Dowsing, if learnt correctly can prove to be a very fruitful hobby. Involving the use of a dowsing stick, or doodlebug, dowsing is the activity of finding things like precious metals, underground water, oil, or even a lost golf ball. There are many different forms of dowsing, like map dowsing, field dowsing, dowsing for pseudo-archaeological research, or for medical uses.
Map dowsing is done by moving an object such as a pendulum, over a map, to locate oil, or a treasure, or even missing people. Field dowsing is when the dowser actually walks across an area with a dowsing stick, which is Y-shaped, and on arriving over the point where the treasure, oil or underground water, or anything else the dowser is looking for, the stick bends downwards. Dowsers can even make use of two sticks, which are held parallel to each other, but on arriving at a sensitive area the two sticks cross each other.
History of Dowsing
Dating back to sometime in the 15th century, the practice of dowsing initially began in Germany, and later moved to England with German miners. Many dowsers believe that dowsing is not just about finding treasure or water, but can in fact help the dowser find anything his or her heart desires. Dowsing has been known to be used to check if something is safe to eat, or even to predict which horse would win the race.
To be an expert dowser, it is very important to identify which tool you are comfortable with. It could be a dowsing stick, or a pendulum, or just two sticks, trying your hand with each should make the choice easier. Usually pendulums are better when dowsing for missing people, as it is more accurate over a map, than a stick.
After you have your tool ready, concentrate on what you are looking for and accordingly move the tool over the concerned surface. This could depend on the type of dowsing you are performing. The most important aspect though, is that while dowsing, you need to focus really hard on what you are looking for. Practice clearing your mind of distractions and with enough practice you should soon become an expert.
Though many skeptics believe that dowsing has more to do with the dowser than the tool used or the technique, no reproducible evidence has ever been collected in the area. Whatever be the cause of this phenomenon, it is easy to learn and perform, and could provide a great way to locate things.