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developed branch of the divination of dowsing (water-witching) through indicators such as rods and
pendulums. This method scopes more than just the discovery of hidden water
and other metals, minerals and objects. Radiesthesia or "radiesthesie"
as it is known in France has been used in discovering missing persons and
in making medical diagnosis and proscribing treatments. However, almost
everywhere the terms dowsing and radiesthesia have became synonymous.
In 1930 the term "radiesthesie" was coined by Abbe Bouly in France
where the rod gave place to the small pendulum used as an indicator. L'
Association de Amis de la Radiesthesie was established in 1930 and the
British Society of Dowsers was founded in 1933.
A radiesthsist is a peon who is very sensitive to certain substances, and
this person's sensitivity is amplified by the rod or pendulum. No one is
definitely positive about the connection between the person and the sought
after object. It appears to be more like a psychic medium, nearer to ESP
than contemporary physics.
The indicator, either the rod or pendulum, as previously mentioned amplifies
the person's sensitivity, and its operation and indications are essential.
The reason for the replacement of the rod with small pendulums is that in
many incidences they are easier to work with, especially in medical diagnosis.
Usually pendulums are small balls attached to a thin string attached to
the end of a stick. The string should be nonwoven preferably nylon so to
register any extraneous movements of the bob. It is necessary the person
be experienced in using the pendulum so not to allow any of his own muscle
activity influence the activity of the bob. The only desired activity of
the bob is to be caused by the influence of the sought after object.
The pendulum is held over the area in which the object is thought to be
located. Then the observation of the action of the string and bob is crucial.
The bob may be raised or lowered to assist in its observation by winding
the string around the stick, or vice verse. Usually it gyrates or oscillates
in a clockwise or anticlockwise movement.
In medical diagnosis the pendulum is first placed over the healthy portion
of the body, then over an unhealthy portion. The difference of the movement
of the pendulum is noted between the two areas.
The pendulum may also be used in a different manner; in a sequence where
"Yes" and "No" answers are applicable. When the answer
is Yes, the pendulum will rotate clockwise; when the answer is No it will
As with dowsing, there is also the phenomena of teleradiesthesia or superpendulism.
This is the phenomena where the sensitive person does not go to the actual
location of the sought after object, but a map of the location is brought
to him. After placing the pendulum on the map he can tell the inquirer the
information he wants to know.
There is considerable literature on the subject of radiesthesia and much
of it endorses the reliability of the phenomena.
Both the American and British societies for dowsers encourage people to
learn more about the science and to participate in all of its areas. The
addresses of both societies are as follows: American Society of Dowsers,
Inc., Danville, Vermont, 05828. British Society of Dowsers, Sycamore College,
Tamley Lane, Hastingleigh, Ashford, Kent, TN25 5HW, England. A.G.H.
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