What is dowsing?
Dowsing is the ancient art of using intuition and "tools" to search for hidden or missing things. Many people remember dowsers from old "western" movies where they used "divining" rods to find water. The age of dousing is unknown t there is evidence found in Egyptian art that dousing was an important art in biblical times. Dowsing has also been used by ancient Chinese kings, as well as, being used in Europe during the middle ages. In fact, most castles, palaces, churches and other important buildings were built in consultation with a dowser. It was important to ensure that there were no underground waterways or energetic patterns, below grade, that would disrupt the activities of the building above.
Most experienced dowsers will use their hands and intuition to find what they are searching for. Still others, like myself, enlist the aid of dowsing tools. The most popular are the pendulum and dowsing rods.
A pendulum is any balanced weight at the end of a string or chain. They can be made of just about anything. The popular pendulums are made of a chain, about 6 inches long, with a crystal of some kind on the end. You could even use your keys or a favorite necklace. The important thing is that it weighs enough to work even in the wind, and that the dowser is attached to it. Each person and pendulum will work differently, so the practitioner must be acquainted with their pendulum. I like to ask my pendulum before I douse, "show me yes" and "show me no". This way, one can be sure of properly interpreting the swing of the pendulum. What may be a positive response for one person, may be a negative or ambiguous response for another. So, like the practitioner of any craft, it is important to know how your tools work before you try to use them.
Dowsing with a pendulum is really good for finding lost objects, missing persons, map dousing or for healing. Although its use, in the medical community, is prohibited in the United States, Europeans continue to use the pendulum as a diagnostic tool. When held over a patient's body, the pendulum will move in one direction over healthy tissue and another when held over unhealthy tissue. I have found the pendulum particularly useful in answering yes or no questions.
A Dowsing Rod or "L-Rod" is the other popular tool used in dowsing. These rods look like a coat hanger bent at a 90o angle. The long portion moves freely from the smaller portion, which is the part that is held by the practitioner. When used correctly, the rod will point to electromagnetic energy, or to the location of a missing object. I have found dowsing rods particularly useful in determining and demonstrating the extent of electromagnetic fields generated in homes and workspaces, and in evaluating other kinds of energetic flows and patterns.