Pendulum Dowsing Basics

By Tina Sacchi

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Dowsing is a technique that has been used since ancient times for locating hidden water wells, metals, and gemstones. A Y-shaped wooden twig or metal divining rods are used to guide dowsers to the location where water or earth objects can be found.

Nowadays, pendulum dowsing has become popular as a way to get accurate answers to questions. A pendulum is a crystal or metal weight on a chain. A dowser will ask a question and interpret the movement of the pendulum to obtain an accurate answer.

A pendulum is simply a tool for accessing your Higher Self. You already have the answers within you. The pendulum is used to access your Higher Self to discern answers.

Your Higher Self is your closest connection to The Great Spirit. You can refer to The Great Spirit as God, the Universe, or a Power Greater than Ourselves. It is absolute truth.

There are several important pendulum dowsing techniques that you can practice to achieve accurate answers to all your questions. As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” As you practice using your pendulum, you will become more comfortable with learning how to access your Higher Self.

1. Open Sacred Space

Before you begin to use your pendulum, it’s important that you are always a clear and perfect channel of The Great Spirit. When you open sacred space, you are creating a sacred space for yourself where only light and love can enter.

There are times when you may be unconsciously channeling energy that is not for your highest good. When you are a source of Light, darkness will be attracted to you, because we live in the world of duality. It’s important to stay connected to the Great Spirit and expel all energies that are not serving your highest good before you start dowsing.

Just before you start dowsing, you can say the following prayers to yourself or out loud:

I invoke the Great Spirit within me.

I am a clear and perfect channel.

The Great Spirit is my Guide.

The Great Spirit and I are One.

Clear me, Shield me. Protect me.

Then, invite your guides to come through to help you.

I invite the Great Spirit, my Higher Self, My Guides, and Angels to be present and to communicate with me through my pendulum.

2. Program Your Pendulum

Once you have opened sacred space, it is best to program your pendulum with answers. There are five basic answers that you can “program” into your pendulum.





♣Ready Answer

YES and NO are the most basic answers.

Research means that you need to refine your question to achieve an accurate answer. Sometimes, your questions are too vague to answer, so you have to refine your questions through more research.

Clearing means that “something needs to clear” before you can get an accurate answer. Your clearing response is like using a broom to sweep out any misaligned energies before you begin.

Ready Answer means that your pendulum is ready for your question. It’s in the ready position.

Here’s how to program your pendulum.

Hold the chain of the pendulum with your fingers and let it hang. Swing it to create movement. Then, in your mind or out loud, repeat the following: “Higher Self please show me my YES response.” Your pendulum will start to swing in a specific direction. This direction is your YES response. Some people find that their pendulum swings up and down for YES; others find that their pendulum swings back and forth; and yet others find that their YES response is a circular clockwise or counter clockwise motion. The movement of your YES response is unique to you, so don’t get distracted by thinking that your pendulum has to swing in a certain direction to work effectively.

Continue to perform this process for each of the five answers.

3. Ask a Question.

Once your pendulum is programmed and you feel like “you’ve got it,” then think of a question. Just before you ask for a response, use your pendulum to ask for permission. Remember, it is always important to ask for permission to dowse:

May I? May I dowse for this particular question?

Can I? Can I dowse for this particular question?

Should I? Should I dowse for this particular question?

If you get a NO response for any of these three questions, it’s best to stop, or rephrase your question so that you get three YES responses. For example, you never want to dowse for someone else without permission, make medical diagnoses, foretell the future, or perhaps interfere with someone’s free will.

After you are “in the clear,” then practice dowsing with very basic questions until you get a “feel” for using your pendulum. You can start with questions as simple as, “Is my name Tina Sacchi?” The obvious answer is YES. If your pendulum swings in any other direction than YES, keep trying until it the YES response comes through for you.

If you’d like to learn more about pendulum dowsing, see Tina’s YouTube video at the following link:

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Tina G. Sacchi is a professional master dowser, a Holistic Shamanic Practitioner, Speaker & Teacher. Tina is certified in Hypnotherapy through the Arizona Society for Professional Hypnosis as well as the American Board of Hypnotherapy. Her techniques also include Shamanic practices, Dowsing, Reiki, Ear Coning, Meditation, Life Coaching, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Spiritual/Angel Readings, Crystal and Sound Healing, etc. She also holds a graduate degree. Alternative healing can be traced in Tina’s ancestry for many generations. She has also studied under many spiritual leaders. Her passion to help people heal spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally is innate in her total being. She is the Co-Founder of the School of Enlightenment and teaches classes around the Phoenix valley, the USA & internationally.