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"Handle with care" fits many keys

The apostles used divination, the Bible tells. Judges of Israel used divination, and so did kings like Saul and David. There is such a thing as Biblical divination, but better be careful about it; that is a key message in George Elliot's novel Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe, published in 1861. Silas is falsely accused of stealing money from his congregation, and is found guilty by the members who "were resolved on praying and drawing lots." The lots declared that Silas Marner was guilty, even though he was perfectly innocent. "There are many freaks out there."

Casting lots is one way of divining, or maybe guessing. There is good guessing and other, wilder forms [Bible divination]. There are other ways of divination that drawing lots in a Biblical way too. "Handle with care" fits all.

Some Jungian View

With the assistance of some special equipment, unvoluntary reflex-like movements of hand and wrist, elbow and shoulder can be amplified and investigated. To what good purpose? To tap deeper thoughts than what is in the conscious mind. There is a canon of literature on it already. (Tanzley et al. 1977)

In radionics a pendulum is used to gain access to allegedly deeper content. We may note that Carl G. Jung discerns between three levels of mind:

  1. The conscious, limited part.
  2. The subconscious part, which is estimated to be ten times as wise (and maybe ten times as foolish too, at least in some cases).
  3. The unconscious part, proposed to be a hundred times wiser by some.

We may consider the numbers 10, 100 and 1000 above to be loose, tentative-poetic estimates of a sort, for no one has counted the proportions accurately. So there is no official, correct guess of how it will be.

Inroads to the Deeper Recesses of Mind

It is also held that subconscious knowledge comes to the fore in gestures, grimaces, body postures, distancing, gesticulation, and the like. In direct two-way communication it is held that maybe 85% of the communication is non-verbal, that is, something channeled and more or less accurately perceived too. Some may estimate it is not 85%, but the fact is that there is no exact number of it yet, only estimates - and therefore hardly exact and spot on.

Dowsing is in part swinging a pendulum to find out of what the deeper organism senses or makes out of. If the subconscious is ill-informed, prejudiced or crazy under the veneer, the results of dowsing may still be of value, perhaps as indications of some illness of mind and soul. That could be. Examples:

A woman who imagined she could dowse and get the answers to things, was given twenty questions to answer. Surprisingly, a check showed she was wrong in all cases. It did not deflect her, though. She went from poor to worse.

Another women, a homeopath, who had learnt how to swing a pendulum, came up with the result that the gem Density was the one that could help in a case. One problem was that Density is not a stone. She had been dowsing in the index of a gem book. Another problem was the she was too stubborn to give up the wrong idea, at least for the time.

We should not be all too quick to judge the second of the two as abnormal. After all, there is a veneer of common adaptations in most of us. When that veneer breaks asunder, the "real thing" may be found. It is a principle. Maybe qualified dowsing tests give fine clues about who is what.

Be that as it may, be aware that it is as with other tools: In the surgeon's hand a knife can help, and in the hand of fools the same knife can work harm. The same obviously goes for a little knowledge of abnormal psychology, radionics and divorce. A little knowledge may be a dangerous thing. And a smattering in the wrong hand may be dangerous too.

As for divorce, consider: "Divorce actually benefits some individuals." (Butcher, Hooley, Mineka, 2014, 88) They do not by that refer to all who marry to money. As for the use of pendulums and other equipment to increase the tiny involuntary movements and establish a "code language", that is old news - the ancient Hebrews used much similar divination to get to the will of God, it is held.

The chances are that out of trustworthy people come trustworthy talk, and out of untrustworthy ones come divorce and foul talk and dealings. It seems linked to the Biblical teaching of Moses all over again.

Fl. Yhwh [Jehovah, etc.] came down in a pillar of cloud and said, . . . "I reveal myself to them in visions and speak to them in dreams. It is different when I speak with my servant Moses . . . face-to-face . . .!" - Numbers 12:5-8.

There are also deceiving spirits and also false prophets to consider: "I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. . . . How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds? [Jeremiah 23:25-26] . . . "I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, "The Lord declares." Indeed . . . [they] lead my people astray with their reckless lies . . .," declares the Lord. [Jer 23:31-32]

Subconscious content may be represented through dreams, and several main scientists give credit to their subconscious processing when they come up with new solutions, new theories. One of them: "Gentlemen, we must learn to dream". He had by then solved a chemical problem he was tossing with, by interpreting a dream he had.

