Caitlyn Nicole’s Theory On Dowsing

To me, dowsing could be a variety of things. Brian has proposed his theory in that electromagnetic pulses from our bodies are influencing the metal rods, but what about non-metal dowsing rods? For years, dowsing rods were made of tree branches and twigs, particularly those from peach and willow trees. If these materials produce the same effect that conductive metal rods do, then what is the common link?

Let’s take a look at the technique of most people using dowsing rods. You loosely hold your hands around the handles of the rods, making sure that they are non-restricted so that they may move freely. Since you are not holding the rods tightly, small movements of your hands cause exaggerated movement from the rods. With this in mind, apply the ideomotor effect. From Wikipedia, the ideomotor effect is defined as “a psychological phenomenon wherein a subject makes motions unconsciously. As in reflexive responses to pain, the body sometimes reacts reflexively to ideas alone without the person consciously deciding to take action. For instance, tears are produced by the body unconsciously in reaction to the emotion of sadness.”

Skeptics have explained dowsing, automatic writing, Ouija, and many other paranormal phenomena as being cause by the ideomotor effect. My belief is that in many, I may go so far as to say that most dowsing and Ouija results are caused by this. For example, when using a Ouija board, you are concentrating very hard on making the planchette move. After a letter or two, you already have an idea in your head of what the word may be, so your subconscious takes over and finishes spelling the word or name without your conscious minds notice. Strange? Yes. Paranormal? No, I’m afraid not.

With this is mind, I will never say for sure that this is the cause of all reported activity from divining tools such as Ouija, dowsing rods, and pendulums. But, I believe in most cases, it is. Remember to decide everything for yourself. Test these things. If you try a Ouija board, blindfold whoever is touching the planchette and have someone else write down all of the letters without announcing them. If you still get words, then your results will be much more compelling.

-Caitlyn Nicole

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