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How to Use a Pendulum

How to Use a Pendulum
You need two items for a pendulum intervention: the pendulum
itself, and a pendulum chart.
It is best to have a pendulum that hangs from a finger clip. (See
picture on page 108.) This will keep the pendulum steadily fixed
on the finger and allow it to swing freely. It will also avoid the
client’s being distracted by the need to hold on to a string or chain.
Begin by showing the client how to sit and hold their arm to use
the pendulum, with their elbow resting on a stable surface (a table-
top or desk is best). The forearm should be almost vertical,
suspended in mid-air. The hand should be totally relaxed, hanging
from the wrist. (See picture on page 108.)
In moving the client’s arm and hand to this position, you can
induce arm catalepsy (or ‘waxy flexibility’) by applying in your
touch the principle that “ambiguity in any representational system
will cause trance to occur.” Touch the client’s hand very lightly in
guiding their forearm to the vertical position. In fact, touch the
hand so lightly that your touch is ambiguous, meaning that the
client is not sure of the very last moment in which your touch
occurred. While their Unconscious Mind is fixed on this ambigu-
ous touch, leave the arm suspended in mid-air.
This arm catalepsy induction, from Erickson and Rossi’s
Experiencing Hypnosis, will increase your client’s comfort in using
the pendulum and make the process more likely to be successful.
With the client’s arm cataleptic, clip the pendulum on their pointer
finger. If this is the first time the client is using a pendulum, you
will be getting their Unconscious Mind used to some new sensa-
tions as you instruct it how to respond. You need to ask the client’s
Unconscious Mind to choose three signals: “Yes,” “No,” and “Not
consciously ready to know yet.”
Begin by saying to the client, “Can your Unconscious Mind give
me a signal for ‘Yes’ that is easy to see? Sometimes Unconscious
Minds like to give me a signal for ‘Yes’ like this.” Take the pendu-
lum and hold it out almost horizontal, and then let it swing back
and forth in a wide arc. Say, “This would be a perfectly appropri-
ate signal.”
Continue by saying, “And sometimes Unconscious Minds like to
give me a signal for ‘Yes’ that is easy to see, like this.” This time let
the pendulum swing in the opposite direction, saying, “This
would also be a perfectly appropriate signal.”
This demonstration gives the Unconscious Mind and the finger
the feeling or the kinesthetics of the swing.
Now say to the client, “Please ask your Unconscious Mind to show
us a signal for ‘Yes.’ Then repeat inside your head several times,
‘Signal for Yes, Signal for Yes.’ That’s right.” Allow plenty of time.
If after waiting you see only an ambiguous or very weak signal,
say, “Good. Now can your Unconscious Mind go ahead and
amplify that signal so it is very easy to see. That’s right.”
If you are using the pendulum chart, place it under the pendulum
now, aligning it to correspond to the ‘Yes’ signal.
Now repeat the process to elicit signals for “No” and “Not
Consciously Ready To Know Yet.” Very often, though not always,
“Yes” and “No” will be exact opposite directions corresponding to
the crossed lines on the chart. Sometimes the Unconscious Mind
will give circular signals, swinging the pendulum clockwise or
counterclockwise.. . or both. Acknowledge and encourage the
Unconscious Mind: “Thank you very much, Unconscious Mind,
for communicating so helpfully.”

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