My dad thought it was my brother communicating from beyond, he thoroughly believes in 'it all' and was a Steinerist for a long time in the 70's /80's. I tend to think it was a case of TK; my father's charged emotions, thoughts and brain-waves, perhaps animal electrical -magnetism gone hay-wire but how that works I have no idea hence my question to the forum.
Years ago I was arguing with my then-teenage son along the length of the hall of our house. He was beside the front door and there was a picture on the wall level with his face. We were really shouting when suddenly the picture shot off the wall and landed at Son's feet.Depends what you identify as telekinesis. The word conjures up images of deliberately concentrating on a thing with the intention of causing movement...and there are purported lab experiments exploring that. The whole Uri Gellar spoon bending shtick, if real, would be telekinesis too.
But I think "in the wild" the way its usually exhibited as a thing are in circumstances where its hard to differentiate between it being the mind of the individual and the hand of some disembodied something (eg a spirit). I'm thinking specifically of Poltergeist phenomena, aports at seances, and the return of lost objects on request.
I've certainly experienced the latter of those. Was that me?
Watching the movie the Medusa Touch this evening, about a man who causes death and disaster by staring angrily at people who upset him, made me think of the day i was convinced I might have been causing negative events to people around me because of my mood. The Evil Eye in effect.
20 years ago, Melbourne Australia. Visiting a friend and, long story short i didn't feel as welcome there as I expected. So a lot of unable to be expressed anger, disappointment, awkwardness etc on my part when I left the house and headed into the city. In the course of the day i counted maybe half a dozen separate incidents of misfortune hitting the nearest person to me, in each case obliging me to help them. On the tram into the centre as i got off the woman in front of me left her purse.. i had to retrieve it and call after her. I got off the tram and crossing a road the woman passing to my right somehow buckled or collapsed and I had to pick her up. I went into MacDonald's for lunch and witnessed (not realising it till it had happened) the elderly lady to one side of me have her bag stolen..i had to say what had happened. A few minutes before or after this one of the staff dropped a full milk shake all over the floor to my right and had to mop it up. Sitting on a bench at the tram stop back a child climbed up on it next to me...and somehow fell down the back of it and got stuck..i had to lift her out. As i was getting off the tram back near the house, the shopping bag of the only other passenger burst and her apples rolled down the aisle to my feet. I had to pick them up for her.
It all seemed too much of a coincidence. I hadn't been walking round consciously seething, i don't think, but was the unexpressed and unexpressable negativity in my unconscious mind somehow escaping by other means and effecting the world?
That presents an interesting aside...why do the apparent displays of this always seem to be triggered by negative emotions and provoke negative or destructive consequences. What - taking pk for granted - chose the photo as its target? Or was it just some negative "energy" hitting the closest object, as it appears to be the case in my examples. But in my case - if it is the same thing - the negativity didn't take the form generally of object movement but of "bad luck". Are we to then imagine that luck is also an actual "thing" to be effected and shaped?We were really shouting when suddenly the picture shot off the wall and landed at Son's feet.
What an excellent summation. You have described what I felt, but could not be so succinct. I cannot add to that. Thanks very much.I've only just properly read your account.. its probably not had as many replies as it deserves because its in parapsychology rather than the more visited "It Happened To Me" forum.
Although none of us can know what the cause was or how any of these things work in practice even if they are paranormal, my take on it would be to say that I'm not sure that the PK hypothesis is any improvement over the "spirit of your brother" theory. In either case it implies the mind of an individual was effecting material objects. Materialist/sceptical science gives no more credence to PK than it does to survival. In effect they both require the same "unacceptable" precondition..that the human mind is not confined to the physical brain. If you accept that to be true then the principle reductionist objection to survival goes out the window...a mind not confined tothe brain cannot be assumed to die with the brain. So if the mind can escape the brain, and it can effect the material world, why not the mind of your brother rather than your father? And instinctively i would imagine the completely unconfined psyche of the deceased would be more likely/able to exhibit such influences on a photograph than the mind of the still living.
It's not to say that it was your brother. Just that it may "feel" more logical or scientific to appeal to telekinesis by the living, but there's no real reason that it should be so.