Folks, let’s all follow Ken on Twitter!
“I was fat, broke and stupid. Then I started following Ken on Twitter. Today I am rich, thin and enjoy a razor-sharp intellect. Thanks for the Tweets, Ken!” — Harold Grimm (Deceased)
Folks, let’s all follow Ken on Twitter!
“I was fat, broke and stupid. Then I started following Ken on Twitter. Today I am rich, thin and enjoy a razor-sharp intellect. Thanks for the Tweets, Ken!” — Harold Grimm (Deceased)
Canadian psychologist Frederick Aardema has written an incredibly fascinating book about the OBE, or our-of-body experience. I think I have read every book on the subject written over the past century, starting with C.W. Leadbeater’s THE ASTRAL PLANE published in 1895.
With Aardema’s book we finally have a solid academic who is applying a scientific approach that is not purely a skeptical-debunking effort, but actually a very open-minded approach in which Aardema documents dozens of his own OBE journeys which are completely thrilling.
Aardema seems willing to admit that the OBE is a real, objective event, and not merely a “brain-only” event. He is open to the idea that consciousness is non-local — anyway, here is my review of: EXPLORATIONS IN CONSCIOUSNESS.
The paranormal is “…beset by True Believers (‘They must be, therefore they are!’)and True Unbelievers (‘They can’t be, therefore they aren’t!’) Rare are those who pursue evidence wherever it may lead, no matter how the results may square with their cherished hopes and dreams. Ironically, both the TBists and the TUists see themselves as champions of objective analysis and critical thinking, when in fact they are defenders of their respective faiths and, not incidentally, their egos.” – Karl Pflock
In a corner of my attic are stacked more than a dozen dusty cardboard boxes crammed with notebooks. The notebooks are filled front to back with thousands of handwritten entries which are the transcripts of more than 45 years of Ouija Board sessions.
The sessions were conducted by a dogged seeker of communication with ghosts, entities and bizarre, sentient life forms from “the other side,” or just “elsewhere.”
That seeker is me.
I included the word “Lost” for the title of this book because most of the records in those boxes almost never see the light of day once they are filled and filed away. I forget about them. Thus, in a sense, they get “lost” in my attic.
With this book, all that will change. The “vault” has been opened! Why now? I’ll explain that later.
The reason I took pains to record all my Ouija sessions was not so much because I wanted them preserved for my personal history, but rather, because I discovered that making a transcript on paper was part of the process that makes Ouija channeling work. The presence of a third person taking notes while two others are working the Ouija produces a session more fruitful and productive.
A session recorder adds a certain “energy” to the room, even though this person never touches the board. I also discovered that not all Ouija session recorders are created equal. Some people who take notes somehow stimulate better Ouija sessions than others.
The same goes for the people who actually put their hands to the board. Over the years, I have had amazing results working with some people, while with others, that special necessary chemistry just wouldn’t materialize. When I paired with a partner with whom I failed to resonate, the planchette might struggle to find a few letters, sputter, stall, or never get going at all.
By the way, I am using the term “planchette” for what some people call the “oracle.” This is the heart-shaped or teardrop-shaped pointer object upon which the fingers are rested lightly. The planchette moves along atop the Ouija board selecting letters to spell out words. Planchette is the more traditional term, and probably more internationally known, so that’s the term I will use.
I used the term “oracle” for most of my life because that is what the implement was called in those standard Ouija boards sold by Parker Brothers in dime stores,(back when there were dime stores, you know, such as Woolworth’s or Ben Franklin.)
Incidentally, the most common commercially produced Ouija board has long been sold by Parker Brothers, and this company is in turn owned by the giant toy maker Hasbro. As far as I know, Parker Brothers still owns all the trademarks and patents for the Ouija board, which it purchased in 1966 from William Fuld, Inc.
I mention this because one of the primary charges made by skeptics against the legitimacy of the Ouija board is that it’s “just a toy made by Parker Brothers.” Hundreds of people in online forums also frequently say, “It’s a toy made by Mattel!” but I don’t believe that Mattel carries its own version of the Ouija board –– which, again, is now trademarked by Parker Brothers.
The point is: I will demonstrate later in this book exactly why this “It’s-just-a-toy” charge is not valid criticism of the Ouija board as a useful tool. The Ouija board can be a toy, certainly, but it can also be something much more.
I’ll also be discussing other aspects of the history and mechanics of the Ouija board later, including why the Ouija board works, and why I believe it is, to use a loaded term: “real.”
Most of the book, however, will be the transcripts of my communications with the seemingly unlimited number of strange entities which inhabit the vast “Ocean of Consciousness” that is our universe, or perhaps more accurately, the “Multiverse.” We co-inhabit this Multiverse with an amazing array of other entities, or to borrow a term from NASA physicist Tom Campbell, “Individuated Units of Consciousness.”
As human beings, we are Individuated Units of Consciousness. But as I will show you, we are not alone. There are other Individuated Units of Consciousness out there, but not all of them are human. Some where never incarnated as human beings, but have had lives as other life forms on other planets, or they never had a physical reality existence at all.
I also will be introducing you from time to time in these pages to what I call my “A Team” for Ouija work — myself, and my friend Brian, who is autistic and has frequently worked the Board with me, and Darcy, perhaps best Ouija Session recorder I have had in four decades.
However, over the years, I have conducted Ouija sessions with all kinds of people in my travels and the different locations I have lived — from my college days to moving and living in various cities as I pursued my career as a journalist.
But before I get too far ahead of myself, let me start at the beginning.
A LIFE-TIME HOBBY IS BORN
When I was seven or eight years old, in 1967, my four siblings and I received an Ouija Board as a gift from our mother. Mom was a devout Catholic, but she knew nothing about what an Ouija Board represented to so many other people. She knew nothing of its nefarious reputation. She assumed that because it was sold at Woolworth’s in the toy section, and that the Ouija was a Parker Brothers product, it was merely a fun game for kids.
And so it was!
I know many readers may be horrified that a family of innocent children were not only allowed to play with an instrument considered by many to be a powerful doorway to unspeakable evil — and that this “demon summoning” device was also placed into the hands of children by their own God-fearing, Polish-American-Catholic mother!
But the malevolent reputation of the Ouija board is absolute nonsense.
These superstitions and false belief systems are gleefully promoted by religious fundamentalist types and Hollywood.
Certain brands of Christians — I don’t lump all Christians together — but certain fundamentalist kinds of Christians — actually love the idea that the Ouija board might be a Demonic Doorway, and that is ever-ready to lead a few bumbling saps to satanic possession.
Promoting this idea helps instill and nurse the fears some groups think they need to keep their flocks in line.
In more than 45 years of working with Ouija board, I have never had any problems with demons, evil spirits, possession, poltergeist activity, bad luck or any other dark forces invading my life.
