by Quitt, Jason

Tesla evangelists often point out that his vision of free, long distance transmission of power was usurped by industrialist JP Morgan and other power barons that wanted to charge for electricity. For the commercialization of electricity, wires would be needed. But – Tesla’s wireless electricity patents are what ultimately gave Tesla the truly deserved credit as the inventor of radio. Marconi’s radio patents were based upon Tesla’s wireless electricity patents and few people know that Tesla invented wireless electricity to create radio too. It’s just that Tesla was not too concerned about patenting terrestrial radio.
Tesla had bigger aspirations at the time – and one was to communicate extraterrestrial – to broadcast a signal to see if anyone else was “out there.” In 1901, his mentions to news reporters that it would be possible to communicate with life on other planets was not well received by Tesla’s financial backers. Now, Carl Sagan’s SETI research institute pays homage to Nikola Tesla for the technology that is deployed to power the RADIO telescopes that are used for the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence.
This is how the first radio worked. Radio is wireless electricity.
Two Tesla coils go into harmonic resonance to accomplish radio and a crystal acts as a harmonic converter to capture the wireless electricity and down-convert the frequency to create sound.
A transmitting Tesla coil radiates (hence the term Radio) wireless electricity at a constant high frequency also known as cycles per second. This is usually in the thousands of cycles per second range.  For example, the 640 AM radio station is licensed to broadcast at six hundred and forty thousand cycles per second. The power of the wave also known as the Amplitude, is Modulated (the height of the wave is altered and moves quickly up and down in intensity.) This is a Amplitude Modulated radio broadcast  – AM radio.
At a distant location, the radio receiver captures the broadcasted electricity.  Inside the receiver is a crystal that captures the ambient wireless high frequency electricity and then, the crystal converts it into electromagnetic impulses within the range of human hearing, about up to 13,000 Hz. These electromagnetic impulses vibrate a Tesla coil paper cone that encompasses a permanent magnet. This is called a speaker. You hear the radio announcer speak!  And – all of this was accomplished without additional power connected to the radio receiver. The crystal supplied all of the power to move the speaker cone. Electricity was captured from the ambient medium via a crystal.
I could not imagine what Tesla must have felt like to be the first person to hear radio signals from empty space. Tesla shows the gravity of this accomplishment in this quote:
“The feeling is constantly growing on me that I had been the first to hear the greeting of one planet to another.”
Today radio telescopes are still used to capture these emissions from distant worlds and stars.
It was not long after in 1901 that the first patent came out for semiconductor rectifiers or “Cat’s Whisker” detectors by radio pioneer Jagadis Chandra Bose. This patent specifically used crystals to detect millimeter electromagnetic waves and radio signals. This was accomplished by placing a wire on a specific point on a galena crystal. From his research he concluded that silicon crystals (quartz) yielded the best results in capturing these signals from the ambient medium.
For Tesla, the ambient medium was our natural surroundings of the air, water, earth and space. If one knew how to tap into the ambient medium, it would give the world unlimited clean energy, health and abundance. He was particularly interested in using the earth’s ionosphere as the source for his wireless vision of the future. This was his ultimate goal with the Wardenclyffe Tower experiments (1901 -1917).
Tesla knew that when you achieve harmonic resonance with a frequency, you can transmit information wirelessly from one place to another over great distances. This is how crystals were and are still utilized today. If you cut two crystals to be the exact same dimension they will resonate with one another and pass information between them. This is the basis of most of our modern day technology from computers, satellites, communications and navigation. The future will also bring new innovations with crystals from promising new technologies in solar cells, LED’s, optics, and data storage. New research and development in crystals have recently uncovered a way of storing 360 terabytes onto quartz at the nanoscale. This data can be stored for millions of years without damage. Crystals are even found in some of the most advanced medical devices, from the new healing lasers and photon systems to devices such as the “Neuro Sync Alpha 7” which uses a crystal to broadcast an electrical field with brain wave frequencies to help sync circadian rhythms. Hollow quartz rods are now used to generate ozone.
Crystals have amazing properties that can naturally tap into the ambient medium by the geometry of their atomic structure and chemical makeup.  These crystals, such as quartz, can send and receive electromagnetic energy, polarize light, and are piezoelectric. Crystals exhibit a very complex life principle, this must have fascinated Tesla as he pondered the life of a crystal. As seen by his quote found in “The problem of increasing human energy” from 1900.
“In a crystal we have clear evidence of the existence of a formative life principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is nonetheless a living being.”
Tesla also believed that humans could tap into the ambient medium to sustain their life force without the aid of food. Could this be possible? Could humans live a healthy and vibrant life just from eating the sun and breathing the air?  It makes you think that to capture these elements from a secondary source like a plant or an animal doesn’t seem like the best or direct way to get our life force. There are people living on this earth today who claim they can live on just sun and air. (Sungazers and Breatharians)  But these concepts are not new and have been documented throughout human history right back to the ancient worship of the sun gods in Egypt. Is it possible that Tesla was hinting that humans, much like a crystal, have this natural born ability to tap into this ambient medium?
Any way you look at it, crystals are an undeniable asset in our development of technology and our growth as a society, but what else could these minerals teach us?  Many ancient cultures held much adoration and mysticism to crystals. Did they know something we forgot? To date there is still a large community of people that use crystals for healing, meditation work and to bring good energy into their homes. Many experiments have taken place all over the world in regards to the effect crystals have on our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It has been shown time and time again that these minerals have a biological effect by increasing the energy of the body, releasing stress and helping restore balance to our minds and emotions.  Maybe crystals help us tune in and channel the energy of the ambient medium just like a radio receiver. If this is the case, have we been overlooking an incredible asset that can help us connect to the ambient medium, the true source of our health and wellbeing.
Jason Quitt is an alternative health
care practitioner, lecturer and researcher.

