31 Days of Ouija Blogs: Day 28- Conquering Ouija Fear
I highly recommend not playing the Ouija board when you are terrified of it. You’re far more likely to get a spirit who will be like “lol guys, watch this” and totally freak you out. If you’re very open about why you’re afraid, like if you’re scared you’re going to contact a demon, you’ll get a spirit pretending to be a demon. I mean, admit it, you’d do it too. If you were a spirit and wanted to freak out a bunch of teenagers by pretending you’re Satan, it would be hilarious. But it’s not so hilarious if you’re the teenagers.
So what do you do if you know that Ouija boards are safe, and nothing can hurt you through it, but you’re still scared to play? Maybe you’ve been told all your life to not even touch them or go near them, because omg demon portal to Hell or something, or maybe you watched The Exorcist as a child and you have a deep seeded fear of Ouija boards. Or maybe you heard some creepy story about them from someone and you don’t want the same to happen to you. Even if you know you’re safe and all those stories aren’t true, there’s still a lingering fear in the back of your mind. How do you get over that?
I would recommend something called exposure therapy. It’s a method that has you face what you fear at small increments at a time, and slowly building yourself up until it doesn’t scare you anymore. It’s a great way in dealing with anxiety or other anxiety disorders.
So you’re terrified of Ouija boards, and spirit stuff in general? Take some baby steps. Watch a scary ghost show like A Haunting for two minutes. You already know that everything in those shows is made up and completely acted out by paid actors, and that nothing in A Haunting will actually happen. But it’s still scary! Watch it for a little bit at a time. And the next day, watch for four minutes. Then go for ten minutes. Eventually you’ll be able to sit through the whole episode. Keep doing it until the thought doesn’t creep you out anymore. The same goes for any scary movie. Watch the first five minutes of something like Ouija and turn it off. Wait a day, then watch the first ten minutes. Eventually it won’t scare you at all anymore.
There are other things you can expose yourself to. Read a creepypasta website for a minute (also knowing that 99% of those aren’t true at all). Watch people playing the Ouija board for a minute. Basically try anything that gives you the creeps for just a few minutes at a time, and build up to being not creeped out at all. But know that this process isn’t a quick fix. It could take weeks or months before you build up enough strength to be able to handle ghost stuff.
Another thing that really works is affirmations. Saying a comforting phrase over and over can really make your brain think that thing. One thing that worked for me when I was younger and found out that was I was seeing were dead people, and I felt bombarded and attacked all the time, was “it’s nothing.” I used to take forever to fall asleep because I was certain I would open my eyes to find a dead person there. So whenever I thought that that would happen, I would keep telling myself, “It’s nothing, nobody’s there, I’m alone, I’m safe,” and so on until I felt brave enough to open my eyes. Whenever I did this, nothing was ever there. I also used to do little rituals that made me feel safe, but that kind of led me down a road where I had to do rituals or else I would feel a lot of anxiety, so be careful with that. Affirmations have helped me with a lot of situations in my life. Pick a phrase that you want to hear, or would want someone to say to you, and say it over and over until you feel safe.
If you want to embrace the ghost experience, do your research. Find a paranormal place near you and go visit it. Look up episodes of Ghost Adventures that were filmed near you (some of my favorites were the ones filmed in my area. Maybe even go and watch a scary old movie at your old theater that shows classic films. And definitely talk out loud to any spirits that are around you, because they are around you. You might contact a spirit who is kind and wants to help you feel better.
Do whatever feels comfortable for you.
Tomorrow we’ll talk about some fun Ouija board games you can play.