Malcolm Rae (1913–1979) devised a magnetic rubber sheet and charts to move a pendulum over. The magnetic rubber is a devise for getting more reliable results. There may be no studies to document it. That does not mean the rubber does not work as Rae intended, only that its effects do not seem to have been tested on dowsing results in a standardised, generally accepted, scientific way. Based on his findings, Malcolm Rae devised radionic equipment for diagnosis and therapy. The London-based ◦Magneto-Geometric Applications is one result of it.

Question and Answers

One of the methods that Malcolm Rae describes is the Question and Answer method, Q & A. We pose carefully formed questions and learn how to communicate with deeper or higher or broader facets of ourself by reflexivity of a sort. Most who are trained in this way, use a pendulum. Some sensible ones dispense with pendulums after some time. At any rate, we may take down notes of each answer. Dr Aubrey Westlake and Malcolm Rae explain the method in The Radiesthetic (Or Dowsing) Faculty (1973). Examples from the booklet:

Is the individual able to accumulate [biomagnetic] energy?


Release it at will?


Employ it?

Yes. (And so on) (Ibid, p. 30)

Based on his answers, Malcolm Rae devised equipment to make simulated or improved homeopathic remedies. Here is an article by him from some time before 1979: [◦The article Homeopathy Today, by Malcolm Rae].

Caveat and Possibilities

The answers we get by dowsing in some of its more common ways may depend on us - on what we have learnt at depth, our associates, and other sources of findings, and how reliable we get at it. Anwers need to can be tested and verified (or falsified) calmly, as in other avenues of solid, basic research. Ideas are to be studied and hopefully tested in time.

If you deceive yourself, you may go on deceiving yourself still more by dowsing. If you are straight all the way, your findings may be true. After all, there is very much that a human is capable of sensing without being able to verbalise it through the current, usual channels for a long time. It is possible to ask questions where accurate answers lie outside what we comprehend. Such answers may look silly and off for that reason - our lack of understanding.

How correct answers we get, depend on our broad range of experience, our deep sensitivity, and technical skills and equipment for dowsing. We have to sort out these things to stay top reliable.

As the current conditions are, we may have to make do with comparing findings with others who dowse, if we lack the needed time and skills for a scientific, time-consuming, standard verification process.

This was an outline of what is today a wide field of study and research, and the canon is blooming, and parts of it are deep.

The Radionic Association

To the extent living beings are "stringed" somehow in delicate ways, we may become aware of that as we become increasingly subtle; that is one result of training in higher yoga.

Also, so-called long-distance ascertainment aided by equipment is not a fancy any longer. The Radionic Association speaks of it thus: "Radionics is a technique of healing using extrasensory perception (e.s.p.) and an instrument . . . Experience has shown that radionic treatment can be helpful in a wide range of conditions . . . Professional training is given by the Association. Qualified practitioners may treat humans." [◦Link]

The Association also states, "we now believe that radionic treatment occurs at a level of reality . . . compatible with modern physics and also with the ancient mystic teaching that at some level we are all one." [◦Link]

Jessica Utts

It is clear to professor Jessica Utts that ESP "is possible and has been demonstrated . . . We have progressed very far in understanding the mechanism . . . Distance in time and space do not seem to be an impediment. Beyond those conclusions, we know very little." [◦Link].

John Bell's Theorem Brought In

The late Irish physicist John C. Bell (1928-90) was the originator of Bell's Theorem (published in 1964), one of the most important theorems in quantum physics. Bell's theorem states that "No physical theory of local hidden variables can ever reproduce all of the predictions of quantum mechanics." The theorem has even been called "the most profound in science." From test results of it, you may come to "wonder how an electron here instantly knows what is happening millions of miles away . . . Physicists have been trying for over fifty years to understand these results, and there is no consensus on how to interpret them. There is clear agreement, however, that the results occur. Spooky action at a distance is part of nature," in Gary Felder's words. [◦More]

In the early 1980s, with collaborators in France, Alain Aspect (1947-) performed the "Bell test experiments" that showed that quantum mechanics implied 'ghostly action at a distance'.

Bell's theorem appears to lend credibility to this thought: Connectivity appears to work independently of light. Suggestion: Inside there is no space as we perceive it in waking consciousness. Teachings of Mahayana Buddhism and also Hinduism do tell of such phenomena or similar ones.


