people. It is not for selfish gain, it is but a gift to cherish and give.

There are appropriate and non-appropriate types of questions to ask when dowsing. Appropriate questions are about things that are within your control, or about things your subconcious already has access to. The following are very good questions you may use:

  • Making a choice of any kind
  • What is best to do in a situation
  • Figuring out your true feelings
  • Assessing other people and their motives
  • Finding causes of physical symptoms

You may have to start with broad questions, then narrow them down. The following are causes for incorrect response from the pendulum:

Poor communication, or inaccurate phrasing are causes for an incorrect response from your pendulum. In initiating dowsing, you must enter with a peaceful state of mind, not concentrating on the pendulum so much as focusing on the answers you have within yourself. Please note also to stay away from high frequency electrical equipment while dowsing.

With practice and an open mind, you will learn to rely on dowsing to aid you in many aspects of your life.


Put your elbow on the table. If you are right handed, use your right hand to dowse with the pendulum: There is a little flat bead on the black string of the pendulum. Shorten it to about 2 to 3 inches from the pendulum, as this is where you will hold the string. Hold it with thumb, index, and middle fingers, or what feels comfortable for you. The shorter the string, the faster the pendulum moves. Say: “Clear me. Shield me. I invite the Holy Spirit, and my High Self Committee of Guides & Angels, to talk to be present and to talk to me through my pendulum.”


Put your elbow on the table, and sit comfortably. Swing the pendulum away from your body, and back again, (forward & back) while doing that say this: “This is my Yes. People nod their heads yes, and this is my Yes.


Next, swing the pendulum gently, from left to right side, and say this: “This is my No. People shake their heads No, and this is my No.


Start by swinging the pendulum in a clock-wise circle.

We get into the “Paranormal” aspect when we ask questions that our own subconscious mind has NO way of knowing. Here, the theory is, we are using the “Psychic” mechanism that is ALSO located in the subconscious mind. We may ask questions about the present, future or past, contact the dead, find treasure, etc—So long as we ask the questions in a way that is compatible with the responses of the pendulum. Does it work? Sometimes—and often enough to indicate that what you are getting may not be entirely bogus.

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