Chocolate Cake and Dowsing

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 |