The subject of dowsing is both interesting and controversial. But first the formal definition:
Dowsing – technique for searching for underground water, minerals, or anything invisible, by observing the motion of a pointer (traditionally a forked stick, now often paired bent wires) or the changes in direction of a pendulum, supposedly in response to unseen influences (Mac OS X supplied dictionary)
We’ve all heard stories about people looking for water using this technique for thousands of years. Recently, a story was published in the Tasmanian News about a dowser who has successfully found a subterranean river which people have tried to find for two centuries now. He has found it using “two copper-coated stool rods and a great deal of patience”. Read the original article for more information on this event.
My interest in dowsing is more esoteric. I know that dowsing can be used for much more than finding water or minerals under the ground. Dowsing techniques can be used to detect energy fields and to influence it. It can also be used to ‘gain access’ to the Universal Mind and ‘fetch’ information from it.
An L-type rod can be used for that. The rod rotates clockwise or counterclockwise. One is ‘yes‘ and the other is ‘no‘. Which is which individual. Then you can ask questions and get answers. This is not as easy as it sounds but it works with certain people.
Dowsing (also called biolocation) can be used in this way in healing to diagnose patients. Both the energetic state (chakras, aura etc) and the physical body can be examined this way. Later, using the rod, the energy can be balanced, chakras fixed, etc.
Using dowsing techniques for healing is not common, though. I’ve studied it, but have not mastered it yet. You can also look at the Dowsing, Spirituality, & the Kabbalah Connection site for additional source of information on using dowsing for more than finding water.