The other night when I picked my daughter up from my aunt’s was no different.
They had played outside for a bit, but after getting a call from my uncle they headed over there to help his daughter (my cousin) clean out the attic. As my uncle’s house has been in the family for generations and we know that it’s haunted – fortunately by OUR family – I assumed she was going to tell me that Tierney saw Aunt Norma or another deceased family member.
Boy was I surprised (and slightly scared) when the story started by her telling me that while in the attic she and my cousin stumbled upon an old Ouija Board.
Now, I’m not afraid of Ouija Boards. In fact I have a couple of my own. What does always worry me, however, is how this spiritual tool is used. As my aunt continued the story, I found myself holding my breath worrying what mess she and my cousin created (and that I would be cleaning up).
You see, after finding the Ouija Board, the two were intrigued and decided they would give it a try. Unfortunately, neither was certain how it worked. So they plopped themselves on the attic floor and started reading the directions. After they thought they had an understanding from the directions (and what they’ve “seen on tv”) they placed the board between them and put their fingers on the planchette.
As soon as they did, my daughter who had been contently playing by herself across the room, ran over to the board and pulled the yellowed top with the alphabet and yes/no off. She then preceded to rip it in three. She concluded by pointing her finger and firmly saying, "NO!"
My aunt continued by saying she and my cousin still hoped to try it out. Once my daughter dropped the pieces, my aunt attempted to reconstruct the board.
My daughter DID NOT like this and responded by vehemently grabbing the pieces and ripping them again. All the while she empathetically time shook her head and yelled, "NONONONONO!"
At this point the board was beyond repair. Both laughed and gave up.
My aunt concluded her story by saying, “I think Baby Girl saved us from getting into trouble.”
Both my husband and I responded sarcastically, “Ummm… Yeah!”
Again, it’s not because we think Ouija Boards are inherently bad. It’s just that people (like my aunt and cousin) don’t know how to use them properly. And, as with anything, if you don’t use it properly you are opening yourself up to problems.
In the case of a Ouija (or Spirit) Board, you are opening a portal. Anything (good or bad) can come through. Ideally, you want to take all precautions and ensure only good and Spirits for your highest and best come through. Unfortunately, spiritual protocols are not included in the directions.
Fortunately, those spiritual protocols are really quite easy….
First, you PRAY. Pray for protection. Pray to keep the creepy crawlies and cranky spooks away. Personally, I always ask for the Archangel Michael to guard the gateway. He’s the great protector. If you have another entity that you prefer that works too.
Next, SET YOUR GUIDELINES. Who do you want to step in? What is your purpose for using the board? I always ask for that messages only be brought in for the highest and best for those present. This allows for both family and guides to step in.
Then you get to the fun part! ASK for Spirit to show up. Advice: don’t just ask for anyone. You wouldn’t stand at your front door and shout out to the neighborhood, “Hey! I have some beers in here, anyone want to join me?” You don’t know who will show up. Same thing with the Ouija Board, ask for someone specific or someone for a specific purpose, i.e. specific sitter.
When Spirit shows up, ENJOY THE VISIT!
Spirit will hang out until they (or you) run out of steam. When this happens, CLOSE THE PORTAL. This is done by saying good-bye to all those who visited, including whomever you asked for protection. As you say good-bye to your guardian, ask that the portal be closed until next time so that no further Spirits can enter. If you want to doubly ensure that spirits don’t enter, place a piece of paper or fabric between the board and the planchette.
And yet, if you’ve never done it you don’t know. That’s when you can get in trouble and allow spirits with less than good intentions to step in.
Fortunately, today my aunt and cousin avoided any issues by Baby Girl’s insistence that they not use the board. And hopefully this will help you next time you come in contact with a Ouija Board.
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