Dowsing for Feng Shui and Space Clearing

by: Susan Collins

Susan Collins 2014 WCC

I remember crying the day my doctor told me I had a crippling disease. In just a few weeks my hands had become claws – my fingers wouldn’t fully open or close. I couldn’t hold a pen. My body hurt everywhere and I was having trouble walking and going to work. I had never been sick in my life before, but that day I was told that there was no cure for what I had now.

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 29 and was in pain for the next twenty years. I tried every medical treatment I could think of, and eventually set out on my own healing path. I sought the Living Force – the essential Chi – present in all things and in me, and looked for ways to regenerate my healthy body. My personal journey back to health led me to the study of Dowsing and Feng Shui among other things. It took me many years, but I am now drug free and virtually symptom free and I owe it to dowsing. My life now is spent teaching other people what I learned and helping them find their own healing path.

What Is Dowsing?                                              

Dowsers can “read” the energy of people and things and strive to bring balance and harmony in all areas. People who dowse regularly tend to become not only healthier, but also more intuitive and in tune with the world around them. Dowsers transform physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energies using a Dowsing Protocol and simple tools such as pendulums, L-rods and bobbers. Anyone can learn to dowse, and I have written many books that teach people how to do it. Of course it is always easiest to learn from someone in person.


What do Dowsers Do?

Dowsers find and fix Earth, Environmental and Psychic Energies that may damage health, prosperity and happiness among the people living and working in a place such as a home or business. I invented the word “Geoprosperous” many years ago to describe healthy, supportive places (from the Latin “Geo” for “Earth” plus “Prosperity” the word for abundance.) The opposite of Geoprosperous is “Geopathic” (from the Latin “Geo” for Earth and “pathic” for suffering.)

I encourage people to focus on beneficial places and energies in their lives rather than their problems. We know we get what we think about, and can create our own realities, so let us all live healthy, prosperous lives.

It is my hope that whether you are a dowser, a Feng Shui practitioner, or just someone with an interest in being healthy, happy and prosperous, that you will find this information useful.

What do I need to become a good dowser?

To get the results you want it is important to use a Dowsing Protocol every time you dowse. The Protocol will increase your accuracy and provide protection from “bad” energies. The Protocol provides psychic protection by integrating your left (logical) and right (intuitive) brain hemispheres with your body and with your personal and Universal Chi. It is a great way to develop your intuition. I teach the use of safe Dowsing Protocols in my workshops. If you would like my Dowsing Protocol, please send an email to with “Protocol” in the subject line.

You also need dowsing tools to become a dowser.


Dowsing Tools

Dowsing tools are used both to amplify your dowsing response, and to protect you from going into resonance with non-beneficial energies. There are many different types of dowsing tools, but the main thing to remember is that there is no magic in the tools – they simply amplify your own sense of knowing. Generally, any tool can substitute for any other tool, but you will probably have a favourite one. The most common dowsing tools are: pendulums (something that swings freely); L-Rods (bent wires that you hold in your hands); Y-Rods (a forked stick or piece of plastic tubing in the shape of the letter Y); bobbers (something that bobs up and down) and body dowsing techniques (using your fingers or other part of your body to get answers to your questions.)

I always have a pendulum in my pocket, and I use it every day for simple YES and NO answers to see if the foods I’m eating are healthy or to see if there is any danger to myself or my family. Pendulums are handy because they are small and easy to carry. If you don’t happen to have a “proper” pendulum in your pocket, you can get answers with any object that swings freely such as a set of keys or a necklace.

I use L-rods when I’m checking the energies of a place. They will swing in a circle to show the presence of a vortex energy (which can be a form of Geopathic stress) or point to other energy lines of disturbance. I also use L-rods outside when I look for locations for underground water in order to drill a well. L-rods can also be used to check the chakras and life force of people and places. I carry my L-rods in my brief case because they don’t fit into my pocket.

Y-rods are quite large and I find them a bit more awkward to work with, but many people do like them. One problem with a wooden Y-rod that has been cut from a tree branch is that it tends to break after a few uses!

