I have not tried to verify whether or not my Ancestors would have used pendulums, nor do I have a burning need to do so. My critical mind suspects The Ancestors would have been connected enough to the natural world, there would be little use of such a tool. I accept dowsing enables the conscious mind to connect with the subconscious mind, which itself is capable of detecting very subtle energy changes. With practice and awake awareness we can tune into our natural electromagnetic receptors, so with practice we can learn to feel what is below the ground. My Ancestors likely had that ability still intact. My modern body… well, no harm in using what you have! There is no doubt, the earth we walk upon today, is very different from that which our Ancestors walked upon. I live in an Urban setting & contained within this setting, are unnatural things, such as buried wires and pipes. In my experience, working both in wild places, and in the City places, the energy of Earth is different. At times it is a subtle difference, at others, a stronger contrast of energy.
As a young child, I instinctively used a pendulum; of course I don’t believe I knew that word yet. I grew up in a rural farm setting, with many first generation neighbors from, primarily, the Ukraine. Folk Medicine was still practiced.One evening I watched my neighbor use a sewing needle on the end of a piece of string, to find where the end of a nasty metal sliver was. To me, needles on strings, told you things. I never thought of the tool as unnatural, the persons using the tool, used it in a confident, matter of fact way.
I met my birth father when I was in my mid twenties. He used a pendulum as naturally as I did. He was a well witcher, among applying other folk medicine practices. It was interesting to see the “nature”, had coincided with the “nurture”. I learnt very quickly, everyone has different energy and as such, each pendulum will move as fast, or as slow, as big, or as small, as is just right for the person using it.
My first classroom introduction to dowsing, was taught by an Elder from Northern Alberta, named Bill. He used a bobber. Allow me to describe such a sophisticated tool to you. It was about three feet long, a ball of masking tape on the end, and had a bent handle made simply from a larger gauge copper wire. But it worked. As you can see, in the picture above, I have changed my bobber!! 🙂 There are many websites available to help you learn how to use a pendulum. As an example: pendulum lesson.
I am very fortunate to be asked to do a variety of services within my community. As a result, I am able to practice dowsing, and pendulum use, quite often. I find it extremely useful for space clearing. My clients may not know much about shamanism, but they are quite intrigued with my simple tools, pendulum and bobber. Children, are especially curious. I like handing it over to the kids, so it becomes as natural and matter of fact for them, as it was for me. The pendulum usually spins when kids hold it, almost as though the spirits were gently teaching the young, curious soul.
The swing of a pendulum, or the bobbing of the bobber, will indicate how active the energy is in a room. It can indicate in which room, or rooms, of a house, are the primary disturbance areas. Outside the house, my tools show me if there are energetic interference’s around the house. I have learnt there are lines of energy that run through the earth, some of the energy beneficial and some of it, not quite so beneficial.
Through use, and confidence in what I am doing, I can determine, from my tool, what is required to be done inside, and perhaps outside, of a house, to better balance or neutralize these energies when necessary. Here is an exercise I have used with my students while at Elk Island National Park, outside of Edmonton. This exercise is intended to be done in nature. Keep in mind, communicating with the Spirits around you takes many different forms, this is just one of them. This exercise is designed to help you listen to the Spirit of the Forest. Your task is to move around the park and find all three things: A feather A tuft of buffalo fur A red stone My students worked in pairs. Every single pair declared this exercise would be impossible. With teamwork, and good questions… every single person found all three objects.
Never underestimate the worlds desire to communicate with you.