At a recent post holiday party, I was talking to one of my friends who is a professional dowser—which means he goes out and uses a willow stick or something similar to identify where there is water for a well. He explains that dowsing uses the involuntary muscles in the hands to reach parts of the brain that the conscious mind does not have access to. He described a visit to a client’s property where he identified the location where there would be 30 gallons per minute at 90 feet. The family was going to have a small farming operation and they needed a water supply in excess of what was needed just for the household. When the driller showed up and was showed where to drill. He was succinct. No way,” he said.Water was discovered around 45 feet, but not enough. The drilling continued. At 85 feet they hit water again and at 90 feet there was enough to meet the family’s needs. The well driller grudgingly admitted that they were getting water, but only 28 gallons per minute.
Dowsing for water may be unusual in many parts of the country, but not as unusual as the gentleman in Bemidji, Minnesota years ago who made New Year’s predictions based on the observed flight pattern of the snowy owl. He would write down predictions at the beginning of the year (presumably after making some careful owl observations) and they would be sealed away in the local radio station’s safety deposit box until months later. Some of the predictions were surprisingly accurate.
For the coming year, I would be content to be able to find the information I know I have stored someplace in the conscious part of my brain.