Poltergeists and Mischievous Spirits: How to Deal with Them.

An Open Door to Mischievous Spirits

In the hands of a well-trained medium or Spiritualist, the Ouija board can be a useful tool and there are many interesting cases on record where the board has given useful and empirical information. For example, it was in the use of a Ouija board that, at a séance in St. Louis in 1913, a spirit announced itself as an entity named Patience Worth. By this method, it also dictated several interesting historical novels whose insight into past eras still intrigue historians, feeling that it was beyond the capacities of the medium through whom it was received.

I find the Ouija board a tedious and inaccurate way to communicate with the spirit world. There seems to be very little point once you have developed mediumship. However, it is a method that appeals to those who want to take a short cut to spirit communication. Using it, it is possible to communicate with the people you love who have passed on. Because the method is so tied to the energies of the earth plane, however, it also throws open the door to every spirit that wants to “log on.” Without a powerful medium in control, using the Ouija board is a spiritual minefield.



SUMMARY: Article about Poltergeists. A Poltergeist is a spirit, usually mischievous and attacking people. The term “poltergeist” comes from the German poltern, “to knock,” and geist, “spirit.”

Not-So-Nice Haunts in the Afterlife

There is a Buddhist text that describes how the Buddha overcame fear by meditating in a graveyard. Some Tibetan occult rituals involved meditation in graveyards, and even practising a special rite called rolang where a corpse was made to dance! However, these rituals are a corruption of the practices to acquire fearlessness by challenging demonic beings.

So what do you do if an evil spirit confronts you? Buddhists extend their compassion and brotherly love to all beings including ghostly and demonic ones. According to the Lamaists, a demon does not dwell necessarily in the purgatorial, and can influence the earth plane as well. However, most are bound to the lower planes in the afterlife, which I will describe in detail later. The inhabitants of these gloomy worlds are beings who have been led there by their cruelty and evil deeds. Demons are beings who have made ill will a habit and rejoice in cruelty.

As explained earlier, your spirituality and inner light protects you from these levels of existence just as love and hate cannot exist in the same place. Bells, books, and candles have little effect except to increase the anxiety. If you draw comfort from wearing a religious symbol, such as a cross, crescent, Ganesh, or Star of David, it is fine, as it builds your self-confidence. Your best course, however, is to visualize yourself surrounded with loving light. Imagine God’s protective energy surrounding you and you cannot be harmed.


It is usually assumed that ghosts are spirits of the dead. In many cases this is true, but there is also evidence to suggest that some ghosts emanate from the unconscious minds of living human beings. There are people who can influence matter with their thoughts and emotions. Parapsychologists call this skill psychokinesis (PK). For example, psychics who bend spoons or levitate objects using the mind are exhibiting psychokinetic powers. It is thought that poltergeist, ghosts that move and throw objects around, are a manifestation of this same psychic energy which is said to be present in adolescent boys, or girls just beginning their menstrual cycles.

Some psychics say that poltergeist activity comes not from spirits or the powers of psychokinesis but from tulleric rays emitted from the earth’s core. They believe that these “earth fields” can be detected by dowsing. Underground rock strata, streams, and springs distort these rays and result in areas of “geopathic stress” that are harmful to humans and some animals. At these places, the earth energy is high and poltergeist activity is likely to occur.

Megalithic Standing Stones

Dowsers also believe that the megalithic standing stones were designed to mark the lines of these earth fields. Named “ley lines” by dowser Alfred Watkins, they crisscross the world and converge on Glastonbury and Stonehenge in the UK and the pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. Studies have shown that many of the most famous cases of poltergeist activity have happened in buildings that have been built exactly on the intersection of two major ley lines.

It may be the case that poltergeist activity is not caused by spirits but by earth energies, or by living people with an extraordinarily high energy field. Returning to the Buddhist theme, it is recognized in Tibetan Bön (a form of indigenous Tibetan shamanism that was absorbed into Buddhism) that some ghosts can be deliberately created using special meditation techniques. In particular, the meditating monk may create a Tulpa spirit that can be used, like a sort of genie, act as the servant of the monk. Although these “beings” are only thought forms, they can occasionally run out of control and cause problems, acting in a way similar to a poltergeist. However, if the monk ceases to meditate upon the Tulpa, its energy gradually disintegrates and it dissolves once again into non-existence.

Poltergeists and Sir Oliver Lodge

Similarly, it was argued by the Spiritualist pioneer Sir Oliver Lodge, that some ghosts may be a kind of mental “recording” in rooms or places where some tragedy has taken place. For example, if you go into a church you may have a gut feeling of the atmosphere of the environment you are in. You may feel the peace and sense the spirituality of the building. This is something more than the feelings created by the stained glass and the grandiose architecture; it is a vibration of years of worship that has soaked into the very fabric of the building.

You may have had similar feelings when you decided to buy a home. Something about the building just “feels” right–like home. Again, you are sensing the atmosphere of the place.

The same, of course, applies to places that have acquired a bad atmosphere. Imagine the vibrations present in an abattoir, or slaughterhouse. What if you were to visit a place like Belsen, a Nazi extermination camp in Germany. Even after so long, the horror of the place! Animals are very aware of vibrations. They say that, to this day, no birds sing at Belsen and Auschwitz.

An interesting experiment to prove the psychic sensitivity of animals was carried out by Robert Morris of the Psychical Research Foundation of Durham, North Carolina. He put a rat, cat, dog, and rattlesnake into a house in Kentucky that was claimed to be haunted by the spirits of people who had died violently in two of the rooms. In one of these rooms, the cat leaps onto its owner’s shoulders, the dog barked, and the rattlesnake assumed an attack position. The rat showed no reaction. Perhaps, except the rat, the animals involved were responding to the vibrations in the place?

It may be the case that, in the time before language, we communicated with one another by telepathy (thought transference). It’s possible we may have left “recordings” in the environment to warn others if a place was good or bad. Other animals may have done the same. Places such as poisoned waterholes or dangerous caves may pick up energy that would make us instinctively want to shun that place.

The ability to see ghosts may be a carry over from old prehistoric skills. Not only does the seer become aware of the atmosphere of the place, but he or she also sees the real events unfold–like a video recording in space. The truth is that not every ghost has a conscious spirit. They may actually be no scarier than an old photograph.

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References and Works Cited

  • Hamilton-Parker, Craig (2010) What To Do When You Are Dead Sterling imprint Barnes & Noble ISBN 978-1-4027-7660-1 (Languages: English, Dutch, Portuguese) BUY THE BOOK HERE
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