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Dowsing For Beginners

Updated on July 26, 2012

Dowsing rods also called Divining rods are used downings

Dowsing for beginners is usually greeted with a myriad of questions.

An often asked question is "what is a dowsing rod or divining rod and how does it work?"

The question that should be asked is "What is dowsing?"

Men and women characterized as diviners, dowsers, have developed and practiced arts regarded as divine or demonic (depending on the viewpoint) and are able to answer questions that logical reason could not provide.

In essence, these people through self training, diligent practice and a profound knowledge of how the universe really functioned.

Engineer Raymond C. Willey's in his 1970 book "Modern Dowsing" gives a great definition, Willey says: "Dowsing is the exercise of a human faculty, which allows one to obtain information in a manner beyond the scope and power of the standard human physical senses of sight, sound, touch, etc."

Author Chris Bird says that "to dowse" is to search for anything. This is generally done with the aid of a hand held instrument, such as a forked stick, a pendulum bob on a string, L-shaped metal rods or a wooden or metal wand.

How Does Dowsing Work?

How does dowsing work? No one truly understands completely how dowsing works.

I believe Moses and ancient priests clearly understood completely how it worked, but, they never told such ideas to the masses, to have done so, would have meant a loss of prestige and power for them.

The main thing to know is - dowsing works - and with proper understanding, learning and regular practice it will work for the most important person in the world - you!

Thomas A. Edison, was once asked, "What is electricity?" and he replied: "I don't know - but its there - so let's use it".

Dowsing Rods For Beginners - It's Fun To Learn How To Do Dowsing

I can remember my first set of dowsing rods and I have hours of fun. After learn how to you them a new world open up for me.

Dowsing Rods "Y"
Dowsing Rods "Y"

The Y-rods are designed to find powerspots or water wells. Connected at one end, high quality craftmanship with clear instruction make these rods quite easily to use.


Dowsing Tools

Here Are Few Tools For Dowsing

I have L-rod and like them a lot .

The L-rod is a very simple dowsing tool. It is consists of a piece of sturdy wire bent at right angles so that there is one long arm and one shorter.

The bobber may have be one of the first dowsing tools consisting of a length of supple wood which was held in one hand.

Dowsing Pendulums, Crystals, bronze, semi-precious stones, bits of turned and polished wood or weighty plastic suspended on a cord are all available.

However, what makes a dowsing tool like a pendulum is just one thing: the weight at the end is heavy enough to keep the cord stretched.

The Y-rod and various types of bobber. Probably this is the tool which is most associated with dowsing because it's the one which most water dowsers seem to use. so it is one of the most commonly visible.

I like to dowsing when I pick out a new crystal for crystal therapy.

History Of Dowsing

How dowsing was start

Dowsing, sometimes called divining, doodlebugging (in the US), or (when searching specifically for water) water finding or water witching, is a practice that attempts to locate hidden water wells, buried metals or ores, gemstones, or other objects as well as currents of earth radiation without the use of scientific apparatus. A Y- or L-shaped twig or rod is sometimes used during dowsing, although some dowsers use other equipment or no equipment at all.

Dowsing has been in use since ancient times and is still widely practiced although the scientific evidence for its efficacy is disputed.[1] In the 1980s German physicists undertook a large experimental study of dowsing and concluded that a "real core of dowser-phenomena can be regarded as empirically proven", while physiologist J. T. Enright wrote that those same experiments provided "the most convincing disproof imaginable that dowsers can do what they claim. Read More

An introduction To Dowsing With A Pendulum - By Sheridan Peter King

Pendulum is just any other way of dowsing. I have found pendulum it be fun and helpful. I have showed other to pendulum when they can not get dowsing to work. I have a friend that pendulum's everything from her food to stones and crystal to finding water.

The one thing about pendulum is you can make it out of anything that lets the end move free. I hope this video helps and your give it a try.

Military Remote Viewing And Dowsing - Exclusive Footage

This video is on Major Paul H. Smith

Served in the U.S. government's top secret Remote Viewing program at Ft. Meade, MD.

He served as theory instructor for new CRV trainee personnel, as well as recruiting officer and unit security officer. Today, Major Smith is considered one of the top Remote Viewing and dowsing instructors in the world.

Christopher Columbus

Navigator Would Use Dowsing To Fine North

Radiesthesia is not restricted to the medical industry. Since scientist revealed that all matter is made up of moving particles, the conclusion is that all matter vibrates. The discovery of "all matter vibrates" reveals that each type of matter in physicality emanate their own vibrational frequency. The example is: a clad dime has a different vibration than a solid silver dime. Yet, two solid silver dimes would have relative similar vibrations. Radiesthesia allows for the vibrational frequency of a single item to be received by an antenna (dowsing rod) and identified by the radiesthesiologist (dowser).

