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Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis, or RSPK

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines poltergeist as: German, from poltern (to knock) and geist (spirit), dated 1848: a noisy, usually mischievous ghost held to be responsible for unexplained noises (as rappings).
Poltern has also been defined as: to be noisy, to rumble, to rattle; and geist can mean spirit or ghost.
Poltergeist activity (or PA) usually centers around an adolescent female under age 20, who is called the “agent”(Rarely, males can also be agents.). Evidence recently suggests that women in their menopausal years can be agents too. I have personally found in my research that PA usually centers around a female with hormonal fluctuations and/or who has a great deal of unresolved emotional stress, repressed anger, hostility, and sexual tension and who can be unhealthy physically and/or mentally. It is therefore crucial that conversion hysteria, mania, dissociate reactions and schizophrenia be ruled out. A complete psychological evaluation is mandatory. If found mentally and emotionally healthy, recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis, or RSPK, is usually suspected by the parapsychologist or the investigating team. Simply put, RSPK is psychokinesis (the ability to move objects with the mind) occurring on a subconscious level that creates spontaneous, inexplicable physical events. It is thought this is a way for the subject to express extreme, pent up emotions without fear of punishment, though it must be stressed that this is happening subconsciously, so the subject cannot be held directly accountable for the PA, though many times they are secretly please the events are happening. This RSPK theory goes in and out of favor among legitimate paranormal experts. Another theory that comes and goes holds that PA is caused by an entity of some type and that the agent is merely a source of energy for this entity. This energy supposedly is the initial draw of the entity to the agent, and then is used by it as “fuel”.  The same emotional characteristics of the agent mentioned in the RSPK theory would also “feed” an entity as expressed in this second theory.  It is also possible that both these theories are valid and that each should be considered on a case by case basis. Whichever the cause, poltergeist activity is certainly more under the control of the agent than she/he usually realizes.
Much of the activity generated by a poltergeist can be dramatic and destructive, though rarely is anyone hurt and even then, injuries are minor. In general, the activity begins with small things and escalates from there. Some of the possible activities include:
  • Rapping, knocking or scratching noises
  • Foul odors
  • Cool breezes or cold spots
  • Small object disappearing or being found in odd places
  • Sounds of glass breaking or silverware crashing to the floor
  • Objects “flying” across the room, often crashing and breaking
  • Objects levitating
  • Beds shaking while occupied
  • Electrical devices going on and off (lights, TVs, stereos)
  • Finding cabinets and drawers opened
  • Furniture being rearranged
  • Small fires
  • Puddles of water
  • People being slapped, pushed or lightly scratched
  • Odd shadows
  • Faint sounds of music, giggling, hearing your name called
There are few distinguishing factors between a haunting and poltergeist activity.  A poltergeist is usually centered around an agent, whereas a ghost centers on a dwelling or an entire household.  A poltergeist moves with the agent, whereas a ghost is usually confined to a geographical location. This complicates the process of expulsion of the phenomenon. If the nature of the disturbance cannot be pinpointed, it is difficult to choose a method of extraction from the home.
In order to put an end to the activity, the most logical and most helpful solution for the agent is to first assume it is an RSPK manifestation, which statistically is most likely the cause. To do this, a psychological evaluation and counseling is mandatory. Once the underlying emotions are identified and dealt with, the PA will usually cease. In fact, just convincing the agent that they are the cause of the disturbances can put an immediate end to them in some cases. True poltergeist activity is self-limiting, and 3 weeks to18 months maximum is the usual duration of activity anyway.
Having the agent confront the entity also can immediately banish it. A command to leave, backed by true courage and conviction can not only get rid of both an entity or an RSPK event, but the sense of control this gives the agent can be instrumental in dealing with the pent up emotions (usually exacerbated by a sense of helplessness over the situation) that caused the PA in the first place, be it RSPK or an entity. To give the agent positive reinforcement, introducing the idea of controlled PK can shift the focus of the agent’s energy from negative to positive and stop the PA activity. If RSPK is the source, it can be explained, then it can be recognized and channeled into a controlled, positive experience for the agent. Again, if this method is used and the PA is caused by an entity, we are again shifting the focus, the energy away from the entity and, coupled with a direct order to leave and a lack of fear on the part of the agent, this usually will banish the entity.
A ritual blessing of the home, either as a family event or by a priest or clergyman, can also end the activity. Whether Pagan, Native American, or Christian, these rituals certainly cannot hurt and can actually relieve much of the stress and mental exhaustion of the household, if nothing else.
For a deeper look at this topic I highly recommend “Poltergeist: A Classic Study in Destructive Hauntings” by Colin Wilson. It is available at as a book or for Kindle.