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MAG E-zine # 44 - Of Dyslexic Dowsers and Schizophrenic Shamans

Dear [firstname]

Today you will find a new version of Mid-Atlantic Geomancy on a new Internet Service Provider.  While it will look much the same, we have put in a great deal of thought and work to make it a better, more informative site. (There are still a few bugs in this, but they should be fixed within the next few days.  Sorry about that.) We are reviving the connection between dowsing and dyslexia, a common bond that I suspect that many readers share.  This is not a handicap, it is a true gift, and I can only trust that you will come to realize that. 

To celebrate this connection, this Ezine explores another connection:

Of Dyslexic Dowsers and Schizophrenic Shamans

   Celtic Shaman
                    Sig Lonegren                      
Dyslexic Dowser
  Celtic Shaman
by Sandra Brant
Artist & Owner of Quirquē Art Studio



In our recent upgrade of our website Mid-Atlantic Geomancy, I have included a section entitled <Dyslexia & Geomancy>.  It is the somewhat amended report of work that Jill Moss and I did for the British Society of Dowsers (BSD) using an admittedly radically unscientific survey offered a range of the symptoms of adult dyslexics.  While the National average was around 15% of the people are dyslexic, we found that 66% of the dowsers who took the survey exhibited characteristics of adult dyslexics.  It also came as a surprise when we correlated the results, that the 33% of our members who did not seem to have dyslexia, also stated as their main focus to be tangible target dowsing/physical targets - looking for drinking water, oil, treasure, underground plumbing, lost items, lost pets, and more.  But even more interesting was that of 66% who did have symptoms of adult dyslexia, the vast majority were interested in intangible target dowsing. In the BSD, this falls into topics like auras, Earth energies, and healing.  More Spiritual than physical.

As a dyslexic myself, I certainly have found this to be the case what I look back at my own life.  Since I woke up spiritually in the late sixties, searching for the Spiritual Realms has been my main passion both as a dowser, and as a geomancer.  When one thinks of geomancy in relation to Sacred Space, one thinks of the builders of our ancient sacred places around the world - in theatrical terms: the set designers.  While I have a solid interest in the physical tools and skills a geomancer must have to build these very special places, it is in the uses of sacred space that has sparked my early interest from the late sixties to today. These places truly enhance the possibility of connection.  That has been my main focus for the last forty+ years.  As I have said many times, I intend to be at least one step closer to my Maker when I die than I am today.

Because of their "handicap" - no - gift, dyslexics seem to find it easier to connect with the intuitional, creative and spiritual realms than most people.


Now to move on to schizophrenia.  One of the first things I remember was that many shamanic cultures picked potential shaman as youths because they exhibited schizophrenic characteristics.  WikipediA defines schizophrenia as, "a mental disorder characterised by a breakdown of thought processes and by a deficit of typical emotional responses. Common symptoms include auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganised speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction. The onset of symptoms typically occurs in young adulthood, with a global lifetime prevalence of about 0.3–0.7%. Diagnosis is based on observed behaviour and the patient's reported experiences." 

Because schizophrenic shamans didn't seem to be able to take care of themselves very well, the community looked after them.  In return, the shaman or shamanka took care of the community by being able to travel to different spheres - the below and the above - and do work on things like healing for individuals in the tribe.  While I have not explored shamanism extensively, I suspect that one of the major things that we share in common is that we both work in sacred space to enhance the possibility of connecting the Spiritual.

So, is there some link between learning disabilities like dyslexia and shamanism?  Actually, it appears that there could well be one.  There is new research published in Nature Neuroscience.  A research team found that it is fairly common in a uniquely genetically distinct isolated population in the municipality of Kuusamo in North-Eastern Finland who has lived as a community for four or more generations. Researchers discovered that among these people, there is a disruption of the gene TOP3B that was found commonly in both schizophrenia and people with learning disabilities (dyslexia being one).  It was three times higher than in the rest of the country!  In their further biochemical investigation into TOP3B, the team found that the TOP3B protein interacts with a protein known as FMRP. The deactivation or disruption of this protein is responsible for Fragile X syndrome, a disorder associated with autism and learning difficulties, primarily in men.

Aarno Palotie of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge writes,"If someone is missing one of the two versions of the gene (TOP3B) they inherit from their parents then they run a substantially higher risk of developing schizophrenia than the rest of the population. We've found that if one gene dismissing it fuses twice the risk of schizophrenia, but if both are missing all these people either have severe schizophrenia or severe learning disabilities."  (The i - "the essential Daily Briefing from the Independent - Monday, 5 August 2013, p.9)

I had a Native American Grandmother (a title of respect), Twylah Nitsch, Wolf Clan Mother of the Seneca/Haudenoshaunee.  She told me that Great Mystery doesn't take something away from you without giving something back.  I found this connection with these two different "medical" conditions, dyslexia and schizophrenia, to be astounding.  It reminded me again that these so-called learning disabilities and mental diseases are actually gifts.  And if you are in to geomancy and dowsing, the chances are that you might be dyslexic as well, and that you therefore have enhanced/?easier? access to Spiritual Realms.  While they certainly have their difficult moments, both dyslexia and schizophrenia are also great gifts.

sig's sig
Sig Lonegren M.A. 
SunnyBank Centre
9,Bove Town
Glastonbury, Somerset  BA6 8JE
Skype: sigdowser

p.s. If you haven't done so already, you might want to check out our radically unscientific Survey of Symptoms of Adult Dyslexics.

p.p.s. Interesting further reading on the connection between left-handedness and dyslexia and schizophrenia.