In this article, I will attempt to answer the question of are Ouija boards dangerous? Ouija boards started as a board game developed and sold by Hasbro dating back to 1890. The name Ouija is said to come from “oui” the French word for yes, and “ja” the German word for yes.
In my childhood I played with Ouija boards on an occasion or two, admittedly this was before I had heard any warnings about their use. I was a bit tentative about playing with the Ouija board as a friend told me it was used to communicate with dead people. That made me equal parts scared and excited. I did not have any luck communicating with a spirit in my childhood, and upon learning more, I am glad I didn’t.
I spent hours watching various television programs about spirits, or the paranormal. I am always curious, although I will remain somewhat skeptical until I have my own experience with the paranormal. Ryan Buell of the Paranormal Research Society (PRS), and of the A&E television show, “Paranormal State,” has stated in the past that he believes Ouija boards are dangerous and can cause evil spirits to find you, and follow you. That is not at all appealing to me. It was through Ryan Buell and his television show that I learned of Lorraine Warren.
Lorraine Warren and her late husband, Ed, are well known in the paranormal community and are highly regarded for their knowledge of spirits, and demons. They have researched and spent time in many notorious haunted locations, such as the Amityville Horror house. Ed Warren has been known to say “we are warning not to use Ouija boards, not to go to seances, and not to practice the occult.” While Lorraine has said, “Seventy-five percent of our cases come about through the use of Ouija boards.” Now some people may be skeptical or may believe that these words were only said to bolster the mystery of the Warren’s. Lorraine, who is now 90 years old, still consults with others that work with the paranormal and she has experienced events that would have made other people run for the hills. (Edit dated May 17, 2018, Lorraine Warren has retired.)
So are Ouija boards dangerous?
Some people may believe that the Ouija board cannot do you any harm and that it is common sense to know that. I can only provide you, the curious, with information and ask you to do some research yourself before using an Ouija board. If you have any misgivings, or if you feel uncomfortable about the use of Ouija boards you should leave them alone. I, for one, will leave them alone as I am a cautious, yet curious person. But I will use my own common sense that tells me to believe both Ryan Buell and Lorraine Warren as they are the experts.
Please let me know your thoughts. Any Ouija board experiences?