By Robert Gandrup
Everyone uses tools. A mechanic works on your car with them. Farmers use them to tend crops. A carpenter used them to build the home you live in. Tools are used in virtually every part of our lives.
Most of the time you don’t even think about the tools you use, you just do the job. To make mashed potatoes, you scrub them with a brush, peel them, cut them into pieces, put them in a pot of water and boil them, checking occasionally to tell when they‘re cooked. When they are done you drain the water off, mash them and serve them. Not including the pot and serving dish, the tools you just used were a brush, a peeler, a knife, a fork (to check them), a masher and a serving spoon. Without exaggerating, you use hundreds, if not thousands of tools each day. Everything you do uses tools of one type or another.
Tools can be non-physical, too. When you close your eyes and focus on a point to meditate, that’s a tool. Perhaps you count down from 10 to 1 to get into the proper state. That’s a tool, also. Although not used to accomplish a physical task, they are tools nonetheless. For lack of a better name, we’ll call this type of tool a focal tool. A focal tool can also be a physical item even if it isn’t used to make physical contact with something. Whether they have physical form or not, focal tools are very useful to keep your attention focused on a given task. There are no “right” or “wrong” focal tools. They either get the job done or they don’t.
When you focus on your dowsing device, your attention is mostly on it and the things around you take less of your attention. This helps you visualize a result. Your device is then a focal tool for you, even while you use it for the act of dowsing a response.
Some people like to have a sample of what they are looking for when they dowse. This is called a “witness” and it is merely another type of focal tool. It can help the dowsing process by keeping your attention on a specific item or type of thing. Just like any other focal tool, this can be anything that keeps you focused on the job at hand.
When you need to get a result use anything you want. Be creative. The more you identify with the focal tool the more effective it is. Really, what you are doing is selling your subconscious on the idea that something is to get done.
Whether you use a witness or not doesn’t matter at all. Whether focusing on the dowsing device helps you concentrate or not also makes no difference. What others do doesn’t matter so don’t let that influence how you dowse. What works for one person may not work for another. All that matters with dowsing is to get the most accurate responses possible and what that takes is entirely up to you. If something works for you, do it. As you perfect your dowsing, you will go through different stages and try various things to get your answers. Experiment with which tools you like and how you use them. Get creative with those focal tools and mostly, have fun with your dowsing.
You too can learn from Robert at the July 2016 West Coast Dowsing Conference. With generations of dowsers in his family, it was natural for Robert Gandrup to join the American Society of Dowsers as a life member in 1985. Over the years, Robert has worked with clients to create positive change with powerful focused intention. Dowsing is a valuable addition to his practice. When he decided to start teaching dowsing classes, he wrote a short instructional book called ‘Dowsing as a Daily Tool’. Robert also drew on his dowsing to help define new ideas in numerology and in 2013 published ‘Master Numerology’, a pioneering book on the subject. He teaches dowsing at ASD functions he attends and is one of the basic dowsing instructors at this year’s West Coast Conference.