I use a bobber to transform energy – it has a large swing and creates a strong energy force that can be very healthy. It’s hard to describe or photograph a bobber in action because it just looks like a blur. I always carry a bobber in my brief case.

Body dowsing, such as by pulling your fingers apart, is a great way to dowse when you don’t have any tools or you’re in a situation where you don’t want people to know you’re dowsing, such as at the office. When my children were young, I used to Finger Dowse behind my back so they couldn’t see what I was doing in order to check the health of the foods they were eating.

You will probably have a favourite tool, but don’t get too attached to any tool. (I teach the use of all dowsing tools in my workshops.)

Here are the basic steps for dowsing with a pendulum:

How to Dowse with a Pendulum

Pendulums are the most commonly used dowsing tools and is the first tool I teach.

Pendulums show dowsing responses, such as YES and NO, by swinging in different directions, at different speeds.

 The basic movements are: swinging back and forth (either away from you or across your body) and swinging in circles. (Your responses may be different from another person’s.) Give it a try now!

  • Hold the string of your pendulum between your thumb and first finger, about 8 cm (3 inches) from the weight at the end.
  • While slowly swinging the pendulum back and forth, say out loud “Pendulum, show me YES”.
  • If there is no response, swing the pendulum clockwise for a few seconds and say: “Pendulum this is my YES.” Then repeat the statement “Pendulum, show me my YES.” Keep doing this until the pendulum moves on its own when you ask it to show you YES.
  • Repeat these steps for a NO response.

Practice by testing your responses with questions you already know the answers to.


Dowsing and Feng Shui

When I`m not teaching, I use dowsing to help people in their homes and businesses to balance persistent, personal issues by checking their Earth, Environmental and Psychic Energies. I began dowsing for Feng Shui issues when a practitioner told me: “We’re finding some energies, but we don’t know what they are, or what to do about them.” With dowsing, we can find out what these energies are because we interact with the Living Force (Chi) of places in a way that goes beyond the rules developed by traditional Feng Shui. It is time for Feng Shui to evolve!

(Feng Shui began in China as a way to choose the best place for the burial of ancestors in order to produce good fortune for the living. It is a way of manipulating objects to generate happiness, health and prosperity. Combining dowsing and Feng Shui can bring powerful results

Dowsing is not just about finding YES and NO answers with a pendulum or bobber. You can also DISCONNECT bad energies and MAXIMIZE good ones. Setting your INTENTION before you dowse is a key to success.


Feng Shui Remedies

The most powerful remedy for Feng Shui issues is the power of dowsing with intention. When one has clear intention then it is possible to heal a space just with thought forms, first by using a dowsing tool to disconnect bad energies and then to bring in good ones. In addition, it is always useful to “anchor” our energy work with physical objects so that the objects themselves retain the energy of the dowsing. This works best if the objects won’t be moved later.

A simple technique for beginners would be to add the appropriate colours to each room corresponding to the Bagua colours. While doing this, you could use the Dowsing Protocol to remove the bad energies there that don`t help you, and then to invite in and increase good energies so that your home, business and life are in balance.

Of course you can use traditional Feng Shui remedies, such as mirrors to reflect energy and appropriate Bagua colours and photographs to enhance the Bagua theme of each room, but I always like to use energy-based solutions such as copper pipe and wire, magnets, large, small and crushed crystals and drawn symbols.

For example, when I had new floors put in my house, I drew special geometric symbols on the subfloor before the tiles went on so that good energy would always be in the home. I have also drawn symbols in wet cement when floors are being laid, and dropped stones with symbols on them into the foundation of a home when it is being built. I often scatter crushed crystals in plants – either where they are growing outside or in the pot when they are planted. I then use the Dowsing Protocol to “ask ` the plants to assist in healing the house. If a room has stagnant chi, I might put three of four small magnets or pieces of metal wire in the corners of the rooms in places they can`t be seen and are not likely to be moved. I may also do a water ceremony to the eight directions to ask for the cooperation of the neighbourhood energies to bring balance and harmony.

Feng Shui Dowse your Home

What room should I begin in?

Which part of the room?

Where is the source of the issue?

What is the problem?

What is the remedy?

Where should the remedy go?

Which direction should it face?

