It can be difficult with most divination tools that require a certain amount of interpretation to discern & discriminate where one’s personal and subjective bias ends and his/her clear-connection to the Divine begins. It takes practice, honesty, integrity, healing, and meditation to achieve that kind of clarity with any consistent outcomes. That’s why people who do use focus tools must be well-versed with the tool and constantly in-practice, willing to learn more about themselves, their techniques, and how Spirit works with them through the tool.
The sciences can be a little bit easier, Scientific Palmistry, Astrology, and Numerology – for example. But, even these sciences lend themselves to a discerning interpretation that can only be as good as the individual “reading” the data offered.
The science of dowsing utilizes an external tool, such as a pendulum or dowsing rod, to map and/or locate a water source, such as a ground-water well-point. The individual holding the tool is the actual gauge – a channel for the earth & water vibration which would register a response in the dowsing tool. The process of mapping underground water sources & channels, such as pipelines for a building’s plumbing and irrigation for a garden, is a very step-by-step & scientific inquiry which can thus be proven through evidence (as in building, excavation, and other such records). The process of dowsing is excellent practice for attuning oneself to the earth & water energies and achieving results which can help refine techniques and develop consistency.
This kind of attuning & grounding practice may then be translated into one’s connection to the High Self, where intuitive knowledge can be tapped for reliable divination. Hence, we come to the use of the pendulum (or, dowsing rods, if you prefer) for the purposes of guidance & clarity (divination), healing, and sensing & shifting energetic patterns in a space or environment.
The pitfalls of utilizing this type of tool for divination is the same as any other, but carries with it a remarkable solution to developing through & beyond such challenges – “Is it me, or is this real?” In dowsing & pendulum divination, you who hold the tool are the tool. When you have a pendulum in your hand and it moves for any reason, it is vibrating with your vibration. If searching for a water source, you need to be attuned to the energies beneath your feet & channel them through your body to the pendulum to discover if you are indeed standing above a well-point or an underground boulder buried centuries ago. If asking a question for a friend standing in front of you, you need to be a channel for your friend’s vibration as opposed to your own opinion or emotional response to your friend’s query.
In practicing the grounding & attunement exercises that go along with dowsing for water sources & channels, coupled with regular meditative practice, a person can readily strengthen his/her connection to the Divine/High Self and be able to clearly discern & discriminate the “crossover point” where that connection is taking place. This can increase consistent & accurate outcomes and decrease the phenomena of telekinetic bias, wherein your own energy & biases may influence the response to the query (the vibration registered by the tool). It doesn’t mean that one who is well-practice in his/her art-form will not fuzzy that line and make some biased interpretations. However, it makes the lesson that comes from even such experiences all the more poignant.