Spirit boards carry a bad reputation, in part I believe, because of the plethora of movies that have been made filled with the prorogation that they are
In addition many individuals have a primal fear of death and the possibilities of what lies beyond physical dying; the media, including Hollywood, use that fear to shock us and in essence control us. Even if we believe we are not afraid of spirit boards, it is possible that we do hold some fear about death, which can be intimately tied to the unconscious fear of the board. Our most primitive self does everything possible to stay alive. It is afraid to die, so if there is a suggestion that the board has the potential to summon Death, then the individual will experience resistance to the board, the very thing that causes its demise.
Spirit boards are tools; tools without a skilled individual to use them are useless or potentially dangerous. While every tool used by a human being absorbs and contains the spiritual energy of that which touches it, the board in and of itself holds no individual spirit though it can and may retain one. Using the metaphor of the cell phone; the phone has a programed number attached to it, which is assigned to an individual or business and in the same way, the spirit board could resonate with an energetic frequency that resonates with a specific spirit, but this is not always the situation. Most spirit boards are similar to public cell phones, a rarity these days, or burner phones, anyone can use it to contact someone else without owning it or becoming bonded to it.
Spirit board sessions held by an individual are similar to engaging in an automatic writing session where he or she releases their awareness of the present time and falls into a meditative trance and allows their hand(s) to move or be moved by a non-physical spiritual entity without concern or awareness as to where the pen or planchette is being moved to. This experience occurs because a connection has been established between the physical and spiritual realms by the human being; he or she is the conduit, the bridge, the channel for the messages to pass between the realms.
Many individuals warn, “The board should never be used alone!” This caution originates in fear, which I have addressed earlier. While there are benefits to working in pairs, it is not necessary and “creepy things” can occur whether you are alone or with others. I have found that often times the more people present during a session is a direct influence and contribution to the occurrence of “creepy things”. The true protection against “creepy” or “scary” or dare I say “demonic” occurrences is having knowledge pertaining to the tool and its purpose, in this instance the purpose for a spirit board is spirit communication or necromancy.
The greatest benefit I have encountered in working with a partner during a session is verification. I have a tendency to be skeptical and feel that I personally influence the messages I receive through the board, meaning that I have within my own mind created or manipulated the message, and I am concerned that I have then received that which I want to hear and not that which is genuinely being shared with me; a partner would, at the very least, keep the messages untainted. Unlike in an automatic writing session where there is just the individual, there are two individuals actively involved and so both must be in resonance or unconscious agreement with where the planchette will move on the board in response to the posed question. This allows me freedom to believe in what is being communicated during a session.
It is because we are communicating with timeless spiritual entities that there is a vast well of knowledge that can be shared and sometimes I find that the words spelled out on the board may be obscure or in a language that the sitter may not readily comprehend, but that does not make it any less authentic. In fact sometimes it adds a depth that could not be relayed by common English giving it greater value and in my personal case it gives me evidence that they are words I didn’t have readily available in my mind, proving to me that the message wasn’t one I created for my own comfort. I am unable to recall a specific example of this with a spirit board, but within a séance with others, I allowed spirits to use my physical body to communicate, this is known as trance mediumship, and while doing so, the spirit entity responded to a question with a word that seemed at first to be plain gibberish. It was only because we digitally recorded the session to be transcribed later that I was able to research the unusual word, “ichi”, which I found was a Japanese word meaning “here, in this place”. In the context of the session and the questions being asked, it made perfect sense and provided the group with greater understanding.
The last point addressed in the email was the idea that the questions asked of the Spirit Board need not be spoken aloud because the human voice is a tool created for use in the physical realm. It is a sound that is made by, heard by, and felt by the physical body, which is the primary vessel for the spirit while incarnated in physical form and experiencing life. The sound is a manifestation of a concept that originated in the non-physical; the idea already existed before it was manifested. Any words we write or speak are manifestations of a thought that abides in the mental, non-physical or spiritual realms. We receive messages from the spirit realm frequently and in many ways, though not all are manifested as when a Spirit Board is utilized. Understanding that all spoken words (sentences and questions) are purely manifested thoughts, it is clear that when using the Board the individual need not vocalize their questions in order for them to be answered.
If you have questions or experiences with spirit boards I would love to hear them. Please leave a comment with those you are willing to share.