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Question: "Based on the information given on your website, and articles you have written, I have been working with a pendulum for several months. It is quite profound. But recently, it occurred to me that perhaps I am influencing the answers to the pendulum by what I already think I know to be 'the answer', or by what I WANT the answer to be. Is this possible, or am I reading too much into my own influence? My hand isn't moving, but when I realized how much influence the mind has on the pendulum, I thought maybe it's just reading me, not the Universal Answers. Please share some tips on how to remain neutral when working with the pendulum. Thanks again for opening me up to this incredible tool. It freaked me out at first, but now I am getting more comfortable with it and it blows me away. One last question - if you are asking a question about someone else, do they need to be with you or next to the pendulum?"

Psychic Advice:
A pendulum is a very powerful and reliable tool for accessing higher guidance and for getting accurate answers to any question. Although it only takes a few minutes to learn how to use a pendulum, it can take a bit of practice to master the art of pendulum dowsing for maximum pendulum reliability.

The mind is also a powerful tool, and it can work with you or against you in any given situation. The mind can influence the outcome of any experience, especially a reading, so it is important to remain neutral. One of the reasons that I don’t do psychic readings for people in person is so that I am not influenced by the mind or my five senses; instead, I focus on clearing my mind and getting my own judgments, expectations and preconceptions out of the way so I can perform a purely intuitive reading. This is also necessary when using the pendulum or any other divination tool.

When learning how to use a pendulum for maximum reliability, it is important to breathe and relax. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a blank screen in your mind's eye, or simply allow your mind to clear. You can breathe and focus on the word "peace", allowing your whole body and mind to relax.

Affirmations can be very helpful to improve pendulum reliability. When you are first learning how to use a pendulum, you can create a ritual of saying: "I am open to receive the truth now. I release all judgments, expectations and preconceptions, and am willing to know the highest truth for the highest and best good of all."

Many expert dowsers begin each pendulum dowsing session by asking "May I/Can I/Should I?", meaning, "May I ask about ______ now?", "Can I ask about ______ now?" and "Should I ask about ____ now?" Each of these questions addresses a different level of responsibility. "May I" is a question of whether you have permission from the Universe to address that topic. "Can I" inquires as to whether you have the necessary dowsing skills to address that topic, or whether your pendulum is willing to address it. "Should I" is a question of whether or not this is an appropriate topic for you to be inquiring about, for your highest good, or that of others.

When you are first leaning how to use a pendulum, it can be helpful to rest your elbow on a table to make sure that your arm is secure and your hand is not moving. You can try holding the pendulum up with your elbow on the table, or rest your entire forearm flat on the table and let your hand and pendulum dangle over the edge.  Also, try holding the chain in different ways and at different lengths, from the very tip, to an inch or two from the pendulum bob (make sure you keep excess chain out of the way in the palm of your hand) to see what works best and is most comfortable for you.

There are several methods you can use for increasing pendulum reliability and accuracy when asking questions. First, you can write a list of questions that have a "yes" or "no" answer on a piece of paper, then point to each question and watch the response of the pendulum. Typically, if the pendulum moves in a clockwise direction, that indicates a "yes" or positive response, and if the pendulum moves in a counterclockwise circle, that usually indicates a "no" or negative response (unless your pendulum swings are different and unique for you). You can also try numbering these questions, then turn the piece of paper over so you can't see them and ask for the answer to question one, then question two, etc., writing down the answers that you receive, then correlating them with the question numbers when you are done.

You can also write down a list of possible answers/options and point a finger of your free hand down that list, watching the response of the pendulum. You will be able to clearly see and feel the best answer or option by the strongest and widest swing of the pendulum. If two or more options receive a positive response from the pendulum, you can go back to each of those and ask "Is this the best option for me now?"

Another method for keeping your mind from influencing your pendulum is to write down various options on different pieces of paper and turn the papers upside down. Hold your pendulum over each piece of paper and ask, "Is this the best option for me right now?", or whatever question you have in mind. 

Adding the word "now" is always important, because the future is not set in stone. The future is a matter of probability and is always subject to change by choice and consequence, because every action creates a reaction that influences and alters the future."Now" is the only time that truly exists, and "now" is the only time in which you have power, so adding the word "now" to your questions will increase your accuracy. You can verify your dowsing responses by asking your pendulum, "Is this the truth now?", or "Is this the highest truth for me now?".

Avoid the temptation of asking the same question over and over again, because this will only confuse your dowsing results. Also, make sure that you are asking only one question at a time. If you ask, "Should I go downtown to shop on Tuesday", you are actually asking three questions: "Should I go downtown?", "Should I go shopping?", and "Should I go on Tuesday?". Keep in mind that the clearer your questions are, the clearer your answers will be.

Let go of the need to be right, and try to remain as impartial as possible. Any psychic will tell you that it is easier to do readings for people you don't know than to do accurate readings for yourself or your loved ones. If you want to ask about a topic that you aren't sure you can remain neutral about, ask someone else to dowse the answer for you. You can either ask the question to them aloud, or think the question very strongly and silently in your mind, and have them tell you the response of the pendulum. 

You can use the pendulum to receive answers for or about someone else, whether they are near you or not. If you do not have their verbal consent or permission to do so, then it is very important that you ask the pendulum the three "May I/Can I/Should I?" questions before you begin, so you make sure you are not infringing on their privacy or free will.

Keep in mind that what the pendulum is made of can affect pendulum reliability. As you become more proficient at using the pendulum, you will recognize that the pendulum is a precision instrument, and different materials produce different results. Pendulums made of different crystals can absorb energy very easily, particularly if other people handle them. Stone and crystal pendulums need to be cleansed and purified often, or else they can distort your dowsing accuracy. For best results, don't use a pendulum that is too heavy or too light, so you may want to avoid pendulums that are too large, or those made of wood.

The best pendulums are those made of brass, because brass is highly conductive to electromagnetic energy, so brass pendulums create the best receivers. The Diamond Pendulum is the one that I highly recommend - it has been reviewed by New Age Retailer as "The most responsive pendulum", and is also used by members of the American Society of Dowsers. It has a unique design that incorporates sacred geometry through the power of the pyramid, enhancing its ability to provide clear and accurate responses. Expert dowsers have said that they've stopped using their other pendulums because the Diamond Pendulum has become the one they prefer.

Pendulums have been used for thousands of years to successfully locate water, gold and other minerals. Many of the world's oil supplies have been located using a pendulum. For centuries, midwives used pendulums to determine the sex of a baby. Physicians in France openly use the pendulum for diagnosis, referring to this as the science of "radiesthesia". People all over the world use pendulums for healing purposes to determine the underlying causes of ailments and potential remedies. Pendulums can also be used to test the purity of food, or to determine potential allergens.

You can use the pendulum to receive information about anything you put your mind to, as long as you are willing to relax your mind so you can get accurate responses. In time and with practice, you can improve your dowsing accuracy and increase pendulum reliability in every area of interest.

Listening to my five-minute meditation "The Magic of Intuition" can help attune your mind so you can receive the clearest and most accurate information, and improve your pendulum accuracy. Currently, it is only available on audiocassette, but I am planning to have it available as an audio download in the near future.
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