Dowsing rods have been around since the 15th century if not earlier. Like any other tool they are used for divination and answering questions. Dowsing rods are much like the pendulum (see pendulum) because the answers are in the form of Yes, NO, or “I don’t know”, depending on what you are asking.
For centuries, people did not know how dowsing rods or pendulums worked, they looked on these tools as satanic devices of the Devil. Yet they would use them to identify witches and burn them at the stake.
However, as we all know, the rods were used to condemn poor innocent women, which is why they later became almost obsolete, and brought back by desperate people looking for water. Water flows so it would be a natural conduit for picking up hidden energy sources.
I first started developing my sixth sense with a pendulum, I must have been about 14-years old, and I didn’t know what I was doing, but realized that the back and forth swing of the pendulum was mesmerizing and actually put me in “alpha state.”
It helped me clear my mind so I could get the right answer to the yes and no questions I was asking. It took some practice.
So in my opinion, if you are first starting off trying to develop your sixth sense, then the practice of using a pendulum is the way to go. It’s a simple and ordinary little device that helps you communicate with your higher self, so you can access Divine Guidance when you do it.
You don’t need to be “gifted” all you need to do is develop that sixth sense that we all have. And it will open up this sense to where you can become more “psychic” in all aspects of your life and even do readings for others.
One of the reasons you might choose to use a pendulum, is that every time you develop another gift that you can use to communicate with spirit, your overall vibration gets higher.