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    Dowsing, is it real or fake? Your opinion.

    I have really tried to believe it. Even cut my own dowsing rods out of copper and tried it with no luck at all. I even tried asking the rods to show me where water, pipe, power lines etc were with no luck. I looked it up on youtube and watched some videos that were interesting but not really convencing. Also watched some opposing interviews with James Randi which had a lot of good points and seemed to be just down right common sense.

    Just wondering what your experince with this is and how you feel. To me its just like bigffoot and the lochness monster or the quija board sold at wallmart. I liked all that stuff when I was a kid but as an adult it holds no water. Of course this is all in my opinion.

    Differing opinions are welcomed and encouraged. Maybe you all can convert me
    Last edited by Jay of MS; May 01, 2012 at 10:50 AM.
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    wow, this one could get heated..... I personally don't believe in it, my grandfather had a set of dowsing rods and never found anything he was looking for, and I tried them with no luck when I was a kid.

    This is one of those subjects where you either believe or don't, but I've seen some pretty heated discussions come up when a believer was told they don't work.
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    Hopefully anyone that posts will have enough sense to not fly off the deep end. I love reading alternate views from my own. I may learn something as they may learn something from me.

    Nola My dad made dowsing rods for us kids and would send us into the yard looking for gold, underground water, etc for fun with also no luck. I recently became interested in it again but after trying it a few different ways and watching others dowse on youtube both pro and con I'm just not buying it. I wish it did work tho. They could have found Bin Laden quicker, all of the buried gold in the world and a ton of other things. Who knows maybe if I hop on one foot it might work
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    Real.

    My wife has the gift... she can find wells for people all day long.

    On the odd occasion, she has directed me to a significant find in the lakes around here

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    Quote Originally Posted by plymouthian12 View Post
    Real i'm able to dowse and am able to find wells, my grandfather could tell you about how deep it would be i cant do that though
    Can you only find water? Do you talk to your rods? I even asked mine to find certain things with no luck. I read somewhere that asking the rods helps.
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    Dowsing works! I have found privies, water lines and a couple septic tanks with this method. The rods need to be able to flow freely in your hands. You might be holding on too tight. It takes some practice. DD.

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    Many decades ago my family and I went to an 'historic village' type tourist attraction. One of the demonstrations was dowsing for water. There was an old well on the property so the water was there. They gave anyone who wasn't spooked an opportunity to try. Using the standard willow branch I gave it a shot as did my wife. The branch twisted so severely in my hands I got a 'bark burn', it was amazing. It worked for my wife as well but other people couldn't get it to twitch. SO it does work, at least for certain people, at least responds to water. I wouldn't go out and buy a $500 contraption to find buried treasure or gold with one because I've never heard of anyone who's an independent getting rich from the investment.

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    of course

    For metals and treasures? Of course it works! Just wave your coat-hanger thing long enough around enough likely looking ruins, then pull your detector out to "pinpoint", and dig enough holes around those likely looking ruins long enough, then "presto", you eventually find metal and even goodies! (all because of the dowsing, ... of course )

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay of MS View Post
    I have really tried to believe it. Even cut my own dowsing rods out of copper and tried it with no luck at all. I even tried asking the rods to show me where water, pipe, power lines etc were with no luck. I looked it up on youtube and watched some videos that were interesting but not really convencing. Also watched some apposing interviews with James Randi which had a lot of good points and seemed to be just down right common sense.

    Just wondering what your experince with this is and how you feel. To me its just like bigffoot and the lochness monster or the quija board sold at wallmart. I liked all that stuff when I was a kid but as an adult it holds no water. Of course this is all in my opinion.

    Differing opinions are welcomed and encouraged. Maybe you all can convert me
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    For metals and treasures? Of course it works! Just wave your coat-hanger thing long enough around enough likely looking ruins, then pull your detector out to "pinpoint", and dig enough holes around those likely looking ruins long enough, then "presto", you eventually find metal and even goodies! (all because of the dowsing, ... of course )
    Do I detect sarcasm
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    The theory behind dowsing rods and pendulums is that the person is sensitive enough to the things that are being sought and the rods and the pendulum are simple tools that display the result.
    As such, one cannot simply take the rods and start dowsing and expect results. One would have to be sensitive already or develop that sensitivity somehow.

    I believe that the extent of a person's senses goes well beyond what we experience in our everyday lives. Some of this stuff is now actually verified by science, albeit science that is as of yet difficult to understand by the lay person. Some of the things that Quantum Physics deals with makes dowsing seem as normal as eating pie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverorBust View Post
    The theory behind dowsing rods and pendulums is that the person is sensitive enough to the things that are being sought and the rods and the pendulum are simple tools that display the result.
    As such, one cannot simply take the rods and start dowsing and expect results. One would have to be sensitive already or develop that sensitivity somehow.

    I believe that the extent of a person's senses goes well beyond what we experience in our everyday lives. Some of this stuff is now actually verified by science, albeit science that is as of yet difficult to understand by the lay person. Some of the things that Quantum Physics deals with makes dowsing seem as normal as eating pie.
    So the dowser's sense's are moving the rod at the exact spot? I always heard that the dowser is suppose to let the rods do the work and not even squeeze. Do people being sensitive make things move? You said that some of this stuff has been verified by science. What stuff, and where has it been proven. Looking forward to the links. Maybe I will learn something.
    Last edited by Jay of MS; May 01, 2012 at 12:04 PM.
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    I became convinced it can work when I subdivided a building lot and we had a neighbor use his rods to find the spot to pound the well. He nailed it first time. 20gal/minute and he was able to follow the vein for some distance. It was very cool.

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    NOLA,

    I'm from New Orleans, and went to a little private school (Clifton L. Ganus). One of the guys in my class's father owned an oil exploration company. Told me that the two dowsers he kept on staff were just as accurate as any of the modern scientific equipment he was using at the time (1970s).

    Personally, I believe that dowsing is real. I just don't believe 99% of the people that SAY they can dowse. I have tried it and can't get it to work every time for me. Until someone can show me that they can dowse 100% of the time accurately, I will stick with what I know works 100%; my metal detectors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay of MS View Post
    So the dowser's sense's are moving the rod at the exact spot? I always heard that the dowser is suppose to let the rods do the work and not even squeeze. Do people being sensitive make things move? You said that some of this stuff has been verified by science. What stuff, and where has it been proven. Looking forward to the links. Maybe I will learn something.
    Jay, google peripersonal space. It has to do with how we extend our senses beyond the limits of our physical bodies via an apparent brain map of the surrounding space.

    The rods and pendulum don't move on their accord but rather the muscles around the hand and fingers move very subtly. The rods and pendulum augment the movement so that it can be easily seen by the person. Look up micro muscle movements on the web. I heard someone say once that that's how cops can sometimes tell somebody is lying, that is, by picking up on the subtle muscle movements of the face.

    There is a man by the name of Darren Brown who exploits all of this for his stage shows. Look him up, there is lots of interesting stuff he does that touch on the whole dowsing thing, even if he himself doesn't dowse; well, he kind of dowses for lost items by using people as the rods.

    As for the Quantum Physics stuff, read up on it. There is tons of stuff available on the web. Google is your friend.
    Disturbing the soil since May, 2011

 

 
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