The commercial genesis of the Ouija Board dates back to May 28, 1890, with the filing for its patent, which was issued to Elijah Jefferson Bond on February 10, 1891. Yet, its roots go as far back as China, circa 1100 AD where it was called ‘Fuji’, “planchette writing”. And used then as it is now, to communicate with Spirit, until it was forbidden during the Qing Dynasty.
What once fell from grace as a religious practice, and then reincarnated as a “parlour game” has been, and continues to be, the subject of much fear and scorn. Indeed, many organizations have spoken out against its use, with some groups going as far as to ban their followers from using it. The belief that this board, adorned with words, letters and numbers,and used in conjunction with a planchette, is responsible for such things as portal opening, possession, and demonic haunting, not only lies deep in Christian dogma, but is being hotly deliberated today among paranormal investigative groups. And In this debate, there are no shades of grey. Here, you are either ‘For’ or ‘Against” the use of the Ouija Board as an investigative tool.
For years I stood staunchly with those in opposition to its use, unable to be convinced that any good could ever come from employing such a dangerous and evil implement. In my opinion, anyone that employed a Ouija Board was either a Satanist or extremely naive in their search for thrills. That was, until after several years of investigating the paranormal, and using the various pieces of equipment associated with the modern-day search for the afterlife. These tools generally fell under the category of ITC, (Instrumental Transcommunication Devices), a term coined by German Physicist Professor Ernst Senkowski for any electronic devices used to communicate with Spirit. Armed with the KII, Ovilus, FLIR and digital recorders, to name but a few devices, my fellow WCPI team members and I would set about attempting to do this very thing, and on occasion, we were arguably successful in doing so. This success mostly came by way of EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) Sessions, with the capture of disembodied utterances on our digital recorders. For those not familiar with what takes place during an EVP Session, I’ll attempt to enlighten you.
While using a KII meter, or a similar device, you would proceed to ask any Spirit present, to communicate with you by waving their hand over the meter, once for “Yes”, twice for “No”. If the lights on the KII lit up, you would attempt to make certain determinations about who you are talking to by asking questions that could only be answered with a Yes or No. For instance, “Are you a man?”, “Are you a Woman?”, “Are you an adult?”, so on and so forth. When it came to names, you would slowly recite the alphabet, and note those letters that drew a “Yes” response. All the while this is happening the session is being recorded on a camcorder and/or a voice recorder. By the end of the session, you would, hopefully, have some information that you could verify through the client or by way of historical records. Of course, there are many ways to conduct these types of sessions, and the preparation is more in-depth than is described here. But generally, they all boil down to the same thing; several living persons attempting to contact persons who are not, while using a device to facilitate the communication. Hmm, does that sound familiar to you? I’m sure it does, as it did to me. And with me, it begged the question, “Is there really a difference between what I am doing with these modern-day inventions, and those who use the Ouija Board?” For the life of me, and try as I may to substantiate my dogged beliefs against its use, I could but only conclude that there was no difference. There go, if using the Board is akin to using, say, a KII meter, then all investigators are susceptible to opening portals and becoming possessed by whatever happened to wander through. And, by the same token, if using these modern-day devices lessen or eliminate the risk, then the same must be said of the Ouija Board. In short, the Ouija Board can be used as a tool in today’s search for the afterlife, with the same probability of success and danger as that of any ITC device.
Having said that, because of the stigma attached to the Ouija Board, I would not make it part of my investigative toolbox.
What say you?