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Tip o' the Week # 13

Divination

Dear [firstname],

In one way or another, I have been working with divinatory tools for over forty-five years.  I’ve been dowsing since the late nineteen-fifties when my mother taught me how to locate the pipe that brought our town’s water into our home in Greensboro, Vermont.  I’ve been reading Tarot Cards since nineteen-seventy, when John Fagan taught me how to read them using the Rider Waite cards and the Golden Dawn System.  Labyrinths came a bit later - the early eighties, when Jeff Saward taught me to draw one the first time I came to Glastonbury.

As a Board member of both the American and British Society of Dowsers, and also a founding member of The Labyrinth Society, I found that many on these Boards were primarily interested in seeking historical facts and/or verification that would “prove” that the use of these tools yields
scientifically valid information.  Of course, I was/am interested in left-brain information, but over the years, I have been feeling more and more that the initial reason for my getting into dowsing, tarot and labyrinths was that they were tools that could assist me in contacting the Spiritual Realms.  “Divination” and the word “Divine” have the same etymological root, and both speak - to me - of the same thing.

I am finding that now that I am in my late sixties, while the scientific aspects do interest me, they are not even close to the most important reason why I have been on this path for so long.  And trying to convince atheistic scientists that dowsing is real, that astrology is valid, that randomly chosen tarot cards can have direct meaning to the individual who shuffled the deck, or that walking a labyrinthine path is more than a diverting bit of exercise is a total waste of time. 

If you are not awake, and are glued to your own totally left-brain paradigm of reality, you’ll never allow yourself to be convinced through logical arguments anyway.  This stuff is experiential not logical. You have to personally experience these forms of divination in order for them to have any validity for you.  And those who have experienced it are the ones I want to work with.  So I have come to the conclusion that I no longer have time to put effort into trying to convince the blind to see.  Life is too short.  It is my intention that when I die, I will be at least one step closer to my Maker than I am today.  And these tools are assisting me along the seeker’s path.



At this point, I must apologize for the length of this week’s Tip.  It is our goal to have a maximum of three to four paragraphs in each week’s Tip; however, I have a late-breaking photograph that speaks to the issues I have been writing about above.

On Monday of this week, I took a group of North American students on a one hour (before it opened to the public) special access visit to the centre of Stonehenge.  (Two hours before and two hours after official opening hours, English Heritage allows four groups of up to twenty-five people one hour of special access to the centre of the stones.)  Shortly after we arrived, another group arrived in a tour bus, and after having to tell one of his participants to not walk on the stones, the guide proceeded to give them a non-stop left-brained monologue of the entire sight from an academic archaeological perspective, and at the same time, dumping on anything spiritual from “ley lines” (a term that he attributed to Alfred Watkins, but one that Watkins never used - he called them "leys") to dowsing (which my students were doing at the time).  It was quite disheartening.

Prior to arriving at the Henge, I had decided on employing a different method.  We only had one hour in this very special place.  As I have said above, I no longer want to be eating, or feeding others, only left-brain scientific food.  So, after a brief introduction to orient the group I had brought,  below is a picture of how I led my participants during most of their time in the centre of Stonehenge:



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Sig leading a group through Stonehenge

Sig guiding his group through the stones.
Experiencing (not hearing about) Stonehenge.



};-)

Sig
Sig Lonegren
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England

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