Christopher Columbus records using radiesthesia methods on his quest to find America. On cloudy or foggy days and in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. When it was difficult to use the quadrant a steel plate was placed on the deck of the ship and the navigator stood on the plate while rotating in a circle (in place) with a dowsing rod held above his head. The rod would lock on magnetic North. This method of radiesthesia that incorporates the radiation of the steel plate and the perception of the senses of the navigator were used as early as the Egyptian Pharaohs and Chinese Dynasties. Radiesthesia is a relatively new word for an ancient method of identifying vibrational frequencies of any matter and dead or alive or inanimate.

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What Is In The News On Dowsings

News From Around The World

An ancient art: Dowser works on Whidbey Island

After failing to find a suitable water source, church members on Whidbey Island are turning to an ancient technology to locate the precious liquid.

Members of Bridge Christian Fellowship Community Church recently brought in the services of a "dowser" to find a suitable water vein on their North Whidbey Island property.

The dowser, Bellingham resident Neil Stamey, recently walked the 20-acre property located off Troxell Road with his two bamboo sticks, hoping to find a large enough water source for the church, which is 13,000 square feet in size and includes a kitchen and classrooms.

"I've been doing this for about 26 years all around the area," Stamey said as he was walking the border of the church's property. "It scared the hell out of me when I found out I could do it."

He said he learned he had the skill for dowsing when he was camping near Mount Baker. He came across another camper who was trying to find water. He picked up a stick, gave it a shot and was surprised he had the skill.

"That kind of spooked me," said Stamey, who used to be a loadmaster in the Navy and was once stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. People from as far away as Georgia have asked for his dowsing services.


Whidbey News Times Reporter

Apr 14 2009

Whidbey News Times Reporter

Secular Space

Earth Energies

Our re-awareness of the energies of the Earth has re-emerged slowly in the twentieth century. In the 1920s German dowsers found 'Krebs' Houses - places where people got more cancer than their neighbours. Dowsers found underground veins of water Crossing under these houses and not under their neighbours.

Also in the 1920s Alfred Watkins of Herefordshire, England found that ancient holy sites lined up in straight lines. He called these 'leys' and determined that people from the Neolithic, through the Bronze and Iron Ages andwell into the Christian era in Britain located their holy sites on straight alignments with other holy sites.

Many times these holy sites derived from extremely different ages, millennia apart. In the 30s, Reginald Allendar Smith, just-retired Keeper of the British and Egyptian Collections at the British Museum wrote in the pages of the British Society of Dowsers' Journal that he found these same veins under stone rings and other Neolithic sacred sites.

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Dowsing Earth Energy Fields

Cynthia Sue Larson

You can also walk around dowsing energies inside your home and outdoors, keeping in your mind what you are seeking (such as subterranean water, electrical power lines, or natural energy fields and vortices) and you will be able to locate them using these dowsing techniques.

I first learned how to dowse in Royston, England, in one of the places where the Michael and Mary energy ley lines converge. I started with dowsing rods (wire coat hangers), and noticed that it is possible to detect whatever one wishes to detect with the use of these divining rods. I first located the path of the Michael energy line as it wound its way through the Royston museum, and also located where the Mary energy line ran through. The place where the two energy lines connected felt like there was more intense energy present, and it is true that you will find churches and other spiritual centers are often built where Earth ley lines converge.

After locating the ley lines in Royston, I next located where water was running underground, beneath the cobblestones in the courtyard in front of the museum. I did this simply by thinking that what I needed to know was where the water was... shifting my attention away from ley lines and over to subterranean waterways. Even though the water lines ran at something of an angle, it was immediately obvious where the water was, even though it could not be heard or seen from above the cobblestones. I used the same dowsing techniques to measure subtle energy fields around Avebury Henge at the time of the summer solstice, and was delighted to note that it is easy to tell where the missing stones in the stone circle once were, as well as how the ley lines of energy wind around the town of Avebury.

It has been said that the most productive manifestation energy lies where ley lines intersect, and that problem energies are often attributed to places sitting atop waterways... so this is something you can investigate on your own when you start dowsing.


Dowsing For Water To Help The Farms By Phil Stine

Waterford, Ca.

Phil Stine is not crazy or possessed or even that special he says. He has no idea how he does what he does. From most accounts he does it very well. Mr. Stine you see is a "water witch," one of a small band of believers for whom the ancient art of dowsing is alive and well.

The dry period has resulted in farm layoffs, restrictions on residential and agricultural water use, and hard times for all manner of ancillary businesses like tractor dealerships and roadside diners.

The dry times have meant good business for people like Blake Hennings a well-driller in the Central Valley city of Turlock, Ca. Who says" he has a lengthy waiting list and a yard full of worn-down drill bits." At a recent job he dug five test holes and all of which had been identified by a water witch like Mr. Stine. We only had one bad one," said Mr. Hennings.