How many remedies are needed?

In what order should they be installed?

Which area should I go to next?


What is an Energy Guide and how do I find one?

Whether you call them “Energy Guides”, “Angels”, “Beings of Light”, “Ascended Masters” or “Universal Chi”, I believe there are non-visible beings co-existing in our own and other dimensions who will help us. This is not the level of the “Higher Self” or the “Soul”. These are conscious beings outside of us who exist in a different energy system than the one we normally live in. This is difficult to explain if you’ve never experienced it, but many people do learn to recognize their “helpers”.

Some of these beings are connected to God (or however you refer to the Divine Source or Universal Chi) and are interested in supporting us for the best and highest good of all creation. Other beings are not in resonance with God and are interested in feeding off our energy in a parasitic fashion. It seems that as we progress on our spiritual path, “bad” energies may come to check us out. While this may be a disturbing prospect, you can think of them as gate keepers who test our courage and resolve to move forward. Or they may simply be beings that need help to move on to where they are supposed to be (in English we sometimes call this “Ghostbusting”). In my workshops, I teach people how to tell the difference between “good” and “bad” energies and what to do when they encounter bad ones.

To meet your Guides/Angels, use dowsing to ask to be connected with beings who are in resonance with God and who are aligned to your purpose. Over time you’ll get to know who your Guides are and how they interact with you in a dowsing session.

NEVER CONNECT DIRECTLY WITH BEINGS OTHER THAN YOUR GUIDES. Your Guide is like your appointment manager and will protect you. When in doubt, use the Dowsing Protocol to bring yourself into a place of safety.


Dowsing is something that anyone can learn, and the more you practice, the better you will get at it. I look forward to meeting you in Japan some day!


Susan Collins is an internationally acclaimed dowsing teacher, speaker and workshop leader. She uses traditional dowsing tools as well as the power of heart and thought to detect and transform non-beneficial Earth, Environmental, Psychic and Other energy patterns. She has presented at many international and regional conferences across North America, the UK, Italy and in the Middle East. Susan has a dynamic, global consulting practice and is the author of a successful series of books and DVDs on dowsing techniques. She is a Past President of the Canadian Society of Dowsers (2003- 2006) and was named Dowser of the Year in 2006. She is an ordained Metaphysical Minister. More details at Contact:



Spirit of the Labyrinth

Since 1989 at the West Coast Conference of the American Society of Dowsers, I have been putting up new labyrinth designs for the attendees to experience.  It’s always a new design so I can answer the inevitable question, “What should I expect when I walk your design,” with “I don’t know, it’s a new design and it’s never been walked before.”


The conference is over the 4th of July weekend (, and by last Wednesday I haven’t thought of anything for this year and I was starting to worry.  I have been retired from making labyrinths for 10 years, so my mind is not on the field.  Thursday I was doing some energy work with my friend Pat Dornik;  the last figures we looked at that day was page 35 in Steve and Karen Alexander’s Crop Circle book for 2015 (  They put out a yearly crop circle book of the photos that Steve takes, 40 something pages, beautiful stuff).  Click photo to see a larger view.


The top design is obviously more interesting, yet I found my self focused on the bottom design.  Not the design itself, but what had happened to the crops in the inner square.  I was especially fascinated by the circular design in the center, and the little dots there.  I also noticed an outline for a tic.tac-toe board, and the small squares near the left and bottom sides. I also noticed some swirls but didn’t pay them much attention.  Then I read the description by Karen Alexander and read that there was an eight-pointed star in it with swirls in each of the point.  Harder to see, but present and the tic-tac-toe board was part of the star.  I eventually found that the 8 pointed star could be drawn with a single line.  That didn’t have any significance for me until the middle of the night when I was doing my Jin Shin Jyutsu practice (The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister).  I suddenly realized that anything made with a single line can be made into a labyrinth.


Background, the two most famous labyrinths, the Cretan (now commonly called the Classical) and Chartres are straight line labyrinths which means that if one grab the path at the entrance and the center and pulled on each end, one eventually ends up with a straight line.  For both of these labyrinths, one walks from one end (entrance) of the line to the other (center) and then turns around and walks back to the other end (entrance).

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Cretan Labyrinth

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Chartres Labyrinth


So I made the 8 pointed star design that one can walk.

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8 Pointed Star

To walk the design as a labyrinth, one enters at the bottom and goes either left or right.  When one comes to an intersection, one always goes straight.  Eventually one will understand the nature of the design and the alternative paths at intersection become largely ignored.


This is also a circular labyrinth.  In a circular labyrinth, one end of a straight line is connected to the other end, which when expanded produces a circle.  Circular labyrinths have no center and can naturally be walked continuously.  Here are a few examples of circular designs.

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Circular Design


Circular Viking Labyrinth


Circular Design


For the 2014 WCC, I drew the design in chalk based on the crop circle below, so I am happy to find a crop circle that can be made into a labyrinth.  I also found this design while working with Pat Dornik.


Crop Circle Photo

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2014 Labyrinth Based on Crop Circle


2014 Labyrinth Closer View


Back to the 8 pointed design, one can see at the entrance how one can go either left (CW) or right (CCW), and that after completing the walk through the 8 pointed star, one has the choice to leave or walk it again (go around the circle again).

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2016 Labyrinth: Choices


I will be making this at this years WCC, on July 1st at 10AM on the plaza of the College 8 Campus at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  If you talk to me before hand, you do not have to come to the conference to help with the layout.      But, why not come to the conference?  it’s the best conference I’ve ever attended by far.  Joan and I started going in 1987 and I haven’t missed a single year.


Layouts of labyrinths are special, as one is in the energy that comes in as it is being made, and then one gets the fun of walking a design that’s never been walked before.






Alex B Champion

Earthworks and Labyrinths

(707) 546-1635



All is Energy



An amazing discovery occurred at the beginning of February 2016, Einstein’s theory of relativity E= MC2 is no longer considered to be theory, but has now been proven to be true. This occurred when a cosmic event provided the information or the happening that confirmed the validity of the equation. Simply put; everything is energy, what appears to be form to the naked eye is not an object or form but an energy field, it is not ‘matter’ separate and apart from energy. It is the energy field that produces the material form.


That being said, how does this affect us, how does this truth make our lives different or easier to comprehend? Let us look at what we call form, matter or material substance, a hard copy in other words, a visible appearance of something. Matter appears to be fixed, stuck, immutable and difficult to change. Energy on the other hand is constantly in motion, is always active and energy never stops, nor is it destroyed; it merely transforms. So when we are looking at something, an object or a body, and would like the appearance of the body or the object to change and show up differently in appearance, changing it seems to be such a massive job involving a great deal of work, time, or effort. The appearance of form, matter or the body is imprinted in our subconscious mind as something that is solid and hard, so we think the problem that we are looking at will not change easily if at all.


Knowing that the appearance is a bundle of energy rather than a fixed object makes it easier to see that it can be changed with ease. This is important when you are looking at an illness, a deformity, or a state of failure or loss. Recognizing that the state is energy in motion and is not fixed or stuck, we can instantly seek to take charge, to direct the motion and change the course, instead of resigning ourselves to the fixed state. The truth of the equation that everything is energy makes life easier to comprehend, as it is easier to align with the energy in motion instead of being stuck with a hard immovable object.


When we see things as fixed we tend to make judgments of good/bad/right/wrong and then proceed to act out according to the judgment. When we see things as energy moving we tend to be curious as to how it is going to unfold, we are in the mode of wonderment instead of determining or controlling. A moveable object is so much easier to work with than an immovable object. The state of withholding judgment or opinion automatically puts us in the frequency of non-resistance, which in turn brings us to acceptance, an energy frequency that vibrates at 70-79 on the scale of 0 – 100.


Being in acceptance with the energy that is moving and active is of such a great benefit as we no longer are at war or in judgment with what is going on in life, we become an observer a witness rather than a controller. We become at one with the experience rather than at odds with it and this way we can be taught or guided toward our purpose through the experience. The experience is the road on the journey to finding purpose, and purpose is found in the energy we are conscious of, align with, use or choose as we move through the experience.


