What is Dowsing?

Jerry Gin, Ph.D.

When one thinks of dowsing, one typically envisions a person holding a forked stick and using it to find water for a well. That is certainly one application of dowsing, but dowsing is so much more. It is a way to tap into the realm of the subconscious and into intuition.

A person’s subconscious mind is tuned into a vast amount of information. Unfortunately, the subconscious information is not available to the conscious mind. Thus, one tends to make decisions based on reasoning – which may not be based on the greater amount of information which is available to the subconscious mind. Sometimes we follow our “gut” or our “intuition” – which might be interpreted as our subconscious mind making its presence known. Since one really does not know where or how the information you are getting comes to you/your subconscious, dowsers often state that when they are dowsing, they ask to connect and be in resonance with the Dowsing System (intelligence and beneficial energies of nature, the Divine Good, and to be guided by the person’s Spirit Team).

Walt Woods, former President of the American Society of Dowsers, says “Dowsing is sometimes thought of as ‘Mother’s Intuition’ with a read-out device.” Cathy Coultrip, President of the San Jose Chapter of the American Society of Dowsers (ASD), further states that “Evidence indicates that your subconscious can be programmed to automatically (without your controlling it) put your foot on the car brake when you see danger, to automatically write your name without thinking about how to make the letters, ride a bicycle, or swim, etc. Your subconscious can be programmed to express the information when queried by the conscious mind. This may be done by repeated practice with some type of device or tool, until your Subconscious can automatically respond to your questions. It is amazing what we can learn from or possibly through our subconscious.”

There are a variety of tools one can use for dowsing. The typical tool is the pendulum, although experienced dowsers will use a variety of tools such as the L Rod, Y Rod and Bobber. The purpose of the tool is to give a signal which your conscious mind can see and interpret. In what is called mental dowsing, your conscious mind trains the tool to give an answer such as “yes” or “no” when a question is asked. An example would be a pendulum moving in a front to back motion for a “yes” and in a side to side motion for a “no”. As one gets used to using a pendulum, the pendulum can give probability answers (from 0 to 100%) or levels of beneficial to non-beneficial, degrees of yes or no, or positive or negative. The secret to tapping into the subconscious mind is to get the conscious mind out of the way to avoid influencing the answer and letting the subconscious dictate the movement of the tool in an automatic way. Protocols are followed to remove conscious interference while dowsing.Applications for dowsing are as wide as your imagination. The questions can be health and healing related such as asking if a particular supplement or medicine is good for you or asking if your body will react negatively to a particular food. There is map dowsing for water, minerals or objects. At the grocery store, one can ask if a particular melon is sweet and ripe. As a personal example, at a fair, tamales were for sale by 5 vendors. My wife and I, separately, used dowsing to determine which vendor had the best tamale based on our taste. We both chose the same vendor. We then bought tamales from all 5 vendors. The vendor chosen by our dowsing definitely had the best tamale.

In addition to mental dowsing, there is also physical dowsing or vibratory dowsing. Scientists in the field of Radiesthesia, called this form of dowsing “Microvibratory Physics” or “Physical Radesthesia”. In this field, one uses the tool (e.g., pendulum) to detect energy resonance. As an example, one type of pendulum can be built to resonate with all the primary colors. If the pendulum is set for the color green and a green surface is presented to the pendulum, the pendulum will rotate in a clockwise manner. No “yes” or “no” question is ever asked. The person holding the pendulum is part of the instrument since that person, at a subconscious level, is allowing the motion to move clockwise when in resonance with the color green. That is how Radiesthesia scientist determined that the top of a sphere pointed toward the sun always resonates with the color green.

The American Society of Dowsers (ASD) is the place to go for books on dowsing.  The second Saturday of the month, the South Bay Dowsers (www.SJDowsing.wordpress.com) meet at 1 pm at the Divine Science Community Center in San Jose .  The meeting consists of a lecture followed by instruction on dowsing for those interested in learning to dowse.  Also, after the meeting, Joachim Wippich teaches Harmonic Dowsing as a way to amplify your dowsing.  A good beginning booklet on dowsing is by Walt Woods, Letter to Robin followed by his other two booklets, Personal Dowsing and Companion to Letter to Robin .  I have enjoyed and learned from Susan Collins’ site  Bridge Spirit and Matter with Dowsing; she teaches an excellent dowsing protocol.   Another book to check out is Melinda Iverson Inn’s The Spirit of Dowsing.


Here is the link to dowsing method that uses your fingers as your dowsing tool.  This method is described by Cynthia Sue Larson in YouTube, “Learn How to Muscle Test Yourself in 3 Minutes”

(Cynthia Sue spoke to FMBR and led a workshop in August, 2014.)


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