Mr. Stine for example offers his services without charge though he says he does accept thanks of another sort. "I got a bunch of gift certificates."

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Photo of the Day: Dowsing with the Fourth Army

Friday, February 19, 2010

For those following the GT 200 scandal and the military's continued use of the million-baht-coat-hanger, this photo might be amusing.

It is an actual dowsing rod from the Sufficiency Village training center across the road from the Sirindhorn base in Yala province and was being used to show local villagers how to find water.

I guess they might as well have been looking for explosives.

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Map Dowsing for Lost Pets

By Carl Bracey

Map Dowsing for Lost Pets has been an option for pet owners that is often overlooked in the moment of strife. If you are the pet owner, your time and effort will be best spent calling a dowser who has been successful locating pets by map dowsing. Ask the dowser if they have successfully dowsed for lost pets. Be prepared to to find your pet. Be realistic, the dowser may find the pet but the dowser can not change the fate of the pet if it has expired. Ask the dowser if there is a fee. If there is NOT a fee, treat the dowser to flowers, a gift certificate to dinner, or make a donation to their favorite charity, but DO NOT EXTRACT THE GIFT of the dowser as if they owe you their time and energy. It takes time for map dowsing, research and followup… after all, someone else may lose a pet in the future and need this experts' help. If you love your pet, pay to find them, if nothing else, make a comparable donation and tell the dowser to "pay it forward" to the next pet owner who may not be financially able to pay!

If you are a dowser just learning to dowse, there are a couple of suggestions that will help your map dowsing, enabling you to find the lost pet.

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Map Dowsing - By Lay Gnosis

Just showing how to do a type of map dowsing. Have a look and try it out. Remember to have funny when you are just getting into dowsing.


Dowsers Meet At Lyndon State College

By Charlotte Albright - Lyndonville, VT

(Host) Dowsing-holding sticks that tilt downward, as if by magic, to a source of water or minerals-as an ancient art that came to America when colonists began digging wells. But dowsing tools are changing dramatically, and so are the practitioners.

VPR's Charlotte Albright attended the fiftieth anniversary convention of the American Society of Dowsers over the week-end at Lyndon State College.

(Albright) About 600 dowsers showed up on campus this week-end, toting rods and pendulums. Workshop titles ran the gamut from"Learning Basic Dowsing" to "Heart Linking with Angels." The gymnasium was chock full of vendors selling tools and services.

(Sound of vendors)

John Wayne Blassingame, of Lyndonville, discovered dowsing over thirty years ago, when he was a Navy Seabee looking for underground pipes in the Nevada. He watched a guy use two welding rods with pinpoint accuracy.

(Blassingame) "I said "gimme those, I think I can do that," and I took off across the desert. I found out I had the same sensitivity he did, so from there on it was like a bug bit me and I've never recovered since."

(Albright) Blassingame says his Y rod-a snazzy plastic red, white and blue number--has also found gold in Vermont. He's an old timer who believes dowsing should be limited to verifiable uses, like detecting valuable stuff underground. New age dowsers, though, are convinced that rods or pendulums conduct cosmic vibrations that can give yes or no answers to health questions, and even send healing energy into bodies or objects.


Dowsing For Gold

An Interview with Dowser Patrick Aesteii

Merlian News inverview so Patrick in addition to Oil, Diamonds and Missing Persons, I understand you have dowsed for Gold with some success in the past?

Patrick: Laughter! Yes I have, but it took 14 years to realize. Back in 1991 I was looking for an discovered a new gemstone in Russia called Seraphinite. After my discovery I was asked by the largest gold mining company in Russian Tibet to locate more gold deposits on maps and in the field. At that time back in the early 90's, the Russian government was giving miners just ten U.S. dollars an ounce for gold.

So the new deposits I dowsed lied fallow for over 14years. Now in 2004 the Russian mining laws have changed for the benefit of miners and it is estimated the Gold Field I dowsed will yield between 50 million and 70 million metric tons of pure gold according to the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science.

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Dowsing - Science or Humbug?

by Rasmus Jansson, May 1998

Few people would be more thrilled than I if dowsing were proved to work. A whole new field of physical research would open up, the present-day laws of physics would have to be rewritten or at least expanded. This scenario is a dream of many a physicist; to find new fundamental laws of physics that better explain the world in which we live. But in the case of dowsing, proponents have had the possibility to prove that their ideas hold for centuries without any greater success in capturing the interest of the science community. The science community itself has flaws and is often narrow-minded to new ideas, but given several hundred years of time for evaluation of a few simple claims I believe the critical standpoint is taken on solid grounds. However, I encourage anyone interested in the field to continue research as long as the approach is serious. Simple truths about nature can't choose to hide from the skeptical minds and be seen by the gullible at the same time.

