POP02 - Ouiji

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This is a continuation of the POP (Power of Prophecy or Problems of Prophecy) series that I am presenting, in which I am sharing some of my own experiences in that field of search.

I had long researched in this area when my wife and I had occasion to stay overnight with friends on our way to Hollywood where I was to see my book agent.

While our hostess was preparing supper I took down one of a large number of 3 ring binder volumes that were on a shelf above the sofa on which we were sitting. There were numerous typed accounts with dates and names of great numbers of sessions with individuals.

Therein I read a dialog with a particular individual, in which it was foretold that he would die in an airplane accident. Hmmm, said I, to myself. Taking the volume I went out to the kitchen and addressed my hostess.

    "What are these?", said I. "Oh, those are Ouiji Board readings", said she. "But we don't do them anymore", she continued.
(Knowing that I would know that it was dis-recommended by her current religion.)
    "Hmmm", said I, "Would you happen to remember whatever happened to this particular individual?"

    "Oh, he was killed in an airplane accident", said she.

I continued ---
    "Really? That is what it says here will happen to him! I have often heard of Ouiji Boards but I have never seen one. Do you still have one?"

      "Yes", she replied, "But we don't use it anymore".

    "Well, I would like to see how it is done."

      "Okay, I can show you after supper, but we won't do it ourselves, because like I said, we don't do it anymore."
(More philosophical discussion about its use and accuracy and then after supper my wife and I sit down with the Board between us, and direction from our host and hostess from across the room.)

    "Put you hands on the device. Have your wife put her hands on yours. Say a prayer and call on the name of a Spirit Guide".

(I called upon the name of a well known Spiritual Leader, I might say a prophet (with a small p) that had ascended into the next world.)

    "Now, start asking questions".

      "Where are we going?"

    (To my surprise the device began to spell out a word).
        SALEM.

(Now that was ridiculous. I knew there was a Salem Massachusetts and a Salem in the Carolinas where they had burned the witches, but we were in Utah and headed West. The OPPOSITE direction. So, how in the world was I going to end up in Salem? I asked.)

    "How are we going to get there?"

      BY THE NORTHERN ROUTE.

(More ridiculous still. So it thought we were going to Massachusetts, but we were heading for Hollywood by the Southern route. I was now ready to reject this non-sense, so I asked a sarcastic question.

    "Does this thing really work?"

      YES, BUT YOU DON'T NEED IT.

(And so we had a good laugh about it and put the silly thing away).

Less than two weeks later, through a very odd set of events, we ended up without any choice in Salem, Oregon that I didn't even previously know to exist.

I took the VERY GOOD ADVICE (knowing the Source) and never used such a thing again.

In previous years, I had read books about phrenology, palm reading, tea leaf reading, crystal ball gazing and so forth, but this was my only personal experience or experimentation.

The problem with these things (and other things like drugs and channeling) is that they work - in the beginning. But eventually they lead you down a wrong path of dependence and ineffectuality.

I could go into much more detail about these matters, along with other subjects such as Brain Washing Deprogramming and a variety of other phenomena but that is not the purpose of this presentation.

Common sense will tell you, if you look upon abusers of these phenomena (any use is abuse) that their practitioners benefit no more than alcoholics do from alcohol.

Practicing alcoholics BELIEVE they benefit from alcohol, as fortune tellers believe they benefit from fortune telling, but you only need to look at the quality of their lives. If they could really derive such benefits as they claim, they would pick the winning lottery tickets, or at least good investments in the stock market, and would live a much different lifestyle from than that in which one usually finds them in.

I only report this incident to you that you may know that I have traveled all these avenues.

Today I know many people, personally, who are dependent on astrology, channeling and such. I now have a large accumulation of evidence that it is not beneficial.

It is like trying alcohol or drugs. If you never take the first drink you will never become addicted. But like with smoking, it may be hard to get started, but it is a lot harder to stop. So, just don't do it.