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Here's an easy, fun technique for getting yes or no answers. It takes even less preparation than the pendulum, and no equipment at all.
Lie down on your back in a quiet, confortable spot. Lie on the floor on a carpet or mat, not on a soft bed or couch. Take off your shoes and loosen any tight clothing. Put a pillow under your head if you need it for comfort, and put your hands at your sides, palms on the floor.
Close your eyes and do a progressive relaxation, either toes to head, or head to toes. I find toe to head is best when doing self-hypnosis in a seated position, but head to toe works best for me when relaxing while lying down.
When you are fully relaxed, ask your hand which finger is yes. One of your fingers will probably tap or twitch. Then ask which is the no finger. You don't need a don't know finger, because if there is no answer available, no finger will move.
Ask yourself some obvious questions to see how it works, then go on to some problem solving. You can ask questions similar to those you ask with the pendulum. It's easier to ask sequences of questions with finger tapping.
You can ask questions that require numerical answers, as well as yes or no questions. For instance, let's say you have two job interviews. The second one makes you an offer, but you really prefer the first (who told you not to call to inquire). Ask how many days you should wait for the first interview to get back to you before you accept the second. If your finger taps three times, your subconscious wants you to wait three days.
The more you practice these techniques, the more comfortable you will be in accessing your subconscious mind.