(Note: Have I ever communicated with demons on the Ouija? The short answer is yes, and I will present the first of those transcripts in the next chapter. As I will demonstrate, there are ways to handle these “troublesome” entities. But are they truly demons? Stay tuned).
Even so, way back in the day, my siblings were innocent kids with fresh souls easy for the picking, yet the Ouija board was never anything more than a source of lighthearted fun for all of us.
I assure you, now in my fifties, my soul remains thoroughly intact, my soul is under my complete control, and my soul is certified-uninfected by demonic forces.
During those first Ouija sessions as children, we didn’t try to contact specific spirits or entities. We just weren’t sophisticated enough to think that way.
We lived in a small northern Minnesota farming town with a population of 700 people. My mom and dad owned a small grocery story on Main Street. We all lived in an apartment attached to the back of the store. Our home was humble, a bit cramped with five children, but nice. A doorway in the living room led right into a warehouse behind the grocery store.
The grocery store was the center of my mom and dad’s existence. It provided a good living for our family. My four siblings and I worked in the store after school and on weekends. It was a family run business, to be sure. We were comfortably middle class in terms of what it meant to be “middle class” in a tiny northern Minnesota town where perhaps 98 percent of everyone was more or less inhabiting the same economic plane. That was my perception, anyway.
It was the mid-to-late-1960. Our contact with the outside world was not significant, although we certainly were not isolated from what was going on nationally and globally. After all, we had a television, although we only could tune in a couple of snowy local channels. We had radio, read newspapers and books. (I and one of my brothers read a lot of books. My parents did not read books).
Yes, we were informed, but we were not exposed to much occult stuff, and definitely not any of the New Age influences which were beginning to emerge in the 1960s.
Sure, special people such as Jane Roberts in New York was already developing the Seth Material — Roberts began channeling the disincarnate entity “Seth” in 1963 when I was four/five years old. Robert Monroe was already deeply engrossed in blowing the lid off out-of-body travel in Virginia in the 1960s, publishing his first OBE BOOK, “Journeys Out of Body” in 1971.
But this kind of esoteric activity might just as well been happening on the planet Neptune from my vantage point, a child of a tiny Minnesota community. I am certain that no one in my family had even heard of such figures as the long-famous “Sleeping Prophet” Edgar Cayce. My mom and dad simply were not informed along these avenues, and neither were I or my siblings.
Certainly our Catholic upbringing informed us about Satan, hell, demons, evil — and the opposite, angels, saints, the Holy Spirit, and all that — but as far as I was concerned, these were abstract concepts.
My mother was unaware of any connections between and Ouija board and Satanic influences. As I said, mom assumed it was just another Parker Brother’s toy. As for our dad — he was absolutely 100 percent oblivious to any of his children’s activities. I’m not even sure if he knew what our names were.
Anyway, when we “played” the Ouija board, we were unencumbered by parental sanction, pro or con, or sundry outside influences. We innocently addressed our questions directly to “The Ouija Board” and hoped for interesting answers. We came at the Ouija with minds wide open and fresh with youth and uncontaminated.
The fact that we were free of preconceived notions and expectations is probably part of the reason we were granted incredibly interesting, often tantalizing responses to our Ouija questions.
As we get older and our minds becomes more convoluted, complex and weighed down with pre-packaged belief systems, it becomes more difficult to allow what is essentially “channeled information” flow. (More on the role of expectations later in the book).
Common questions we might ask the Ouija in those early days were, “How old will I be when I die?” Or, “Will I ever get married?” Or, “Is there life on other planets?”
The Ouija was always quick with unexpected answers for questions like these. For example, one of the first questions I asked the Ouija was: “How old will I be when I die?” — a perfectly natural question for an 8-year-old to ask, I suppose.
The Ouija not only had an answer for me, but supplied plenty specifics as it made its prediction about my death.
It told me that I would die at the age of 41. The natural follow-up question was: “What will I die from?” The Ouija said that I would be killed in a knife fight with “a street wino.”
GAK! Say what?
When you get a strange answer like that, more questions quickly form in one’s mind, such as: “How did this knife fight come about?”
The Ouija had a smooth reply for everything. It also was ready to supply as much, and more, detail than we could have possible wanted.
As for my future life and death, the Ouija weaved a complex and creative scenario:
The Ouija said that I would enter the U.S. Navy at age 18 and rise to the rank of admiral. After leaving the Navy, however, I would develop a severe drinking problem which would ruin my career and life. I would squander my lofty military rank, and proceed to tumble down a fast decline into a life boozing, eventually landing on the streets as “a wino.” (Note: The term homeless was not in popular use at that time, and the terms the Ouija used were things like “bum” and “street wino.”)
The Ouija Board said that I would eke out my existence on the mean streets of inner-city Detroit. My fall in social status obviously would be steep: From Navy admiral to a life of digging through filthy trash cans. I would be looking for junk to sell for small change, said the Ouija.
The Ouija also added this peculiar aside:
It said that before I devolved into mucking through garbage, I had a relatively good thing going as a street bum: I stood on a corner with a tin can and/or small box filled with pencils, which I sold to passersby. The pencils sold for $4 each. We considered this price for pencils to be unusually high so we asked the Ouija board how this could be so.
It said: “You tell everyone that the pencils are World War II surplus.”
We asked: “Where do I (my future self) get the pencils?”
Ouija: “You steal them from your cousin’s variety store.”
We asked: “So they were not really World War II surplus pencils?”
We asked: “What cousin of ours lives in Detroit?”
Ouija: “It is the cousin of your third ex-wife.”
We asked: “You mean I was divorced three times?”
Ouija: “Your drinking ruined three marriages.”
We asked: “What did I do with the money I received from selling $4 pencils?”
Ouija: “You spent it all on alcohol.”
The Ouija said that my street-corner pencil scam came to an abrupt end when my third ex-wife’s cousin caught me stealing pencils in his variety store and banned me from the premises for life. It was then that I switched to sifting through garbage for items I could sell for pennies, all of which I used to buy cheap wine.
My death would come about when a fellow wino became angry with me for butting into his “street territory.” The Ouija board said that my assailant knifed me to death after an argument inside a neon sign shop which we had both entered to get warm on a cold winter afternoon.
Of course, none of this came true.
I didn’t die at age 41, I never served in the Navy. I didn’t even become a heavy drinker. I’ve been married only once, and still am married to the same lovely woman today. But this colorful story, complete with unexpected details was peculiar indeed! How did this Ouija thing work? Where was it coming up with all of these creative answers?
It made us eager to see what the Ouija would say next.
During those first early sessions (which we did not write down, so I’m recalling these first forays into Ouija information by memory) we also asked the Ouija Board when my younger brother, age six, would die. Again, the Ouija was ready with a tall tale.
It said my little brother would die at age 18 from, of all things, radiation poisoning.
Here again, it was the creative details that came across the board that made the story unusually captivating.
Question: “How is it that my brother would suffer radiation poisoning?”
