I don’t recall when I first became aware of dowsing, but it was something that happened when I was very young. I heard of people using forked branches to find water, that’s all, and didn’t think about it very much, nor judge whether it was good, bad, or even possible.
When I began studying Feng Shui in Toronto, back in 2000, my teacher, Malca Narrol had suggested dowsing for finding energy problems that couldn’t be explained through regular Feng Shui theory. In her class, we learned how to use a pendulum and how to do muscle testing. I was introduced to the concepts of geopathic stress, Ley lines and energy vortexes. I was enthralled – it was so interesting, and seemed to get results!
In 2002, I studied further, with Gary Skillen, of the Canadian Dowsers Association. Gary taught me about dowsing for personal health, as well as for Tree Energy, using the dowsing rods or our hands. We learned more about Ley lines and how underground streams in certain places in your home (like under your bed) can affect your health and energy. There is abundant information about Ley lines, underground streams, and more, already on the web, so I won’t go into detail about that here. I also studied with renowned dowser, Joey Korn who taught how to find energy vortexes, and how to determine if the vortex was beneficial or detrimental. If it was detrimental, we could change it to be beneficial.
This Sunday, with Wild in the City, we will use L-rods and our hands to locate Tree Energy, beneficial places for planting certain food- or medicine-bearing plants, and perhaps, for finding positive energy vortexes where we can sit for our lunches or to process our wild, homemade herbal tinctures.
There is a lot of controversy over whether dowsing is real or not. I invite you to enjoy whatever opinion you have of it, and, regardless, to give it a try. However, unless you are an experienced dowser and have consistent, reliable results with it, please avoid dowsing for answers to any important questions! We are doing this exercise merely as a means of enhancing our awareness with, and connection to, trees, nature, and Mother Earth.
It is very simple to make your own pendulum or diving rods. Here are instructions on how to make L-rods (metal rods in the shape of an L that can be used to indicate dowsing reactions). This is from Joey Korn’s booklet, “ Dowsing: A Path to Enlightenment”.
To make a pair of L-rods: (Jennie has added photos, see below)
- Get two coat hangers and a wire cutter.
- Cut each hanger just under the hook on one side and at the bottom on hte other side, just before the bend.
- Bend each rod to make an L-shape.
- You can cut plastic straws to use as sleeves, but sleeves are not necessary.
Now you have a pair of L-rods. You can also make L-rods easily from welding rods, also called braising rods.
Jen’s note: Sometimes dry-cleaners will have thin paper-tubes over hangers that are used for hanging pressed pants; these are ideal to use as sleeves, and can be seen in the photographs provided. Personally, I find it nice to have the sleeves, then the L-rods move independently and are less likely to be influenced by your hand movements, heat, etc. Here are the photos of a pair of L-rods I made this evening: