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What Are Dowsing Rods?

Updated on March 10, 2011
The proper way to hold Dowsing Rods
The proper way to hold Dowsing Rods | Source

The use of dowsing rods has been practiced for centuries. Dowsing rods have had many uses: finding underground water or metals, to foretell the future, divine guilt in trials, discovering unmarked graves, locating and communicating with spirits, and even determining the sex of an unborn child. During the Vietnam War some US Marines actually used dowsing to attempt to locate weapons and tunnels.

Originally, dowsing rods were made from wood from a willow or other special tree. They were used to find underground water and metal.

Modern rods are made of cooper with plastic sleeves over their handles. The rods are held in front of the person who holds the handles, one in each hand. The rods are said to point to spirits. They are also used to communicate with spirits. If the person holding the rods asks a yes or no question of a spirit during an investigation the front of the rods cross for a yes response. I have used them to communicate when I investigate a location that is reportedly haunted.

Can anyone guarantee that dowsing rods really work? Of course not; however, since the use of dowsing rods has found water and metal on many occasions, the process does obtain results. Is it the rods that pick up the energy of the water, metals or spirits or is the psychic energy from the person holding the rods that get results?

There is a theory called The Ideomotor Effect, which is a very powerful psychological phenomenon that is thought to be “an involuntary body movement evoked by an idea or thought process rather than by sensory stimulation." In other words, the dowser is unknowingly moving the dowsing rods by small body movements that tilt the rods enough to disturb their state of balance. Okay, so then that would confirm that the dowser is actually using their psychic ability to find water, metal or spirits. (This is the same effect that is attributed to the operation of an Ouija board.)

Paranormal investigation dowsing rods are made out of cooper. Cooper is a good conductor of electricity, and for some reason, of paranormal activity (for that same reason, spirits have an affinity for pennies and move them often), and so is wood. That has never been explained either, but perhaps that is why people knock on wood for good luck. It can also explain why some antiques are reportedly ‘haunted.” If an antique is brought into a formerly quiet home, and afterwards the house shows symptoms of haunting, it could be the antique that is haunted, not the house. Get rid of the antique, and you could get rid of the spirit or ghost. Well, it’s worth a try, anyway.

Naturally, a haunted innate object, no matter how old it is, is very rare. Back to the dowsing rods . . . no matter what makes them work, they do. My guess is that they work better in the hands of someone who is psychically sensitive then they do with operators who aren’t, but I can’t prove that either!


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