The Ouija said he would get a job right after high school as a garbage man, and that someone would illegally unload radioactive material into an industrial trash container. My brother would get exposed to this during his job as a sanitation worker and die.
We asked where this event would take place, the Ouija board spelled out “Monticello, Minnesota.”
(Note: In retrospect, this is intriguing since the city of Monticello is the location of a nuclear power plant today. The plant came online in 1971. It probably would have been under construction at the time of our Ouija session. As children, we had no knowledge of a nuclear plant in Monticello, especially before it was completed).
Once again, despite the interesting confluence with the Monticello nuclear plant, the story of my brother’s death turned out to be another heap of Ouija baloney. My brother never became a garbage man, and never had contact with deadly radiation. My brother is still very much among the living today, and well past his 18th birthday.
But consider how odd this is. I mean, take the story of my future death in a Detroit neon sign shop. We lived in a small farming community in a remote corner of northern Minnesota. We hardly ever traveled more than 30 or 40 miles from our little town. The nearest city of some size was 45 miles away, and its population was about 6,000. The closest “big city” was Minneapolis some 300 miles to the south.
None of us had ever been to Detroit, we knew no one from or in Detroit, and it was unlikely as children we would have thought of something as colorful as getting knifed in an inner-city street brawl — and in a neon sign shop to boot!
So, right from the beginning, there was the sense for me that there was something more to the Ouija board than merely a “game.” On the other hand, none of us never afforded the Ouija any credit for possessing any true power. We just didn’t think about it that way.
Was my green eight-year-old mind troubled by the bleak future of alcoholism, poverty and death the Ouija had mapped out for me?
Not in the least!
I thought it was strange and fun. Back then, the age of 41 seemed like a million years away. So what if I died in that distant future?
Incidentally, although I said our mother considered the Ouija a whimsical game for kids, that doesn’t mean she was an “anything goes” kind of mom. The truth is, our mother soon learned to disapprove when we asked morbid questions about our own deaths. She would often chastise us, shouting:
“Stop asking questions like that!”
We weren’t worried, though. We thought the answers the board gave us were not only hilarious, but amazingly imaginative. When we had question which we believed our mother might find objectionable, we were careful to move to a more private location for our Ouija sessions, such as a bedroom with a closed door.
Interestingly, among the five of us children, we tried a number of combinations working the board, but it worked best by far when it was when myself and oldest brother at the controls. In fact, any other combination hardly worked at all. I later discovered that one of my best friends from the neighborhood also made for very productive Ouija sessions when he and I worked together.
Sometimes we would get into arguments, accusing each other of moving the planchette purposefully. We’d shout at each other:
“You’re moving this thing!” and,
“I swear I’m not! I think you’re moving it!” and,
“I tell you, I’m not the one moving it!”
Thus, to make sure neither my brother nor I were cheating, we began the practice of one of us being blindfolded. We would take turns at this. With one of us blindfolded, we found that the Board moved sometimes moved even faster and became even more creative in its answers — at other times, it would be stymied.
We tried working the board with both users blindfolded — and this didn’t work at all. Of course, most people, the so-called skeptics, will quickly pounce on this as proof that the Ouija is nothing more than a clever parlor game … but not so fast.
Much later, I would learn that the fact that the Ouija does not work when both people are blindfolded proves nothing.
As I will argue later in this book — the double-blindfold test is actually irrelevant. It is not “proof” that Ouija information is an artifact of the subconscious mind. That’s because removing the ability of the players to see the letters of Ouija board does not address the true nature of the “mechanics” of this kind of channeling tool.
I’m going to leave this subject for now because I will discuss it thoroughly in a later chapter — but let me repeat — that fact that two players cannot work the Ouija while blindfolded is in no way a satisfactory explanation to discount the information that comes across an Ouija board. See Chapter 14).
After a few sessions of one person blindfolded, we abandoned the practice as unnecessary. We were less interested in applying scientific rationalism to playing with the Ouija board than we were in continuing to get fun and wacky information from “The Other Side.”
It wasn’t long before our Ouija board communications began to expand beyond our routine “what’s-my-future-forecast” kind of questions. Even more importantly, the Ouija board occasionally began to spontaneously change the direction of our sessions, as if it had a mind of its own — much to our surprise.
During one session, for example, we were asking the Board random questions about our future lives when a “dead man” by the name of Hal Witzman suddenly interrupted our explorations.
Out of the blue, the board started spelling, “Let me talk to you … let me talk to you …”
Again, up to that point, we had always addressed the Ouija Board as if it were talking only to “The Ouija Board.” So when the Board started spelling “Let me talk to you,” we were initially baffled. Of course, it was only natural to ask, “Who are you?”
That’s when we made contact with our first “spirit” or “dead person.” This is something we had not intended, but which happen spontaneously. It was as if some “Other Force” decided it was time to barge into our childish Ouija shenanigans whether we were ready for it, or not.
As it turns out, subsequent questioning revealed that the “party” that was spelling out, “Let me talk to you…” was a spirit who identified itself as Mr. Hal Witzman.
As it happens, we knew who this was. Hal Witzman was a retired plumber in our small town, but he had died a couple of years earlier. We all knew Mr. Witzman when he was alive. I’m sure he had been to our home and fixed a leaky pipe or two over the years. At any rate, everyone in a small town knows everyone else.
Even so, we were surprised that Mr. Witzman now desired to speak to us from beyond the grave! Why him and why now? How strange!
Whatever the case, we were thrilled. We were about to speak to our first ghost!
Of course, we were simple-mined children, and so our questions for poor dead Mr. Witzman were deplorably naive. For example, we asked him things like, “What’s it like in your grave?”
And Mr. Witzman answered something like: “It’s cold and lonely.”
Here again I am relying on memory because this was before I began the practice of writing things down. But our interrogation of Mr. Witzman’s ghost started out something like this:
Question: “Did you go to heaven or hell?”
Mr. Witzman: “I never went to either place.”
Question: “Is your spirit just floating around on earth, then?”
Mr. Witzman: “Sometimes I am here, sometimes I am not.”
Question: “Do you stay by your grave?”
Mr. Witzman: “Sometimes.”
This line of questioning quickly went stale, and we grew bored with it. Unfortunately, this prompted us to ask the deceased plumber some rather lippy, insolent questions.
For example, we asked him if he felt that he had wasted his life toiling away as a small-town plumber, and did he wish that he had done something more interesting with his life.
The ghost of Mr. Witzman, reasonably, was nettled by this question, and he said something like:
“You children should have more respect for your elders!”
To which we replied:
“But you are no longer our elder. You’re dead!”
Understandably, Mr. Witzman grew angry at our cheeky response. From beyond the grave, Mr. Witzman began insulting our father, whom he called a “prune peddler.”
This prune peddler comment was a swipe at my dad’s occupation as owner of our town’s primary grocery store.
