I know I mentioned in a previous post that a lot of people around here are very firmly against using Ouija boards and similar tools, regardless of one’s skills and experience in dealing with the paranormal and/or supernatural, and I’m gonna expand on it just this once. This is, of course, my personal opinion on the matter, and not a claim to any sort of universal, objective stance. This is how I was taught, and what I’ve concluded after years of thinking and reading up on it.
In Sweden, teenagers like to play around with a “home-made” version of the Ouija board, that we call “Anden i glaset” (the spirit in the glass), which is usually performed on a home made board with the alphabet and all the other things you’d find on a regular Ouija board, and a drinking glass is used as the planchette. The procedure is the same, as is – unfortunately – the results.
I consider Ouija board to be doorways, and the use of them to be open invitations. As opposed to when you attempt to contact spirits on locations, you have no control over who or what will accept your invitation to come through. Usually, I describe it as opening the lid to an old, deep mine shaft; you can’t see how deep it is, or what’s in there. But you’re up there in the light, and the things in the mine shaft can definitely see you.
When you contact spirits on location, you’re setting up a limiter for what you’re contacting; you’re trying to talk to whatever spirit is there at the location. Meaning, the ones who are already here and that we can more easily prepare ourselves to deal with if they should be of a more negative type. You are in control of the situation.
The same goes for many different methods of summoning spirits, or using tools to contact them – because, again, you are setting up firm boundaries regarding what spirits you want to talk to, and the extent to which they can communicate with you.
With an Ouija board, you’re going in blind. You’re opening a doorway, but have no way of controlling what comes through that doorway. You just made a come one, come all type invitation, and anything and anyone looking to come through will grab the opportunity when you present it to them.
This is why so many demonic encounters, hauntings, oppressions, and flat out possessions happen in the wake of people using Ouija boards – especially when those using the board are either 1) young people, or 2) people who don’t believe it really works, and therefore do not take the risks seriously.
Demonic entities are intelligent, as we already know, and they will happily pretend to be benign entities for as long as they need to if that means they’ll get to safely act out their plans once the board has been put aside and people won’t expect anything to happen.
But Loke, you might object, should you really say anything about this topic since you’ve never used a board yourself?
Yes, yes I should. I was forbidden from using Ouija boards, or participate in anden i glaset, or any similar practices for very good reasons. Teenagers are vulnerable to malevolent entities, because they generally have so much energy and stuff shifting around in them, since they’re growing and developing into adulthood. This is pretty well known, I think, and it’s an important fact. When your energy is unstable, your defenses are weaker, which makes you vulnerable. This gets extra serious if you are sensitive, because you are going to be a very big target. They’ll want you, because you’re sensitive, and you’ll be so much more fun to play with.
But I have seen the effects of these practices. People around me who played with the boards, who had some very disturbing things happen to them and their lives afterwards. There were threats to them and their families, hauntings, oppressions, some really suspicious cases of “bad luck” ending in physical injuries, attacks, etc. Then, of course, adding to that all the documented cases around the world where things have gone even further.
So for me, this is is a case of “know that you are human, and that you are not invincible”. In other words, don’t mess with things you can’t fully understand or control. And thus, I stay as far away from these things as I can, and do my work in ways I am comfortable and experienced in.
Naturally, there are very experienced people out there using Oujia boards as part of their practice, and I neither can nor will say anything about that. I still don’t approve of the boards, but I would never tell an experienced sensitive/medium/magic worker how they can and cannot practice.
But when it comes to the other people – the teenagers, the people thinking it’s a funny game, the people who don’t believe in it and thus don’t feel the need for caution – I will remain very firmly against using it.
To me, the price and the risks will just never be worth it.