Dangers Of The Ouija Board

Dangers of the Ouija board

The fascination of the unknown has always captured the curiosity of paranormal enthusiasts. For many of them, the Ouija board is the easiest way to lift the unseen veil between our world and the spirit world. Also known as a spirit board or talking board, the Ouija promises effective communication with spirits and other paranormal entities.

Still, it begs the question: Is it safe to open a line of communication with a Ouija? And are the rumours of hauntings and possessions rooted in truth? Or perhaps they’re nothing more than scary stories to warn children away from occult practices.

This article will take a closer look at the perceived dangers of using a talking board. It will also discuss the ideologies that portray it as menacing, risky, or even evil.

Are Ouija Boards Dangerous?

Whether Ouija boards are dangerous has been a topic of debate for years. This is also true for what is considered ‘occult practices’ that have ties to spiritualism and the paranormal.

The three main views on this issue are based on:

  • Religious views
  • Paranormal beliefs
  • Scepticism

Still, it’s important to remember that your personal beliefs and ideas on spirituality and the paranormal should also play a role. The decision to use a Ouija board is up to you. But if you do, just remember to use it safely! This is the same for homemade Ouija boards too.

So what does each of these main perspectives believe? And why?

The Religious Perspective

There are several religious traditions – particularly Christianity – that view Ouija boards as spiritually dangerous. Their belief is that these boards act as a gateway for malevolent spirits or even demons to pass from the spirit world into the physical world.

The religious argument is that using these boards to contact spirits (even with good intentions) may have negative spiritual consequences. According to the church, one of the most common consequences is demonic possession.

In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: ‘All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future.’

Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honour, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.

The Paranormal Perspective

Even the paranormal community is split on whether it’s safe to use a Ouija board. Some paranormal enthusiasts and researchers have claimed to have had unsettling or harmful experiences with, or after using, the Ouija board. There are also many who claim to have used the spirit board safely and had positive communication with spirits.

Either way, if you want to use a spirit board, it’s always best to use caution. You always want to take the necessary safety measures for a good session (but more on this later…).

The Psychological Perspective

The last argument to consider is that of the sceptics who believe that there is a psychological component to the dangers of Ouija boards.

For example, many of them suggest that the perceived dangers are a result of the ideomotor effect. This refers to when the participants of a Ouija board session unconsciously make subtle movements. These are then misinterpreted as movements made by spirits and explain the apparent communication with them.

From this perspective, the danger lies more in the psychological impact of the individuals who have participated in the session rather than on the supposed spiritual oppression or influence. It’s always best to learn the rules of the Ouija board before using one.

The Verdict

The discussion surrounding talking boards is multi-faceted. This means that there is no right answer to whether they’re dangerous to use. Instead, it’s up to each individual to decide how comfortable they are with communicating with spirits using this method.

However, if you’re not comfortable using this technique to reach out to deceased family members or other spirits, you don’t need to give up on your dreams of being a paranormal investigator. Rather, you can use professional equipment like ghost communicators to attempt to make contact with them.

Precautions When Using A Ouija Board

Before you try to summon a spirit to speak to, it’s important to learn how to properly use a Ouija board. This can help to reduce the risk of negative experiences that usually come about because the boards are misunderstood and misused.

Still, if you’re new to spirit communication, there are three main precautions to keep in mind before starting any communication sessions. And that includes those done through a Spirit board. These precautions include:

  1. Set positive intentions: Firstly, you should never start a Ouija session without establishing a positive and respectful mindset. You should communicate openly about the session, making sure that all the participants are focused on having positive or enlightening experiences. This can help to attract benevolent energies.
  2. Don’t ask spirits to make physical contact: One measure that you can take is to avoid asking spirits to make their presence known through physical contact. These requests include asking spirits to move an object or create visible signs of their presence. However, they are believed to open doorways that may lead to unpredictable and unpleasant consequences.
  3. End Ouija board sessions safely: Closing a Ouija session is just as important as starting one. To end the session safely, everyone will need to move the planchette to ‘GOODBYE’ on the board. This symbolises the formal conclusion of your communication with the spirits. Additionally, it severs any connection that you may have created.

If you’re still feeling uneasy about using a Ouija board, then it may be best to avoid using one completely. After all, the best prevention is not to get wrapped up in spiritual practices that unsettle you in the first place.

FAQs

Is it safe to use a Ouija board alone?

Using a Ouija board alone is usually discouraged. This is because it may make you more vulnerable to spirits and other unintended consequences. If you choose to use spirit boards, it’s recommended to do so with people that you trust. Being in groups of two or more is typically safer than conducting a session alone.

Do all religions believe that Ouija boards are harmful?

No, beliefs about Ouija boards vary between religions. While there are some religious objections to the use of a spirit board, not all religions view it the same way. In fact, some religions don’t even address the use of them specifically. However, it’s important to remember that the use of a Ouija board depends on what you believe and what you’re comfortable with.

What should I do if I’ve encountered negative spirits with a Ouija board?

It’s incredibly common to feel scared or unsettled if you have used a Ouija board. In fact, even professional ghost hunters feel this way from time to time.

However, if you feel like you’ve encountered a negative spirit during your communications, it’s important to seek out religious leaders or paranormal experts. They may be able to help you mitigate the unsettling experiences you’re having. Alternatively, they can help you cope with the aftermath of an unsuccessful session.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know more about the dangers of the Ouija, it’s time to decide whether you’re willing to take the risk to reach out to the dead. It’s important to make your decision based on your ideologies and personal experiences with the paranormal. But you’ll still need knowledge of how to use the board safely and effectively.

No matter what you believe, it’s always recommended to tread lightly when you’re interacting with spirits. Remember: it’s better to avoid using a talking board if you’re feeling unsure. Instead, you can use other methods to reach out to the beyond.

Sam Ashford
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Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I'm a ghost-hunting expert, writer and founder of SpiritShack. My mission is to help people like yourself learn about spirituality and how to hunt ghosts!