Our insult exchange only began to escalate after he besmirched our father.
For example, we told Mr. Witzman that his wife of 40 years had remarried within six months of his death, and that she had never once visited his grave.
(Note: All of which was true, by the way. The widowed Mrs. Witzman wasted no time in latching onto a local dairy farmer, whom she married just six months after the funeral of her husband).
This information infuriated the dead plumber!
Mr. Witzman began to threaten us. He promised that we “little rat children” would get another good night’s sleep because he was going to haunt us from the grave.
We had a good laugh at this.
My brother asked him: “Are you going to come into our bedrooms at night rattling your pipe wrenches and toilet snakes?”
This caused the ghost of Mr. Witzman to go frothy with rage, prompting graceless, even filthy language to be spelled across the board. You can imagine how were scandalized we were when Mr. Witzman parsed out a four-letter word beginning with the letter “F” follow by “you!”
But we also thought this was hilarious. Our mother didn’t think it was so funny when she got wind of it, however. She thought it gruesome and morbid that we were talking to the ghost a former resident of our humble community, and that we were mocking him while also trading nasty barbs and purple language.
When the salty remarks started piling up, mom took the board away from us for a while. We were forbidden to conjure up the dead plumber again.
Still, the Mr. Witzman episode made us realize that there were probably an unlimited amount of dead people, and maybe even other types of entities that we could contact and have fun with from “The Other Side.”
So perhaps this would be a good juncture in my narrative to share with you one of the first actual transcribed entries from The Lost Ouija Board Files.
It’s among the more interesting exchanges we conducted in those early years with a local person from our community who had passed on, but whom we were able to conjure with the Ouija board.
DEATH THREATS FROM THE GRAVE
First some background: The year was 1968, I was approaching age nine. I had been using the Ouija regularly for about a year, or so. It was a lovely summer day, and my brother, a year older at age 10, and some friends from the neighborhood were noodling around with the Ouija.
In this session we sought contact with a dead man whom I’ll call Tiny Smyth.
Actually, Tiny was his real (and ironic) nickname when he was alive because he was an enormous guy — meaning he was seriously overweight. He was fat. For the record, be advised that “Smyth” was not his real surname name. It would be neither polite nor sensitive to reveal his actual name even on the small chance that local people in my tight-knit community might still remember him, even though he has been gone for more than 60 years now.
Also, please remember that we were kids (little brats), and thus the rather naive tone of the questions and exchange. So here is the session, from my records. I am adding some commentary from the present based on my memory of the event. For your convenience, all replies as spelled out by the Ouija board will be printed in ALL CAPS.
Opening statement: Dear Ouija board, we are seeking communication with the dead soul of Tiny Smyth who passed away about five years ago. Will Tiny Smyth speak with us? Are you there, Tiny?
(Note: The planchette began moving briskly across the board, choosing letters, spelling out words).
ANSWER: WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Question: Do we speak with the spirit of Tiny Smyth?
ANSWER: YES. LEAVE ME ALONE.
Question: We just want to ask you a few questions. What is it like to be dead?
ANSWER: YOU KIDS BETTER LEARN SOME GOD-DAMNED RESPECT FOR YOUR ELDERS!
Question: You are no longer our elder. You are dead. Are you in heaven or hell?
QUESTION: GO TO HELL.
Question: We’re probably not as close as you are. Why are you so cranky? Are you suffering in the afterlife?
ANSWER: LEAVE ME ALONE.
Question: We just want to ask you some questions. We are curious about what it is like to be dead. Are you still fat, or are you a weightless ghost now?
ANSWER: LITTLE BASTARDS. SHUT UP.
Question: Just tell us where you are. Are you in heaven, hell, or maybe in purgatory?
ANSWER: I AM GOING TO A POUND A RAILROAD SPIKE INTO KENNY’S BRAIN. THEN HE WILL KNOW WHAT’S IT’S LIKE IN THE AFTERLIFE.
(Note: There was delighted laughter all around. We obviously thought this was rather funny. Note that when I was a boy, everyone called me “Kenny.”)
QUESTION (BY OUR FRIEND TOM): How come you are going to spike Kenny? What about Mike? (Mike is my brother)
ANSWER: I’M GOING TO CHOKE HIM WITH A STRAP.
(Note: We all burst out laughing again).
Question: How are you going to do that? If you’re a ghost and you try to pick up a knife, won’t your hands just pass right through it?
ANSWER: I’M GOING TO MAKE YOUR MOTHER KILL ALL OF YOU IN YOUR SLEEP.
Question: Our mother threatens to kill is all the time. She never seems to get around to it. But, anyway, how are you going to get out mother to kill us?
ANSWER: I WILL IMPLANT A TAINT.
Question: A what? What do you mean?
ANSWER: A TAINT TO HER MIND.
Question: What will that do? How does it work?
ANSWER: YOU’LL FIND OUT AFTER YOUR MOTHER HAMMERS A SPIKE INTO YOUR SOFT BRAIN.
Question: Why will Kenny be spiked and Mike choked? Why the different methods?
ANSWER: I WANT TO HEAR ONE SQUEAL LIKE A PIG WHEN HE DIES.
Question: Who will squeal, the one that will be spiked in the brain, or the one being choked?
ANSWER: YOU’LL FIND OUT.
(Note: It went on this way for a while, until we finally waxed bored with what was a rather one-dimensional exchange with Tiny Smyth. We decided that we needed to know something more about him so we could maybe liven up the conversation.)
As it happens, our Uncle Benjamin was visiting our home at the time. Thus, we put the Ouija aside and went out to talk to our uncle, who, as it happens, once worked with Tiny Smyth at the fertilizer plant in town. We asked our uncle if he knew any stories about Tiny.
Our uncle was surprised by our question. He asked us: “Why on earth do you kids want to know about Tiny Smyth, of all people? He’s been dead for years!
We didn’t tell our uncle that we were communicating with the ghost of Tiny via the Ouija board. We only said that we had heard that he was an interesting character while alive, and that we wanted to hear a story about him. Our uncle, an easy going fellow who loved to chat, told us the following story:
“Well, now that you mention it, Tiny was a comical guy, that’s for sure. He wasn’t much of a ladies man. As far as I know, he had only one date in his life. He asked Charlotte (a secretary who worked at the creamery, which was just across the alley from our grocery store) to go out with him one time.
Charlotte was pretty, so everyone was amazed that she agreed to go out with him, but she did. Tiny was fat and sweaty all the time. And his car was a crummy old rusty Pontiac. In fact, he had to carry around a jar of gas in the car — he had to lift the hood and prime the carburetor with a few drops of gas every time he wanted to start it.
“Anyway,” my uncle continued, “Tiny picked her up on a Saturday evening with this rusty heap of a Pontiac. As they was driving through town, he told Charlotte that he needed to stop at the restaurant for a minute, and that she should wait for him in the car.
