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PGS: Personal Guidance System

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by Joanna Pinney Buell

We arrived at our destination without a GPS or directions from Google. We'd been there once before. I recalled the way was simple and straightforward. I knew we had a map in the car from our previous trip and I had directions on how to get to the cottage. The directions were unclear in places, yet still we arrived at our destination without difficulty. How did we ever do it without the aid of a GPS? We used our PGS, our Personal Guidance System.

If Columbus sailed to what became the Americas in 1492 relying on the stars, a sextant and a very limited map of the world, how is that our society has become so totally dependent on GPS in such a short time? Granted, Columbus did not arrive at his consciously intended destination; he arrived where his Personal Guidance System was directing him to.

I do understand the attraction of a shiny, new technology for many people, and I know that for people with short-term memory loss, GPS is a real godsend. What I don't understand is how people capable of reading a map and/or following directions don't see the potential detriment of giving the responsibility for one more cognitive function over to a gadget.

The more I ponder this, the more I see that the larger question is: What is it that makes us fear that we can't find our way?

Our society has become lost, as a whole. In most recent times, technology has contributed to a great divide between us and the nature around us and the nature within us. We know at least subconsciously that we've lost touch with the intuitive skills and practices that guided previous generations to get to where they needed to be. In the midst of all the clamor for our attention from media through the ever-expanding technologies, we've lost the ability to hear the voice of truth within. Epidemics of greed, anger, depression and apathy are the products of having lost our connection with our Personal Guidance System.

So just what is this Personal Guidance System I've been referring to?

Your PGS is the voice of your divinity by whatever name or symbol you choose to identify it with. The point of communication for this guidance is through the heart. The wisdom that lives here, waiting to be called upon, can direct us to an open parking space, to a retreat destination, and show us the way out of the Boston red light district or help us get through NYC without a GPS (or map). Yes, I know this by my own experience, though I never professed that all my trips were straight and narrow.

Our PGS is both practical and profound. It's the voice that answers us when we surrender and call for help from the depths of life's chaos and our times of deepest despair. When we're at the crossroads of life, lost in new and difficult emotional territory, our PGS lights our way in increments. We receive what we need to know, when we need to know it.

When I was about five years old and living next door to my Uncle Johnny's dairy farm, I got lost in the back fields with my friend, Petey Sewall. I can still recall how weak, confused and hopeless I felt. Alongside the feeling of fear, I could hear a guidance that told me that by looking around, we'd spot something we'd recognize. We did, and I suspect this was more of a feeling than an actual recognition. In a short time, we were in familiar territory and then home.

The result of this early experience with being lost and being guided to find my way home is that I recognize the condition of being lost as a temporary state. My adult experiences with being lost have taught me that this is necessary for our human and spiritual development. When we give our responsibility and authority for our personal direction away to external gadgets, media, governments and others' opinions, we narrow the window of opportunity for discovering new territory under the guise of being lost.

The stars that guided Columbus both through dead calm and storms are reflections of the light within us, our inherent guidance, our Personal Guidance System.

Blessings for all the new discoveries that will arise out of your feeling lost, and remember to let the light of your Personal Guidance System shine and illuminate your way.


© Joanna Pinney Buell, The Dowsing Deva, 2012-2014. All rights reserved. Printed here with permission. Joanna Pinney Buell is living the Good Life with her husband David Buell in Downeast, Maine, at their home, Light Heart Retreat. Joanna has been many years in the fields of spirituality, energy work and holistic health as a teacher, hands-on practitioner and writer. Most recently, she has channeled her desire to help others through The Dowsing Diva, where she offers resources for self-health, insightful blog posts, and dowsing services. Joanna can be reached via email at joanna@thedowsingdeva.com. For more information, visit TheDowsingDiva.wordpress.com and lightheartretreat.com to see what this unique place on Earth has to offer YOU.

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Communicating with Your Personal Guidance System

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by Joanna Pinney Buell

I learned how to muscle test to get yes/no answers to questions in 1994 in an energy work class that was part of my massage therapy training at the Dove Star Institute in Hooksett, New Hampshire. I've been using the technique ever since. It's quick, simple and doesn't require any special tools. Like dowsing, it does require that one is able to formulate a clearly defined question, and it takes regular practice to become accurate. Have you ever noticed that "simple" hardly ever translates to "easy?" Yet this practice is easy and accurate when you've put the time into developing the skill.

