Dark Intrusions, 6



Poltergeist according to Spiritism


pp. 82-4 poltergeists' ball of energy : puddle of water; green foam; levitation of furniture

p. 82

"British author Colin Wilson ... In his book Beyond the Occult ... tells

the interesting story of how ..., in 1980, ... he met the British paranormal expert Guy Lyon Playfair at a conference in Derbyshire ... . ... Playfair told Wilson

p. 83

that he thought poltergeists were ... "Football! ... 'A football of energy. When people get into conditions of tension, they exude a kind of energy -- the kind that happens to teenagers ... . Along come a couple of spirits, and they do what any group of schoolboys would do -- they begin to kick it around, smashing windows and generally creating havoc. Then they get tired and leave it. In fact the football often explodes and turns into a puddle of water.'" ...

But ... in Pontefract ..., the location of the poltergeist haunting, ...

{This "Pontefract" was named for (E-C:"PC") "Pontefract Castle, in Yorkshire, England (or Pomfret Castle, as it was known at its time)"

which (ibid. 6) "was constructed on an old Anglo-Saxon burial ground." Praesumably, the poltergeist intended its activity to be understood as a protest against the defilement of a graveyard by the constructors of the castle; and likely had been assigned that task by religious practitioners who had been directed to do so (provisionally, in case it were ever to be defiled) by the government ruling in Yorkshire while the koimeterion (coemeterium) was as yet in use.}

When the poltergeist first arrived, small pools of water began to appear on the kitchen floor. ...

Not only did green foam spurt out of the tap when it was turned on,

{This would praesumably referr to ("FBL") "foaming behaviour of liquorice"; for, there is now-a-days an annual Pontefract Liquorice Festival ("PLF") to commemorate that "During medieval times liquorice was grown extensively by monks in West Yorkshire, especially around the town of Pontefract" ("LGAP").

[but also] lights in the house began to switch on and off of their {own} accord, and a pot[ted]-plant situated at the bottom of the stairs somehow found its way to the top of the stairs.

On one occasion ..., a jug of milk floated out of the refrigerator and poured itself over the head of Aunt Maude, who had earlier revealed her skepticism {doubt} of the poltergeist's existence. ...

{This action was most likely intended by the poltergeist to indicate, officiously, that the Anglo-Saxon curse was a continuation of an older curse which had been instituted by religious practitioners of the "Beaker Folk" (so-named by archaiologists) who had been praevalent in Albion/Prettania in the Neolithic-to-Chalcolithic transition.}

During the evenings, ... There would be loud drumming noises, ornaments would levitate around the room, and furniture would be thrown around, often smashed. On one occasion, the hallstand made of heavy oak

p. 84

floated through the air, landing on Diane and pinning her to the stairs. ... Diane was unharmed -- not even bruised ... . ... the poltergeist dragged Diane up the stairs. ... As soon as .. grabbed Diane, the poltergeist let go, and they all tumbled down the stairs. ...

Later on, the poltergeist --

... named "Mr. Nobody" --

{Cf. /Oudeis/ ('Nobody') as pseudonym (so named to Polu-phemos) of Odusseus, in the Odusseia.}

began to manifest visually, appearing as a tall figure dressed in a monk's habit with th4e cowl over its head."

E-C:"PC" = "Pontefract Castle : History of England’s Most Fearsome Fort". http://www.exploring-castles.com/uk/england/pontefract_castle/

"FBL" = "Foaming behaviour of liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)". http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814600000984

"PLF" = "Pontefract Liquorice Festival". http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/residents/events-and-culture/events/pontefract-liquorice-festival

"LGAP" = "Liquorice to Grow Again in Pontefract". https://www.theguardian.com/uk/the-northerner/2012/jul/30/liquorice-pontefract

{As concerning praehistoric graveyards in Yorkshire, ("BSCV", p. 283) "The Arras culture is known mainly from burials, and is confined to a small area of eastern Yorkshire. ... Arras culture burials often occur in large cemeteries, containing several hundred graves, and as such are the earliest large inhumation cemeteries in England {read instead "in Albion/Prettania/Brittania"}.}