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By the Mother Earth News Editors

Now I realize that this may sound a bit confusing and-let's face it- hokey to you unless, of course, you're already a dowser. I mean, first I claim that I'm an avowed skeptic, and then I claim that I learned to dowse? What's going on here . . . where did all that good, honest disbelief go? Well, the only thing I can tell you is that-when I found myself in the company of some of this country's (and Canada's) finest and most respected practitioners of the art-my reservations, like the fall flora, just didn't seem as important as what these folks had to teach me.

The first thing I learned was that dowsers aren't the aloof, overall-clad social drop-outs I'd imagined them to be. (In fact, the only overalls I saw all week were the ones I'd brought with me, thinking they'd help me blend in!) Rather, most of the folks I saw and spoke with were extremely friendly and down-to-earth. Maybe there used to be a stereotypical water diviner, but today's dowsers come from all walks of life (they range from professionals to homesteaders), and most of them are well educated. At the convention I met a nurse from New York City . . . a businessman from Atlanta . . . an airline pilot (with his wife and two sons) from Montpelier, Vermont . . . a therapist from Danville . . . a young film-maker from Boston . . . a carpenter/farmer from upstate New York . . . and a handful of students (on ASD scholarships) from Washington, D.C. The only thing they all had in common was dowsing.

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Try Your Hand At Dowsing

A.B. Lowery demonstrates his grip.

Cut a fresh forked stick of peach, hickory, dogwood and cherry or whatever works for you. Experiment with overhand and underhand grips while walking back and forth over a known water vein, underground spring, well and etc.

When you feel the stick begin to bend, hold it tightly so it will not roll in your hands. If your dowser is working properly, the pull will be strong enough to shred the bark on the stick and leave red friction marks on the inside of your fingers.

A straight stick, or flexible vine, may also be used by bending it into an arc, but this is more difficult to hold securely and it is easier to let the curve roll downward rather than waiting for the pull of water to bend the entire stick. Also, the vine may not work for you; it seems to be suitable for only a few skilled dowsers, whereas the forked stick works for almost everyone.

A few very sophisticated dowsers use a metal rod but this is a specialized piece of equipment and must be carefully manufactured to exact specifications and it doesn't work a bit better than the good old peach limb. You would be well advised to stick with Mother Nature's bountiful tools.

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Dowsing In Mendocino County residents using ancient tradition to find water

Residents Using Ancient Tradition To Find Water

Mendocino County has never been known for abundant water sources and in this water-wise era more people than ever are using the services of a dowser to help them locate and utilize the best water resources available to them.

Larry Desmond of Mendocino Waterworks and Comptche resident Ben Strickland have been dowsing professionally for decades. Desmond calculates that he has used his skills to help people find water thousands of times over the years and the pair's success rates are in a word astonishing.

The word dowsing according to Desmond, simply means, "searching for something using a tool." Perhaps the earliest use of the word can be found as a German derivation traced to the 14th century when a forked stick known as a "deuter" was used by miners seeking mineral ore.

The history of dousing goes back much farther. According to information from the American Society of Dowsers carbon-dated cave paintings dating back 8,000 years depict a man holding a forked branch searching for water.

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Dowsing For Health

By Dr. Richard Needle

Why use Dr. Needle's Dowsing For Health Program?

Using a pendulum, Dr. Richard Needle can receive insight and detect certain energy vibrations to assess the overall health condition of your body with the highest accuracy. He has over a decade of experience helping clients regain their health through the use of the Pendulum and other health assessment tools.Dr. Needle Ph.D. is a Doctor of Nutrition and a Nurtitional Intuitive. He is a member of the American Society of Nutritional and Dietary Consultants. He has taught Nutrition at Emory Senior University in Atlanta, and is a Minister of the Universal Brotherhood.

I have done dowsing for food and have found it to be very helpful. Also it can be fun to ask your body what food is good for it. You may wish just to give this a try. Sometimes I use dowsing just to see if I'm eat the food at the time of the day that is best for my body. Remember when you started just have fun with it.

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How to use Dowsing Rods - BY Tim Derr

This video of Tim Derr showing how to use dowsing Rods.

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Old Ways Help Women Find Old Graves

Written by Lacey Peterson, The Union Democrat June 01, 2009

Cate Culver, a Calaveras County historian and artist, and her friend Diane Heliotes, president of the Calaveras County Genealogical Society, use them to find bodies.

Self-described "grave dowsers," the two employ a technique many associate with looking for underground water.

One recent day, on the outskirts of San Andreas, the grave dowsers walked the hillside around the small Gold Rush-era Pioneer Cemetery. There, the investigators practiced their unusual way of mapping out lost, unmarked graves.

Culver, of Murphys, and Heliotes, of San Andreas, met with historical archaeologist Julia Costello to investigate the Pioneer Cemetery, fenced in to house the Camanche cemetery, flooded with the town in 1962. Before the flood, the cemetery was long abandoned on a small corner of a piece of private property on Highway 12, after one of the county's earliest settlements, Iowa Log Cabin, was moved to San Andreas.

