Horror Stories about Ouija Boards. Should people use them?
Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. Is it dangerous to use the Ouija board? I get so many emails and letters with horror stories about Ouija Boards. Isn’t it about time that people realised that if you approach the spirit world looking for frights then it is likely that you’ll not only frighten yourself but there may be long term consequences.
One person wrote to say: “I have been using the glass and letter circle and have been told that I have an Indian guide called Qooqtor. I have been told some remarkable things that have come true and that I should look to join a circle.
“Through the glass I was told that a family member would become pregnant but the person they would marry would not be the father. Three months later this came to pass. My grandmother also communicated and spoke of a twin son, named Robert, who she had lost a few weeks after his birth. No one living knew his name so I checked at the department of Records. To my surprise there it was in black and white: Robert!”
Many of the objections to spirit communication are that the medium may be telepathically reading the minds of the sitters. As no one living knew of Robert it goes a long way in demonstrating that that this person contact people in the after-life and there are of course lots of cases on record where the Ouija Board has been used in a responsible way to contact the dead. If people use it properly then there would be far fewer horror stories about Ouija Boards.
Here are a few more recent questions that people have sent me via my newspaper columns.
“Many years ago when I was a teenager, some friends and I, started playing about with the Ouija board. when we ‘made contact’ we took turns to ask the spirit some questions, and, when it came to my turn, I stupidly asked the spirit when , and how I would die. It answered through the board that I would die at 65 and it would be in a plane crash.
“Now much older and wiser, I realise that dabbling in these things can be dangerous. However, I would like to know if the spirit could have been right, or if (as I have read in a book ) spirits don’t have access to this information. You will appreciate that this is causing me some anxiety.”
In reply I wrote: The time and manner of our death is not accessible through any form of clairvoyance. Many of the phenomena displayed through Ouija boards come from a collective, telepathy and the messages can reflect our own inner fears.
It is clear that many people get quite upset by predictions made by the Ouija Board and death predictions are of course the source of most horror stories about Ouija Boards.
The fears that Ouija Board create may last a lifetime. One person wrote to me to say: “Years ago, when I was a young woman, I played with the Ouija board on my own for fun. A few years later, my mother and I both began to experience constant bad luck. This was accompanied by a feeling of an evil presence and disturbances around the house. This continued in all three houses we moved to. I believe that bad luck still follows me. Can this curse be broken?”
I replied: Frankly, I think your bad luck is caused by negative thinking habits. The Ouija board probably has nothing to do with what has happened to you. Whatever the cause, you need to think more positively. That upon what you focus your attention grows stronger. If you focus on bad luck, things will only get worse. Instead, start counting your blessings, however few, and look forward to better times ahead. This will inevitably draw good luck your way.
An Ouija Board Horror Story of a different kind
IS IT RIGHT TO SUMMON SPIRITS USING A OUIJA BOARD ANYWAY?
My Spiritualist friend Vi added that it is part of Spiritualist philosophy that we should not summon spirits. When asked about horror stories about Ouija Boards and whether people should summon spirits she said: “The short answer is: NO! Definitely not! It is not possible to demand that people in this life be at your beck and call and for them to do as you wish, so why should it be any different in the Spirit World. The whole thrust of the messages which come back to us through the agency of mediumship is that people do not change when they move into the Spirit World. They have now left their physical body behind which was only a vehicle of expression for the spirit while living in a physical world. It certainly is not required in the Spirit World.
“If the personality of the person who has now returned to the Spirit World is the same as it was on earth then a stubborn, obstinate person will ignore any ‘calls’ or ‘summonses’ from people living on this earth. Mediums do not have any extraordinary power which would facilitate such an event. Any mediums who promise that they are capable of bringing forward a designated spirit person is not only fooling the people wishing to hear from loved ones in the Spirit World, but they are also fooling themselves.
“It must be said, however, that family and friends now living in Spirit are aware of how much we love and miss them and will do everything within their power to make contact when they can, but it will always be their choice. There are also a few requirements for a contact to be made. The medium must be developed to a level where they can link into the vibrations of the Spirit World; conditions, such as negativity and scepticism can create barriers to communication as can depleted energy levels; these conditions can cause interference so any message will not be clear.
“You must always remember that you don’t need a medium to talk to your family in Spirit. They are only ever a thought away – send out your thoughts to them and they will be received. You may require the services of a medium to receive their thoughts but do not let that fact detract you from speaking to them – love can be passed between the two worlds of being without the help of mediumship.”
AVOIDING HORROR STORIES ABOUT OUIJA BOARDS
But of course people will insist on using the Ouija Board and in most instances it leads to problems it is clearly important to Ouija board responsibly. So should people use the Ouija Board? The simple answer is: Don’t do it “I advise you strongly not to use a Ouija board,” says Craig. “When they work they’re like an open door to all emotions and feelings, so our own thoughts can effect it and it can be very deceiving.
Any fears you have can be reflected right back at you, which is very frightening.”
But if you really are determined…
- Be serious about it, but cheerful at the same time.
- Do it with good intent – don’t try to deceive or insult anyone with it.
- Don’t ask it questions about the future, because the spirit world can’t tell you about the future.
- Make sure all the people you do it with are calm and have no emotional or mental problems, and make sure they have the same good intent as you.
- Drink water, because that can help clear negative energy. Definitely don’t have any alcohol.
- Do it in the daytime rather than at night, so you’re less likely to get jumpy.
Ask the spirit world or God – however you want to put it – for protection before you do it.
Do you know of Horror Stories about Ouija Boards? Please post them here on this page and I’ll give my opinion about the most interesting, well written cases.
CRAIG HAMILTON-PARKER is a celebrated U.K. medium who has confounded skeptics by the uncanny accuracy of his readings. Craig and his wife Jane have had their own TV shows in the UK and USA including 'The Spirit of Princess Diana'. In 2003 the BBC made a 3 part documentary about their work. Craig is the author of 15 books.