The Truth About Ouija Boards

The Truth About Ouija Boards

It is likely that at some point in your life, you will be faced with a Ouija board. Whether it be at a sleepover, a Halloween party, or just out of curiosity, a lot of people consider the Ouija board as scary but harmless entertainment. The Ouija board was in fact patented in 1890, and intended to work as a ‘talking board’ building a bridge from our world to the spirit world. Those who have used a Ouija board simply for fun have reported strange and often frightening experiences, and as a result, even sceptics know that the Ouija board is not something to be taken lightly. Of course, not everyone has a negative experience with a Ouija board, I know people who have been able to connect with deceased loved ones, and had a very profound experience doing so, but there still seems to be a lot more horror stories than happy ones.

Mediums and spiritual researchers assure that it is not the board itself that is dangerous – so having one sitting in your attic is harmless. Rather the type of communication in which you are inviting someone from the spirit world back into the psychical realm poses the real danger. The spirits that normally communicate through the board are those who are trapped in the lower astral plane. These spirits have not been able to fully detach from the psychical world because of a tragic, potentially violent death that has left them with unfinished business on Earth. Understandably, these spirits pose more of a threat because they are often angry and filled with negative energy. There are numerous stories of a Ouija board being used and unintentionally summoning demons, who then torment the players, sometimes for the rest of their lives, with tragedy following them wherever they go. Some stories even detail how participants of the board would finish the Ouija session only to discover unexplained scratches and bruises on their skin. I know my own grandmother was badly shaken following her use of a Ouija Board in a deaf school she used to work in. Apparently, one night when the children were sleeping, my grandmother and several of her colleagues decided to use a Ouija board only to  summon a violent spirit who threw the planchette across the room. Needless to say, Ouija Boards are now banned from my house.

Whilst it seems sensible to stay away from Ouija Boards all together, curiosity does get the better of us, so here are some important guidelines to follow if you do choose to use one. Firstly, once everyone involved is sitting around the board, state clearly that you are surrounding yourself with positive, protective white light, and that negative entities are not allowed to enter the circle. Once communicating with a spirit, do not ask for any psychical signs. A lot of people will ask for the spirit to blow out a candle, knock on the table, or touch one of the participants, unknowingly giving the spirit permission to enter the psychical world and cause havoc. It is much safer to interact only through the board. Keep the conversation respectful and lighthearted- whilst it may seem funny at the time, you do not want to provoke an already potentially angry spirit. This last step is perhaps one of the most essential . When you feel as though the session has came to an end, you must remember to close the board, thus closing the bridge between our world and the spirit world. You can do so by stating allowed that the session is over, and moving the planchette to goodbye, which should feature on every Ouija Board.

I believe that it is best for those using a Ouija board to err on the side of precaution, and personally I would never use one in my own home. Let me know what you think – are Ouija boards real, or nothing more than a game surrounded by urban legends? Share your experiences in the comments below!

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Robert the Doll

Robert the Doll

You may have heard of Robert the Doll, arguably one of the world’s most famous haunted dolls, currently residing in Fort East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida. At first glance, you would see Robert for what he is. A doll created in the early late 1800’s/early 1900’s, wearing a little sailor’s suit, holding a dog, with a sinister looking smirk on his face. We would consider a doll as an inanimate object – however this doll is a little different. The doll is allegedly possessing a curse, that makes the doll come to life, even causing divorce, disease, and death.

So what is Robert the Doll’s story? The doll first belonged to Robert Eugene Otto – a gift from his grandfather during childhood following a trip to Germany. At first, the relationship between Otto and the doll appeared very innocent – it is not out of the ordinary for a young child to become attached to one toy in particular and take it everywhere with them. But Otto really was inseparable from Robert the doll, and Otto’s parents even recalled hearing Robert talking to the doll (once again completely ordinary for a child of his age), however were worried to hear a deep voice answering their son back. Almost nightly, Otto’s parents would hear their son shouting, furniture overturning, and toys being ripped apart. Whenever they entered his bedroom, Otto could be found huddled in the corner of his room or under his covers, shaken and frightened. If asked what had happened, Otto’s only response would be ‘Robert did it’.

Eventually, when the situation became too strange, and the parents finally dismissed the idea that this was simply their young son acting out and blaming the doll, Robert the doll was banished to the attic of the family home by an aunt – an aunt who passed away that very same night. Servants who worked in the home would then promptly leave their jobs, and during the night footsteps and the sound of furniture moving could be heard from the attic. The doll could even occasionally be heard giggling. After many years passed and Otto finally entered adulthood, Otto chose to keep Robert and kept him on the windowsill of his house – despite the obvious fear he had of Robert during childhood. People walking past the property or looking up at the window at which Robert sat often reported seeing the doll move, or vanish before their eyes. Otto’s wife, also, like the aunt in his childhood home, insisted the doll be moved into the attic. Strangely, Otto declined his wife’s request, instead keeping Robert in the Turret room of the house, where he often would sit with the doll, and talking to him until his death in 1974.