"I'm a scientist. It'll take more than this to make me believe," Costello said. "But it is interesting."

Costello conducted a study on the land years ago and said if someone ever wanted to do anything with the land the boundaries of the cemetery must be determined. Laws protect cemeteries and even private cemeteries on people's own land are ruled by them, if there are more than seven graves, Costello said.

The fence around the Pioneer Cemetery likely does not circle all the graves on the hillside, Costello said.

"The fence is not science," Costello said.

So, the women's goal was not only to get an idea of more accurate grave boundaries on the hill but to practice their hobby.

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My Technique For Map Dowsing

By George Shaffer

There are many techniques for finding objects through map dowsing. I like to use the L Rod to help me locate objects. I obtain a map where I believe the object is somewhere within its boundaries. I use both L Rods to tell me what map I should be using. For example I might ask the question "is the object (that I am looking for) in the United States?". If I get a yes response (if the L Rod's Cross this is my yes response if they spread out it is my no response). I then get one L Rod (holding it upside down) I ask the question, point the L Rod in the direction of the object, See picture). I then lay the L Rod down on the map and place a straight edge along that direction. I then go to the other side of the map and ask the same question again. I again lay the L Rod on the map and place another straightedge along that line. If everything goes well the location of the object is where the two lines intersect.

In order to have good success in map dowsing one must prepare themselves for the process. There are about as many ways to prepare oneself as there are individuals. I like to hold a quartz crystal in my hand and stare at the crystal until I get a large blue aura around my hand and crystal. At times the aura occurs quickly and it could take as long as 5+ minutes. The crystal has nothing to do with map dowsing it just gets me relaxed and in the right frame of mind to possibly have success. It is quite important to be relaxed and your mind clear before starting the process of map dowsing. There are many ways to get into the right state of mind and remember what ever works for you is what you should use.

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George Tolles

Steamboat Springs

George Tolles has traveled the world over, and everywhere he rambles he pretty much gets exactly what he asks for - as long as he says "please" and remembers to pack a small set of dowsing wands.

Tolles, 81, shared his secrets Friday with about 25 people attending the Brown Bag Lecture Series hosted by Tread of Pioneers Museum.

"Believe it or not, dowsing is reputed to be the world's oldest vocation, despite what you may have heard," Tolles said.

He retired in 1991 as chairman of the social studies department at the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College. And Tolles is just as well known as a dowser who can pinpoint the best location for a water well on a 35-acre country estate lot.

"I've dowsed thousands of holy sites - Hindu temples, Lutheran churches in Denmark and cathedrals in France. Down in the bottom, you'll always find a spring," he said.

Careful to say that he doesn't want to insult anyone's religion, Tolles is nonetheless firm in his belief that beginning thousands of years before Christ and continuing until the 20th century, sacred sites were always built with a water source in the center at the place where two lines of power cross in the earth. And one of those linear bands of power is always in alignment with the entrance to the site.

"They're built on an energy cross that's in the earth," he said. "It defined the architecture of the cathedral."

One of the most profound experiences Tolles had during his travels with his wife, Marion, came at the back of a long, dark cave in France, where prehistoric people had recorded pictorial stories.

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Modern Applications of Dowsing

By Hank Innerfeld

Dowsing has been used to successfully been used to track down wanted criminals, and used to effectively to locate hidden drugs in Connecticut.

Fireman in Springfield, MA have reportedly used it to determine whether victims are trapped inside burning buildings.

This not only saves them critical time in rescuing fire victims, but it makes such rescues safer and more successful.

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Dowser believes up to 500 buried in early cemetery

By Jeff Helsdon

An Otterville dowser has painted a picture of the past and life surrounding a Port Burwell-area church.

Controversy has surrounded the Estherville Baptist Church cemetery since a barn was erected on the site adjacent to the cemetery last fall.

Area residents - led by Wanda Hoshal of Straffordville - contend the cemetery once ran all the way to present-day Plank Road. Although there are no graves under the barn, because that is where the church is believed to have been, vehicles driving beside the barn would be driving over graves, critics say.

Mae Leonard shared the results of her map dowsing at a recent Municipality of Bayham meeting. Map dowsing is a process where Leonard uses a pendulum and map or aerial photo to detect graves and former structures.

"I don't think it's explainable, but it's picking up cosmic energy," Leonard said.

Through map dowsing, she determined the location of 14 rows of graves in the current site of the stones at the end of Glen Erie Line. Leonard also estimated there were more than 250 graves.

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British Man Held for Fraud in Iraq Bomb Detectors


As a dowser I don't like to show news like this, but all dowers know we have to take the good and bad in this world. I do have question about this news like why were ADE 651s not tested better and why did Iraq not listen to the US telling them that it does not work.