by Dr. Gunther Schneck

      A blessing spoken over food, before a meal, will increase the positive energetic field of the food. This increase can be measured by dowsing with a pendulum. If more blessings are spoken, then the positive energy field of the food will increase with every blessing. The same holds true for water. If one says, “God, please bless this water” over a glass of water, then the positive energy field of the water increases in a circular manner. This circular field can be dowsed and its radius increases with every blessing. After 12 blessings the positive energy field of a glass of water had a radius of 1.50 meters.
          I made experiments with increased numbers of blessings of a glass of water and dowsed within the increased circular field any existing geopathic stress. There was no change in the negative geopathic stress until I had repeated 77 times “God, please bless this water.” I dowsed the negative geopathic stress with in the circular field around the glass of water blessed 77 times. All the geopathic stress was gone. This protection around the glass of water was circular and had a radius of circa 10 metres and can be dowsed. I took this glass to various places which I had dowsed before and which contained negative geopathic stress. Within the circle of 10 meters all harmful negative energies of these places had disappeared, but not the positive energies. Positive power points were not affected within the 10 metres circles, not affected were positive Hartmann and Curry lines, positive water lines or any other positive energy.
         The protection circle of 10 metres removed only negative harmful fields. If the glass of water was removed more than 10 metres away, all the previous harmful energies returned. Within the protective circle in my house the Bovis Value (measurement of atmosphere) went up from circa 8000 Bovis Units to 11,000 Bovis Units. Within the protective circle no changes were observed for man-made energies, for example microwaves, radio waves, satellite waves, etc. were not changed.
        Transport of the energised glass of water by car, train, aeroplane destroyed its activity and it returned to normal water.
         By saying the 77 times or more times, over a glass of water “God please bless this water” you will get an effective circle of protection of circa 10 metres against harmful natrual energies. One should place glass of water centrally in your house. The protective energy field also extends upwards and downwards circa 10 metres. If the glass of water is placed on the ground floor it will protect the first floor. If there is a second floor the glass of water should be put on the first floor.
        The protective energy goes through material objects. Therefore the glass of water can be put into cupboards or behind furniture. Within the circle of protection the Bovis Value of the house will go up considerably and on should feel better. The freedom from negative harmful energies will increase your health and the quality of your sleep.
        This effective radiaesthetic protection is given free to any of us. This protection works at any pace and appears to be lasting.
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by Emilio Porro 

In most biographies written on Mr. Rocard, the works he produced near the end of his life on biomagnetism and dowsing are only briefly mentioned and with a tone of embarrassment. In the last of the four books he devoted to this subject (La science et les sourciers, Dunod, 1989), Yves Rocard engaged in a scientific exploration of dowsers’ sensitivity.

He was struck by this phenomenon in 1957, while he was setting up his first seismic sensor station. Pragmatic as he was, he grasped the reality of the phenomenon (the mason who worked for him was also a dowser, and he quickly told him where to dig a well). He was also surprised by the calm and quiet assurance of the mason, without any boasting, miles away from the usual practices of dowsers and other crooks of the “paranormal”. He quickly became fascinated in the subject, worked on it, and in 1961, he published a small book in which he described his early experiences. As he later admitted however, he published this too soon.

