A presentation by Ann Lodygowski
at North Hill Village Hall
Ann Lodygowski is a huge persona masquerading in this cycle as a very small lady. However, her ability, understanding and experience are directly inverse to her stature – and it was a great pleasure to have this Devon-based dowsing giant back amongst us in Caradon.
Ann is best known for her national and international work with our equine friends, but here she was giving more attention to domestic pets and, on request, to farmyard stock.
Her technique is as simple as it is effective – and the ease of her quick-fire responses belies a lifetime of practice in the stable and the home. Using anatomical diagrams of the animals in question, Ann works through the outline of the creature in a similar way to practitioners from other disciplines who use checklists.
In essence she is doing little that’s different from the archaeologist or the earth energy dowser, in that she is merely retrieving information from the ether, and applying it to her specialist field. However, her deep knowledge of the structure and physiology of animals, coupled with decades of successful client recoveries, puts her in a place that few of us can aspire to – yet, such was the clarity and confidence of her delivery that I am sure I was not the only one who left the hall thinking ‘I could do that’ – well, conceptually, at least.
Ann’s typical approach is to work her way through the creature (and that can include human creatures) using either her physical charts or those imprinted in her mind by lengthy repetition. First, she will use the appropriate diagram of the skeletal structure of the animal, then turn to the corresponding diagram of its muscular configuration. Her detailed knowledge of her subject’s physiology enables her to pin down problems to individual bones, joints and tendons. While she was able to provide us with a couple of examples of investigative dowsing, which appeared to identify the problems with an animal – which she had never seen before – within seconds, she accepts that to undertake a study of a more substantial animal in a measured professional, manner would take several hours.
Having established the physical issues to be addressed, she then turns her attention to the underlying causes of the animal’s problems. Some of these can simply be that the creature has come off worst in a routine rough ‘n’ tumble, or that it has taken a fall on wet ground. However, as often as not, the root causes of creature discomforts are associated with where they are housed. Tainted underground water and certain types of earth energy lines are prime culprits, but so too are issues in the realms of the psychic and spiritual, not to mention the detrimental impact of people and/or of other animals.
Several people had brought in locks of fur and mane (from their pets!) to be considered by Ann. She was able to tune in to these creatures without apparent difficulty, and to determine the issues concerned (she eschews prior knowledge of any problems to ensure that her dowsing is as clinical and as independent as possible). The owners seemed suitably impressed with both the identification of the pets and of their problems.
Ann’s first line of approach in terms of effecting positive change is always to resort to herbal remedies and the use of natural materials, minerals and vitamins. She isn’t one to carry a vast library of potential medicaments and their effects in her head, but instead refers to the recommended substance, dosage and treatment regime in the reference works. This has the added advantage of enabling her to dowse through the lists of herbs and minerals with one rod, whilst keeping the other hand either on the page or on the animal. Again, it all looks so straightforward in the hands of an accomplished professional.
Ann has a stableful of amusing anecdotes provided by the fauna she has had the pleasure to assist, and by their owners. Only a couple of weeks previously, she had been giving this very talk to some of the members of the British Society of Dowsers Health Group in Pewsey, Wiltshire. One of those present had cycled down from Nottingham (wait for it) with his pet cat in his rucksack. In a typically ironic twist, it turned out that it was the owner that needed the attention – the cat was just merely reflecting the neurosis.
As a teenager, Ann lived in haunted pub, she has lambed hundreds of sheep in her time – and she has been dowsing animals of all sorts, and their illnesses, since 1976. As a consequence, so not much phases her these days. She has felt the excitement and the pain of her clients and their custodians, and she freely admits that when an animal is released from suffering, she will often burst into tears of joy and empathy. True dowsing of this type can be an emotional, not just an academic, experience.
The rationalists amongst us will deduce that she is drawing her clues from the information field, which is common ground to both the dowser and the dowsed, but Ann herself just encourages us to ask the animals. Whether any form of telepathy is involved probably depends on your own belief system, but the end results are much the same – sick creatures showing positive improvement.
Ann has never needed to advertise her skills – and relies on word-of-mouth referrals. I get the distinct feeling that at times those requests come in at a rate that takes a bit of keeping up with, but it doesn’t seem to worry her – people ask for help, animals need help, so she helps them. Simple, really.
Many thanks to Ann for taking the time and effort to come over to us from the tip of South Devon, to share so freely many of the insights she has gained during her truly fascinating life’s journey. As ever, the input of all those TDs who helped to get this particular show on the road is also very much appreciated.
Nigel Twinn Tamar Dowsers,