A Ouija board is commonly used in divination and spiritualism, often by friends out to have some fun. Sometimes users become convinced they've been contacted by the spirit world. The board usually has the letters of the alphabet inscribed on it, along with words such as 'yes,' 'no,' 'good-bye' and 'maybe.' A planchette, a small 3-legged device with a hole in the middle or a pointer of some sort, is manipulated by those using the board. However, users often feel the planchette is moving of its own accord rather than responding to their own unconscious muscle movements (ideomotor action). The users ask a "spirit" a question and the pointer slides until it stops over "yes" or "no" or a letter on the board. Sometimes the selections "spell out" an answer to a question asked.
Some users believe that paranormal or supernatural forces are at work in spelling out Ouija board answers. Skeptics believe that those using the board either consciously or unconsciously move the pointer to what is selected. To prove this, simply try it blindfolded for some time, having an innocent bystander take notes on what words or letters are selected. Usually, the results will be unintelligible.
The movement of the planchette is not due to spirits but to unconscious movements by those controlling the pointer. The same kind of unconscious movement is at work in such things as dowsing and facilitated communication.
Having bought a board a couple of years ago now i have found it has helped me develop my senses, i can now use it for about 5 minutes then move away and pick up a lot more as in Visual, sounds and smells i get so much more information now than i did before . I can however sometimes feel a pressure building up behind me as if something is trying to enter and i find i may need to fight this off sometimes.
Our team do not actually have this ancient form of spiritual communication within our equipment bank so therefore we have never used it on our own investigations. However I have been persuaded on two separate investigations with our old pals Ghost-n-Spectres to give it a go.
The first time was at Nottingham’s Galleries of Justice, with myself and a fellow WTFWT investigator giving it an, albeit reluctant, try but we had no results at all.
The only other time I have personally used one was again with Ghost-n-Spectres at a location in Bradford, myself and Ade had a long session on the board, with some quite surprising results, in fact the spirit spelled out a very rude and overused phrase which lifted a few eyebrows at the time. For me, the really interesting thing is that our own medium who was in a completely different room at the same time actually predicted (caught on camcorder!) that the ouija board would tell someone to “F off”.
Who is the real psychic here, the spirit, or Tim J
Answers on a postcard please.
Ouija boards, the 'high point' of paranormal activity.. I have only used a couple of boards on investigation and it's not something I prefer to do.
I know certain people say that it is through the ouija board that spirits can enter this realm.. or unleash poltergeists.. but if a spirit of evil intent wanted to come through, why would it wait until there was a board with letters and a glass to do so...
On one occasion that I did partake in one, I was doing it with just one other person whom I trust 100% for 10 minutes and the glass didn't move an inch!