References to dowsing are found all over the world in most cultures. There are pictoglyphs of dowsing on cave walls dating back as early as 6000 BC. References to dowsing also appear at several places in the Bible.
Dowsers have suffered a lot of ridicule over the ages, which is usually the case when people don't understand something that has no apparent explanation.
Dowsing is explained as an intuitive connection to the sub-conscious which is able to tap into the "universal consciousness" or "mind of God". Some relate it to the holographic idea - God is within and God is all-knowing. The dowser "tunes in" to the information similar to meditation. Others say dowsing is related to kinesiology or "muscle testing". Kinesiology is done by holding a thought or question in your mind while testing the truth or positive reaction from your sub-conscious through a muscle response.
various dowsing tools... V-rod, l-rods and several types of pendulums
The different dowsing tools....
Dowsing tools can be made of any material - plastic, metal, wood, etc. A pendulum for example can simply be made from a string tied to a metal nut or any suitable object.
“Y” or “V” rod - dowser holds the two open ends, rods respond by bending up or down
“L” or angle rod - dowser holds the short sides with the long sides being horizontal and parallel, rods respond by crossing or opening wider
Wand or bobber - a single 3-4’ rod held at the thinner end, response is bobbing up and down or moving sideways back and forth
Pendulum - dowser holds the string about 5-6” up, keeping arm and hand as still as possible, pendulum responds by swinging up and down, right to left, or circling clockwise or counter-clockwise
Charts - pendulum points to answer, range or percentage
Maps - with pendulum, a grid narrows the location of what you're looking for to a specific area
Keys to successful dowsing....
There is no right or wrong way, just what works for you. The dowser has to learn to "tune in" mentally to the process, which actually means getting your mind out of the way and letting your sub-conscious take over.
The scientific part of dowsing is asking the right question and knowing how to "phrase" the question. You must be open to whatever answer is brought forth and not be emotionally connected to a specific outcome. Remember you are simply searching for "truth". Dowsing is an skill that anyone can learn, and like most things, it takes a little time and practice.
Books and dowsing groups....
The Future is Yours, Do Something About It!, Raymon Grace
Dowsing for Beginners, Richard Webster
American Society of Dowsers, regional and local chapters -