As was to be expected, the rationalist sect reacted vigorously and launched a vigorous attack against Rocard. For them, any reference to “biomagnetism” was already a sacrilege. Dowsers were put in the same basket as fortune-tellers or astrologers. Not taken aback by these attacks which he felt were childish and sectarian, Rocard persisted and resumed his research when released from his professional obligations after 1974. After a major bibliographic effort, he showed that there were magnetic receptors in human beings, making them sensitive to local variations in magnetic fields. The most sensitive subjects (for this sensitivity is unevenly distributed in the population) can detect very slight variations of even a few milligauss, provided they are not symmetrical to the person. These small variations in the local magnetic field are often associated with geological specifics (faults, for example) which are themselves regularly associated to the presence of groundwater.

Rocard’s thesis was very simple: the dowsers did not detect the water itself, but the magnetic field variations to which it was generally related. The physicist conducted numerous blind-folded experiments leading to an unequivocal demonstration that the dowsers’ ability of magnetic detection was not an artifact: the percentage of correct answers they gave (presence or absence of a magnetic field) was higher (sometimes considerably) than the percentage expected if they had given their responses at random. Certainly, these experiments were criticisable in regards of their detail. However, it is not always easy to work with human volunteers subjected to fatigue and other stimuli that may affect their magnetic sensitivity. Nevertheless, these experiments provided sufficient evidence for Rocard to spend the rest of his life fighting to open this new area of investigation to science. Furthermore, the magnetic receptive centres that he announced in 1981 through purely external means (measuring the reaction of a pendulum after an artificial magnetic stimulus) were discovered in 1983 with an electronic microscope: magnetite crystals are present in the eyebrows, neck, elbows, back, knees and heels.

In the case of dowsers, Yves Rocard did not really change his work method compared to his previous activities (apart from the fact that he had less professional and experimental facilities). His high credibility in the world of physics persuaded a number of people, including La Recherche, which published a very favourable article in 1981. To discredit it, the Rationalist Union went so far as to use fake helpers through a Belgian Committee for the scientific study of phenomena classified as paranormal. As interesting as Rocard’s works were in this domain, they were not as strategic as the determination of an airplane’s critical speed, the stability of the Tancarville Bridge or detecting nuclear explosions. In the case of dowsing, prejudice prevailed over the experimental method.

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From a posting on the Facebook “Dowsing & Divining” Global Dowsing Hub – January 5,2015

by Tom Williamson

Mintabie Opal FieldsWhen geologist Peter Blythe opened an opal mine in Mintabie, South Australia, he thought the miners’ tales of how they had ‘used the wires’ to find opal were ‘hogwash’. But after discussions in a local pub, he agreed to take part in a test with five other miners. At Mintabie deposits of opal are often associated with near-vertical fractures or joints in sandstone, and Blythe agreed to see if the six of them could locate one of these fractures. Gripping a pair of L-shaped brass rods in both hands, the miners independently walked over a site beneath which a miner had already blasted a tunnel, each man noting the spot where his rods opened up. According to Blythe all six spots lined up, and when they went underground, there was the fracture, right beneath the line on the surface.

While Peter Blythe would be the first to admit the limited scientific value of an uncontrolled test like this, the fact remains that hundreds of miners at Mintabie and elsewhere in Australia believe ‘the wires’ have helped them find fractures or ‘slips’ where circulating silica-rich groundwater has sometimes deposited gem-grade opal. And it’s not only in Australia that people have been using dowsing to find such fractures or faults. In Russia, where some geologists have used dowsing for many years, (Dowsing achieves new credence, New Scientist 81, 371-373, 1979) scientists at the Buryat Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences have used the technique, in conjunction with geophysical and geochemical methods, to help locate deposits of gold in Siberia. Most impressively of all, the German government technical aid agency, the GTZ, has kept detailed records of the remarkable success rate achieved by one dowser on its staff, engineer Hans Schröter, in locating faults and other water-bearing structures in a variety of geological settings around the world  (Branches, twigs and rods, New Scientist 148, 54-55, 1995). Using a traditional V-shaped dowsing rod rather than the L-shaped ‘wires’ favoured by Aussie opal miners, Schröter has apparently pinpointed water-bearing fractures in the ancient crystalline rocks of Sri Lanka, fissures in the volcanic rocks of Verde Island in the Philippines, fracture zones in the Sinai desert, Egypt and solution cavities in karst limestone terrain in the Congo. Schröter’s results have impressed a number of German scientists, including physicist Hans-Dieter Betz, of the University of Munich and geophysicist Hans Berckhemer, of the University of Frankfurt.

The recent evidence that dowsers may respond to faults and other geological discontinuities beneath their feet – rather than to minerals or water themselves –accords well with the history of the ancient art. Miners in the German-speaking lands of northern Europe were probably the first to use forked twigs in their search for lodes of metal ore. By the seventeenth century migrant German miners had introduced dowsing to England, where the use of ‘deusing-rods’ to search for lead and zinc lodes in Somerset intrigued scientists like Robert Boyle. In all these historical examples, miners used their rods to locate shallow mineralised faults and fractures, structures similar to those sought today by dowsers like Schröter and Blythe.

