Friday, October 4, 2013
Have You Ever Bought Home Haunted Thrift Store Finds? My Ghost Story...
Do you believe in ghosts? I'm still undecided, even after a "ghost" encounter the summer I was 17. I was spirited away to a friend-of-a-friend's house to experiment with the supernatural. We performed our séance at her parent's house, a cozy traditional two story trick house on its own isolated lot of shady pine trees. My best friend Marianne, her cousin Krizia, the new-to-me Clairvoyant girl (we'll call her "Alice") and I gathered in the den and evoked the ceremony.
The OUIJA board was set out, in place of the included "planchette" to spell the words we used the a heavy down-turned drinking glass. Alice said an incantation resembling a prayer to "keep us safe", then the four of us gently placed only the very tips of our middle and pointer fingers of both hands on the glass and waited. Alice asked if anyone was there. "She" spoke.
This glass glided effortlessly across the board, answering our questions about her life. My skeptic brain still needed proof. I asked it questions no one there would know: what was I thinking, what was I doing that morning, where were my parents born? Each answer was spelled out with perfect accuracy. I wasn't moving the glass and it would have taken some magic skill to make the heavy glass glide like it was, so what did it?
Initially enchanted, Marianne and I borrowed the board and tried it at my house but we never got it to "speak" again. I started to research, Science-minded friends and individuals reported it could have been a physic movement or unknown-to-us involuntary movement. The closest scientific explanation is the "Ideomotor Effect" which claims the Ouija Board works by causing users to reflexively respond to the questions without being aware that they're moving, but I don't completely buy it. If I was the one moving it (and I'd have to be, because no one else there knew answers to those questions) how the hell did I move a very heavy glass without knowing it? I've tried to move a similar heavy down turned drinking glass by barely touching it with four finger tips and it doesn't work. Curious and curiouser.
The OUIJA whimsy stopped when stories, testimonials, and friends introduced the possibility that it wasn't benevolent spirits we contacted but malevolent demons posing as kind ghosts, waiting to strike. I was raised Roman Catholic, I'm not religious anymore but just typing that gives me chills. There are certain beliefs you just can't shake being creeped-out by, Science-Be-Damned. The Ouija Board was promptly removed from the house and I've never allowed one into my residence since. I would not feel comfortable alone at night in a house with a Ouija Board. Nope. No!
I've had a lifelong fascination with the horror genre and the occult, I steer clear of anything crazy for the most part but now I'm feeling morbidly curious again. I think I may find another Ouija Board and explore some haunted places like a fool. If posts suddenly stop this October...I guess I'll be with you in "spirit"!
So gather round the campfire my friend and tell me your ghost story. Thrift or non-thrift related, I wanna know!