Arguably, the most famous poltergeist in popular consciousness must be the infamous and mischievous Peeves from the bestselling Harry Potter series. Prankster, trouble maker and utterly misbehaved, Peeves represents our idea of the quintessential poltergeist with a penchant for making loud noises and creating chaos.
In fact, the word poltergeist literally means ‘noisy ghost’ or ‘pounding ghost’. Traditionally, poltergeists haunt a particular household and trouble the family by levitating objects, hitting and tripping people, and sometimes even seriously injuring the residents. Poltergeists seem to range from innocently mischievous to deliberately malevolent depending on the situation and conditions, and while this is correct, they also exist at other levels within the same range. I’ll address these levels and how to deal with them in a moment.
So what exactly are poltergeists?
Some believe them to be a separate class of ghosts (usually those we would call earthbound), capable of interacting in spaces with matter and causing various disturbances. Others believe poltergeist activity is solely related to the inner workings of a human host. Paranormal researcher Nandor Fodor is known for his pioneering work in this field, and his theory is that poltergeists are energy extensions of someone living in the house, usually someone mentally disturbed or who is undergoing some form of trauma. The chaotic and intense energy within the person manifests itself in the form of mysterious psychic phenomena like knocks, movement of objects, and rapping in the walls or flooring, among other things. Fodor’s ultimate conclusion is that poltergeists arise as a result of emotional repression in human beings.
I tend to think that both theories are true: Poltergeists are created by a human host and have the power to develop into full-blown ghost-like beings. Also, their level of development and advancement directly relates to how long they have been fed. Many have developing poltergeists right now and do not know it, because the being/energy form has not sufficiently developed and therefore is relatively undetectable.
Let me explain.
When an individual harbors and expresses intense negative energy for a sustained period of time — be that rage, grieving, alcoholism, confusion, or something like hormone-induced emotional fluctuations (such as with puberty) — the energy itself ultimately begins to create a form. We often call these thought-forms, and once created, the thought-form can either develop or dissipate, depending on how much the host continues to “feed it”.
The worst poltergeists have been fed for a long time. In the case of alcoholism, for example, where someone is addicted to a substance that ultimately creates the energy, there is a steady stream of toxic energy pouring from the host into the formation. (**Watch this video I made on how alcohol affects spirituality, generally.**) This causes the formation to grow and develop, sometimes to the point of not just intelligence, but autonomy. Autonomy is when the formation — now an entity, or what we would indeed call a poltergeist — has the ability to move from one host to another, and even to survive for a time without a host. It can also feed off varying sources of negative energy, not just the energy that created it. When very powerful, a poltergeist can even replicate and “give birth” to more poltergeists.
Let’s go a little deeper into the types/levels of poltergeist development and what must be done to eliminate the poltergeist.
A poltergeist’s first level of development is its ‘childhood’. At this stage the entity is created and begins to develop its pattern. It can also learn to animate, move around, bump into things and make sounds. It is attached to its host and proximate — meaning it is always close to the host. Think of it like you’re carrying a poltergeist around in a papoose; it’s not in you, but it’s right up against you. This closeness often causes anomalous, erratic and even dark thoughts in the host, and sudden mood changes. At this stage a poltergeist is often mistaken for the host’s own energies, thoughts, and actions.
Given just a bit of time, poltergeists can also be mistaken for minor-type hauntings. People report seeing things out of the corner of their eyes, or having things move, or hearing strange noises in the house, and think they have a ghost. What they’re more likely to have is a personal problem, and once they clear it the “haunting” will go away.
Obviously, a host has to be self-aware enough to figure out his or her problem in order to self-correct and clear the poltergeist. Self-correction directly addresses the pain and trauma which created the poltergeist in the first place. Once the host does the requisite work to heal themselves, the poltergeist’s food source dies off. A poltergeist in its infancy will also fairly quickly die off because it hasn’t put into place systems to allow it to feed on its own. That comes with development, and also intelligence. Which leads us to the next type of poltergeist.
