Most people have a passing awareness of dowsing as a way of finding water. However, what you might not be aware of is that dowsing has been used for centuries as a means to locate other things such as gold, and even people! Typically, a dowser will use a staff, two rods or a pendulum to find whatever they’re after. While the origins of dowsing are lost in the mists of time, there is evidence to suggest that it has been in existence and commonly used for around 8,000 years.
Dowsing Through the Ages
Art from Ancient China and Egyptian hieroglyphics suggest that dowsing may have been used during those times and there’s even a passage in the Bible that some have interpreted as evidence of dowsing. In Numbers 20, the text reads: “Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall bring forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock.” In more recent times, during the 14th and 15th Centuries, dowsers were used to locate coal deposits. However, at the end of the 18th Century, it was denounced as witchcraft and its practice became almost extinguished.
Dowsing and Science
In the 20th and 21st Centuries, dowsing has been used to locate water, oil, mineral deposits, precious metals and people. How it works is still something of a mystery, despite it having been the subject of numerous scientific studies and TV documentaries. Those who practice it believe that the rods act as an amplifier for the psychic energies of the dowser; that all things generate an energy field and by focussing on a particular thing, the dowser establishes some psychic link with it. All that the rods do is point the way to its location.
Whilst there are a significant number of sceptics, there are also an equal number of supporters, some of note. Albert Einstein believed that dowsing is evidence of forces that are currently beyond our comprehension: “I know very well that many scientists consider dowsing as they do astrology; as a type of ancient superstition. According to my conviction this is, however, unjustified. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which are unknown to us at this time.”
Whatever the truth may be, there are more and more people showing an interest in such ancient practices. What prevents some people from attempting to dowse is the belief that you need some extraordinary abilities to do so. In some respect this is true, but you only need the extraordinary abilities that we are all born with! Most psychics believe that we all possess latent psychic power but, given the constraints and pressures of modern life, most of us forget how to use them. While some believe that, just as we are all born with muscles, but only some of us go on to become athletes, dowsing is one of the simplest forms of psychic release, requiring little or no training.
Dowsing for Beginners
All you need, to test your skills as a dowser are some simple materials and a little self-belief. There are three types of dowsing, each using different tools:
● Using a forked stick. This is perhaps the most traditional form of dowsing and the one that most people think of. The dowser uses a Y-shaped stick, traditionally cut from a willow tree. Holding the forks of the stick, so that the neck of the dowsing rod is parallel to the ground, the dowser then walks across the area to be explored. When the item is located, the rod will point down to the ground, without any force being put on it by the dowser.
● Metal rods are often used by those who have no access to willow. Most commonly, coat-hangers are cut in two and the two halves bent into L shapes. The short part of each L is then put into an empty plastic handle, such as the body of a biro. Again, the rods are held, so that the long wires are parallel to the ground and the dowser walks across the area to be explored. Using these tools, the rods will cross or point away from each other when the item is located.
● Pendulums are also a popular tool for dowsing. However, rather than the dowser visiting the area where the item to be located may be, skilled pendulum dowsers can simply hang their stones over a map. If the pendulum rotates in a clockwise fashion, the item is located at those co-ordinates. However, if the pendulum rotates in an anticlockwise direction, then the dowser will need to look elsewhere.
If you want to test your abilities as a dowser, then begin by choosing the type of rod you want to use. For those just beginning, it would be best to choose from either of the first two options. Ask a friend to hide or bury something in an outside area. Most popular items are things like a bottle of water or a small piece of metal. Before you begin, clear your mind and ask your dowsing rods to show you the location of the hidden item. Visualise just how you want them to react when you are near to or in the vicinity of whatever it is that has been hidden.
The next step is to walk through the area, focussing on the rod or rods you are using. Some like to approach this methodically, walking back and forth across the area, in tight, straight lines. Others, however, prefer to let their intuition guide them and walk wherever they feel might be right. When you are over the object, your rods should react in accordance with your visualisation.
Dowsing is an ancient art that has been used for entertainment, for survival and for business. Testing your abilities can be both fun and surprising, and a great way to start exploring the latent psychic abilities you have hidden within you.