Saturday, November 03, 2012

A Lot Can Happen in Two Years

 I have not fallen off the face of the earth for the past two years.  I have been thinking (and not blogging, apparently).

After I published "Ouija for the Record", my sister had a psychotic break with reality (according to her).  She went into treatment and has struggled to understand "why" it happened.  For years, she said she didn’t remember anything. That she had blocked it all out.  I believed that it was possible for that to happen.  I guess after reading my story, it all came back to her - and more.  

About a year ago, she decided to write our story from her perspective (although her book reads suspiciously like mine).  She admitted in it that she knew what she was doing all along.  That she moved the indicator on the Ouija Board intentionally.  In trying to explain why she pretended to be God for nearly two years, she says that she was sexually abused.  I don’t know if that’s true or not and I don’t know if it would cause someone to pretend to be God and then lead a family into many dangerous situations.  

It’s been more than 40 years since we returned from Afghanistan.  

I guess I’m really tired of thinking—and talking—about it.


I suspected she was the agent behind the messages.

Why she would pretend to be God and lead her family into many dangerous situations - I doubt there is any simple explanation. It’s a huge leap for her to have finally admitted her involvement. Obviously she has to live with herself after what she has done, and may have chosen a notion of alleged childhood sexual abuse to explain why she behaved in such a deranged manner. Whether or not the abuse happened, it is an explanation that will elicit sympathy for her deranged, destructive behavior and soften her own responsibility in the sad affair.

This is not the first time a “medium” has deceived someone, or caused chaos and serious harm. In some cultures, mediums practice openly; in your case, your sister deliberately concealed her involvement in the transmission of the messages. Her deceptive actions gave her tremendous power over your family - God-like power. Power in your family, and an important role in an apocalyptic world.

When their message falls on fertile ground - telling people what they want to hear - it is extremely difficult to dislodge. Some are amazed when their deceptions are believed, and are themselves helplessly sucked into the vortex of apocalyptic belief. Some will continue to deliberately conceal their deceit and continue to drive the madness at the helm, even when exposed. I’ve also seen cases where “mediums” admit their deceit, but the people they deceived, or outsiders who share a worldview in which divine revelations and such occur, will refuse to acknowledge deception was involved, because the “evidence” gives them power of their own. Such “myths” will go on sometimes for decades independently of the known facts!

Psychics, tarot readers, mediums, cult leaders (some cults have grown into religions), gurus - many have sought to control and profit through deception. Some have caused a great deal of grief to others in the form of financial loss, broken relationships, public shame. Your family’s strange adventure is a little “Jonestown,” with the exception that your sister concealed her charismatic power.

In our investigations into psychic phenomena in FL, we never found a single credible instance. What was most remarkable was how the groups of UFO abductees, channelers, spiritualists, etc were so tightly bound together in their belief system. It was usually very easy to trip them up, but they would never acknowledge it. Another remarkable thing is that one of the investigators in our group was so dedicated to The Cause that he routinely falsified evidence! He also coached the persons he was investigating to make sure they said the right things to get on tv. We angrily confronted him time and time again, but he’d squirm out of it. The group disbanded, but this hoaxing investigator is now a nationally known “paranormal investigator” who is on tv as an expert so much it makes me sick. Oh well - the disclaimer of a lot of psychics is that it is “entertainment….”

I haven’t read Ouija for over a year - time to reread it in light of this new information.

Take care, be well. All the best.

Picture of Laurie W Comment by Laurie W
on 11/04/12 at 11:20 AM

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