“So she waited in the car, and Tiny went into the restaurant. But that ‘minute’ Tiny said he would be inside soon turned into five minutes, then 10, then maybe 20 minutes.
Charlotte was understandably nettled waiting outside on the moldy seats of Tiny’s crummy old car. It probably reeked of fumes inside because he kept that jar of gas in the back seat. That’s the gas he needed that to prime his engine.
After 20 minutes, she went into the cafe to find out what had happened to him. When she got inside the restaurant, there — lo and behold! — she saw Tiny eating a steak dinner with all the trimmings!
While Charlotte had been cooling her jets outside in the car, Tiny was stuffing his face!”
We all laughed uproariously at this story. We asked if Charlotte and Tiny still went out on their date after that. Our Uncle said:
“Yes, he told me they went drove an hour-and-a-half to another town, bought a Coke, and then immediately turned around and drove home. It was a long drive, too; at least an hour-and-a-half. She never went out with him again. It was amazing his car made it.”
Armed with this bombshell new information about Tiny, we returned to the Ouija board about an hour later, and again called forth his spirit.
Question: We again seek communication with Tiny Smyth.
ANSWER: YOU HAVE NOT LEARNED YOUR LESSONS. YOU WILL DIE!
Question: But if you kill us, won’t your soul be cast into Hell, or are you there already?
ANSWER: SOON YOU WILL BE OVER HERE, AND THEN YOU WILL BE MINE.
Question: What will you do with us in the afterlife? You won’t be able to kill us again because we will already be dead, like you.
ANSWER: YOU’LL SEE.
Question: Will we be your slaves?
ANSWER: YOU WON’T HAVE IT THAT EASY.
Question: Why don’t you apply a taint to the mind of Harold Grimm?
(Note: Harold Grimm, not his real name, was the manager of the creamery, and so, Charlotte’s boss.)
The planchette suddenly stopped moving across the Ouija board. It almost seemed to us that Tiny Smyth was stunned into silence. So we prodded him again.
Question: Tiny, are you still there? What do you think of our plan to apply a killer taint to the mind of Harold Grimm?
(Note: Finally the planchette started moving again).
ANSWER: WHY WOULD I TAINT HAROLD GRIMM?
Question: Well, as you know, he’s Charlotte’s boss. And if you got him to kill Charlotte, then she could be in the afterlife with you, and maybe you could take her out on a wonderful date again.
(Note: There seemed an extended period of silence. Finally, the planchette began to move again).
ANSWER: YOU WILL SOON GARGLE YOUR OWN BLOOD, AND YOUR MOTHER WILL DO THE KILLING!
(Note: At this, we lost it and started laughing so hard we found it impossible to continue the Ouija session, and so we finally let Tiny Smyth rest in peace).
Later, however, after the fall of night, when the world just doesn’t seem as safe and cozy without the sun shining, we began to worry about Tiny Smyth’s threat to apply a murderous “taint” to the mind of our mother.
My brother and I discussed it. We decided we should take precautions.
Our plan was this:
In the wee hours of the morning, my brother and I would dig out our bottles of Holy Water, which we had received as gifts when we underwent the First Communion Sacrament in the Catholic Church.
Armed with our vials of blessed water, we would sneak into our mother’s bedroom at night, bless our mother by sprinkling her with the sacred juice, and thus provide her protection from any harmful forces from beyond the grave.
We waited until about 2:30 in the morning when we sure our mother would be deep asleep. Groping our bottles of Holy Water, we tip-toed through the hushed darkness of the living room of our house, entered our mother’s bedroom, where we found her in bed, sighing softly in slumber.
I opened up my bottle of Holy Water. I put some water in my hand and just shook some gentle droplets in my mother’s general direction.
Then my brother opened his bottle, and, using his own method, he gave the open end of the bottle a vigorous thrust toward my mother, sending a heavy stream of cold water right into her face!
My mother shrieked and bolted upright, shocked awake by a bracing splash of sanctified water, right in the kisser!
My brother and I charged out of the room. In the dark living room, running hard, I rammed myself into a piece of furniture, jamming the arm of the chair into my ribs. “OOFPH!” I fell backwards, losing a grip on my open bottle of Holy Water, sending it high into the air and clattering across the hardwood floor. Liquid blessings splashed everywhere!
The light snapped on.
There was my mother, standing over me looking down at me with murder in her eyes. My brother had since gained the bedroom I shared with him and was safely back inside with the door closed.
As I recall, the irony of the situation flooded immediately through my mind. Our original goal had been to bless our mother with holy water to prevent the murderous taint of Tiny Smyth from entering her mind — and now here she was, ready to throttle me for throwing cold water in her face while she slept.
I didn’t know what to expect, but she only shouted at me:
“I don’t even want to know! Go to bed!”
Grabbing my throbbing ribs, I hobbled off to bed, first glancing around for my bottle of Holy Water, but I quickly decided to leave it because I wanted to flee the scene as quickly as possible.
My brother and I spent a fretful night thinking about the punishment that awaited us in the morning.
But when morning came, our mother only greeted us with a mysterious smile. She said nothing about the incident of the night before. We thought she was toying with us, letting our minds stew with dread over the punishment that we felt was inevitable.
Finally, my brother couldn’t stand the suspense anymore, and so dared to at least broach the subject. He asked mom if she was still mad about the event of the night before. My mother said:
“Mad? Why should I be mad? For some reason, my boys were blessing me with Holy Water in the middle of the night. There can’t be anything wrong with that – should there be?”
There was a pregnant silence.
We looked away from our mother’s powerful gaze. My brother and I cast our eyes down at our shoes. A significant glance passed between us. Urgently wanting the tense moment to end, we sprinted for the screen door and escaped out into the morning summer sun. Later outside, riding our bikes, my brother said to me:
“Well, I guess the Holy Water worked.”
“Yeah,” I said.
We peddled our bikes through the streets of our small town, and continued until we were about a mile from city limits, riding the shoulder of Highway 32. Somehow, we ended up at the cemetery for Catholics. We got off our bikes and walked among the graves until we found the tombstone of Tiny Smyth.
We contemplated his grave for a few minutes. Without another word, we turned and peddled our bikes back into town.
* * *
So that’s just an example of the kind of Ouija experiences I encountered as a child. I could probably write an entire book on the small army of local small-town spooks we spoke with via the Ouija Board during those early days of my practice.
But I think the examples I presented from my early Ouija channeling efforts demonstrate why this strange hobby took hold as a lifetime interest.
It’s the stories!
True or false, there is no question for me that the Ouija is able to spin some incredible tales — that in itself is worthy of interest. Of course, this whole question of “true or false” — That is:
“Is the Ouija something that is ‘real’ and ‘legitimate’ or is it merely a parlor game that enable clever people to somehow come up with even more clever stories?
Be patient. These are actually complex questions. I’ll delve into them and hopefully provide some illuminating perspective, all in good time.
