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Telekinesis and Psychokinesis: What is The Difference?

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Telekinesis and Psychokinesis What is The Difference

Telekinesis and psychokinesis are two words that mean the same thing. Physical things being moved or influenced by non-physical means or by the mind. Is there a case for mind-over-matter? We’ll see.

This Telekinesis and Psychokinesis post will cover:

  • Telekinesis and Psychokinesis Depends On What You Are Trying To Move
  • People Who Have Claimed to Have Telekinesis or Psychokinesis
  • Stanislawa Tomczyk Experiments
  • Two Types of Telekinesis and Psychokinesis Studied
  • Nina Kulagina Experiences
  • Uri Geller Telekenis Performance
  • Test Your Telekinesis and Psychokinesis Abilities
  • Telekinesis and Psychokinesis Final Words

Read more about these points below.

Telekinesis and Psychokinesis. Is There a Difference?

Telekinesis and Psychokinesis What is The Difference
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Telekinesis and Psychokinesis: You’ve heard these terms before but what do they mean? Are they words for the exact same phenomenon or is there a difference?

These are the definitions that I found, paraphrased a little.

Telekinesis is the movement of objects by a person without touching them or using other physical apparatus.

Psychokinesis is the movement of objects by using the mind without touching them or using other physical apparatus.

Looking pretty close to me.

Broken down, the Telekinesis and Psychokinesis words translate like this:

tele=distance and kinesis=motion
psyche=mind and kinesis=motion

So distance motion and mind motion. Moving something while being away from it and moving something with your mind. About the same thing.

The word telekinesis was coined by Alexander N. Aksakof who was a Russian psychic researcher in 1890.

The word psychokinesis was coined by Henry Holt who was a writer and researcher of psychic phenomena in 1914. He wrote the book, “On the Cosmic Relations” which you can find on Amazon.

There is supposed to be a slight difference between these two terms: Telekinesis and Psychokinesis.

Telekinesis and Psychokinesis Depends On What You Are Trying To Move

What is The Mind Trying to Move SKULL GAL

That difference between telekinesis and psychokinesis hinges on what you’re trying to move.

Basically, if you’re trying to move a small item, like a spoon or a feather, something that you could move with your hand, then that would be telekinesis.

If you’re trying to move something that you couldn’t move with your hand, like a cloud or a leaf on the top of a tall tree, then that would be psychokinesis.

Telekinesis would move small, solid objects. Psychokinesis would move large, more airy types of matter.

And you do it all with just your mind. Or so they say.

This is a discipline that hasn’t had a very good success rate as far as getting proof is concerned.

There have been experiments but results have been inconclusive.

People have said they could move small balls or cups, bend spoons or even raise something up into the air.

But those things have rarely been done in a scientific setting using the correct means to detect fraud.

Most telekinesis and psychokinesis tests use dice or random generators.

The subject would try to influence the roll of the dice to be a certain number more often than by chance or make the generator come up with one number more often than it normally would come up.

But the results weren’t very conclusive.

There have been a lot of people who claimed this ability, but most have been caught out as phony.

Doesn’t mean it isn’t a real ability, but just that it hasn’t been able to be replicated or proven under close scrutiny.

Check out our Post Psychic Experiences First Time Stories for some cool stories.

People Who Have Claimed to Have Telekinesis or Psychokinesis Abilities

People Who Have Claimed to Have Telekinesis or Psychokinesis Abilities

There have been quite a few people over the last hundred years or so who have claimed to be able to have telekinesis and psychokinesis abilities and move things with their minds.

The Amazing Criswell, Mina Crandon, Eva Carriere, and Colin Evans to name a few.

Most of them have been proven to be fakes, unfortunately.

Testing and just plain catching them in the act have led to the debunking of the vast majority of claims.

That’s very disappointing, at least to me, because the idea of moving objects using just the power of thought is intriguing.

I’d like to talk about four of them, though, that may have had some ability. Some people say they are frauds and others believe in them completely.

Stanislawa Tomczyk Experiments

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By Unknown author – The Sketch. A journal of art and actuality June 8, 1910, page 277., Public Domain, Link

Stanislawa Tomczyk (pronounced tomchick) was a spiritualist who was active in the early 1900s.

The ghost of her friend, Sophie, appeared to her at the moment of death and the telekinesis started then.

Sophie and Adalbert, another Polish discarnate, for want of a better word, helped her with her psychic abilities.

Check out our post Recognizing After-Death Communication From A Loved One.