But despite the impressive pedigree of dowsing for faults, most scientists remain unconvinced. Dowsing is a classic example of a psychological phenomenon known as ideomotor action, sceptics say. Dowsers unconsciously twist their rods themselves, not because of faults or other underground features, but as a result of preconceived ideas in their own minds.

To confirm the role of ideomotor action in dowsing, sceptics argue, walk into the “Mind, Body and Spirit’ any large popular bookshop or library. There, among the titles on space gods and crystal healing, you will learn how dowsers can detect mysterious ‘earth energies’, harmful or benign. The bad ‘energies’ cause illness or even death, the good ones form ‘energy lines’ linking ancient sacred sites. Scientific instruments can detect none of these ‘energies’, therefore, sceptics argue, they exist only as ideas in the minds of these dowsers. If dowsing is an ideomotor phenomenon, how do dowsers like Schröter come up with such impressive results? ‘By unconsciously responding to visual cues’ sceptics reply. Experienced dowsers have learnt to recognise subtle surface cues, such as changes in plant growth, linked with faults or fractures below. Deprive dowsers of such cues, sceptics say, and their amazing powers suddenly vanish.

Sceptic Jim Enright, of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, cites experiments that Betz himself carried out with Hans Schröter. In the late 1980s Betz, together with Herbert König, of the Technical University at Munich, conducted a major investigation of dowsing, funded by the German government. In a series of nine hundred double-blind trials, Schröter and forty-two other dowsers walked along a test path on the upper story of a wooden barn, attempting to locate the successive positions – chosen by a random number generator – of a pipe conducting flowing water on the floor below. Although Schröter turned in the best performance of all – results that could only have been duplicated by chance on less than one in five hundred occasions – the overall significance level of the tests was low. So low that Enright claims that the barn tests carried out by Betz and König provide the best evidence yet against the existence of a dowsing effect.

But what if dowsers like Schröter and Blythe respond to geophysical anomalies caused by faults or fractures in the field but not by water-filled pipes?  In Sinai and Namibia, Betz claims, geological fractures indicated by Schröter’s dowsing were later confirmed by electromagnetic measurements. In Mintabie, too, faults of the kind sought by opal miners with their ‘wires’ can be detected by methods such as airborne thermal infrared imagery. Like visual hints, geophysical cues could trigger dowsers’ ideomotor rod movements. Several groups of scientists have developed double-blind protocols to test this possibility. One approach has been to record the positions of the dowsers’ rod movements before making geophysical measurements – as in Betz’s field trials with Hans Schröter. In the early 1980s a group of scientists at the University of Lund in Sweden tested 29 dowsers who walked over a flat field on the limestone island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The scientists knew that an underground limestone cave system channelling water ran beneath the field, but its precise position was unknown. The dowsers’ rod movements showed a significant clustering within a narrow band about 50 metres long. Later ground radar measurements indicated that the underground channel ran directly beneath this band.

An alternative way of achieving double-blind conditions in dowsing field trials is to build a mobile laboratory that can be placed in position over suitable faults or other geological discontinuities. Dowsers can walk the length of the laboratory, their responses being recorded by experimental assistants who, like the dowsers themselves, are in the dark about the exact position of the fault below.

Betz and König constructed a wheeled wooden mobile laboratory as part of their investigation of dowsing. But they found it impracticable to tow and position their cumbersome contraption over suitable sites. Instead the scientists settled for a much simpler device – an eleven metre long wooden plank.

Blindfolded dowsers ‘walked the plank’ at several sites but at first the results were the same as in the barn experiments. Deprived of visual cues, the dowsers could no longer dowse. Then the researchers had a brainwave. Why not incorporate one of Hans Schröter’s actual borehole sites into the tests? They decided to use a borehole site for carbonated water the dowser had pinpointed in the valley of the river Sinn, near Burgsinn in the Spessart region of Bavaria. Schröter believed that his dowsing had revealed a fault in the sandstone beneath the unconsolidated valley sediments, so the site would provide an ideal opportunity to test dowsers’ vaunted abilities to detect hidden faults.

The results of the Sinn valley field tests were arguably the most important in the history of dowsing research. Despite being blindfolded and subjected to full experimental controls, several other dowsers succeeded in locating Schröter’s site within a metre or so. As a result, the overall significance achieved by the 40 dowsers who took part in the walkway experiments was high – the odds were less than one in a million that the results were due to chance. Here at last, claimed Betz and König, was experimental proof that dowsers could locate a concealed fault without using visual cues.

