A Ouija board, whether commercially produced, or crafted by my own hand, is not a thing I have utilized since my youth, and the experience of using
one seems, perhaps, to be the most common paranormal introduction people make, or attempt to.
I have no opinion on the exclusivity of lower-level or malevolent spirits being drawn to (or in or through) the use of one, but I do caution, as
others have here, and in numerous similar threads on the topic (evincing the popularity of this phenomenon and its ongoing uncertainties), that you
realize, foremost, the board (or hand-made adaptation or variation thereof), is simply a tool; it is not possessed of its own import or power, any
more than a telephone or pen to write a letter is--the energy that drives the messages produced in these media is one's own intention--the intention
of the author, so to speak, or communicator (which would be you, and/or your friends involved in the encounter).
However, granted that the board itself has no force, which is why any variation which supplies the querent's desired form of reply (such as the
standard alphabet listed, with numerals, and the eponymous "Yes"/"No" from which the "Oui"/"Ja" takes its name), it is the attitude with which you
approach the session that largely dictates its direction and outcome; such is true of one's own life, and any interaction of any entities, living or
dead, presumably. Like attracts like, to succinctly expound it. So, be in a good, noble head- and heart-space (truly; do not kid yourself; if you
feel, though, you are in a place of alertness, physically, mentally, and spiritually, and steadfastness overall; then you could make an attempt).
Intentionality has a profound resonance in the Universe, physical and metaphysical. Next most pertinent is the power of the Name.
Knowing that the board itself is simply a medium (in the logistical sense, not to be conflated with the more paranormal meaning of medium, which in
this case, is somewhat linked), and knowing you must approach the session genuinely feeling and believing in whatever sentiment you wish to receive (a
sense of disbelief, doubt, or agitation will yield either no result which will convince you of any presence, or worse, an agitated presence coming
through; conversely, approaching with an open but cautious, intentional heart and mind, will yield, in the very least, something sufficiently
complementary, if not entirely). This "not entirely" is crucial to bear in mind, though.
I do not subscribe to either side of the board itself being evil, nor even of any session itself by innate particle being evil, either; it really all
rests with your intention and comfort, and genuine inquiry. However, it is not so simple as like attracting a carbon copy of that "like". There seems
always, especially with Ouija boards, however well-intentioned, for the outcome of the session to be skewed in a cunning way.
I have not ever encountered any malevolence, but certainly some intrigue and initial confusion, but such as resolved itself through revelation over
the days and weeks after those sessions, and it all kind of "clicked" and made sense.
I cannot comment on my spiritual standing, but I can concur that invoking protection is requisite, as Intention, even Belief is enough to sway both
ways drastically, so one must ground and further specify their intention; a positive Intention needs to be rooted in a tested form of verification,
typically a Judeo-Christian prayer, or the presence of a Scriptural work, as some have suggested, or, in the absence of an established faith-based
invocation of Peace, a non-denominational, verbally-articulated, firmly-spoken, consummately-believed-in announcement to invite only a peaceful
presence, and to lay out your own "ground rules" for the session and its possible spirits is a must. Traditional, archaic, denominational, and other
formal wording is not needed, and can, for many people, make them more uncomfortable than the Ouija session itself, especially in so secular an age as
Once you've found yourself prepared internally (good frame of mind, serious demeanour, not mischievous or skeptical, or agitated, or weak physically
or emotionally), and you have invoked the protection of your Highest Good (which is really an emanation of your most-perfect form of Self to watch
over you--called by some God, an Angel, or what-have-you), then you should proceed.
Just as you formally "open" the session in this manner, you must, absolutely, "close" it, using an inverse format, rounding-off your prayer or
invocation (to a Higher Good, not invocation of or to the spirit(s) summoned!), and ending with an internal affirmation of the same intention you
began the session with: that of positive, but firmly-grounded query.
Once you have had some experience and comfort with your sessions, which I agree, should not ever be conducted alone (not with a Ouija board, at
least--other methods are more sufficient and suited to solitary spiritual inquiry, and safer), you can branch out from the standard
alphabet-numerals-yes-no-goodbye format, and create a customized format, such as pre-determined answers on a piece of paper or hand-crafted "board",
which makes communication more limited in scope of spiritual responses, but forces the entity to use your pre-made answers (such as written-out
phrases the entity can choose to point to, instead of the wild-card form of the generic alphabet, which is what causes much trouble and confusion).
Do not forget to greet the entity farewell, and regarding the power of the Name--do not consume yourself with stereotypical images of Hollywood
exorcisms and conflations of asking an entity its name--though, do ask. Knowing the name of anything engenders a transfer, even temporarily, of the
power of an entity to the querent. To know one's identity creates a linguistic "debt" of sorts, even in our physical, sociable world. More intimacy
exists and more commitment/balance of control once one knows another's name, certainly. Regarding existing, documented demonologies and "angelologies"
and such, do not seek to confuse yourself with these at this point, and spirits can certainly be mischievous if not malign, so giving a false name is
possible, though there is a greatly-consistent tradition in spiritual contact of a spirit not typically lying about its true name, which almost
always, in the demonic sense (not to get overly frightening) is actually a singular name.
It has been suggested here that along with positive intention, as part of your explicit "ground rules" you tell the spirits you seek to contact a
specific one--use as full a set of that spirit's name, birth dates, et cetera
as you can--for really, the Ouija board is a communication tool,
and you would not blindly phone up any random number expecting a positive interaction. Many like to speak with an ancestor, whether historical or
recently deceased (and recall that legally, as well as biologically, an ancestor is a blood relative from whom one actually and directly descends; a
"direct ancestor" is a tautological and oxymoronic phrasing). There is belief that contacting an ancestor imbues some level, however small, of innate
safety, since your blood is similar to what was once theirs, a common bond coursing through your veins.
Otherwise, exercise decorum, dignity, and always keep sight that it is a conversation, so politely, must include an introduction, a body of
discussion, and a proper closing.
edit on 10-4-2014 by Aquilifer because: Typographical error--corrected.