I am always telling people not to use the O.B. Now I will tell you why. My mother bought one when I was around 17 years old. We were cautioned to ask for a white light of protection before using one. My friends would come over to ''play'' with it. I could always feel others push/pull the planchette around. I got fed up with it and told everyone fingers off. I told them they had to take it seriously and only I would have my fingers on the planchette. To make things interesting I told my friends to write their questions down and have my mother read them to herself. Everyone knows that the first question is are there any spirits around? If I had a negative feeling I would push the planchette to no then goodbye. The correct way to close the board.
We had some spirits come through but nothing disturbing or heavy. Until right after a friend of mine and Janet told us her mother died. We went to the wake but I didn't go to the funeral. A few nights later we did our usual O.B. Thing. Write the question, my mother read it, I answer it. The name Dolores came up. I said who the hell is Dolores? My friend told me our friends mother. Oh crap. I only knew her called Dottie by her husband so I had no way of knowing this. My mother wrote what do you want? The answer was take care of Vickie. I was getting a headache so I pushed the planchette to goodbye.
My big mouth friend Janet told Vickie about the O.B. Session we had even though we told her not to. Vickie understandably got upset and mad. She had never been to any of our sessions and didn't believe in the O.B. But called me and told me to bring it over to Janets. I told her I would that Friday. When I arrived she looked like a mad bull. She told me to take it out and use it. I told her the rules on how I use it. Of course her mothers name came up. She started crying, I asked her if she wanted to ask her mother any questions she could only shake her head no. Janet's boyfriend Vinnie and his friend Ralph were over and Ralph wanted to ask it a question, I said just think it. It answered knee surgery. He looked rather upset and I pushed the planchette to goodbye. It turns out his orthopedic doctor decided the next week he had to have knee surgery. There was no day-op so you were admitted the night before surgery and if all was well you went home the next day. I didn't know what led to it at the time but Ralph was put in the psychiatric ward for a couple of weeks. Evidently he was telling people a witch told him he needed knee surgery. When Ralph was discharged Janet and Vinnie visited him at home. Vinnie suggest they go out to celebrate. Janet said she would call me and we could all go out. Ralph got all agitated and told Janet to keep that witch away from him. He got so agitated that his mother had to call the doctor and Ralph had to go back into the psychiatric ward for another 10 days. After hurting 2 people I cared about I stopped using the O.B.
A psychic friend of ours told me that I didn't need the O.B. And showed me how to do psychometry. Holding a persons object and telling them the impressions I got from the object. Over the years I have asked to join quite a few psychic groups but I always turn them down because I didn't want to become 'that' psychic that made money off of people.
As a post script one day after school I noticed the O.B. Was not out in the open so I asked my mother where it was. She told me she was using it by herself and whatever spirit she was communicating with started using vulgar language towards her so she said goodbye and threw it in the garbage.