Dowsing and Religion


Written by Maggie Percy


A Conflict?

Dowsing and religion often have head-on collisions. Why is that?

Some people who are very religious (defined as strict adherents to a particular collection of religious dogma) may feel threatened by dowsing. Historically, religions have often punished people for dowsing, divining or using their intuitive gifts in various ways.

Some religions have taught their followers that dowsing is a crime against God, and you will be punished for using it. At the very least, they suggest it may endanger your soul.

Yet, historically, some of those same big religions allowed their priests or high priests to use dowsing, divining and other similar methods. Just Google ‘Jesuits and dowsing' to see how one religion handled this.

Dowsing and religion often clash

When you have authority denying a powerful tool to the masses but reserving it for a special group it has control of, then you know something is up.

Any traditional, established authority is happier having a following of non-thinking believers who feel powerless and dependent.

Dowsing is the single most empowering tool you will ever find. Once you start thinking for yourself, you are bound to question things you once took for granted. You will also begin to see that not everything you assumed was true, is true.

If, like me, you get questions from friends and loved ones who are religious, don't argue. Most people are not ready to truly think for themselves, and that's ok. But don't let anyone tell you that you are better off letting someone else choose for you or do your thinking.

What are your views on this subject? Can dowsing and religion get on together? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.


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    Yes, I believe that dowsing and religion can connect. However, to the religious community, dowsing has to be presented in a responsible fashion that makes sense. For example, I always start by asking people how they think water wells were discovered in past ages, and then explain from there. Today, even Amish farmers still apply the skill to find where water is located on their farms to dig a well. The dowser should have some knowledge in science as well in order to explain the physiology of neural impulses from brain to hand that link subconscious to conscious mind.

    • Maggie Percy

      The problem is that no one knows exactly how dowsing works, and so you can’t really explain it from a scientific point of view. But the idea about water dowsing is a good one. It’s practical. It’s accepted. And it isn’t woo-woo. That’s a good approach.

  2. Dale Lathrop

    I took up well witching about 50 years ago when the family moved to a developing area where we all needed a good well for domestic water. I had good results locating many wells which all were satisfactory for domestic use. I don’t know where the ability for doing this comes from but reject the belief of some of my Christian friends that it comes from below. I have never used the ability for anything but doing good for my friends and neighbors. All those friends and neighbors are enjoying a Devil of a good well which in my view is a good thing.

    • Maggie Percy

      Well said! I’ve always wondered why it is that the person who doesn’t succumb to the plague, whose cattle don’t die during the famine and who succeeds in some exceptional fashion is regarded as in league with the devil instead of being seen as favored by God or the gods and worth emulating. But then, fear and envy aren’t likely to express as compliments.


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