Who hasn’t watched the movie Ghost with Whoopi Goldberg’s character Oda Mae as the medium who did not know she had true power to hear spirits? That was until Patrick Swayze’s character Sam (in ghost form) showed up at her parlor. She did not use a Ouija board but was trying to channel ghosts (scamming them is more accurate) and was getting paid for her work. This movie was very simple. If you had unfinished business and did not go to the light- you stayed behind. If you died and was bad and by bad I mean a murderer and such you were pulled to hell by shadows. Maybe I should have added a spoiler alert at the beginning of this. However, if you were good you went to heaven. Simple. To the point. Good movie.
Not everything is so black and white. I have some questions. Let’s first look at something not mentioned in this film because it had no place in what was happening but I did bring it up before and that is the Ouija board. If you’re up late and can’t sleep I recommend watching The Exorcist. I’m kidding. It is not a bed time film. In the film *Spoiler alert* the little girl Regan finds a Ouija board in her house and starts playing with it by herself. Yes my friends. Herself. In those encounters she befriends something call Captain Howdy. Creepy.
This film came out in 1973 and I want to point out that the little doll the priest finds in Iraq was of a demon, I did not realize that when watching it and I hadn’t read the book at that point. Even now I am trying to remember if I’ve read the book. But I am learning new things every single day.
The Ouija board was introduced to the patent office in 1890 and the owners began advertising in February 1891. This toy was made not to open portals to other worlds but to rake in the cash. Some people (me being one of them) do not look at this device as a toy. It was believed to be and marketed as a toy and it was purchased by Parker Brothers during the Vietnam war and continues to be sold as a novelty. However, do we only think this because of the movie the Exorcist? This was the first piece of pop culture to show it in a negative way and that demons are waiting on the other side to be let in through a piece of cardboard and an open mind.
In the Smithsonian article I have been referencing all of this is discussed.
How did this board get its name you may be wondering- or not. The board gave a medium the name. Let me repeat that- THE BOARD GAVE THE MEDIUM THE NAME. Sorry for yelling. And it is supposed to mean “Good luck”. Good luck with what? Talking to a ghost, a demon, not being possessed by the end of the night?
Is there any real truth to using this board to communicate with the dead? No one knows 100% but there are places open to the public for ghost hunting that do not allow them on the premises. The article does state that people may be unconsciously moving the planchette themselves. This is why it moves and it goes where we want it to go this is the psychological component to this game. Questions are asked and answered by the same people. Interesting thought.
I won’t touch one with a ten foot pole and do not recommend using it at all. There are things in our existence and on our earthly plane that cannot be explained. I remember a conversation with my mom once where she said there are things around us all of the time. Demons that would make our hair turn white if we saw them and I believe her. Comments and questions are welcome. I will be giving away a t-shirt to someone (at random) that leaves a comment.
A week ago I sat down to write. I did not actually write anything but I have been doing some reflection on the investigation we had taken part in on the 5th and 6th of May. We (Sabrina, her mom and myself) participated in a public investigation and we paid $75 per person. This included the tour, investigating in a group (at first), a snack (which was nice since I was really hungry come midnight), time to investigate the place after snack time, and having a chance to ask questions to the host team. The team who had put this on was Paranormal Task Force. Really nice people and money raised was helping to preserve the Pythian Castle in Springfield, MO- which is where we investigated.
I did not mind spending the money because I know it went to a good cause. Preservation of historical places is important to our history and all history tells a story, even if it is haunted or not.
We had witnessed a ball rolling a few inches on its own. This happened twice and two hours apart. That was fun. I'm still trying to enlist help listening to the audio but that will get done.
I learned it takes a whole team to get things set up, talking about what we should be doing, have a plan going in, not be afraid to ask questions, fail, ask more questions and have fun. Will we always catch anything during an investigation? If the answer to that was yes then someone is doing something wrong. Not every place is haunted and even the ones that are may not have activity all of the time.
I also learned that I really want to up grade my equipment and get a few more items. The struggle is real! Everything is cash or credit. And I do not have a disposable income. What we do is not free. Everything has a price and that price can include time with family, being gone from work, lodging when traveling, food, equipment replacement due to failure or neglect.. the price of doing this goes on and on. What are the rewards? Doing something I love. Hanging out with really cool people and meeting people who have had experiences they cannot explain. Listening to someone tell their story is worth it when others have not believed what was said. My job is not to judge. It is to listen and help. It is to give support. Am I crazy to want to continue doing a job that costs me money, has no real return on my investment, keeps me up late, and questions my sanity? No. I'm not crazy. I am doing what I love. I am a paranormal investigator.