Dowsing Day One
Edenbridge Leisure Centre
|Dowsing Course One in the Leisure Centre|
|John demonstrates the use of the pendulum|
Nine of us gathered in a room at the Edenbridge Leisure Centre to do just that. It was the first of John Watson's courses on Dowsing or water divining as it is sometimes known. John has been practising this art for many years and is convinced of its possible successes which means that his trainees can practise with confidence and certainly that is what happened.
We started with a description of dowsing and a little bit about its history. Those of us who were around in the early days of Edenbridge U3A will remember John's talk on the subject. He captivated us with his knowledge on the subject of The Arcane Art of Dowsing and it's still one of the most popular posts on the website. You can find it HERE.
|The tools of the trade|
But this was not to be a course on just theory. John was keen to get us practising what we preached and out of his briefcase came the tools we needed. If you go on Amazon, you'll find dowsing rods for £34 and up or a dowsing pendulum for roughly the same - the sky's the limit. John produced professional quality equipment for a fiver and that included the hire of the room. Rods made of bent metal and a pen and a pendulum made of an earplug and nylon string did the job just as good at a fraction of the cost.
|Finding an emotional spot with the pendulum|
Firstly we were shown in pairs how to find a valuable object in our own drawings of a room in our homes using a swinging motion with the pendulum which eventually turned into a circulating pendulum. It worked for most of us and with reasonable success for some. We graduated onto finding the house, using a map, in Notting Hill which used to be 10 Rillington Place where serial killer John Christie had murdered at least 8 women in the 1940s and 1950s including his wife. We had approximate success with that one, maybe due to our technique rather than dowsing's ability to find an emotional spot.
We had a break for coffee anticipating the real thing when we would go out into the park to practise like real dowsers with rods! We had an interesting conversation over coffee about whether dowsing really worked and its relationship with other unexplained phenomena such as remote viewing and the paranormal.
|The Edenbridge Dowsers|
|Bob and Vivien find the grate with Marian approaching|
|Serious concentration from Vivien as Ken goes "Off Piste"|
Thank you, John for an entertaining and educational morning which we are all keen to build upon by having a second session in the near future. If you're interested in doing day two (no previous experience required), contact John.
|Final instructions from John before we find the water!|