The clearer we are inside
, the clearer our divining will be – and in fact, divining can be a tool that helps us achieve greater clarity in life. When divining doesn’t seem to make sense, that too is useful information. What blocks us in divining may well be what blocks us in life, so in figuring out why and what it means, we learn much about our motives, projections, and path. It drives us deeper, and that ultimately makes our divining – and our lives – truer.

There’s also a definite learning curve to divining, with ups and downs as part of the process: “At first there’s a beginner’s lag, when your dowsing muscle doesn’t have enough strength, and disappointment can put mental blocks in your mind,” says master dowser Bruce Irwin. “But the more you tune that dowsing muscle, the stronger it gets. Everything is inside you.”

Below is a Divining Checklist to help you spot the origins of any problems. You’ll also find where to go in the book to find some helpful solutions. As you build your skills, you may find solutions of your own that work even better. Trust your own findings and move with them: your own consciousness is crafting your process and must be honored.

Also remember that motivation matters. We are granted a huge leeway for mistakes. Putting your heart into divining and doing it sincerely is far more important than getting every detail right.

So if your divining is giving you answers that are not helpful or accurate, see if one of the factors below might be the block:

Physical factors

Are you exhausted? See page 251

Are you ill or on strong medications? See page257

Are you feeling spacey or disconnected? See page 256

Are you dehydrated? See page 256

Are you having an “off-day”? See page 259

Are your surroundings hectic? See page 104

Emotional factors

Are your emotions in overdrive? See page 255

Do you badly want a certain outcome? See page 253

Are you trying too hard to get it to work? See page 76

Are you ambivalent about hearing the answer? See page 254

Are you overusing it? See page 255

Are you divining from greed, not need? See page 258

Are you engaging in wishful divining? See page 252

Mental factors

Is the question unclear? See page 250

Did you lose your focus during the questioning? See page 124

Are you skipping the step of asking permission? See page 122

Do you not really need the information? See page 250

Are you feeling impatient or rushed? See page 254

Do you have an opinion that you’re trying to get backing for? See page 256

Are you full of doubts about the tool? See page 268

Are you doing it too casually? See page 258

Are you rechecking too often? See page 136

Are you trying to force some process with your will? See page 253

Are you holding the answers too tightly or rigidly? See page 260

Spiritual factors

Are you skipping the step of making a deep inner connection? See page 107

Are you moving ahead without that gut-level Yes? See page 258

Are you asking about the future? See page 253

Are you always overruling the guidance? See page 255

Are you feeling special because you’re good at divining? See page 257

Are you rushing some process that needs time to unfold naturally? See page 264

Are you overdoing divining? See page 258

Are you being nudged into other decision-making modes? See page 259

Other factors

Are you using it for medical diagnosis? See page 265

Are you getting into someone else’s business? See page 265

Is it possible you aren’t supposed to know the answer yet? See page 267

Are you supposed to use some other means of deciding? See page 264