I know very well that many scientists consider dowsing as a type of superstition. According to my conviction this is, however, unjustified. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which are unknown to us at this time.

  • Albert Einstein


I have spoken to you all many times about the success of a friend of mine (not Einstein, unfortunately)  who used dowsing in his business and went from an ordinary, poorly educated vitamin salesman, to a millionaire in real estate. He made no decision without consulting the pendulum which was part of his key chain. He carried it with him at all times.   Some of his decisions seemed risky, but they always worked.  Mind you, once a decision was made he worked with it  –  he didn’t change his mind four times a day.  He trusted the decision to be right.

I on the other hand, often forget to take my pendulum with me… recently I have taken to wearing it around my neck., and I have more than one. They are scattered throughout the house and in bags, however, my main challenge is that I have to get more disciplined about using them. I am beginning to understand how Keith used his. It was like a trusted advisor he took with him everywhere and what is the use of a trusted advisor if you don’t ask for advice? Once you have the advice the key thing is to follow through.  Even simple things.  Should I go to restorative or ashtanga, should I take Vit.C, how much, is it the right time to plant beans, does my garden need mulch, how deep? and so on.

Many people think that the idea of a pendulum is hocus-pocus…  Obviously Albert Einstein was open minded, and universities have been challenged enough to have carried out research (even though some time ago).  In The Macedon Ranges we have had generations of dowsers who freely advertise their water locating abilities to the extent that they will not charge if water is not located! They are rarely wrong.   I have used the pendulum to re-direct water in the garden, and now that conditions are changing, I am going to take the pendulum to the job again before summer.  On the farm I used the pendulum to discourage rabbits in the lavender patch, and to get a better yield of berries (as I do now), and so much more.

If you want to join our dowsing/pendulum group, please email me at and I will forward the details.


Popular mechanics, Dec. 2004. (This is only a section of the article…google it if you want more).

……..As impressive as this success rate may seem, it doesn’t do much to change the minds of skeptics. Their preference is to test dowsing under more controlled conditions.

Anticipating this criticism, the German researchers matched their field work with laboratory experiments in which they had dowsers attempt to locate water-filled pipes inside a building. The tests were similar to those conducted by CSICOP and JREF, and similarly discouraging. Skeptics see the poor showing as evidence of failure. Betz sees the discrepancy as an important clue. He says that subtle electromagnetic gradients may result when natural fissures and water flows create changes in the electrical properties of rock and soil. Dowsers, he theorizes, somehow sense these gradients and unconsciously respond by wagging their forked sticks, pendulums or bent wires.

Low-Energy Sensor?  There is ample evidence that humans can detect small amounts of energy. All creatures with eyes can detect extremely small amounts of electromagnetic energy at visible light wavelengths. Some researchers believe the dark-adapted human eye can detect a single photon, the smallest measurable quantity of energy. Biologists also have found nonvisual electric and magnetic sensing organs in creatures from bacteria to sharks, fish and birds. Physiologists, however, have yet to find comparable structures in humans.

Betz offers no theories of how dowsers come by their skill and prefers to confine his speculation to his data. “There are two things that I am certain of after 10 years of field research,” he says. “A combination of dowsing and modern techniques can be both more successful, and far less expensive, than we had thought.”

Now comes a massive set of data that suggests there may be some validity to dowsers’ claims. The encouraging words are contained in a study financed by the German government and published in the Journal Of Scientific Exploration,, which is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published at Stanford University.

The project was conducted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit in the hope of finding cheaper and more reliable ways of locating drinking water supplies in Third World countries.

Researchers analyzed the successes and failures of dowsers in attempting to locate water at more than 2000 sites in arid regions of Sri Lanka, Zaire, Kenya, Namibia and Yemen over a 10-year period. To do this, researchers teamed geological experts with experienced dowsers and then set up a scientific study group to evaluate the results. Drill crews guided by dowsers didn’t hit water every time, but their success rate was impressive. In Sri Lanka, for example, they drilled 691 holes and had an overall success rate of 96 percent.

“In hundreds of cases the dowsers were able to predict the depth of the water source and the yield of the well to within 10 percent or 20 percent,” says Hans-Dieter Betz, a physicist at the University of Munich, who headed the research group.