What is a Pendulum?
The most basic pendulum consists of a weight attached to a string or chain. As we will
see later, a pendulum can be as simple as a washer tied to a piece of string and as elaborate as the imagination will allow.
To the casual observer, using a pendulum is quite simple: you pick up one end of the string or chain, ask a question, and wait for the weighted end of the pendulum to swing. As we shall see, there is a bit more to it than this, but nothing so complicated to prevent the serious student from experiencing results from the very beginning.
Pendulums are commonly used in the practice of dowsing. Dowsing, as you may know, is a
method of divination that enables someone to locate a hidden object by using some type of
dowsing tool (for example, a pendulum) and observing its responses to a question or series of questions posed by the dowser.
Traditional dowsing targets include water, precious metals and gem stones, and according to the British Society of Dowsers, dowsing can also be used to locate other underground features such as archaeological remains, cavities and tunnels, oil, veins of mineral ore, underground building services, missing items and occasionally missing persons.
The usefulness of dowsing extends far beyond just material objects, however, and many
experienced dowsers use it to divine answers to questions. The question of how dowsing works can be broken down into several sub-questions, starting with “How does the pendulum actually move?”
At one time it was believed that supernatural forces (such as angels, demons, and deities) were responsible for the movement of the pendulum. Today; however, we know that the motion of the pendulum is caused by something called “ideo-motor response.” This is just another way of saying that the pendulum is moved by very small movements of your hand, which receives its instructions mentally from your brain.
Even when we know that the pendulum moves because your hand is responding to instructions
from your brain, we still don’t fully understand where the brain receives the information that lets it know which way to move the pendulum.
In the case of information that we already know, the answer to that question is obvious, and it’s not at all amazing that we can get the pendulum to move in response to a question such as “Is the sky blue on a sunny day?”
What is a pendulum?hen the answer is not known, however, the explanations offered do begin to get interesting. One popular explanation is that the information is supplied by your subconscious mind. Naturally; this explanation raises yet another question - where does your subconscious mind get the information?
In the case of water or mineral dowsing, some people believe that the human body’s natural
sensitivity to electromagnetic fields is processed somehow by the subconscious mind, which in turn informs the brain which way to move the dowsing device.
Others believe that the subconscious mind acts as a gateway to what psychologist Carl Tung
called the “collective unconscious”, and what other people have referred to as the Akashic
Records. In either case, the subconscious is thought to have access to a universal repository of information in which is kept knowledge of all things past, present and future.
As is often the case with theories, there are no definitive answers at this point in time, and each of us must evaluate the effectiveness and usefulness of dowsing and divination in our own personal experience.
People often wonder if dowsers are especially gifted, in the same way that psychic mediums are said to possess a special ability. The simple answer to this is that anyone can develop the ability to dowse, provided they are willing to spend the time that is required to learn and practice. Like playing the piano, anyone can do it.
Granted, there are people who seem to be naturally good at it - like child prodigies who compose and perform piano concertos at the age of 5 - but one should not be discouraged if they are not one of these prodigies.