by Michael Brooks
Last week, I went dowsing. Also known as divining, this is the ancient practice of holding twigs or metal rods that are supposed to move in response to hidden objects. It is often used to look for water, and farmers in California have been known to ask dowsers to find ways to irrigate their land.
Yet despite many anecdotal reports of success, dowsing has never been shown to work in controlled scientific tests. That’s not to say the dowsing rods don’t move. They do.
The scientific explanation for what happens when people dowse is that “ideomotor movementsMovie Camera” – muscle movements caused by subconscious mental activity – make anything held in the hands move. It looks and feels as if the movements are involuntary. The same phenomenon has been shown to lie behind movements of objects on a Ouija board.
Meet the dowser
I knew all this when I went to meet John Baker, who is supervising a dowsing workshop at Sissinghurst castle in Kent, UK, tomorrow. What I didn’t realise is just how hard it is to believe the science.
Baker specialises in dowsing for hidden archaeological structures. By the time I had finished my couple of hours with him, my scepticism about dowsing was getting shaky.
When I arrived, Baker was standing in front of an array of blue flags he had planted in a grassy area in the castle grounds. The flags marked out something his rods had revealed: the outline of a long-forgotten building. Baker held his L-shaped dowsing rods like a pair of six-shooters and walked back and forth across the lines. As he “entered” the building, the rods swung across his body. When he exited, they uncrossed.
At this point, I was neither impressed nor surprised. He could see the line of flags, and he knew what he expected to happen. It would only take a small unconscious movement of his hands to make the rods cross, I thought. What would be impressive and surprising is if the rods crossed when I tried it.
So I had a few goes. Nothing happened. Baker looked untroubled, but I had begun to feel that I was wasting my time.
Baker suggested I try to relax, shake out my shoulders, and maybe visualise something to do with buildings, since that was what I was dowsing for. I did – and it worked.
First the rods started to feel “jumpy” in my hands. Though they didn’t cross as I walked forward, they felt as if they might want to. So I tried it again. Eventually, they crossed every time I “entered” the building. They even uncrossed at the other side.
I have to confess, however much I might be able to rationalise what was happening, my newfound ability freaked me out a little.
So what happened? Baker’s explanation is that by relaxing, and suppressing all my rationalisations, I allowed my brain to tune into a kind of “energy” associated with the buried structure. I think there’s a simpler explanation.
I was frustrated when nothing happened, and stimulated (and amused) when something did. It seems that a part of me wanted it to work. In other words, the atmosphere was the perfect set-up for the ideomotor effect to kick in and move the rods.
Scientifically minded sceptics often express deep dismay at the credulousness of people who believe in dowsing, extrasensory perception and other “inexplicable” phenomena. They should not be so harsh. The illusions that make them seem plausible are astonishingly subtle and powerful.
It is only human to attribute such observations to something beyond the normal senses. Even if science is your thing, a brief immersion in the world of the “unexplained” can be enough to inject a little doubt.
A final confession: I am still slightly disappointed that the scientific explanation stands up so well. I had a great time with Baker at Sissinghurst, and I’m sure tomorrow’s apprentice dowsers will too.
We take a perverse pleasure in things that confound our senses, which is why conjuring tricks are delightful and science can seem a killjoy. The physicist Richard Feynman once said that science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. What he didn’t say was just how much fun fooling yourself can be.
Michael Brooks is the author of 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense (Profile/Doubleday)
14:08 29 July 2009 by Michael Brooks
by Alexander P. Dubrov Phd.
by Dennis O’Brien,SUN STAFF
Gene Wolfe is a tall, thin, drink of a man who at 76 hunts for water as a hobby.
He may seem more like a typical Towson retiree sitting on the deck behind his home, sunning his legs, shading his eyes and discussing his latest achievement.
But Wolfe is a dowser, someone who hikes into fields and forests armed with a small pendulum to tap into his inner self in search of water in the earth.
Dowsing is a centuries-old art practiced these days by people who freely discuss energy fields and psychic powers — and one that has generated increased interest as Maryland’s worst drought in 70 years dries up wells.
“It’s basically a nonverbal knowingness,” Wolfe said with a smile.
Wolfe, a retired mechanical engineer, feels as if he has something to smile about these days — his first find after eight years as a dowser.
He and another dowser pinpointed a well site for a Parkton couple after they searched the tract recently equipped with dowsing rod and pendulum. Wolfe’s fellow dowser, a Towson sales representative, asked that her name not be used, fearing reprisals from an employer.
But Wolfe doesn’t mind being in the public eye. He is rather proud. “It’s a wonderful feeling,” he said.
Wolfe also told the couple how deep they should drill to find the best water supply.
Felicity and Steve Byrne say they stopped drilling at Wolfe’s prescribed 375 feet. They credit him with finding a well expected to yield 15 gallons of water a minute, more than enough to supply their home.
And, he didn’t charge them.
“He was more than wonderful,” said Felicity Byrne, who began searching for a dowser this spring. Using a dowser made sense, she said, considering the cost of drilling a well site — about $1,200.
“It’s like a rolling of the dice every time you drill,” she said. “I have to believe that there’s some physical reason for how it works.”
No one seems sure how dowsing works — and many think it doesn’t work.
Discussing theories with most dowsers leads to talk about electromagnetic fields, energy levels and picking up on frequencies given off by water or any other object being sought.
