Dowsing started life ‘in the field’. The
search for water and minerals was not an urban quest, but undertaken
beneath tree and sky.
In the countryside the yearly cycle of
life, death and re-birth is plain for all to see. This image of
‘regeneration’ is so strong, and positive, that governments appropriate
the name and the principle for a plethora of programmes attempting to
‘regenerate’ inner cities and old industrial areas.
Paradoxically, it is now our remaining
rural areas which are in dire need of regeneration. For every Eden
project there are great stretches of doomed countryside carved up by
motorways, losing people to the cities, pubs to private dwellings, post
offices to privatisation, and quiet fields to quarries.
Even tranquillity is lost
Yet the Arcadian vision stubbornly remains.
The notion that the countryside is a place of relaxation and
restoration is hard to dislodge, but even our holy places are at
risk. Across the water roads threaten Tara. Planning battles rage around
Stonehenge. Rural churches teeter on the edge of viability, and in
coming years there is likely to be an avalanche of redundant
ecclesiastical buildings coming onto the market.
House, near Frome, Somerset, became pastorally redundant in 1981,
and is currently for sale from
The church is central to the image of the
English village, but if the church ceases to function the village will
lose its soul.
And what has all this
to do with dowsing ?
We are obsessed with the search for water,
with earth energies, with health, and the remains and remanence of the
past. Dowsing Today is full of articles featuring old buildings, wells,
ley-lines and ancient settlements. The location and physicality of the
Church is central to many of these articles.
We believe that the location
of ancient sites, wells and tracks is of importance. The
church is located precisely here and not there.
And in some strange way that we are not yet sure of, we also believe
that the standing stones and the stone circles and the churches were
placed at particular locations for some purpose, perhaps
to help keep the land fertile, or to sustain the health of the
Capel y Ffin, perfectly placed
So the first thing we can do is to stop the
situation getting worse…
"Nobody expects the Spanish
…or that the Archbishops’ Council of the
Church of England would sign an agreement in June 2002 for the
installation of telecommunications masts in churches.
"The deal gives Quintel S4 direct
access to some 5,000 Church of England churches which have expressed
an interest as potential sites for hidden aerials within a national
Quintel was a joint venture between QinetiQ
(formerly a government Defence organisation) and Rotch
Property Group, a very large private company.
The aerials would be
hidden within the Church tower! In fact, the Church of England
press release states that if it prevents the need for a mast elsewhere
"…the environment is spared2." Powerwatch might
disagree3. If there is any value whatsoever in the notion of
a Church being a special place (due to its location, or what goes on
within its walls), this is surely barmy, at best.
As you know…
The Church of England’s 600 year old Court
of Arches decides this sort of thing, and recently ruled against
a Chingford parishioner who had previously succeeded ~ in the Consistory
Court ~ in stopping a mast being installed in his church.
The parishioner used the interesting
argument that the mast might be used to transmit porn to children, but
The Court ruled… "The detrimental effects of the possible use of mobile
phones to access pornography on the internet had to be balanced against
the benefits of improved communication". Furthermore "Mobile phone
operators had introduced filtering techniques for those under 18".
An article on the website of The Central
Council of Church Bell Ringers has also expressed concern about the
danger to the structure of church towers ~ as well as to the bell
ringers themselves ~ of having masts installed. "This topic is
broader and more complex than it first appears to be".5
But resistance is not futile, for as Bing
You've got to
accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
What is to be done
As dowsers, we can develop techniques to
Monitor and Assess what is happening in our villages and
The same techniques can be applied to urban
areas, but initially it may be more fruitful to look at a small defined
area, where key issues can be identified.
Radiation levels could be monitored
Ley Lines could be logged
Illness levels could be ascertained
(remember the early German studies of Cancer houses)
And after the monitoring, the …
We know a fair amount about using dowsing
to heal houses, and humans. The next step is to explore the use of
dowsing in the healing of communities, neighbourhoods and wider areas.
Billy Gawn has told us how very small
actions at key locations ~ whether random or deliberate ~ can
have very wide-ranging effects, for good or ill.
Billy has also spoken of the
detrimental energies emanating from quarries beaming across the
landscape. In 2007 hundreds of community groups were actively
identifying the detrimental impact of quarries on their area. Why ?
Because grants were available for communities suffering such effects6.
Like Arthur, such grants may come again. Dowsers might successfully
piggyback such initiatives.
Teachers like Peter Dawkins have shown
that there are large-scale patterns in the landscape, and that
pilgrimage and ceremony can be used to bring about healing7.
What actions might flow from this understanding?
Dowsers such as Alanna Moore have
written of the importance of site guardians, landscape
angels, portal watchers, and the like, who all have an energetic
link with ~ and responsibility towards ~ specific geographical
areas. Do we need to give them a ring ?
We should apply these successful forms of
intervention at the level of the village and the neighbourhood. We’ve
only just begun.
Ced Jackson is on 01684 560265 and