This is something which can cause a lot of arguments. People want explanations about how dowsing works, they want a theory about it so they feel they can understand it. Of course, there are those who will always think and believe that dowsing is a fraudulent activity, carried out by scoundrels on unsuspecting members of the public.
I am not interested in trying to persuade those people about dowsing. You will either choose to believe that it is real and genuine or not.
For those who do so choose to believe that there is something of interest, something worth exploring in dowsing, many of them will want to have a believable explanation as to why it works.
It has to be said that there are plenty of theories behind dowsing, theories about how dowsing works. However, you should also be aware that no one single theory has been found to satisfactorily explain what goes on when dowsing takes place.
Dowsing has been around for many thousands of years. It's earliest recorded use was for locating minerals. Only later was it used extensively for locating water, which is now the most widely known application of this skill.
In all that time, there have been many, many theories put forward to explain how dowsing works. Electricity or magnetism, or some aspect of quantum physics or a connection with something more spiritual, have all been offered as theories. Is any one of them correct, or are all of them wrong?
Nobody knows for certain. Those who have been interested in examining dowsing have usually put forward a theory which, they feel, would explain just that one aspect of dowsing. The trouble is that there are so many different applications of dowsing that what would be acceptable as a theory in one application won't work for another. For example, dowsing for water by actually being on-site requires an explanation. But that explanation would, in all likelihood, not fit dowsing for water by being miles and miles away from the location and using a pendulum over a map of the area. Nor would it satisfactorily explain something like health dowsing.
Perhaps it will end up with there being one major theory behind dowsing and several subsets of that theory to explain the different applications.
If there is to be a workable theory, then it might be that it involves a clearer understanding of what we all know and accept in our everyday lives. I'm referring to intuition. We have all experienced it and know what it is and that, more often than not, it works. But none of us really knows how it works.
That is similar to the situation dowsers find themselves in. They know that it works well for the majority of the time. They know it works in various areas of life, but none of them really knows how it works. But the point is, it does.
What is your theory about how dowsing works? Do you think we even need one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.