Sceptics like Jim Enright aren’t so impressed. When the German researchers replaced their mobile laboratory with a humble wooden plank, they abandoned full double-blind protocol, Enright points out. He dismisses the German walkway experiments as ‘fishing expeditions’.

But Betz has a response to his critics. After recording the results of the dowsing experiments, the researchers carried out ground resistivity measurement indicating a northwest-trending fault in the sandstone directly below the dowser’s site. As this information was not known at the time of the experiments, it adds a double-blind element to the result, Betz argues.

Taking the results of the German walkway experiments at face value, then, what non-visual cues could have revealed hidden faults like the one in the Sinn valley to dowsers? The water-bearing fractures apparently detected by Schröter typically create distortions in natural electromagnetic fields – such as the ‘sferics’ created by world thunderstorm activity – so sensitivity to such distortions is one possibility. Betz has led a group at the University of Munich investigating human sensitivity to ‘sferics’ and believes that this research would ultimately throw light on the abilities of dowsers like Schröter.

A Magnetic Sense for Dowsers? 

Another possibility is that dowsers may unconsciously respond to magnetic cues (A sense of direction for dowsers, 19 March 1987). Leading French physicist Yves Rocard – father of one-time French Prime Minister Michel Rocard – supported this idea in 1962 and then, in 1980, Robin Baker, of the University of Manchester, performed experiments with students suggesting that like many other animals – for example tuna, pigeons and whales – humans possess a magnetic sense. An ability to sense minute changes in the strength of the Earth’s magnetic field would certainly help dowsers detect some faults or fractures. Moreover in 1992 Joseph Kirschvink and two colleagues at Caltech identified tiny crystals of magnetite in the human brain that might have a role in magnetic sensing.

However, other researchers have repeated Baker’s experiments but so far failed to confirm a human magnetic sense. And even if further work supports the idea, magnetic sensitivity could not have helped dowsers locate the Sinn valley fault – the German team found no magnetic anomaly there.

Or Earth Vibrations ? 

The German researchers did however measure one geophysical variable at the Sinn valley site that could not only account for dowsers’ highly significant results there but might also help explain dowsers’ apparent ability to locate faults. That variable was the amplitude of tiny earth vibrations or microseisms.

Joseph Wűst, a German physical chemist, first proposed that dowsers might respond to such cues in the 1950s. There was anecdotal evidence, Dr Wűst claimed, that some dowsers working in mines could only locate mineral lodes accurately when mining machinery was active. This suggested they might rely on small vibrations or sound waves passing through the rock. Dowsers could also exploit vibrations caused by distant earthquakes or volcanic eruptions, atmospheric pressure changes, ocean waves breaking against distant shores – not to mention anthropogenic noise from aircraft, road traffic and industrial activity.

As a result of all this activity, the ground is always shaking at frequencies between 5 and 40 hertz. Like their large and dangerous cousins, earthquake waves, microseisms vary in amplitude from place to place according to the underlying geology. Amplitudes increase above unconsolidated water-saturated sediment and above faults or fractures, an effect exploited in some geophysical prospecting techniques. Where water-saturated sediments overlie a fault, as at Schröter’s borehole site in the Sinn valley, amplitudes should reach a maximum – and dowsers should have their best chances of success.

And that is precisely what the German researchers found. Making simultaneous measurements on a summer evening with two equally calibrated geophones, they found the earth vibrations at a frequency of around 20 hertz were larger at Schröter’s site than at points nearby. The researchers repeated the measurements the following morning when local road traffic was lighter. The effect remained – though smaller than before, vibrations were still larger at the dowser’s site than at other points nearby. How might dowsers detect ground vibrations above geological faults or the sound and infrasound waves caused by them? Like elephants, who may use earth vibrations to communicate (see Rumble in the jungle, New Scientist. 4 August 2001) humans possess vibration-sensitive cells called Pacinian corpuscles. But whereas elephants have these sensors in their trunk tips and possibly their feet, humans have them in their fingertips and inner surface of the hand. These are precisely the parts of dowser’s bodies in contact with their taut, delicately balanced rods. Therefore it’s possible, as  W űst suggested, that the hand-held dowser’s rod acts as a supersensitive sound or infrasound detector. Another more obvious possibility is that dowsers detect minute increases in volume of sound or infrasound above faults with that amazingly sensitive pair of air vibration detectors we all possess – their ears.

So at last scientists have come up with a plausible theory to explain how dowsers can locate faults and fissures without using visual cues. If new double-blind experiments support the earth vibration idea, there is one group of people who may draw comfort from the results. The opal miners of Mintabie will be able to use ‘wires’ without so many wisecracks from their colleagues. For the noisy mining environment is a prolific source of the vibrations that could be the dowsers’ secret of success. Vibes that might even make them rich.

