The Virtual Bridge

by Nigel Twinn

The Importance of Earth Energy Dowsing as a Philosophical Tool

Unveiling the Big Picture

I have a carburettor. More accurately, it’s in the car I drive. As far as I know, it works well and does something really useful in making the engine work. Yet, despite having driven a car for over 30 years and spent much of my adult life in the field of transport (I started my working life at Ford’s Dagenham car plant and look like ending it in Local Authority Transport Strategy) this is the sum total of my practical knowledge of the carburettor… and I’m no longer ashamed to admit it!

For me, a car is not so much the sheet-metal veneer on the roaring dragon, more the intangible connection – the virtual bridge to my friends and family, to an EEG weekend, to the stands at Plymouth Argyle F.C. and to the Rising Sun pub. For me, it is not what a car does – or how it does it – but where it takes me. In essence, the car is a catalyst. It is a concept.

Although I have been a dowser for over a decade, mainly through the encouragement of Tamar Dowser Alan Neal, my real interest is not so much in the mechanics of the process, as in the philosophical panorama that it brings into view. I can dowse competently enough to be confident that it is a ‘genuine’ phenomenon, but the real excitement is in the light it casts on the world (or worlds?) in which we live.

Immersed in an Ocean of Energies

In his recent seminal presentation to the EEG AGM, retiring President, Billy Gawn, drew attention to the finding by dowsers that all bodies with mass attract all other such bodies. This ‘gravitational’ pull accords, to a large extent, with traditional Newtonian physics. The force, which is all but imperceptible to the world of conventional science, can be demonstrated using standard dowsing techniques – as previous articles in this journal have described. At the macroscopic level, the changes in the fields of attraction created by the re-alignment of bodies with very large masses can be dowsed during an eclipse. Here, the interplay of energies between the sun, moon and earth change very rapidly, and in a manner that even a dowser of modest ability can detect. I have investigated this phenomenon myself during solar and lunar eclipses in recent years.

In addition to this network of attraction, all bodies with significant mass (for example standing stones and those of certain crystalline structures) also radiate energy at various wavelengths, either in the form of fields, or rays. It is not just ‘inanimate’ bodies that exhibit this effect. Auras which surround, or are emitted by human beings, animals or plants can also easily be dowsed – and even displayed on screen, using Kirlian photography.

To this already confusing soup of energy, we can stir in all those energies emanating directly from the human mind. In this category, we could include thought forms, such as ley lines and protective sensory barriers, and the channelled energy used in local or distance healing, map dowsing and information transfer.

Anyone with a smidgeon of knowledge on the subject will be aware that these are all phenomena that can either be detected by sensitive equipment, sensed through dowsing, or both. Yet, to the man or woman in the street, many of these effects are outside of their common-sense understanding of reality. For most people, these ideas don’t enter into the philosophy of life at all. Effectively, they don’t exist. The world view of someone who senses just four dimensions could not be more different from that of that of the dowser, who has become aware of an infinitely wider sensory vista. It could be said that while they may sit together on the bus, their auras intermingling, for all practical purposes they inhabit only tangentially-related worlds. Of course, time alone will tell us which of them is actually on the right track!

When the whole spectrum of gross and subtle energies is considered as one integrated picture – from nuclear reactions and solar energy, through microwaves and car engines to the more subtle energies mentioned above – it is apparent that we, on the face of the earth, are constantly bathed in an all-embracing ocean of inter-connected energies, full of swirling cross-currents and the occasional psychic sea-monster.

If we take this process of the energy melting-pot yet one stage further, and introduce the idea that we, ourselves, are now coming to be understood as a concoction of complex energies, the whole matrix becomes unimaginably more complicated still. Our very atoms seem to consist of ever tinier particles, which under both the scientist’s microscope and the philosopher’s introspection, devolve progressively into more and more minute energy patterns, until they seem to disappear over the edge of the detectable spectrum.

The inheritors of the scientific tradition that leads from Newton, via Einstein, to the present day are currently considering the implications of this very idea by investigating a hypothesis known as String Theory. This is the concept which assumes that all of life is composed of incredibly minute ‘strings’ of energy. Consequently matter and energy are both part of one continuous spectrum.

The throwaway sub-script by the Guardian television critic, when referring to the recent Channel 4 series on this subject – to the effect that any half-baked new-ager could have told this to sub-atomic physicists over a decade ago, and saved them a few $billion in the process – was clearly intended as cynical satire. Yet many true words are spoken in jest!