Yes this is not a story any dowser likes to see but I can see that Iraq and British company may not have done all the homework before sell the ADE 651. Also reading the news that police officer I didn't believe in this device in the first place, but I have to us it. I do hope that Iraq and the maker of the ADE 651 come to a understand before it's to late.

BAGHDAD - The director of a British company that supplies bomb detectors to Iraq has been arrested on fraud charges, and the export of the devices has been banned, British government officials confirmed Saturday.

Iraq Swears by Bomb Detector U.S. Sees as Useless (November 4, 2009) Iraqi officials reacted with fury to the news, noting a series of horrific bombings in the past six months despite the widespread use of the bomb detectors at hundreds of checkpoints in the capital.

"This company not only caused grave and massive losses of funds, but it has caused grave and massive losses of the lives of innocent Iraqi civilians, by the hundreds and thousands, from attacks that we thought we were immune to because we have this device," said Ammar Tuma, a member of the Iraqi Parliament's Security and Defense Committee.

But the Ministry of the Interior has not withdrawn the device from duty, and police officers continue to use them.

In Baghdad the devices were still very much in use. "I didn't believe in this device in the first place," said a police officer at a checkpoint in central Baghdad, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. "I was forced to use it by my superiors and I am still forced to do so."

Iraqi officials said they would begin an investigation into why their government paid at least $85 million to the British company, ATSC Ltd., for at least 800 of the bomb detectors, called ADE 651s.

The British Embassy offered to cooperate with any Iraqi government investigation.

The New York Times first reported official doubts about the device in November, citing American military officials and technical experts who said the ADE 651 was useless, despite widespread reliance on it in Iraq.

"The force became aware of the existence of a piece of equipment around which there has been many concerns and in the interests of public safety launched its investigation," the police spokesman said.

The suspect's identity was widely reported in the British press as Jim McCormick, managing director of ATSC Ltd., which operates out of a converted dairy in rural Somerset County, England. News reports described Mr. McCormick as a former British police officer from Merseyside.

A statement issued by the British Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said it was banning export of the ADE 651 and similar devices to Iraq and Afghanistan.

In Baghdad on Saturday, the devices were still very much in use. "I didn't believe in this device in the first place," said a police officer at a checkpoint in central Baghdad, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. "I was forced to use it by my superiors and I am still forced to do so."

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DOWSING with Raymon Grace

A native of the mountains of Virginia and has spent the past 35 years empowering folks to gain more control of their lives. His work reaches people on wide social and economic levels.

With a unique and down-to-earth manner and he teaches in a style that characterizes his life. He is known as a dowser, consultant, author and Mountain Man.


Simple instructions to get you started, written by a professional dowser

by Louie Jerome

This simple method works for everyone. All need is a bit of concentration.First of all, draw a straight line on a piece of paper and hold your pendulum over it. I hold mine with the string between my finger and thumb and adjust the length until it feels right.Tell the pendulum to move along the straight line.

Keep telling it and maintain your concentration. It will do it.

Next, draw a circle on a large piece of paper and tell the pendulum to move clockwise, saying, "this is yes" Keep doing this until it does what you tell it.Then tell it to move anti-clockwise and say "this is no".

Keep repeating the instruction.Your pendulum can only answer yes or no so you need to frame your questions carefully. Once you have perfected this you have a simple to use, portable tool , that can answer any question by a process of elimination.

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According to Judith Jubb a lifetime member of the American Society of Dowsers. The use of pendulums and other devices has become and continues to become more important to detecting subtle energies. The difference between the beliefs of old and modern science becomes less pronounced every year.

Research in Germany using microscopic photography has confirmed the presence of photon cells in the nervous system of the human body. Like in plants, the photon cells collect and store sunlight which is then converted into energy. It is this energy which flows through the nerves to chakras, organs and systems in the physical body to promote vitality.

In my lifetime I have heard the statement "Science can not prove", only to hear years later that science has now made this huge discovery about that very topic. When something can not be proven by scientific means, perhaps it is not real, perhaps science just does not have a method to prove it at that time.

Vidoes On How To Begin Dowsing - Dowsing For Beginners

Ancient art points dowser in right direction during a hunt

By Garret Mathews Friday, December 26, 2008

RICHLAND CITY, Ind. - Ask Duane Walter the inner secrets of dowsing, and the 71-year-old Spencer County man presses his thumb squarely against his temple.

"The mind is the world's greatest computer. Lots of people don't want to give the mind the credit it deserves."

He closes his eyes by way of demonstration.

"The dowser poses the problem to himself and then uses his total powers of concentration. You must have a driving force inside you that wants to find the answer to the very specific question.

"One time I was totally focused on finding unmarked grave sites at a rural cemetery. I had to have a buddy walk with me and take me by the hand to make sure I didn't trip over any stones. You can only do the one task at a time."

