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Long history behind pendulum use around the world – part 1

Many people claim that pendulums are a great way to get answers to a variety of questions, from their love life to whether they will give birth to a boy or a girl. Others want to know such things as whether an interview will go well, if it is a good time to make an investment and even whether a pet is healthy.

Zhang Heng, a scientist in China during the Han Dynasty used the characteristics of a pendulum in a seismometer device.
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It is believed that answers are drawn from the subconscious, higher self (spirit essence) or some other source that brings the answers to light. Yet others believe that another spirit is at work, such as a deceased relative, who helps the user. Still others put no credence in the use of a pendulum at all. They believe it is only a matter of wishful thinking that brings a desired response. However, using a pendulum to seek answers to life’s problems or for dowsing has a long history.

Most likely the earliest pendulums consisted of a vine or twine wrapped around a stone. The Chinese have used a pendulum for many centuries to find minerals and water. It has also come into play in the practice of Feng Shui. Zhang Heng, a scientist in China during the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD) utilized the characteristics of a pendulum in a seismometer device after an earthquake.

Artists and inventor, Leonard da Vinci (1452 to 1519) created many drawings that illustrated a pendulum’s motion, which first intrigued him when he saw how a chandelier moved in a cathedral in Pisa, Italy. Although he has been cited as the inspiration for pendulum clocks, it was Galileo Galilei who learned how to use them in time keeping. In 1641, he had his invention written down by his son, Vincenzo, who wanted to create one but this did not happen until Christiaan Huygens, a Dutch scientist, created such a device in 1656.

In 1851, Jean Bernard Leon Foucault (1819-1868), who studied physics, developed the Foucault pendulum, which “swings in two dimensions” and “demonstrated the rotation of the earth.” When using this pendulum, he found that it rotated in a circle clockwise and continued to do so for approximately a day and a half. This was the first pendulum to imitate the earth’s rotation.

Pendulum Dowsing

Pendulum dowsing works off the belief that inanimate objects give off specific vibrations and is called, according to the French term, Radiesthesia. It is believed that objects emit various radiations that can be detected with the use of a pendulum.

Dr. Albert Abrams, who was elected vice-president of the California State Medical Society in 1889, wrote a book in the 1920’s in which he expressed the belief that the cells within the body emit radiation and that by using a pendulum for dowsing, areas of ill health could be found. However, some of his medical methods were later determined to be fraudulent.

Adventurous folks have used pendulums to find everything from water to gold. However, they can also be utilized in the search for lost items, buried pipes, missing objects, lost pets and more. The earliest reference dates back to central Africa. A French party of explorers found the Tasille Caves in Nigeria in 1949. Among a number of amazing finds was a wall mural carbon dated as 8,000 years old that indicated pendulum use to find water.

Throughout history the Egyptians, Chinese, Hebrews, Persians and more have been known to dowse with pendulums. More recently, the power of the pendulum has been utilized by the military.

According to an obituary in the July 1994 issue of the Weekly Telegraph of Britain, “Colonel Kenneth Merrylees, the water-diviner who has died aged 97, worked during the Second World War as a bomb-disposal expert, when he used his dowsing skills to find bombs with delayed action fuses, which had penetrated deep into the ground.” It is interesting to note that another source refers to Gen. George Patton hiring a dowser during WWII.

During the 60’s American Verne Cameron used his dowsing skill for the U.S. Navy by map dowsing. He successfully found not only all of the Navy’s submarines on a map but also those of Russia. Soon afterwards, the South African government hoped to use his skill to find precious minerals. However, the Central Intelligence Agency found his talent to be “a risk to national security” and would not allow him to leave the country.

Also during the Vietnam War (1959-1975), Robert McNamara (1916-2009) then secretary of state, is said to have used a dowser to find such things as underground tunnels, ammunition dumps and land mines.

Pendulum Dowsing Workshop

A workshop on pendulum dowsing will be presented by the Spiritual Awakening Group on May 25, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at the Boyle House Wellness Centre, 44 Main Street South, Brampton, Ontario. Instructor Allan Jaggard will share his many years of knowledge garnered from using a radionic pendulum. For more information and to sign up for this even, go HERE.


History of the pendulum Dowsing

Pendulum history

Dowsing: Ancient History


Dowser history

Jean Bernard Foucault

More info:

Books by Dr. Albert Abram

See Part 2: How to work with a pendulum

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