What Is It About Elderly Dowsers?

Written by Maggie Percy

Where Are The Young People?

This may seem to be a strange question, but why is it that in any group of dowsers, elderly dowsers outnumber young dowsers? I've been attending live dowsing events since the last part of the 20th Century, and a pattern has emerged. I've been to events in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. I've been to chapter meetings and national conferences. In almost every case, the average age of the attendees was around 60 or over.

Now, that in itself might not be so strange. Perhaps you could say dowsing attracts retired folks who have time on their hands or it is largely an activity that appeals to mature individuals. But I think you'd have a hard time arguing those points successfully.

I've been dowsing and participating in events for nearly 20 years, and when I started, I was one of the rare ‘youngsters' at under 50 years of age. I assumed that the average age in dowsing would fall as newbies of all ages joined the ranks of dowsers. The fact is, that hasn't happened. Dowsing is still dominated by senior citizens, and now I'm one of them.

What is it about dowsing that fails to capture the imagination and commitment of younger minds? I suspect that the failure to present dowsing as a valuable life tool is behind the low recruitment or high attrition rates. Perhaps younger people need measurable results that make life better for them to be willing to commit valuable time to dowsing. And the truth is, dowsing has failed to deliver that message.

For years now, dowsing has chosen to stay foo-foo and New Agey, to distinguish ‘new' dowsing, ‘spiritual' dowsing, from practical dowsing such as water dowsing. This has been tantamount to suicide in terms of gaining new followers among the young. Using dowsing to find out about orbs and other unconfirmable subjects frankly has little point in their lives other than as entertainment, and as life gets busier and more demanding, people spend time on things that matter, meaning things that can be shown to make life measurably better.

Entertainment is wonderful, but dowsing is not entertainment. It is a skill that requires commitment of time and effort to master, and if you want to enroll young people in the dowsing movement, you need to acknowledge that. It is up to those of us who are professionals to start attracting a younger audience to dowsing not with smoke and mirrors that shine or entertain, but with useful, measurable results that make life better. I believe that therein is the solution if we want dowsers of all ages instead of only elderly dowsers.


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