Article from Tom Williamson Site in Pdf

by Mark Koba – CNBC 

Some call it dowsing, water witching or divining. Others call it flaky.

Whatever it’s called, the ancient method of discovering water underground is finding new life in drought-ridden states such as California.

“I’ve found a least eight wells for our vineyard, and hundreds of wells for farmers and homes,” said Marc Mondavi, who not only helps run the family-owned Charles Krug Winery in California’s Napa Valley, but is also a dowser for hire.

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by Lauren Rothman Mar 26 2014 

Sharron, the water witcher, in the field. Photo courtesy of Sharron Hope

I live in a city and I’ve never seen a water well. It sounds exotic, or even fictional. I just turn on my faucet, water comes out, and I don’t have to consider its source.

Here in the eastern United States, we’re doing OK when it comes to precipitation, but our West Coast neighbors are seriously suffering from a terrible drought. California—often referred to as our nation’s “breadbasket” because it grows nearly half of all domestically produced fruits, vegetables, and nuts—is deep into its second year of reduced rainfall, the likes of which the state hasn’t seen since the 70s. That much food on the line means a lot of profits are in danger. With this year’s drastically reduced crop yields, food prices across the country are rapidly increasing. In the next few months, the prices of artichokes, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower could rise by 10 percent.The devastating drought in California. Photo by Flickr user Ingrid Taylar
These high stakes are making California farmers both desperate and creative, because they’re looking for ways to find water underground since it refuses to fall from the sky. A couple of weeks ago, an article about “water witches” caught my eye. The piece described so-called witches in California using the age-old technique of the divining rod—usually just a tree branch—to tap into energy fields below the surface of the land to locate groundwater and pinpoint where to drill wells. This common practice, also known as dowsing, has been around since at least the 15th century and has been also used to unearth precious metals, gravesites, and oil reserves. In spite of its popularity, witching has long been stigmatized. In 1518, Martin Luther thought the notion of walking around with a wooden stick in the woods was completely freaky, and decried it as occultism. Seventeenth-century France even put strict limitations on water witches. But while scientific bodies such as the US Geological Survey claim that witching is about as successful at finding water as pure guesswork, it continues, after many, many centuries, to remain popular: Winemaker Robert Mondavi, a practicing water witch himself, has popularized the practice in California’s vineyards, and even John Franzia—the Two-Buck Chuck guy—advocates dowsing.

I wanted to hear about witching firsthand, so I called Sharron Hope, the president of Gold Country Dowsers, the Oroville, CA–based chapter of the American Society of Dowsers. Hope, who has been dowsing in California since the 70s, said that in recent years her business has more than quadrupled. Just don’t call her a witch.

VICE: When you go out dowsing for water, how exactly does that work?
Sharron Hope: I head to the property, I find a tree branch, and I hold it out in front of me. Then, I turn around in a circle, and when the branch senses energy, it’ll start dipping down towards the earth, but just minutely—you have to really concentrate on what you’re doing; you have to forget about everything else, just relax and turn slowly, and when you feel that dip, you walk in that direction. When you get over the site where there is the most water, that stick is gonna point down to the earth.

You say “when the stick senses energy.” What kind of energy are we talking about here?
Water, of course, is flowing underground, and it’s flowing past rocks, and rocks actually store energy. So as it goes through those rocks, the water strips off some of that energy—some of those electrons—from the rocks. And that energy goes shooting straight up. That’s what the tree branch, up on the surface, is responding to. I started doing water wells in 1979. And I’ve noticed over the years that there are heavily-traveled deer trails over water veins. And a lot of times, when I go out to dowse, the spot that I find to drill the well is where two deer trails cross. So wild animals, too, can pick up on that energy that comes up from the water.

The process sounds kind of supernatural. Is that where the name “water witch” comes from?
Actually, the name comes from the fact that a lot of dowsers, historically, used a branch from the witch hazel tree to find water. But the overall term is dowser—you know, we don’t like to be called water witches, actually. It provokes snide comments. It’s really just an old-fashioned term that people used 100 years ago.

.An old-school dowser. Photo via Wiki Commons

It sounds like dowsing has a long history.
As far as we can figure out, the practice goes back at least 10,000 years. There are actually petroglyphs of men holding a tree branch and looking for water. And of course, before we had machinery and drilling rigs, we had to hand-dig wells, so you better believe they had some kind of methods to find the water. And basically, most of ’em just used a tree branch.

OK, so back to the branch. Once you find your spot, what do you do?
I’ll mark that spot, and then I’ll get my L-rods out. They’re made of solid brass, and they have a copper handle. So I’m holding on to the handles, and I’m standing a little bit away from the site that the branch found. And I move towards that site, and I get right over it, and then those two L-rods will cross.