Incidentally, you may find is confusing or curious since I have already told you that the Ouija’s story about my death at age 41 turned out not to be true. You might think I’m a lunatic, then, to suggest or believe that anything the Ouija spells out is nothing more than nonsense and rot.
But that’s not what I have concluded.
Remember, I have been at this for some 47 years. Over the decades, I have come to conclude that Ouija information can be either true or untrue, sometimes legitimate, sometimes not — just like any information you receive from any information source in your daily life today.
You don’t believe everything you read, do you? You don’t believe everything you see on TV. You don’t believe everything the media tells you … and how about all that stuff on Internet? All the information you get there is hard fact and total truth … right?
I have come to understand that the information that comes across the board is every bit as reliable — and unreliable — as any other kind of information you receive from any source within your everyday life.
Keep in mind: The answers to the questions about what is real and not real are concepts that are far more complex than most people suppose. I will put off these issues for later chapters because, for now, I want to continue to roll out more of my transcripts.
That’s because I want readers to get a feel of the variety and scope of the kind of information I have received via Ouija channeling before I discuss some of the more technical, philosophical and thorny issues surrounding this subject … and, after all, the transcripts are just more interesting than theory!
Note: Chapter Two “The Kax Demon” follows in the next post …
CHAPTER TWO — DUELING WITH DEMONS
Ouija board channeling became truly fascinating for me when I began to gain contact with entities other than “dead people” or I should say, the spirits of dead people.
Most people think that all or most Ouija board contact are ghosts or demons. This has not been my experience. Yes, I have conversed with my share of spirits but vast majority of my contacts are with what I call “entities.”
The term “entity” is a good catch-all term for the endless variety of beings one can contact via the Ouija board. As I said in Chapter One, I also like Tom Campbell’s term, Individuated Units of Consciousness, or perhaps IUC, for short. So perhaps I will use both “entity” and “IUC” in coming pages.
I am going to introduce you to an amazing array of entities and IUCs — a selection of strange beings that are so, well, strange, you may entirely change your view of just what the Ouija board is all about. I hope you will expand your idea about “who” or “what” the Ouija can contact, and the highly innovative kinds of information it can produce.
But first — let’s deal with those demons.
I want to show you that even when you do connect with an entity that describes itself as a demon, the situation is not as bad as Hollywood movies and our religious leaders have led us to believe.
Rest assured, no one has to “play victim” to an Ouija board demon — if that’s even what they really are.
I don’t care if you conjure up Lucifer himself, the fact is, you as the Ouija board channeler always command the upper hand — the position of strength — when engaged in this form of communication.
The only way a “demon” can rattle you via the Ouija is if you approach the situation with fear. If you are afraid of demons or other evils forces, then you will naturally play into a scenario in which you perceive yourself as a victim. You may also do and say things that will make the situation a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy — but even that will ultimately be an illusion.
With this in mind, let me turn now to what I think is one of the most amazing Ouija board session I have ever conducted. It just so happens to involve so-called demon contact.
After presenting the following session transcript, I will offer additional discussion of the Ouija-demon issue which I hope will forever change the way you view these kinds of situations.
Remember that my session with Tiny Smyth (in Chapter One) took place when I was about nine years old — now I invite you to jump some 10 years ahead when I was age 18 or 19 and a freshman in college.
Yes, I had an Ouija board in my dorm room, and by this time, I had some 10 years of Ouija practice under my belt. In those 10 years, I had developed a bag of tricks for dealing with Ouija contacts of a wide variety.
Without further ado, here is how my first true “demon session” played out:
THE KAX DEMON
First, some background to the session:
The year was 1977, and I was a freshman housed in a 14-floor dormitory at a state university in the city of Moorhead, Minnesota, which is the sister city just across the Red River where lies Fargo, North Dakota.
I lived on the sixth floor. Our rooms were randomly assigned. My next door neighbor was a friend who went by the nickname of Arlo. As an ominous preview to the eerie events that were about to take place, it just so happens that Arlo was lodged in room number 666. I was next door in 668. (Room 667 was across the hall).
My neighbor Arlo was into a lot of things. For example, he was obsessed with Jim Morrison, the front man of the iconic ‘60s rock band, The Doors. As you probably know, Morrison led a short, exciting but tragic life. He was already long dead by 1977.
Arlo was on the cutting edge of the music scene. He listened to a lot of punk rock, which had just barely emerged in those days. Of course, he listened to a lot of ‘60-era rock, such as The Doors, too.
Anyway, Arlo thought is was cool that he was assigned Room 666, which, of course, is the “Mark of the Beast.” He felt that being assigned this room was more than mere coincidence, and perhaps synchronistic. That’s because he had long been interested in the topic of demonology.
Arlo was also amazingly well-read and versed in demon lore. He he was familiar with the opposite, as well — angelology, the study of angels.
Arlo was something of a genius. For a young man of 19, he could speak with remarkable intellectual authority across a wide range of topics. He was even a terrific artist. Arlo was a frail, slender young man with longish thin brown hair that was slightly tinged a natural brick red. His face was pale. He was a careless, almost shabby dresser.
Arlo and I were from different parts of the state, but we became good friends after becoming dorm neighbors and discovering we had a lot in common. He was especially interested in my 10 years of opening channels with the Ouija board, partly because he had never had any luck with it himself.
One day, Arlo suggested we conduct what he called an “Ouija Séance” in his dorm room, No. 666. He was keen to try his hand and contacting demons. Arlo wanted to see if some demon somewhere might know something about the ultimate fate of Jim Morrison.
I don’t know why he thought that Morrison should be hanging out with demons in the afterlife — on the other hand, if anyone was a likely candidate to have an association with ‘Darker Forces,’ Morrison was a probable candidate.
As we know, Morrison was a deeply troubled man known for his interest in what might be on “the other side” of normal existence. The name of his band itself, The Doors, is an homage to the idea that there are “doorways” to other dimensions of reality.
I agreed to the “séance,” but Arlo, the demon expert, insisted that we take stringent safeguards to protect ourselves from any evil beings we might to contact. I considered this to be nonsense, but I went along with it to placate my friend.
Because Arlo and I both had been raised in good Catholic families, we both had access to certain implements. For example, Arlo had a bottle of of what he called “uber-powerful holy water.”
It was powerful holy water because it was filled from none other than the famous grotto spring of Lourdes in France, an extremely sacred site for Catholics because it is said that the Virgin Mary appeared there.
(Note: I suggest you read up more on the events said to have occurred at Lourdes. The phenomena there are a fascination to both traditional religious believers, but also UFO buffs and those whom subscribe to other paranormal theories. In addition to Christian miracles, Lourdes is associated with the sightings of fairies, and is an area held sacred in pagan systems as well.)
Arlo’s parents had been to France to visit the holy site and brought back several bottles of water. One of these they gave to Arlo as a gift. The water had been further fortified with a blessing by an old and well-regarded Italian Catholic monk by the name of Brother Arcuri.
