Today it's a paranormal communication device currently marketed and sold by the game company Hasbro, as a board game. Historically, it is method used to talk with the dead, having its roots in automatic writing. This form of automatic writing would start over 900 years ago in China.
The modern Ouija uses a board with letters to spell out words, Yes/No for direct questions and even numbers. It uses a Planchette device (the pointer shaped like an upside-down heart) to communicate. The modern board also has a dark reputation of causing negativity for those who use it. It has been linked with possession, violence and even death, however how much of that is true, and how much is public paranoia.
Much of the fear of the board seems to resonate from the movie The Exorcist: the story of a young girl being possessed by a demon. The movie hints that the possession was caused by a girl taking the drug Ritalin and using the Ouija Board alone. The movie itself was fiction, however is based on a true story, and even though it's unknown if the real "Regan" the movie is based on even used a Ouija, the belief still remains.
I'm not trying to say the Ouija is without danger, because that would be an untrue statement. It can cause you problems of a spiritual nature. In my years of experience and study with the board (starting over a decade ago in 1997), the worst, and proven cases fall into the category of invitation and "possession".
Invitation is the inviting of negative forces into your space. This will cause places you were once comfortable in, to become uncomfortable and cause you nervous stress. Nobody knows for sure what this energy is, whether you call it a ghost or demon, just that it can be strong and invasive and can ruin your day.
It could be a buildup of negative energy from the outside, or the other side... or even a build up of living energy from the participants of the Ouija session. Either way it is a real danger with the use of the Ouija Board.
No, not what you're thinking! I don't mean the possession that happened to poor Regan in the movie The Exorcist, but instead a conflict of energies. This is where that same outside negative energy invited in by the Ouija doesn't focus on the surrounding space, but instead the energy of the team themselves.
It could be that some of this outside energy has a magnetic effect with certain people, depending on the energy they carry. Vulnerable, sad and angry people seem to be affected the most, and on one occasion I was witness to a specific gender and age group (living young girls affected by the energy of an angry young girl spirit).
The worst of these situations does not include pea soup, a spinning head, or death... but instead slight sickness. All of the "possessed" have felt nauseous for a small period of time after the session was over. The affected might vomit, and then when getting away from the session the feelings will dissipate and pass.
The Ouija Board is not, in this man's opinion, a tool of the devil, but instead a communication device that has it's roots in the most ancient methods of energy manipulation, for better understanding of the "other side", and the unseen energies that surround us.
These are the top 3 rules that have protected me, and all of the people I've lead through Ouija sessions over the years. They encompass many different factors of known and unknown dangers, and I believe are the root of every safe communication.
Important factors of a successful Ouija Board session include...
YOUR OUIJA TEAM
You should have 3 to 4 people touching the Planchette at the same time for a successful Ouija Board session. The sole purpose of this method of automatic writing is to combine the energies of multiple people to create the psychic energy needed to invite in spirits. Those who are sensitive and psychic can use the Ouija alone, or with only one or two people, because their energy is heightened. However, for us regular folks (including myself), the combined energy is a must.
Roles are to be assigned to the participants...
CANDLES ARE IMPORTANT
It's important to setup white candles for 3 reasons...
The spirits being summoned by the Ouija session is working with the energies of everyone in the group. This means focus is important to a successful session. If one person is not fully in tuned to the board, or calm (and patient), then the message(s) coming through can be slow and confusing.
Focus on the summoned energy that's moving the Planchette and nothing else. The team should not change their train of thought during communication.
And never, ever, finish the word or sentence verbally before the Planchette is done spelling things out unless you're 100% sure it's right. You'll see the confusion in the Planchette, throw of the energy of the group, and sometimes cause the session to end.
HOW TO START COMMUNICATION
Here is a quick step-by-step guide to starting the Ouija Board session...
WHO ARE YOU SPIRIT?
However, if the Planchette is moving, then it's time to learn about the energy in the room.
Some of the things to ask for...
Or anything else you think might be important. A Ouija Board session is like an interview. Pretend to be Larry King or George Stroumboulopoulos, but with dead people. Ask lots of questions and lead the conversation at all times. There will be times when the spirit cuts in with it's own, unexpected information. This is rare, but amazing!
It's basically anything that keeps the spirit talking but remember to Focus!
Long sessions (over 15-20 minutes) can be difficult because of our modern society's lack of attention, so stick to shorter sessions so no one in the team gets bored, unintentionally lowering the energy in the room, or inviting in the negative.
CLOSING THE BOARD
As Big Rule #3 says, always say Goodbye!
Hopefully you'll never know the feeling of drawing a strong and negative energy into your space. If it does happen, the spirit(s) will not want to leave and the energy around you will become heavy and uncomfortable, causing a constant anxiety in your chest. This makes it difficult to fully close a session, and is also a reason for Big Rule #1 (not in your home).
HAUNTED HAMILTON SHOP EXPERIENCE
This happened to me during a session at the former Haunted Hamilton Shop on James Street South in Downtown Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Our session was going fine until something entered the space. We could actually feel it, even though none in the group claimed to be sensitive or psychic.
The Planchette stopped moving and the room became cold, the air was heavy. We were getting paranoid, feeling like there was something looking at us from the dark corners, including behind a nearby curtain. We tried to end the session, but the Planchette refused to move.
In the end we forced the Planchette down to Goodbye, however something from that session remained. I remember feeling watched as we left the shop that night.
The next day the feeling in the shop seemed to be back to normal. But it was okay because we were in a haunted shop, a welcoming place for all ghosts!
If this happens to you...
The best method is to be proactive. If a spirit is getting angry or insulting (swearing or threatening) … END THE SESSION.
Saying goodbye before the negative spirit gets up a head of steam will usually work.
Article Written by Daniel Cumerlato
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THE OUIJA BOARD ON YOUTUBE
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Ouija Board in action - Haunted Hamilton's Ghost Hunts at The Custom House, during the seance at the end they make contact with the main ghost of the building (The Dark Lady)
Stay tuned for a detailed guide to using the Ouija Board with the methods detailed in this article, and personal experiences to support these methods.
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