The immovable object tends to bring us into the linear mind and cuts us off from the whole picture. The linear mind sees things in bits and pieces separate and apart from each other. Seeing things as energy in motion tends to bring us instantly to the conscious awareness of the whole composition that is before us, rather than the single linear pieces of information.   Seeing the whole picture broadens us to vision rather than simply seeing what is going on.


An example might be when we experience the loss of someone we love. When we see the person as an appearance or body only, when they die, we see the absence of the body as the actual loss of the loved one; we see them as gone, as not being with us any more, as being out of our lives completely and forever. When we see each other as energy fields, we know that energy cannot be lost or destroyed; it can only be changed or transformed. Consciousness and energy are interchangeable, so all we have to do is to be conscious of the person in question and we are instantly in the essence or energy of the person through our consciousness. We can commune with them through consciousness; the hard copy is not necessary for this close communication experience. We can have a conversation, we can experience signs of contact and we can feel the love that we never lost when they left the material vehicle or body. Consciousness is all that is necessary to experience the relationship in the present moment.


With the knowledge “all is energy,” especially matter or material objects, this information will have incredible implications in the future. Energy medicine as an example will become the primary medicine available and free energy will be used for powering our vehicles and appliances. Chemistry will take a back seat to energy; we will be looking at the energy in medicine and foods, not the chemical components. The material will become secondary to the energy behind the material form. Let us look at GMO foods as another example. The corn is modified with insecticide to kill off insects that can infect the corn. So now included in the nourishing energy that is within the corn is also the energy of killing. Instead of eating foods that are supposed to sustain life, we are now eating foods that are infused with the energy of killing a different expression of life. Materially it appears to make sense, we are modifying the corn to stop or kill the insect that hurts the corn, but energetically does it make sense? We are changing the corn and modifying it to kill an insect or a micro life-force. We also know that the intestines where the corn will eventually end up, is full of healthy microorganisms, what is going to happen to those organisms? These are questions that only get asked when we know that energy is the primary component of life, of everything, and not the material. There is no denying it anymore. Everything is energy in motion.


Copyright: Angela Burr-Madsen

Dowsing Comes to the Public Schools


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Wonder what to do with your kids or grandkids this summer?  Come to the West Coast Dowsing Conference, and bring your children and grandchildren.  The conference has a special dowsing experience for children designed for ages 6 through 12, free of charge to children of attendees.  Special instruction is available for teens. The Youth Program has fun activities including learning to dowse, animal communication, talking to whales, færies and devas, meditation, spoon-bending and other ‘magical feats’, sacred geometry, labyrinths & more!  Come and let your child explore the wonders of dowsing!

In early July of 2015 Karen Ashley Tippett and Dick Tippett we were able to teach three sessions of basic dowsing to junior high students at Sunrise Middle school, a charter school in San Jose. More than fifty students participated. We were thrilled to do this project, and had so much fun doing it!

This was part of a special summer school program on “mindfulness”. The school received a special grant to teach classes and experiences on Sacred Geometry, dream work, meditation, intuitive skills, yoga, sacred circles, outdoor nature experiences, healing with sound, earth energy, shamanism and dowsing. The dowsing classes were very popular and well received.

We had each student make their own pendulums from fishing sinkers and string that we provided, then gave each of them simple L-rods made from coat hangers.

“Can I, may I, should I” and “how to ask the right question” were taught early on so that they knew how to connect to the “system,” and had permission to dowse for what they wanted to know. The students learned to use both types of tools to get “yes-no” answers to questions.

They learned to measure things on a 1-10 scale, as well as to take the first answer that they got. They also learned to “blind dowse,” by writing their questions on cards, turning the cards upside down and shuffling them, then dowsing whether the answer to the question on the card was “yes” or “no.”



Karen taught them to use their pendulums to communicate with their pets, which fascinated them. She also taught them to use their L-rods to measure each others’ energy fields, and the effect that positive and negative thoughts have, expanding and contracting their energy fields. The students were told to think “I can’t do it! I don’t want to do it!” and their energy fields were measured to show how much negative thoughts contracted their energy. They were then told to think “I can do it! I want to do it!” and their energy fields were measured again to show the tremendous difference that positivity makes on a person’s energy level. One student had a field of positive energy nearly thirty feet around!

