In theory, self-hypnosis sounds like a pretty easy task: Simply sit with your eyes closed, relax, connect with your breath and guide your thoughts towards a specific intention.
However, in reality, it can be much more challenging than this very basic instruction. This is because the conscious mind often has another agenda. One that involves distracting you with a million thoughts so you’re unable to truly connect with that all-important unconscious mind.
So when this inevitably happens (especially when you’re starting out), it’s important to find a way to bypass the critical factor (aka, the conscious mind) so you can get to “work.”
And one of the most effective (and easiest) ways to do this is to use a pendulum.
The History Of The Pendulum
People first started using the pendulum for water dowsing in Europe back at the turn of the 19th century.
But it wasn’t until a Frenchman by the name of Michel Eugene Chevreul started experimenting with it that he realized there was more to it than meets the eye.
What he found was that the pendulum had no magical properties on its own. Although, rather interestingly, it did give an ideodynamic response when interacting with the unconscious mind, causing it to move when it receives a signal.
In other words, when the unconscious mind expects something to happen, it gives little micro-muscular twitches that cause the pendulum to move one way or another.
While these signals are very subtle, they can easily be read using a pendulum, helping you to communicate with your unconscious mind.
How To Make A Pendulum
If you have a pendant and a necklace, you can easily use these as your pendulum. But if you don’t, you can make one by simply tying a bolt or nut onto a piece of thread.
Regardless of whether you buy a pendulum or make one, it’s a good idea to carry it around for a few days so it attunes with your energy.
Using The Pendulum
Step 1: Familiarize Yourself With Your Pendulum
Hold the pendulum loosely between your thumb and index finger. Make sure your elbow is free floating, and not resting on a table or locked in place.
Stay relaxed and loose, and start familiarizing yourself with the feel of your pendulum.
Start by swinging your pendulum, making large swings and then smaller swings. Notice how it feels in your wrist, arm and fingertips when it swings.
Once you become familiar with the weight and the feel, you can then begin practicing using it as a tool to communicate with the unconscious mind.
Step 2: Clear Your Mind
Start by connecting with your breath by doing some simple breathing exercises (like you normally would do during self-hypnosis or meditation).