Things That Go Bump In The Night


Weird or uncomfortable energies and what to do about them!

After a long hiatus, my book on spirit releasement–clearing yucky emotional residues, ghosts, entities, curses, psychic attack, and more –is finally scheduled to be out this summer. Much of the book was originally written as part of the 1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999 editions of another book, Therapeutic Dowsing and Telepathic Healing , but removed from the 2007 edition to be greatly expanded for this separate book with it’s title Things That Go Bump In The Night announced at that time. However, as sometimes happens, other responsibilities took over and this project was sitting on the shelf until now. Look for more information in later posts.


However, while the book is mostly written, I still have time to include your personal stories. If you have anything you think of interest on any of the topics listed below–

  • your experiences
  • things that worked for you or made a positive difference in dealing with it
  • things you did try but which did not help, or only marginally so,

Please contact me at or by phone at 434-263-4337.

  • ghosts
  • angry/unhappy nature spirits
  • aliens
  • entities
  • curses, hexes, psychic attacks, black magic
  • thought forms
  • uncomfortable world/regional energies (energies that saturate a large area, not necessarily world wide)
  • geopathic zones, detrimental earth energies
  • effects from EMF (electro-magnetic frequency), cell phone towers, electrical devices, computers, etc.
  • unpleasant emotional residue left behind in a place (former battlefield, hospital, prison, building)
  • unusually aggressive animals, insects
  • unrelenting problems with a house, equipment, business, or some other area of your life
  • repeating negative patterns that have gone for past generations
  • sudden and unexplainable draining of your mental, emotional, physical energies
  • thoughts, inclinations that are not “you”
  • suspicious inner messages, voices
  • sudden personality change
  • unexplainable depression, hostility, fear, etc.




Establishing a Dowsing Protocol

Why create a dowsing protocol?

Dowsing with accuracy requires that you be centered, calm, able to focus, detached from the answers, etc.. Consequently, it is helpful to establish a regular procedure that you do before dowsing that becomes fast, even automatic over time. A shortcut yet effective aid is to write out and then install a dowsing program for that purpose. You may wish to make your own or personalize one that someone else has written. But before installing it, review and write out any corrections, deletions, additions first.

The point of a dowsing program, just like a computer program, is that the entire written out contents will activate and function in it’s entirety anytime that you give the short-cut verbal command. The command should be one that is clear in it’s meaning to you and not to be confused with something else. As my preparation to dowse program is called the Master Program, my shortcut command is  ‘Commence Master Program’. The command functions much as hitting any command on your computer with a specific keystroke. If you feel you need extra help beyond just issuing your shortcut command,  you can reread through the program. Alternatively, you could dowse over the entire page/s to locate the specific area that needs to be addressed with conscious awareness.

What is a dowsing program?

A program is one that will serve any regularly recurring need, whether it be for dowsing or any other activity. I suggest that you have one to prepare for the best frame of mind for dowsing accurately. At bare minimum, a preparation to dowse program should include instructions to center, let go of ego, let go of worries and extraneous concerns, align with whatever you consider Universal Consciousness and your true spiritual guidance.

Some of my dowsing colleagues also have programs to find water, clear non-beneficial energies, provide protection, etc. But if, for example, you are a salesman, or an athlete, performer, public speaker, etc., you could create a dowsing program to put you be in the right frame of mind for each of those activities as well.

Who else uses programs with short-cut commands?

Dowsers are not the only ones employing programs with short cut commands or triggers to activate them. Hypnotherapists and Neural Linguistic Programmers also install them and teach their clients how to use them for their own benefit. The activation of such programs (sometimes called an anchor) could be verbal, auditory, visual, olfactory, or include a gesture or movement.

For example, I give all my hypnosis clients a command to re-induce the hypnotic state with a combination of the word “sleep” with a gesture of thumb to forefinger. I can then fire such command on their succeeding visits, and they can use it on their own to induce self-hypnosis. I create another program for feeling confident and capable of meeting challenges with making a fist and the command “yes!”, or sometimes the longer suggestion “I can do whatever I make up my mind to do.” Other programs might be for healthy eating habits, exercising, or to help someone stop smoking.

After I write out the program that includes my short-cut command, how do I install it?

Start out just as you would before any dowsing: take a few deep breaths with the intention of releasing extraneous worries, concerns and other thoughts. Drop the identification with your ego and instead focus on the spiritual core of your being that many call your soul or High Self—that part of you that is goes beyond your limits of your physical being, and is very wise, resourceful, creative, master problem solver, eternal and intrinsically connected to the Source of All That Is that most people call God. Do whatever works to raise your vibration. This may include aromatherapy, prayer, meditation, chanting, thinking of what makes you happy, those you love and of the things for which you are grateful.

