Dowsing: A Way to Find Water, Gold & Your Spiritual Powers

Dowsing: A Way to Find Water, Gold & Your Spiritual Powers

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee and do not try to make the Universe a blind alley. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

What we consider supernatural becomes natural, while that which we have always seen as so natural reveals how wondrously supernatural it is. –Frederick Franck

Note: Dowsing by Margaret Ball found lost in the internet archive


by Margaret Ball

This ancient art – a human resource faculty – has come into its own in the last 40-50 years to a degree heretofore unknown to modern man. Its legion has been quietly growing in the modern world in the industrialized nations. There are dowsing groups and societies in the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany and other countries of Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, China, the far east and elsewhere. These groups have been formed over the years to teach this simple art form, disseminate and share information on the art of dowsing and its various applications in modern day living. Information on dowsing has been translated into English from German, Russian, Chinese, Latin, French and other sources.

Some Background and History

Ancient civilizations and so-called primitive peoples have used dowsing tools of various kinds for centuries to access information they were seeking. Many people know or have heard of someone who has walked a field with a hickory stick (Y-rod) or L-rods to locate potable water sources. Thousands of wells worldwide have been found in this manner. For years well diggers have used the skill of a dowser to accurately locate sites for wells. A dowser will not only pinpoint where the drilling should be done but also how far down potable (fit for drinking) water will be found. An experienced dowser can also tell how many gallons per minute will flow and for how long..usually years. He/she can tell in which direction the water vein flows …where it is coming from and in which direction it is going. A dowser can analyze the water as to its components, the elements and the chemical compounds from pesticides, insecticides, fungicides down to ppm (parts per million).

Dowsing is also known by several other names….divining, water witching. For years…yes, centuries the art and ability to dowse has been shrouded by fear and superstition. Many times the flames of these superstitions were fanned by the church and the prevailing religious practices of the day. We have to consider that soothsayers, seers, shamans, witch doctors and others of past centuries had the ability to come up with answers using this art form. Many also lost their lives – witches burned at the stake. They were put to death because of the fear and superstition of the populace ….their inability to understand this mode of asking, seeking and searching for answers.

Intuition ( usually associated with women), having a “hunch” or feeling are other forms of divination (dowsing). References to the ‘rod’ as a pointing stick by island people of the Pacific basin… the mention in the Bible of the ‘rod’, or ‘wands’ or scepters…these were all tools of divination.

Herodotus, the 5th century B.C. Greek historian wrote of the use of willow divining rods by the Scythians, a nomadic Iranian people who travelled the prairies of what is today southern Russia. Another reference to the use of the willow divining rods appears 800 years later in a Roman history written by Ammianus Marcellinus. Various types of tree branches were used – hazel, as well as other nut and fruit trees – always trees that were indigenous to the area. Mention is made of using divination by the Germanic tribes when the Roman Empire was in its glory. Variations in instructions on how to cut (dowsing) rods appear in the archives of nearly every European country. Instructions on the use of rods were left by Basil Valentine, a Benedictine monk and alchemist in the 1300 hundreds in Saxony.

On the other side of the world ancient Chinese statements speak of “gifted diviners using rod like instruments” able to detect subterranean water and even start it from the ground. The Emperor Ta Yu, born 2,205 years before Christ, is represented in a bas-relief holding a double branched instrument which some believe represents the earliest example of a forked dowsing rod.

There is a famous woodcut from Agricola’s ‘De Re Metallica’ (1530 A.D.) illustrating a dowsing rod being cut from a tree, and two rods used to locate places where miners were to dig for ore.

Queen Elizabeth the 1st of England was proturbed to find that the rest of Europe was ahead of England in technical advances. She and her advisors decided to get and use the expertise of German mining experts to help find copper and zinc which were vital in the production of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc. The Germans were reluctant to part with their knowledge. Eventually after long negotiations, with various mining experts from the continent, calamine deposits (a zinc ore) were found in Someretshire. So, the dowsing expertise for minerals had finally, after many years, been successfully exported to England !