I won’t go into details as to why the Lourdes water had also been blessed by the saintly Brother Arcuri, but let’s just state for the record that this this was some pretty potent stuff!
It was like the plutonium of Holy Water!
Arlo suggested that we wipe down the Ouija Board with the Lourdes holy water, and then wash the planchette before we started our session. He also said that we should both take a sip of the Holy Water. I agreed to this as well, enjoying the whole process. For me, ever the cynical skeptic, a swig of Lourdes vintage was a lark.
Arlo used a white cloth which he had purified with the smoke of burning sage incense to wipe the board and planchette. Arlo then purified the interior of his Room 666 with incense and holy water.
As it happens, I also had religious artifact to contribute to our effort. I owned a pair of candles made of beeswax that were bound in the form of a cross. The bindings were palm fronds, and these palm fronds were originally from Jerusalem, and were also blessed.
This cross of candles had been used during the Celebration of St. Blaise at my church back home. During the Celebration of St. Blaise, everyone gets their throats blessed because St. Blaise is the saint who takes care of throat ailments. (If you are a Catholic, you may know all this).
Here is how I happened to come into possession of this particular set of St. Blaise Candles:
Most of the time, the Celebration of St. Blaise is held on Feb 3, but one year, Sunday happened to fall on the day before, Feb. 2 — which is my birthday.
So the Blessing of the Throat ceremony was held on my birthday that year, and even further, it just so happened I was acting as our priest’s assistant during the ceremony. When I told our priest that it happened to be my birthday, he made a gift of the candles to me, this after they had been used to bless the throats of about 200 people.
So these candles not only had an excellent pedigree, they were charged up!
When I told Arlo about the quality of my holy candles, he was not only pleased, but even more delighted to hear that my birthday was Feb. 2.
Most people in America today think of Feb. 2 as Ground Hog Day, but in the Christian tradition, Feb. 2 is “Candlemas” and also the day that the infant Jesus was presented in the Temple. Feb. 2 is also a major holiday for pagans — they call it “Imbolc” which is “the day the light is reborn into the world.” Imbolc literally means: “In the belly of the mother.” Actually, the Christians swiped Imbolc from the pagans and changed it to Candlemas, but I digress.
And it keeps getting better: As it happens, Arlo’s birthday was Feb 3 — one day after mine and, thus, the traditional St. Blaise Day. We thought this was another good sign, and yet another curious coincidence.
Something powerful was brewing.
However, we were in for an even bigger surprise because the entity we would eventually contact during our Ouija session would tell us something that was even more coincidental — in fact, mind blowing, as you shall see. Read on.
So, anyway, Arlo had the super-powered-plutonium-grade holy water, and I had my super-double-secret-and-extra-holy candles of St. Blaise, which had not only performed the blessing of hundreds of throats, but which were also synchronized with Arlo’s birthday.
Furthermore, the candles had been consecrated not only with holy water, but also with some special kind of Catholic holy oil. We would use these candles to illuminate our Ouija Session.
I think anyone would agree that we were well prepared to confront the demon world via the Ouija Board!
Bring … it … on!
So after much preparation, we were ready. Another guy who lived on our floor caught wind of our impending session and begged to sit in as an observer. I told Stu he could be present, but that he would have to do something useful, such as act as the session recorder.
Arlo objected to Stu’s presence on the grounds that he had nothing to bring to the session similar to the holy icons we had supplied. I suggested Stu should partake of the Lourdes holy water, and we could consecrate him with incense. Stu refused this, however, on the grounds that he aspired to be a Rosicrusion, even though he was barely a neophyte of that arcane order.
Stu was presently at work on only his third mandamus for his journey up the ladder of the Rosicrusion Order.
But I was sufficiently impressed that Stu was striving to ascend his personal path within a worthy mystical order. I reminded Arlo that the word Ouija is believed to come from the ancient Egyptian word which means “Good Luck” and that the Rosicrucians claim origins in the mysticism of esoteric Egyptian knowledge. Thus, Stu was in.
Note: Even though Arlo and knew that contacting demons via the Ouija Board was forbidden by the Catholic Church, we did not care, since neither of us were practicing Catholics at that point — and yet, we did not consider that our holy implements would be affected by this.
We still had a certain respect for the Church in terms of the mystical implements it trafficked in, for better or worse, and whether in ignorance or accidental effectiveness of said implements.
And so the big night finally began. The session would start at midnight in Room 666 — present were Arlo, myself and Stu, our Rosicrusion recorder. The St. Blaise candles were lit … but here is where things already started to get slightly out of control.
Let me explain:
We were seated before the board, and Arlo prepared the holy water drink. I was extremely dismayed to see that he had planned to drink more than holy water. In a small wine glass, Arlo poured about two ounces of Mogen David blackberry wine. Into the wine he added a small amount of the Lourdes holy water. So far, so good. But then, Arlo added about an ounce of Vick’s Formula 44 cough syrup — and finally, he put in about a tablespoon of — and I’m not making this up — kerosene to the mixture.
He drank it down in one gulp.
Arlo began to prepare the same cocktail for me, but I stopped him short. I told him that I sure as hell (no pun intended) would not be drinking any kerosene this night, nor any night for that matter. I also refused the wine and Vick’s Formula 44. I was a total nondrinker in those days. I asked only for a sip of the Lourdes holy water straight up. Arlo complied, albeit with poor grace. Stu, of course, refused even the holy water.
I finally opened the session:
Ken: Greetings to the vast Underworld! We seek contact with certain entities known in our world as demons. We command you to come forth and speak!
(The oracle immediately began spinning in circles but not spelling anything. So Arlo spoke next).
Arlo: Demons! Stop your dithering! Come forth, and beware! We command total power over you! You cannot refuse us!
(Presently, we started getting letters and words).
ANSWER: ROTTEN CRIB BABIES! WHY DO YOU SEEK?
Arlo: Our purposes are of no concern to you. We ask the questions. To whom to we speak?
ANSWER: THAT WHICH HAS NO NAME.
(Note: Arlo said demons never give their names willingly because anyone who knows a demon’s name gains command over that demon.)
Arlo: Tell us your name, demon!
ANSWER: I DO NOT SERVE YOU, PATHETIC BUTTER MAKER!
(Note: Strangely, Arlo seemed unusually surprised shaken by being called a ‘butter maker.’ I would not learn why until later. Since Arlo was already put off balance, I asked the next question).
Ken: Demon, why do you call my friend ‘butter maker’?
ANSWER: ASK HIM!
(Note: I refused to ask Arlo about this, although I wanted to, but I did not want to give the demon the upper hand by obeying any of its commands).
Ken: We ask the questions. You are obligated to answer. Tell us your name!
ANSWER: I HAVE NO NAME, CRIB BABY. YOU SUCK THE THUMB OF THE BUTTER MAKER!
