NLP and dowsing
In the video below, Derren Brown uses a fine mix of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and dowsing to help a man who has never dowsed before to find a tiny canister of water buried in the desert. Derren instructs him to feel the direction from the rods themselves and "let them take you where the rods want to go". Then he asks the man to think of an image of the 'guiding entity' which the dowser associated with his grandfather. Then Derren adds colour to it: "the experience of doing this (finding water canister), what colour would this be? "Blue", replies the dowser. And lastly, Derren adds sound to the image and colour; "if the canister with water would make a sound and the sound would get louder when you are nearing the object, what sound would it be?". And the novice dowser says: "the sound of water and wind". And with this composite strong mental image, the dowser finds the canister with water at the place where the dowsing rods cross. And this is exactly how it works. You have to fully engage the thing you wish to find, using imagery and other senses to create the nearest specific vibration (unique to you) that resonates with the object. The rods then indicate when you come across it. Your subconscious mind plays a very important role in this whole process.