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With A Pendulem
& Access To The Higher Self
When undertaking any form
of divination, it is very common when first starting
to question the answers we receive from a pendulum,
to question whether the cards we have chosen really
do have a message for us or whether the messages we
receive in dreams, or through any of the "claire's"
(clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience) are messages
or just random bites of information.
To me it seems that it does
not matter which method/system of divination we use
there is one thing that is a component of all, and this
is the need to trust. Admittedly with systems like the
Tarot there is a lot of symbology that can be learnt.
But at the heart of any divination system is a need
to trust the results we receive.
In order to gain that trust,
a relationship with the system needs to be built up.
How is this achieved? It can be achieved in many ways
and people have many varying views on this from simply
holding the cards/pendulum/crystal/etc. (putting our
own energy into them so they become an extension of
us), sleeping with the cards/pendulum/crystal/etc next
to our bed or by actually practicing using the system.
I could go on
perhaps others can share their method.
Look at it this way, you
wouldn't go get a new pet such as a cat or a dog, and
the first night let it out on the street on its own
and expect it to come back to your house? No, the two
of you have to get to know each other first. So it is
with a divination system.
Ok, so you have chosen your
system, and have started to work on learning to trust
it. Now here is the shocker: the system is only a tool,
it is not the divination itself, the divination comes
from within us. What do I mean by this? Basically all
systems of divination are a means to focus our mind
away from the chatter of the conscious mind to gain
access to our Higher Self: that part of us that is connected
to All That Is/Creator/Great Mystery/God./Goddess. Our
Higher Self knows all the answers to all the situations
life throws at us long before our conscious mind even
becomes aware of them. Divination is actually a word
to describe the access to this aspect of ourselves.
Think of it like this, the cards/pendulum/crystal/etc.
we use are a key. A key is a tool that opens a door.
So a divination system is a key that opens a door between
the conscious physical world and the subconscious higher
realms within each and every one of us: a tool to help
us access these inner, higher realm worlds.
But we can also access our
Higher Self directly, by quieting our conscious mind.
Quieting the conscious mind can be achieved by many
means: meditation, simply sitting quietly or by focusing
on a candle flame. Again I could go on and on listing
examples of how to quiet the mind, and there are many
examples in the library of different mediations etc.,
etc. and again, perhaps others would wish to share their
It is usual for some method
of quieting the mind to be used prior to attempting
any system of divination, as what we are actually doing
in using a divination system is trying to access our
Right now you may be feeling
a little confused as I have said that divination systems
are a means to help access the Higher Self, but I have
also said that you need to quiet the mind (ie access
the Higher Self) in order to use a system of divination.
Herein lies the conundrum: we cannot just access our
Higher Self at will straight off, nor can we just sit
at a table, pick up a pack of tarot cards or a pendulum
and expect them to tell us the Meaning of Life, the
Universe and Everything. Why not? Because we are trying
to access something that our conscious (logical) mind
tells us cannot be true. Therefore it needs all the
help it can get to go beyond this feeling. Learning
to access our Higher Self is not like switching on a
light bulb, it takes practice, lots and lots of practice
before we learn how to do it: hence we use a divination
system, a tool, a key that our conscious mind understands.
All divination systems have
been developed to help us breach this conundrum, and
help us connect to our Higher Self. But we still need
to clear the access: we still need to block out the
stimulation our conscious mind constantly seeks, "did
I pay the gas bill, did I send that check, did I this,
did I that": we need to quiet our mind. Once we
are used to how our Higher Self communicates with us,
the stimulation of the conscious mind can be shut down
Once we see that the answers
we get from the system are true, the chances are that
we no longer need the divination system as we are now
able to communicate directly with the Higher Self and
we can choose to dispense with the system. Through the
process of learning how to trust the divination system,
we learn how to trust our Self and no longer have need
of the system.
Before I go, one more thing:
you may well ask how a divination system can be used
to give a reading for another person, as the person
you may be divining for may not have access to their
Higher Self, nor may they have quietened their mind.
The answer to me is that our Higher Self speaks directly
to the other person's Higher Self, and asks their Higher
Self to pick the cards/swing the pendulum or bring the
direct message that will help bring the answers to your
conscious mind. As
you will hopefully have learned how to trust your access
to your Higher Self prior to divining for others, you
can trust that the messages received are correct. Our
Higher Self is our Spirit Self, and Spirit knows no
bounds of time and space, so it is even then possible
to perform divinations over the internet (before you
With A Pendulem
A Pendulum is a very simply
constructed tool used in divination. Basically it is
a weight attached to a piece of string, chain, or ribbon.
The advantage of its use is in that it needs very little
preparation and the technique is a simple one. Its disadvantage
is that it can only answer questions that are going
to present a "yes" or "no" answer.
To counter that disadvantage the question/s asked need
to be worded so as to elicit that type of answer.
The weight can be a stone (some call for it being a
lodestone but any will do), magnet, key, ring, crystal,
small ball, piece of bone, or other weighty item. Some
use hollow items that can be filled with a small amount
of the substance being sought if it is a mineral or
ore. The main thing is that you want it to carry a balanced
weight. The attached string, thread, yarn, twine, chain,
or ribbon should be about 9 inches long. It should be
glued, drilled, tacked, or adhered in a way that will
allow equal balance of the weight. It is then sprinkled
with saltwater for purification, censed with incense
(recommended is wormwood, mugwort, artemesia, and a
few grains of mastic.
to use the pendulum:
Hold the thread firmly between the finger and thumb
of your dominant hand letting it hang free. Keep your
elbow out, away from your body. OR you can tie the string
to the middle of a short stick or pencil and hold the
ends of the stick in each hand resting your elbows on
a table so the pendulum dangles free between them.
You can write down your question
on a piece of paper placing it directly under the pendulum
or ask it aloud. Make sure it is phrased so a yes or
no reply will suffice to get the answer. The pendulum
will swing toward and away from you for a "yes"
(nodding head motion) answer, and it will swing side
to side (shaking head motion) if the answer is "no".
If it rotates in a circle the answer is to turn attention
in that direction (to the right or left location/masculine
or feminine person) as a rule.
When held over the palm of
someone's hand it will swing back and forth or sideways
for a man, and rotated in a circle for a woman. This
information can be used to determine if an object belongs
to a man or woman as well. Photographs of people and
places can also be used if you are looking to find someone,
an object, or location.
A simple test is to place
the pendulum down into a glass and ask what time it
is. The pendulum will begin to swing back and forth
increasing speed until it clinks the side of the glass
and a count is taken until it slows and comes to a stop.
Sometimes it will add a little plunk for the 1/2 hour.
Pendulums have also been
used to dowse for water, oil, mines and buried minerals,
and lost articles. In doing this it is held over a large
map of the territory in question and the map is slowly
explored and the area narrowed down. Then it is taken
to the location indicated on the map, using it to find
the exact spot in question. This is more advanced work
and you should begin with simple exercises until you
are comfortable with the accuracy of your answers.