by Vernell Boyd Treasure of Lone Star Chapter of the American Society of Dowsers (Vernell Boyd and Raymon Grace pictured)Talk about what? Dowsing—you know “water witching,” “work of the Devil,” “fast Ouija Board,” “witchcraft,” “not something scientifically proven!” How do you talk about dowsing without mentioning these terms—since most people associate said expressions upon hearing the word? So, with that being said, let’s really talk about dowsing. My definition of dowsing is “a search for information using tools or body responses that signify a ‘yes/no’ answer to the questions asked.” Tools that are usable are pendulums, L-rods, Y-rods and bobbers. Body responses can be called Device-less Dowsing, such as finger slides, body twitches, or just a plain gut feeling. Dowsing can be used for locating underground water, broken water pipes, lost objects/ people/pets, direction, health issues, non-beneficial energies in and around the home, selecting the best product/fruit/vegetable for your consumption, and a myriad of other things only limited by the imagination. There are two things you need to know about dowsing—
Now do I have your attention? Let’s look at a brief history of dowsing. Dowsing (also known as divining) has been around for a very long time. For many years it was a “way of life” in families who depended on the help obtained from it—especially in their water supply, their farming habits, and other decision making. Early man felt a connectedness toward his environment and his identity with it as awareness that shaped every aspect of his life. As man passed through further periods of development, his attunement to the more subtle aspects of his environment may have lessened, necessitating devices to identify characteristics of the world about him that once was instinctively grasped and understood. With the rise of materialism, it seems this awareness was lost. Dowsing became a “special interest,” guarded and protected. The practice of dowsing became lost in history. Evidence of this decline can be found in comments made by some of the early religious Leaders: St. Theodore of Canterbury, in the Seventh Century, condemned “augury and divination,” Martin Luther, in the Sixteenth Century, included the use of the rod in his list of acts in violation of the First Commandment, and today leaders of some sects consider Dowsing “the work of the Devil.” In our early history, witches were hanged. Although dowsing has been condemned, isolated and misunderstood, it did not vanish as an art. For one reason, it was a natural human talent; for another, it was too practical. In Sixteenth Century Germany, dowsing was used for locating ore for mining, simply because it was such an efficient tool. The Germans did everything possible to make dowsing acceptable—each dowser wore a distinctive uniform as a member of the mining hierarchy; was an apprentice for a period of time; even the Church authorized members of its own priesthood to dowse and divine. In the 1500s, when Queen Elizabeth I sought new sources of tin, zinc, copper and gold in Cornwall, she imported German dowsers. The coming of the Age of Reason and the Industrial Revolution brought a different attitude and reflected the systematized scientific method which persuaded these thinkers to view man as a limited being whose actions were determined by behavior principles. His intuitive side was treated with more and more skepticism. Dowsing, as an expression of intuition did not fit the prevailing rationalistic concepts, just as it did not lend itself to systematized methods of verification. Many concluded that dowsing was quackery and believed dowsers were deluded–which view has persisted to our time and has lodged in the minds of many conventional thinkers who see themselves as rational and clear-headed people. They create in their minds a logical world in which dowsing cannot exist, and so for them it does not—despite whatever evidence may exist to the contrary. There is a new climate and understanding within which dowsing may unfold as a potential that lies dormant in all of us, which can be accessed in natural, progressive stages by all who are willing to go through a systematic self-training. This expanded awareness is a sign of a return to a relationship with the cosmos that was once a normal part of ancient existence. We can open the doors of dowsing to wider vistas than could have been comprehended before. If we accept the new paradigm that the essential codes of all creation lay within each of us, we sense that no matter how many doors to this new-old knowledge we open, a number of other doors appear to us. That is why dowsing is such an exciting skill to learn and develop. In no other age in history would we have been able to expand it as we can now. Does this information whet your appetite for learning more about dowsing?