Innermost Essence as Truth

Here is a thesis to explore: The inmost Universal Being, also called Self and Truth, knows tomorrow. For the Truth as Self is tomorrow's inmost Essence too.

"Nowhere is there a logical beginning, nowhere a logical end". (Prabhavananda 1969:40). Further:

In man . . . the Self by degrees unfolds itself . . . He knows what is to happen tomorrow." (Aitareya Aranyaka 2.2.1-5)

Within (this body) dwells the immortal Self . . . Rising above physical consciousness . . . one rejoices and is free." (Chandogya Upanisad 12.1)

Above the senses is the mind. Above the mind is the intellect. Above the intellect is the ego. Above the ego is (a] Primal Cause. (And beyond it] is the (unconditioned) Self. (see Katha Upanishad 2.6.7-8)

Paul Deussen: "Thinkers . . . recognized one Atman, one('s] inmost individual being, as the Brahman, the inmost being of universal Nature". (Prabhavananda 1969:55)

The Self, That you are . . . the subtle essence of all . . . The subtle essence you do not see . . . That is the truth. That you are." (See Chandogya Upanishad 6.7.1-10)

Pure Consciousness is Brahman. (Aitareya Upanishad 3.1.3)

This Self is Brahman. (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.5.)

By the rightly meditative . . . and the strong, he is fully known. (Mundaka Upanishad 3.2.4)

The Self is not known through study of the scriptures, nor through subtlety of the intellect, nor through much learning. (Taittirya Upanishad 2.4)

Who has achieved liberation during life . . . is then called "the living free (jivanmukta]" - Nikhilananda (Prabhavananda 1969:62)

"At the heart of the world . . . is Brahman . . . Brahman and Atman are one. (Prabhavananda 1969:60)

"One who knows, rejoices in the Self, and slaves know not this truth." (Chandogya Upanishad 8.3.2-4, extract]

As Swami Nikhilananda says, scattered hints are found in Upanishads, but no full and adequate information of the Self - that "dwells deep within the heart [also called the city of Brahman], lord of time, past and future." (Cf. Katha Upanishad 2.4.12)

Be genuine and deepen your conscious perception by sensible meditation. It is easy to go wrong in borderland tracts, the rims of science and society. Anyway, the rewards may be ample (for those who survive). It is the same as with adventurers in other areas.


Sentronics, radiesthesia, radionics, dowsing, self-searching, pendulum power, Literature  

Five of the pendulum and radiesthesia books listed below can be viewed on Google Books (limited preview).


Archdale, F. A. Elementary Radiesthesia and the Use of the Pendulum (1950). Pomeroy, WA: Health Research, 1996.

Benor, Daniel J. How Can I Heal What Hurts? Wholistic Healing and Bioenergies. Healing Research, Volume II - Popular Edition. Bellmawr, NJ: Wholistic Healing Publications, 2005.

Butcher, James, Jill M. Hooley, Susan Mineka. 2014. Abnormal Psychology. 16th ed. London: Pearson.

Conway, Deanna J. A Little Book of Pendulum Magic. Berkeley, CA: Crossing Press / Ten Speed Books, 2001.

Davidson, Wilma. Dowsing: For Answers. Sutton Mallet: Green Magic, 2007.

Deussen, Paul, tr. Sixty Upanishads of the Veda. Vols 1-2. Varanasi: Banarsidass, 1980.

Eason, Cassandra. The Art of the Pendulum. Newburyport, MA: Weiser Books, 2005.

Müller, F. Max., tr. The Upanishads. Part I. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1879. [Online]

Müller, F. Max., tr. The Upanishads. Part II. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1884. [Online]

Nielsen, Greg, and Joseph Polansky. Pendulum Power: A Mystery You Can See, a Power You Can Feel. Rochester, VM: Destiny Books, 1987.

Prabhavananda, Swami. The Spiritual Heritage of India. 2nd ed. Hollywood: Vedanta Press, 1969.

Tansley, David. Dimensions of Radionics. Bradford: Health Science, 1977.

Webster, Richard. Pendulum Magic for Beginners: Power to Achieve All Goals. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2002.

Westlake, Audrey, and Malcolm Rae. The Radiesthetic (or Dowsing) Faculty. Two Lectures. Fordingbridge: Sandy Balls, 1973.

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