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Dick showed the students to use their L-Rods. He hid objects around the room and then taught the students to find them using their L-rods.

The third day the session was held outdoors. The students learned to use their L-rods to find buried pipes and conduits (there were no veins of water on campus). There were trees on campus and the students learned to find the front door of the tree as well as to measure the size of the tree’s energy field. We also taught them about “tree hugging,” which some of them promptly did.

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We again hid several things around the one-acre campus and again set the students to find them. Each was instructed to “do their own dowsing” and not to be influenced by someone else’s dowsing, because “everyone is different.” By this time they were getting pretty good at finding things: eight different items were found in nearly as many minutes, by eight different students.

All of their parents were invited to the closing ceremony for the summer session, which gave the students an opportunity to share what they had learned. The students hid things around the campus, then taught their parents to use their L-rods to find the hidden items.

How cool is that?

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You too can bring and teach dowsing to your local schools, recreation centers, or kids clubs. Teaching dowsing to children gives them a skill that will be theirs for life. Some of the dowsers throughout the world learned from a relative or friend as a child and then reconnected as adults. Dowsing is a skill that leads to many practices and knowledge related to ‘mindfulness’. Dick and Karen were unsure as they set out to teach to these inquisitive youngsters. It took all of about 2 minutes to be comfortable and know that teaching to youngsters is way fun and they are eager to learn. See how you can teach and make a difference.

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You can also bring a child or two to the West Coast Dowsing Conference to the ‘Children’s Mystery School’ designed just for them (free of charge to them), July 1 to July 3 at University California Santa Cruz College 8.

Dowsing with Romance and Good Manners

by: Rob Ryan


‘Good fortune’ is perhaps the best way to describe learning how to dowse from Robert Gandrup. Not only does Robert teach with wit, commonsense and logic, he patiently answers every question put to him.

Robert taught me to sandwich every dowse with 2 important phrases: start with “Can I, may I, should I dowse…(my     question),” and always end with ‘Thank You.’ Is that really important? Why the formality of ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ with every dowse?

400 years ago, a remarkable Christian monk became a ‘people magnet’ for his convent brothers, church superiors and spiritual seekers. From miles away, they came just to be near Brother Lawrence and feel God’s presence in his company.

What Lawrence learned—and what he told his visitors—is in the pages of his small book, “The Practice of the Presence of God.” His ‘conversion’ and discovery of God’s presence arose from a winter encounter with a fruit tree. Struck powerfully with the realization that its barren branches would be covered with blossoms and fruit in spring and summer, his feeling of awe did not abate. Ultimately, it infused his life.

Thinking back to our first brush with love, romance and spiritual power, most of us know what profound awe and gratitude feel like. Brother Lawrence took love to the next level: he kept his his blissful feelings of respect and awe burnished bright for the rest of his life.

This brings us back to good manners in dowsing. Who or what is doing the work of answering our questions? At gatherings—like the West Coast Dowsers Conference coming in July this year—dowsers tell me they get their answers come from the Source, Consciousness, or ‘the Field.’ Whatever we call that ‘It,’ that One that answers our questions, “It” had to be in touch with all of God’s creation. It has to transcend time and space…and be available to answer our questions with the willingness of a genie and the speed of Google.

It seems Robert Gandrup has it right. The least we can do in exchange for dowsing’s seeming-magic is say ‘Please,’ and ‘Thank You.’ BUT, there is a rub of course, the same rub that comes up in every romance.

We all have dowses that go wrong, answers that are not right. What about those? Should we be thankful for them? Annoyed? Doubtful of our ability?

Here is where Brother Lawrence’s example coincides with another teaching from Robert Gandrup: lack of accuracy in dowsed answers is ALWAYS due to poorly posed questions.
Consciousness-Source is never wrong. We dowsers, on the other hand, are perfectly free to ask vague and incomprehensible questions of Source—or dowse answers we want in the first place.

