Dowsing (Water Witching, Divining, Questing, Doodlebuging…) is the ancient art of finding water, minerals and other objects that seem to have a natural magnetic, electromagnetic or other perhaps unknown energy. Energies that the body seems to detect with its built-in, laboratory demonstrable sensors, that are no more mysterious than seeing, hearing or feeling, and seem to be natural to all of us. As it is with music, many persons can develop a degree of dowsing skill with training and practice.3
Dowsing is one of the many names used for apparently tapping into your Super-conscious, Subconscious, Spirit Guides, or something like that. This is accompanied with some method for detecting this information. This could be a gut feeling, the twitch of a muscle, or some type of controlled external device. Every culture in the world, clear back to cave drawings, has had some type of dowsing. Dowsing is often used to find life-giving water.1
How does Dowsing work?
It has been discovered that we have three sensors that can pick up electromagnetic information: one near or in the pituitary and one on each adrenal gland. Having three points, the subconscious can determine both distance and direction of an electromagnetic source. This is probably done in a similar way that the subconscious uses the two eyes to determine distance, except it has the advantage of having three points of reference instead of only two. 3
The problem is getting this information from the subconscious to the conscious mind. The IDEOMOTOR effect is a psychological phenomenon wherein a subject makes motions unconsciously. The reason this happens is because the hand responds to the mind’s concentration with tiny, sympathetic micro-muscle movements. There’s no magic involved – your body responds to the signals sent to it from the mind, even when you think it does not. 2
This is where the dowsing devices come in. One way it works is through muscle testing, a procedure in which the subconscious can be programed to cause the involuntary muscles to be strong for a true statement and weak for a false statement. It is used by-many chiropractors, psychologists, complementary medical workers, etc. You can program the subconscious to respond to any number of requests, including dowsing. Electronic muscle testing instruments attached to dowsers have shown what appear to be subconscious controlled involuntary muscle movements which seem to affect the dowsing instrument. 3
Dowsing also seems to be related to what is sometimes called the “Backster Effect.” Backster is a lie detector specialist and what he did was to attach a galvanic skin response device to the top leaf of a plant. This device measures the electrical resistance of the skin. He then watered the plant, fully expecting to measure how long it would take for the water to reach the leaf and change its resistance. Instead the lie detector immediately indicated what would be a happy effect in humans. This puzzled him so he decided to traumatize the plant by burning a leaf. The plant showed a fear response on the lie detector as soon as he had this thought. Backster’s experiments have been duplicated thousands of times by many persons using many variations and have been well publicized on TV and in many books.
Experiments have shown that some type of energy that we might call “superconscious” for lack of a better word seems to have been flowing between Backster’s mind and the plant. It turns out that this “superconscious” seems to flow between and within all persons, animals, plants and most everything, including our subconscious, which somehow taps into this information. Have you ever felt ill at ease or apprehensive for no apparent reason? Does a mother somehow know if something is happening to her child?
Now, if your subconscious has access to this “superconscious” and you have access to the Subconscious with your dowsing device, you can tap into a lot of information –local, long-distance and inter-dimensional.
The apparent reason your conscious mind does not have this type of access to the subconscious is the danger of a continuously flowing overload. Just think what billions of bits of continuous inflowing information from your subconscious would do to your concentration. The dowsing instrument allows you to tap the subconscious selectively and obtain useful information.1
So using dowsing methods you can ask questions of your superconscious and the answer, yes or no, is relayed back through your subconscious to your dowsing system.
Literally ANYTHING can be asked and any kind of assistance received through a dowsing system.
Dowsers will specialize with certain tools and questions that they seem to have the most success with. Some dowsers are good at finding water, some are good at clearing money issues, abuse and ptsd issues or helping their clients through a physical healing process. Some dowsers will switch between using a pendulum, a bobber or their body as “device” depending on the question, goal or situation.
Dowsing systems and tools is too big a topic for this post! So look for a future post on Dowsing Tools
- Companion to Letter To Robin, Learning to Dowse – Student Guide by Walt Woods
- Dowsing Archaeological Features http://www.dowsingarchaeology.org.uk/
- Letter To Robin, A mini-course in pendulum dowsing by Walt Woods