The retired power plant operations supervisor has been dowsing about 25 years, learning from "some old-timers who knew what they were doing." A member of the Spencer County Historical Society, he often gives talks and demonstrations on his craft.

"I'd say there are about five of us dowsers within a 100-mile radius. Some keep it quiet."

He laughs.

"Maybe they don't want people to think there's something wrong with them." Read the rest of Duane Walter's story on Dowsing

Craig resident believes spiritual forces heal emotional troubles

By Bridget Manley January 2, 2009

An aged man with a white beard and a low voice sits at a table, inches away from the woman sitting next to him.

Craig resident Herbert Parker, now in his 70s, has been many things in his life, including an English teacher and a chiropractor.

Now, however, he's something far different. Something far from conventional.

Something many might consider bizarre.

He's a "dowser."

In a process he calls "dowsing for past lives," Parker acts as a conduit through which other people's spirit guides, or a type of guardian angel, reveal details about their current and past existences.

Curiosity in the knowledge, or insight, that Parker offers is what brought the woman to his Craig home Wednesday. More than 20 other local people also have shown an interest in his teaching and have enrolled in his classes to seek self-awareness.

Parker and his visitor continue.

A card in front of Parker contains two quadrants. One is marked "yes," the other, "no."

He speaks aloud, asking a seemingly empty room, if the woman's spirit guide is present.

The pendulum swings over the quadrant.


He asks if she has a past life interfering with her previous one.

The pendulum swings.


It's a good sign for the woman. Parker believes trials not overcome in a past existence will continue to trouble a person in subsequent ones.

"If you keep on repeating the same lessons without learning anything you're not only hurting yourself," he said. "You're (also) not progressing."

Parker doesn't always tell people what they want to hear.

"(People) like to hear about past lives and that they're going to live forever, which you do," he said. "But you know something?

"They're very reluctant to learn about their past lives."

He said his clients often fear they will discover past trespasses that will haunt them. Instead, people would rather hear hopeful predictions of what will happen to them after death.

But, Parker insists it doesn't work that way.

"You have to know about your past life so you can correct it," he said, "so you can understand it and let it go."

Existences he said he's uncovered during his 30-year career as a dowser of past lives range from a 5-year-old Holocaust victim to a Native American farmer in Mexico during the 1600s.

In many cases, Parker said, he has revealed struggles that people failed to reconcile in their past lives and that continue to trouble them. Continue spiritual forces heal emotional troubles

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    • Nara White Owl profile imageAUTHOR

      Nara White Owl 

      6 years ago

      @Steve Dizmon: Cumberland, yes I use my dowsing for a lot of things, I know someone that dowsing for food . thank you for coming by , Nara

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      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Tish Hand, when I find my rods going up and not down it cme down to how the person ask the question about finding water. Good water for people or for garden ?? would this water be ok for garden and are you going eat the food in the garden and do will life get into it , good luck nara

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      Steve Dizmon 

      6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I learned Dowsing from an elderly gentleman about 35 years ago. He was a third generation Dowser and well digger. He has since passed, but his son continues the business and is of course a Dowser extending the line to the forth generation. Mr. Herman told me that the rods could be used for many things although he was somewhat reluctant to share all their uses. In the ensuing years I have discovered many more esoteric functions for the dowsing rods. They can even be used as a communication device. I very much like your Lens subject.

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for your info. I am trying to find out more about a yoke pointing UPWARDS on a water site. I am attempting to have water located so we can sink a borehole. A second dowser found me water that is very deep, but when I sent him in the direction of the first dowser's site - and he was within 1M of it - his yoke shot UP and he said it was a" negative". (Next step the yoke pointed down to water). The dowser and his daughter confirmed not to touch the water as it was a "negative" site/could be bad water. They did not want to even consider the site further, or talk to me about it, and in fact it made the partner feel woozy. We don't want to drink this water, (mainly for garden use), and it would be considerably cheaper to drill/install here, so don't know how to proceed.

    • Nara White Owl profile imageAUTHOR

      Nara White Owl 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Marilyn, thank you for coming to my lens , Nara

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      Nara White Owl 

      6 years ago

      @maxtrax: maxtrax, thank you for coming by , try

      Mother Lode Dowsers

      Columbia, California

      Ralph Squire - 209-533-3759, Nara

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      Nara White Owl 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: naheedahsan, Thank you for coimng by my lens. Nara

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      6 years ago

      hi, am laxmen from india , tamilnadu state am located in chennai my mobile no is 9941803898. once a fine day in 2000 onwards my friend lost his borewell point , he told to me , that time i told to him, ok, we will try using of pendulam dowsing method, he agreeed my plan ... that is my first WATER DIVINE POINT at in 25 feet . that will successes , so i willbecame a water diviner in my city...

      more than 1000 of water divining points are successes ..i think this is not my work . its adivine work , just am only a tool only....