There were many moral qualms about this ‘occult’ physics among the ecclesiastics in France and yet the diviners talent was sought after. Around 1630 or thereabouts there was a famous case in Lyon where a dowser was called by the police to help find a murderer . Using his rods he walked through the streets of Lyon, crossing a bridge over the Rhone River. Constantly guided by his rod’s indications, he eventually found a man who played a significant role in the murder of the vintner and his wife.

The various branches of the military has trained select servicemen in the art of dowsing. The credit for introducing dowsing to the military goes to Louis Matacia, a dowser and professional land surveyor who demonstrated to the top brass what could be done by utilizing dowsers on the field of battle. During the Vietnamese war, the U.S. marines were able to find the Viet Cong underground tunnels with the help of dowsing marines. The men in the field came to rely on the dowsers more so than on the sophisticated instrumentation because of their high rate of accuracy. Even today, the various branches of the military continue to train some men in the art of dowsing. Little did the Viet Cong know that the “secret weapon” they felt the U.S. military had to locate and destroy their system of underground tunnels were men in the field with dowsing rods !

Some Uses of Dowsing

The use of dowsing in the last 20-30 years has broadened from the very important locating of water and minerals and oil to encompass so called esoteric areas. Today, it is used to find missing people, lost objects. It is used in the determination of : what a person needs for good health ; what is causing discomfort and illness and what measures to take to eradicate the causes of said illness or condition. Dowsing can be used to determine the psychological wellness of a person, the cause of an infant , unable to talk, crying e.g. There is no limit to it’s use. Information of past lives can be found through dowsing. All one has to do is be able to pose questions in a yes or no mode and count to utilize this skill. Dowsing enables you to answer the ‘how’, ‘why’, ‘where’, ‘when’ questions.

A person can tailor make his/her diet, their vitamin and mineral supplementation…the use of herbs…what ever. You can dowse to see if your plants want water and how much. You can dowse to find out what is wrong with the car and pinpoint the trouble spot.

Dowsing can help people in business by indicating the best time e.g. to approach a customer to obtain the desired results. Dowsing can help you determine how accurate the information is that you are being given . Not only can we dowse the yes or no or ‘no answer at this time’ but we can also dowse percentages and numbers as I indicated earlier. You can dowse the ppm (parts per million) of anything as well as the number of gallons per minute of a prospective well site. People have used it successfully in the stock market.

For those of you who are new to dowsing , I suggest you start by asking simple questions where an error will be relatively insignificant. For example…”Will it rain today where I am?” “Will so and so’s plane arrive within a 1/2 hr. of the scheduled time ?” Like any skill or art, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, is the base foundation to build on.

So…what is dowsing ?

Dowsing is seeking an answer with the aid of a hand held instrument.

The three main dowsing tools are :

The Pendulum—–or variations of any of the three

I will discuss these tools in detail and their use in my next article. I personally can tell you it changed my life when I learned to dowse 20 years ago. It empowered me in a way I never dreamed possible. Yes, this self empowerment is the real gift that comes with learning how to dowse. Over the years I have taught classes to hundreds of people and to date have found but a handful who truly were not able to dowse. Almost everyone can do it. I still find this to be true in the classes I teach today. I find the increased interest in dowsing among young people very exciting and gratifying. The ability to dowse has helped many a teenager in test taking.

Dowsing: A Way to Find Water, Gold & Your Spiritual Powers
Dowsing: A Way to Find Water, Gold & Your Spiritual Powers
Dowsing: A Way to Find Water, Gold & Your Spiritual Powers

Our ability to dowse is one of our natural talents, just as our ability to use our intuition is natural. These abilities, which may seem strange to those who have not developed them, are no more difficult or mysterious than, say, our ability to walk or communicate or even think. That doesn’t mean that we can necessarily recognize these talents and put them to use unaided, but it does mean that they are abilities we already possess and can develop whenever we feel ready. The problem is that most of us were taught to disregard any such abilities or to label their supposed existence as untrustworthy.

The process of dowsing, by its very nature, will help us to develop our awareness and avoid the ego-centered attitudes that curtail personal growth.
When we speak of dowsing, we refer to it as a process, by which we mean that it sets up conditions for the gradual unfolding of our stages of awareness.

