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by Ann Bender

Dowsing, or the use of divining rods to find unmarked graves and water has been in use for over 8,000 years. To this day one can open up the Yellow Pages and hire a dowser. Dowsing can be done with one or two rods, a "Y" shaped Willow branch, or a pendulum. How and why this works is all theory. But if we are made of energy, and energy vibrates, then a dowser can “tune into” the vibration of the object he or she is searching for.

"I know very well that many scientists consider dowsing as they do astrology, as a type of ancient superstition. According to my conviction this is, unjustified. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the uncanny reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which are unknown to us at this time."  

Albert Einstein

What is the best technique to use when dowsing?

Well, that depends on what you are dowsing for.  If you will be walking around in search of minerals, water, graves, or crude oil then keep your elbows at your side, and hold the rods parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground.  Do not grasp the handles too tightly, as you will shake and become tired more quickly.  Take care to walk slowly and never let your wrists tilt the rods up or down.  If you wish to contact a spirit, take a seat.  Place both feet on the ground.  Brace your arms and elbows against your side to prevent any unwanted movement.  Dowsing should be done at no longer than five minute intervals to allow ones hands to rest.

Basic rules for your dowsing rods  (these are for pairs of "L" shaped rods):

1) When you first get your dowsing rods you need to program them. I choose both rods straight

ahead for neutral. For Yes, they cross and moving away means no. If you ask a question that a

spirit doesn’t know how to answer or doesn’t want to answer the rods will waver back and forth.

2) Do NOT let anybody else touch or play with your dowsing rods.

3) Your questions must be short "Yes" and "No" questions. However, you CAN ask both rods to

point to were an object or spirit is. Again, be specific and brief.

4) Remember that if you are over a Ley line, grave, or high quartz deposit, the rods will cross and indicate a false "Yes".

5) Lots of practice is needed to understand the answers you get. Rods are not for everybody. If

they do not work, try a pendulum. Program it however you like. Try different things if this

interests you.

Basic rules for pendulums:

1) A pendulum can be made of any materiel.  However, when choosing a stone take time to assure that the stone is correct for you.  The correct stone may also be different for various situations.

*  Choosing the correct stone:  Stand with your feet at shoulder width on level ground.  Close your eyes.  Hold your stone in both hands and slowly bring the stone towards your navel.  You will feel yourself pull forwards or backwards.  If you move forwards, this stone is correct for you.  If you are pushed backwards, this stone is not correct for use at this time.  Practice this with various stones, include different stones of the same type.

2) As with your dowsing rod/s your pendulum needs to be programmed.

3) Do not let other people play with or handle your pendulum.

4) Different people will program "Yes" and "No" differently.  You use what feels correct for you.

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