Written by Super User
Simply put, dowsing is the practice of using tools to interpret the answers to questions. Dowsers pose questions for which they are seeking answers, and while maintaining a focused and open mind, they interpret the movements of simple hand tools to affirm the answers to the questions they pose.

Dowsing has been a part of the human experience since the earliest days of recorded history. Using simple tools to answer questions and solve problems dates back thousands of years, and dowsing is one of the many ways in which people continue to use simple tools to our benefit.

As ancient humans learned to use basic tools and alter their environment, one of the many ways in which these simple tools were put to use is for locating objects of interest. The early historical record indicates that ancient humans used forked sticks, and weights tied to strings, in their pursuit of food, water, shelter, and other basic staples of life.

Dowsing has been known by many names throughout history. Some of these names include divining or divination, water witching, doodlebugging, and in Europe, biolocation.

There are a few important things to consider when you first learn to dowse. The first is that “dowsing works best when there is a need, not greed”. In other words, dowsers are most successful when their dowsing is attempting to address a valid human need – such as locating clean underground water so that people can drink and grow crops. Using dowsing for greedy reasons of self-gain are not appropriate.

Second, it is important to be focused and free of distractions whenever you dowse. It is a good idea to practice simple meditation techniques along with your dowsing practice. Dowsing requires a clear and focused mind, allowing you to direct your intention and receive clear dowsing responses.

And third, remember that dowsing is a skill and like other skills it comes quickly to some and slowly to others, and practically everyone requires practice to become proficient. Keep an open mind and stay positive while you learn to dowse. Learn from your mistakes and practice consistently, even if fcr just a few minutes every day. Learning how to dowse is fun and engrossing, so enjoy your learning experience and dedicate yourself to gaining proficiency. You’ll be there before you know it!

On the coming pages, you will learn about each of the four basic dowsing tools – what they are, how to use them, and how to establish a yes and no response. You will then learn about asking questions, the most important part of dowsing. Finally, you will learn how to improve your dowsing and use dowsing to achieve good in your life.

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