kevin wrote: Dowsing is the ability to connect with whatever you are thinking of, or atuned to.
The hands and feet are antenae, the implements you utilise are mere additions to show to our dominant senses what we detect and connect with.
Are you familiar with the work of Colin Wilson
or Thomas C. Lethbridge
? I read Wilson's Mysteries a long time ago. In it, he discusses dowsing in some depth. He believes that dowsing is related to devining by using a pendulum, but preferred the pendulum method. He discusses pendulum use extensively, including providing a considerable history of Lethbridge's work on iy. I remember finding Wilson's theory very interesting. I also found a book by Lethbridge at a libary and looked through it, but didn't have time to read it thouroughly. But it was quite interesting too.
He believed that each object (or thought) had a certain "frequency" so to speak. And each frequency would make his pendulum swing and rotate in particular ways. Lethbridge actually made a chart of each substance or thought. Although I think it is probably not that useful as (1) it was incomplete and (2) I got the impression each sensitive can expect to have a different chart.
As far as dowsing goes, Wilson believed that water is a good conductor of electricity, and that's why dowsing is most adept at detecting water. He also believed that strong emotions could be "imprinted" on various inanimate objects. In one experiment, Lethbridge tested a rock to see how it would respond. Then he came acrost some rocks that responed to other things, such as death, anger, violence, etc. Later, he discovered that the rocks were located on the site of an ancient battle. So he tested a rock. Then he took the same rock and allowed himself to get as angry as he could before throwing the rock at a wall. When he retested, the rock responded to anger, just as the rocks at the battle site did.
Elsewhere, he considers various paranormal phenomena. One in particular he called a ghoul
. This is an irrie, or disconcerting feeling that you get without cause. For instance, there is supposedly a cliff called "Lover's Leap". And he reports that several individuals and couples have leaped from this spot. Often the event is totally unexpected and unanticipated. And Wilson theorizes that perhaps the first event recorded the emotion on the very land itself, and occasionally people are able to tune in to these emotions when they visit the site.
One of the things Wilson discovered is that most of these paranormal phenomenon seem to occur over underwater streams or near other types of water sites. And he supposes that the emotions are somehow able to imprint themselves on the medium of the earth--sort of like a song gets imprinted on a cassette tape.
I think it's intersting speculation anyway.