Hold the clear intention that your program be installed into your unconscious mind to operate upon your command anytime you choose. Holding the pendulum, read your program out loud focusing intently on what you are saying.

When you are done, say

“End of program. Thank you.” 

Then ask “Is this now accepted by my unconscious mind?
Do I need to make any corrections, additions or deletions at this time?”

If the answer is ‘no’, you are done. Start using and see how it works. If you need reinforcement, there is no harm in re-reading your entire program.

Dowsing Ethics —“Above all, do no harm” 



NOTE: Everything in the article below could just as easily be applied to ethical behavior involving any form of psychic or spiritual healing, energy work such as long distance Reiki, or remote viewing.

Dowsing About Others & Your Deepest Fears

You’ve just taken your first dowsing class and you’re all excited about the vast possibilities of finding information hidden from your conscious mind that can be elicited through dowsing. And, you or an enthusiastic friend are curious, nosy, angry, fearful, or otherwise emotional, and want to dowse on it, including dowsing for or about other people. For example, “Is my boyfriend cheating on me?” or “Do I (or does) ___ have __ disease?” 

Or you or a friend have to make important decisions with serious ramifications: “Should I get a divorce/ get married/ quit my job/ move to __?” Or you or that friend are wondering why you dislike, or are having a problem with a specific person.

Dowsing is a fantastic tool that in the hands of an ethical, grounded person who exercises common sense, and then has good training and extensive experience to recognize and avoid the pitfalls. It can lead to valuable knowledge, discovery, healing, etc.

But if entered into carelessly, or as entertainment, it can, like the Ouija board, lead to ethical violations, delusion, making serious mistakes in judgment and bad decisions, ruining relationships, reputation, and possibly harming someone else as well. Without quieting the mind and adopting a neutral attitude to the dowsing response, letting go of personal agenda and any desire to ‘fix’, control or manipulate others, you could be on a merry chase along the ego’s hopes, fears and prejudices.

Because of all these reasons, most dowsing schools teach their students to ask three basic questions listed below.

The Three Question Test

  1. May I? Do I have permission to ask questions or to do work in this area?
  2. Can I?  Do I have the ability to successfully dowse in this area? Am I ready?
  3. Should I? Is it my business to know? Is it advisable, appropriate, and the right time to do it? Am I properly prepared?

You may also want to ask: “Is this the appropriate time?” 

Having a legitimate right to know the answer is critical.

Dowsing for personal information about someone else who has not asked you for help, and about which is outside of your rightful business to know, is snooping. It is an invasion of privacy, a kind of psychic spying, and wrong. For example, inquiring about your neighbor’s sexual habits, or relationship with his spouse is none of your business.

However, if you are considering hiring someone, or giving him the keys to your house to feed the animals if you are away, if you have children, and you are considering entrusting the care of your child in this person’s babysitting care, you do have a need to know about them in the areas that are relevant to those rightful concerns – is he or she honest, trustworthy, capable, does he exercise good common sense, is he respectful of you, your family and your property, etc.

Having good intentions is not by itself enough.

While wanting to be of service and dowse to help someone who is having problems is laudable, in general, dowsers feel that you should not dowse for someone else unless they have specifically asked for your help.  There are some exceptions to this, such as dowsing on behalf of a child under your custody, and perhaps, a person in a coma.

But first apply the three question test. Is it is ethical and appropriate for you to seek information on another? Is it right for you to request specific action be taken on their behalf or are you meddling in their affairs and unwittingly trying to control or manipulate them? Unsolicited attempts to control and manipulate is black magic.

Only dowse in a way that you are sure would please them if they knew both the nature and content of your questions and your requests for healing.

Here’s the test

If the person about whom you were dowsing heard every word you said, would this person be happy about it, or be annoyed that you were poking your nose into their business? Are you being presumptuous to think that you know what’s best for them and what they want? Better to ask the person directly for permission to dowse, and precisely how they would like your help.

Don’t presume anything.

As long as you do not specify what you think their highest good might be, no permission is required to pray or dowse for someone’s highest good, or to dowse to bless them in a general way.

For example, asking Spirit to surround a person in a cocoon of love or healing energy, or to connect an individual to his own true spiritual guidance so that he makes the right decisions for himself is a blessing. However, asking Spirit to help him to ___ (leave or stay in their relationship/ stop smoking/ become a vegan/ quit or stay in his job) is serious meddling unless he has specifically asked for that help.

Just as you do not have permission to walk into your neighbor’s house and look around because you are curious, or start to redecorate it because you think it needs it, you need permission before checking on others and to change things that have no relationship to you. They are entitled to live their own life as they please even if you disagree with it or think it is wrong.

