I still remember the first time I ever used a Ouija board: I was in fifth grade, having a sleepover with my friends. After a long, giggly debate, we decided the dead person we most wanted to contact was….Betsy Ross. Go figure. (I voted for Bobby Sherman, but he wasn’t dead– a minor technicality).
Anyway, we shut the bedroom door, lit a candle, gathered ‘round the board….and promptly had the crap scared out of us when my mother (listening on the other side of the door) gave a spooky “Woooooooo.” Cue the sound of high-pitched squealing 10 year olds.
Ouija boards have a reputation, which hasn’t been helped by a long line of stories starting with “I heard about this guy who….” or movies where they burst into flames. But I personally don’t believe they are the default gateway to the demonic, and here’s why.
The board is a way of communicating with the spirit world. Like any work with spirit, certain precautions are necessary. Whenever I do a reading, meditation, etc, I make a habit of surrounding myself with the white light of love and protection. I declare that only positive and helpful entities be allowed into this circle. To me, this is my “Beware of Dog” sign to any spirit that might want to make mischief .
The same kind of precautions apply when working with a Ouija board. You only want “good spirits” to come through. And here’s one more thing I learned from a very experienced medium: have a bouncer. She works with a board all the time, but generally gets the information from one spirit guide alone. When she wants to communicate with a different spirit, that guide steps aside – but keeps an eye out in case things start to go off the rails. He has the power to tell that troublesome entity to hit the road.
Several years ago, I had a Wiccan friend of mine make a Ouija board for me. See how beautiful it is?
She put a lot of positive energy into it – and added one special touch on the back: the engraved message, “with harm to none.” When I work with this wonderful board, I have one of my guides serve as my doorman. I also make sure to start every session with positive intentions and the circle of protective light.
Having said this, however, I don’t recommend working with a board casually.Like chainsaws, explosives or PowerPoint, you need to know what you’re doing. It’s just good sense.
As for all those tales of spooky Ouija boards? Wait…it’s spelling out something….”Forget….about….it….”!