~ Information about Dowsing ~
The ability to find people, artifacts or substances by
use of maps, pictures or physically being in a place are currently the most popular
applications of Dowsing. Most dowsers use two 'dowsing rods' and/or a pendulum.
The rods, traditionally known as 'Wishing Rods', are formed into an L shape and
are usually made of copper although the oldest known material was wood, usually
forked Hazel branches along with Apple, Beech and Alder. (It is said that metal
coat hangers work just as well!). One rod is held in each hand and you have located
what it is you are looking for when the rods cross. When using a pendulum most people
weight the line with a crystal, or heavy weight. The important thing seems to be
the length of the line which the pendulum swings on. In his book, "The Power of
The Pendulum," Tom Lethbridge explains his own experiments into pendulum lengths
and also his own theories as to how dowsing works. However, what does seem a mystery
is how diviners can dowse over a map to find people or substances when the focus
of the search can be many kilometers away. Indeed this does suggest some sort of
Crystal pendulum dowsing can be performed
in many ways and it is used for all sorts of purposes, such as finding water, minerals,
missing people and even lost objects. It is also used in healing and to answer questions,
and even to tell you if food is suitable for you to eat or not! It can also be used
for Reiki healing and divination.
Crystal pendulums are unique, different cuts, different
stones... different energy. They really do have something quite magical about them.
Any type of crystal can be used for pendulum dowsing...in fact any heavy object
will work, but in my experience crystals work best for me, although many people
prefer wood or natural stone.
Dowsing is reported to date back approximately 7000
years but origins are still unknown, some believe that the Egyptians and the Chinese
where the early practioners but that hasn't been proven. It is accepted, however,
that the Egyptians used images of forked rods in some of their artwork as did the
Ancient Chinese kings. In Europe, it was known for dowsing to be used in the Middle
Ages to find coal deposits. Since this time people have dowsed for everything from
lost objects to missing people, some of them are reported to be very accurate although
the scientific community as a whole have yet to decide if they support or refute
this ability. Some people earn money by advising mining companies before they carry
out test drilling/core sample.
In 1930's there was a lot of activity in Europe with
the formation of 'The British Society of Dowsers'. The term Rasiesthesia was also
coined by French priest Alex Bouly based on the Latin words for 'radiation' and
'perception', although the term dowsing has stood the test of time.
In 1986 American dowsers argued that there was a
connection between dowsing and astrological links with the element Fire.