There always has been something a little different about poltergeist outbreaks versus traditional hauntings. The model where it falls under the same umbrella is outdated.
The poltergeist phenomenon differentiates itself in that it is transient. It does not appear to haunt a particular location, but rather an individual. It is usually of short duration, but can have several outbreaks years apart. It also travels with the individual that is afflicted, and only on a few occasions does it actually involve apparitions.
Typical poltergeist outbreaks involve loud bangs, crashing sounds with no apparent source, objects thrown about, furniture rearranged, small fires, objects disappearing and appearing and unusual streaks of lights. The lights can also take solid form, they can be visible to the naked eye or invisible, only appearing when filmed or photographed. The opposite can also be true where multiple lights may be seen by a number of observer, but not on film. The former may indicate that some of the phenomena occurs outside the visual spectrum, which may be true with traditional hauntings as well where events can be captured by cameras, especially in the ultraviolet or infrared spectrum. The later is more puzzling.
How can lights in a darkened room be visible to the naked eye but not on film? Are these induced hallucinations caused by the poltergeist phenomenon? If this is true, than it indicates the ability to directly effect the visual cortex of the brain. Now, if this is possible, are other parts of the brain also at risk of been manipulated? Following this train of thought, can we trust our senses during any type of paranormal event, including UFO events? This could cause a complete reassessment of all eyewitness reports, and thus seriously put into questions all the assumptions that we have formulated up to this point on all paranormal phenomena.
More spectacular display include levitation and the merging of objects into one at a molecular level. Writing on the wall by the supposed poltergeist is also a trait associated with several cases. Blood plasma streaking down walls or kitchen cabinets has also been observed, with no clear source. One more common aspect associated with poltergeists are small stones thrown at individuals. Again, there may not be a clear source for the stones. This may occur indoors where no stone are initially present. None of these are usually associated with traditional hauntings.
What is also unusual about objects been thrown about is that weight seems inconsequential. Objects from furniture to small rocks appear to fly about with the same ease and velocity. The trajectory is also odd, as the objects do not necessarily obey the laws of physics. Once an object is thrown it should fly in a straight path until gravity pulls it down. In physics an object flying in a straight line cannot alter it’s trajectory unless it meets another force. However, during poltergeist outbreaks, the objects thrown about can slow down or speed up, as well as take right angle turns. This signiies that whatever force is responsible for throwing the object in the first place continues to affect the object once it is in mid air. This is extremely significant.
It gets stranger. There are rare instances where objects are thrown at great velocity at an individual, but when the object makes contact with that individual it hits with very little force. This defies all laws of physics as we know them. This is a rare event, but it appears that there is little correlation between an object velocity and impact. Furthermore, some common objects that are thrown around are knives and scissors. Yet these, at least 99 % of the time, do not actually hit anyone. Also, in majority of cases where objects are thrown, where objects disappear, combine at a molecular level, there are no heat detected at the source or on the objects itself.
Now here is where it all gets really interesting. As already noted, poltergeist events surrounds and follows a particular individual. This is not random, there is a pattern in the type of individual selected. In a great majority of cases, the inflicted is a teenager or a young girl at the onset of puberty. That said, many adults have also been afflicted, again more women than men. Most adults in these cases, live in an area with unusual electromagnetic properties, have either undergone some type of trauma, have experienced dissociative episodes and/or are seizure prone. In fact seizure medication may inhibit the phenomenon. We have also noted a direct correlation between the intensity of the phenomenon and the mental state of the individual afflicted by that phenomenon. The more agitated, distressed, nervous that person is, the more activity surrounds that person.
The poltergeist phenomenon also functions as a virus of sorts. As we have seen, it specifically surrounds a particular individual and very much responds to that persons mood and subconscious desires. It may also attach itself temporarily to other individuals that are in the vicinity. For example, researchers present during a poltergeist outbreak have noted that the phenomenon does “follow you home”. Various poltergeist activity can at this point occur in your car (loud unexplained bang while your driving home), or at home where you may experience small fires, objects been thrown about and writing on the wall. The last two effects only occurs in the more intense cases, and the occurrences lessen in intensity as they move away from the primary source.
The effects are temporary and diminish in time. Just like a flue virus, It has an onset, followed by contamination and diminishing of symptoms as time goes by. This of course differs entirely from traditional hauntings where the phenomenon stays at one location, and does not diminish with time. Perhaps the difference here isn’t necessarily the source of the phenomenon, but the type of environment?
What all of this ultimately leads to is that the poltergeist phenomenon is generated by individuals. An experiment was conducted in the 1970′s were a sceance was initiated in order to contact an entity by the name of Phillip. The twist was that Phillip was made up by researchers. They had also created an entire history for him. There was no ghost called Phillip, yet during the sceance, Phillip showed up. He answered all the questions correctly, according to his made up history. Various paranormal events also took place, banging on the table, strange mists and objects moving of their own volition. All witnessed by over 30 people, filmed and reproduced at a later date using another “entity”. The lesson here is that yes it’s all real, but is a lot more complex then just the dead people/entity model.
The difference is that in poltergeist cases we have not assign a specific paradigm to an entity, and thus the phenomenon is uncontrolled and seemingly chaotic. A poltergeist is the physical manifestation of the subconscious using a mechanism and energy we have yet to understand. The subconscious functions very differently than the conscious, and can appear once again, chaotic. It follows different rules and pattern than we are accustomed to in a conscious model. In other words the Poltergeist phenomenon is the physical representation of the Freudian model of the ID.
All that said, a proper environment is still needed for an outbreak to occur. High electricity in the air, electromagnetic anomalies, and some other factors we have yet to consider are all potentially indispensable. In this model the environment feeds an individuals which in turns has the ability to create the forces that are needed for a poltergeist outbreak.
This is for now a working hypothesis, supported by the data that we have accumulated. We unfortunately have yet to identify the forces responsible. We know that they do not appear to be not any of the four fundamental forces, gravitation, electro- magnetism and strong and weak nuclear forces. Those can be measured. Electromagnetism does play a part it seems, but something else is certainly at play.
This model incidentally, does not negate the presence of an intelligence. The problem is that if individuals have the ability to create the phenomenon or mimic a discarnate intelligence, determining provenance becomes problematic.
Another angle to consider is what if our ability to express our ID via a poltergeist created entity remains after death. If a part of ourselves can be created psychically and interact with the environment while we are alive, why not after? This is profound because this could have all the attributes of typical haunting, even one we can comunicate with, but not actually be the departed spirit of an individual. In theory, this would have all the attributes of a “ghost”, and still be a type of intelligence, without being the departed spirit of an individual. A working hypothesis to be sure, and one that I’ll explore further in the future.