It's All About The Group…
There are a lot of people who dowse, just quietly on their own. And there are a lot of people who dowse, but they are more concerned with their dowsing gurus rather than with the dowsing itself.
Which is not necessarily a good thing.
The other day, I was reading a blog post from a hugely popular and influential business guy. He's always speaking about the importance of doing something significant, rather than following the crowd and becoming mired in mediocrity. He's Seth Godin, if you want to know.
What he said really resonated with me, but in terms of how it applies to dowsing. He said,
Brittle organizations are focused on which end of the egg you open. Are you wearing the team jersey the right way, saying the incantations each time, saluting properly…
Resilient organizations are more focused on what you produce, and why.
Petty dictators care a lot about words, about appearances, about whether everyone is genuflecting in precisely the same way.
The problem with words is that they easily lose their meaning. Say something often enough and it becomes a tic, not an expression of how you actually feel. Not only that, but words rarely change things. Actions do.
It turns out that it's a lot easier to sign up for a tribe that doesn't ask you to think, or take responsibility for your actions. But, in the long run, those are the very things that lead to the changes we seek.
Pretty powerful concepts!
Dowsing gurus lead to a lack of thinking
If you look back at what he wrote, you can see for yourself just how it applies to dowsing gurus, to dowsing in general.
How many times have I read or been told that someone learned dowsing from so-and-so. This person not only taught them to dowse but often included in that, at no extra charge, how to think about dowsing. And, in follow-up newsletters, classes, what-have-you, those ideas were reinforced. In other words, those students all end up ‘genuflecting in precisely the same way' as Seth put it.
Now, I have nothing against people teaching others to dowse. Neither do I have any problems with them saying what they believe is their truth about dowsing. I also don't mind them repeating their ideas in various forms, on various platforms. That is their right.
What I do object to is that they are then treated as dowsing gurus, and that their word is the law. Their way is the right way, because you have to believe them.
That's not the fault of the dowsing gurus. But it is the fault of those who made them gurus in the first place. And the reason for that happening is nailed precisely and accurately by Seth in the last paragraph above: “…it's a lot easier to sign up for a tribe that doesn't ask you to think, or take responsibility for your actions.”
How many times have you heard that what so-and-so said and did was wonderful? And how many times was that dowsing guru actually questioned, the methods queried, the concepts debated? Hardly ever!
The hard question
Of course, it's easy to sit back and criticize others. But the hardest thing to do is to question yourself. Do you consider yourself a member of some tribe (as Seth puts it) which is recognizable due to the figure at the head of it? Do you believe everything you have been told by that figurehead? What questioning process have you been through? How has your dowsing been influenced by a guru who set out a precise and certain technique or idea which was pretty much the cornerstone of their dowsing?
The problem is, you don't question gurus. That's not what they are there for. But they only become gurus because they are seen that way. Some few might want to be seen as such and work hard to claim that spot, but, still, without agreement from followers, they don't automatically become gurus. (However, once they become one, they often tend to ‘milk' it for all it's worth.)
If you have a dowsing guru, then you have to ask yourself why. Why did you say to yourself that they are (or were) your guru?
Without the element of critical thinking, of being able and willing to think for yourself, you are always liable to fall under the influence of a guru. After all, it's much easier to do that and have the comforting knowledge that you are in a tribe, a group, a family you can feel safe in. Challenging that is hard.
But not challenging that safety factor is damaging in the long term. You have to leave the well-trodden paths to find your own way. That means leaving gurus behind. It also means you run the risk of becoming a guru yourself!
What are your thoughts about dowsing gurus? Good or bad? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.