by: Rob Ryan
‘Good fortune’ is perhaps the best way to describe learning how to dowse from Robert Gandrup. Not only does Robert teach with wit, commonsense and logic, he patiently answers every question put to him.
Robert taught me to sandwich every dowse with 2 important phrases: start with “Can I, may I, should I dowse…(my question),” and always end with ‘Thank You.’ Is that really important? Why the formality of ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ with every dowse?
400 years ago, a remarkable Christian monk became a ‘people magnet’ for his convent brothers, church superiors and spiritual seekers. From miles away, they came just to be near Brother Lawrence and feel God’s presence in his company.
What Lawrence learned—and what he told his visitors—is in the pages of his small book, “The Practice of the Presence of God.” His ‘conversion’ and discovery of God’s presence arose from a winter encounter with a fruit tree. Struck powerfully with the realization that its barren branches would be covered with blossoms and fruit in spring and summer, his feeling of awe did not abate. Ultimately, it infused his life.
Thinking back to our first brush with love, romance and spiritual power, most of us know what profound awe and gratitude feel like. Brother Lawrence took love to the next level: he kept his his blissful feelings of respect and awe burnished bright for the rest of his life.
This brings us back to good manners in dowsing. Who or what is doing the work of answering our questions? At gatherings—like the West Coast Dowsers Conference coming in July this year—dowsers tell me they get their answers come from the Source, Consciousness, or ‘the Field.’ Whatever we call that ‘It,’ that One that answers our questions, “It” had to be in touch with all of God’s creation. It has to transcend time and space…and be available to answer our questions with the willingness of a genie and the speed of Google.
It seems Robert Gandrup has it right. The least we can do in exchange for dowsing’s seeming-magic is say ‘Please,’ and ‘Thank You.’ BUT, there is a rub of course, the same rub that comes up in every romance.
We all have dowses that go wrong, answers that are not right. What about those? Should we be thankful for them? Annoyed? Doubtful of our ability?
Here is where Brother Lawrence’s example coincides with another teaching from Robert Gandrup: lack of accuracy in dowsed answers is ALWAYS due to poorly posed questions.
Consciousness-Source is never wrong. We dowsers, on the other hand, are perfectly free to ask vague and incomprehensible questions of Source—or dowse answers we want in the first place.
Should we be thankful for errant dowses? Yes! Since the problem cannot be with Source-Consciousness, we only need to examine ourselves, our technique or hidden assumptions. Source cannot be improved on, but we can always improve ourselves. This means my romance with dowsing—and your romance with dowsing—never has to fade or become sketchy. Though it lies beyond the scope of this essay, Sages point out the romance we have with our spouse, pets, friends, and life in general can always remain a heartfelt and grateful miracle.
In summary, I respectfully offer you two very powerful instructions torn from the pages of Robert Gandrup’s book, “Dowsing as a Daily Tool.”
Start your every dowse with “Can I, may I, should I dowse…(my question).”
When done, remember to say ‘Thank You!”
Rob Ryan—Master Astrologer