Author, blacksmith, dowser, designer, engineer, healer, philosopher, sailor, sculptor, social activist and tree planter - Hamish Miller was all of these.
A Scot by birth, Hamish spent the last three decades of his life in Cornwall. Following his early design engineering successes, he developed his artistic blacksmithing skills in his forge at home and produced a range of beautiful and practical objects. (Photographs of some of them are shown below).
Over the years, he and Ba became well-known as dowsers, with acknowledged expertise in healing and the exploration of earth energies. In 1987 they embarked on a journey with Paul Broadhurst, exploring and following two intertwining energy currents, the "Michael" and "Mary", from the tip of Cornwall to the Norfolk coast. The result was The Sun and the Serpent (1989), a book which has inspired and continues to inspire thousands of people world-wide, and has encouraged many to develop their own dowsing skills.
In 1990 Hamish and Ba launched into an epic 10-year journey across Europe with Paul Broadhurst and Vivienne Shanley, this time following another pair of intertwining currents which they named the "Apollo" and "Athena". This 2,500 mile journey took them from the Skelligs off south west Ireland, across Europe to Mount Carmel in Israel. The record of this extraordinary dowsing adventure resullted in The Dance of the Dragon (2000) and a set of beautiful, hand-illustrated maps.
During this time, Hamish produced It's Not Too Late (1998): an account of his life and the impact of traumatic near-death experiences which completely changed his values and priorities. The book aimed to encourage an awareness of one's potential, to move beyond the restrictions of our five senses towards spiritual and mental fulfilment.
Hamish's Definitive Wee Book on Dowsing, published in 2002, remains a perennial favourite and the ideal little gift for those starting on dowsing.
In 2006, putting his philosophy into action, Hamish founded Parallel Community, a network which continues to grow, of like-minded people around the world aiming to generate energy to make significant changes.
Hamish gave lectures and workshops, and took part in radio and television programmes, in many different countries. With film-maker Tim Walter, and collaborations with other dowsers, he also produced the DVDs Spirit of the Serpent (2003) and Diverse Dowsing (2009).
In 2008, to acknowledge his exceptional dowsing skills and his contribution to the field of dowsing, The British Society of Dowsers gave Hamish the Pogson award.
Hamish died on Burn's night, 2010, at home with his family. We are continually meeting people who have their own treasured memories of him, all individual stories but with one common thread, that of an unassuming but wise man with a great sense of humour. He is greatly missed.
Once a physiotherapist and a researcher for Hamish's projects, Ba Miller continues to participate in the dowsing courses and workshops still run at the Miller home in Cornwall. Always energetic, she is able to beat anyone walking up the slopes of Trencrom hill, still plays a mean game of tennis and remains undaunted by the care of the land that she and Hamish planted with trees over the decades.
Like her husband, everyone who knows Ba loves her for her wisdom and good sense. And just like Hamish, Ba continues to underestimate her own extraordinary dowsing ability and the extent of her inspiration.
A few of Hamish's sculptural pieces------------
Hamish's ForgeHamish in the Forge --some wee while ago!