After Otto’s death, Robert was moved to a museum,  and kept inside a locked glass case. Unfortunately, that has not been enough to put Robert’s antics to rest. Museum staff say that Robert moves around within the case, and that when closing up the empty museum for the night, footsteps can be heard. Visitors are even given advice on how they should approach the case where Robert now resides – being told to address him politely, not to photograph him, and to treat him respectfully. Many visitors come away from the museum and experience bad luck and unsettling experiences. Guests send letters of apology to Robert, detailing the misfortunes that have cropped up in their lives since their encounter with Robert, and the museum displays and keeps a record of all of these, with Robert even being blamed for divorces, car accidents and deaths.

Would you be brave enough to pay Robert the doll a visit?

Sun Sign Astrology: Virgo

Sun Sign Astrology: Virgo

Virgo is the sixth sign of the Zodiac, with the sun visiting August 23rd and leaving September 22nd. Virgo is an Earth sign, alongside Capricorn and Taurus. As a result of its Earth influence, Virgo’s have a grounded and practical personality. They also tend to be very reserved and modest. Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury, the ancient God of communication.

Virgo’s are very analytical, and they constantly strive to solve and improve problems, but sometimes to a fault. A constant desire to problem solve can leave a Virgo feeling exhausted and under pressure – they will rarely put a task aside for another day. Of course this is also a positive trait, as their ability to not procrastinate and put off important tasks allows them to advance more quickly in their careers. Intelligence goes hand in hand with a Virgo’s analytical ability, and they will always make a decision that is both logical and well thought out – they never leap in to making a decision without having all the facts before them first, and there is an inner fear of failing. In terms of forming friendships and relationships, Virgo’s are shy and introverted, they may feel anxious in social settings, and find it hard to make conversation with strangers, however in a relationship, a Virgo is incredibly loyal and caring.

To others, a Virgo can sometimes appear cold and closed off, due to their shy nature. This may make others misjudge them, making it hard for them to form friendships and relationships with new people. They can also tend to be closed-minded to anything other than facts and statistics, and therefore are usually not very spiritual beings. A Virgo does not like to make decisions based on emotions, you may have heard the phrase thinking with your head and not your heart, and that is the perfect descriptor for a Virgo. However, it would do a Virgo good to look outside of the box, and explore new ideas further than their beliefs once in a while, as they sometimes limit their breadth of vision otherwise.

Famous Virgo’s include: Lance Armstrong, Agatha Christie, Confucius, Mother Teresa, Queen Elizabeth I, Michael Jackson, Charlie Sheen and Stephen King.

 

The Four “Clairs” of Psychic Ability

The Four “Clairs” of Psychic Ability

The four clairs refer to: clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, and claircognizance – the four main psychic abilities. Usually, an individual will be dominant in only one or two of these psychic modalities, but you can amplify any of them over time with a lot of focus and dedication to the practice. I will write a post about how to ‘exercise’ each of these modalities in a future post, but for today it is important to know what each of the four clairs mean.

The clair most people will recognise is ‘clairvoyance’, meaning ‘clear seeing’. Someone with clairvoyant abilities will be able to receive and see visions, either in their minds eye or through their physical eyes. These visions may allow the clairvoyant to see into the past – an example being that some clairvoyants have actually assisted with murder cases to find the body or the perpetrator, and also into the future – where clairvoyants such a the psychic twins have been able to predict world events such as 9/11 and natural disasters. Some clairvoyants also claim to be able to see spirits of those who have passed and communicate with them. Clairvoyance is the hardest clair to develop, as it is often a skill that an individual is born with. It is believed that every child is clairvoyant early on in their life, but only a few will continue the skill into adulthood.

The second clair, is clairaudience, or ‘clear hearing’. Clairaudience allows a person to hear spirits, and this can be used to pass messages on from the dead to the living, or simply to gain information. People with clairaudience are able to distinguish between what is their own mental chatter, and what they are receiving from outside influences. Clairaudience can be developed easily compared to clairvoyance, and this can be achieved through quietening the mind and paying attention to any messages that come through, as well as automatic writing and channelling.

