|Healing Sick Houses
Part 1 (from vol 40 no 282 of 'Dowsing Today')
REPORT OF A RESEARCH PROJECT INTO EFFECTIVENESS
This paper, presented at the International Congress in Manchester
on August 31st 2003 shows that, statistically, our way of healing
sick houses works: we use dowsing for diagnosing the problem and
what to do about it, and then bring in spiritual healing techniques
for effecting change.
As most dowsers accept, it is very difficult to prove that dowsing
is valid for non-physical targets, let alone for healing purposes,
and we have moved further into this dilemma by testing the results
of work using our method.
Our research looked at multiple scores before and after healing,
set out in such a way that as much objectivity as possible was achieved,
and we outline how this was done in this paper in terms hopefully
understandable by non-statisticians. The results were evaluated
by a skilled statistician, and you can access her report, including
all the complicated statistical expertise that went into it, on
our website (1).
1) Significance of energies of place: background
Many dowsers are aware of different 'energies' at different locations.
They sometimes give a characteristic feel to a place. In many cases
this 'feel' can affect the mood and health of those living in places
where the energies are unhelpful. (Generally referred to as Geopathic
Stress.) Commonly, dowsers are asked to check the energy patterns
of a house. On finding energies deleterious to the health of the
inhabitants, the dowser may recommend moving the bed or favourite
chair to a position not influenced by the negativity, or even moving
house. Other dowsers seek to block, or divert the energy lines.
Some, like ourselves, seek to alter the quality of the energies
so that there is compatibility between the energies and those living
or working in the building.
Our introduction to these matters occurred well over 20 years ago
through meeting Bruce MacManaway. We subsequently attended sessions
where he taught us to identify these 'earth energies' by dowsing,
usually with a pendulum, and to correct the quality of deleterious
energies to beneficial by driving iron stakes into the ground at
very precisely established positions: "Miss it by a tenth of
an inch and you are useless," he said!
Having found out how to detect and 'correct' these energies from
Bruce, we were surprised to be contacted by people we did not know
asking us to work on their houses! So we did as taught, and people
Over the years these requests grew more and more frequent. With
Roy still in full time employment and Ann working too, it became
more and more difficult for us both to find enough time to visit
those requesting help. By this time, we had become Healer Members
of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers and were familiar
with both 'hands on' and 'distant' spiritual healing.
So we thought to try distant spiritual healing with the aid of
a sketch map to help support those involved until such time as we
could arrange a visit. Initially this was a "first aid"
treatment, but as we found that the healing stayed done, no visit
was required. We seemed to have discovered that distant spiritual
healing processes could be directed to a house rather than just
people. So we developed our present method of focussing spiritual
healing on to carefully selected points, using map dowsing techniques
to establish these points, instead of physically banging in poles
2) Case Load
We have been using this remote method for many years and we seldom
need to visit places now at all. The numbers of enquiries for this
work have steadily increased, almost all by word of mouth. Although
we do advertise our dowsing training course (Accessing your Intuition
via Dowsing), we do not actively advertise our healing work. Nevertheless
we are now responding to about 600 cases a year.
(Fig 1: Case Load)
We were overloaded in 1998 because of an article in the Sunday
Times which elicited 800 enquiries, 600 of them requiring work.
This indicated a great interest in these matters, which we find
continues to grow. We deliberately cut down our responses for a
while in order to concentrate on writing our book (2). Now the interest
continues to increase and we know there are many more dowser/healers
doing this work, some trained by us. Enquiries are not confined
to the UK. We have worked on places in all five continents. The
feedback that we get is positive and we receive many letters of
grateful thanks. As to payment, this is all on a donation basis.
We suggest that people send us something within their means which
represents how they value our work.
3) Origin of our research project
We keep a detailed record for each client. Over the years, these
files have come to occupy many archive boxes under the bed in our
spare room. In order to get "The Establishment" to accept
alternative health processes, there is interest in research work
to establish the validity, or otherwise, of various alternative
therapies. Thus we thought that the large amount of data within
our files might be of use in this context. We thought that we might
be able to find a student who could be encouraged to use our data
as a basis for a PhD study or similar. However, the various feelers
put out to friends at universities did not find a suitable response.
Nevertheless, we mentioned these ideas to people on our dowsing
courses and Dr Vicky Wass became interested. At that time she was
a tutor in statistics in the Business School at Cardiff University.
4) New Trial designed
Discussions with Dr Wass quickly revealed that it would be
difficult to analyse the data in our files in a way to produce
results meaningful to "The Establishment". Any such
report would be dismissed as anecdotal and of limited credibility.
