The first step in dowsing is truly believing in the practice and keeping an open mind is essential just relax, believe and receive.
The practice of dowsing is quite simple with a little time and practice you will find speaking with spirit and feeling the energy associated with spirit comes naturally when we allow ourselves to experience it.
Your rods were hand-built with our intent for spirit communication. All rods are tested and we cleanse them of all energy before they are packaged. Our custom rods use specific materials and stones to enhance your connection to spirit and we enchant them to facilitate and encourage spirit interactions. You may cleanse your rods how you see fit but we don't recommend water or salt as water may damage some stones and salt may cause pitting on some painted surfaces. Cleansing is not necessary and is discouraged on our custom rod line as we add our energy to help you connect with spirit.
Clear your mind using a grounding practice of your choice or simply take several deep breaths, close your eyes relax, and let go and focus on the here and now. Release all thoughts and worries. Once you feel relaxed and ready take your rods in your dominant hand and take your other hand and " clear the rods" starting closest to the handles wipe down the rods with your bare hand and visualize wiping away the energy on the rods and depositing your energry (once or twice should do) or until they fell right to you.
Hold your rods one in each hand making sure to loosely grip the handles bend your elbow to 90 degrees and let them rest at your sides. Tilt the rod tips slightly forward with one just slightly higher than the other so they don't touch while moving. The rods should float freely, they may even begin swaying slightly this is normal this is your energy flowing. Now take a deep breath and ask the rods to show you the sign of "YES" this may be the rods crossing to form an "X" or they may spread widely apart. Visualize the answer as the rods indicate the Yes. Repeat for the sign of "NO". It's a good idea to take note of what you feel tingling, warming in the hands or feet, etc. These are clues to how you feel energies! Congratulations, you have now connected with your rods and possibly your guides. We recommend always clearing your rods after every session and not sharing them with others as the mix of energy may affect your connection to your rods. It's not necessary to reconnect to your rods each time but you should always be clear-headed and grounded.
Now walk around the room or area with the rods in the proper dowsing position from step 2 . Ask any spirits that would like to come forward and speak to allow you to speak with them. When the rods indicate 'YES" stop at that spot, now call upon your guides or protectors aloud or in your mind. Aloud introduce yourself and who is with you. Ask again if anyone here wishes to speak wait a reasonable amount of time say 30 seconds and see what answer you get. You may also ask the spirit you are communicating with to show you yes and no as well. Begin asking or have someone else ask yes or no questions. Take note of anything you see in your mind, physically feel, or even thoughts that seem random this could be the spirit giving you information. With practice and no preconceived notions, you can develop strong dowsing and spirit communication skills. You can even ask them to show you where they are in the room by pointing the rods.
Once your session is over thank them for speaking with you and always thank your guides for being with and assisting you. Now clear those rods! You have now used dowsing for spirit communication. Further down this page is a blog about the history of dowsing.
SRS demonstrates suggested method for dowsing for paranormal communication
While it’s not clear when the practice originated but it seems to have first appeared in Germany in the early 1500s and was at that time most employed to help miners decide where to dig. It is discussed in the 1556 De Re Metallica, written by Georgius Agricola, “the father of mineralogy” and a woodcut image of a man with a dowsing rod can be found in Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia printed in 1550.
In the 15th Century the British Isles were famed throughout the known world as a center of excellence for magical and esoteric arts. German dowsers came to the West Country, bringing their tin divining skills to England. The Germans then traveled down to Cornwall where they successfully located veins of tin, allowing new tin mines to be established for the Cornish landowners.
In France, dowsing was very much in vogue in the 17th Century. This was mostly due to the mineralogists Baron and Baroness De Beausoleil, who together established a thriving mineral company through their successful use of dowsing. Sadly, the two lost all their money locating mines and died in the Bastille after being accused of witchcraft.
Victorian society had a fascination with spirituality and mysticism and dowsing again grew more widespread – popping up everywhere from parlor games to mining companies.
Also known as a divining rod or witching rod, dowsing rods are considered to be one of the oldest forms of divination to date. They were used in ancient times - and still today - to locate things like water sources, buried metals, crystals, grave-sites or places of high spiritual activity, the sex of unborn children, and even missing people. Companies still hire dowsers in modern times to locate precious metals and oils that may be buried below ground.
Dowsing involves a very simple tool, called a dowsing rod. According to the American and British Dowsers Society, the tools “are simply an extension of the human response giving clearer signals than can sometimes be detected without them.” The dowsing rods typically are made in an L-shape, which is held with a prong in each hand, are held parallel to each other during a dowsing session. Some dowsers opt to use a pendulum rather than rods.
While there are some dowsers who insist that dowsing rods have to be made of a certain material, such as copper, there are others who disagree. A fellow dowser and member of the American Dowsing Society recently told me that she comes from a long line of dowsers. “My mother and grandmother both were dowsers, and my great grandfather too, and they never used copper or metal rods because it was hard to get. So they just used sticks. My grandmother swore by willow branches, but I use all different kinds, just whatever’s available.” Personally, I prefer copper. But there is no one material that we all agree on.
Although some people swear that only those who are psychically gifted can dowse successfully, many others agree that anyone can learn how to do it. In fact, there's a common perception among dowsers that children actually are the best at the practice. This may be because they haven't yet learned how to disbelieve the supernatural, so they're not as metaphysically blocked off as adults who might question their own skills. Myself – I’m not a psychic, but instead sensitive to energy, which has made me especially adept at using the dowsing rods during paranormal investigations.
Once you’ve got dowsing rods, the process involves a few simple steps. Some dowsers like to talk to their rods before they begin—you can either ask the rods to help you or if you’re more comfortable doing this, you can ask the gods of your tradition to guide you. Either one is fine. I clear my mind and “clean” the rods by repeatedly running my hands over the rods to clear away any residual energies.
Using dowsing rods is considered to be a very safe form of divination, but there are a few things you should know about the practice. If you're using the rods and happen to feel dizzy, sick, lightheaded, or just uneasy, stop the process. Of course, before starting, take a deep breath, concentrate on what you want to find, and put yourself in a calm state of mind.
If using the rods to locate a water source or a lost object, etc., hold the rods out away from your body, begin walking slowly. You can either walk in a pattern—some people like to take a grid-like approach—or you can just let your instinct guide you. As you walk, focus your mind on the target—what is it you’re looking for? Are you seeking water? Buried treasure? Make sure you concentrate on the goal. My focus is to connect to Spirit and become an avenue of communication, so I don’t walk. I am almost always staying in one place.
Make sure you're holding the dowsing rods loosely enough that they can swing freely and bring your hands about 10 inches apart (or shorter depending on whatever feels most comfortable). As a general rule, the rods will cross to form an X if you're over water, metal, grave-sites, etc., or as a "yes" answer to a question. As a paranormal investigator, I have found the most success by simply being the conduit and have someone else ask the “yes” or “no” questions. -From a blog by Khristian Bowen