To use a pendulum suspend it in the air holding the top of the chain. A question is asked and depending upon the direction or type of movement achieved, it is supposed to provide the answer. The movement might be left and right, away from you and back toward you or in a circular motion, either clockwise or counterclockwise.
Before using a pendulum to seek answers, it is important to determine which one of those movements mean what answer. For instance, if the pendulum moves in a circular motion, this could indicate a yes response, Counterclockwise in this case, would mean no. One must use the pendulum for some time beforehand to ensure that this happens regularly.
Those who swear by them say it is also vital that you clear your mind of any preconceived notions before using a pendulum. It has been found that if a person strongly desires a yes response, the pendulum would act in such a manner as to bring about that response. One way to clear the mind is to meditate beforehand, since this practice requires that you stop thinking and simply wait to see what emerges from the subconscious. The same concept is true when using a pendulum.
To use a pendulum for dowsing, there are a number of things you need to know. First of all, the pendulum is usually attached to a much longer string with a heavier lob at the end.
Although the pendulum will take longer to complete its movement, it is suggested as best for beginners. As you become more adept at using a pendulum for dowsing, you can ‘tune’ it to your needs by shorten the length of the string. You will likely also need a heavier pendulum that won’t be affected by breezes outside.
Thomas C. Lethbridge was a British explorer, archaeologist and author. He who wrote about the use of dowsing in archaeological digs to find buried items and the electrical fields surrounding them in his book entitled Ghosts and Diving Rods (963). In The World of T.C. Lethbridge – a researcher’s guide by William Shepherd, the author wrote: “He (Lethbridge) conducted a long series of experiments into the pendulum and its reactions. He discovered, for example, that it could distinguish between sling stones that had been used in battle and the same stones gathered from a beach, as well as stones that had been thrown by Mina and stones he had thrown himself. And the clues kept coalescing to indicate new lines of thought. If anger could impress itself on a sling stone, then surely it explained how a suicide’s misery could impress itself on the place where he died. In which case, his reaction to the place where the man committed suicide was a dowser’s reaction. If he and his mother had suspended a pendulum in the woods near Wokingham, it should have gone into violent rotation at 40 inches, the rate for death.”
Lethbridge was an archaeologist with a scientific mind. He assumed that everything was comprised of matter and that the mind had to understand the laws by which the material world operated. Shepherd wrote: “The behaviour of his pendulum told him quite plainly that it is not as simple as this. The pendulum, as he discovered, (was) as accurate as a voltmeter. But it is not connected directly to the effects it is trying to measure. These have somehow to pass through the intermediary of the human brain.
Shepherd determined from his own experiments, “Some unknown part of my brain - almost certainly the right cerebral hemisphere - was ‘picking up’ some curious force in the stones, and causing some involuntary contraction of my muscles that twisted the rod in my hands. This is what fascinated Lethbridge. Not only, it seems, is nature full of curious ‘tape recordings’, some dating back millions of years, but our brains possess the electronic equipment to play them back.”
This, in essence, explains how a dowsing rod along with the human mind, can locate specific items no matter how old. To do this, you need to guide the string with your index finger and thumb of the hand you do not normally use. Put the elbow related to the hand you normally use against your side with the palm of that hand facing upward and pointing across the body. The pendulum should swing along the line of this hand.
Start with the pendulum loose on a relatively short amount of string and slowly let out more. The pendulum should begin moving in a circle. Then practice using it in the same manner as a normal pendulum to determine yes and no answers. And again, you can ask for assistance from the subconscious, higher self, a spirit (only one of good intent) or your spirit guides if this is your belief.
If you have lost or misplaced an item inside your home, you can ask that the pendulum point in the direction where they can be found. You can also use a map to locate items outside by asking for the specific location. If you are dowsing outside for water, for instance, ask that the pendulum locate the source by pointing toward it. The same is true for various metals, coins and so on.
See Part 3: Which pendulum is best for you?