The History Of Devon Dowsers

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Devon Dowsers was formed in late 1992 when John Bowers was teaching introductory ‘Dowsing for Beginners’ classes at Chulmleigh, South Molton and Okehampton Community Colleges which were proving very popular.

It was after one of these that John Down, who attended the South Molton class, suggested that it might be a good idea if there was some sort of follow up so people could meet and practice together afterwards.

So he, John Bowers, John Lott and Michelle Boyd decided to form the Devon Dowsers and the response was overwhelming. Over forty people attended the classes at Okehampton which boosted the membership a lot. The early meetings’ speakers included Donovan the Diviner, and David Crow who ran the Henge bookshop at Avebury. The first AGM was held in November 1993.

They continued to meet at the South Molton and Okehampton Community Colleges for some time before moving to the Fox and Hounds at Eggesford. In 2014 it was decided to relocate to the Red Lion Hotel at Chulmleigh.

In 1993 the first magazine, Devon Dowsers News, was published with John Lott as Editor. This included a competition for the Society’s logo, and details of the first all day field trip to Avebury in September 1993 which forty seven people attended.

The library was started with over forty books on Dowsing and related subjects which members could borrow; also DIDI Divine’s shop with pendulums, Mager Rosettes, rods and other relevant items for sale.

At one point in its history Devon Dowsers was the largest dowsing society in the country with over 200 members.

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21st Century Dowsing

Dowsing has been used for thousands of years to locate water and minerals beneath the earth’s surface. Today dowsing is used by utility companies, the police, armies, mining and oil companies as well as by some health professionals. The proof of dowsing is in its results. It is a quick and accurate way of searching for things or accessing information.

We know dowsing works but when it comes to testing it, what does not work is the one size fits all scientific methodology which appears unsuited to assess the subtleties of the subjective dowsing experience when there is no “need to know”. Scientific discoveries in the fields of consciousness, intent, and the interconnectedness of everything as well as new discoveries in the field of quantum exploration, may soon provide a theoretical basis for dowsing.

Meanwhile dowsers are called on to help with archaeology, water leaks, clearing houses of unwanted energies, the health and well-being of both humans and animals and to find lost things.

Gwynn Paulett - Chairman Devon Dowsers