A pendulum is a weight hanging freely from a string. The amazing thing is that if you understand what the direction of the pendulum swings represents, this simple implement can be used to access your inner guidance.

How can you do this?

You hold the pendulum by its string, ask a question, and then pause momentarily. The higher intelligence that is present in each and every cell of your body has the answer. Minute muscle activity in your fingers begins to happen in response to your question. The string of the pendulum picks up these signals and causes the pendulum to move in a certain way. Correctly interpreting this movement allows you to have direct access to your answer without interference from your wavering mind.

You could think of the higher intelligence within you as the wisdom of your higher Self or soul.

The majority of decisions we are faced with daily are basically “yes” or “no” choices. —“Should I take an umbrella with me today?” “Is this a good product for me?” or “Shall I accept the invitation?”

In this article, I explain how to determine the answers to your “yes” and “no” questions through the use of a pendulum.

Finding a suitable pendulum

Blue stone pendulum on silver chainYou can buy a fancy pendulum like the one in this picture from a New Age store or on-line, but it’s not necessary.

Many people do buy them because it helps to bring in a sense of sanctity. After all, we are accessing the messages of the divine Self within.

Any object that is circular and even all around can be used as a pendulum. It could be a rock, a crystal, a charm, a pendant, or as you will see in the video below, I also like using a hand cymbal.

Once you find a suitable pendulum, it’s good to attune it to your energy by placing it in your pocket, purse or anything else that you carry.

Objects in your energy field take on your energy vibrations. This is neither unusual nor strange. For instance, when you walk into a room, you’ve probably experienced feeling the vibes of the people living and working there.

Attuning your pendulum to your energy helps program your mind to receiving answers from it.

Determining your pendulum’s yes and no

To learn how your pendulum moves to show you a “yes” or a “no” answer, watch the video below.

When you first start using your pendulum, don’t worry if it doesn’t seem to move at all. Pay close attention to any little movement. This will amplify the more you use it. You also can ask, “Show me a clearer yes (or no).”

Keep practicing, it’ll happen.

Asking your first question

Now that you know the direction in which your pendulum moves to show you a yes or a no answer, you are ready to ask your first question.

Take a couple of deep breaths and relax. You may choose to say little prayer to help clear your mind.

Hold the string of your pendulum with your thumb, index and third finger. Ask your question mentally or out loud, and observe the direction that the pendulum moves. This is the answer to your question.

Make sure that you don’t have a preference for a particular answer. This is because your bias will drown out the signals coming from your Higher Self and make the pendulum sway the way you want it to.

To prevent this from happening, swing the pendulum in the opposite direction of your preference. Close your eyes or look away, ask the question, then open them to see where the pendulum is moving.

Pendulums and their uses

I use my pendulum all the time. It’s always in my purse when I go out or beside me on my work desk. When I’m writing, it becomes a quick and easy way to decide how to phrase a sentence, whether to include a point or not, where to look for the resources etc.

Once you get used to using a pendulum, you may occasionally use any suitable thing that is handy. For instance, while cooking in my kitchen one day, I wasn’t sure whether I needed to add more ingredients in a dish. The only thing within reach happened to be a small beet with a long tail-like root. I simply held the root as I would a string and the beet became a ready “pendulum!”

The forward swings of a pendulum can also be used to point to where the solution to your query lies. Once I had just returned from a wedding reception. Being extremely tired and half-asleep, I didn’t remember taking off my earrings before going to bed. When I woke up, I panicked because they were nowhere to be found.

After searching high and low, I reached for my pendulum. I took a few deep breaths to calm myself and then asked my inner guidance to show me where they were. The pendulum swung towards the foot of my bed. I threw off the covers and voila! —The earrings were lodged between the mattress and bed frame.

I must have taken them off while lying down and then fell asleep. When I made my bed after waking up, I unknowingly tossed them into the space at the end of the bed while fluffing up the comforter.

Another time while on a family camping trip, we lost the keys to our car. I didn’t have my pendulum with me, so I took off my wedding band, attached it to the drawstring of the hood on my jacket and used it as a pendulum to look for the missing keys. They would have been impossible to find had I not had a pendulum because they were half-hidden under a pile of leaves a distance away.

Although you can use your ring as a pendulum, it may not be the most suitable thing because it has a tendency to mostly swing forwards and backwards.

An effective and accurate tool if used with faith

A pendulum is an astonishingly accurate tool to gain clarity and answers to your decisions, big and small.

It helps to removes the frustration and agitation involved in decision-making and brings instant peace. But you must have faith—faith that you have the answers within you, you can quiet your mind and the pendulum is a valid tool to use.

The accuracy of the answers increases the more you use it. Try it yourself and see!

I would love to hear your experiences with your pendulum. Please share them with me in the comments below.

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Manisha Melwani

Manisha Melwani is a teacher and the author of, "Your Spiritual Journey" She offers spiritual and wellness solutions for life and stress management. She teaches classes in personal growth, stress management and meditation. Contact her for more information or to have her speak to your group or organization. She also offers private counseling sessions on-line.

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