There are many types of dowsing charts available for a wide variety of topics. Dowsing can be done without any tools at all, but having a dowsing chart (or two) can help considerably.
The purpose of using a chart when dowsing is to be able to select from a number of possible answers, without having to remember them all yourself! Pendulums are the most usual way of working with dowsing charts, but there is no one tool which is the best. It is only what works best for you which counts!
Keeping that main point in mind, dowsing charts can be constructed in a variety of ways. Amongst the most common types seen are those arranged in a circle or semicircle. However, there is very little difference between a chart and a list in some cases. After all, the possible answers to a question could just as easily be listed as put into a more fancy semi-circle. The use is just the same.
From that, you can easily imagine that you can construct your own dowsing charts quite quickly. A pencil and paper is all you need.
To make your chart look neater or more appealing, you can use graphics packages on your computer to lay out the answers in a way you like. For example, you could divide a circle into quarters, and divide each quarter again, placing possible answers into each new division. Or, you could have main subdivisions at each corner of the page and several different small circles of answers near each of them towards the center of the page. It depends on what it is you are dowsing. Really, the only limit is your imagination.
However, always make sure that, no matter how you lay out your chart, there should always be room for the word 'Other'. It is always the case that you will have missed out or not thought of a possible answer. You should always include the option of 'something else' in your chart. Otherwise you could get seriously misled.
There is also another type of chart, however, which is incredibly useful but rarely used. This is more like a flow-chart, rather than a set of answers.
Dowsing is about asking questions and then making decisions based on the answers. But, if the question is not so good, then the answer won't be so good either! The way around that is a flow-chart approach.
Here, the questions are broken down into their major components so that nothing major is overlooked and everything is asked in the right order.
Although these might appear to be more difficult to construct, they are much more useful in keeping you focused on the overall problem: a case of seeing the forest AND the trees! You can find links to some of these types of chart at the bottom of the article.
You can still use the types of dowsing charts which were mentioned at the start of this article, but you will be using them most effectively. And isn't helping to be accurate (and, therefore, useful) in dowsing a really important goal?
Nigel Percy, along with his wife, Maggie, has been a metaphysical consultant since 2000 in their business, Sixth Sense Consulting, Inc. Their consultancy is based on the view that the rational and intuitive aspects of the mind need equal consideration. They use dowsing every single day of their lives. Share their experiences, and benefit from their tips, tools and techniques in their free monthly newsletter; 'Your Sixth Sense: Enriching Your World', available at http://www.sixthsenseconsulting.com
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