Dowsers are in touch with Mother Nature, said Leroy Bull, a 55-year-old dowser from Doylestown, Pa., whom Wolfe consulted about the Byrne property.
Dowsers usually walk the sites they are surveying slowly, with a rod or a pendulum. When they approach a water source, the rod will sway or point down, they say. Dowsers may swing a pendulum over maps to survey distant properties. They also use a rod or pendulum to comb maps and fields for underground pipes, gas lines, missing jewelry, children’s toys or other objects.
“You can use just about anything and search for everything,” said J. David Beam, president of the Chesapeake chapter of the American Society of Dowsers, which claims Wolfe and a dozen other people as members. “All I use is a coat hanger.”
The practice has its skeptics and its supporters.
Bill Banks, a hydrogeologist with the U.S. Geological Service, said that although there is no scientific proof to show dowsing’s effectiveness, there may be something to it.
“For years chiropractors were seen as quacks, but a lot people walked away with better backs,” he said.
“It’s complete nonsense,” said Eugene Boudreau, a ground-water expert with a degree in geology from the University of California at Berkeley, who has written extensively on the subject.
Wayne Caswell, a Jarrettsville well driller, said, “They’ve got the same chance you’ve got and the same chance I’ve got of finding water.”
Caswell said he will use dowsers when customers request one.
But he said he usually consults with customers, makes suggestions about where to drill based on the soils and the area’s geological formations, and lets the customer decide.
“Water is where you find it, and predictable it’s not,” Caswell said.
Interest in dowsing has increased as this summer’s drought has made water sources more precious throughout Maryland.
“We’re getting more calls than we’ve ever seen,” Beam said.
Beam, a Baltimore video engineer who has dowsed since 1980, when he took a course on the subject in Ojai, Calif., said the group has received about 10 calls in the past month from people curious about dowsing or interested in its services.
Those aren’t big numbers, he said. But they’re up from the one or two calls a year the group received in the past.
“We’ve sort of been in hibernation,” Beam said.
The group has a policy of not charging. But if the job requires long-distance travel or takes most of a day, it might ask for donations of $50 to $100, he said.
Wolfe said he is learning the craft.
He attends the conventions organized each year by the Vermont-based American Society of Dowsers and subscribes to its quarterly digest, a booklet containing articles about dowsing, labyrinths and holistic health.
Wolfe began dowsing when his wife, Mary Wolfe, a fellow dowser, developed eye problems and began subscribing to the Vermont group’s digest in her search for holistic health remedies.
“I started reading that, and I was hooked,” Wolfe said.
The Wolfes believe that dowsers tap into the energy emanating from the objects for which they are searching.
It takes two things, they say: an open mind and practice.
“Everybody can dowse. But it’s like playing baseball: Some people find it easier than others,” he said.
August 20, 1999 | by Dennis O’Brien | The Baltimore Sun
by Rob Ryan
All dowsers, and intuitives of all stripes, must go through a “crisis of confidence” in their practice. It’s part of growing up, and into, our spiritual nature.
When we start our time on this earth, circumstances make it painfully clear we are physical beings who NEED, NEED, NEED: love, touch, food, encouragement, literally everything. We are completely helpless. Without nurture we die.
Being a dowser, a really good one, demands that we surrender our limited identity and exchange it for an infinite one, connected to all of life. We question alone and dowse connected. This is the art and brilliance of dowsing.
I could read your question this way, “Help! Was I ever really connected? Did I ever know anything my five senses don’t tell me? Was my ‘good dowsing’ all just luck? If it wasn’t luck, why did dowsing let me down now when I need it most?”
Experience suggests your current dismay or despair may be familiar to you. Check your body and look for the places your breath doesn’t go. You may discover this disappointment echoes feelings forgotten from childhood and adolescence, feelings you hoped you would never experience again.
Feelings like these, painful and unwanted arise in times of crisis. If you go to them, listen to them with compassion, you will discover they want to heal. Distress is a call to home to yourself and your true nature. This unavailable property could allow you to experience an old helplessness to be reminded how you much you’ve always wanted-and fear you may never get-a safe and protected home space. There are people happy to support you to come home to yourself.
You have a choice to be stuck in the shock and horror of dowsing’s betrayal, or you can do something far more intelligent and useful to you. I respectfully suggest you ask yourself: “What is my opportunity in this?”
The good you seek seeks you. In order to tap into the power of this opportunity, however, you have to allow a sea change in your emotions. One way to do that, perhaps by journaling or scrap booking, is to purposefully review and affirm all the gifts, happiness and power granted you in this life.
Then, with a strong sense of gratitude and appreciation for what you do have, ask “What is my opportunity in this?” Your open door will soon show itself. Ultimately, you will discover:
1. The property that comes next is completely appropriate and even better than what you thought you wanted; and
2. You will understand how your separate desire influenced the dowsing and that how the “faulty” answers were an opportunity for healing and self acceptance; and
3. You will be able to resume dowsing with far more confidence and accuracy than before, stronger for the experience in every way.
Love, -Rob Ryan
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“Life, in a new light”
by Hank Innerfeld
Dowsing is a natural and integral tool of man. It’s history is as old as humanity itself. The phenomenon of dowsing has been accessible throughout the ages to individuals (both male and female) who chose to pursue and develop this innate aspect of self.
