“As well as finding water or other underground features such as gas mains, cables and utilities (and breaks in them), dowsing can be used to locate lost items, pets or people, improve health by identifying food intolerances, survey archaeological sites in advance of more expensive geophysical surveys, and map the mysterious meridians of ‘earth energy’ that flow through the landscape, connecting ancient sites like stone circles and old churches along invisible ley lines. In fact, dowsing is useful in all areas of human endeavour, from the practical site dowsing work where the emphasis is on the tangible result, right through to the more esoteric end of the spectrum where a dowser might be employed to clear ghosts from your home and check your aura for geopathic stress. More and more people are rediscovering this ancient art and finding new applications for it in our hectic modern lives.” Taken from the book “Dowsing Magic” by Grahame Gardner (whose website can be found here) which is a great introduction to the subject.
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“For me, dowsing, or "divining", is not just about finding a place to drill or dig a well or about finding anything in the physical world. It's about detecting energy. It's about tapping into our own God-given ability to explore the world of subtle energies that are everywhere within and around us. It's about drawing ever closer to the Divine in our lives.”
Elizabeth Brown, from the UK, has written a very good book called, “Dowsing - The Ultimate Guide for the 21st Century”. From her website: “Elizabeth Brown is one of the UK’s leading Causative Diagnosticians and Environmental Energy Consultants. In addition to private clients, she works to support doctors, clinics, therapists and consultants in identifying not only detrimental environmental energies, but also causative factors behind illness – particularly cancer, ME, all forms of allergies, and sets of symptoms that have no orthodox label.”
The British Society of Dowsers website can be found here. There are links to their (open) Forum- a great place to look if you’re interested in dowsing…it’s full of information, advice, experiences- and a few book reviews. There are also links to the BSD shop, information on courses they run, local dowsing groups, how to find a professional and registered dowser etc.
Finally- not a dowsing site at all…but if you are interested in stone circles, ancient sites and megaliths, then the megalithic portal is a must. Although much of it is UK based there is also a vast amount of information about sites across the world. And the site is often updated with new discoveries.
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Here is a YouTube video made some years ago by Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer, author of “Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind”. She tells a story here, illustrating dowsing in action. The video is about 10 minutes long but well worth watching.