{The \pomfret\ is any fish of the Stromateoides genus. \Stromatology\ is, in geology, the layering of strata of rock; in archaiology, it would be the layering of occupational-habitation strata : in this case, a castle superposed upon a graveyard. Furthermore, in Sundanese (DSLJ, p. 46) \bawai\ 'pomfret fish' is cognate with \bawang\ 'onion' : here, the concentric layers of an onion could be reminiscent of the concentric rings of fortification encircling Pomfret Castle, for, (E-C:"PC" 4) "it enjoyed the protection of two-outer walled baileys. Effectively, it was a concentric castle design."}

{In Hellenic, \stromat-\ is 'mattress', on account whereof : (E-C:"PC" 3) "The castle had fallen to the Parliamentarians, but the Royalists, lead {read "led"} by Colonel John Morris, managed to dupe their way into the castle by pretending to be bed-collectors."}

"BSCV" = 17. Simon Mays : "Biodistance Studies Using Craniometric Variation". In :- Margaret Cox & Simon Mays (edd.) : Human Osteology : In Archaeology and Forensic Science. Cambridge Univ Pr, 2000. pp. 277-88. https://books.google.com/books?id=-UqAnk-n7wgC&pg=PA283&lpg=PA283&dq=

DSLJ = Jonathan Rigg : A Dictionary of the Sunda Language of Java. Batavia : Lange & Co, 1862.


pp. 85-6 the I.B.P.P. & its founder Andrade

p. 85

"Playfair became a mamber of the Brazilian Institute for Psychobiophysical Research (IBPP), a spiritist organization founded by the pioneering parapsychologist Hernani

Guimaraes Andrade, who passed away in 2003.

Playfair investigated his first poltergeist case in 1973. ... The poltergeist produced loud bangs and crashes, set their clothes on fire, and threw furniture around. ...

As Playfair explains in his book

The Indefinite Boundary

{referring to an imperceptible transition into the so-called "Twilight Zone"}

(1976), ... Brazil ... is home to many African ... cults, two of the biggest being Candomble` and Umbanda ... . ...

In this poltergeist case, ... someone had been working a ... magic trabalho {cognate with /trouble/} ..., a "spirit offering," consisting of bottles, candles, and cigars was found in the family's garden. Also found on the premises were photographs of a girl with stitches through it -- a sign of ... magic. ...

The late Andrade ... is quoted as saying : "Any Brazilian is well aware that this country is full of backyard terreiros (... magic centers) where people use spirit forces ... ." ... In Brazil, says Playfair, even the poorest of the poor will

p. 86

quite happily preparea magnificent banquet as a payment to

a spirit (or group of spirits)

{What the author is here labeling "a spirit" is always a specific deity traditionally worshipped in the religion of some some particular West African tribe; "group of spirits" is a traditional clan of such deities.}

for doing them a favor."

"In [the 1973 (p. 85)]case, a candomble` master arrived on the scene, along with his team of assistants. They performed various "exorcism" rites thsat appeared to be successful. An earlier attempt to exorcize the polltergeist ... was carried out by the IBPP's ... team of mediums ... . The mediums had ...

asked their "spirit guides" to persuade the poltergeist to leave."

{It is unavailing to ask one's own spirit-guide to perform any service for any other person. It is the function of a spirit-guide to be useful only to the one particular mortal to whom it is divinely allocated.}

pp. 86-7 Spiritism & its founder Rivail/Kardec

p. 86

"Spiritism began with the Frenchman Allan Kardec, whose real name was Hippolyte Leon Denizard Rivail. Born in Lyon, France, in 1804, Rivail was educated at the the distinguised Yverdon Institute in Switzerland, a school founded and run by the famous educational reformer J. H. Pestalozzi. Rivail ... wrote textbooks on ... educational reform ... . ... [Colin] Wilson describes him as "a kind of universal educator ... ." ... .

... Rivail's initial reaction to the Spiritualist "table-turning"... was one of ...

p. 87

In 1854, ..."I will believe it when I see it." He attended his first se'ance about a year later and was greatly impressed by what he witnessed, which not only included table turning but salso a demonstration of automatic writing. "I glimpsed," he said, "... the revelation of a new law ... ."