Dowsing is simply the ability to connect to one’s higher state of guidance… ask questions and get answers. From a simplistic scientific perspective, it is the ability to access information available through the right-side of our brain (in the Western world most individuals operate almost exclusively through the left-side of their brain). So by expanding our abilities to utilize a greater proportion of our brain… whole new possibilities are now available to us in our lives.
Every language spoken on planet Earth has at least one word to describe dowsing. The French called the dowser sourcier – one who locates water sources. The Swiss called the dowser brunnenschoncher, or ‘water seeker’ and the dowsing dueten, meaning ‘to point the stick’. The Danes’ name for dowsing was finklerut, the Swedes’, dalkarl. In Mexico, dowsers are called burros because the latter are also known for their ability to find water in the desert.
The early Chinese called dowsing ‘talking to’ or ‘seeking’ the “dragon flow” with the “claw of the dragon”, or dowsing rod. Dowsing was also called fungshui or fing, meaning ‘wind’, and chi meaning ‘water witching’. Similarly, here (in the US) and abroad, dowsers have variously been called “water devils”, “rod wielders”, “doodle buggers” and “water diviners”.
More modern labels for dowsers include motorscopists, psychoscopists, psychogenic water locators, psychometrist geomancers, radionics and radiesthesics. Dowsing has also been called scanning and rhabdomancy, the latter derived from the Greek words rhabdos (rod) and manteia (prophet). In recent times, the phenomenon has come to be called dowsing almost universally. In the British army, those who practiced dowsing have come to be called “first-class well diggers”.
The tools used by dowsers over the ages have variously been called Jacob’s rods, divining rods, shining rods, leaping rods, trembling rods, rotating rods, dipping rods, transcending rods, superior rods, sticks, wands, forked sticks, pencils, L-rods, pendulums, motorscopes, and medicine sticks. Also used as dowsing tools have been scissors, Spanish needles, pliers, crowbars, shotguns, whale bones, barbed wire, clothes, welding rods, rings and other jewelry, feathers, candles (both lit and unlit), conch shells, medicine bones, aurameters, a Chinese diagram called “the Pakoua” and last but not least… fingers and hands!
Historical Roots of Dowsing
In 1949, in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa, the French discovered cave paintings of ancient peoples… which scientists using radiocarbon dated at 9,000 years old… one of these cave paintings showed a man using a dowsing rod. Similarly, a rock carving in Peru found (also dated 9,000 years old) depicts a man holding a forked dowsing stick.
The writings of Confucius (2500 B.C.) mention dowsing. A statue of Chinese Emperor Kwang Yu (2200 B.C.) portrays him holding a forked stick (commonly used for dowsing). Similarly, the oldest Egyptian stone drawings and carvings show men in exotic headdresses holding forked sticks or pendulums. The Romans, Celts and Teutons also evidenced interest in dowsing. Various books produced in Germany from the 12th to 14th century examined the phenomenon of dowsing. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603), English landowners brought dowsers from Saxon Germany who obliged them by locating the rich tin fields of Cornwall (which are still producing tin today).
German scientist Georg Agricola, a pioneer in scientific classification of minerals, authored De re Metallica published in 1556. This classic work examines dowsing and its applications. Dowsers played a vital role in the construction of the early castles on the Rhine. Before the castles could be built, water had to be located beneath the stone mountain tops which they were to occupy. Dowsing was used universally to locate these underground water sources.
Visitors to the early Spanish mines in Southwestern United States can observe that each mine features only one hole instead of many. The reason for that is, that prior to drilling, the Spanish used a dowsing tool called “Spanish needles” to locate these rich ores — with impressive accuracy. The early Sioux used feathered medicine sticks for dowsing. Sulu witch doctors used bones for dowsing to locate “evildoers” in their tribe. Dowsing was particularly popular among the New England colonists… a PA newspaper Oil City Register in 1865 profiles one of them, “Doodle Bug” Smith.
The rod, the reed, and the staff – all symbols of dowsing – are mentioned many times in the scripturess. The ancient mystery schools, which pre-date the dawn of Christianity, taught and trained their followers in dowsing. The dowser was regarded as a highly intuitive or illuminated being, who achieved this level of awareness through dedicated study and practice of the mysteries.
Dowsing in Recent Times
The American Society of Dowsers (ASD) was founded in Danville, VT in 1958. Today its membership is growing throughout the United States and around the world. Many dowsing organizations far older than the ASD are active in other countries. Most are dedicated to furthering human knowledge in this field. There are active dowsing societies in Great Britain, Kenya, Israel, New Zealand, Argentina, Austria, Sweden, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, the West Indies, Switzerland, Rhodesia, South Africa, and Vietnam. Germany has two active dowsing organizations, both of which require that members serve a period of apprenticeship before they can call themselves “dowsers”. In India, the principal dowsing organization, Raj Yoga, consists of divisions representing applications of dowsing in the agriculture, engineering, and medical arenas.
In France the first dowsing society (of radiesthesistes) was organized between World Wars I and II. Since then, dowsing has become a full-time profession for many. In 1954, France’s dowsers organized a national union in which annual dues (of $250/member) are paid to the French Ministry of Labor. The French dowsing society publishes a journal quarterly, like the ASD in the USA. Dowsers in France largely concentrate on finding missing persons, and even more importantly, on healing. Nearly 50% of all practicing doctors in France (we’ve been told) use some form of dowsing in their treatments.
