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Years ago I became enmeshed in a long discussion concerning water dowsing or “witching” if you prefer.
For those of you who have not tried it it certainly doesn;t deem supernatural at all. You hold up a forked stick in such a way that it’s just about impossible to exert any downwards motion upon the tip. There are other techniques, but let’s just stick to this one. The dowser walks over underground water and the point of the “Y” bends down with quite a bit of force when you pass over water. I can’t do it, but a friend of mine can. When I hold onto one of the two branches I can feel how it works. The tip pulls down like there’s some sort of magnet buried under the ground and the stick is made from steel. No “supernatural inspiration or anything. It just works. My friend told me that about one in a dozen can do this.
I went to church Sunday and he told a story about converting a guy, who among other things, was a water dowser. My pastor doesn’t make things up. If he did I’d be long gone. The story was that after he’d converted the man he asked him to try water dowsing. Now, this man had no belief that water dowsing was in anyway supernatural. (Heck, the water utility used to send out dowsing kits in their service vans to help their workers to find lost waterlines.
Interestingly, after becoming a Christian he could no longer douse. Is this proof that he had been using some sort of “spirit” to do the dousing, or did his conversion affect him mentally? What? In Ireland it was common for a “witch” to bequeath her powers to whomsoever she wished. Opinions?
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