The next, clairsentience, describes ‘clear sensing/feeling’, and is the ability to take on the energy and emotions of the people and environment around you. A lot of people have this skill and are not aware of it, and it is otherwise known as intuition. Sometimes, we get a sudden, unexplained uncomfortable feeling somewhere, and this could be our clairsentience working. Someone with strong clairsentient abilities can receive information about the past of a place to understand what it is that is making them feel uncomfortable. They can also channel the energy of the spirits that reside there. A clairsentient may be very negatively effected by the bad energy they sense, and so protect themselves using crystals, pendants and surrounding themselves in white light.

Finally, claircognizance, also known as ‘clear knowing’ describes the psychic ability in which a person is aware of things without ever having been told or informed previously. Information becomes available when it is needed, as though from nowhere. A lot of the time the information cannot be used for the greater good, it simply informs us of what will definitively happen in the future e.g. a natural disaster, with little detail as to where, when etc. This is another psychic modality that is particularly tricky for a person to develop, and out of the four it is probably the least discussed because it is the harder to understand.

Psychic ability is not well understood are accepted, yet there are many people who claim to have these talents, and not all of them are in the public eye and making these claims for money or fame. Apparently, anyone is able to engage with and develop their psychic ability – do you have any of the four clairs?

Theories: What is Déjà vu?

Theories: What is Déjà vu?

Déjà vu describes the feeling we get when we believe we have experienced the present moment or situation before. When this occurs, you can usually predict what is going to be said or done next. There is no definitive answer as to what Déjà vu really is, but countless fascinating and thought provoking theories have been suggested, and here are just a few.

A theory often used to explain Déjà vu, although having little scientific evidence to support it, is the idea of parallel universes. Parallel universe theory suggests that there are an infinite amount of universes, each one containing its very own version of yourself. In each universe, a different possibility is played out, for instance, in one universe you are at the airport waiting to board a flight, in another, you have just found out your flight has been delayed,  and in another you have been upgraded to first class. This is where the role of Déjà vu comes into this theory. Déjà vu has been attributed to a cross over of these parallel universes, so a version of yourself in one of these universes is actually having a similar experience to yourself in this universe, and the two align. This is why you feel as though you have experienced the situation before, because technically you have… just a replica of yourself in an alternate universe. This theory became greatly popularised in the late 20th century, particularly in books, films, and television. With growing scientific advancement and space exploration, who knows whether there could actually be any truth to this theory.

Another  mind-blowing, if not far-fetched theory is the idea of a ‘glitch in the Matrix’. The theory states that déjà vu isn’t in fact occurring in your brain, but instead of glitch within a programmed universe. This programme is being controlled by computers – almost as if we are actually living within a computer simulation. When a glitch occurs the code of the Matrix is changed and altered, and this causes us to feel as though we have experienced a moment before, because the time stamp of the event is altered. I think of this in terms of the game “The Sims”. In the sims you are ultimately controlling the lives of the characters you have created, but what if you forget to save the game? Then you may go back into the game and make them carry out their lives the same way they did before, a second time, and therefore your sim is technically experiencing déjà vu. The 1999 film ‘The Matrix’  also demonstrates this theory quite well.

The next theory is the hologram theory, which despite its name perhaps suggesting otherwise,  is actually very logical and scientific. The premise of this theory is that one element or stimulus of our environment, such as taste, smell, sound etc. will remind us of an experience we have had previously, and through this one element, our memory is triggered and we feel as though we have had the experience before. One example is that you may smell a perfume that you recognise from a past experience, and whilst this is only one element of a previous memory, your brain is tricked into thinking that everything in your present situation is also familiar and has been recreated. This is done outside of your conscious, and explains why you feel as though you have been in the exact same situation before.

These are definitely the most out there theories about déjà vu, but also the most interesting and thought provoking. Countless scientists and theorists have tried to come up with a scientific and rational explanation for the phenomena, but until there is definitive proof, I think it is good to think out of the box, and not allow ourselves to be limited. What do you think causes déjà vu, and what are your weirdest experiences of it?

 

 

Bigfoot – Myth or Reality?

Bigfoot – Myth or Reality?

Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch in some areas of the world), is believed to be a large, ape-like creature thought to inhabit forest and mountainous areas, particularly in the Pacific North West. Most people dismiss Bigfoot as nothing more than folklore, with any evidence presented considered hoax material, yet numerous people report sightings of this mysterious creature.