Should we be thankful for errant dowses? Yes! Since the problem cannot be with Source-Consciousness, we only need to examine ourselves, our technique or hidden assumptions. Source cannot be improved on, but we can always improve ourselves. This means my romance with dowsing—and your romance with dowsing—never has to fade or become sketchy. Though it lies beyond the scope of this essay, Sages point out the romance we have with our spouse, pets, friends, and life in general can always remain a heartfelt and grateful miracle.

In summary, I respectfully offer you two very powerful instructions torn from the pages of Robert Gandrup’s book, “Dowsing as a Daily Tool.
Start your every dowse with “Can I, may I, should I dowse…(my question).”
When done, remember to say ‘Thank You!”

Rob Ryan—Master Astrologer

Focal Tools for Your Dowsing



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.

Grocery Dowsing


Your dowsing system is a useful tool when you go to buy groceries. You can dowse produce, canned goods, bottled goods, meats, food at the deli, food supplements, bakery items, cosmetics, and cleaning supplies.  You don’t even have to use your pendulum.  Deviseless dowsing is a simple way to always have your dowsing ready and available. Here are some practical ways of deviseless dowsing:

  • Stand in front of what you want to dowse, and focus your attention on it.  Allow yourself to focus on the sway of your whole body front to back then back to front.  A sway toward the front is a “yes” and a sway toward the back is a “no”.
  • Take your index finger and rub together with your thumb.  A “yes” is when the two stick together and a “no” is when they slide smoothly.
  • Visualize or imagine a pendulum in your mind. See the pendulum swing in your “yes” direction then your “no” direction.  Have the pendulum go to your ready position.  You are ready to ask the questions.

If you are not familiar with these methods, practice at home.  There are many ways to use dowsing without a devise which will also amp up your inner knowing and intuition.

Some possible questions to ask while dowsing your groceries:

  • Will this (name the item) raise my vital force energy?
  • Is there anything in this (name item) that will lower my vital force energy?
  • Is there anything harmful to me in this (name Item)?
  • Is this (name item) healthy for me?
  • Is this (name item) organic? Some products are labeled organic and may not be.
  • Is this fruit ripe?  Show me the ripe fruit.  Use a scale 1-10 to show ripeness.
  • Is there GMO in this product?

You may add to this list.  Dowsing will lead you to getting all sorts of information about the quality of products you are purchasing.

Several years ago we were in our local popular health food store.  We tend to shop in local independent stores as their commitment to integrity of products is higher.  We were overwhelmed by the number of choices for olive oil.  We dowsed many of these marvelous extra virgin olive oils.  What surprised us was that many of the imported olive oils and some California oils did not dowse as being healthy for us.  We came up with a few locally produced oils, more expensive yet healthy and pure.  When we read the label of one “California” oil that was in abundant supply and at a good price, we discovered that it was not actually a California-made olive oil.  It was labeled California oil, yet the oil was imported and was only bottled in Napa, CA.  In California, olive oil is regulated to adhere to strict guidelines of being made from  100% California grown olives.  Oils are not regulated nationally which includes imports.  Since our dowse, we have been using mainly California oils. Occasionally imported oil dowses 100% pure.  This experience is interesting since we began doing this over 5 years ago.  Reports are now surfacing that many imported oils are not pure olive oil.  They are cut with cheap grain oils and artificially colored to look like 100% olive oil.  It was quite a validation of our dowsing.

We also dowse the toxicity of the containers that products are packaged in.  Most products are packaged in plastic.  Many plastics contain BPA, a known toxic chemical.  The FDA approves it, yet the industry is beginning to respond to the pressure of getting BPA out of plastic, yet are the BPA substitute chemicals safe?

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We dowse whether toxic chemicals have leached into to the products from the packaging, which renders them unsafe.  Some foods, because of the acid content, leach more than others.  Often products remain in a heated truck too long, which deteriorates the product. Cans of food are also often coated inside with plastic.

It is all about taking your dowsing shopping so you can select safe products to use.  Should you trust the label (organic, nontoxic, GMO free, all natural ingredients…)?  Dowse to see if true.   Create your own grocery dowsing system. You can also add your own questions and your own food knowledge to your dowsing system.

Here’s to better eating through dowsing.


By:  Karen Ashley Tippett and Dick Tippett

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