HISTORY OF DOWSING SCIENCE
Dowsing has a very ancient history, there are pictographs in the Tassili-n-Ajjer caves in south-east Libya that show a group of people watching a diviner with a forked stick. It has been estimated that these drawings could be 8,000 years old. Divining “rods” are mentioned several times in Roman period.
In the sixteenth century dowsing rods were regularly used in German mines. In 1546, “Georgius Agricola” published “De Re Metallica” (On Metals), a book on mining, which explained in detail the necessity of the diving rod in finding and exploring mines. These German dowsers later brought their skill to England to help the locals divine for tin. H. H. Queen Elizabeth-I actively encouraged these miners to come to England to locate and exploit the country’s mineral resources.
In the late sixteenth century, a baroness, Martine de Bertereau, who grew up to become the first famour dowser. She was married to a leading mining expert & owner Baron de Beausoleil et d’Auffenbach. She gained her interest in dowsing from him, and became an expert at divining minerals as well as water. She appointed as mining advisor to the French government. She is extremely adventurous nature, traveled extensively crossed the Atlantic to Bolivia, where she examined and successful divine gold mines. The baroness published a book called “La Restitution de Pluton”. In this book she described her dowsing technique, equipments, mineral samples, maps, reports etc.
The Science Museum in South Kensington, London, contains a collection of emblematic tools that were used by the various guilds in Saxony in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. One engraving depicts two men with dowsing rods facing another man with a large pendulum. This is believed to be the first documented evidence of the pendulum as a dowsing device. Johann Wilhelm Ritter, today mainly remembered as the father of electrochemistry, studied the pendulum in Italy. He concluded that everything contained a special signature, as the pendulum almost always acted in a specific fashion when held over different objects. His research naturally led him to study the polarities of the human body, so he could arguably claim to be the first radiesthetist. However, he persevered and became the first person to demonstrate that the pendulum can tap the universal mind and cosmic energy which provides answers to any question. Ritter’s perseverance in the face of ridicule encouraged Professor Antoine Gerboin of the University of Strasbourg to publish a book that contained 253 tests that could be done with a pendulum.
The first english book on dowsing was A Discovery of Subterraneall Treasure”. By Gabriel Plattes, which was published in 1639. Subsequently ten years the French press published amazing dowsing stories of French dowser Jacques Aymar. He had achieved a considerable local reputation of his dowsing ability.
During the eighteenth century, dowsing quietly flourished in many countries. Colonial settlers in the United states made great use of dowsing to irrigate new areas as they expanded across the countinents. In year 1725 one interesting book “La Physique occulte ou traite de la baguette divinatoire” was published which written by Abbe de Vallemont. His book also included a comprehensive account of all the methods of dowsing that were in use at the time.
In the nineteenth century, there were many educated people who considered dowsing to be scientific. One of these was Professor Herbert Mayo, who had the Chair of Physiology at King’s College, University of London. He wrote that very soon dowsing “will be a credit to the family of superstitions, for without any reduction, or slipping, or trimming, it may at one assume the rank of a new truth.”
The Society of Psychical Research conducted a great deal of research into dowsing, and in the second volume of their Proceedings for 1884, decided that dowsing was legitimate and should be studied further.
The government of British Columbia employed Miss Evelyn Penrose as an official dowser in 1931. She also did work for the British and Australian governments. Even governments have been prepared to use them. Major W. N. Pogson became official water-diviner to the Government of India. During the three years he held this position, water was found in forty-seven out of fourty-nine sites he located.
The giant Swiss pharmaceutical company always call to dowser when building new laboratories around the world. Their spokesman and chief dowser Dr. Peter Treadwell, he used methods that are profitable, whether they are scientifically explainable or not. Dr. Treadwell has successfully found water in countries as far away from Europe as Australia and India.
The October 13, 1967, New York Times had a headline : “Dowsers detect enemy’s tunners.” Inside the building the Marines discovered a tunnel. Inside the building the Marines discovered a tunnel that led to a family bunker directly beneath where Steiner had been standing when the rods reacted.
The Soviet army has also used dowsers and even conducted classes on the subject for up to two hundred soldiers at a time.
Great Scientist Albert Einstein thought that dowsing was probably the result of an electromagnetic attraction.
Dr. John Zimmerman, University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre in Denver, demonstrated that the brain’s magnetic fields are strongest when the person is in a relaxed, meditative state or asleep.
Solco Tromp, a Dutch geologist, used magnetometers to show that dowsers are unusually sensitive to the earth’s magnetic field.
Despite this, dowsers are employed by the Canadian Ministry of Agriculture, UNESCO, and virtually every major pipeline company in America. In Russia, dowsers have been used to find gold in the Northern Caucasus. They did this with aerial dowsing and Societ scientists reported that 30 percent less drilling was required than with other medhods. The military have made good use of dowsers in the First World War, dowsers found water for the troops in the desert. The use of dowsing during the Vietnam War has already wellknown in history of Dowsing.
The Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham, England, had perhaps the world’s largest collection of material on dowsing, and they occasionally provide demonstrations for visitors. A Royal Engineer was responsible for one of the most significant dowsing successes in recent times.
In 1953 UNESCO study of radiesthesia conducted by leading European scientists came to the conclusion that there was “no doubt that DOWSING SCIENCE is a fact. The Institute of Technical Physics of the Dutch National Research Council has endorsed dowsing, and the Academie des Sciences in France declared that “it is impossible to deny the existence of the power, although its nature cannot be determind.”
The argument about how dowsing works continues. In the meantime, countless dowsers around the world are successfully finding Water, Oil, Iron & Gold mines, as well as Health threatening properties such as Earth current, Black Streams, Geopathic Stress and EMF, Lay lines, Powerful Grids which are very harmful for human. Dowsers are confident it works. They know that it does, and that is enough for them.
Charles Richet, the French physiologist and Nobel Prize winner, summed it up best when he said “Dowsing is a fact we must accept.”