Water dowsing, in general, refers to the process of utilizing a rod, forked stick, coconut, pendulum, or similar device to seek underground water, minerals, or other hidden or lost objects, and has been a source of debate for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
Forked Stick Dowsing Method
Although tools and methods vary greatly, most dowsers (also known as diviners or water witches) still utilise the traditional forked stick, which can be made from a range of trees such as willow, peach, and witchhazel. Other dowsers may employ keys, wire coat hangers, pliers, wire rods, pendulums, or a variety of complex boxes and electrical equipment.
In the traditional manner of utilising a forked stick, one fork is held in each hand, palms up. The bottom or butt end of the “Y” is directed skyward at a 45-degree angle. The dowser then moves back and forth across the test area.
Dowsers normally stroll slowly through the areas they are surveying while holding a pendulum. They claim that when they get close to a body of water, the rod will waver or point down. Dowsers may use a pendulum to assess distant properties. They also use a pendulum to search maps and fields for underground pipes, gas lines, lost jewels, children’s toys, and other objects.
Coconut Water Dowsing Method
The dowsing equipment is known to enhance little hand motions generated by a phenomenon known as the ideomotor effect: people’s subconscious minds can influence their bodies without them consciously deciding to do so. As a result, the dowsing rod would be subject to the dowser’s subconscious knowledge or perception.
Experiments demonstrate that this works only when the dowser has some unconscious knowledge of the target’s location. They could be taking clues from vegetation, terrain, or temperature, for example. They may be unaware of what they are doing and, as a result, believe in the supernatural power of the rods.
Experiments have been carried out in order to rule out these possibilities. Dowsers do not succeed under such controlled conditions.