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How to Make L-Rods for Dowsing

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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)

  1. Get two coat hangers and a wire cutter.
  2. Cut each hanger just under the hook on one side and at the bottom on hte other side, just before the bend. 
  3. Bend each rod to make an L-shape.
  4. 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:

L-rods can be made from coat-hangers... I've had these ones kicking around for years...

L-rods can be made from coat-hangers…

The paper tube from dry-cleaning a pair of pants comes in handy as a handle...

The paper tube from dry-cleaning a pair of pants comes in handy as a handle…

Snip the wire coat hanger at the two points shown in photo - so that you include one of the corners in your piece. Then bend the wire so that it is at a 90-degree angle.

Snip the wire coat hanger at the two points shown in photo – so that you include one of the corners in your piece. Then bend the wire so that it is at a 90-degree angle.

Here's the tube. You may also have plastic straws, rubber catheders handy to use.

Here’s the tube. You may also have plastic straws, rubber hose, or something else that might be handy to use.

Here are your L-rods! That probably took about 5 minutes or so. Enjoy!

Here are your L-rods! They sure ain’t fancy, but will do the trick. You can spend some cash on pretty ones, or make your own for nothing. That probably took about 5 minutes or so from start to finish. Enjoy!


Author: It's a Wild Thing

Nature-crazy forager sharing a love of wild medicinal & edible plants & a passion for all wild things. Events & classes on sustainable foraging, bringing the wild into your life & nature therapy: itsawildthing.com

One thought on “How to Make L-Rods for Dowsing

  1. A lot of people don’t know this, but in the 19th century, before surveyors and engineers were responsible for laying telegraph lines, the linesmen laid the lines. They were the people who were responsible for choosing the paths of the telegraph lines through the wilderness. These old timers relied on dowsing to follow the energy streams that run through the earth, and placed their telegraph lines along the routes of these streams. When they did this, they were able to tap into this energy physically to run the telegraph relays. They discovered that over time, they were able to remove the batteries from those stations that had been well situated along these energy streams, and run them solely on the electricity provided by the Earth, for free. Later in time, as the railroads cut through the wilderness, and the telegraph lines were laid along the tracks, they lost this ability, and had to resort to batteries again. Here was a very practical and real scientific application of Earth energy which very few people today are aware.

    Nathan Stubblefield designed an electrode made from bi-metallic windings that he was able to place into energy “hot spots” and produced industrial amounts of usable electricity from just the Earth. But these devices too have to be placed in the right spot where these upwellings of energy occur, and they will eventually cause an accumulation of it. This energy is vivifying, healing, and very good for the environment and the life-forms around it. Baron Karl von Reichenbach in the early 1800’s did amazing experiments with this energy and documented his findings in great detail. There have been many other scientists and inventors who have made similar discoveries. Some of them have been doctors who used it to cure all manner of diseases in medical practices in America. Then the AMA and agencies of the government made a campaign to shut them all down right at a time when the petrochemical industry was beginning to realize how much money was to made treating symptoms with coal-tar derived pharmaceuticals. The history of Radionics shows an established pattern of results that clearly defy the claims of the AMA and the government.

    Never underestimate the power of the Earth! Never underestimate the value of your skills, no matter how strange others might think they be. Dowsing is a very valuable skill to learn!

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