History of Ouija board
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, recreating this feat of channeling in parlors across the state. Aided by the stories about the celebrity sisters and other spiritualists in the new national press, spiritualism reached millions of adherents at its peak in the second half of the 19th century. Spiritualism worked for Americans: it was compatible with Christian dogma, meaning one could hold a séance on Saturday night and have no qualms about going to church the next day. It was an acceptable, even wholesome activity to contact spirits at séances, through automatic writing, or table turning parties, in which participants would place their hands on a small table and watch it begin shake and rattle, while they all declared that they weren’t moving it. Even Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of the venerable president, conducted seances in the White House after their 11-year-old son died of a fever in 1862; during the Civil War, spiritualism gained adherents in droves, people desperate to connect with loved ones who’d gone away to war and never come home.
In February, 1891, the first few advertisements started appearing in papers: “Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board,” boomed a Pittsburgh toy and novelty shop, describing a magical device that answered questions “about the past, present and future with marvelous accuracy” and promised “never-failing amusement and recreation for all the classes,” a link “between the known and unknown, the material and immaterial.” Another advertisement in a New York newspaper declared it “interesting and mysterious” and testified, “as Proven at Patent Office before it was allowed. Price, $1.50.”
Ouija Board Do's
Do an Opening Prayer
Say a protection prayer. I start out with: “May this session be surrounded by Golden Light. May this Golden Light protect us from Negativity, the Opposition Forces, the Dark Side, and any entity that may try to harm us. May we also be surrounded by a crystalline dome that will reflect back any such negative forces that may get through.”
Do avoid possible distractions by turning off the television, cell phones, etc.
Do lay the board on a flat surface, preferably a table
Do be specific about who you wish to communicate with (Aunt Mary, personal spirit guide, Ascended Master, etc.)
Do be cordial to your spirit guests, although it is okay to ask them to leave if they are rude guests (using foul language, taunting you or your seance guests, etc.)
Do go into the session with the highest intent to do GOOD and receive valid information.
Do write down the messages letter by letter. Keep in mind that spirits often misspell, use slang, or will even text speak.
Do have fun!
Ouija Board Don'ts
Do not use the board alone, always work with a partner, and Do not use the board if you are under 18, unless supervised by an adult. Remember, the Ouija is not a toy and connecting with spirit is not a game… if you approach this work as a game, you will find yourself connecting with energies that just want to play, and some of these can be harmful.
Do not confuse the spirit with questions from too many people, assign one person in the room to ask questions.
Do not ask questions you don't want to know the answer to such as "When am I going to die?" You're not going to get a serious answer to these types of questions.
Do not ask questions you already know the answer to like "What is my middle name?" It's a seance, not a pop quiz!
Do not allow the invited spirit guest to control the session, you want answers, not a lecture.
Do not accept all communications as fact, discern all information given. Only accept what feels accurate in your gut.
Do not be upset if your séance is a bust, sometimes spirits don't feel like talking.
Do not consume alcohol or drugs. Or when tired , fatigued or in a bad mood.
Do not use the board to pry into other’s privacy.
Closing the board
The board must be closed by the person that opened it. That is why the word GOOD-BYE is on the board. If you leave the board open, you leave the door open.
I release any negativity that I have picked up throughout the day so that I speak to the universe with the purity of my soul.
I ask that any energy (information, healing) be given for my absolute good.
Dismiss now all energies that are not of the Highest and Greatest source.
As I bathe in your grace, I will listen to your resounding voice within me.
I will be true to my heart and your gentle guidance. GOODBYE!
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