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Dowsing rods have been used for hundreds of years and have reportedly been the cause of many finds from underground water sources to rich oil strikes. People have used them to locate ore deposits such as gold and silver and have used them as metal detectors at the beach to find stray coins and jewelry. In the paranormal community they are used to locate spirit activity and even the bodies of the dead. But what is it that makes these ordinary brass and metal rods respond to such a wide variety of uses? My theory starts with the human brain. The brain is a remarkable tool. Is it the largest storage computer device known to man, it has consciousness, and is the operator of the most complex machine on the planet, the human body. It controls this machine by electrical impulse. The brain sends a jolt of energy down the nervous system via a neural road network to the area it wishes to respond. The finger twitches, the toes tap or the legs walk. The electricity then travels back down the nervous system to return to the brain to let it know that the message was received and carried out. But does all that energy stay within the body? Brass is a high conducive metal and is the most widely used material in the construction of dowsing rods. When we are using these rods we hold them loosely in our hands allowing them to move freely in response,so we assume, to the object we are seeking in the ground. I can understand to a point the rods responding to the presence of metal ore,jewelry,coins and the like as these are metal objects and will contain a small charge picked up from the earth itself. Water also is a good conductor of electrical current which may be why the rods seem to be able to locate this element within the ground. But what of elements such as oil, spirit or the body of the deceased? Why should the rods pick up on them? In my opinion they can’t. It is my opinion that it is we, the user of the rods that manipulate them. Not as a conscious act of will, although scam artists are known to do this, but as an involuntary act of nature. We hold the rods loosely in our hands and concentrate on them,our brain sends signals down the neural road way to our hands to not move the rods, but in the back of our minds is also the thought that we want to find what we are looking for. This unconscious thought travels down to our hands and…goes where? Into the highly conducive brass of the rods. In our tests at Brunckow’s Cabin and the Tombstone Cemetery we found that indeed the rods crossed at certain points. At Brunckow’s at an area that we assumed was a hot spot because another member said it was and at the cemetery over the graves of people buried there. However we took it a step further. When we concentrated on a spot at the cabin we knew had no reason to have the rods crossed we were able to cross them just by THINKING there was something there and then making them uncross by thinking there was nothing. At the cemetery the rods crossed over the grave UNTIL we thought about nothing being under the ground then they remained straight. Again as soon as we thought about there being a person buried there the rods would again cross. I believe that the reason some people find water or gold and the like when using the rods may have more to do with a latent psychic ability rather than a “rod” ability. The person looking for water for their homestead uses the rods while hoping and praying they find it and all this electrical energy pours out of the brain and into the hands, then the rods and a then “bang” they cross and there is the water. It is my opinion that the emotional state of the user is more important than any other consideration. Hope and desire are too potent human emotions. So the next time you use dowsing rods please keep these consideration in the back of your mind, but as always keep that mind open, after all, this is just my opinion. Brian Clune
The theory put forth is not necessarily that of the other members of PLPI.
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.
By Paul Dale Roberts, HPI General Manager aka The Demon Warrior
Date: August 14, 2009, Friday: Sometimes I think I am the vampire. I don’t sleep at night, because I am on the hunt for a story, or I am writing a story that keeps me up throughout the whole night. This Friday, I am up early because I have two ladies I need to interview. Both ladies had some interesting paranormal experiences and I want to know more about them. Let’s go with our first interview. Ahhhh�hold on. You probably want to see the pictures from Goth night first. Okay, let�s check those out first, here goes:
Okay, now let�s move on with the first interviewee.
Interviewee: Vicci Williams. Vicci has an unusual story to tell. Her mother was a natural witch and so was her grandmother. In fact her family tree shows that she is from a long line of witches. Vicci has been experiencing the paranormal since the age of 9. When she lived in Salem, Oregon, she remembers seeing her rooster piggy bank floating in the air. For a little 9 year girl this was a terrifying experience. While living in this home, she remembers hearing a baby crying, footsteps that sounded like women’s high heels walking up to the door. The footsteps were heard often and one day her father opened the door as the footsteps reached the door and when he opened the door, there was nothing there. They moved from Salem, Oregon to Pasadena. The paranormal activity followed them to Pasadena. One night in their Pasadena home, Vicci’s parents found Vicci and her sister hanging outside of their bedroom window by their heels. They learned that in the Pasadena home, a woman had murdered her children in this home. She has no idea why the home in Salem was haunted, but living in 2 different homes, one in Salem and one in Pasadena and they were both haunted was unimaginable, but yet it happened. The Pasadena house was quite unusual, because Vicci would always find polished rocks in the yard and she wonders to this day, if it had anything to do with the paranormal activity. I will be exploring more of Vicci’s story in a future article.
Interviewee: Adrina Wilkerson. Adrina is only 23 years old, but she has witnessed the paranormal. When Adrina lived on 51st Street in Sacramento, she would hear footsteps in the attic, knockings on walls and the front door would open on its own. Her first paranormal experience was when she was 14 years old. On one Christmas Eve her father and her godfather witnessed a full body apparition in their living room. The odd thing about this full body apparition is that it wore a white sheet. The apparition vanished in front of her father and godfather’s eyes. Her little brother never liked living in this house. Adrina would always feel like there was something watching her. When she moved to San Francisco on her own, she heard an unseen entity walk past her. The entity was giggling and hissing. She has felt the fear of these unseen forces and to this very day, she will only sleep with the lights on. I will periodically check up on Adrina and see if the activities have stopped or if they continued.
