The following question was asked on an internet question and answer forum.
Is the Ouija Board Dangerous?
if the ouija board is dangerous please tell me why it's dangerous by telling your stories or by tips on how to make my ouija board safe from "evil" spirits.
A troubling answer given, was classified as the "best answer", shown below.
"Best Answer:" "The ouija board is not dangerous. I played it many years ago because I was curious about it and had read about it, and I guess when you are young you are much more naive and easily influenced than when you get older. Nothing happened when I played the ouija board. Nothing happened when others I know played it. I found it very boring."
"The ouija board is just a game that you can buy in most toy stores and department stores, an ordinary piece of wood or plastic or cardboard. It has no supernatural powers. It does not communicate with the dead and it does not contact spirits. It does not open any portals to the underworld or to anywhere else. The people using the ouija board make it work through ideomotor movement. Here are a few links that discuss ouija boards and how they work. "
Just a Board Game?
We would have to respectfully, and disagree strongly with this answer. When you sit down to use an ouija board, you are using divination, which is strictly forbidden by God. Anything that deals with spirits, the dead, and or contacting demons will not make your life easier to live, or be a pleasant experience in the long run.
While it is true the board is "just a board bought in a toy store", its the intentions of its use that will get a person into major trouble. An ouija board can be made out of anything and cost nothing. When you go seeking out the paranormal, it will find you. You give it power by your attention.
Strangely enough, it would appear to be similar to quantum mechanics, the famous experiment where particles behave according to whether your consciousness views them, or not views them. The modern theory of quantum mechanics suggests that particles exist in a state of uncertainty, rather than at a specific time and place, until we observe them, forcing them to "choose". At least on the sub atomic level. I have to wonder if these effects sometime spill into our observable world, creating what we now call "paranormal events".
Similar to UFO sightings, bigfoot, ghosts, premonitions, near death experiences, and much more, the ouija board has many stories about it's use world wide. Stories where things go terribly wrong. Although some of these stories are surely faked, a portion of every paranormal type event remains with the inability to be explained away.
There are indeed hidden dangers in ouija board use. You may use of these, and "nothing happens". Or so you think...
The Ouija board was "interesting and mysterious"; it actually had been "proven" to work at the Patent Office before its patent was allowed to proceed; and today, even psychologists believe that it may offer a link between the known and the unknown.
Ouija historian Robert Murch has been researching the story of the board since 1992; when he started his research, he says, no one really knew anything about its origins, which struck him as odd: "For such an iconic thing that strikes both fear and wonder in American culture, how can no one know where it came from?"
THE OUIJA BOARD, in fact, came straight out of the American 19th-century obsession with spiritualism, the belief that the dead are able to communicate with the living. Spiritualism, which had been around for years in Europe, hit America hard in 1848 with the sudden prominence of the Fox sisters of upstate New York; the Foxes claimed to receive messages from spirits who rapped on the walls in answer to questions, re-creating this feat of channeling in parlors across the state.
"Communicating with the dead was common, it wasn't seen as bizarre or weird," explains Murch. "It's hard to imagine that now, we look at that and think, 'Why are you opening the gates of hell?'"
According to Murch's interviews with the descendants of the Ouija founders and the original Ouija patent file itself, the story of the board's patent request was true: Knowing that if they couldn't prove that the board worked, they wouldn't get their patent, Bond brought the indispensable Peters to the patent office in Washington with him when he filed his application.
There, the chief patent officer demanded a demonstration — if the board could accurately spell out his name, which was supposed to be unknown to Bond and Peters, he'd allow the patent application to proceed. They all sat down, communed with the spirits, and the planchette faithfully spelled out the patent officer's name.
On Feb. 10, 1891, a white-faced and visibly shaken patent officer awarded Bond a patent for his new "toy or game."
The board's prolonged success showed that it had tapped into a weird place in American culture.
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