Coping Strategies

Even to grasp the implications of the concept of multi-dimensional inter-connectivity would overload the network capacity, let alone the spelling ability, of most human minds. Consequently, those seeking to make some sense of it all, whilst still relating to the everyday world, have adopted a range of adaptive strategies.

One conventional way of dealing with the issue, in a practical sense, is to treat all the complex energies that are not immediately understandable as an indefinable package. It was only at the turn of the last century that the concept of the Ether – a medium through which phenomena travelled, but which could not be demonstrated to exist – was finally abandoned. Our earth energy dowsing looks like giving the Ether a new lease of life, in a sort of sub-atomic makeover.

The chain of ideas that evolved, were given credence by dowsing, and then led to the concept of the Information Grid, was no doubt a very different one from that of the early scientists. For them, the link between everyday rationality and a more philosophical view of life had not yet been totally severed. Physics and metaphysics were still regarded as two sides of the same coin.

Now, with our emerging outlook, we could re-interpret the 17th century vision of the Ether as the unseen forerunner of the universal information database – Jung’s collective conscious.

Another way of approaching the dilemma of coping with the availability of more levels and types of energy and information than the human mind can handle, could be to exclude all of the parts of existence and comprehension that do not directly contribute to an understanding of the bigger picture. Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and other monastic communities have done this, apparently very effectively, for centuries. While the rest of the western world may have regarded these groups as a harmless irrelevance, the evolving concepts brought back into the light by post-war dowsing, indicate that the boot may well be on the other foot – and that it may be the world outside the monastery walls that is the harmful irreverence.

Interestingly, a similar, but inverse, view is propagated by many modern self-help books, which advise over-stimulated urban dwellers to simplify their lives by concentrating on selected aspects of the immediate material world. To do this they should remove the insecurity, unpredictability and sheer expanse of the fuzzy world beyond the clearly definable and the day-to-day.

The concepts of ‘Focus’ and ‘Vision’ indicate either end of this vast philosophical spectrum. Both are clearly necessary for sanity and enlightenment – but not to the exclusion of one by the other.

The post-industrial way of dealing with the infinitely complex has either been to ascribe the expanse beyond the immediately observable to a deity, of whom we can have no comprehension – or to completely dismiss everything which is not definitively ‘scientific’. The former stance would be seen today as a metaphysical shrug, while the latter ignores the wealth of earth energy dowsing evidence to the contrary, not to mention the gut feeling of billions of people who have, in their hearts, always known otherwise. As a reformed ‘dismissive’, I am only too aware of how seductive this philosophical position can be.

But, could anyone really be satisfied by concentrating single-mindedly on one thread in such a rich tapestry? There are many, from all eras and all walks of life, who have tried. It would appear that the demise of dowsing and related sensitivities, from the medieval period onwards (aside from the well-documented repression of religious authorities) was in response to the demands of the ever-quickening pace of life.

Indeed, coping with the need to earn a living, while maintaining one’s internal balance in the shifting sands of the modern world, seems to be the 21st century equivalent of squaring the circle. Even being a journeyman dowser, as well as a fully-functional member of post-industrial society, risks a dangerous overload. My own partial solution was to downshift – to buy time and peace of mind – but many will not be afforded such a priceless opportunity.

No Reverse Gear?

The integration of the shafts of insight provided by energy dowsing, into a workable philosophy of everyday life, really is the Big Issue of the current era.

As Billy Gawn so rightly noted, we all have a few pieces of the jigsaw, from which we have to extrapolate the entirety, or at least a concept of it. Is the inability of the human mind to grasp the infinite complexity of this reality really just a 21st century way of rephrasing the assertion, heard across many ages and philosophies, that it is impossible to ‘look on the face of God’?

For the dowser, once that wider understanding has been liberated from the Pandora’s Box of limited sense awareness, there is no way we can put it back.

Recourse to the cocktail cabinet, the opium den or the fantasy world of cyber-Disney can bring only temporary respite from the conceptual sandblast of issues emerging from Earth Energy dowsing.

Like it or not, we already stand on the virtual bridge to a new understanding of philosophy – of which the dowsing rod and the carburettor are minuscule, but vital, elements.

© 2004 Nigel Twinn & BSD EEG