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      6 years ago

      This is a very good site and I am glad that I found it. You have a good selection of excellent, helpful, useful articles. Thank you for this service to our dowsing community. - Marilyn Gang, Toronto Dowsers -

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      6 years ago

      I need the assistance of a water witch or dowser. I would like Mr Phil Stine's contact information to get a hold of him. My property is in the Crowslanding, CA foothills and I am in need of digging a new well but I need to know where to dig.

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      7 years ago

      great lens, thanks for the information.

    • Nara White Owl profile imageAUTHOR

      Nara White Owl 

      7 years ago

      @gregoryolney lm: gregoryolney, thank you for coming by my lens. Some of us just don't give up the things we did as kids. Thanks again. Nara

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      Nara White Owl 

      7 years ago

      @knit1tat2: knit1tat2, thank you for coming by my lens. I have anything from a paper clip to a nice crystal one. All of them work. It is fun. thanks again, Nara

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      gregoryolney lm 

      7 years ago

      We used to do this when we were kids in Warwickshire. Always worked for me and my mates !

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      8 years ago

      I'm an extreem dowser, semi retired. Sounds impressive, it was a lot of fun, but now I only use my bobber sometimes, most of the time, the answers are there in my head. How fun is that? Thanks for a great lens, lensroll

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      Nara White Owl 

      8 years ago

      @ShamanicShift: ShamanicShift.

      Thank you for coming by my lens. Hope this lens may have your trying to learn dowsing one day. Thank again, Nara

    • Nara White Owl profile imageAUTHOR

      Nara White Owl 

      8 years ago

      @ShamanicShift: ShamanicShift.

      Thank you for coming by my lens. Hope this lens may have your trying to learn dowsing one day. Thank again, Nara

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      8 years ago

      You provide a stupendous amount to ponder here! Thank-you for the encouraging words on my Shamanic-Meditation lens!

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      8 years ago

      You can learn to dowse professionally at The British College of Dowsing.

      The courses range from beginner to advanced, soul release work, exorcism work, dowsing for healh, psychich protection and dowsing and many more

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      8 years ago

      @anonymous: Interesting also is The bible Luke 5 tells of Jesus teaching the masses at a lake and afterwards they filled their boats. The story was editted by medieval schollars as there was no scientific explanation at the time and dowsing was therefor thought of as the work of the devil. What was editted was that he tought that if you cut off a fishtail you can use it like a forked stick to find schools of fish.

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      Nara White Owl 

      8 years ago

      @anonymous: Jenny,

      Thanks for coming by my lens, I use dowsing in a lot of everyday things too. I'm glad you had a good time at my lens, Thanks again for coming, Nara

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      8 years ago

      Dowsing is fascinating, fun, and I use it in my energy healing work as well as every day life, from determining which fruit to buy to as well as finding geopathic stress areas. I'm so glad I found your lens!

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      Nara White Owl 

      9 years ago

      @anonymous: Eric, Thanks for coming by my lens. I have not done dowsing underwater.

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      9 years ago

      I am a professional squid chaser. I traverse the mighty seas in search for squid. They are tricksy bastards as they tend to hide deep down in the watter where there is little sun. I use dowsing to find them.

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      Nara White Owl 

      9 years ago

      @anonymous: Sylvie,

      Thank you for coming to my lens, I'm happy you found good information here to help you .

      Thank you again for coming, Nara

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      9 years ago

      Excellent Lens on Dowsing. I would direct many people to this site. love the articles and the pictures. You did a good job. It presents Dowsing in a good light and not the misinformation that's out there. I am a newbie at this and the dowsing applications are astounding!

    • Nara White Owl profile imageAUTHOR

      Nara White Owl 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to sukkran]

      Thanks Sukkran for coming by my lens. I have had fun making this one.

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      sukkran trichy 

      9 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      hi, nara, thanks for the valuable information. now i am interested in dowsing.

    • Nara White Owl profile imageAUTHOR

      Nara White Owl 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to stanleylewis56]

      Thanks for coming by and say Hi. I do hope you have fun and keep dowsing.

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      10 years ago

      I'm a beginner dowser. I really liked this lens. Great information and history. I did not know all this was out there. Thanks Morning Star

    • Nara White Owl profile imageAUTHOR

      Nara White Owl 

      10 years ago

      [in reply to IowaPoet]

      I would like to thank you for coming to my lens. I think dowsing is fun and sometime we find that we are good at it like you.

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      10 years ago

      I'm a map dowser. I've found the location of an historic stagecoach stop, gold, missing objects and people. I dowse for everything from doctros and vitamins to correct birth times for my astrology clients.

      And yours is the first favorite lens I'm posting on my Squidoo site :)


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