Ouija Board Won't Work? 12 Methods to Better Interactions

Updated June 24, 2021
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Sometimes, in spite of your best efforts, your Ouija board just won't work. Other times, it has been answering questions for hours when suddenly it stops. Is it operator error? Is there something wrong with the Ouija board? Did the spirits go away? There are methods you can try to ensure your sessions go smoothly and your Ouija board works for you.

Meditate Before Using Ouija Board

Meditation is one of the best ways to open a channel between you and the spirit world. This should be done prior to using the board. Meditation will assist you in establishing and maintaining a connection with the spirit world. To keep the connection open once you end your meditation, you can immediately use the Ouija Board. If your current Ouija session isn't working, end it. Step away from the board and meditate for at least five minutes before returning. Then reopen the session, and try again.

Set Aside Expectations and Agendas

It's always best to enter a Ouija session with no expectations or agendas because these things can influence how the planchette moves or even whether it moves. So, if someone comes in with the expectation they'll hear from grandma, they may mentally cause a shift in the energy that makes it difficult for a spirit to manipulate the planchette. Likewise, if someone enters the session intent on proving that Ouija boards are hokum, this could also make the session not work. Thus, it's best to make sure everyone participating in the Ouija session sets aside any expectations or agendas in order for the spirits to effectively channel their messages via the Ouija board.

Dial in To Spirit

A Ouija board won't just function on its own. You have to provide the channel for spirit to enter and use the board as a communication device. While you may be willing to connect with spirit, not everyone automatically has this kind of connection already established. The Ouija board is like a telephone. You must dial the number before it can connect you to spirit. So before you begin, take a few moments to relax and establish a connection before you start asking questions. Close your eyes and silently or aloud state your intention to connect to the spirits through the board or initiate a Ouija board chant.

Start the Session Properly

Be sure to follow the appropriate steps for starting a Ouija session. Doing this ensures a better connection and keeps you protected throughout. Starting properly may make the difference between effective and clear communication and none at all.

Be Patient

Sometimes it takes a while to connect during a session, and other times it takes a while for a spirit to get warmed up. The spirit may be trying to understand how to manipulate the board, or it may be sitting back and watching to see if you are someone it wants to communicate with. Likewise, some move the planchette verrrrry slowly, while others make it fly fast as lightning. Therefore, having patience is essential. Leave plenty of time after asking each question. If you've been in a session for 15 to 20 minutes and nothing has happened, it's probably best to end the session and try again another time.

Improve the Energy

Another way to boost your connection when using a board is by using high-energy objects, such as crystals and talismans. Quartz is believed to amplify your personal frequency that may assist you in connection with the higher spiritual frequencies of dimensional light beings. Lower frequency entities should be avoided, so wearing a quartz crystal or simply placing a few around the area can help you make that higher connection. A talisman can be any kind that you resonate with, such as a religious medal.

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Use a Lighter Touch

Double check the pressure you are placing on the planchette. Sometimes people rest their fingers onto this tool and unknowingly press down too hard. Your fingertips should just barely touch the planchette so it can vibrate easily under the guidance of spirit.

Make Sure Nobody Is Trying to Move the Planchette

Often one of the sitters (the person touching the planchette) is either consciously or unconsciously attempting to move it. For example, if you have certain expectations of a session and you're touching the planchette, you may experience small, unconscious muscle movements (called the ideomotor effect) that cause the planchette to move in the direction you expect. If this is in the opposite direction that a spirit is moving the planchette, then the result may be that it doesn't move at all. Thus, if you're struggling in a session, try closing the session and changing sitters to see if it begins to work better.

Frame Your Questions

There is usually a tendency to ask yes or no questions. This type of questioning can impede spirit since most times, the answer requires more than a simple yes or no. For example, you might ask, "Are you here, spirit?" The spirit is actually in two places, with you and where it resides. For a conscientious spirit, this question may prove impossible to answer honestly and correctly, so it simply waits for another question it might be able to answer. A better framing of this question might be, "Where are you, spirit?" This open-ended approach allows the spirit to reply without constraints and limitations of a yes or no response.

Use the Right Tone

Another possible reason you're having difficulty connecting with spirit is your attitude and tone. Some people approach this type of connection with a disrespectful attitude and demanding tone. Take things down a notch. Treat the spirit you're connecting with as you would a guest in your home. Be polite. Be respectful. Ask questions while remaining courteous. It helps to envision the spirit as having stopped what they were doing to answer a phone call. Be aware that you very possibly interrupted the spirit and may be inconveniencing them. Remember to use words like please and thank you.

Invite Others to Participate

If you are still having difficulty getting a response from your Ouija board, you may want to invite a friend or two to assist you. While you can successfully use a talking board by yourself, it's always easier with a partner. This is especially valuable if you've never used a Ouija board or have very little experience using one. If you can, enlist the help with someone who has successfully used one. This person has an obvious channel established with the spirit world and help you learn to establish one.

Designate a Medium

Sometimes, a spirit simply doesn't know who to answer if several people are asking questions. Therefore, it's always best to designate one person as the "medium." This person will ask all of the questions so the spirits are clear about who to answer. Other participants should remain quiet through the session.

Reasons Why Your Ouija Board Doesn't Work

There are several reasons why your Ouija board might not work, but there are an equal number of solutions. It may take a little practice before you can establish a spirit connection. So try making changes, but also recognize that sometimes, the time simply isn't right for a Ouija session. When this is the case, shut it down and try again another time.

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Ouija Board Won't Work? 12 Methods to Better Interactions