Some people are introduced to dowsing through looking for water or “divining or witching” for water. But as I have come to learn it is so much more than that. I was introduced some years ago to divining and our human ability to recognize and utilize subtle energies to better understand and interact with what is within and all around us. But I attended my first dowsing conference in the Fall of 2014, it was with the very hospitable and inspiring Atlantic Dowsers Society (ADS). The ADS holds an annual conference and already is planning the October 2015 conference in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

What I learned at this first conference with dowsers is their generous spirit of sharing with newbies and their genuine commitment to the art and science of dowsing. Dowsing, they would tell me, is simply our right to tap into energy that is accessible to anyone who is willing and attentive to harness it. I was not a quick convert. Years ago I had read the superb book by David Hawkins, Power vs Force. This book educated me more about the practice of “muscle testing” and the manner in which we can find answers to important questions through the energies revealed in our bodies. Dowsing or divining is the same. When we go into an Alpha state we are then able to tap into higher consciousness and universal energies for answers within and around us. I am not writing to explain the science or the art of the practice of dowsing. I am totally unqualified. But I am happy to share the power of trust in higher consciousness.

I teach at a university and I research about factors that meditate well-being. I introduce my students to the art and science of mindfulness and meditation as one of many possible pathways for mindful practice. I have found the science compelling for practicing mindfulness, as I suspect it would be for practicing divining. By developing a regular practice of meditation, practitioners have found improvements in a number of areas. Regular spiritual practice, like meditation can serve to increase attentiveness and awareness and strengthen higher cognitive functions and increase compassion for self and others.[1] That is a lot of good from rather small efforts.

I recommend being mindful but I also strive to practice it more consistently and regularly myself. I am learning about the value of dowsing and divining. And I too can see the merit of this spiritual practice. I am open to the learning and discoveries ahead.

Contact:  Kathleen Kevany
[1] Kass, J. 2007 Spiritual maturation: A developmental resource for resilience, well-being, and peace. Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism, and Practice, 12, Summer 2007

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