So they’re sort of drawing together of their own accord?
Yes, they go together of their own accord. They cross and make an “X.” And if I back up again and walk around that site, maybe about 8 to 10 feet away from it, as I get to a water vein, those rods are gonna separate and make a line. That indicates the edge of the water vein. So that’s the process that I use. In fact, I was out dowsing a well in Berry Creek today for a family who bought ten acres out there, and they want to have a well for a little family garden. And last Thursday, I was out at a vineyard—it was almost 200 acres, and I dowsed several well sites for them.

Do vineyards make up a lot of your clientele?
Oh, I have a variety of clients. A lot of homeowners around here have property with acreage, and for a lot of them, their wells have either gone dry because of the drought, or the water table has gotten so low that they’re not getting enough out of their wells to run their households. We have rice farmers around here, and I’ve dowsed wells for them. We have a lot of agriculture around here. I’ve done organic orchards, citrus farms, olive orchards—there’s a lot that I’ve done in the past 35 years.

Has your business increased in the past couple of years because of the terrible drought?
Oh, definitely, definitely. For most of my career, I’d been dowsing about one well a month. Now I’m doing anywhere from one to four a week.

Do you get calls from people who had never heard of dowsing before?
Yes, the well-drillers are actually referring people to me. Because the well-driller, you know, he just drills a hole. He says, “Where do you want me to drill your well?” And at $15–50 a foot for drilling, you don’t really want to have to guess at where he should start drilling—you want to know.

Thanks, Sharron.

by Jason Koebler

March 3, 2014 // 03:10 PM EST – As the East Coast continues to get snow dumped on it, California’s record-setting drought drags on. It’s gotten so bad that farmers in the state have called upon “dowsers,” a group of people who have the ability to find water using their intuition and a series of tools with names like L and Y rods, pendulums, and bobbers. Some people have taken to calling them “water witches,” and some claim they can find underground water just by looking at a map of a plot of land. (Reportedly, it’s tougher than just pointing at the blue parts.)

The practice has become so ingrained in agriculture that in 1988, the United States Geological Survey released a report mostly dismissing the practice.   Read more …

by Jason Dearen (AP)

ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) – March 3, 2014 – With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches.

Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools — usually copper sticks or wooden “divining rods” that resemble large wishbones — and what they describe as a natural energy to find water or minerals hidden deep underground.

While both state and federal water scientists disapprove of dowsing, California “witchers” are busy as farmers seek to drill more groundwater wells due to the state’s record drought that persists despite recent rain.

Read more and Vdeo.

by Steven A. Ross

While attending a philosophical lecture in 1979 I had my first experience with dowsing. During a break, I was at a buffet table watching a woman spinning an object over various dishes. I asked her what she was doing and she shared that she was determining which foods were good for her by using a pendulum.

I thought it was strange because it appeared that her entire hand was moving the pendulum, in the direction that she said was positive, and it happened over all the deserts, especially the chocolate cake. With this being my first introduction to this type of activity, I wasn’t very impressed, even though I did like the chocolate cake.

For several years I never paid much attention to dowsing because I didn’t have a very good impression first impression of it. In 1986 while visiting one of our foundation advisors in Germany, Dr. Wolfgang Ludwig, I was surprised when he and his wife Gisela, both reached into their pockets for a pendulum while looking at a dinner menu. I was dumbfounded and asked them what they were doing and why.

Dr. Wolfgang Ludwig was a world renowned physicist with more than 100 peer reviewed papers on the effects of magnetic fields on biological systems. Wolfgang told me that very often when he arrived at a critical point in calculations he would utilize his pendulum. He would draw a graph on a paper and then allow the pendulum to guide him to the correct percentage or number. He said the pendulum was an extension of his own inner consciousness.

Wolfgang motioned to me to turn around in my chair and look at one of the booths at the back of the restaurant. The man in another booth was dowsing his menu. Unbelievable!

I became more amazed after my meeting with Karl Milde (long since deceased), a healing practitioner in the city of Kornwestheim, Germany. He didn’t speak any English and I didn’t speak enough German to carry on a conversation. He was very intense, not unfriendly, but a no-nonsense type of person.

Prof. Dr. Walter, who was in charge of our World Research Foundation Stuttgart office, had known Milde for many years and told me that Milde was a master dowser. Milde had done everything from dowsing for underground springs, finding raw materials, discovering underground cables and springs, finding unexploded bombs after WWII, and diagnosing people’s health.

During our drive to meet Milde, Dr. Walter had shared that soon after WWII, Karl Milde and his colleague Mr. Eckardt were asked to find unexploded bombs in several cities throughout Germany. At another time, one of the largest companies in Stuttgart, had used Milde to help find underground springs and cables, while the company was repairing airfields in Germany.

