It is very easy for the modernscholar, or student of science to dismiss dowsing out of hand. I certainly did when I was a lot younger and knewfar too much.
The answer to all that is torecall that the only major field that acts at a distance that we are able toeasily sense is the electromagnetic field. Worse, we cannot sense gravity.
Having thought somewhat moreclearly about the subject, I am able to make a startling statement. The best way to sense gravity is with a longrod and having two rods at right angles would be better and having two such contriveddevices for comparison would be even better. Sounds like dowsing to me.
On top of that, wet soil willestablish continuity in a porous mass that will develop a strongergravitational signature. Thus using rodsor gravity sensors to detect the stronger gravitational signature of saturatedsoil close by is a perfectly good idea and also informs us how to design auseful gravity sensing device. We reallyneed one of those and this sounds like something any teenager can make up.
The first trick is to understandthat you are sensing local gravity effects. Water mains will provide a good test sample.
Thus we actually have someexciting and predictive science to explore. Send me reports at firstname.lastname@example.org you pursue this.
It's an ancient art used for finding water, buried treasure and evenmissing people.
Here's what it is, how it works, the methods and tools - and how youcan learn to dowse
A man walking through an empty field holding a Y-shaped stick beforehim in both hands can be a peculiar sight. What is he doing? Either he'sleading some bizarre, solitary parade... or he's dowsing.
WHAT IS DOWSING?
Dowsing, in general terms, is the art of finding hidden things.Usually, this is accomplished with the aid of a dowsing stick, rods or apendulum. Also known as divining, water witching, doodlebugging and othernames, dowsing is an ancient practice whose origins are lost in long-forgottenhistory. However, it is thought to date back at least 8,000 years. Wall murals,estimated to be about 8,000 years old, discovered in the
Tassili Caves of North Africa depict tribesmen surrounding a man with a forked stick,possibly dowsing for water.
Artwork from ancient
Chinaand seem to show people using forked tools in what might have been dowsingactivities. Dowsing may have been mentioned in the Bible, although not by name,when Moses and Aaron used a "rod" to locate water. The firstunambiguous written accounts of dowsing come from the Middle Ages when dowsersin Egypt Europe used it to help find coal deposits.During the 15th and 16th centuries, dowsers were often denounced aspractitioners of evil. Martin Luther said dowsing was "the work ofdevil" (and hence the term "water witching").
In more modern times, dowsing has been used to find water for wells,mineral deposits, oil, buried treasure, archaeological artifacts - even missingpeople. How the dowsing technique was first discovered is unknown, yet thosewho practice it are unwavering in their affirmations that it does work. (Formore information on the history of dowsing, see Dowsing:Ancient History.)
HOW DOES DOWSING WORK?
The quick answer is that no one really knows - not even experienceddowsers. Some theorize there is a psychic connection established between thedowser and the sought object. All things, living and inanimate, the theorysuggests, possess an energy force. The dowser, by concentrating on the hiddenobject, is somehow able to tune in to the energy force or "vibration"of the object which, in turn, forces the dowsing rod or stick to move. Thedowsing tool may act as a kind of amplifier or antenna for tuning into theenergy.
Skeptics, of course, say that dowsing doesn't work at all. Dowsers whoseem to have a track record for success, they contend, are either lucky or theyhave good instincts or trained knowledge for where water, minerals and the likecan be found. For believer or skeptic, there's no definitive proof either way.
Albert Einstein, however, was convinced of the authenticity of dowsing.He said, "I know very well that many scientists consider dowsing as theydo astrology, as a type of ancient superstition. According to my convictionthis is, however, unjustified. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument whichshows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which areunknown to us at this time."
WHO CAN DOWSE?
Dowers say that anyone can do it. Like most psychic abilities, it maybe a latent power that all humans possess. And, like any other ability, theaverage person might become better at it with practice. However, there are somepeople whose dowsing powers are extraordinary:
Emmy Kittemann, daughter of a dowser, was one of the most acclaimeddowsers in
.In her most famous case, she correctly dowsed the location of a mineralizedspring for the Germany . Allprevious drillings found only water with heavy sulfur content. Yet Kittemanaccurately predicted the depth at which the water would be found as well as itsiodine-rich content. village of Tegernsee
In 17th century France, Jacques Aymar Vernay, a stonemason by trade,used his dowsing talents to successfully track criminals. His dowsing rod, onmore than one occasion, led authorities to the whereabouts of murderers.
