We normally associate dowsers with forked twigs, pendulum, or other dowsing devices. However, these are not strictly necessary. Device-lass dowsing is quite popular. One of the modern pioneers of this was the late Dan Wilson. He popularised the idea of “blink dowsing”, in which the involuntary blinking of the dowser’s eyes is associated with the dowsing response. Incidentally, many dowsers have reported unusual physiological effects when walking over subterranean water, or mineral deposits. Mr Wilson was not the first to blink dowse. It is said that the practice was first recorded by a clergyman in the eighteenth century, who found that he blinked spontaneously over subterranean water.
The article is a short letter that Mr Wilson sent to the British Society of Dowsers. See “Letters to the Editor” ….
He wrote the letter in response to an earlier BSD article, claiming that dowsing tools were unnecessary, but that some effort was required to dowse in this “device-less” manner.
Mr Wilson tells of how the new method did not work for him, if he consciously ran through the possible answers to the dowsing question in his mind, until his eyes blinked at the correct answer. Instead he used his hand to indicate possible answers. He doesn’t elaborate on this, perhaps he ran his hand over a predefined list of ailments? But interestingly the magnitude of the blink was related to the truthfulness of the answer. He was a very gifted individual and developed the ability relatively quickly and thus demonstrated that the need for tools is unnecessary.
He often used his dowsing ability to diagnose and treat medical issue. The latter part of the letter discusses ideas about how mentally activated healing might work. But we can leave that for a later post.