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Dowsing in the Garden - Jon Martin, 22nd September


“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Albert Einstein. 1879-1955

Prince Charles might talk to his plants, but he would do better if he just listened to them instead. Tuning in to the vegetables, fruit trees, bushes and flowers in your garden, either with dowsing rods or simple intuition, will tell you what they need, whether they are in the right place, and how they can be improved.

During his talk, “Dowsing in the Garden” on 22nd September, Jon Martin said at the end of World War 2, the US Government moved an ancient indigenous tribe from a tiny island in the South Pacific, known as Bikini Atoll, in order to carry out atom bomb tests (the way you do). They said the natives could have their homeland back in a few months, but with all the fallout and whatnot, they never returned home.

They were moved to the island of Rongerik (some distance away but near enough to hear the bang), which had different flora and fauna than they had on Bikini. There was much concern that their knowledge of what was safe to eat, what was poisonous, what was medicinal, etc., gleaned over thousands of years, would be lost for ever.

Amazingly, within a comparatively short time, the displaced islanders were up and running, as comfortable and knowledgeable about their new home and its produce, as they had been before the move. How did they do this so soon? Intuition? Hand dowsing? Sixth sense? Yes to all of the above.

They were simply in touch - with their surroundings, the plants and the animals, and we can be too. All living organisms produce electromagnetic waves, the heart being a prime example. It pulsates (which is why we have a pulse) but the heart alone is not strong enough to pump the blood throughout the body. It is aided by veins and blood vessels that twist slightly, thrusting the blood through, onward and upwards.

Jan van der Elsen

The brain also produces electromagnetic waves. This has been known and recognised for centuries, and is why artists frequently paint a halo around the head of important people. It represents this same magnetic field. The indigenous tribes mentioned above instinctively knew all this long before we did, but you have it, I have it, if we can only tune into it, we can utilise it too.

Jon went on to say the Aborigines in Australia were a nomadic people, and wandered the Outback seeking food and water. They used their intuition and hand dowsing to find what they needed, and once theyíd come upon, say, a crop of wild yams, they would hand dowse again to check which were ripe and ready to eat. They would only pluck those, leaving the other unripe yams for other Aborigines to find, or to come back to later on.

If you really want to get into this in depth, look into Biodynamic gardening. Our speaker had done a course on the subject, and was impressed to discover all we can do to help crop yield. Not just going organic, not just using natural fertilisers, but using our own preparations too, and utilising them in a homeopathic way.

Hereís the recipe. Take a cowís horn full of manure, and bury it underground in order to benefit from the lunar cycles of the moon. With great intent, dig it up at the right time, and dilute it with water, again and again and again, so that you have enough solution to water your crops. This will do more good than any proprietary fertilizer you can buy.

In your own garden, you can approach any given plant or plants, and simply open your heart to it. Gently appreciate it. Relax into its space and environment, which can vary from damp and moist to dry, desert-like conditions. Feel it, smell it, taste it. What feelings come to mind? Melancholy? Happiness? Relaxation? Medicinal even?

A good place to start this is under a Yew tree, which gives off quite strong vibrations. Only stay long enough to feel its pulse or rhythm, and sense its other-worldliness. Donít linger too long, but be aware.

Jan van der Elsen

Having spoken about these things, Jon invited us to take a turn ourselves, to see how we got on. He had brought along petals from Japanese anemones, and our task was to dowse which corresponding plant they had been gathered from. He had brought rosemary, bay and olive, and our task was to dowse and see which gave off the strongest vibrations. Some of us said rosemary, others thought bay. There is no right or wrong answer; itís simply about what speaks to you.

There were also soil samples to dowse, and water - which was rain water, which was spring water, which was tap? Itís important to know, because tap water is less beneficial, for both plants and people, than rain water and natural spring water, which offer healing, positive energy.

One of the most popular tasks was to dowse double-strength rose water, and a couple of teas made from herbs. The rose water was everyoneís favourite, and evoked summer days, sunshine, warmth and contentment. “Just open your hearts and minds,” said Jon, “you will feel it.” And we did.

He had even brought along two identical plants that had grown under identical conditions. Out of sight, he secretly blessed one, but not the other, and asked us to dowse which was which. Some of us got it right; some of us got it wrong. Itís not easy or straightforward, but with concentration, determination and intent, it can be done.

We ended up dowsing plants members had brought along - a stunted African violet, a happy-looking spider plant, a pot-bound agapanthus and some onions that had bugs in them. We dowsed again and decided the African violet needed special African-violet-potting compost; the happy spider plant, with lots of babies coming, was obviously on a sunny windowsill; the agapanthus needed re-potting and more light, and the onions remained a mystery.

Thatís the thing with dowsing. We can discover and learn a lot, but we donít claim to always have all the answers.

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