Where's The Proof Of Water Dowsing?
A question that comes to mind is, “Has anyone proven water dowsing works?” If those dowsers are more than 90% accurate, why can't someone do a scientific study to prove it? This is a very good question. In fact, a scientific study of water dowsing was undertaken long ago by a Physics professor named William Barrett. He was skeptical of the claims of water dowsing, but unlike more recent scientists, he realized that to prove or disprove it required going into the field and testing it in place, not in artificial laboratory settings. His detailed work concluded that water dowsing does indeed work, but as is often the case, it didn't get a lot of attention. In 2014, we published a new edition of the complete study under the title The Credibility Of Dowsing by Professor William Barrett, Nigel Percy, editor. The book is over 400 pages long and gives you as much detail as you could ever hope for in terms of scientific evidence that water dowsing works. You can get a copy on Amazon.
Recent so-called scientific studies of dowsing done in artificial settings are deficient in terms of controlled conditions, measuring results, using appropriate subjects and definitions of terms. None of the modern tests of water dowsing that we have seen have good experimental design. Therefore, they are not to be trusted. It would be impossible to recreate conditions in the lab to properly test water dowsing, and as long as anyone is attempting to do that, it is unlikely any meaningful data will be collected.
Water dowsing is still a vital skill for humanity, especially in third world countries and areas that are not heavily populated or have a dry climate. It would be a real shame if water dowsing disappeared, but it's unlikely to, simply because it is so vital to humanity.
There are many applications for dowsing in addition to finding water. Each one is a specialty. Within each specialty, the dowser must learn about pitfalls, terminology and best practices. Just as you wouldn't want a kidney specialist doing your heart transplant, you wouldn't want a water dowser doing health dowsing for you. It's a whole different subject and requires lots of practice to master.
Water dowsing has the benefit of usually being a search for one thing using one group of specs. The water dowser learns how to dowse using one question. The question gets refined over time, or the dowser might be lucky enough to apprentice with a master who shares tips. It is a highly narrow, specialized field of dowsing, and because of that, it can be easier to master than other applications of dowsing.
Other types of dowsing, like health dowsing, require a broader knowledge, lots more questions and greater experience in order to master the subject than narrow specialties like water dowsing or some types of mineral dowsing.