Hi Anna,

I recently moved into a newly built house. No one has ever lived in this house before, and so I know that no-one has ever died here.

Yet I also believe we have a poltergeist — here are just a few reasons why:

– My son’s toys go off in the middle of the night

– Recently when I was looking after my baby at home (I’m a new mum), I left our living room very untidy to have lunch and came back to a completely tidied and clean room (I don’t understand how, as me and my very young child were the only ones at home)

– The bookcase in my son’s room got tipped over when no-one was in there

– Our dog appears to be scared and is barking at nothing

– I was folding clothes up on our kitchen table, got distracted and when I came back into the room, three of the tops I had folded were laid out, next to one another on the table. I didn’t do that either!

I feel like I am going mad and I’m scared of whatever is doing this. My partner is a total skeptic but after what he’s seen, he is very rattled and now believes in ghosts, as well.

– Claire

Hi Claire,

Before deciding on whether there is a poltergeist, I’d look at rational explanations first of all. You say you are a new mum. New mums can be so sleep-deprived that the mind can play tricks (e.g. you could have tidied the room but completely forgot because you were half asleep doing it.) Only you will know if that is a possibility. Have you ever been really distracted that you put something in a certain place and completely forgot about it, later? That’s happened to me several times. Once I put my laptop in a drawer and had no memory of having done so. I even convinced myself the house must have been burgled and my laptop had been taken.

If that’s not a possibility, could subsidence be a factor? When there’s subsidence in a building, things could come off walls or fall over.

Your dog’s behaviour could be attributed to the move, which is a big shift for you all.

If you reject these rational explanations, then it’s time to look at the paranormal ones.

It could be that you have a poltergeist (a poltergeist is a ghost that has been around long enough and amassed enough energy to actually move matter.) No one needs to have died in your house for you to have a poltergeist. They are simply earthbound spirits who have mastered the art of moving matter and affecting electrics. And poltergeists are not necessarily scary or evil, they are just spirits of the deceased who are stuck and lost.

There are a couple of ways to deal with such a spirit:

1. Burning Sage

A very common way to deal with a poltergeist is to burn sage in your home. This makes earthbound spirits and poltergeists flee, but unfortunately it does not stop them returning, especially if you do not put energetic protection in place to keep spirits out, so you could be wasting your time with this one.

2. Do a Property Clearing

A more effective, long term way of dealing with this situation is to do a property clearing. This involves ‘tuning in’ to a space to ascertain what the actual issue is with the property, energetically speaking. And then if you find there is an issue with a poltergeist, to help that spirit to move on to the other side, and then to set up energetic protection so that other lost spirits do not find their way into your home.

In my Energy Clearing for Spaces home study course, I teach people how to do exactly that, and it takes no skill or prior training. Anyone with some belief in the paranormal and a willingness to learn to dowse with a pendulum can manage it.

In addition, the course teaches you to identify and clear out 9 other types of negative energy that can affect a space.