DISCOVERING THE POWER OF
Joan Nathanson, reporter
Who could have predicted that a dairy farmer from southern Ontario would discover a powerful healing tool based on the energy of key word concepts as a result of exposure to dowsing? While veteran ASD members might not have forecasted this specifically, they would be aware that dowsers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and that many effective methods of connecting with energy in the universe have been – and can be – discovered and developed by people whose curiosity about our world has been aroused and who then seek to understand how everything works.
Neil Anderson grew up as part of a hard-working farm family. Within the farming community, it was common for folks to help one another out. When Neil was 16, he went with his dad to assist another farmer on a special project, where he met two young fellows, who showed him how to use L-rods and a bobber to find water. He was amazed at what they did, and surprised that he could do it, too. Life on the farm left no time to follow up on siting wells. (Many years later, Neil dowsed several well on his own farms, though circumstances led him to use his dowsing abilities primarily in other ways.)
When he left school, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps, and became a dairy farmer himself, eventually developing and maintaining several farms of his own north of Lake Erie in the small community of Scotland, ON. In 1980, when he was 34 years old, however, he began to run into health problems which affected both his dairy herd, other livestock and his family.
Fortunately, Neil met a talented dowser who lived in another farming community a bit farther north. Ron Lister advised him to make changes to his property which would benefit his family as well as his dairy herd: Neil followed these directions with excellent results.
This first-hand experience with dowsing convinced Neil that he should investigate it seriously. After a life-changing weekend workshop with geomancer Gary Skillen, he joined the Canadian Society of Dowsers to get more training, and also began attending gatherings of dowsers at ASD and the Ozark Research Institute to learn more and share his own dowsing adventures with others. The more he dowsed, the more excited he became, seeing so many visible results of his work.
Neil explains that dowsers seek out information about unseen energies, using various tools (such as pendulums, L-rods, and bobbers) to locate, measure and monitor them. Electromagnetic currents can interfere with the well-being of people, animals, plants, and geographic locations. When dowsers find imbalances in energy, they work to transform them to restore harmony to the land and all living creatures that inhabit it. Everything is made of the same non-material stuff which he calls “consciousness.” Differences between things are the result of vibrations at different frequencies. He believes that everything is meant to be in balance. Conflicting frequencies can create detrimental effects. He believes that balance can be restored and optimal health and well-being reclaimed if these conflicts are resolved.
As Neil’s proficiency in dowsing developed, he received intuitive guidance which enabled him to help others even more effectively. He also realized that there were far more people in need of assistance than he could help just one-on-one. In September, 2006, he sensed a call to reach more people. Could he discover a tool that anyone could use to help themselves reclaim balance and wholeness in life? Not knowing where to start, he began to listen more closely to his intuition. By February, 2007, ideas had begun to take shape.
How Neil’s new healing tool came into existence
In dowsing circles, many believe that the frequency of the word, “love,” dissolves all unbalancing frequencies. This was one of the teachings of American dowser, Martha Moore Stevens, who encouraged him to develop his dowsing gifts. At first, Neil wondered if this English word, “love,” could actually accomplish such a thing. When he dowsed to check this out, he received a “yes” answer. He then began experimenting by writing the word, “love,” on paper, creating an hour-glass shape with the word printed on each side of the two triangular shapes, one balanced on the tip of the other. Was there a most effective and powerful way of writing the word, “love,” to clear unwanted energies that caused “dis-ease” and brokenness for people, animals, plants and places? Something seemed to be missing, but he didn’t know what that ingredient was.
In April, 2007, Neil was invited to a one-room schoolhouse in a nearby rural community, to share his dowsing experience and discoveries with a gathering of fellow dowsers. While he was talking with a colleague before his presentation, he noticed a group of three men talking together in another part of the room. Suddenly, one of them broke away, and came to stand directly in front of Neil. Apparently nudged by Spirit, the man stated, “The subconscious mind sees everything backwards: the superconscious mind sees everything upside down and backwards with double vision.” He then walked back to his friends.
Neil suddenly understood he had received the key guidance he needed to strengthen his tool for energy release. The healing word should be written upside down and backwards as well as just in the ordinary way. When he added in this extra information, he realized that he should use just one triangle as the basic shape so it could be printed on a quarter sheet of standard letter-size card stock, a size easy for people to use. The first card in the Love of Miracles set was ready for use.
