Wednesday, May 1, 2013
What is a Poltergeist?
A poltergeist is generally described as a spiritual energy that creates unexplained noises, can move objects and can make a living space uninhabitable to those it terrorizes. It is extremely rare, but in some cases this sort of energy has been associated with human possession. The word poltergeist originates in the German poltern meaning “to rumble” or to “make noise” and geist meaning “ghost” or “ spirit.”
There are many theories for why this sort of activity occurs ranging from those who are emotionally unstable, to those who are going through some sort of hormonal change. Some believe that young people have the ability to discharge personal energy in the form of telekinetic activity when they are angered, or traumatized. Within this article I will discuss some of these rationales and offer my own take on the subject. First, let’s define some terms.
Parapsychology is the study of poltergeist phenomena which defines this type of activity as a type of uncontrolled psycho kinesis. The term psycho kinesis is derived from the Greek words psyche meaning "breathe," "life," or "soul," and kinein meaning "to move.”
Although the word poltergeist means noisy spirit generally it is neither a spirit nor a ghost, but an invisible energy which is usually mischievous and not malevolent. Ghosts are generally thought to be spirits of those who have died. Usually ghosts are an imprint on something which has gone on before such as a battle field, or a stigmatized property where a violent act caused death.
A poltergeist is energy that has been created by energy from a chaotic situation generally in pubescent girls who have experienced a traumatic upbringing. This was the conclusion of a seventy year research project conducted at the Rhine Research Center in Raleigh-Durham, NC, USA.
Where there is a bio-host for poltergeist activity the individual is generally unaware that they are causing a disturbance. All of the energy is repressed into the subconscious, and generally does not manifest until the host is exhausted and unable to maintain focus. It must be understood that these individuals are not able to control the activity and in order to restore balance within their body require assistance from parapsychologists and spiritualists in order to restore balance.
If the individual dies on site and they have not been able to restore their mental health the likely hood that there would be residual energy left to permeate the property is highly likely. The types of paranormal activity that can occur are: objects thrown across the room, feelings of being watched, objects that vanish and show up someplace else, electrical items cease to function, water turning on or off by itself, windows or doors that slam open or shut, intense displays of anger with an unknown cause. Becoming aware of when this activity occurs who is in the home and what happens right before, or shortly after is very important in the diagnosis of this type of activity. Although when it is occurring it is very easy to become frightened or even angered it is best to keep your emotions in check so as not to add more fuel to the fire. Remember if it is indeed poltergeist activity the one who it surrounds is not aware of what is happening, and will be terribly confused if you confront them in a malicious manner.
Poltergeist activity is not the same as demonic possession, although it should be treated with a spiritualist (someone who is familiar to the child from their own church, or personal acquaintance of the family who understands how to deal with unbalanced energies.) NEVER TRY TO TAKE ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ASSISTING YOUR LOVED ONE IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. YOU COULD MAKE THE SITUATION WORSE.
Poltergeist activity is widely thought to be manifested by the living, especially children and teenagers. This is different than possession, which is usually demonic. The living person is projecting their own energies to cause these things to happen. Because children and teenagers are always growing and changing, and their body chemistry is never really normal until full adulthood, this is thought to be the main reason for poltergeist activity occurring. If we are thinking in terms of the Harry Potter universe, think of why underage wizards are not allowed to use their magic outside of school. You can also think of it as out of control telekinesis.
Stopping poltergeist activity
How do you stop a poltergeist? It is very simple. Talk to your kids. Make sure they are not experiencing any trouble at school, or with their friends. Examine your home life. Is there any major changes happening, such as a move, separation, death in the family, that your child could be struggling with? This could also apply if there are no children in the house, but you still suspect you have poltergeist activity.
Poltergeists are not demons, or negative entities. They also do not assume any form. They usually aren't that noisy; unless of course the object which gets thrown makes a loud noise.
Posted by Jackie Chin at 8:05 PM