We use this manner of speaking because of still another factor that becomes increasingly important as we intensify our internal relationship to our external world. That factor is our nervous system, which, in some respects, is rather similar to an antenna system. If this biological antenna that is part of us were laid out cell by cell, it would stretch out to approximately 27 miles.

Through this gigantic antenna we constantly pick up all sorts of information from our environment on all sorts of levels of subtlety, and for our own good our biological systems censor nearly all of it. You can imagine what a state we would be in if this censoring did not take place. All this incoming information becomes part of the tremendously complex and chaotic interplay that goes on continually among the cells, so that the small portion not censored provides the basis for us to construct a basically adequate concept of the world around us, which then allows us to function in a seemingly rational manner.

In opposition to such lifetime habits of thought, our intent when we learn to dowse must be to remove a critical few of the censors, just enough at each successive stage to persuade our biosystem to relay a message to move a device in a predetermined manner so that we can get an appropriate, verifiable response to a specific question, thought, or idea. In order to prevent error as we develop our ability to dowse naturally and easily, we must use patience.

We must first learn and then master each stage thoroughly before we try to move on to the next appropriate stage. In order to teach you how to use the various dowsing devices quickly and with confidence, we are asking you to begin your training by playing what may seem like a game of make-believe.

As you read these preliminary chapters and practice the exercises that help you develop the idea of the target, you can be fairly certain that there is not really any vein of water under the edge of your table or the back of your chair. However, when you create that image of a vein of water, you are setting up the request to yourself that your system react as though there were in fact a vein of water there. If the request succeeds, you are then able to practice the standard dowsing response.

Your biosystem already knows how to attune itself to and handle these ideas, if you let it. After all, you have walked over veins of water thousands of times in your lifetime, mentally ignorant of and unaffected by them, yet every single time that antenna system of yours has picked up all the information about them and their effects on you, sometimes alerting you to their destabilizing effect—perhaps with an arthritic twinge or a headache or some other bodily reaction.

This information, along with a staggering amount of other information, has already been received and encoded within your brain, even though the brain has censored it from your everyday awareness. Experiments pioneered by neurophysiologist Karl Pribram have indicated that much of this information is encoded in a holographic manner throughout the brain. This seemingly innocuous indication has a far-reaching implication. If it is indeed so, this suggests that any item of information resonating across the interstices of the brain is potentially in contact with all other items of information so stored, interacting with them and being affected by them.

This encoding is no small matter, either. In a portion of our neocortex no larger than the size of a pinhead, there are between 30,000 and 100,000 neurons; within that pinhead portion those neurons are joined by about a mile of axons. The encoding is beyond our comprehension, but even so, it is only a small part of the whole. Beyond that inconceivable complexity of encoding that exists within our brains, there lies an even greater and more subtle encoding theorized to exist outside that biological mechanism.

In A New Science of Life (London, Blond and Briggs, 1981), biologist Rupert Sheldrake suggests that our brains lie within a larger field, which is the field of our minds, and that within our minds we have access potentially to material beyond even those rich complexities of our isolated brains—if we can train ourselves to establish the appropriate resonance with it.

Furthermore, this line of thought suggests (as we will explain in a later chapter) that if we create the appropriate resonance through our thoughts and images, we can then make contact with an even greater holographic-like reality which lies not only beyond our usual concept of ourselves, but even beyond our conventional understanding of the nature of reality itself.

Dowsing: A Way to Find Water, Gold & Your Spiritual Powers
Dowsing: A Way to Find Water, Gold & Your Spiritual Powers
Dowsing: A Way to Find Water, Gold & Your Spiritual Powers

The primary advantage of all pendulums is that they can be programmed to respond in a large number of ways. This feature can also cause misunderstanding and confusion, because many people use the pendulum without having consciously developed a system for programming it. Some end up believing that the pendulum itself is showing, or “picking up,” a degree of mysterious, independent intelligence. This can be a very exciting way to think, but it can also be, at best, a severely limiting presumption. Remember that any response shown by the pendulum comes from you and through you, and that you are the one in charge.

