Deviceless Dowsing and its Benefits

by Billy Gawn

Dudley has invited me to write this article on my methods of dowsing, which are deviceless. I would point out that there are many other methods of deviceless dowsing, and they all are equally valid in their own right, but I will be limiting this article to the way that I work using my hands, eyes and mind as the dowsing tools.

First of all it is necessary to look at what we believe is the dowsing process. As yet no one has satisfactorily described how dowsing works. From our experience of dowsing we can only speculate as to the mechanism, and this may vary from person to person as everyone’s experience is slightly different. However, there is a reasonable consensus of opinion that it is not the coming into contact with radiations coming from the target that triggers off the dowsing action, but that it is an exchange of information regarding the target that takes place between the conscious and subconscious parts of the brain. The exchange comes about as the result of a question being put whilst the brain is in the ‘dowsing mode’, a deliberate lowering of the brain rhythm into the Alpha and Beta ranges between 0 and 15 Hz. The exchange of information is generally identified by discrete involuntary muscle movements that cause the dowsing tool to move in a particular and consistent way. We then translate these movements into every day language, usually a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Through using a different form of question, ‘where is such and such?’ the tools can be made to point in one direction or the other indicating the target. The dowsing vocabulary is therefore very limited. This model of dowsing which is based purely on information and not direct reaction can be used for all kinds of dowsing, site, distant and map. I simply regard site dowsing as dowsing on a full-scale map.

There has been no conclusive explanation given as to why these particular involuntary muscle movements in the arms and hands occur and even any evidence to show that they are indeed necessary. My experience would suggest that they occur, simply, because that is the way we are taught to dowse. We are told that if we hold a certain dowsing device in our hands in a specific way, ask a question, and walk over the surface of the ground then the dowsing tool will respond when we are over the target; and low and behold, if we are successful, that is what does happen. This locks into our subconscious that set of muscle movements and the subsequent movement of the dowsing device, and it becomes our default setting in all similar situations. When we look at the range of devices that are used, it can be seen that it requires a slightly different muscle movement to move each and every device in the desired way. All the movements are in the hands and/or arms. Therefore, the muscle movement, although involuntary, can alter according to our needs and desires, dependent on our choice of device. In other words, it is possible to re-programme the muscle movements in different ways to suit our preferred method of dowsing.

If this is accepted as being the case, then the step to deviceless dowsing becomes much easier. For most people, when contemplating deviceless dowsing, it is the apparent enormity of the step required that is off-putting. It is not an enormous step; it is just a further reprogramming of the body’s responses, the same as that required when using different tools. In this case the tools are whatever part of the body one chooses. As was in my case, the easiest and most logical step in deviceless dowsing is to continue to use the arms and hands. Simply lay aside the dowsing tool and expect some visible muscle movement in the arms to occur indicating when the target is found. Hold the hands in front of the body as when holding a pair of L rods, but with the hands open and the palms facing each other and about 18 inches apart. The type of muscle movement, such as the arms being forced to move outwards away from the body, should be envisaged and encouraged when the target is found. Therefore, it is good to practice on a visible target so that the result can be verified and the anticipated movement encouraged, making it happen. When the response is firmly established, then move on to hidden targets. Mark on the ground where a response is found to happen when dowsing devicelessly and then check the result by using your usual dowsing device. The speed of progress and gaining of confidence will depend entirely on the frequency and duration of practice. Verification of results is essential in all dowsing, whether with or without devices and the following exercise can be used by all who wish to improve their accuracy. Chose a level piece of ground not less than 30 to 40 paces long and 10 paces wide. Place a short straight object, a piece of cane or stick, on the ground about ¾ way along the left side of the area, pointing across the plot. Then go back to the base line and, near to the right hand side, walk the length of the plot and dowse for the position directly in line with the stick. This walk can be done with the eyes closed or looking towards the right so that the stick cannot be seen. When walking, the length of the stride should be varied so that it is not possible to judge the position of the stick by the number of strides. The position of the stick can be moved a little every time, or the starting place of the walk, changed.

