Dowsing or divining, is the practice by which dowsers are able to detect hidden or buried water, metals, gemstones, or other such objects without the use of scientific apparatus.
Dowsing has existed in various forms for thousands of years. It was used in Germany during the 15th century, for example, to find metals. Like all useful spiritual and scientific practises, the Catholic church declared it ‘satanic’, and in 1701 the Inquisition stopped the use of dowsing rods. But dowsing continued because people found it to be of great use. And it continues to be used effectively to this present day.
The most common divining rod is a Y-shaped branch from a tree or bush. Some dowsers prefer branches from particular trees; hazel twigs in Europe and witch-hazel in the United States were commonly chosen. Some dowsers prefer the branches to be freshly cut. I have found it doesn’t actually matter. Many dowsers today use a pair of simple L-shaped metal rods, and some use bent wire coat hangers. Pendulums such as a crystal or a metal weight suspended on a chain are also effective. Overall I suspect the material doesn’t matter as long as it is an effective Bridge and contact is made between the bridge and your skin. From there it depends on your ‘shamanic powers’.
There will be any number of scientists who tell you dowsing doesn’t work. On the other hand there will be many more farmers and gardeners and land workers – a lot round us - who tell you it does. People who simply do it and find it useful.
The key is the provision of the Bridge. Our Composer uses the dowsing Bridge to contact the Spirit beings of either minerals or water, and it is this Inter composer communication that provides the information. We have the intention – we have issued a sort of Prayer to our Composer - and the Composer of the Bridge object obliges with physical activity whilst the Composers of the mineral and water objects oblige with more detail [if you are receptive enough to be able to obtain it]. There is a form of environmental influence also being exerted here in that it is our Prayer that invites the Bridge to react.
A dowser, from an 18th century French book about ‘superstitions’. Incidentally this is not the normal way to hold the rod.
I have the capability to dowse for water using both metal rods and wooden rods or sticks. But I don’t seem able to find anything other than water, which is a shame and I have no idea at what depth it is. There are, however, people capable of dowsing for any number of different substances and at all sorts of depths – I have added some observations for these people.
It is worth noting that the more open minded scientists have noticed that dowsing can be interfered with by radio communications – in effect electromagnetic radiation interferes with a person’s ability to communicate
Dowsing can be interfered with by radio frequency radiation - Huttunen P, Niinimaa A, Myllylä R; Department of Electrical Engineering, Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Laboratory, PO Box 4500, FIN-90014 University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.
The soil radiation, watercourses and ores have been located for centuries by sensitive persons, dowsers. An ideomotoric explanation of the dowsing reaction, with no physical interaction, has been accepted.
Our present re-analyses of some such results have shown, that there could be a physical phenomenon connecting the human reactions in field experiments, where the test subjects walked or were sitting in a slow-moving car, with the windows covered, and a dowsing rod in their hands was recorded. The correlations between the reaction points by test subjects in the moving car and the points by walking along the same path were highly significant.
The correlation was not seen in all test locations. The distance between the test location and the radio tower, and the incidence angle of the transmitted radio wave, possibly had an effect on results. We hypothesize that the experiments carried out in the 20th century were interfered with by man-made radio frequency radiation, mainly FM radio and TV broadcasting, as test subjects' bodies absorbed the radio waves and unconscious hand movement reactions took place following the standing waves or intensity variations due to multipath propagation.
More information of how to dowse
The description above provides some basic information on how to dowse using rods for water, but dowsing can be far more sophisticated than this, enabling you to find different sorts of substances and also to date them.
We have provided a description of how this is done under 'Commonsteps', see
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