Also significant is that virtually every major water pipeline and public utility both here and abroad had a “diviner” on its payroll. The Southern California Edison Company is said to employ a dowser who, over his more than 20 years with the company, claims to have found some 8,000 wells. The Puget Sound Power and Light Company in Washington State is reported to have a dowser formally on it staff, as does the Canadian Ministry of Agriculture. Noted dowser Evelyn Penrose was retained by British Columbia to locate oil and water resources…during 1931-1932 she also located 392 water wells for homesteaders.
In Russia it is reported that 150 Soviet geologists are using dowsing in their work and have vigorously defended its value. Both Moscow State University and the University of Leningrad have established training schools in dowsing in cooperation with the Russian Army. The use of dowsing in the military extends to the Chinese Army, which for years has used dowsers as advance troops to scout the terrain and locate enemy sites as well as to determine optimum areas for advancing forces to encamp each night. The Czechoslovakian Army maintains a permanent corps of dowsers. The Canadian Army Engineers also rely on dowsing.
During World War II, the British and Australian navies discovered that with dowsing they could successfully locate German submarine “wolfpacks”. Dowsing was used by the US Marine Corps in both Korea and Vietnam. Dowsers have been used to detect booby-traps and message drops as well as to locate tunnels and buried telephone lines and supplies. They proved able to locate tunnels of sappers at Khesan when the electronic detectors were inoperable. A member of the ASD proved the value of dowsing to the Marines at a USMC training center in Virginia by successfully locating all of the concealed underground installations, much to the amazement of camp officials. He did this by dowsing a map of the training center the night before the actual “run”. At USMC Camp Pendleton on Southern California, young enlistees have been screened for their dowsing ability. A reported one out of five was found to be able to dowse
Modern Applications of Dowsing
Dowsing has been successfully used in many different applications. The most common use is to seek and find water. But dowsers are often able to determine more than just location of water. They frequently can report its volume, depth, flow direction and potability. Dowsing can also be used to locate existing water pipelines and buried septic tanks. Dowsing has been used successfully to locate oil. Unknown to most people, a number of oil companies and speculators rely on dowsers. Some members of the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Dowsers (ASD) receive regular royalty checks for the wells they have located.
Dowsing has been used to successfully been used to track down wanted criminals, and used to effectively to locate hidden drugs in Connecticut. Fireman in Springfield, MA have reportedly used it to determine whether victims are trapped inside burning buildings. This not only saves them critical time in rescuing fire victims, but it makes such rescues safer and more successful.
A chiropractor reports having used dowsing to locate subluxations in the bodies of his patients and prefers it over x-rays. A dentist has reported using dowsing to find hidden cavities in the teeth of his patients with great success. Dowsing has even been used by the victim of a rare, little known ailment to find the name of the right medical specialist to treat it… using a telephone directory! It has also been used to detect pregnancy, to describe personality, to measure intelligence, and to analyze character… as discussed in the book Psychometric Analysis by Max Freedom Long.
Others have reported using dowsing to find ghosts, and more scientific uses of dowsing have been applied to detecting energy points, such as acupuncture points on the body, and energetic fields of all types – emancircuitry, polarity healing, and numerous kinds of energy measurements. In a variety of law enforcement searches in recent years, dowsers have determined the heights, weights, and ages of wanted kidnappers and rapists. They have also found which of a series of suspects is the guilty one. Dowsers have also located stolen goods and lost items.
The Norwegian Red Cross is reported to use dowsing in conjunction with its avalanche patrols to find victims buried in deep snow. An English engineer reports that he uses dowsing to identify potential hazards at prospective building sites. The exact location of an Andes plane crash was pinpointed by an elderly dowser just hours before the rescue team found the survivors.
Dowsing has been used to find ancient drainage systems of “buried” cities, obliterated by time. Similarly, archeologists have used dowsing to find Megalithic sites as well as Indian artifacts. An East Coast taxi driver/dowser was hired by a well-known anthropologist in a successful effort to locate the long-houses of the Iroquois nation.
Dowsing has been used to detect energy fields, increased gamma ray counts, sources of contamination, underground outlets to lakes, radio towers and frequencies, magnetic fields, human auras, bad employees, worthless checks, shorts in electrical wiring, broken pipelines, to diagnose mechanical problems in cars and locate lost graves.
An article in Fate magazine describes the activities of a car-theft ring in Arizona. The ring members baffled the authorities by stripping the cars they stole and burying the remains in the desert. No one could identify the thieves because they left no traces. However, a dowser heard about the case and located the buried auto-graveyard of the gang. Clues found there enabled the police to apprehend the thieves and bring the operation to a halt.
Dowsers have successfully located obscure boundaries and markers, both in the field and while dowsing maps. With map dowsing, they have delineated sources of oil and mineral deposits. The rich iron deposits today known as the Kennebec iron ore range in Wisconsin was located by dowser Mary Hays Chenowith using this approach. Map dowsing also located the famed Gibbs whaler, abandoned in the Arctic during a bitter storm, and sunken beneath eight feet of ice.
A skillful dowser need never be lost. He can tell time, distance, and directions (east, west, north, south). One popular account is about an Arctic bush pilot who was downed in a snowstorm. He used his pendulum to dowse which direction to go and how far. Following the directions he took 65 steps northwest and found a cave. He then dowsed that he would be safe for the night and found by rescue teams the following day. The heavy snows stopped that night and the rescue teams found him the following afternoon. In another true account, a dowser lost in the wilderness proved that dowsing can be used to distinguish between those wild berries that are safely edible and those that are poisonous.