Beliefs underlying the “Love of Miracles Triangle” cards
Neil believes that in day-to-day living, our bodies can become congested with unhealthy thoughts, ideas and dreams, which can subsequently and significantly impair our personal ability to reach our highest good. He understands that our bodies have several “brains,” or intelligences relating to different organs, like the liver, stomach, heart, etc. – 14 “brains” in all. Any of them can store memories that can affect our lives, positively or negatively. The various card concepts address these stored memories.
How Neil dowses with the “LOMT” cards
Neil dowses out the source of detrimental memories with a series of “yes/no” questions. He then consults a list of twelve words whose energies he has found through experimentation can enhance the clearing of memories that block wellness. Again, through dowsing a series of “yes/no” questions, he determines which word frequencies would best address an individual’s specific difficulties.
He began to test his cards with family and friends. Most users reported a noticeable change in their bodies, state of mind, and general energy level. Since not everyone that tried his tool got the results he had hoped, he continued to experiment and refine the cards. He wanted something effective that everyone could use themselves. He arranged to have the words he found with power to heal placed on separate cards by a graphic artist, and now has printed an 18-card package, available by contacting him. (See below)
Using the cards to address “registrations in the superconscious mind”
The cards are intended to support people to heal what Neil refers to as “registrations in the superconscious mind.” A registration can be created in either a wakeful or a dream state. It’s an energy switch that is turned on in the superconscious mind, causing interference within the body, mind or spirit, and expressing itself subsequently as an imbalance in the physical realm. When there are active registries, they impact on how we see and interact with ourselves, our families, our friends, and even strangers. They influence how we interact with our environment and conduct our lives. Our bodies hold onto these registries within one of our two superconscious minds.
Our “child superconscious mind” contains all interferences created from the day of conception until around the age of 20 years. Neil notes that human brains can already dream and think about three months after conception, six months before normal birth occurs. We also have “adult superconscious minds” which seem to begin developing around the age of 20: they store registries of interferences created after that age. Neil finds that the use of his healing cards can release detrimental memories from both minds.
In Neil’s card set, the first two target restoring self love. Other cards release depression, disappointment, fear, guilt, resentment, sadness, shock, stress, and even suicide energy. As a person using the cards focuses on a single word, they often notice some shift in energy within their body, such as feeling warmer or colder, tingling in various parts of their body, or intense yawning which signals a release of energy.
One mother who attended a group session with her baby, reported that her child slept through the night for the first time after attending the workshop. Another person noticed that after working with the cards for a week, she had stopped biting her nails, her persistent knee pain had disappeared, and she was feeling calmer during everyday life. Other people have reported lower blood pressure, release of chronic pain, and lower blood sugar readings. People with autism and Lou Gehrig’s disease have reported improvement through the energy release triggered by the use of Neil’s card set.
Using the cards on your own
For further information, Neil can be contacted at [email protected]. By phone, leave a message at 519-484-2640 and he will return your call.
Reporter Joan Nathanson, a member of the Digest Editorial Team, has known Neil Anderson personally for close to 20 years through the Canadian Society of Dowsers. This article is based on ones previously written by Jo Anne Eadie and Arlene Caldwell, and on recent phone and in-person conversations.
Testimonial 16 Feb 20
I received my cards this past week and I’m having incredible success with clearings and energy frequency shifts. They are amazingly easy to use and with being a dowser I can go through them and see which ones I need for the moment.
I’m a Hanna Kroeger practitioner and have taken a few classes with Raymon Grace so I will add these to my tool box when working with clients, family and friends. I’m so grateful that you were blessed with this gift and thank you for teaching us how to use them.
Please feel free to use this as a testimony on your website.
With respect and much light and love –
by Quitt, Jason
by Dr. Gunther Schneck
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.
contact Emilio at [email protected]
Further Info on Yves Rocard – Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yves_Rocard
From a posting on the Facebook “Dowsing & Divining” Global Dowsing Hub – January 5,2015
by Tom Williamson
When 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.
by Lauren Rothman Mar 26 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 | http://www.lesscomplicated.com