If the first kind of poltergeist is a child, think of the mid-level poltergeist as a teenager. And teenagers can be punks. They can run agendas. They can be hard-headed and think they know everything. A mid-level poltergeist is much the same, which makes it capable of all manner of havoc. Remember how you were when you were a teenager? Getting stronger, bigger, you were always so hungry; you ate everything. It’s the same with the mid-level poltergeist, and that’s because it now understands how things work: Food equals development, and energy is food.
When the mid-level is sated — which is to say, when it is well fed — its obnoxious behavior can be somewhat muted, and this is because it is “content”. (Note I say can be, because this is not guaranteed.) However, if something happens to disturb its food/energy source — or when it needs to create more — it often begins to intensify its trouble-making. This usually produces various forms of paranormal phenomena — some quite alarming — and will continue until the poltergeist is fed again.
This type of disturbance often leads to a fear response within the host — and fear is a strong, negative energy; the kind the poltergeist wants. The poltergeist realizes it can feed off the fear just as it can the energy that created it, and now we have a problem. The mid-level poltergeist is learning rapidly. It’s becoming sophisticated and knows it can manipulate much more than just the host.
And so it does.
Mix that with a little more time for further development and we’ve now arrived at the fully-formed poltergeist. Operating at the ‘adult’ level, this poltergeist knows the score and now has an elevated system of cause-and-effect conditioning that produces all the energy it seeks. It is autonomous. It can do what it wants and has become far harder to clear. It is able to exist outside of the host for periods of time without the original energy that created it. It can eat other types of energy. (For example, the husband is an angry alcoholic and the wife is deeply depressed. The autonomous poltergeist manufactures conflict then feeds off both hosts.) It can induce fear via more complicated phenomena; not just bumps in the night, knocking on the walls, voices or doors slamming; now the poltergeist conjures full apparitions and embeds more deeply into the host’s thoughts, even the host’s dreams.
I should add that in particularly acute cases, a fully-developed poltergeist can even move among homes, from the host’s to a next door neighbor’s, and then to another neighbor. It can also follow the host (and others affected) to other locations and cause disturbances there, too. All the while, it is feeding.
This level poltergeist is commonly mistaken for demonic activity. It is important to realize, however, that poltergeist disturbance is never demonic. It’s simply the sign of an extremely well-developed — and tenacious — thought-form entity who has had total run of a person and a place for far too long.
Now for the solution, and yes, there is one!
The solution is summed up in this simple quote some of us heard our parents say at one point or another:
I brought you into this world, and I can take you out, too.
Not so great to say to kids, but absolutely applicable when dealing with poltergeists.
Because if you created it, you can uncreate it. But how?
Well, to uncreate — or neutralize — a dark thing, you must first bring the Light into it.
The way to bring Light into a poltergeist situation is to clear out the dark energy that created it. If you are the host of the energy, determine what inside you has caused your dysfunction. If it is anger toward someone, do the requisite work necessary to forgive that person. If it is because you do not like yourself or have issues of self-worth, explore therapeutics and pursue a deeper level of spiritual understanding through study, fellowship, and disciplines. If an addiction has created the poltergeist, be brave and seek help for yourself and proactively do something about it.
If someone in your space other than you has created the energy/poltergeist, intervene in a healthy way and give that person the help and support they need. If the person does not want to be helped and you are able to do it, pick another space to live, work, or spend your time. You must take care of yourself, because poltergeists, upon autonomy, can begin damaging your situation, as well.
In short, if you’re experiencing a haunting or a poltergeist, it may be time to clean up your life. It was the condition of your life that created this entity, and while that’s not good, it is entirely correctable.
And if you want to learn more about the diverse ecosystem we share with all sorts of spirits, check out my online class Everything Psychic. In that class I teach on everything from earthbound spirits to archangels to shadow people. I hope to see you there!