Ouija Board Used as a Kid a Reason for Concern?

Hi everyone, I have been glued to this site for the past couple of hours, out of curiosity at first but now with some concerns.

I am 47 years old. Back in elementary school, around age 8-10, my best friend and I used her Ouija board a few times. I know we used it in her house, but can’t remember if it was used in my house (although I believe we must have since we lived next door and we had sleepovers all the time at both). I don’t have ANY significant memories of using the Ouija board, but I do have strong memories of feeling terrified that something was following me through our finished basement in that house. It was also where we always had our sleepovers.

My dad had divided the space into 3 separate areas, with the laundry area in the very back (this was a walk-out basement, so there were 2 windows and a sliding glass door – not dark or full of cobwebs). I was never afraid if other people were with me, in fact I don’t think I ever thought about it. But if I had to go down there to get laundry or something from the storage area, I ALWAYS felt like there was ‘something’ down there with me. I never heard or saw anything that would prompt the feeling, I just knew that the fear would start to build, and by the time I reached the stairs to go up I was running/scrambling to get up the stairs to get away from whatever was following/chasing me.

The house was built in 1970, and we moved in when I was 7, in 1971, so I never thought it could be ‘haunted’ in any way. As an adult I have no fear of basements, and my husband and I have owned 5 houses in 25 years of marriage. I only experienced the terror in that house, and it continued until I left for college. Was this all in my head? I have had a beautiful life, but my best friend’s mother died when she was 14, a sister tried to commit suicide, she and her 3 sibs all had failed marriages… probably just a coincidence but…

Sorry this is so lengthy. I have never discussed this before with anyone, but just typing it made me break into a cold sweat remembering the fear. Maybe a psychologist is in order? I don’t know if it matters, but I am a follower of Jesus Christ and have an unwavering faith in God, but I also have always had an interest in the ghost/spirit/paranormal world.

Thanking you in advance for any insight you can give.

Asked by LN

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  1. Hello LN,

    It’s very easy to frighten ourselves with memories of the past. Our minds distort images, events and feelings over time. Something that was only mildly painful when it happened, could be expanded to life shattering, if we allow it to be by constantly mulling it over. We are all capable of doing this.

    I am very sorry about all the things that happened to your friend, losing their mother at such a young age could really mess up a family, but I don’t think it was related to the ouija board experiences. I would think your friend would have told you about any ghostly, or more unusual experiences that happened in the house when you were growing up, if it had been. And you don’t live in your old house anymore, so if there was a gate there, opened by the ouija, its not where you are now.

    The ouija doesn’t always cause problems, but it is not something to be played with (and I mean that literally). Some people never experience anything nasty, but far more people do.

    Don’t let your mind turn your experience into a phobia. It might be a good idea to go and talk out that fear with a psychologist, to get to the root of it .. which might have absolutely nothing to do with the ouija at all. The ouija might simply be the cover that hides a whole different issue.

    Love & Peace
    Ama Nazra (listed below under Friends)

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