Here's the mechanics of learning how to muscle test:

With your left hand, touch your pointer finger to your thumb, making a loop. Do the same with your right hand and now link the loops. The rest of your fingers are open and relaxed. Now pull outward with small to medium effort and resist having the loop broken. Make sure your elbows are not locked down at your sides. You want to be relaxed except for the immediate muscles engaged in the pulling action. When you pull, say, Resist. A hold means a yes or positive answer.

Now relax your hands at your side, shake them out, and then form your test loop. Pull outwards while you say, Break. A break means a no or negative answer. (This can also translate to detrimental, as in the substance which you're testing for would be detrimental to your health.)

Now, make your loop and pull outwards and hold and say, This is my yes.
Make your loop and pull outwards and break and say, This is my no.

It's important to get the basic mechanics down. If you're at all confused, walk away and perhaps get a drink of water. (It's a good habit to drink a glass of water before testing, as being dehydrated makes for poor testing.) Sit down and take a few deep breaths and without reading the instructions, do the tests as you remember. Go back and reread if you have to, or watch the video clip at the bottom of this page.

Play time. Now let's see if you've got the muscle testing programmed to work for you. Ask yourself these questions and test the statement for yes/no or true/false or positive/negative. First make the statement, and then muscle test by pulling outwards.

  • My name is ____________(fill in the blank with a bogus name).
  • My name is ____________(fill in the blank with your real name).
  • My birth year is _________(fill in the blank with a bogus year).
  • My birth year is _________(fill in the blank with your birth year).
  • Drinking coffee is positive for my health.
  • Show me the energy effect on my body when I consume a teaspoon of white sugar.
  • Show me the energy effect on my body when I consume Mountain Dew (or insert a name brand soda).
  • When you get the hang of this, make a list of any supplements you're taking, and test them in this manner. Show me the energy effect on my body when I consume ___________.

You can do a blind test, too. Have someone put your supplements and/or any medications you're taking in plain bags which have been numbered. There can be a non-related item thrown in too. Say the show me the energy statement for each bag in numerical order and record your answer.

Your statement or questions must be clear and unambiguous. Don't ask Should I... questions. For example, don't ask, Do I drink too much? ("Should I drink less?") If you're asking this kind of question, you already know the answer. Note that you can override this process by wanting to receive your preferred answer. Cultivate a neutral attitude. Be prepared to be surprised. White sugar does not cause a weak muscle response in everyone, nor does coffee. This tool isn't meant to be used for spying on spouses or for picking winning lottery numbers.

How does muscle testing work? The theory behind this method is that a muscle goes weak when there's a negative or false stimuli, which can be present as a thought or a physical substance. In testing for yes/no or positive/negative, this theory holds up.

I use muscle testing to determine what temperature to bake my sourdough bread at, and how to time it. It might bake at two different temperatures for the duration. I start at the low end of the temperature range and work my way up to the high end in increments of 25 degrees. My loop breaks at the appropriate temperature. Then I ask, So, it's ____ degrees? to verify, and because I'm looking for a yes/no, the loop holds. When you're testing a list of options, it's more efficient to work this way than to have the loop keep breaking until you reach your answer. In this case, the aforementioned theory doesn't hold up.

Here's what I believe about how muscle testing and dowsing work. We are all part of the whole, the All That Is. In asking sincerely for help, we receive it. We will need to practice on both the asking and receiving end. When muscle testing doesn't work for us, we may have unconscious detrimental patterning that blocks the flow of information, or we may not be grounded physically or have right intention. These blocks to information can be addressed by receiving energy work, which includes dowsing, to identify and clear the detrimental patterns.

If Truth can only be experienced for us to know it, it's good to have a tool in our Personal Guidance System Tool Box that points us in the direction of having the actual experience of Truth.


© Joanna Pinney Buell, The Dowsing Deva, 2012-2014. All rights reserved. Printed here with permission. Joanna Pinney Buell is living the Good Life with her husband David Buell in Downeast, Maine, at their home, Light Heart Retreat. Joanna has been many years in the fields of spirituality, energy work and holistic health as a teacher, hands-on practitioner and writer. Most recently, she has channeled her desire to help others through The Dowsing Diva, where she offers resources for self-health, insightful blog posts, and dowsing services. Joanna can be reached via email at joanna@thedowsingdeva.com. For more information, visit TheDowsingDiva.wordpress.com and lightheartretreat.com to see what this unique place on Earth has to offer YOU.

