What To Do When You Can't Decide: Useful Tools for Finding the Answers Within
by Meg Lundstrom


Sounds True, 2010. ISBN 978-1-591-79816-3.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Moore
Posted on 11/29/2010

Nonfiction: Life Lessons; Nonfiction: Creative Life

I don't know what I'd do if I didn't use a form of divination to make decisions with all the possibilities available to me in terms of work, play, social activities, health care, etc. I'd be totally overwhelmed! Instead, I use muscle testing, also called kinesiology, which can be done anywhere—in a store when deciding about vitamins, in the car when deciding what route to take, and at home when having a look at scheduling and the lengthy to-do list.

Meg Lundstrom credits Machaelle Small Wright, founder of Perelandra, a nature research center, with developing the type of muscle testing described in What To Do When You Can't Decide. I, in fact, learned from a book by Wright many years ago. Wright says that anyone can muscle-test to come up with yes or no answers because "it uses your electrical system and your muscles. If you are alive, you have these two things."

Lundstrom describes the "basic mechanics" of muscle testing with drawings of the circuit fingers, test fingers and testing position. This is a method for asking questions and getting simple yes or no answers and it's very portable.

The use of the pendulum, or pendling, is also described in the book and I had fun trying out some of the examples. The pendulum is used in "dousing," which has been used for many years "to measure the depth and flow rates of water, oil, and gas." For your own use, pendling works very well for making choices about food, a place to live (using a map), diagnosing mechanical problems and even recovering lost objects. Lundstrom includes various charts including one to make decisions around food. It includes the options of daily, often, occasionally, rarely, and never. The charts can be customized to accommodate any sorts of decisions you need to make.

Another form of divination (which Lundstrom discovered in India) is the use of chits. Chits are pieces of paper that you throw like the I Ching. You make up the chits yourself with all your options for solving a dilemma. The advantages of the chits are that they are not skewed by one's emotions.

I like Lundstrom's idea of keeping a divining log to chart your divining sessions. You'll get a sense of your accuracy that way. Lundstrom points out that the emphasis in her book is on "decision-making in the moment. It is not on fortune-telling."

The book approaches these forms of divination in a very clear way and makes them enticing to try. Everything is described in steps with examples from people who have used these divination techniques for many years with great success. A chapter on "Advanced Techniques" and "Advanced Tools" offer all sorts of possibilities for those who are gaining confidence with divination. I found it fun to try out some of the examples in the book with a small circle of women I invited over to get in touch with our "own wise selves."

Where do the answers come from? Lundstrom replies to that question by saying, "In the most concrete sense, when we divine, the answers are coming from within our body. When we ask a question, brain neurons fire, neurotransmitters flow, electrical currents spark, energy is released into muscle fibers, and something moves to let us know the response on a conscious level—a muscle weakens, a pendulum swings, a chit falls."

Lundstrom includes a "Troubleshooting Guide" and many resources for further study. There are many benefits to divining, including bypassing your conscious mind to access deeper wisdom, making life more efficient, and opening up adventurous possibilities.


Meg Lundstrom first discovered divining on a trip to India. Over the next twenty years she studied its power for decision-making and as a spiritual path. She is the co-author of The Power of Flow (Crown 1997) and has written frequently for magazines on self-development, health, and entrepreneurship. Visit her website.

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