In December, 1992, a Mr. and Mrs. Anders and Berith Lindgren werehunting with their friends when their dog ran off and disappeared. An extensivesearch proved fruitless. A few days later they sought the help of dowser LeifAndersson. His dowsing techniques led the hunters to a small lake where theyindeed found the body of the dog, where it had apparently fallen through thethin ice and died.
Dowsing is one of the few psychic talents that can be applied directlyfor profitable result or as a business. Some well-known names from historypracticed dowsing, including Leonardo De Vinci, Robert Boyle (considered thefather of modern chemistry), Charles Richet (a Nobel Prize winner), GeneralRommel of the German Army, and General George S. Patton. "GeneralPatton," writes Don Nolan in his article ABrief History of Dowsing, "had a complete willow tree flown to
so thata dowser could use branches from it to find water to replace the wells theGerman Army had blown up. The British army used dowsers on the Morocco Falkland Islands to remove mines."
Dowsing,the Ancient Art relates this remarkable information:
Professor Hans Dieter Betz (professor of physics,
university) headed a team ofscientists that investigated the ability of dowsers to find undergrounddrinkable supplies, taking them to 10 different countries and, on the advice ofdowers, sank some 2,000 wells with a very high success rate. In Munich ,where the geological conditions are said to be difficult, some 691 wells weredrilled for, based on the advice of dowsers, with a 96% success rate.Geohydrologists given the same task took two months to evaluate a site where adowser would complete his survey in minutes. The geohydrologists had a 21%success rate, as a result of which the German government has sponsored 100dowers to work in the arid zones of Sri Lanka Southern Indiato find drinkable water.
TYPES OF DOWSING
There are several types or methods of dowsing:
Forked stick. The most traditional method uses a small Y-shapedtree branch (most often from a willow). The dowser holds the branch parallel tothe ground by the top of the Y shape, then walks over the area to be probed.When the dowser passes over the sought object, the end of the branch is drawndown, pointing to the spot at which the object can be found.
Rods. An alternate method uses two L-shaped metal rods, one heldin each hand parallel to the ground and parallel to each other. In this case,when the dowser passes over the sought object, the rods either swing apart orcross each other. You can easily make dowsing rods from wire coat hangers.
Map dowsing. Some dowsers don't even have to visit the location tobe dowsed. For them, a map of the area is sufficient over which they hold apendulum. They know they have located the target area when the pendulum beginsto move in a circle or back and forth.
Y-rods, L-rods, pendulums and other dowsing equipment can be purchasedfrom
How To Practice Dowsing
By Stephen Wagner,About.com Guide
It's easy to try dowsing yourself.Here are some steps for a dowsing test:
Time Required: 1/2 hour
Make or purchase the dowsing tool with which you will be mostcomfortable.
Ask a friend to bury an object (try a metal object or small bottle of water)somewhere in your yard, just a few inches below the surface. Be sure yourfriend is careful to conceal the burial spot so that it is not at all obviouswhere they have dug.
Before starting, mentally ask your dowsing tool to indicate to you whenyou are passing over the hidden object. (Be sure to consult some of the sourceslisted in this article for the proper way to hold the dowsing tool.)
Start walking. You can either take a methodical approach, walking in adefined pattern up and down the yard, or you can walk randomly, following yourinstincts.
Walk slowly, concentrating on the object and trying to remain open andsensitive to the movements of the dowsing tool.
When your dowsing tool reacts and indicates a specific spot, stop andsee if you have succeeded. If not, try again.
If at first you don't succeed, try a different dowsing tool or adifferent type of target.
Try it at different times of day and in different frames of mind; thesemay all affect the outcome.
Keep a record of your attempts and keep at it. You might find that youhave a strong ability for dowsing.
Let me know how well you dowsed.
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