One of the most impressive uses of dowsing was by Floyd Benkins (a member of the Southern California ASD) while viewing the landing of the first American Astronauts on the moon on television. He not only determined the composition of the moon rocks as the astronauts gathered them – long before they were brought back to earth – but accurately assessed the physical conditions of each of the astronauts, as confirmed by later newspaper accounts.
Countless lost objects ranging from keys to embroidery hoops to diamonds, have been located using dowsing. A member of the ASD who is a professional realtor, uses dowsing to locate suitable houses for his clients and to check out the condition of each house in advance. Dowsing has also been used to locate “healing” earth and minerals, to find the nearest good campsite, game and fish, whether there are poisonous snakes in the area. One nurseryman uses dowsing to determine whether the plants are “happy” or needing nutrients, sunlight, water, etc.
Dowsing has often been used to locate buried treasure, usually by means of map dowsing. It is important to first determine whether the treasure us there now, since most treasures have been hidden and found long before people ever learn about it. For this reason, people often dowse and find an indication of treasure, then assume it is still there… they dig and expend much heavy labor only to be disappointed when they find no treasure.
Some of the most satisfying uses of dowsing are the simplest. Many people enjoy the sweetest watermelon by dowsing which fruit is best at the supermarket. I have used it many times to determine which foods most honor my body and which nutritional supplements and dosages are best for me. I also use dowsing to choose the best route to travel when taking a long trip… many times I have avoided heavy traffic/accident areas using this approach.
When teaching a class in Charleston a few years ago my hostess took me to a local restaurant to eat… and while I love crab cakes, through dowsing I was guided not to order them that day… my hostess did order them and left the restaurant with food poisoning. Once someone develops their dowsing abilities there is no limit to how it can creatively be applied to simplify and assist in one’s life experience
Frank Innerfeld | (303) 679-620 | http://hankinnerfeld.com
Hank Innerfeld is a gifted alternative healing practitioner, dynamic motivational speaker, author of two books on awakening consciousness, and spiritual teacher schooled in a number of unique modalities of healing. He currently lives in Colorado, works with clients globally, and provides workshops, presentations and teaches classes throughout the United States. Hank is an ordained minister who has been a spiritual seeker for over 35 years… he is passionate about sharing insights and understandings, and a myriad of tools and techniques, which allow us to embrace our power, and our choices, far more decisively in our lives.
Hank has expertise in a variety of healing modalities which he has practiced over the past 18 years. He has been formally trained in Spiritual Response Therapy (SRT) and Spiritual Restructuring (SpR), and has been previously certified by the Spiritual Response Association in Washington to teach these forms of spiritual healing. He has successfully worked with thousands of clients using SRT and through creative application of multiple healing modalities.
by Barry Lichter
With a little pendulum in one hand, and his other hand running over the horse, trainer Geoff Dunn could be auditioning for a spot in a Harry Potter movie. But it’s a ritual the Canterbury trainer performs every day and one he swears has helped his star horses Venus Serena and Tiger Tara.
A week out from the Harness Jewels at Cambridge, where the country’s best pacers and trotters will battle it out for $1.2 million in stakes, Dunn is engaged in the age-old practice of dowsing. But rather than divining for water or metal, he’s communicating with his horses to detect any ailments. Face drawn in concentration, Dunn is waiting to see if his pendulum starts swinging. It’s then, he says, he’ll know if the horse has a problem.
His homemade pendulum – a short piece of string attached to a fishing sinker, is still. It wasn’t the previous day, at Bulls, where the horses rested overnight on their float trip north from Christchurch, says Dunn.
When Tiger Tara appeared slightly lame he got out his trusty pendulum and located the source to where a horseshoe nail had been driven in too close to the hoof wall. Dunn’s noticed the looks he’s getting from us, as we try to process what we’re seeing and it comes as no surprise.
“Some people say to me ‘what the hell are you doing’ and I’ve got some friends who think it’s a load of crap – you can see it straight away on their faces. But you can’t be embarrassed about it.”
It’s Dunn’s next trick that really tests the scientific mind. By asking specific questions of the horse, like, “Do you have a sore foot?” Dunn says he can really pinpoint the soreness. If the answer is “yes” the pendulum spins clockwise, if it’s “no”, it goes counter-clockwise.
“I know a lot of people have trouble getting their heads round that part in particular. It’s a bit out of left field and, for a start, I was a bit sceptical, too.”
Dunn, who has always dabbled in chiropractic work on horses, was intrigued at the prospect of being able to go one step further and find the source of the problem. And any doubts he had about dowsing were eradicated when four years ago he watched international master dowser Bill Northern at work.
On one of his regular visits to New Zealand, the Virginia man inspected a bunch of horses Dunn and his brother Robert had turned out after being unable to diagnose their problems. “He told us things about them that he couldn’t possibly have known. Then we went over horses at Robert’s stables and told us which ones were sore.”