As Karl Milde’s fame spread throughout Germany, he caught the attention of some medical people in Stuttgart who had heard of his abilities to diagnose people without disrobing them. Prof. Walter met Karl Milde along with Prof. Dr. med S. Rilling in the Katharinen Hospital in Stuttgart. Dr. Walter and several other medical specialists decided to test Milde.

The test was made by blindfolding Karl Milde and then bringing before him 8 corpses from the hospital morgue. The corpses were covered with a blanket and Milde, who was still blindfolded, was asked to describe the locations of any surgery performed on each body. Milde told them exactly, without any error, each of the spots and types of operations performed on each body. Karl Milde never used any device except for his two hands. One hand would scan the body and his other hand would be moving back and forth at different speeds.

In 1991, Prof. Walter and Karl Milde conducted an experiment with a company, which claimed their special electromagnetic equipment cleared water of harmful materials, while at the same time magnetizing the water for healing purposes. Prof. Walter told me that he was skeptical of this claim, due to the substances in the water, so he asked Milde to go with him to the manufacturer to test out their device.

10 glasses of water were placed on a table. Some of the glasses had normal water and some with the special magnetized water. It took only seconds for Milde to point out which of the glasses contained treated water. Then Prof. Walter and Milde left the room and the company’s personnel changed the positions of the glasses. Milde was again able to point out the magnetized glasses. The company was so grateful about the results that they made a donation of their machine to our Stuttgart office.

While touring Karl Milde’s office he suddenly stopped and ran over to someone in our group. He then proceeded to tell her about specific operations she had as well as explaining an unsolved medical difficulty. He had dowsed her from across the room.

Everyone is familiar with a dowsing rod or some type of pendulum that his held in the hands, I was impressed how Karl Milde just used his body. As he scanned the body with one hand, his other hand was moving rhythmically from side to side until it would violently shake, and he would stop, and begin sharing what he had discovered in the individual’s body.

My experience was important to me for two reasons. The first was that it is an example of another ability that we all possess. The far more important thing that I learned was not to form quick judgments about people, techniques, clinics or products. I needed to remember this when I was introduced to cow dung therapy. I’ve come a long way since experiencing the woman dowsing the chocolate cake.

Steve A Ross |

by By Joan Nathanson for Bob Kerr

This story is one that was shared with the Hamilton and Area Healing Network (HAHN for short), the first official Associate Member of the Canadian Society of Dowsers, by Bob Kerr, a farmer from Southwestern Ontario who drove many miles to attend our meetings in order to learn more about dowsing.  He had purchased a radionics machine prior to hearing about us, and was eager to learn to use it and dowsing in his farming practice and in his personal life as well.  As we often have with our members, we invited him to tell us more about his experience with the energy modality of radionics at one of our meetings: this one happened to be in July. his farmhouse, he had a beautiful mature sweet cherry tree.  Each year, the family would enjoy the blossoms, and then watch as eventually the fruit ripened.  As the time grew close for harvesting the plump, tasty cherries, they would monitor it closely.  “Just one more day, then we should be able to pick them,” they would agree.  But inevitably they would awaken, only to discover that, once again, starlings had beaten them to the cherry crop! If only there were something they could do to keep those pesky starlings away!

After Bob purchased his radionics machine, he decided he should see if it could prevent the starling hordes from stealing his sweet cherries.  How could he do this?  He realized that these birds were not at all happy to have red-tailed hawks in their vicinity.  How could he discover the frequency of red-tailed hawks to broadcast to his cherry tree?  Using his ingenuity, he contacted the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, inquiring if they might have a feather from a red-tailed hawk which they could spare for his experiment.  They did, and he was able to measure the frequency on his radionics machine. again, the cherry tree blossomed, the fruit set and began to ripen.  But this time, Bob was ready.  He set his machine up near the tree the day before the peak of ripeness seemed to be due, and began to broadcast the vibrational alarm of a red-tailed hawk natural predator.  Bob grinned broadly at our group before delivering – not the punchline – but a bowl of beautiful, ripe, freshly-picked sweet cherries: radionics had helped him outsmart those starlings with the energy vibration of a red-tailed hawk feather, and we had the opportunity to taste, as well as hear the results!

Reported by Joan Nathanson, a HAHN member since its founding in 1998.  Our group meets on the last Monday of the month, except in December and sometimes in the summer months if many members expect to be away on holiday.  We are proud of having had a number of our members serve on the CSD Board over the past 16 years, and have welcomed other CSD Board members as guest speakers.  We have also sponsored several of our members to attend CSD Conventions and have made a number of special donations to support the work of CSD.