Rivail was later introducted to a Mr. Baudin, who held weekly se'ances at his home. Present at these sessions were his two daughters, both of whom were excellent mediums. The methods they used to communicate with the "spirit realm" were that of table turning and planchette writing. ... . ... Rivail ... came to each session with a list of new questions. ... Rivail ... thus ... relied on others to act ... with the "other side." Another group of researchers ... also conducted numerous "question and answer sessions" with ... wise and knowledgeable spirits, in the end collecting more than fity notebooks, which they ended up handing to Rivail."

collating by Kardec of manuscripts, for publication of books

p. 88

"his "spirit communicators" ... replied ..., giving him specific instructions ... : "To the book ... you will give, as being our work rather than yours, the title of Le Livre des Espirits (The Spirits' Book); and you will publish it, not under your own name, but under the pseudonym of Allan Kardec." ("Kardec" was an old Breton name in his mother's family.) ...

The Spirits' Book was finally published in 1857 and caused quite a stir. It was so successful, in fact, that a second edition containing additional material was printed the following year ... .

According to Steve Hume [1997] ..., "... the spirits had nothing good to say about the inequity that was, and still is, inherent in {class-ruled} human society." He points out, for instance, ... in The Spirits' Book ..., "It is from selfishness that everything evil proceeds. Study all the vices, and you will see that selfishness is at the bottom of them all."

p. 89

... . ... The Spirits' Book ... might describe ... On the topic of "universal space," for instance, ... that

"what appears a void to you is occupied by matter in a state in which it escapes the action of your senses and of your instruments." ...

{"But this aether may not be thought of as endowed with the quality characteristic of ponderable media" (Einstein 1922).}

In chapter VIII of The Spirits' Book, the question is asked : "Do spirits influence our thoughts and out actions{?"}, and to this the the reply is given :

"Their influence upon them is greater than you suppose, for it is often they who direct both." ...

{Mortals could be directed by the internal body-part deities in the Apokruphon of Ioannes, by the Taoist Internal Alchemy deities, and/or by the Vajra-yana gauri and pis`aci deities "within your own brain" (Freemantle 1992, p. 150).}

In additon to The Spirits' Book are four other fundamental works, also ... -- ... in Rivails's words, "compiled and set in order" -- under the name of Allan Kardec. They include The Mediums' Book, the Gospel According to Spiritism, Heaven and Hell, and The Genesis According to Spiritism. ... .

... Spiritist doctrine ... advocates reincarnation ... . ...

{All trance-mediumship-practicing West African tribal religions teach the doctrine of redincarnation. The same is true of the system of Taoist trance-mediumship and of the system of Taoist automatic writing, both many centuries antient.}

Automatic writing was the type of mediumship most favored by Rivail, ... describing

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it as a method "by which the spirits best reveal their nature, and the degree of their perfection ... ." The Spiritualists, on the other hand, were, and still are, fond of practicing trance mediumship, while

most of their mediums -- or rather, the spirits speaking through them -- mentioned nothing at all about reincarnation."

{A spirit capable of speaking through a medium's mouth, but not of writing through a medium's hand, is most likely illiterate; and an illiterate spirit is less likely to be aware of redincarnation

Hume 1997 = Steve Hume : "The Career of 'Allan Kardec'". ARK REVIEW, December.

Einstein 1922 = Einstein, Albert. In :- Jeffery, G. B.; Perrett, W. (edd.) : Sidelights on Relativity: Ether and the Theory of Relativity. NY : Methuen & Co. pp. 1–24. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-point_energy#Second_quantum_theory

Freemantle 1992 = Francesca Freemantle (translatrix) : The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Shambhala Pocket Classics edn., Boston & London.

p. 90 the founding of Spiritsm in Brazil

"Following Revail's death in 1869, ... in 1873, the Society of Spiritist Studies was formed in Rio de Janeiro. From then on, Spiritism continued to flourish, to the point where today, ... of Brazil's

population ... around 20 million people believe in Spiritsm and benefit from it."

p. 90 peripspirit

"Spiritism teaches us that man is made up three entities -- the spirit, the body, and the perispirit.

