Kinetic Energy: Powering the Paranormal? by Will Crawford

Kinetic Energy:

Powering the Paranormal?


It was February 15th 2009 when I witnessed my first manifestation while setting up for a residential investigation. There were just the two of us in the old days so that meant a lot of time with camera and wire placement. It was a lot of work for just a couple of guys but we were eager to see what we could find. Working on the bottom floor of a converted 19th century hardware store something caught my attention out of my peripheral vision. Flipping my head around I observed a white, wispy fog-like figure, what many would call a female entity or ghost, ascending the stairs.

“Was that you I just saw on the stairs?” I asked.

But of course I did not hear a reply. It was my first sighting, and I felt I wouldn’t be my last. There was so much excitement and doubt all crammed into a half second of confusion and unknown possibilities. I left that morning wondering what really occurred. Later that year I was enjoying a TAPS episode involving an intriguing investigation at the St. Augustine Lighthouse (aired Sept 19th 2009) when I had a revelation. Numerous TAPS members were pursuing and investigating a probable manifesting entity up and down the spiral stairway with spectacular video captured. This led me to start asking the question:  Why is paranormal activity drawn to staircases and spiral stair cases in particular? Was there a possible scientific explanation for the un-explainable?

For years, the realm of paranormal study has long ascertained that Bio and Electrical energy were often borrowed or drained by entities to allow manifestation.  These claims have been rightful and sometimes fraudulently exaggerated by investigators noting their fresh new batteries have just died in a favorite ghost hunting instrument. However, there are numerous other forms of energy that could be drawn upon. These are not limited to: chemical, thermal, electromagnetic, gravitational, electric, nuclear, rest and the often forgotten Kinetic Energy. Loosely defined as energy an object possesses due to motion, could Kinetic energy provide enough power for a manifestation? A basic principle and often overlooked fact is the ability of Kinetic energy to be passed from one object to another (for example: one billiard ball striking another). Consider the constant work a human body exudes to climb or descend a stairway. Each step, each impact is the transformation of Kinetic energy. Essentially this simple act is charging the battery-a favorite term of my aikido sensei long ago. Often we would discuss converting an impact strike of an attacker into a seamless redirection of the energy. The attackers blow and the flow of my own body to not move directly against this energy, but with it, was the charging. The direct physical attack would often result in a devastating redirection simply by working with the energy. Could countless ascending and descending a stairway provide fuel (kinetic energy) for a paranormal manifestation?

Consider a few points of interest. The First Law of Thermodynamics states energy can neither by created or destroyed only transformed. It’s a basic law of Physics but one that is often dismissed. Ascending and descending a stairway is constantly creating energy. Each step upward in combination with work (chemical energy) and each step down in combination of work and gravitational energy. While most would advocate that all of this kinetic energy would dissipate over time there are some who do not subscribe to this theory. Consider the Model of the Paranormal Manifestation by Brian Schill .If we work inside his theory and apply that an entity or event, trapped in Bioelectric Stasis on a stairway has a Trigger Mechanism (anniversary date or time of the event, well organized re-enactment or a paranormal investigators careful wording) the stored Kinetic energy localized in the immediate environment could be tapped into and result in a manifestation.

Another concept to consider is the nature of the material used in construction of a stairway with the most notable being metal and iron used for spiral staircases. Used primarily in lighthouses since the 1700’s these metal structures were constructed to allow caretakers to ascend nearly 200 feet to keep lights blazing for nautical vessels at sea. In recent years, spiral staircases have been adapted for use in close quarter locations were a full stairwell is not possible from space constraints or economics.  The metal used for their construction may contain specific characteristics for the generation and the retention of energy fields. While any ascension or descension may in affect charge the battery it seems most probable that stairways made of metal would have a higher retention of the kinetic energy. Spiral staircases may generate even greater retention of the energy field since kinetic energy is also stored in rotational kinetic energy which is the rotation around a fixed axis of a rigid body. This exaggerated energy retention may result in stronger and /or more frequent manifestations at locations where paranormal activity is abundant. While this all sounds interesting and purely speculative is there any separate example of Kinetic energy, possibly with metal involved that we might use for comparison?

Let’s look at the early Lifeline of America: Railways and Railroads. Behemoth railway cars and locomotives running on metal track (containing specific characteristics for the generation and the retention of energy fields), may be a perfect example. Ghost stories revolving around the railroads have been around since their creation. The lack of basic safety features during the construction, the numerous Train accidents in recorded history and the location of some track across old cemetery or Indian burial grounds could provide the Bioelectric Stasis needed. But where does the energy come from? Railroad Tracks aren’t run on electric current (unlike subways) and battery’s are few and far between in most rural areas which are where the bulk of track is laid. Does the possibility of kinetic energy provide the fuel for possible paranormal activity in these circumstances? Consider a locomotive, while immense and powerful, only has enough energy to pull 1-2 railway cars at a time. Instead, the gaps in between each cars coupling allows just enough momentum and energy transfer to allow the combined weight of the locomotive and 2 cars to pull the third and then the locomotive and 3 cars to generate enough energy to pull the fourth and so on until the entire length of the train is in motion. Once again, this act of moving the cars, the impact between couplings during this period combined with the natural turning of the wheels results in Kinetic energy and Thermal energy. While the Thermal dissipates the Kinetic energy may still be present in the metal railways, available for manifestation if a Bioelectric Stasis and Trigger are present somewhere along the track.


Finally, recognize the kinetic energy of an object depends on the relationship between the object and the observer’s frame of reference. For example, an archer pulls his bow and releases an arrow that soars by you (the observer) which you observe as moving faster because the arrow has kinetic energy in relation to yourself standing still. Let’s say you were capable of moving at the exact same speed as the arrow and matched the speed of the arrow once fired from the bow.  The same arrow would be stationary from your point of view (as the observer) since you are moving at the same velocity as the arrow, and so has no kinetic energy. If you hold this point of substantiated science and physics to be true and a paranormal manifestation occurs perhaps it is merely the tapping into and removal of the kinetic energy via the manifesting entity that allows you (the observer) and the entity to briefly be able to view one or each other. This could only occur when the kinetic energy was at a constant (essentially no kinetic energy traveling at the same speed) between the two: the observer and the manifesting entity. This could explain the elusive encounters, their short time frame and distorted observations during a manifestation. The very act of tapping into and utilization of the Kinetic energy could allow the manifestation to be observable from our human perspective.

While these viewpoints are unproven they do point out intriguing and possible explanations. During the research for this topic I did uncover a few other tidbits of truly interesting note. The principal in classic mechanics E mc2 was first developed by Gottfried Leibniz and Johann Bernoulli who described kinetic energy as vis viva – or the living force. Something I’m sure my old sensei would have liked.  The second point is for nearly every mathematical formula for computing Kinetic energy there is always an M for Mass. Which poses a very interesting question does a paranormal manifestation have mass itself? If it does not, and Kinetic energy is being stored and tapped into for paranormal manifestation we have to rewrite the current understanding of Kinetic energy and basic Physics. Either way the field of paranormal research will continue to try and explain the unknown with Science. Placing a fixed measurement on that which cannot be measured will be the goal and angst of paranormal researchers and scientist alike. Sometimes, I think back to that late night in February and that first manifestation I witnessed. I always wished I could have heard a reply that evening to my question “Was that you I just saw on the stairs?”  Perhaps if I had heard a reply that evening it would have helped me with these and other questions that have been mounting ever since. Then again, the feminine voice I discovered captured on my audio recorder with the evp reply of “…yesss…” may have been just enough to satisfy my curiosity.