By Darla Antoine.
I love a good divination tool and I love testing out new divination techniques. The following method is a favorite because it combines divination and dreaming through a simple medium that most of us have easy access to: water.
Water, like dreaming, is a natural bridge between worlds and it can help you receive messages from the spirit world more clearly.
The following technique is split into three steps. The first two steps can be practiced individually as waking meditations without dreaming. The third step is specifically for dream divination. You can also use each of the three steps as an individual practice or allow them to build upon one another, as they do here.
Step 1: The Water Bowl Meditation
First, you will take a bowl and you wash it out with water that has a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of salt in it. This is to clean and clear any pre-existing energies attached to the bowl and to purify it for divination. If you set this bowl aside to only be used for water divination, you won’t need to do this step again. If you use the bowl for something else and then want to use it for water divination again, you’ll need to also clean it out again.
Wash the bowl out and set it outside to gather rainwater. Water that has fallen from the sky and has never touched the ground is considered to be ‘virgin’ or ‘pure’ and is ideal for this exercise. If rain water really isn’t available, use water from a natural source (river, pond, stream) or use tap water but say a short blessing and/or set your intention over the water before moving on. An example is:
I bless this water and ask that any impurities or negative influences be removed. I intend to use this water for divination purposes and ask my guides/angels/ascended masters to adjust the energetic nature of the water as needed.
After you’ve gathered the water, prepare yourself for meditation however you prefer: light candles. Soften the lights. Get comfortable.
Take a deep breath and notice how you are feeling at the moment. Are you anxious? Worried? Preoccupied?
To meditate, stare into the bowl of water, focusing on your breath, softening your gaze and surrendering into the experience. Let your mind drift across the top of the water.
Have you ever been mesmerized by a campfire or bonfire? You stare into it and when someone or something finally gets your attention you snap back to the present moment as if you had been a million miles away and you’ve lost track of time? Or have you ever been lost in a really good book and had the same “snap back to reality” experience?
That’s what you’re aiming for here with the water bowl. You may not get there the first time, and that’s fine. But I want you to understand what we’re aiming at.
Stare into the bowl of water for as long as you like, though I do recommend at least 5 minutes to begin. When you are done, take another deep breath and notice how you are now feeling, versus how you were feeling before you started. There’s no wrong or right answer, or goal here, but taking note of how you feel before and after, especially the first time you try something like this, is a great way to gauge if this divination technique (or something like it) is a good match for you.
Step 2: Water Scrying
The next step is to try water scrying. Scrying means to look at a reflective object (mirrors, crystal balls) or surface (water) to relax the mind and induce a semi-trance state that is conducive to receiving intuitive messages. Again, you can do this step on its own or as a build-up to the third step. Here’s how:
After you’ve meditated for a few minutes, continue to relax your gaze into the water and then ask a question. Try to avoid ‘yes and no’ questions— they limit the depth you can take this exercise as well as the depth of the answers you’ll receive. An example of a great question is:
“What do I need to know about X?”
But whatever it is that you need guidance on, relax your gaze in the water, take a few deep breaths, and watch the surface of the water, opening your mind to new messages.
The messages you receive may look like images on the water’s surface, you may hear a small voice at the back of your head, you may get a sudden flash of insight or inspiration or you may just suddenly know what you need to do without knowing how you know. These are all valid ways to receive intuitive information.
Staring into the water also serves as a sort of soul reflection and can help you hear your inner self more clearly. Answers and guidance will rise up from your own depths as you look into the water. Be sure to write them down! Like dreaming, intuitive guidance received in a semi or full trance state can easily be forgotten once you return to normal levels of consciousness.
Step 3: Using Dream Water Divination
After you’ve meditated with the water bowl for a few minutes and/or used it to scry with, the next step is to ask the water to reveal the answer to your question(s) in your dreams. You can do this in lieu of scrying or in addition to. As a separate question from your scrying question or as a way to receive more information about your scrying question.
To do a dream water divination, think of your question and then breathe it into the water: holding your question in your mind and in your heart, take a deep breath and then gently exhale the air into the water, imagining your question infusing the water along with your breath.
After gently breathing your question into the water, place the water bowl next to your bed with pen and paper nearby so that you can capture your dream messages immediately upon waking.
Have you ever used water or scrying as a divination technique? Have you tried the dream water divination? Let us know how it worked for you in the comments!
Darla Antoine offers courses and counsel on working with dreams, shadows and ancestors. She is based in Costa Rica where she enjoys being a farmer’s wife and raising her two young sons.
You can find Darla and her courses/resources on dreams here.