TUNING THE PENDULUM Before you begin to use your pendulum, your first task is to “tune” it, which means that you must find the position on the string or chain that will result in the pendulum having a period of swing that is most resonant with your own basic, overall bodily vibration. You do this by holding the string close to the weight at the end of the pendulum, as in Figure 8. Then you swing the pendulum back and forth as you slowly let out the string with your thumb and index finger. After you have let the string out an inch or two, the pendulum will begin to circle either clockwise or counterclockwise, seemingly without help, as in Figure 9. This is the point at which the pendulum is “tuned” to your present mental rate or “vibratory rate.” It is the point at which the pendulum will give a response to your questions most readily. Because a person’s vibrational patterns do change from time to time, you should establish the tuning of your pendulum each time you use it. You can still get a response no matter where you hold it, but if it is tuned properly, the response will be instant and definite.

After the pendulum is tuned, you then program it for yes or no. Generally speaking, clockwise is best for “yes” and counterclockwise is best for “no,” so you rotate your pendulum clockwise while telling yourself that this motion means “yes,” or positive.

Then, as you rotate it counterclockwise, you tell yourself that this motion means “no,” or negative. Pay no attention at this time to any other movements the pendulum makes; program yourself only for a “yes” or “no” response.

Dowsing: A Way to Find Water, Gold & Your Spiritual Powers
The Divining Mind: A Guide to Dowsing and Self-Awareness

The art of divining, or dowsing, has for years been cloaked in mystery and superstition. Recognized by some as a means of finding water and minerals, it is actually a method for anyone to develop intuitive skills. This thought-provoking book demystifies dowsing and presents this ancient science as a powerful tool for self-knowledge.

Includes a brief history of dowsing, and step-by-step instructions for learning to use L-rods, Y-rods, and pendulums, as well as non-device dowsing. Shows how dowsing is used for locating water, gold and other minerals, buried artifacts, ancient ritual sites, and in police work to help find missing persons.

Dowsing: A Way to Find Water, Gold & Your Spiritual Powers
The Divining Hand:: The 500 year-old Mystery of Dowsing

“To dowse,” says the author of this definitive study of the divining art, “is to search with the aid of a handheld instrument such as a forked stick or a pendular bob on the end of a string – for anything: subterranean water flowing in a narrow underground fissure, a pool of oil or a vein of mineral ore, a buried sewer pipe or electrical cable, an airplane downed in a mountain wilderness, a disabled ship helplessly adrift in a gale, a lost wallet or dog, a missing person, perhaps a buried treasure.” Co-author of The Secret Life of Plants, Christopher Bird has filled this book with exciting, documented stories, most of them illustrated with photographs and diagrams. It provides a complete history of the art of dowsing around the world and discusses in detail the various existing theories attempting to explain this extraordinary phenomenon.

Dowsing: A Way to Find Water, Gold & Your Spiritual Powers
Dowse Your Way to Psychic Power: The Ultimate Short-cut to Other Dimensions


We all have a sixth sense. It is our unconscious mind. When we activate it we become superhuman. We are clairvoyant, telepathic, can find lost objects, can talk to our pets, heal disease, peer into the future, re-charge crystals, and commune with the angels. In short we go beyond the confines of our 5 senses and our lives become a daily adventure. Psychic abilities are not restricted to a gifted few – we all have them and they are just waiting to be set free. How do we do all this?


There are many books on psychic development but this is the first to employ a unique short-cut – the art of dowsing. For guiding your life dowsing is The Secret. It’s more powerful than The Tarot. It has been discovered that this ancient skill is a portal to the Occult and Psychic Power. It provides answers not available to our conscious minds. And the other thing that is different within these pages is that you will have practical proof that your psychic abilities are awakening. The dowsing tools will move in your hand, seemingly of their own volition. When this happens you know the old you is changing and a new you, complete with a growing confidence, is coming into being. The magic is starting to happen! It’s time to claim the power within you and start to live a purpose-filled life.

“Can I? May I? Is this an appropriate time?”

Dowsing: A Way to Find Gold, Water & Your Spiritual Powers
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Dowsing: A Way to Find Gold, Water & Your Spiritual Powers
The process of dowsing, by its very nature, will help us to develop our awareness and avoid the ego-centered attitudes that curtail personal growth.