The above method is useful to find a target, but with earth energy dowsing it is sometimes necessary to follow an energy line, in this case a slight variation is useful. When the energy line is found, turn 90 degrees to be facing the direction in which the line travels. Extend one arm forward to about 45 degrees from the body with the forefinger pointing at the earth directly over the edge of the line. Start walking and request that the finger follow the line. I get a feeling as if my finger is stuck in a grove and it will faithfully keep me on track. This is an excellent method by which to trace a line that weaves about, as many lines do. Finger dowsing, as described, is also very useful when map dowsing as the finger can be made to follow an underground flow of water or energy line. A pencil can be held in the hand as a substitute for a finger and has the benefit of marking out the line on the map, or drawing, whilst dowsing.

To use ones eyes as the dowsing tool is another step forward, and I believe that many practiced dowsers could be capable of adopting this method with little difficulty. I have heard many dowsers make the statement that they knew in advance where the dowsing device was going to respond as their eyes had already picked out the spot. One dowser recently told me that he was persistently trying to overcome this happening, as he was concerned that this reaction was due to the input of his conscious mind and would lead to inaccurate results. One of the misconceptions that can arise when people observe me using this method is to believe that I actually see the energy lines, or whatever the target is. What one sees is where the energy line is, not what it looks like. Information about the target is achieved through the dowsing question, which must be formed before dowsing begins. As with any method of dowsing, the question is all-important. When the question is put it a matter of allowing the muscles that control the neck, head and eyes to come under the control of the subconscious mind, then the involuntary muscle movements that usually take place in the arms and hands is transferred to these other muscle groups; simply a matter of reprogramming the default settings on our internal computer. Having belief in ones ability is essential in successfully bringing this about. It assists if one does a voluntary scan of the target area and be prepared to allow the involuntary movements to take over when they begin to occur. The dowser will be aware of when this occurs, as they will feel an unstoppable urge to turn the head and eyes in a particular direction. As with any dowsing reaction this will be faint at the beginning, but can be cultivated until it is a very strong and irresistible force. Not only can this method allows one to locate the position of an energy line or a flow of underground water, it is also possible to train the eyes to follow the object in any direction and possibly to its source. In the case of energy lines it allows the dowser to follow lines in the vertical plain, as much energy rises vertically from the ground. The surface of the ground need not be a barrier and one can follow movements below ground level as well as above. This provides the dowser with much more information about the behaviour of energies, and indeed underground water, than dowsing on the surface using devices.

The final step in deviceless dowsing is to dowse through visualisation. This can be done if one can visualise the target area, the greater the detail the greater the accuracy. Map dowsing, or indeed looking at a plot of ground is only an aid in the dowsing process. I believe that all dowsing is done in the dowsers brain, in other words it is all visualisation dowsing. It is this that brings about the condition that allows the exchange of information regarding the target to takes place between the conscious and subconscious parts of the brain that I referred to in paragraph 2. The view of the site, or a map, or picture, is just an aid in the visualisation process and is not strictly necessary. Even if detail is not available it is possible to visualise an empty square, or rectangle, of an appropriate size at the address where the site is located, then, through asking a range of questions, inside ones head to ‘see’ the results. This may not give complete accuracy as to the exact location of what is there, but it will provide good information about what is likely to be found if a site visit is necessary.

What are the main benefits of deviceless dowsing?

  •  It is generally more discrete and therefore better in public areas.
  •  It is much quicker to carry out. The same amount of information can be gathered in a few minutes as would take several hours using conventional methods.
  • It allows dowsing on the vertical plane, above and below ground.
  • It removes the barrier of distance. One can dowse beyond the horizon and outward to the distant stars.

Finally, two questions.

  1.  How does anyone become proficient in deviceless dowsing methods? Have faith in your ability, keep trying and when the first signs begin to appear then practice, practice, practice. What you get out will be exactly equal to what you are prepared to put in.
  2. When is the best time to start? The answer is NOW.

© 2004 W. A. Gawn & BSD EEG