Dowsing and spiritual connections.

Author: | Posted on: January 16, 2013

250px-18th_century_dowser[1]Dowsing has long been an intriguing form of discovery through hidden detection and uncovering skills.  The “ley lines”, associating it with spiritual and mystical theories about alignments of land forms, also draws to a certain extent on the Chinese concept of feng shui which is the energy channelling found internally amongst most objects and when tapped into could inspirationally effect vast areas of your life. It is believed that a mystical network of ley lines existed across Britain and were potent during the Roman times.

The spiritualised version of the concept has been adopted through the material introduction of methods applied to viewing landscapes in many places around the world.  The knowledge of the hidden energies which can be felt, visually seen and attribute to the induction of water, oil and other recourses is significant and it is claimed that these same detection zones are found in precise locations and often in a pattern which overtime has been lost to building, formations of new islands and landscapes. 

Resonating psychic or mystical energy is believed by those who use dowsing to still be found on those location points and if uncovered result in a highly charged part of the ground which in itself can draw improvised tools to it.   

There have been many terms applied to dowsing or divination.  Doodlebugging in the case of petroleum detection in the United States, water finding or dowsing is also an activity which is prevalent in many forms.

Dowsing or divination as it can be termed is an action used to discover water, gem stone or some hidden element.  A Y- or L-shaped rod or twig in line forms, called dowsing rods, divining rod (in Latin: virgula divina or baculus divinatorius) or witching rod is sometimes implemented during a dowsing process, although some dowsers use other tools or no equipment at all.

The process of dowsing appears to have been popular in the context of Renaissance periods in Germany.  It is a form of instamatic aligning oneself to the discovery of something which is hidden to the naked eye. 

In a traditional sense, the most common dowsing rod is a forked Y-shaped branch from a bush or tree.  Some dowsers do prefer to take their tools from a certain root or cutting, and some prefer the branches to be freshly cut.  It is the Hazel twigs in Europe and witch-hazel in the United States which are traditionally commonly chosen, also widely implemented are branches from willow or peach trees. The two ends on the forked side are held loosely one in each hand with the third which is the stem of the “Y” pointing straight ahead and off into the distance foreground.  The branches are usually grasped palms down. The dowser then walks at a slow pace over the places where he suspects the target for instance, required elements, minerals, gem may be, and the dowsing rod supposedly indicates through a process of dips, inclines or twitches when a discovery is made.

Spiritual connection to the form of divination is at its heart when the individual asks spirit for aid or assistance in uncovering some concealed item and then with the chosen tool is led straight to the needed object.  

A simple L-shaped metal pair of rods is usually the tool most chosen by dowsers. One rod is held in each left and right hand, with the short arm of the L held upright, and the long arm pointing in a forward motion. When something is found, the rods cross over one another and thus making an “X” over the uncovered object.  If the object is incredibly long and narrow, such as a water pipe, the rods will point in opposing directions, showing its actual orientation. The rods are then sometimes fashioned from a pair of wire coat hangers, and plastic rods have also been known to have been introduced.  A pair of straight rods are also sometimes used for the same purpose, and were common in early 19th century New England as a means for deduction.

In all cases, it is because the device is in a state of unstable equilibrium and susceptible to activity that it causes notice from slight movements and can highlight any places of high energy or difference.

The spiritual definition of divination relies more often on a pendulum of crystal make, a chain or metal which is then introduced along with a spirit affinity to help locate needed or emergency information.  It has been known that psychics, mediums or spiritualist healers have used this element to hold over a map or injured person and then been able to give exact location key names and show on a grid where a missing child, item or person is.

There are a number of ways to introduce the aid of divination through dowsing.  Spiritual knowledge of the skill is vital and can determine how effectively or rapidly the missing or hidden object is.  One approach needs the user to first determines which direction is left, right, up and down, it is then that the crystal or piece of stone which is personally linked with the individual will indicate a “yes” or “no” and this is done before proceeding to ask the pendulum specific questions, or else another individual may pose queries to the person holding the pendulum. The pendulum may also be used over a cloth or paper with “yes” and “no” written on it and perhaps other words written in a circle.  The person holding the pendulum aims to hold it as steadily as possible over the centre with no other interference and its movements are held to indicate answers to the questions. In the practice of a pendulum is used for medical diagnosis then care is taken to highlight areas which could require healing, aid or particular treatment.

Dowsing is one means from where people can detect, uncover or find themselves able to use a technique which is more internal than external and more instinctual than logical.  It should not be thought of as the only method because spiritualism uses a set of applied and tested links to spirit which can astound and inspire but if one need to uncover something of the mystical with a visible summary it can be a good element to try.

Pic is of an eighteenth century individual using a divination fork.  Pic is taken from online encyclopedia.

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