When Northern checked out Gavin Burgess’s useful pacer J D Fortune, he found the reason for the horse performing badly. “When Bill said the horse wanted his shoes changed back to his old ones, Gavin said only that previous week he’d changed them.” After reading about Northern’s numerous successes, Dunn did a course on dowsing. “I had trouble early on concentrating – you can’t have thoughts in your head – and they reckon it’s hardest to do your own horses. But I kept working on it and now it’s second nature to me. “My vet bills have definitely reduced, now I find out what’s wrong with the horse, I don’t have to pay someone else to do it. “I reckon it’s the best thing I’ve learnt in my life,” says Dunn of dowsing.
It doesn’t make the horses run faster. “It could be a coincidence that I’ve got two great horses right now but the trick is keeping them at the top level.”
Dunn says unlike Northern, who is physically drained after dowsing four horses, he can check out 50 in a day without trouble but, as a racing trainer, he was asking less taxing and quite specific questions of the animals. Maybe Dunn senses we’re among the non believers because before we leave he offers to check out our backs.
Dunn’s pendulum goes haywire at one point high up in my spine and again at a point above the tailbone. I know most guys have bad backs but this is a bit too spooky. Not so long ago a pinched nerve in that exact spot caused dreadful pain and the lower spine has been a war zone since a skiing accident as a child. Before I can splutter much out, Dunn has me in a bear lock and when I breathe out, he attacks and the crack is plain to hear.
Maybe there is something in all this after all.
Authour: Barry Lichter – Sunday Star Times | www.stuff.co.nz | Date: 25/05/2014
Photo by: Peter Meecham Fairfax NZ
Note: from Bill Northern | http://www.billnorthern.com/ | “This is one of my best students in New Zealand, Geoff Dunn”
by David Gillett and Jacui Beacon
This paper was presented by David Gillett and Jacqui Beacon at the Christopher Bird Memorial International Seminar held at Larnaca, Cyprus, I 7th – 21st September 1997
Growing concern and interest in earth environmental energies and the phenomenon of geopathic stress brought David Gillett, Jacqui Beacon and Peter Webb together some six years ago. Together they have gone on to develop a unique system of environmental balancing.
Jacqui Beacon began her working career as a secondary school teacher. She eventually became involved in teaching slow learners. It was through this that she came across Educational Kinesiology, a system that through a series of subtle exercises known as Brain Gym assists in learning. Owing to the improvement in the pupils’ abilities she then trained to become a professional kinesiologist using muscle testing to access information from the body as to its state of health. Through self-testing or dowsing, she refined this to access information about places, situations both past and present either on location or from a distance. She realised that geopathic and electromagnetic stress played a big part in the comfort or discomfort of her clients. The switching of magnetic polarity in clients’ unstable health conditions, makes it almost impossible to anchor treatment and therapy. She began to look for a way to harmonise clients’ living and working environments in order to facilitate the natural healing processes of the body and to eventually re-establish-normal functioning.
David Gillett came to recognise the problem from several different angles. He was able to see and sense energy fields from an early age. He grew up on a Suffolk farm, which has been the site of civilisations at least 28,000 years when Neolithic tribes moved into Suffolk from the Thames basin looking for materials such as good flint to make their tools. He has become a farmer and kinesiologist interested in the adverse effects of the chemical revolution on plants, animals and human health. This is partly due to the effects of asthma from an early age and the eventual treatment by complementary therapists – a clinical kinesiologist and cranial osteopath. From this experience his knowledge of the combined technologies has brought him to an understanding of how to balance energies in the environment.
Peter Webb, our Canadian colleague, has worked with nutrition and animal agriculture for 30 years with hands on experience in health, nutritional and behavioural abnormalities. As a result of intensive research, he developed a system of balancing and correcting the environmental atmosphere in areas of distorted geopathic zones. The emphasis of this system has been on creating an optimum environment for plants to grow in an agricultural setting.
Our complementary strengths and experiences have enabled us to not only detect a whole variety of different geopathic fields around people, buildings and places but also to have developed a range of products called Energy Mixing Beacons and Electro-Magnetic Balancer Units that help to balance distortions within those zones. The basis for this unique technology is the understanding of how ancient peoples of the world utilised concentrated energy fields in their living environment. We are hopeful that the recent and developing rapprochement between quantum physics and metaphysics will assist us in understanding why this is working for the people we are helping.
It is known that every molecule and atom in the human body has its own unique vibrational frequency. In gravitation each grouping causes an interaction with differing degrees of stability when being affected by the opposite magnetic pole. In geopathic zones the effect of these interactions causes electric and magnetic distortions on each field of collective vibration or frequency which will swing the balance of all life’s range of stability according to the tolerance level of varying immune response. The result is to respond with ease or dis-ease.
We initially dowsed clients’ properties with dowsing rods and advised them where to move their beds and so on. Unfortunately there was often nowhere to move the beds if adverse energy was widespread. The only alternative was to advise people to move house. This recommendation was received by some with alarm where this option was not open to them. This may have been the case for a variety of reasons. For example, where the client was suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Multiple Sclerosis they did not have the energy to invest in a major move of this kind. Some also were simply not in the financial position to make the move.
It was at this point that a sharing of knowledge about these problems brought David and Jacqui to collaborate with Peter in North America. Here they made an extensive study of ancient systems of habitation that took into account the elements of sacredness, balance and ecology.
