If you are interested in appreciating the essence of modern dowsing, there is no better place to start than by looking at the same scenario from a totally different perspective. People throughout the ages have worked with closely comparable information to what we have available to us today - but they had radically different experiences and lived in subtly different cultures.
The Pharaohs, pyramid builders and slaves of ancient Egypt shared almost identical DNA with ourselves, yet their lives and times could have come from another planet - maybe even another dimension.
Here, Kate Smart opened a tantalising window on the worldview of Egyptology, as seen through the eyes of a modern dowser.
The first surprise was that really ancient Egypt hosted stone circles - such as the one at Playa Nabta (circa 7,500 BCE). These significantly predated the better-known and much grander megaliths, and in fact looked remarkably similar to those erected by our own ancestors - with stone brought in from a distance to an area devoid of such material (think Stonehenge et al).
Another revelation is that most of the structures in the Nubian Desert are built not on sub-soil, as in western Europe, but directly onto a ‘basement’ bedrock of granite and sandstone - the more organic and eroded layers having long since blown or washed away in the harsh dry climate. Yet the dowsable water and energy features seemed to be remarkably similar to those here, implying that they are tangible, trans-planetary aspects of the aether, not explicitly anchored in either place or time. The ancient Egyptians have been distanced from us by the passing aeons, but their needs and interests were essentially very similar - health, security, survival and an intuitive awareness of the non-physical, the reality and complexity of which is so difficult to express in encyclopaedias of words, let alone images and hieroglyphs.
Much has been written by learned academics about the Pyramids of Egypt and the temples that surrounded and supported them, but it is incredibly valuable to have ‘one of our own’ to check them out on site. Kate found that the architecture of the vast structures at Saqqara and Giza appeared to take account of both Hartmann and Benker grids - indicating that these earth energy features were both known to the pyramid builders and considered of sufficient import to have been incorporated into their monumental designs.
At the Pyramid of Djoser, Kate found that the energy lines seemed ‘floppy’ and their normally tubular form had become squashed into insubstantial ovals. Participants in this zoom added their own experiences of such features, both in the UK and elsewhere.
The pyramidical shape has long been recognised as having the property of being able to concentrate some form of energy. There have even been studies which purport to show how razor blades can be re-sharpened by placing them under a light, pyramid-shaped cover. Other more scientific experiments have shown that seeds can have their chance of germination significantly improved by the use of such a procedure. So, it is not that surprising that a culture which appears to have sought everlasting life - at least for its temporary totem leader - might attempt to use the same phenomenon, by utilising thousands of tons of masonry and an army of forced labour. If a grain of emmer (ancient wheat/grass) could be invigorated by the simple construction of a magical shape, surely the life-force of a significant human could be reinvigorated by something similar built on the ‘right’ site and on a megalithic scale.
The pyramids seem to have been constructed by tunnelling into the bedrock at the determined spot to locate the burial chamber of the still-living Pharaoh. The structure would then have had to have been built above it, incorporating the sacred geometry of the architects in an appropriate manner to ‘focus the earth energy’ into the body of the late Pharaoh - the subject of the process.
There are several icons in Egyptian tombs, which seem to portray artisans using dowsing tools. These images are clearly open to modern interpretation.
However, for a culture such as ancient Egypt to have survived at all - especially in the open desert - the indigenous Berber people must have had some method of locating reliable water sources, often at some depth.
The Nileometer at Kom Ombo - a huge well, with an internal staircase sunk into the flood plain - is just such a substantial undertaking, which was evidently established to measure the varying depth of the water table many metres below the surface of the surrounding landscape. In this manner, the annual droughts and floods could have been accurately predicted, and to some extent managed, long before the dramatic effects overwhelmed those living and farming on the flood plain of the Nile.
At the temple complex of Karnak/Amun Ra, Kate found that the massive columns dowse as enormous portals. In the temple there are also huge obelisks, which dowse like ‘lift-shafts’, with energy vortices rising and falling. The interaction between the matrix of columns and the precisely sited obelisks was particularly interesting, with the columns seeming to operate in an integrated manner, not unlike a ‘generator’. A similar situation can also be dowsed at Carnac, in Brittany, and I assume the similarity of the etymology is synchronistic (!?).
The obelisks recorded the achievements of the Pharohs - and unlike modern-day functionaries, it seems from the hieroglyphs that the high priests who served at the temples were required to be polymaths, skilled at magic and healing, but also in procedural activities and court politics.
Also at the much later Kom Ombo complex (180-47 BCE) a unique temple was constructed in two distinct halves. To the south, the temple of Sobek (the god of fertility) contains many mummified crocodiles, while the northern temple of Hathor (the goddess of love, beauty, music, dancing, fertility, and pleasure) contains a paramagnetic obelisk, which dowses to be vibrating with energy. The twin temples indicate the appreciation, at least by the ruling classes of ancient Egyptian society, for the need to balance the tension of opposing forces that influenced their world - such as male and female, flood and drought, air and water.
Later, Coptic Christians etched their distinctive crosses into some of these ancient columns, showing that they used some parts of the temple complex for their own purposes. Throughout the world, the religions of successive societies have used and reused the same sites, and the same energetic foundations for much the same purposes. One culture morphs into, or is displaced by, another, but the information sub-strata remains substantially intact and available to all with eyes to see it and the intuition to understand it.
It can be all too easy to think of a culture like that of ancient Egypt as being separate from our own, yet in the great scheme of things, we are but younger siblings of the ongoing evolution of the human tribe. In the main, what they saw and felt is what we see and feel. What we make of it all is another story.
An extended Q&A session followed Kate’s presentation, which could clearly have lasted for a considerably longer period, such was the interest of the participants in the subject matter.
Ancient Egypt has long been a source of fascination to the European mindset. While it predates the industrial world and the Christian order, the energies and information it intentionally embedded into its sacred structures implies that the builders and the users of those places had a much closer relationship with our own appreciation of the realm of the unseen than at first meets the mind.
Many thanks to Kate Smart for such an interesting and enlightening session - a perfect winter warmer.