About 8 years or so ago, I became interested in the "art" of divination; it seemed I might have had some ability using the pendulum as I dowsed for underground water veins/telluric energy.
I got way ahead of myself and decided to use it for communicating; I won't go into detail of just whom I was trying to contact but I had, nonetheless, thought I had a firm idea in my mind; I kept my thoughts clean and clear and so forth and began.
It took a bit as well as some energy and intent but eventually I made contact, it started out seemingly well enough, I first started out with "Yes" and "No" type questions and at some point I made a small "Ouija" board which was just a sheet of paper with the alphabet printed on it. As I have shaking hands, a planchette would not work for me so I used my pendulum as an indication of what letters were chosen.
I even kept a log of the conversations and it seemed quite fun and interesting too.
Just where it started to take a turn for the "worse" I still am unsure. After some point I started getting some odd messages, maybe from different entities or maybe it was the same one. I asked its name and got ambiguous answers or just weird stuff.
I should back up a tad and say that normally I am a very skeptical and guarded person and I read that this was supposedly a hindrance to dowsing so I went against my nature, suspended my natural skepticism and tried to approach this venture with a "innocent" mind... This would prove to be SO very, very wrong.
Also...I was (and still am) a lonely individual; I don't much like my life or this world and always felt from a very early age that I don't belong here. (maybe more on that later) This too will play a big part in what had happened.
Anyway, as I spoke to this... Whomever or whatever it was, it told me it was from another world. Fair enough as Earth isn't the only pebble in the cosmos; it told me all sorts of stuff... Not wild but interesting. It claimed that I could go to its world if I wanted to and to make this proposition seem all the more juicy it claimed I had these "abilities" that would be of benefit to its world.
Now mind you, at this point I didn't think to question it because, after all, I thought I was talking to someone sane and truthful. I became convinced, for that short time, that I really was going to another planet. (Yes, yes... I know... Stupid of me but just wait a sec, it gets better)
During this time I decided to tell my father about this... Unfortunately I forgot about how gullible he too can be (Gee whiz... Wonder where I got that from, eh?) And he started using his pendulum to talk to this "thing" too but he hadn't any better of an idea just who or what he was talking to and I suspect that this too attracted some scumbags as well.
Well...we both got suckered into this idea that we both would be going to this new world; in fact we got so mired that at one point we had a huge garage sale and sold practically everything we had save for essentials. We even bought a cart to hold our stuff for the big "move".
We were told at one point that a portal would be opened and our "friend" would come through and help us... First we were told garbage such as that our astral bodies would go first and then our physical bodies would follow. (Don't ask how that is even possible)
Then we were told that another portal would open at a certain point and time and like naive fools we actually sat and waited for this thing which never came.
To show you how dense and gullible we were at the time, we waited repeatedly for this fantasy to happen. At some point my intuition was telling me we were being hosed BIG time but my father was so mired he would not listen to me, he basically said he didn't want to hear it and that my doubts were going to impede this "portal". How, might you ask, does he know? Because some spook, that he thinks he contacted, told him so.
At times my father was told we were in danger of being attacked by some "evil ones" which would arrive via some "portal" (again with the portals) and told us to leave our home for awhile... This happened a few times too.
Well, the last straw came when my father was told that this "portal" was coming and to be ready so my father packed our stuff, put it on the moving carts and we waited.
First we were told it would be within the hour and of course nothing happened and my father claimed he was told there was a slight problem but it would be within the next half hour... Again nothing. This went on and on and my father had us wait for 36 hours before I got really fed up and told him once and for all that this was a big hoax, a horrible deception and there will never be a portal.
I asked him just how much longer he was planning to make us wait for this thing, another 12, 20, 32 0r 72 hours? I also asked "Didn't you ever think it was odd that we were told the same thing when the portal did not come such as just a little longer or some story?" Well, at first he tried to claim that my doubts and disbelief had forever prevented this portal and I told him it was pure garbage and that we were the butt of some horrible joke. He asked me why I didn't tell him sooner and I got really irritated and told him I tried and I reminded him that he told me every time that he didn't want to hear it.
So needless to say that the whole experience soured me quite a bit but it also brought home the point that the realm we label the "astral" is just a dicey and suspect as this world. Full of liars, criminals, and hateful individuals. All the happy, white light thoughts in the world is no guarantee that one will contact only "good" beings. Everything one is told should be treated with some modicum of skepticism; my mistake was pushing aside my skepticism because I had read that this was an impediment when it really is one of the best buffers one has against such deceptions.
I write this partly as a warning that communication with any entity is dangerous and no amount of circles, candles, and happy loving thoughts will do anything; abandoning skepticism is NEVER a good thing. The "astral" or whatever you wish to call it is not really any different from any other world, it has its criminal elements too. Nothing can or will prevent anyone or anything from lying, creating hoaxes and deceptions, or being abusive and manipulative.
I guess my experience has scarred me a bit and I have become much more skeptical and analytical about many things. Was I stupid? Yes, I was. Was I naive? Absolutely.
Did I rush head long into something I didn't understand? Yes. I should have seen through it from the very beginning but I got caught up in my own fantasy that I didn't want to think that I was being lied to by a thing that pretended to be my friend.
Oh, we had some interesting conversations but it was all a lie, my trust and friendship, which I gave all too freely, was abused.
The point is, don't go rushing into something you don't really understand (or even if you do) just because it sounds "fun" or because upon first try you are told all sorts of "cool" things. All the candles, incense and prayers are not enough, your intuition and yes, even skepticism, are some of the best defenses you can ever have. I should never have let down my guard or pushed aside my own nature... For that I was burned. Don't let yourself get burned too.