They found that the ancients had discovered areas of concentrated energy i.e. funnels of cosmic concentrated particles gathered from emissions from the sun and travelling through Van Allen Belt to Earth and concentrated fields of magnetic output from the core of the planet which we term pure fife force energy. Their skill was to use quartz crystal or crystalline substance in formation with paramagnetic rock sometimes in pieces of considerable weight, together with a variety of trees to form a ‘mixing bowl’. This formation would channel balanced energy round the contours of the land where the ancient peoples wished to grow their food and build their houses. This, we suggest, might be the origin of Feng Shui.
The variety of contours on the world’s surface have hidden their balancing structures. This has made their preservation and readjustment more difficult because that variation has to be understood to be identified. We are coming to believe that many of the straighter lines of energy, earth’s grids, ancient stone circles and pre-historic monuments are means of feeding these “mixing bowls”.
It has also become apparent that mining of the worlds minerals, the bulldozing of road and rail tracks around the world, not to mention the flattening of huge areas for agriculture and building have changed the world’s contours to a point where many forms of energy have now been let loose from these original concentrated energy points. This requires not the banning of all mining and road building but the understanding of the balancing mechanism that can correct the new contours to the benefit of everyone’s environment.
We have touched only a small section of people around the world, harmonising their individual environments with a good proportion of success. The mechanisms of the product that we place in a specific strategic position, creates a motion that is first clockwise and then anti-clockwise. As a result of environmental disturbance there is a continuous switch between this clockwise and anti-clockwise motion. In this whirlpool of movement we believe that distortions in magnetic fields in the environment can be rectified and remove the pressure from human electric and magnetic fields. This will enable the immune system to function more effectively.
We have seen corrections of the earth’s magnetic field in private housing carried out with an independent surveyor’s equipment and also some evidence for free radicals of unstable character being neutralised by the action of the Energy Mixing Beacons. The problem with many of these findings is that there is very little equipment that actually deals with the measurements of the subtle energies that we are obviously counteracting. The reaction of individuals living or working in these environments has been extremely encouraging. In many cases, insomnia, learning difficulties, nightmares, headaches and so on have considerably lessened or disappeared.
There is a train of thought that the human brain is a finely tuned instrument that can detect imbalance in the environment caused by interference on a geopsychic level. This is the adverse resonance in a property’s atmosphere. Is it possible that we are balancing subtle energy fields talked about by Professor Ervin Laszlo (Scientific & Medical Network Conference, “Beyond the Brain”, Cambridge 1997) which are travelling at 1000 million times the speed of light spinning in patterns in the vacuum and so appears to be instantaneous.
Let us go into a few examples of properties we have harmonised.
A surveyor contacted us about 2 years ago as he could not sleep well since moving into a new flat four months previously. We had remotely harmonised his elderly parent’s home the year before and his parents felt better after our work. He had what we term a “sand gault” – this means sand sandwiched beneath the clay of his house. The sand becomes waterlogged owing to underground streams that find their way through the sand and these areas often meander for miles perhaps under tube lines, railway lines, electric sub-stations and so on. Shafts of sand running horizontally from the sand gault towards the surface link with distorted magnetic fields caused by an induced current in the water below. After placing a Sand Gault Energy Mixing Beacon ® in the distorted field, it was found by surveyor’s instruments that the magnetic distortion was corrected. As a result our client’s sleep pattern considerably improved.
A judge near Dusseldorf, Germany had great difficulty sleeping and had an extremely bad sinus problem that necessitated a serious operation, the success of which could not be guaranteed. Her home had serious geopathic, man-made microwave and electromagnetic stress problems. We visited the property, determined the sources of the problems, geopsychically cleansed the home and placed our Energy Mixing Beacons OD. Two weeks later the client phoned us to say that her sinuses were much better and that she was not going to have the operation.
We have found severe distorted fields in every home we have dowsed where the client had cancer and sometimes ME. We made an on-site visit to a home where the son had leukaemia. After the home was harmonised he did not suffer such the degree of sickness that is usually involved in the treatment of this disease. After the treatment he progressed well.
An ME case of a girl of sixteen had very positive results. We found both geopathic and man made electromagnetic stress. The daughter was actually making a relatively good recovery before our on-site visit. Our harmonisation work together with placing the Energy Mixing Beacons appeared to boost this recovery further. Following our visit her parents noted a marked increase in recovery.
With many cases of chronic ME the client does not appear to improve in health straight away after our harmonisation process. However, the family often feels better more immediately. We often hear the family say that they could not sleep and put that down to emotional worries but that after the harmonisation of their home their sleep and energy have improved. We believe that in the case of clients with ME, our harmonisation work gives them a chance to recover, as their body is no longer being bombarded from the environmental stress.
We have found that environmental stress is also linked to learning problems and depression. A boy of fourteen who went to an expensive public school just would not do his homework at home. His father was also diagnosed as suffering from depression. The source of the problem was mainly the electric substation literally next door to the front garden. After the harmonisation took place the boy did his homework well and the father’s depression was much ameliorated. A few weeks later both symptoms returned after a satellite dish was placed on the son’s bedroom wall. Further harmonisation work was needed and as a result all was well with both father and son. We have discovered that the appropriate position of a satellite dish is important to the maintenance of good health.
We have also found in our work that couples and families often seem to get on better after harmonisation work. In fact, we have had two couples thinking of separating and are now still happily together. Environmental stress can cause depression in people, which can obviously lead to poor relationships. If the home is harmonised, and if the depression was triggered by the environmental stress in the home, the depression often lifts and the family operates as a unit once more.
