The phrase “garbage in, garbage out” is a computerism that explains the value of good data on both ends of a process. The concept can also be applied to pendulum readings.
Pendulums are common tools used in spiritual readings. A pendulum can give a simple “yes” or “no” answer to any question you ask. Therefore, the quality of the questions that you ask during a pendulum reading will have a significant impact on the quality of the answers that you obtain. It’s truly all in the language. Following are some tips on framing good questions for a pendulum reading.
- Be as specific as you can. Use names, places, times, dates, and anything else that will narrow the focus of the matter in question.
- Be certain that it’s possible to answer your question with a simple “yes” or “no.” If it can’t, you need to rephrase it.
- Don’t use words like “should” or “supposed to” in your questions.
To formulate good pendulum questions, try adding your own details in place of the blanks of these sample questions:
Would it be in my best interest to ___ ?
Would it be in the best interests of all involved if I ___ ?
Is it be worth it for me to ___ ?
Am I correct to believe that ___ ?
Would it be wise if I ___ ?
Here’s just one example of a poorly worded question: “Should I go to Emily’s party?” There are multiple issues with the question.
- The word “should” is too vague. It requests an opinion based on vague attributes.
- There are not enough details. Who is Emily? Where is the party being held, and on what day, and at what time?
To phrase the question more appropriately for a pendulum reading, you could instead ask this: “Would it be in my best interests to attend the party that Emily Smith is hosting at her house on April 10th?”
More Pendulum Tips
More goes into successful pendulum sessions than good questions. Here are some additional tips to help you conduct a good pendulum reading.
- Before you begin asking questions, always specify your higher self as the source. If you don’t do this, your pendulum will naturally default to your subconscious as the source of answers. Your subconscious is not the same as your higher self.
To specify your higher self as the source, begin your pendulum reading by say something like: “I entreat my higher self to consider the following questions. I seek answers that are absolutely truthful, so they align with the greatest and highest good for all.” It’s up to you to decide if you will say this out loud or silently to yourself.
- Cleanse the energy both within you and around you. To do this, visualize yourself being enveloped by purifying waves of white light. Alternatively, you could use smudge sticks.
- Relax and quiet your mind before and during your pendulum session. If you need to, do a 30- to 60-second meditation. Visualize a calm and happy place with no distractions, like a forest or a beach. Visualize yourself peacefully lying or sitting in solitude and enjoying your surroundings. This will set a relaxed tone for your pendulum session, and will provide your conscious mind with a resting place while you conduct it.
- Breathe slowly steadily, in through your nose and out through your mouth. This will help center you and calm you.
- Ground yourself. To help do this, try visualizing roots that anchor you physically to the earth. Let your roots reach deeply into the mantle of the earth. If you’d like, you can visualize your roots winding around quartz crystals or other beautiful gemstones.
- Be fully present. While you use your pendulum, don’t multitask. Don’t think about your to-do list or tonight’s dinner menu during your session. Focus only on the task at hand. You can multitask again after you finish your reading.
- Allow enough time for your session. Be patient and let the pendulum swing for as long as it needs to.
- Be objective. In pendulum sessions, neutrality is your ally. You probably will be tempted to let your conscious mind influence the swing of the pendulum. But if you do this, any answers you obtain will be useless.
- Keep your emotions out of your session. Attempting a pendulum session when you feel emotionally upset will deliver unreliable results. Also, it will make it difficult for you to remain as objective and grounded as you need to be if you ask questions that are emotionally charged. It’s certainly possible, but you have to set your emotional responses aside so you can calmly approach your session.
- Don’t attempt to predict the outcome. Consciously or unconsciously, attempting to predict the outcome, or even trying to anticipate the swing of the pendulum, will certainly corrupt your results. Anticipating the outcome has the same effect as trying to predict it.
To help you release the outcome, try this little muscle exercise. Close your eyes. Behind your eyelids, look upward. This will temporarily short-circuit your conscious mind’s desire for control, and return you to an unbiased, neutral state.
- To receive more definite responses, say “please respond louder” or “please be more clear.”
- To help focus the pendulum’s energy, try cupping your free hand underneath its weight.
Conducting a successful pendulum reading is as easy as following these tips. How did your reading go? Please share your results in the comments section below!