OUT OF THE store-bought box, it's just a cookie-sheet-sized of fiberboard with a pasted-on design of letters, numbers and symbols, and a heart-shaped piece of plastic. When users of the Ouija touch their fingers to it and begin asking questions, however, almost anything can happen. Or so they say. Whether you believe the Ouija can tap into the supernatural or merely our subconscious, there's no denying that stories of people's experiences with it are fascinating.
You'll find tales of the Ouija here that are intriguing, scary, puzzling, surprisingly positive, perhaps one that is rather doubtful, and a visit from an old "friend."
CONTACT WITH MOM
This took place probably around September, 2007 in Austin, Texas. Some of my closest friends and I have always been interested in the paranormal. My best friend's mom, who had died several years earlier, owned a Ouija board. We always wanted to get our hands on it, but my friend's dad had forbade her to go near it. Being the 15 and 16 year olds that we were, we got a hold of it and snuck it to our other friend's house. There were four of us. We made up a list of questions, some of them involving communications with my friend's deceased mom. We figured since it used to be her board, we'd get good results.
As we were about to start, one of my friends decided she didn't want to be a part of it, so she turned on her TV and zoned out. That left three of us to do it; two sat on one side and one on the other. The first question we asked was: "Is this the best way to communicate with you?" The result was just a few jumbled letters, but later when we were done and went back and looked at what we had written down, it said TVOFF as in "turn the TV off," which makes sense because for best communication there aren't supposed to be any electronics involved.
We asked if my friend's mom was with us. It pulled straight to YES and she instantly started crying. I thought that maybe my friend on the opposite side could be pulling it, until the pointer did a 360 turn under our finger tips! It completely rotated under all our fingers, and that's what absolutely did it for me. I was always somewhat a believer, but this justified everything. To this day I have the board hidden away in my closet; my friend's dad never discovered it missing, and she lives in a different state now. I have mixed feelings about ever trying to use it again. - Ashley Z.
Comment: This story illustrates why some people get so freaked out over the Ouija board, in this case for almost nothing. Nothing supernatural occurred, but Ashley's friend received an answer to an emotionally charged question - an answer she was either hoping for or dreading. Was it really her mother answering? Probably not, but this is why you shouldn't ask questions whose answers you're not prepared to handle, and why emotionally distraught or excitable people shouldn't be using the Ouija at all.
PAST LIFE MOM
This happened to me a year ago. My boyfriend and I were watching something about ghosts on TV and he mentioned the Ouija board. I told him I played it when I was little, and he told me he never played it but was interested. We decided to go to Target and buy one that glows in the dark.
We headed back and turned off all the lights in my room and lit a few candles. We contacted a little boy who was eight years old from the 1700s. He had an odd name because he was from a different country. I asked, "Why are you here?" He kept spelling out MOM really fast, over and over. I asked, "What do you mean 'mom'?" And he spelled: YOU. I asked, "I'm your mom?" and he spelled: PAST LIFE YOU WERE MY MOM. This scared me so much. And he kept telling us how he didn't like my boyfriend and that his dad is someone three years older that I will meet soon. My boyfriend just laughed.
I've had dreams about me in old clothes and this little boy in which he kept saying, "Mommy, I'll meet you soon." I had the same dream for a month until I met my recent boyfriend. Then the dreams changed to the little boy saying that I was on the right path to meet him and that I'm "with daddy now." My boyfriend, Matt, decided to play the Ouija board after I told him about this. We contacted the little boy. He said that he is with us now and that Matt and I are soulmates; he knew we would meet again so he could come back. We asked, "What do you mean you're with us?" He answered: YOU'RE PREGNANT. I got mad because I thought a demon or something was just messing with us and I said goodbye.
A few weeks later I find out I am pregnant - and I was terrified. I thought the demon would possess my child. A few months later when Kyle arrived, he was blue eyed with blonde hair, just like the Ouija child said he was. Sometimes I'm happy I'm with my family I was supposed to have. But sometimes I wonder... if there is something wrong with Kyle, like possession. - Monika S.
Comment: In my opinion, this story shows what can really be "evil" about the use of the Ouija board - that some people take it so seriously. If Ouija responses - which I am convinced come from our own subconscious and not from the spirit world - can make a mother doubt the innocence, beauty and innate goodness of her own child, THAT is evil. And the evil lies not in the board, but in the power attributed to it by ignorance.
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