0758; just a couple of minutes to go. A dark, grey cloud hovered menacingly; it started to rain. From the radio, I heard the introductory music, heralding the 8 o’clock news; paper in hand I stood in the open doorway, staring out into my garden, it was raining quite heavily. I started to pray.

“I call on the Divine Powers of Nature, our Guides and Angels, to bless all dowsers and provide all with the proper frequencies to remove unnatural impurities and energies to balance the Chakras, Energy pattern and Meridians of the Globe. To draw us close to our highest potential as loving, spiritual beings. Let every dowser bring illumination to every situation and person they connect with.
In deep gratitude.”

That lovely prayer was sent to us by the New Zealand society of Dowsing and Radionics Incorporated, suggesting that we offer it and repeat it three times at exactly 8 am on Saturday, 5th. May, the inaugural International Dowsing Day.

Probably, as with many other dowsers, the suggestion was adopted; it made me feel quite humble.

It was now time to load up the car and head off for Byland Abbey in North Yorkshire. This was the venue for a presentation by Ridings Dowsers, giving free tutorials to the general public on the basic skills of dowsing. Today was also National Labyrinth Day and Ridings Dowsers Chairman, Bill Holding would be constructing two Labyrinths in the grounds of the Abbey; again the general public could participate and use the Labyrinths.

By the time I arrived at Byland Abbey, the rain had stopped and the Sun was shining brightly although the cold, Easterly wind demanded the wearing of warm clothing. Sally Lane and Bill had already started making the first, three-path Labyrinth and about ten onlookers were milling about, asking questions and exploring the “dowsing trail” of rope, copper pipes, flags and water container.

There was no time to lose. I took a few quick snap-shots and set to work tutoring the first group and guiding them through the “dowsing trail”. I don’t claim to be a proficient dowser but the sheer amazement and joy; even outbursts of laughter, when the rods move for the first time, is a heart-warming experience.

Mainly thanks to a short article in The Yorkshire Post, people had journeyed from all areas of the North. From Barnsley to Middlesbrough; Leeds to Scarborough and from all walks of life, they had come to share in the experiences of dowsing. They were not disappointed and neither were we!

Yes, we had time to eat our packed lunches and have short coffee breaks but the day was very busy and very fulfilling. Whilst Sally and I continued with the tutorials, Bill built the second Labyrinth, this time a large, impressive seven-path.

Some of the tutorials were given to small groups but we also did one-to-one lessons. In total we tutored 47 people in the basic disciplines of dowsing and Labyrinth walking. Three people expressed a desire to join Ridings Dowsers immediately whilst many others said they would be joining us at one of our regular meetings in the near future.

At about 5 pm we deconstructed our creations and restored the natural ambience of the site, offering a sincere “thank you” to the Genius Loci for allowing us to share our knowledge and bring joy to so many caring and enthusiastic individuals.

The next stop, of course, was the local pub where we partook of some alcoholic sustenance and shared the experiences of a brilliant day!

The Ridings Dowsers team at Byland Abbey was Bill Holding (registered BSD Tutor) Sally Lane and Mike Barwell.

Mike Barwell.

8th. May 2012