In working with the metal rods, it is important to hold them correctly to enable you to pick up marginal changes. One or two rods may be used, for general dowsing I prefer two rods. Taking the short end of the rod(s), rest it over your first three fingers, sit the pointed end of the rod on your little finger and use the thumb to stabilise the rod at the back. Curl your fingers around the rod and it should now point out with the long end (the right angle to the piece in your hand) pointing away from you. This is the most effective way for holding a dowsing rod of this type. The thumb is actually unnecessary as the rod should balance just on the fingers, however the thumb gives a little stability so as you do not drop it as easily. Make sure the thumb is just resting on the rod not holding it, as any force here could prevent the rod from moving freely. Naturally the copper rods are too large to be held in this way. Gently grasp them in a clenched fist.
HOLDING & WORKING WITH YOUR METAL RODS
In order to search for anything using a rod you must clear your mind and then focus very clearly on what ever it is that you are looking for. I find it helps to say the name of the object over and over as well as visualising it in your mind. For example if I was looking for water I would get a picture in my head of clear, fresh water and then as I was searching for it I would say over and over "Water, Water, Water". I find this helps to prevent other thoughts wandering in and it keeps the mind focused on what you are looking for.
Rod divining involves a great deal of walking, as the rod will only spin when you are over what it is you are searching after guiding you to the site. Hence it can be a tiring method of divining. Still I have found it one of the most accurate methods of all. Particularly if you own the rod you are using. It is as if you develop a communion with the rod. In working with the rod you are attuning to its energies and it becomes at one with you. This is not a rational nor logical idea to grasp, yet in working with divining, the rational takes largely a back seat to the intuitive mind and/or the unseen.
Once you get a clear picture of what you are looking for walk slowly and gently in the direction the rods are pointing, this is the direction to what you are looking for. Walk slowly and deliberately and allow the rods to move freely. As you walk the rods will move and point to another direction, carefully turn your body and follow in this direction. Your rods are now guiding you to what you are looking for. When the reach the area of the desired object the rods will cross over each other in front of your body, indicating they have found what you were searching for.
When you first begin, it may be fun to look for easy things ie - take me to a particular animal or family member in the house. Other good things to look for are: water (perhaps underground, perhaps your rod will take you to a vase or a tap), the front door, something beautiful, a plant, a flower, the garden gate, etc, etc. These may seem silly things to look for, however, as you do, you are strengthening your confidence and getting in more and more practice. It is not a good idea to look for important things first up, such as an important lost document or piece of jewellery for three reasons. One is that it may not even be on the site any longer, secondly, there is too much stress and importance around these objects to allow you to relax. Thirdly, if you place too much importance on these objects and cannot find them when you are just beginning to practice, you may lose heart and give up altogether. Develop slowly on less important things, these can always be looked for later. Another good thing to look for may be, the best place on your property for you to meditate or to practice your divining. The possibilities are endless.
You now have a very valuable tool. A dowsing rod that will assist you to locate things, yet will also guide you to the place in which to find them.
This information is an extract from the dowsing rod kits literature that comes with every set of Renascent dowsing rods.
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