Ken: Shut up and be compliant! It will not go well for you if you are not cooperative. We will not release you until you do. Will you comply?
ANSWER: PATHETIC CRIB BABIES WHO SUCK EACH OTHER’S THUMBS! YOUR FRIEND IS AFRAID!
(Note: Arlo and I both immediately looked at Stu, who indeed looked very nervous. His eyes were wide and his face ashen).
Ken: Although we are indifferent to your motivations, tell us why you call us crib babies who suck each other’s thumbs?
ANSWER: PATHETIC MOTHER’S BOYS. ASK YOUR WET NURSE!
(Arlo had recovered now, although he was a bit glassy-eyed as his holy water-kerosene cocktail kicked in. He spoke next).
Arlo: Demon, we will give you one more chance to tell us your name, or face the consequences!
ANSWER: VULGAR BRAT! SUCK YOUR THUMB!
Arlo: Demon, since you refuse to give us your name, I will hereby name you and hold you to the name I give you, and you will answer to it. I name you Kax!
(Note: After he said this, Arlo wrote the name ‘Kax’ on a slip of paper with a calligraphy pen, then held it up to our holy St. Blaise candles and burned it).
Arlo: Kax, you will now attend to our questioning, and you will not dissemble!
ANSWER: I CAST A ROT UPON YOUR SOUL!
Arlo: Do your best, Kax! Now tell us, Kax, what do you know of the deceased soul of Jim Morrison?
ANSWER: HE ROTS IN HELL LIKE ALL DEAD HUMANS!
(I jumped in with the next question).
Ken: Kax, you will stop lying and stop speaking in generalities. Tell us specifically what you know about Jim Morrison.
ANSWER: WILL YOU RELEASE ME IF I ANSWER?
Ken: No! You will answer question according to our will, and for as long as we desire. Tell us truthfully about your knowledge of Jim Morrison.
ANSWER: BAH! THE DEMENTED HUMAN LIVES YET, BUT HE WILL BE WITH US SOON ENOUGH.
(Note: This really got Arlo’s attention.)
Arlo: Kax, are you telling us that Jim Morrison is not dead, and that he faked his death?
ANSWER: WILL YOU RELEASE ME IF I ANSWER?
Arlo: Kax, we tire of your insolence! I hereby fine you 10 credits! You are now indebted to us for 10 credits. I will remove one credit if you speak truthfully of Jim Morrison!
ANSWER: I HAVE TOLD YOU ALL I KNOW, BUTTER MAKER. MORRISON LIVES!
Arlo: Stop calling me butter maker! Where does Jim Morrison live? In what location?
ANSWER: TEXAS. I HAVE RETIRED MY CREDITS. RELEASE ME!
Arlo: Certainly you are delusional! I extract only a single credit. You owe us nine credits!
ANSWER: YOUR FRIEND IS AFRAID. HIS THUMB GROWS PAINFUL!
(Note: Arlo and I were so focused on the board, we had almost forgotten about Stu. We looked at him, and indeed, he said that his thumb was inexplicably throbbing with pain. He showed us the troubled digit. I was surprised to see that it looked very swollen. Stu was beyond nervous. He appeared on the verge of some kind of episode. I told him to get out, but he wanted to stay. I think he didn’t want to look like a wimp, although he was probably eager to leave).
Ken: Kax, you must think we are stupid. We are not. You are stupid. We don’t care about Stu’s thumb, nor our own. I dare you to infect my thumb!
ANSWER: YOU SUCK YOUR FRIEND’S THUMB IN THE CRIB!
Ken: Kax, why do you keep saying we suck thumbs in the crib? Does this refer to anything significant? We command you to answer truthfully. We will subtract an additional credit point toward your release.
ANSWER: ASK YOUR WET NURSE! RELEASE ME!
(At this point, Stu began to moan and was holding his thumb. I told him to show it to me. I was amazed to see it was about twice its normal size. Arlo stared glassy-eyed at Stu’s thumb through the dim light cast by the St. Blaise candles. Then Arlo suddenly turned his head away and vomited. At this point, it seemed to me that both Stu and Arlo were in over their heads. I decided to end the session).
Ken: Listen to me now, Kax. You are indebted to us to the count of 20 credits. I issue these additional points of bondage as punishment for your mischief. I now command you to fall into deep sleep. You will retire to a state of unconsciousness for one thousand years. At that point, your debt of 20 credits will be paid in full, and you may awaken. Your name will no longer be Kax. Furthermore, when you awaken, you will disburse your energy and serve only the power of love, and will never work devilments again!
I then took the bottle of Lourdes water and doused the candles with them. I poured more of the water onto the Ouija board and planchette. Then I got up to switch on the lights.
Blinking under the harsh fluorescent lights of the dorm room, Arlo looked pale and ill — after all, he had drank wine, cough syrup and kerosene. Stu bolted out the door. Arlo plopped down in his bunk. I went back to my room to make notes about the whole event.
The next morning, I checked in with Stu to see about his thumb. Stu said he went to the campus medical center, and the doctor told him his thumb had gotten infected. The doctor said it was probably because Stu was a compulsive nail biter. It seems that a hangnail on his thumb had become infected, probably from bacteria transmitted from his mouth. The doctor gave him antibiotics, and his thumb was cured in a few days.
It must have been a mere coincidence that the infection flared up during our demon session — or so I theorized.
I considered the whole session to be interesting, although something of a disaster. My view was that Arlo’s obsession with Jim Morrison was a waste of effort — Kax probably didn’t know Jim Morrison from Janice Joplin and most likely only told us whatever we wanted to hear.
However, something incredibly interesting was yet to be discovered. The next weekend, I went home to visit my family. I told my mother about my friend Arlo — (whose real name or even real nickname I’m not telling, by the way.)
My mother was surprised to learn that Arlo was my next-door dorm mate.
Mom went into the closet, fished through a tattered cardboard box and produced an old black-n-white photo. The photo was of two, perhaps two-months-old babies sitting together in a crib.
My mom said:
“That’s you and Arlo. His family used to live next door to us. Arlo was born just a day after you were. His mother and I were pregnant at the same time, and we used to walk together on the railroad tracks when we feeling bloated or had sore backs. When Arlo’s mother and I got together for coffee, we would put you both in the same crib. They moved away when Arlo was about eight or nine months. His dad was the butter maker at the creamery. It’s amazing that you two ended up being neighbors again almost 20 years later!”
I said: “Yes! That is amazing!”
We’ve lost nearly a billion monarch butterflies since 1990 and colony collapse disorder continues to devastate our bee populations.
If these critical pollinators dwindle further, all of us could be in very big trouble. Bees and butterflies pollinate the foods we eat.
Now two Minnesota insect experts have a plan to combine solar power with the creation of bee and butterfly habitat — it’s a terrific idea, and you can help. Read more about it here: