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What is dowsing ? Explanations, How to practice.

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Using pendulums for divination is a technique that is over two hundred years old. It is used to better understand your intuition, and to speak with your subconscious mind.
In this article, you will learn how yourself you can use pendulums for divination.


Author's page : How to Use a Pendulum
How to Use a Pendulum : the Basics

Three Methods:
Understanding Basic Pendulums
Using Pendulums to Teach Basic Physics
Using Pendulums to Make Measurements

A pendulum consists of a weight suspended from a rod or string that swings back and forth. Pendulums are found in timekeeping devices such as metronomes, grandfather clocks, seismometers, and swinging incense burners, and can be used to illustrate complex physics problems.

Method 1

Understanding Basic Pendulums

    Know that a pendulum is a weight hanging freely at the end of a string. Before you start using a pendulum, you need to know what it is and how it works. Luckily, a pendulum is no more than a hanging weight allowed to swing back and forth. The string is attached to a fixed point so that only the weight and string are moving.
        Hold the end of pendant necklace or yo-yo between your fingers and move the "weight" at the bottom. You've made your first pendulum!
        A common example of a pendulum is the large swinging weight in a grandfather clock.
    To use a pendulum, pull the weight back and let go. Make sure you keep the string taught and release the weight without pushing it. The weight will swing back and forth, returning to roughly the same height you dropped it from.
        A pendulum will swing forever if nothing happens to slow it down or change its direction.
        In reality, outside forces like friction and air resistance will slow down a pendulum.
    Build a simple pendulum with string, a battery, and a yardstick for better understanding. If you learn through hands-on activities or want to teach children how pendulums work, you can quickly build a pendulum to experiment with:
        Tie one end of a string to the middle of a yardstick or poll.
        Tie the opposite end to a battery or other small weight.
        Balance the yardstick on the backs of two identical chairs so that the battery hangs freely between them and can swing without hitting anything.
        Pick up the battery, keeping the string taut, and release it so that it swings back and forth.
    Recognize the scientific vocabulary for pendulums. Like most scientific pursuits it is only possible to understand and use pendulums if you know the words that describe them.
        Amplitude: The highest point the pendulum reaches.
        Bob: Another name for the weight at the end of the pendulum.
        Equilibrium: The center point of a pendulum; where the weight rests when it is not moving.
        Frequency: The number of times a pendulum swings back and forth in a set amount of time.
        Period: The amount of time it takes a moving pendulum to return to the same spot.

Method 2

Using Pendulums to Teach Basic Physics

    Know that pendulum experiments are a great way to teach the scientific method. The scientific method has been the backbone of scientific research since the ancient Greeks, and pendulums are easy to tinker with and see instant results. When conducting any of the following experiments, take the time to formulate a hypothesis, talk about which variable you are testing, and compare the results.
        Always do the experiment 5-6 times to make sure your results are consistent.
        Remember to only try one experiment at a time-- otherwise you won't know what changed the pendulum's swing.
    Change the weight at the end of the string to teach about gravity. One of the simplest ways to learn about gravity's effects is through a pendulum, and the results may surprise you. To see the effects of gravity:
        Pull back the pendulum 10 centimeters and release it.
        Use a stopwatch to time the period of the pendulum. Repeat 5-10 times.
        Add a heavier bob to the pendulum and repeat the experiment.
        The period and frequency will be exactly the same! This is because gravity affects all weights equally. A penny and a brick, for example, will fall at the same speed.
    Change where you drop the weight to learn about amplitude. When you pull the string higher you've increased the amplitude, or high point, of the pendulum. But does that change how fast the pendulum returns to your hand? Repeat the above experiment, but pull the pendulum back 20 centimeters this time instead of changing the weight.
        If you did everything correctly, the pendulum period will not change.
        Changing amplitude does not change frequency, a fact that will come in handy in trigonometry class, the science of sound, and many other fields.
    Change the length of the string. Repeat the experiment above, but instead of changing how much weight you've added or how high you've dropped it, use a much shorter or longer string.
        This time you will definitely notice a change. In fact, changing the length of the string is the only thing that will change the period and frequency of a pendulum.
    Dive deeper into pendulum physics to learn about inertia, energy transfer, and acceleration. For older students or aspiring physicists, pendulums are a great way to learn the relationships between acceleration, friction, and trigonometry [3]. Search for "pendulum equations," or devise your own experiments to find them. Some questions to consider:
        How fast is the bob moving at the lowest point? How do you find the speed of the bob at any point?
        How much kinetic energy does the bob have at any point in the pendulum? For help, use the equation: Kinetic Energy = .5 x Mass of Bob x Velocity2
        How can you predict the period of a pendulum based on the string's length?

Method 3

Using Pendulums to Make Measurements

    Adjust the length of the string to measure time. While pulling the string back farther and changing the weight doesn't change the period, lengthening or shortening the string does. This is how old clocks are made -- if you change the length of the pendulum perfectly you can make a period, or full swing, take two seconds. Count the number of periods and you know how much time has passed.
        Pendulum clocks are attached to gears so that every time the pendulum swings the second hand of the clock moves.
        In a grandfather clock, the weight swinging one way makes the "tick" and swinging back makes the "tock."
    Use your pendulum to measure nearby vibrations, including earthquakes. Seismographs, machines that measure the intensity and direction of earthquakes, are complex pendulums that move only when the earth's crust moves. Though calibrating a pendulum to only measure tectonic plates is incredibly complicated, you can turn almost any pendulum into a basic seismograph using a pen and some paper.
        Tape a pen or pencil to the weight at the end of your pendulum.
        Place a piece of paper under the pendulum so that the pen touches the paper and can leave marks.
        Gently shake the pendulum, but not the string. The harder you shake the pendulum, the larger the marks on your piece of paper. This corresponds to a larger "earthquake."
        Real seismographs have a rotating piece of paper so that you can see the earthquake's power over time.
        Pendulums were used to measure earthquakes as early as 132 AD in China.
    Use a special pendulum called a Foucault Pendulum to prove that the earth rotates. Though people knew that the earth spun on it's axis, Foucault's Pendulum was the earliest visible proof of the concept. To replicate it you'll need a large pendulum, at least 16 feet long with a weight over 25 pounds, to minimize outside variables like wind or friction.
        Put your pendulum in motion, moving enough so that it can swing for a long time.
        As time progresses, you will notice that the pendulum is swinging in a different direction than you started it.
        This happens because the pendulum moves in a straight line while the earth beneath it rotates.
        In the northern hemisphere the pendulum will shift clockwise and in the southern it will shift counter-clockwise.
        Though complicated, you can use a Foucault Pendulum to calculate your latitude using a trigonometric equation.


    Some people believe that pendulums have special powers of divination as well.
    If you want to make a more accurate pendulum, use another string to hold the weight at the desired height. Burn the end of the string to "drop" the weight. This prevents you from accidentally pushing the weight forward or to the side when you let go.
    You might need two people to accurately perform these experiments -- one to use the pendulum and the other to keep time.

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Author's page : How to Use Dowsing or Divining Rods
How to Use Dowsing or Divining Rods               

Four Methods:
Holding the Rods Properly
Finding Bodies of Water
Locating Lost Objects
Determining the Energy of an Area or Room

Before technology was developed that would allow us to "see" into the ground, people depended on dowsing (also known as divining or water witching) to find water wells, metals, gemstones, and even missing people and unmarked graves. Although dowsing has never been scientifically proven to work in a controlled setting, the practice remains popular in many parts of the world. You can use dowsing or divining rods by learning how to hold the rods properly. You can then use the rods to find water, locate lost objects, or determine the energy of a room or area.