However, if you perceive that someone is suffering from non-beneficial energy such as a psychic attack or other interference, I don’t feel that you need permission from that individual to dowse to request spiritual intervention on their behalf to remove it. I consider that similar to calling the cops to tell them that thieves or trespassers are in your neighbor’s house. But ask the three questions anyway. Besides the ethical question, you could be getting in over your head. In addition, you do not willy nilly remove energy that is non-beneficial to humans as it is good for other life forms such as termites, ants and cats. Ask first what you can or should do.

  • Does the individual want your help? AND

  • Are you clear on precisely what he wants?

Just because you mean well doesn’t entitle you to remove what you consider negative thoughts, habits, or personality quirks in others. Just because you think you know what they want, doesn’t mean that you do. Lots of people say that they want something, when in their heart of hearts, they do not. Just because you think that they should not die if they are sick, does not mean that it is what the soul wants especially if it means remaining in tremendous physical pain or a vegetative state. 

While using the wording “in accordance with your Highest Good” is a helpful safety clause for dowsing, prayer or energy work such as Reiki, it is not sufficient to avoid manipulation and to prevent violation of another’s free will. Take care not to assume karmic debt by meddling with someone else. Hence again the advisability of asking

Can I? May I? Should I?” 

No permission is required to inquire about someone else if they have requested your  help, or if you are asking questions to better understand your relationship with them, but only in the areas of inquiry that are relevant. As mentioned before, it is appropriate for you to inquire about someone’s character if you are considering doing business with them, entering into a relationship, or entrusting them with some important aspect of your life, home, business or family. But stick to only what is relevant and your/their legitimate right to know, and nothing more.

Clarify the answers you receive

When dowsing, with or without charts or checklists, know that the answers indicated may not be literally true, but metaphorically or only partially so. The charts or checklists may not provide you with the correct answer but point you in the right direction. The Greater Intelligence that is providing you with dowsed information can only work with the words you have listed on the page, or the specific questions you have asked, your vocabulary and understanding at the time. That is why you should repeat the question in different wordings to make sure of the interpretation. Are you telling me that _______?

It is helpful for every chart/checklist to include the word “other”. Also helpful is to write “somewhat” or “maybe”. I have seven specific pendulum code movements that help me gain greater accuracy: “yes”, “no”, “maybe”, “somewhat”, “working mode” (doing what I have asked it to do), “balancing” (or putting in good energy), and “don’t know, don’t want to answer”. Finally, pay attention to your gut feelings when dowsing to come to know what is a clear ‘yes’ and ‘no’ or ‘sort of’ response.

Be sensitive in how you report what you find and to whom.

Any dowsing answers about others should be revealed to them with only the greatest of gentleness and tact and must never elicit fear, anger or despair. 

As a hypnotherapist, I am well aware of the power of suggestion to heal or to do great harm. Remember that your dowsing can be inaccurate or you may not be interpreting it correctly. Better to use the information you obtain through dowsing to ask your client questions to elicit more information:

  • What is your objective?
  • Tell me more about ____?
  • How do you feel about ____?
  • What’ s going on with you?
  • How is that effecting you?
  • Are you telling me that you would like ___?” 

I find that I can usually help a person more by teaching them how to apply dowsing to reduce their own stress, and to heal mentally and emotionally rather than just dowsing for them myself. Teaching my clients or encouraging them to learn other self-help methods is usually indicated. I find that my other training in counseling, hypnosis, stress management, and just my observations and life experience, are just as valuable in assisting other as dowsing. Employ multiple tools in helping both yourself and others.

Here are some additional, basic guidelines:

  • Keep confidentiality.
  • Respect someone else’s reputation–it is a precious thing.
  • Remember that your dowsing or interpretation of it can be faulty.
  • Consider carefully what you report and the maturity and understanding of those to whom you report whatever you find.
  • Power misused is taken away. 

Misused power, especially where it violates the free will of others, invites dark energy and karmic debt. If you want high level spiritual energy to work with you, then you need to operate with the highest ethics and use it responsibly to be of service in the world, starting with a commitment to heal yourself.

  • Like attracts like

When you dowse, you are working with spiritual forces in resonance with your intention and frequency. Gossip attracts tricksters in the spiritual realm. Dowsing when you are intoxicated, angry, jealous, resentful, fearful, greedy, egotistical, or feeling like a victim, will attract those in the spiritual realm that feel comfortable with that and even encourage you to be more so. 

So before you dowse

    • take time to center and ground your energy
    • raise your vibration by thinking of gratitude, unconditional love, compassion for others
    • hold a desire to be of service.
    • ask:  Can I, May I, Should I. 

Above all, do no harm!

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