Magic, Miracles and Madness - Are Dowsers Out of their Minds?
Originally published in Human Spirit Magazine, Summer 2005
"You're a what?" is often the response I get when I tell people I'm a professional dowser. The answer is enough to stop the flow of
most social conversation. It doesn't help matters when I go on to explain that I can find underground water with a couple of sticks.
If their eyes glaze over, then I know it's time to move to a "safer" topic. However, if there is any glimmer of interest in this
ancient craft, I push on and explain that dowsing is just a way to focus the power of our minds, and that nowadays, dowsing can also
be used to detect, balance and transform physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy.
But is it magic, miracles, madness or a bit of quantum physics that is making the rods and pendulum move? Let's see if history gives
Was The First Dowser A Magician?
The first dowser was an ancient, desert nomad who learned to find water by observing nature. As the bringer of water to her people, she held high status, and kept the skill secret by developing rituals that impressed the tribe and masked the real work. She took a student at the end of her life, and passed on the knowledge: that finding water had more to do with recognizing a certain feeling in the body than the time of day she cut the branch from the sacred tree.
But was it magic? Arthur C. Clarke, author of the novel "2001", said "Any science sufficiently advanced appears to be magic."
Today we know that all things have specific frequencies, and that water moving down a path sets up an electromagnetic field.
The human body has electromagnetic receptors that can dial in to these frequencies just like a radio receiver.
It is a human ability to be able to detect electromagnetic radiation, just as our eyes can tell red from blue, and our ears can
identify our beloved's voice. A plucked guitar string resonates the same string on another instrument, and we resonate to the
frequencies in our environment. To bring ourselves into balance, we must resonate with something that is already in balance.
Was The Most Famous Dowser A Miracle Worker?
Moses learned to "divine" by listening to Spirit. The Bible talks extensively about the "rod of God", used to find water, feed people
and measure things. Exodus 4:17 "And thou [Moses] shalt take this rod in thy hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs." Dowsing, or
something like it, is described in Exodus 17:5-6: "And the Lord said unto Moses … take with thee the elders of Israel; and thy rod …
Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it,
that the people may drink …"
Did Moses really hear God speak to him? Did his rod move in such a way that he knew where to find water? Did an inner knowing that
he trusted guide him? We have all acted on hunches and experienced fortunate co-incidences. Is this proof that we can be guided by
the Divine? And what of the other things we talk to God about? Can we also find things and heal ourselves guided by the slight
movement of rods and pendulums? Experience tells me that the frequency of amazing coincidences increases when we set a focussed
intention and act on it. If Moses was a miracle worker, then he simply accessed an ability that we all have. His feats are not
diminished; our own potential is increased with our awareness of our abilities. With focussed intent, we can find the vision to
resolve our issues, the wisdom to choose the appropriate path, and have the courage to walk the path.
Are Dowsers Mad?
Well, what passes for normal conversation among dowsers certainly can sound crazy to the uninitiated. "Where should we plant the
rose bush, honey?" "I don't know; check the earth energies and ask the devas." The answer describes a perfectly logical, and time
tested way of co-creating an abundant garden, but if you didn't know that there are different types of naturally occurring energy
lines in the ground, and that roses prefer a certain type, and if you didn't know that it's been proven by attaching galvanic
response detectors to the leaves of plants that they respond to our thoughts, you'd think the gardeners were mad. The Findhorn
garden in northern Scotland is a famous example of working with nature to produce dramatic results.
Is This Actually Science?
Well, the recent movie "What The Bleep Do We Know?" (www.whatthebleep.com) has helped many people to recognize that advanced
quantum physics is arriving at the same place that the mystics have been at for millennia. We create the world with our thoughts.
Dowsing is a simple tool to help us focus our minds to create the reality we choose. It's an old technology, but one that is as relevant to
the modern world, as it was in the dusty African desert.