The other night, while my son and I were spending some old fashioned family time staring at screens (don’t judge me), he looked up from his phone long enough to ask me about this new demon summoning fad on social media. You can look up the videos yourself. Because I immediately declared the event a hoax, I was treated to about fifteen minutes of almost identical home videos showing yellow #2 pencils swinging around on a piece of white paper, seemingly at the whim of a demon. This is attended by reactions that range from quiet wonderment to people jumping up from their seats, screaming in horror. All I could think was….
What is it with people and the need to hold paranormal amateur hours? It’s not a new trend, and it’s certainly not going to stop with this latest incarnation. But, unlike trying to communicate with the dead, summoning a demon has a whole different context. Leaving the Judeo-Christian reasons aside, let’s just look at the situation from a New Age perspective for a moment.
Yes, I’m going there. Taking out the ‘God doesn’t want you to because it’s bad’ aspect, I will replace that with a completely different message:
It’s bad to attract negative energy to yourself. On purpose. Meddling with things you can’t control causes a karma cascade effect that winds you up on your precious hind end wondering why life sucks all of a sudden. There are no good reasons to tempt something that is identified across the board as a demon.
NONE. NOT EVER.
Especially not to be the new darling of Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube or any other social media site. Not even if you’re guaranteed to get a million views, 100,000 new followers and be famous for the 18.789 seconds. There’s always a price when you play around with things you don’t understand, a karmic rebalancing that will not be fun for you.
Chances are that a demon isn’t hanging around waiting for some teenager to call on it with pencils and paper. Or with a Ouija board. Someone once asked me to remove a curse from a Ouija board, thinking my reading tarot cards for people somehow makes me an expert in curses. I had to explain how curses have no power unless the ‘cursed’ believes in it, so there really wasn’t anything for her to worry about. She insisted, and I told her that the answer was to destroy the board, burn it and break the planchett so no one could use it, and then find a hobby that didn’t pretend to harness the powers of the occult for amusement purposes.
Surprisingly, this solution to her problem wasn’t acceptable at all. I think she would have been happier if I said “Oh, sure, I can do that. $500 and the curse is gone forever.”, waved some crystals over the offending board game and declared it whammy free. Inviting the karmic steamroller to just run right over me isn’t really on my list of things to do, so I’m good with Ouija board destruction.
The bigger picture here is that this stuff isn’t real, but why risk it? Want to be an internet sensation? Make a video that highlights a special talent, be funny or talk about issues that matter to you. Calling on a spirit to answer your petty questions really has a wider ripple effect than playing a simple game.
Don’t fart around with the occult.