The interviews are finished and now it’s Goth Night! I head over to Shannon ‘Ms. Macabre’ McCabe’s home and ride over to Old Sacramento – Vegas Nightclub with Carol Gillis driving and fellow passenger Yolanda Fowler. We listen to Super Massive Black Hole by News on the way to Old Sacramento. Yolanda is part of the Goth culture and Carol Gillis is a self-proclaimed vampiress. HPI Paranormal Investigators present were: Shannon ‘Ms. Macabre’ McCabe, Paul Dale Roberts, Timothy Hawkins, Carol Gillis, Yolanda Fowler. HPI Paranormal Assistants present were: Janine, Merilee. Shannon and I will be promoting our HPI Vampire Halloween Ball. In fact you can learn more about this Ball at:
I wanted to learn if there was a connection to the Goth culture and the vampire culture. The true answer to this is ‘yes’, but do our ‘Goths’ in this club know the connection. Well, let’s find out, I started conducting my interviews.
Kunt is a very beautiful pig-tailed blonde. She tells me that the Goth culture did originate from the vampire culture. She says it started with Vlad Tepes and everyone accepts immortality. To accept immortality is also the ability to accept death. Kunt got into the Goth culture because she would see gangster wannabes who were into hip hop dying early deaths, because of their criminal activities. Kunt would see death all around her and started wearing black as a sense of mourning. She also says that wearing black helps her absorb energy. Her favorite Goth song is Happiness in Slavery by Nine Inch Nails. Kunt has some exceptional tattoos. She has an Ankh on her chest area and the words ‘Is God’ with an arrow pointing at a certain location of her body. She says the Ankh is her way of saying she can do what she wants to do eternally.
She does not believe the Goth culture is connected with vampirism. Julie wears black to embrace darkness and death. Julie’s favorite Goth group is Sisters of Mercy.
Courtney says that the Goth culture is connected with vampirism. Courtney says that she wears black to mourn for the human race and it’s easier to wash black clothes. Courtney is into Bela Lugosi is Dead.
The pulsating Goth music had the Goths out on the floor swaying to the music. The fog machine engulfed the air with mist. I had to step outside for a while to gather my bearings and admire the huge black Hearst that was parked outside. I later learn that a Goth named John Marsh owns this gorgeous vehicle. I hope one day, I will be able to get a ride in this fine black machine.
Well, the Goth culture does not seem as prevalent as San Francisco or New York, but if clubs like Vegas continue to promote Goth music and the Goth culture, maybe we will start seeing more people wearing black. It’s definitely an interesting culture. Now to other news. Below are HPI News and Events:
Old West Ghost Investigations:
Paul Dale Roberts aka The Demon Warrior received a call from two of his fans – Melissa Bryan and Dan Bryan of Old West Ghost Investigations – PO Box 712, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514 (575) 779-3180 Cell – http://www.freewebs.com/owgi — They are here in California to do some investigations and so far they have investigated Melissa’s parent’s haunted home. They heard footsteps and voices; they obtained EVPs of train whistles. They also investigated the Winchester Mystery House and the Queen Mary. In their photos at the Queen Mary, they obtained 2 full body apparitions and photos of blue, orange and white orbs. They also took a picture of what they think is a shadow person at the Queen Mary. They conducted an investigation of my home and obtained all sorts of orbs in their photos. Disclaimer: Orbs are not an indication of paranormal activity, unless you can prove intelligent movement. I gave them a list of places to see in Sacramento. To see pictures of Melissa and Bryan, go here:
Professor Armagan Emre Cakir Talks about The Invisible Porcupine Man of Sedona:
Dear Mr. Roberts,
I am a university professor from Turkey. My name is Armagan Emre Cakir. My field of study is politics and international relations, but in my spare time
I read on paranormal. I read your column entitled “The Invisible Porcupine
Man of Sedona” with great interest. This reminded me of the story of a
person called Abu Dujana. He was one of the friends or acquaintances of the
Prophet Mohammad from the Seventh Century. He had an experience similar to
that of the gentleman in Sedona. It was with the help of the Prophet that he
got rid of this problem.
In the following link, if you search for the name “Abu Dujana” you will
find his story:
In my humble opinion, most
or maybe all the phenomena that involves
disembodied entities (ghosts, spirits…) are in fact caused by jinns. There
is a holistic approach in this line, developed by a contemporary writer
called Ahmed Hulusi. His free online book can be accessed on the following
website (the book is called “Spirit, Man, Jinn”, and the link to it is at
the bottom of the page):
I reckon that since these entities have been created from a kind of energy,
sometimes touching them gives the feeling of touching electric sparks, which
may be mistaken with the quills of a porcupine. This reminds me of plasma
lamps (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_lamp) and may explain the
phenomenon of fire balls, orbs and vortices.
I thank you once again for that interesting column. I have also found the
treasure of your other articles on http://www.true-ghost-story.com/ and am
about to devour them. If for any reason, if want to refer to me in a writing
I would prefer you to use my first name Armagan only.
Regards, and best wishes from Turkey,
Armagan Emre Cakir
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