Therefore she proposed that a properly organised trial be
set up and, given her expertise in this area, we had confidence
that a scientifically credible assessment of our healing work
would be the result.
The trial was based on four questionnaires sent out at intervals
to 150 respondents. No external funding was sought for this
research programme. Dr Wass donated her time in developing
the questionnaires, analysing and reporting the results. Ann
sent out the questionnaires at appropriate intervals together
with stamped addressed envelopes for return directly to Dr
Wass. We also conducted the overall administration of the
trial and bore the cost of all postage involved.
to see the Questionnaire
5) Research Process
(i) Data collection
In the early months of 1999, a sample of 150 households, who had
requested diagnostic dowsing and healing for adverse symptoms which
they believed could be associated with geopathic stress and/or discarnate
presences, were invited to take part in a questionnaire survey.
Every British resident who requested the service during this period
was asked to take part i.e. we only selected out requests from abroad
(four in number) because of the complications of return postage.
The purpose of this survey was to collect information from which
to evaluate the effectiveness of the dowsing and resultant healing
(ii) Survey design
The survey comprised a series of self-completed questionnaires which
were distributed to a member of the household over a period of six
to eight weeks during which time each respondent completed four
questionnaires in total. The first questionnaire was completed before
any dowsing or healing had been undertaken. At Questionnaire Two,
the sample was divided into two groups where the first group received
treatment but the second did not until later. The healing was done
for all respondents before they received Questionnaires Three and
Four. Thus a panel of respondents was followed through the course
of the work and information was collected about the respondent,
the household, the house and the nature and progress of the symptoms
which were the basis of the inhabitant's request for assistance.
Each respondent was required to score (on a scale of one to five)
the general health and well-being of a specified member of the household
(the same person throughout the survey) and 26 specific personal
and house-related symptoms. Both the frequency and intensity of
these 26 specific symptoms were measured. The questions and scales
of measurement are shown above.
Only one questionnaire is shown. They were all essentially the
same except for slight administrative variations reflecting the
stage of the survey each time.
For many of the responding households there were factors which
influence their health and symptoms other than negative earth energies.
Since this survey was not conducted under laboratory conditions,
and thus in isolation from these factors, we had to find a way of
controlling these alternative factors statistically. The approach
was two fold. First, detailed information was collected which included
information on some of these other factors (for example, use of
alternative therapies, effects of medication etc). Secondly, the
tests were based on the comparison of averages and the averages
were calculated from a sufficiently large number of respondents
so that the effects of outlying results (for example a severe deterioration
after the healing as a result of chemotherapy) were minimised.
(iii) Data quality
The information collected in the questionnaires comprise self-reports
of general health and of the intensity and frequency with which
26 specific symptoms were experienced. The same questions were asked
in each of the four questionnaires and required a contemporaneous
health assessment at each point in time. Thus the respondent was
not required to assess any changes in their health over time. The
measure of change was generated from each respondent's four contemporaneous
assessments. Responses relied upon the subjective assessment of
respondents about their symptoms, as opposed to an objective measure
(heart rate, blood pressure etc), and were therefore subject to
effects of differences in individual expectation and judgment. This
element of subjectivity precludes an analysis based upon comparisons
between individual people.
Consider, for example, two respondents who, in objective terms,
suffer equally from the same medical condition and experience a
similar level of benefit from healing. The first respondent is rather
more stoical with respect to personal pain and suffering than the
second respondent and consequently indicates that her general health
is 'fair' in the questionnaire before healing. After healing, the
respondent is optimistic and enthusiastic about the results and
indicates an improvement in her general health to 'very good'. The
second respondent on the other hand is of a more anxious and complaining
disposition and initially indicates that her general health is 'very
poor'. This second respondent records a more modest improvement
in her health following healing to 'poor'.
Clearly the responses of the two individuals cannot be reliably
compared with each other due to the influence of subjectivity. The
progress of symptoms for each nominated individual in the household
are recorded over time and it is the 'before' and 'after' intervention
responses which can be compared. This method controls for the effects
of individual subjectivity in the cross section of respondents,
with the qualification that the underlying personalities of the
respondents remains unchanged throughout the period of the survey,
i.e. the stoical respondent remains stoical and vice versa. The
measure of effectiveness of the healing is one based upon changes
in reported health indicated by individual respondents and is thus
relatively independent of difference in their personalities which
might affect interpersonal comparisons of responses.
In short, by using a panel surveying the same respondents and measuring
differences over time rather than differences between respondents,
the subjective effects of different personalities are 'fixed' and
do not distort the results.
In Part 2, in the next edition of Dowsing
Today, we explain how we tackled the thorny problem of the placebo
effect, describe the sample, and announce our results. Stay tuned!