I was 15 years old when this happened, and this is one experience I'd rather forget...
It was September 1982, a Saturday night and I do not remember the date. My friend Paula and I were sitting around her house talking about, well things, mostly why I couldn't meet her best friend Samantha. (later to be my 1st wife... That is another story.) Her parents were gone for the week-end and her younger sister was next door for a birthday sleep over at the neighbor's house.
About 9pm her sister and the neighbor and the other two sleep-over attendees came over with one of the gifts, it was an Ouija board (Parker Brothers all the way...) they wanted to use it and they knew Paula and I were into the Occult. (I had been a solo practitioner for 3 years. Paula and her sister were raised in a Wiccan household.) They wanted Paula to teach them how to use the board because Paula was able to use a spirit board that had been made by her grandmother-it was a maple board with a hickory planchete (pointer).
The girls insisted that the new 'game' be used, so Paula and I, her sister and the b-day girl sat down around the card table and Paula explained what was going to be done, how it worked-how to open and close the board. I asked that everyone think good/happy thoughts as we attempted to contact a spirit.
At first there was nothing, I guess this was about 45 minutes. Then, we got a response. The spirit said it was male and answered a few questions that only the birthday girl would know the answers to. (It was her party after all). The spirit became agitated, and when asked why it spelled out one word, S H A D O W.
For ten minutes that's all we could get from the board, which then went 'dead'. I mean you could feel that the spirit had left. So Paula closed the board and we all got up and were talking about what we had just experienced.
I had to go to the bathroom, so I went to exit the room and as I was about to walk into the hallway I stopped, I didn't like the way the hall felt, didn't matter I had to pee, I wasn't going into the hall, no way no how.
I turned back into the room and remember Paula asking me, "Are you..." that was as far as she got, I was attacked by...something, not physically, but this thing grabbed at my mind. I dropped to one knee and Paula rushed over and grabbed my hands as I fought for control. Paula added her strength to mine, helping me to fight whatever this thing was but it was growing stronger. Paula asked if any of the other girls knew the Lord's Prayer and when none of them could say it she had her sister grab the family bible from the next room. (Wiccan household, Yes... Everybody in the Family...No. They found the Prayer and Paula's sister and the birthday girl began the say it out loud. It got worse, I'm not sure how Paula and I ended up back at the table, sitting across from each other, still holding hands but there we were then suddenly it was gone, just gone. No more fighting for control. No more pressure inside my head, whatever it had been was gone. It was 1 minute past midnight... Sunday morning.
It was then that it struck me; Paula had asked the girls to say the Lord's Prayer. She was not one to do that, quite the opposite in fact. Paula was, I'll just say very Dark. This was to my Light. It's why we always felt we worked so good together. Paula never told me why she had done that, asked the girls for the Lord's Prayer, and I never pressed her for it.
That was 29 years ago, Paula and I have recently gotten back in contact with each other (see my story Assisting Friends). We both were sure that whatever attacked me had been attracted to the open link from the Ouija board and that the reason it had gotten through was there were no wards, no protectives 'built' into the 'game' board because it was just that... A mass produced game board. I have never used a Parker Brothers Ouija Game Board since and I never will. I feel they 'invite trouble' by offering a very open way to communicate with the 'other side' to people who have no idea what they are doing, and even those that do know have a problem because the 'opening' is not tuned, warded/guarded...basically it has no precautions in place.