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What My Grandfather Said to Start Each Morning

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by Joanna Pinney Buell

I lived with my grandparents for about six months after high school. One of my most vivid memories is of how I awakened each morning to the sound of my grandfather, Ned, putting on his boots. Once they were on and laced up, I'd hear him sigh and pronounce, Thank God for another day of living. Hearing those words every morning upon awakening evoked a great feeling of love and gratitude in me for my grandparents and for the life I experienced while under their roof. It set the tone for my day. Not only that, in looking back, I see this time as one in which I felt quite happy in my work and relationships.

That moment when we're first coming into consciousness upon awakening is a powerful time for us to take advantage of. We're in an alpha brain wave state and very receptive to mental input of any kind. This slower brain wave state is also creative; it's the state from which affirmations may manifest. Many spiritual teachers speak about this power point and encourage us to think positive thoughts upon our first conscious awareness, be this at 3:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. - whenever we begin to stir.

I just attempted to dowse on the question of how many people consciously use this power point and actively practice conscious awakening on a daily basis. I asked how many in one hundred use this power point. I went up to ten thousand and still hadn't reached one in ten thousand.

The most powerful spiritual practices are profoundly simple. They're often overlooked for their subtlety; they lack glamour. Those that do take up a practice may find it surprisingly difficult to implement and stick to. Simple in this case does not equate to easy.

Please pause a moment if you haven't done so already and think about what you do before you get out of bed in the morning. What you do after you arise counts, too, but first things first. It is likely that you do have a routine, be it conscious or unconscious. After defining your waking routine, ask yourself, What kind of programming am I giving myself for the kind of day I'll experience? What are the feelings I've set into motion? Do you have pleasant anticipation of your day or dread, or do you just feel flat? Now put yourself on a scale of one to ten. Ten represents having a feeling of joy and gratitude, five represents a state of ho-hum/another day, another dollar, and one represents a feeling of you don't know how you're going to make it through another day.

Self-awareness is the first step in creating positive change. Be honest and please don't judge yourself if you find yourself at five or under. There are people with longstanding spiritual practices who do not partake in this simple act. Their practice has to wait until they hit the meditation chair or until they do tai chi or yoga, or until something happens externally to bring forth a state of gratitude. We've been so conditioned to strive and produce the goods in our culture that we forget there is power within simplicity and stillness; it's a truth that we're just beginning to grasp.

The Practice:

1. First you notice that you are beginning to awaken.

2. Make a conscious choice to focus on an image or thought that evokes a feeling of happiness and gratitude. This might be a scene from nature, the face of someone you love, a spiritual leader you relate to. It could be something as mundane as feeling grateful for the enjoyment you're going to get out the cup of coffee you hear percolating, or that it's Sunday morning and you can stay in bed as long as you like. It's all about the feeling the subject of your thought evokes, not about the subject itself.

3. Add an affirmation. Think about the quality you want to bring to your day and create a simple statement around it which includes gratitude.

That's it. It's as simple as 1, 2, 3.

At first, it may be helpful to use the same visualization and affirmation each day until you get the practice down. After a while, you become conditioned to awakening into a state of gratitude and you can adjust your visualizations and affirmations to each day that lies ahead.

If you want to extend this practice, here's a couple of suggestions:

You might want to place your hands over your heart. Within the space you've created with your positive feelings, bring someone or a situation to mind who might need help or healing. Be mindful not to energize the challenge; instead affirm and visualize a positive outcome, or simply hold the thought of them with love and gratitude. You can also imagine yourself at various points throughout your day feeling clear, calm and with a sense of happy anticipation.

A sense of happy anticipation, once instilled, is far better than an alarm clock. One can't wait for the day to begin, and it's easy to wake up early. I am amazed at how well this practice works. And yet, some days are diamonds, some days are stones, according to spiritual guru Neil Diamond. I make a conscious choice to awaken each day expecting a diamond. It's the right side of the bed to get up on.

Whether you're a newbie to daily spiritual practice or an old hat, I highly recommend reading Deep and Simple by Bo Lozoff, available through the Human Kindness Foundation. You'll feel so good reading his words that you'll have to run right out and shine your Light!


© Joanna Pinney Buell, The Dowsing Deva, 2012-2014. All rights reserved. Printed here with permission. Joanna Pinney Buell is living the Good Life with her husband David Buell in Downeast, Maine, at their home, Light Heart Retreat. Joanna has been many years in the fields of spirituality, energy work and holistic health as a teacher, hands-on practitioner and writer. Most recently, she has channeled her desire to help others through The Dowsing Diva, where she offers resources for self-health, insightful blog posts, and dowsing services. Joanna can be reached via email at joanna@thedowsingdeva.com. For more information, visit TheDowsingDiva.wordpress.com and lightheartretreat.com to see what this unique place on Earth has to offer YOU.

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