Method 1

Holding the Rods Properly

    Find dowsing or divining rods. You can use natural items as dowsing or divining rods, such as tree branches or sticks. Often, diviners use forked sticks from trees such as willow, peach, and witch hazel. Look for a stick that has a fork with branches of equal length on either end of the fork.
        If you do not want to use a forked stick, you can use coat hanger, two wire rods, or a pendulum as a dowsing rod. Cut the coat hanger so you have two pieces of wire that are the same length and extend at least one to two feet. You can also use two wire rods of equal length or a pendulum made especially for dowsing from New Age stores or online.
        Some divining rods have an L-shape on each end, where the wire extends downward to form an L-shape. You can find L-shaped rods online or at New Age stores.
    Hold the rods an arm’s length away from your body. You should then hold the rods in each hand at an arm’s length away from your body. Position the rods so they rest flat over your index fingers and let the butt of the handles rest in the heel of your hands. Do not grip the handles too tightly as the rods need to be able to float freely to work.[3]
        Hold the rods about 9 inches apart so they do not cross or collide. You may want to practice holding the rods in your hands a few times to get the hang of it.
        If you are using one forked stick, you should hold it an arm's length away from your body. Make sure you hold the stick lightly so it can float freely in your hand.
    Keep the rods steady and straight as you walk. Once you understand how to hold the rods properly, you should practice walking and moving around while holding the rods. Make sure you keep the rods steady and straight as you walk so they are parallel to the ground.
        Hold the rods at arm’s length and walk slowly back and forth across the room. Do not let the rod end tip upward or downward as you move as you do not want to move the rods unintentionally with the force of your body or your arms.

Method 2

Finding Bodies of Water

    Hold the rods steady in your hands. Start by holding the dowsing or divining rods steady and straight in your hands, at an arm’s length from your body. Make sure the rod ends are not tipped upward or downward. You should also make sure the rods are 9 inches from each other.
        If you are using a “Y” shaped rod, the rod should be pointed upward at a 45 degree angle. This will ensure you are able to get a good reading of the area.
    Walk over the area with the rods. Often, water dowsers are called to locate water in a certain area, such as a rural or suburban community. You should hold the rods properly and walk back and forth slowly over the area that you are testing for water. Make sure you hold the rods lightly but with some grip so they do not roll or shift in your hands as you walk.
    Wait for the rods to cross or move. Once the rods detect water, the butt end of the stick should rotate or be pulled downward. The rods may also cross over each other when you stand in a certain spot in the area, indicating there may be water under the surface.
        It may also help to visualize the water under the earth as you walk over the area with the rods. You may picture a stream or body of water in your mind as you hold the rods to help let the rods know what you are looking for.

Method 3

Locating Lost Objects

    Relax and visualize the lost object. You can use the dowsing rods to locate objects or items you have lost, such as jewellery. Start by holding the rods properly in your hands. Then, relax and close your eyes. Visualize the object you have lost in your mind.
        You may want to take a few deep breaths to calm down and relax. Focus your mind on the lost object and try to channel that focus into the divining rods.
    Ask the rods to lead you to the object. You may ask the rods out loud or internally. You may say, “Where is the object I have lost?” or “Find the object.” This will project your intent onto the rods.
    Let the rods direct you to the object. You should then hold the rods steady and straight in your hands and let them direct you. Do not resist any pulls or tugs you feel on the rods. You should walk in the direction the rods seem to be leading you to. Eventually, the rods may lead you to the lost object.

Method 4

Determining the Energy of an Area or Room

    Visualize the energy in the area or room. You can use divining rods to test the amount of positive and negative energy in an area or a room, known as the “Chi” of the room. You may decide to test the energy levels in your home, your office, or even your garden. Do this by entering the room holding the rods. Then, close your eyes and try to visualize the “Chi” energy in the room. Try to picture an energy path that flows throughout the entire room or area. Don't worry if you are not able to do this, as the rods will help you determine the energy flow or path.
        The divining rods can help you trace this flow of “Chi”. You can then make adjustments to the set up of the room or space so the “Chi” can flow more freely. This could then make the space feel more positive and uplifting. A room with good energy will have an even amount of “Chi” flowing throughout the room.
    Ask the rods to lead you to the energy path. You can do this verbally or internally. You may say, “Can you show me the energy path in this room?” or “Show me how the energy flows in this space.” This will allow you to communicate your intent to the rods.
    Let the rods lead you to these areas. Follow any pulls or tugs on the rod, moving in a path. You should try to walk in every area of the room to determine how it fits within the energy flow of the room. The rods may help to guide you to where the “Chi” is flowing well in the room and where it is not flowing at all.
        If you notice you are walking in circles as you are lead by the rods, you may then to reposition the rods in your hands and repeat your intention to them again. Ideally, the rods should create a path through the room, touching each area of the room. Any areas that are skipped may need to be adjusted by moving furniture or items in the area to improve the flow of energy.

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