reply to post by Robbed In Albion.
used a Ouija board?
Yes. Several times.
Tell us your story!
What was your experience?
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Depends on the people present. When somebody is deliberately trying to move the planchette, it's usually
pretty obvious. And once I had someone who was obviously moving it, but denied it. Whether he was a lier or delusional, I'm not sure. And I had one
partner who really wanted it to work, but it just didn't. So we sat there for a while and eventually just gave up. And a few times it's seemed like
it's working, but the answers are gibberish.
Actually, the majority of times I've used a ouija board it's been something like that. Doesn't work for one reason or another. But then sometimes
work, and it's clear that none of the hands are moving it, and the answers are intelligible.
I think it depends a lot on the people involved. Ouija boards just don't work for some people, just like some people can't be hypnotized. But with a
ouija board, you seem to need at least two suitable people, so it's more difficult to get to work well.
Did it frighten you?
Not usually, but I'm not the sort of personality who would go into something like this looking to be scared for the "thrill." There are people who
do. If we take the entire premise of a ouija board at face value, the whole idea of telepathically contacting "spirits" and things...it seems
reasonable to guess that the motivations and thoughts of the people involved would influence the sort of being you'd be likely to come into contact
People who go looking for a thrill might be more likely to get one.
Would you reccommend it?
That requires some context to answer. I mean, I wouldn't "recommend" everyone go use a ouija board as a good way to spend an evening the way I
might recommend Utah as a good place to go skiing. A ouija board isn't entertainment. It's a tool. Would you "recommend" a saw to someone?
Well...if they want to cut wood, then sure. But if you have no interest in cutting anything, then recommending a saw is silly.
If one is of suitable mindset to consider to possibility of psychic contact through use of a tool to facilitate that contact, and one wants to attempt
to do so, and if one has suitably like-minded partners to make the attempt with, then yes, I might recommend a ouija board as a suitable tool for that
But if you just want to have telepathic contact with benevolent non-physical entities, I might recommend prayer as a far more direct method.
Would you condemn it and really fight against it?
I think the "bad stories" you occassionally hear are people who have no business using one. There are people I wouldn't trust with a power drill,
If we accept the premise at face value: that it's a tool to facilitate contact with "spirits" and so forth...then it seems pretty obvious that it
would be a tool with potential to be used in ways that might not be particularly pleasant.
If you and your buddies get drunk and decide to go "play" with power tools, that also might end badly.