We never claim to cure people of any dis-ease that they suffer. Rather we put the emphasis on anchoring -the treatment they are having by creating an optimum living and working atmosphere around them. In this respect we are very often consulted by Feng Shui practitioners in the UK and the USA as our harmonisation work complements areas not tackled by Feng Shui.
With reference to our original concept of the “Mixing Bowl”, I would like to draw your attention to references in Becker’s and Coghill’s books which discuss the earth’s magnetic field reversal. The last reversal happened some 25,000 years ago, and apparently another is long overdue. Is it possible that the mixing bowl mechanism first was put together out of the experience of this shift? We believe that it is important for scientists in this field to give combined thought to this concept.
In summary, we have been advised by scientists at previous conferences, that while we are benefiting people with this process, we should keep going. The explanation as to exactly how we are doing what we are evidently doing will catch up with our work. However, as time goes by we find we need to understand and link with people who have been investigating these energies over a longer period of time than we have in order to establish that this process is stable in its effect and has integrity in its benefit to mankind.
by Robert A. Brewer – Geo-Check Environmental
Result of a 25 year Swedish study involving 5000,000 people exposed to sustained EMF levels, revealed that the cancer risk for children continuouslyexposed to 2mG of EMT was 3 times higher than normal, while those exposed to 3mG showed risk for 4 times higher than normal. Adults, too ran increased risk of leukemia, lymphomas and brain tumors. Until more is known it is recommended that you reduce exposure to EMF’s by practicing “prudent avoidance” when possible.
A Geo-Check home or office inspection may check for:
AC Magnetic Field – This field is often of the greatest concern as it can be the most quickly damaging. High fields are found inside a dwelling as wires are running though the walls, sometimes in multiple bundles, and right behind your head as you sleep. Less often the fields are generated outside the home from street lines and transformers or power towers. Recent testing has shown that some brands of phones and aging refrigerators give readings so high that they cannot be recorded while others have no fields. Once these fields are known they are easy to work around.
Electrostatic Spray – often one in every 10 plugs in a modern home are wired backwards and, at times give of a high spray through the air and onto people. Spring beds are the worst for absorbing voltage and boosting the readings. A few years ago we felt that this stopped at the skin however, a recent German study found voltage inside the body. The immune system seems to be effected by this.
Radioactivity – comes from space down and the earth up. A normal reading in a building is about 20 counts per minute of background. If your area is high then a simple radon test may be needed.
Natural Magnetics – are checked on the floor and beds. This can come from the Earth or be generated by components in the home such as beds.
Incoming Voltage – is checked to see if it is pulsed or steady and for unusual fluctuation patterns. The amount of voltage is rated also
Plug Check – GFI safety plugs are given a charge and tripped to see if they are working. Regular plugs are checked 5 ways to see if they are properly wired. Most homes have one or two that are not.
Plumbing – it is check as it can transfer magnetic fields through areas of the house. Most urban homes have the power box grounded to the water pipes and this voltage creates fields. There are several checks to be made on plumbing including voltage backing up from neighboring homes.
Water, Microwave, Outdoors, Electrical Body Type, Power Feeds, and Structrue are also checked.
Most problems are as easy to solve as pulling a plug, or moving a piece of furniture. An “easy read” report is sent out after each inspection that can be used by you or your doctor.
by Peter Webb
The dairy industry has been modernizing for the past 20 years or more, with new technology such as fans, stable cleaners, manure pumps, fluorescent lighting, milk cooling equipment, compressors, transponders and alarm systems etc.
Little attention has been paid to the effects EMF’s are having on the health and performance of the cows in this environment. Peter Webb of Kemptville Ontario has been studying this phenomenon and working on solutions.
The following are some observations:
In the past electricians have been grounding the electrical neutrals to the well casing resulting in changes to the molecular structure of water. The water molecules become larger so they are not readily absorbed at the cellular level, which gives water a metallic taste. Consequently cows lap at the water and do not consume the amount required for maximum production.
The steel stabling in barns attract the earth’s magnetic grid lines which carry the effects of electricity, this has a negative response in the absorption of vitamins and minerals in the cows body, specifically iron, selenium, vitamin E, Iodine, magnesium, potassium and copper, which weakens the cows immune system increasing infections and udder health, it also reduces the
effectiveness of antibiotics.
Because cows are very sensitive to EMFs’ some other problems that have been identified are an interference with hormonal production, restricting the production of oxytocin for milk let down and causing milking machines to be left on longer than necessary, since hormones are an important part of reproduction the cost of breeding is higher, In tie stall barns behavioral problems are more
noticeable. A cow lying sideways and stepping on the teats of the next cow, there is a marked increase in tail swishing and kicking when the milking machines are in operation.
The EMFs in the modern milking parlor make it difficult to get some cows to cooperate in the milking process; the same problem exists with the robotic milking parlors. When these stresses are removed an improvement in milk production occurs as well as higher recordings of butter fat and protein content.
EMF’s should not be confused with stray, tingle or transient voltage, these are physical electrical current traveling along water veins and water tables to substations. EMF’s are the electrical fields surrounding all electrical equipment.
Modern dairy barns have large manure storage tanks with high amounts of reinforcing steel that act as an attractant for electrical currant, one solution for this is a grid to pick up transient currant and lead it away from the dairy facility.