What do you guys think of Ouija boards? Silly toy or potentially dangerous doorways to some sort of spiritual realm?
I’m inclined to go with the former, that it’s just a meaningless curiosity, that any movement of the planchette is the result of the subconscious thoughts of the users. But I did have a weird Ouija board experience when I was a teenager…
Right before the 1993 New Year my best friend and I got out her old Ouija board. She really believed it would get us in touch with spirits so she told me with great emphasis a series rules I was supposed to follow, e.g. saying “break” before I took my hands off the planchette. I took this as an opportunity to show her how non-superstitious I was and intentionally broke all the rules and made a big joke out of the whole thing. She warned me that this could result in a curse and I looked at her like she was an idiot before continuing with my jokes.
Our hands did move over various letters without any attempt on my part to make it happen, but I thought (and still think) that it was probably either her moving it or the result of our subconscious desires for something interesting to happen.
It was kind of creepy, though. A little after midnight, in the middle of whispering questions of some spirit that we’d supposedly gotten in touch with, the phone in the room next to us rang, scaring the crap out of us. My heart almost jumped out of my chest. We ran to answer the phone, worried that something must have happened for someone to call so late at night. Nobody was there. We went to turn off the ringer to avoid another scare but…it was already off. We didn’t play with the Ouija board any more that night.
At some point we brought the board over to my house to play with but never got around to it. She either took it back to her house or it got put away somewhere. Then one night I awoke from a deep sleep to hear a digging sound to the right of my bed. I figured it was the cat “fighting” with one of my stuffed animals and jumped up to stop him. It sounded like he was really tearing something up.
As soon as I sat up I saw the cat sound asleep at the foot of my bed. I leaned over to the source of the sound and saw only a pile of stuffed animals and throw pillows. I moved them aside to see the Ouija board. My adrenaline level went through the roof as I looked around for some other source of the sound but saw only the Ouija board. I swear it had not been there before. I have no idea how it got there.
The next few months were the worst of my life. Almost every single traumatic thing that has ever happened to me happened in 1993. There are very few exceptions. It truly felt like there was a black cloud hanging over me that year. It eventually lifted but, man, I really did feel “cursed” there for a while. Not just because bad things kept happeneing (though they did), but I felt horribly cold and depressed on the inside as well.
I don’t really think that any of that had anything to do with the Ouija board, but there’s an irrational part of me that’s definitely kind of freaked out about playing with those things now. I wouldn’t do it again.
What made me think of this is reading M. Scott Peck’s People of the Lie. In it he talks about how he came to believe that there really are demons and a Devil, and that demonic/Satanic possession does happen (albeit rarely). He seems like a pretty reasonable person and his descriptions of the exorcisms he witnessed are calm, thoughtful and not sensationalistic.
He mentions that the two people he saw who were possessed probably came under the influence of these demons after dabbling in the occult. Which made me wonder…is there some chance that I’m wrong, that maybe there is something to the idea of getting in touch with spirits through the Ouija board or other means?
What do you think? Anyone else had any crazy Ouija board experiences?
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