The Ouija Board…Dangerous?
By Krystal Mangual
If your interested in the paranormal then chances are you’ve played with a Ouija board. Now marketed as a toy it has become a staple of Halloween themed parties and sleepovers, which is where I had my first experience with the board. Excited and apprehensive I sat with three others on the floor ready to contact the dead. As we continued to use the board a name we all knew came through( the aunt of one of the people participating, whom which we all knew well before she passed away). Immediately questions like , “Are you guys trying to be funny?” were asked but then board began to say things that only the aunt would know, the inside jokes that only family could have. It was these kinds of statements that made us believe our experience was real and tears were shed knowing we could talk to a women who treated us all like family. But needless to say we never played with board again.
But not all experiences with the Ouija board are as light hearted as the one I had that night with friends. Unlike doing an investigation in which you are traveling to a location with the Ouija Board you are most likely in the home setting. This, in my opinion is what makes the board rather dangerous.
It is important to remember that you are inviting spirits into your home and you do not know who you are inviting. In one couples experience they encounter a spirit that claimed it’s name was “Vox” (Latin for The Voice). This spirit became aggressive and sexually suggestive and even after moving out of the house they were still plagued by negative paranormal experiences.
So if you are still interested in using the Ouija Board, how can you be protected? Here are some simple but effective guidelines to help you have a positive experience.
First, do not use the board in places of tragedy, graveyards or supposedly haunted houses. Places like these can hold negative energy.
Next, always maintain a positive mental state and never attempt to use the board while facing illness. When the mind and body are weak it makes it easier for negative energy to attach itself to you.
Mediation and prayer are also important to opening and closing your experience with the Ouija Board. State out loud that these spirits are not allowed to stay and are not allowed to follow anyone home. But the most important thing to remember is to always close the board. This can be as simple as saying “goodbye” after communicating or some with sprinkle sea salt, lavender or sage the board. It is my hope that these steps with help those who dare to use the board. As stated before you never know who you are inviting in or what they can do.
Protecting yourself while Ghost Hunting
By Krystal Mangual-investigator, pars investigations
It is a subject that has fascinated you for ages, you watch almost every show about it on television and you’ve found an investigation team that is in need of new members. Congratulations, You have just taken the first steps to becoming a paranormal investigator. Excited and nervous about your first investigation you and those close to you will begin to wonder, how do I protect myself while facing the unknown?
If you are in the field or are just a paranormal enthusiast then you have heard the horror stories of possessions, attachments and so on. Although these cases are typical rare, it is a common concern and rightly so especially for a new investigator. Thankfully, there are ways to protect both your mind and body from the possible negative energy you may face while investigating.
Besides being enthusiastic one of the most important things an investigator must do is have a positive mental attitude. It is believed that negative spirits are attracted to people who are over coming recent illness, frightened, nervous or stressed. One thing that can be done to protect yourself is to mediate before an investigation. Putting the mind in a calm state will allow you to be clear and focused for the hours ahead.
Many investigators also carry some sort of good luck charm with them, believing that this will protect from unseen negative energy. This can be a simple as a piece of jewelry, but I would recommend not using a rabbit’s foot, since they are generally associated with violence.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is if you are feeling threatened to let your fellow team members know immediately and if it becomes too overwhelming remove yourself from the area immediately. I would also recommend going to check out the location prior to the investigation because being in a unknown area will add to the nervousness and excitement that you are feeling. Hopefully these suggestions will put your mind at ease and will help you prepare for your investigations!
Do you believe in ghosts? Many people can tell you a ghost story or two, whether they are a believer or not. With so many ghostly experiences out there, then there must be some truth to their existence.
Ghosts are thought to be dead people who have not yet passed over to the other side.
They are stuck here in a kind of limbo on this side because of a tragic death,... unfinished business, an attachment to a person or place or perhaps for some kind of justice.
Skeptics often ask why there is no photographic evidence? There are many photographs in circulation of what appear to be ghostly images. The problem with photos is that an expert can tell if it has been tampered with, but can't tell you if the subject in the photo is a ghost or not.
Most photos show what are called "orbs" (balls of light). In my opinion, actual spirit orbs are rare. Most orbs you see in photos or on tv are insects or more commonly, dust reflecting the light from the camera. That being said, there are hundreds of other ghostly photos out there showing strange forms or human like figures.
Ghosts or spirits however, will do more than make an appearance on camera. There are thousands of reports of ghosts scratching and banging on walls, moving things around, hiding objects, opening and closing doors, making footsteps, manipulating electronic devices and even physically touching someone.
Skeptics will tell you that all such activities have a rational explanation. In fact, most probably do, but there are things out there that we can't explain and do not yet understand. What do you believe? What evidence would you need?