GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #83 - July 15, 2008
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H-E-L-L-O, W-E-L-C-O-M-E T-O T-H-E J-U-L-Y N-E-W-S-L-E-T-T-E-R. Which is exactly how these communiqués will look one day after I pass on and need to send these newsletters to you you via a Talking Board, better known by the brand name, Ouija Board. In the paranormal community, there are few subjects as polarizing as the Talking Board. To some, it's just a child's game you can buy at your local toy store; to others it's a valid spirit communication device; and many more believe it's a dangerous portal that offers something from the other side a direct path into you.
I credit the Ouija Board with getting me interested in the paranormal in the first place. I was ten years old and living in Newtown, Connecticut. One of my friends lived in a 250-year-old house and we would bring the Ouija Board along on our sleep-overs. Ever the skeptic, we attempted blindfolding the users to see if the board would still work, we tried using it solo, and with everyone resting a finger. The Planchette glided across the board, messages were spelled out, and we were gripped with what we believed to be genuine spirit communication.
As I got older and more integrated into the paranormal community I listened to the cries of those who claimed these devices built of cardboard, paper, and plastic were inherently evil. I understood the arguments that Judeo-Christian clergy made quoting Deuteronomy which claims it's an abomination to adopt the ways of people from other lands. Or to put it a bit softer as one Rabbi friend of mine said, "We have our own ways of spirit communication. Ways within our religion. Those are acceptable. There's no need to go elsewhere."
Belief plays such a huge part of any spirit communication. You need to believe that your questions and messages are being heard, and you need to believe that the response you're getting is coming from the other side. I've often bristled at people who suggest Ouija Boards are dangerous, but dowsing, EVP, or automatic writing is perfectly safe. I don't personally understand the difference besides the medium being used. Talking Boards are a fascinating subject with a rich history in both popular culture and the occult. This month we're going to share our experiences, offer the pros and cons, and explore the subject a little deeper.
This month on Ghostvillage.com, we also have a new research project going on. Dr. Barry E. Taff, Jack Rourke, Pat Wheelock, and Dr. Andrew Nichols have put together a survey regarding paranormal experiences. Ghostvillage.com is proud to host this survey and help collect this important data. I'm hoping you'll take a few minutes to fill out the online questionnaire and help with this project.
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>>moses_the_boxer<< - member since October 21, 2006
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I will see spirits. I have always heard spirits, and it seems like at least since age 18, I have lived in at least three
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A Weird (Massachusetts) Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Beaman Memorial Public Library - West Boylston, Massachusetts - 6:30 PM - July 23, 2008
Beyond Reality Events: The Mount Washington Hotel Conference - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire - August 23-26, 2008
A Weird (Massachusetts) Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Pollard Memorial Library - Lowell, Massachusetts - 7:00 PM - October 16, 2008
A Haunted Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Bancroft Memorial Library - Hopedale, Massachusetts - 7:00 PM - September 17, 2008
MASS Monster Mash - Watertown, Massachusetts - October 18, 2008
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Tewksbury Public Library - Tewksbury, Massachusetts - 6:30 PM - October 27, 2008
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