Of course who doesn’t know the famous movie “Poltergeist” where the little girl Carol Anne fell victim to horrifying experiences that followed her through several sequels.
But to paranormal researchers and investigators, poltergeists and psychokinesis are frighteningly real.
What are Poltergeists
Poltergeist literally translates from the German words, polter and geist, which mean “Racketing Ghost”. And they are exactly as they sound, extremely rambunctious and very dangerous.
The activities normally associated with poltergeists are things like knockings, rappings, setting fires, throwing stones, heavy trampling, breaking of household objects, banging on doors, and opening windows and doors.
Other extreme instances have also been recorded such as moving furniture, shaking and levitating beds while people are in them as well as turning on faucets in showers and sinks.
But manipulating objects and their environment are not all they’re known for. Some have even been known to sob, moan and even scream!
Where do Poltergeists Come From
Considering all these mischievous acts are surprisingly similar to that of a child, it makes sense that poltergeists are usually linked to the presence of a young person in the household. Normally an adolescent boy or girl.
In one case, called the “Manning Case“, there was a poltergeist linked to an 11 year old boy named Matthew. He was one of three children that were living in the household. 1967 marked the year that these manifestations began which started mildly.
It began with small knockings throughout the house and escalated to objects and furniture being moved about. Strangely these activities would stop when Matthew was away and resume when he returned.
When Matthew went away to boarding school, the poltergeist activity followed him. This continued to happen all the way up until 1971.
It was believed that during this time, Matthew began siphoning the energy causing these manifestations and used it to develop artistic and psychic skills. It was at this point that the poltergeist activity ceased.
It is not normal for poltergeists to hang around this long, in Matthew’s case, this was very unusual activity.
There is another interesting case I discussed in the post Hauntings, a Look at Poltergeists, Ghosts and Unquiet Spirits that you may find worth reading if you haven’t already.
Are Poltergeists Real?
Of course as with any paranormal investigations, some cases will be found as fraud. But where poltergeists are concerned, there has been enough instances that were above suspicion to convince researchers. They believe poltergeists are indeed a true psychic phenomenon which do not abide by any physical law.
Through their research it has been discovered that poltergeists are produced from bursts of psychic activity that emanates from it’s “host”. By host I mean the person that must be present in order for these manifestations to appear. For instance, Matthew was that person, in the previous discussion.
So that leads us to the next point…
What is Psychokinesis?
Parapsychology researchers have hypothesized that a poltergeists ability to manipulate objects and the environment around them is due to Psychokinesis. Psychokinesis is essentially the ability to influence inanimate objects by using the power of the mind.
Seeing how we’re coming to the conclusion of poltergeists being created through a host of sorts, this would explain how this person would use psychokinesis to cause the poltergeist to wreak havoc.
An Example of Psychokinesis
A Russian woman named Nina Kulagina was a very convincing example of Psychokinesis, or PK as it’s known.
She was known for having the ability to move or manipulate small objects by nothing more than her mind power. Her acts of psychokinesis were witnessed by parapsychologists on many occasions but she was never exposed to high levels of testing in a laboratory.
Surprisingly her technique has neither been disproven or challenged by professional magicians trying to say shes a fraud.
Is Psychokinesis and Explanation for Poltergeists
Some may argue this point, but according to experts, researchers and witnesses, the manifestations produced in most poltergeist cases would require much more energy than what has been displayed in most psychokinetic studies.
Psychokinesis has seemed to produce the moving of smaller objects, but nothing in comparison to poltergeists. Moving a quarter or ink pen is nothing compared to lifting an entire bed off the ground while someone is still sleeping in it.
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So you be the judge on this one, but you have to wonder, if people are capable of producing such massive amounts of destructive energy, why would they use it for mischievous acts.
And is this energy something that one could learn to control? Maybe it is a combination of a person’s energy and mind being harnessed by someone from the other side. Could this be how they choose to wreak havoc on the living?
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