Dowsing Ethics —“Above all, do no harm” 

 

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

 

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. (“Is my boyfriend cheating on me?” or “Do I or ___ 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 a trained, experienced, ethical, grounded person who exercises common sense. 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, and possibly harming someone else as well. Without quieting the mind and adopting a neutral attitude to the dowsing response, 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.

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?

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 because you are nosy is none of your business. However, if you have children, and you are considering entrusting the care of that child in his or her babysitting care, you do have a need to know about them in the areas that are relevant to those rightful concerns.

Having good intentions is not by itself good enough.

Wanting to dowse to help someone who is having problems is laudable.  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 might be considered black magic. Instead, 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 you were to request Divine intervention to make some changes in another or in their life through dowsing and they 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. Asking Spirit to connect an individual to his own true spiritual guidance so that he makes the right decisions for himself is a blessing. Asking Spirit to help him to ___ (leave or stay in their relationship/ stop smoking/ become a vegan/ quit or stay in his job) is 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.

However, if you perceive that someone is suffering from non-beneficial energy such as a psychic attack or other interference, you don’t need permission from that individual to dowse to request spiritual intervention on their behalf to remove it. This is similar to calling the cops that thieves or trespassers are in your neighbor’s house. But ask the three questions anyway.

Does the individual want your help? 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. 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 come to you for help, or if you are asking questions to better understand your relationship with them, but only in the areas of inquiry that are relevant. 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.

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 saying _______?

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 questions and 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.
  • 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. 
  • Like attracts like

When you are dowsing, you are working with spiritual forces in resonance with your intention and frequency. So before you dowse, take some time to center and raise your vibration by thinking of gratitude, unconditional love, compassion for others, and holding a desire to be of service. Then ask the three questions, Can I, May I, Should I. This will assist you to do only good through dowsing. Remember:

Above all, do no harm!

Copyright by Roxanne Louise. However, this article may be shared in free online sources only if this copyright notice and link to http://www.roxannelouise.com and http://unlimitedpotentialhealingcenter.com  are included with the content.

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