{Incorrect! That which Spiritism teacheth is that a living being is composed of three parts : soul, body, and perispirit.} {"the soul and perispirit, separated from the body, constitute the spirit. ... Editor's note: This perispirit accompanies the soul even when freed from the material body." (ES:"What Are Spirits?" 2.1)}

The perispirit is basically another name for the astral body


and is described as a "semi-material envelope ... drawn from the universal substance of each

{More actually, the aithereal body (aitheric double) is "semi-material" (capable of affecting material substance), whereas the astral body is wholly immaterial (unable to affect material substance).} {The term /envelope/, as signifying 'hollow container', is matched by (in Can.d.ali, the 1st of the Six Dharma-s of Nad.a-pada), "the visualization on the body as being hollow" ("6YN--AF").} {"Empty your mind ... . Like a hollow bamboo ... your body." (6YN&TM)}

globe." {The term /vibrational status/ would be much praeferable over the potentially misleading term /globe/.} ...

{It must be remembred that a "plane of existence" is a "globe" only diagrammatically : [usually,] namely, as the diagram depicting the atman {'soul-self', as distinguised from (the Vaidik word) /tman/ 'self-conception', the latter of which is arbitrary, a sort of fiction not necessarily real, but, rather, capable of being regarded as merely imagined}, as if it were surrounded by a series of "maya-kos`a-s" (litterally 'change-sheaths'), which are the subtle (immaterial) forms : namely, the astral body, the mental body, and the causal body, each whereof is capable of being occupied (successively only, never simultaneously) by the consciousness.}

"explains The Mediums' Book, "a spirit cannot act upon gross matter without an intermediary, that is to say, without the link which unites spirit to matter; this link, which is what you call the perispirit, gives you the key to all the materialized spirit-phenomena." ... the density of the perispirit varies from spirit to spirit ... ."

ES:"What Are Spirits?" 2.1 = "Physical Nature of Spirits". http://www.explorespiritism.com/Philisophy_What%20are%20Spirits_Physical%20Nature.htm

"6YN--AF" = "Six Yogas of Nāropa -- Alternate Formulations". https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Six+Yogas+of+Naropa&item_type=topic

6YN&TM = Garma C. C. Chang (transl) : The Six Yogas of Naropa and Teachings on Mahamudra. Snow Lion Publ, Ithaca (NY). http://promienie.net/images/dharma/books/naropa-chang_six-yogas-and-mahamudra.pdf

{"Besides the perispirit, we possess the "etheric double," which is our vital body" (S&MH:"MHP&EP", p. 99).} {"The vital principle, or vital fluid¹, establishes a necessary tie between the fluidic material of the perispirit and the dense material of the physical body." (ES:"Perispirit" 2.2)}

{The system of Spiritism would appear to be entirely unaware of the existence of the subtle bodies; and, correspondingly, unaware of the processes of attaining to the subtle bodies by means of vibratory freeing of the subtle bodies (successively) from the material body. Therefore, Spiritism is severely confined to gross ignorance of the fact that every ghost (reputedly, the consciousness of a dead person embodied in a subtle body; but, more likely, some spirit-guide or other spirit-concommitant of the dead person) is embodied in a subtle body.} {Either the aitheric double or else the subtle body of a live person can be witnessed (during transvection/projection); whereas only the subtle body of a reputed dead-person can be witnessed by a materially embodied mortal.}

S&MH:"MHP&EP" = Gilson Roberto : "Magnetic Healing, Prayer, and Energy Passes". In :- Emma Bragdon (editrix) : Spiritism and Mental Health : Practices from Spiritist Centers and Spiritist ... Hospitals in Brazil. Singing Dragon (imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publ) : London & Philadephia , 2012. pp. 97-103. https://books.google.com/books?id=WZM9ZSiNSOQC&pg=PA99&lpg=PA99&dq=

ES:"Perispirit" 2.2 = "Nature of the Perispirit". http://www.explorespiritism.com/Philosophy_Perispirit_Nature_Part2.htm

p. 90 "explanation of the poltergeist"

"In chapter V of The Mediums' Book, and ... explanation of the poltergeist is given. Poltergeists are classified as "imperfect spirits" trapped in materiality. Some ... are boistrous, noisy, and mischievous".


Louis Proud : Dark Intrusions : an Investigation into the Paranormal Nature of Sleep Paralysis Experiences. Anomalist Bks, San Antonio (TX), 2009.