One of my most vivid childhood memories is hearing about my grandmother’s experience with a Ouija Board. While attending boarding school in India, the story goes, one of her classmates set a board on a table in the cafeteria. Seconds later, the table elevated and moved across the room.
BWAH HA HA!!!
To me, this ranked right up there with creepy ghost stories told around campfires and Stephen King movies I wasn’t supposed to be watching. (Uh, sorry, Mom!) (She was right about the nightmares.)
“It was the devil!” I was told of the floating board. Evil spirits spoke through them, and God forbid we play with one at a slumber party… Let’s just say our lives would never be the same. *envisions Exorcist head spin*
Little did I know then that I’d one day befriend a fabulous writer and matchmaker whose work in the Divine involves Ouija Boards—which are technically called “talking boards,” I’ve learned. Marla Martenson doesn’t use them for evil, but for good. She uses them to talk to angels.
Marla joined me on Girl Boner® Radio the other week to discuss her latest memoir, The Buddha Made Me Do It, and spiritual experiences that just might blow your mind. We talked about therapeutic leeches, bamboo lashing and other mystical adventures she’s had in the name of leading a fuller and more enlightened life.
I thought you all might enjoy learning more about Ouija Boards, and Marla was kind enough to answer a few more questions, blog-style. Check out her answers, and listen to our chat on iTunes or below.
YOU GUYS! SHE SERIOUSLY BROUGHT A BOARD IN TO TALK TO ANGELS DURING THE SHOW! It was an utterly delightful and unique experience I can’t wait for you all to hear.
Talking boards have a pretty creepy reputation. Why is this?
Hollywood gave The Ouija Board it’s demonic reputation when they featured it in the film, “The Exorcist.” I like what my my friend, Ouijaologist, Karen A. Dahlman says about this:
“There are so many ridiculous and ludicrous stories, legends and lore surrounding the Ouija Board, also known as a Talking Board, and its use. I can understand one’s paralysis around using such a tool after repeatedly hearing the folklore. However, if you feel ‘good’ about using one, you will have good experiences. It’s when we fear this tool, thus PROJECT our own internal stuff upon it (the fears, doubts, stories we’ve been fed, everyone else’s projections about it), we will more than likely get such experiences. It’s kind of like succumbing to a mass hysteria—a collective hypnosis!”
How do you feel they’re best used?
The board is just a tool, like any divination tool. The outcome in using the board will depend on your belief and energy. I have always had amazing experiences using the board, and I delight in connecting with my angels, Murth and Thomas. I have a few friends who also use the board with great precision getting wonderful messages of love and insight. I guess I am fortunate in a way that I didn’t grow up with any religion, so I don’t have any preconceived ideas about how things are or should be. I have no fear in diving deep and connecting with the other side.
I loved what you shared in our interview about cultivating self-love. How can talking boards help in this area?
The magical messages of love that my angels impart to me on the board assure me that I am beautiful, special, loved and important to this world. When we take the time to connect to not only our spirit/higher self, but our angels who guide us and watch over us, we realize just how truly magnificent we are.
What about in our love lives and relationships? Any particular uses you’d recommend?
I think that any spiritual self development is great for confidence and self esteem, however, there are many skeptics and you just might be labeled a loon. As a matchmaker, I wouldn’t suggest a woman talking about Ouija Boards, astrology, channeling, or aliens on a first date. Many men aren’t open to this type of thing and will go running for the hills. I started all of this after many years of marriage. My husband loves me to pieces but thinks I am in “fantasyland” when it comes to my belief in angels and occult interests.
What do you say to skeptics who think talking boards are a bunch of hoo-ha?
In our society, we are taught that the only thing that’s real is what we can see with our physical eyes. We also tend to believe things that we heard second hand or from the media or Hollywood hype. If one was to research the history of talking boards, and really find out where they originated, it might open the door to accepting it. But everyone has the right to their own opinion, and if a person is afraid, they shouldn’t use it.
Isn’t Marla fab? Stream our Girl Boner® interview on iTunes or below.
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Have you used a Ouija Board? Do you believe in angels? What did you think of our chat? I’d love to hear from you.