Many people who believe in Bigfoot can agree – a lot of sightings of Bigfoot are hoaxes, and many of these can be quickly discredited. Some images and footage of Bigfoot however, are very difficult to prove as fakes. A perfect example of this is the Patterson-Gimlin film, a short film that appears to capture a Bigfoot back in 1967. There have since been countless attempts to debunk the video. The film was taken at Klamath River. The two men spotted the figure crouching, and both men described how they experienced mild shock when they first sighted the creature. They described the creature as being between 6 and a half or 7 foot, hairy, and ape-like. They then followed the creature to capture the famous footage, with a gun in hand in case they needed to protect themselves.  Both men involved in capturing the footage both strongly asserted that the footage and the creature they saw was real. Gimlin even avoided discussing the event until 2005, 30 years on from the event, but eventually began making appearances at Bigfoot conferences. Due to this, I think it is evident that these two men were not just creating a hoax video for some sort of profit or media attention. The film has been analysed by numerous academics and researchers, with body language experts being unable to recreate the movements of the creature using human subjects – arguing that no human in a Bigfoot suit would be able to move like the creature.

Other sightings are much more likely to be discredited, but I do think it is interesting that Bigfoot sightings are usually only ever reported in the Pacific Northwest, West Virginia, and Kentucky.  Most scientists dismiss the idea that Bigfoot exists, although the sighting described above is the only sighting that has stumped many experts so far, so perhaps their is some truth behind it. Despite the lack of real evidence, the legend of Bigfoot continues to grow, so what do you think? Is it simply a combination of  folklore, hoaxes and wishful thinking, or does Bigfoot really exist?

The Lost City Of Atlantis

The Lost City Of Atlantis

The lost city of Atlantis is thought to be a ‘lost island’ in which an ancient, Utopian society resided. First popularised by Plato, the Greek Philosopher, the Island is believed to have existed around 9,000 BC. Plato has wrote detailed descriptions of the city of Atlantis in two of his books – Timaeus and Critias – describing the Island as lush with a variety of exotic flora and fauna, surrounded by mountains and characterised by  three layers of rings and circular harbours.  Plato then describes how the people of Atlantis were harmonious and peaceful, although incredibly powerful and advanced for their time, perhaps leading to their downfall. It is then believed that the City of Atlantis was destroyed by Poseidon, the God of the ocean, through a series of natural disasters that wiped the city out in a single day.

There have since been numerous conspiracy theories about where Atlantis is now, or whether it even existed at all. The theory with the most evidence to support it, is that Atlantis is underneath Donana National Park in Southern Spain. Researchers and archaeologists have found evidence of circular formations deep under the ground, matching the description of Plato’s Atlantis, as well as the exact dimensions given by Plato to describe structures. There is also an unusual amount of methane gas in the area, and this could explain how the city was buried in a single event, as decomposing organic matter such as humans, flora and fauna would release large amounts of methane in the process. If that was not fascinating enough, a few miles from Donana National Park, what appears to be a smaller version of Atlantis can still be seen above ground. This suggests that some of the few survivors went on to create a second Atlantis, either to memorialise their old city, or to start again. Within this new Atlantis, there are symbols and features similar to that of the ancient Egyptian culture, and so it is thought that the Atlantian’s were in contact with the Egyptians somehow, and this is how the Ancient Egyptians also were so advanced for their time. Does this mean that Plato’s book was not fiction, and instead a historical road map to help people locate Atlantis for themselves?

Another popular theory about Atlantis was introduced by Charles Hapgood in 1958, in a book named “Earth’s shifting Crust”. Hapgood proposed that Atlantis could actually be found much further South from its origin at the continent of Antarctica. We already know about plate tectonics and continental drift – the Earth looks a lot different to how it did thousands of years ago. Hapgood states that 12,000 years ago, Atlantis was subjected to colder temperatures and became buried under the ice. Those who are advocates of this theory point to the pyramid-like shapes found in the Antarctic ice that could indicate human activity much like that of the Egyptian’s (and linking to the other theory that the Atlantian’s were familiar with the Ancient Egyptians). This is another fascinating theory, although I do think with rising global temperatures, and increasing ice melt that evidence of a civilisation would have been definitively found by now.

Other theories include that Atlantis is under the sea somewhere off the coast of Spain in the Atlantic Ocean, or that the Atlantian’s in fact became the Mayans following the destruction of Atlantis, because the Mayan culture has countless similarities to the culture of Atlantis as described by Plato. Of course there are so many scientists and researchers who completely disregard Atlantis as a myth. They argue that no undeniable scientific proof has been uncovered, and due to technological advancements in recent years, we are likely to have found a missing civilisation, or at least evidence of it. Plato, although not really known for fictional work, therefore made up the tale of Atlantis, perhaps as a cautionary tale about greed.

I’m interested to know what you think about this theory. We have all heard of the story of Atlantis, and I am sure many of you have seen the Disney film, but could it be much more than a story?