She would be hypnotized and that would supposedly allow an entity, not a ghost she was quick to point out, but an entity, so some non-ghost type being from another plane, to help her with her telekinesis feats

I assume that would then take over and do all sorts of unusual things through her.

She used a form or her own name, Little Stashia, to refer to this entity.

The entity would make lights appear, cause images to form on unexposed photographic plates, stop clocks, make a roulette wheel move the way she wanted it to, separating a chemical from the solution it had been placed in, and levitating objects.

Stanislawa was tested by the Polish psychologist Julian Ochorowicz in 1908-09.

Later, the Society for Psychical Research in the U.K. did some tests from June 2 to July 13, 1914.

Rev. Everard Feilding observed and recorded the 11 sessions during which the tests took place.

Two Types of Telekinesis and Psychokinesis Studied

Two Types of Psychokinesis and Telekinesis StudiedThere were two types of telekinesis and psychokinesis activity studied.

The first was while Stanislawa was fully aware.

Things were thrown around the room, you could hear raps and noises in both the room they were in and adjoining rooms, and tables and chairs moved around.

These were called telekinetic or activities similar to a poltergeist.

Other things would happen while she was in trance or hypnotized and were categorized as a different type, and consisted of the actions described for the entity.

Most mediums or spiritualists used a darkened room, but Stanislawa used a fully lighted one.

During the two-hour sittings, she would put her hands on the table and within 15 minutes, 45 at the most, her fingertips would tingle.

She’d then ask for a small object, such as a pencil, matchstick, ball, anything of that nature to be put between her hands, and then it would roll or rise up and otherwise move on its own.

Except for raising a ball about 9″, most of her telekinesis efforts were inconclusive.

Some people reached over to feel between her hands as this was going on and felt a thread spread between her fingers and hands.

Although magicians used threads in this way to do their tricks, there were still some who felt that the thread had an otherworldly origin.

At a seance, someone took a secret photo that showed that she was touching the objects with her hands after all. Whoops! Not just the mind after all.

This didn’t bother the Rev. Feilding, who asked her to marry him, which she did and gave up her telekinetic performances for good.

Nina Kulagina Experiences

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By Unknown author – Link

The Russian government has been known to be interested in psychic abilities, particularly remote viewing, and has been experimenting with it for some time.

In the 1960s, forty scientists, who counted two Nobel laureates among them, studied an army veteran turned housewife, Nina Kulagina, who claimed psychic powers.

Silent films in black and white were made showing her moving objects, separating broken eggs in water, causing a compass needle to spin, and changing the heartbeat of a frog, while the heart was in a solution.

Nina was placed in a metal cage while she separated a marked matchstick from others that were under a dome, the cage being used to block electromagnetic waves that might skew the results.

Originally she could move things only when mad. Later, she used meditation and calming techniques to try to do telekinesis on purpose but it caused vision problems and pain down her back.

Some thought that she hid magnets on her person. A government magazine accused her of fraud when she was caught cheating but she won a partial case against them in 1987.

Uri Geller Telekenis Performance

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By Dmitry Rozhkov – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, link

Uri Geller was born in Tel Aviv and is part Israeli and part British.

He learned English when he moved to Nicosia, Cyprus when he was 11.

While still in Isreal he began to perform, so started very young.

By the 1970s, he was performing throughout Europe and the U.S. bending spoons, stopping watches or making them speed up, or describing pictures that were hidden from his view.

That spoon bending is what he seems to be most noted for.

He went on numerous talk shows and made a lot of the station’s cutlery unusable and they loved him for it.

There’s a gorilla made of spoons in honor of Geller in Berkshire.

Plus there’s a museum with just Uri items in it due to open in Tel Aviv in July 2021. You can get a preview here.

You can even get artwork that he’s done.

Much of his popularity is the result of various television appearances demonstrating telekinesis and the hosting of his own shows.

So this must be the real deal, right?

Well, maybe. Maybe not.

He has claimed to have supernatural abilities, but those abilities supposedly came from extraterrestrials.

He even claimed to be sent here by people from another planet.

Then he just said the abilities came from extraterrestrials but not he himself.

The next claim is that his powers aren’t supernatural. They’re powers, just not supernatural ones.

And of course, he’s been tested.

Test #1

A parapsychologist, Andrija Puharich tested him and gave him the seal of approval.

He even wrote a biography of Geller in which he said that Uri was in contact with alien computers.

So now he’s not just sent by aliens or endowed by them with powers, he’s linked into their computer systems, too. That’s some network coverage.

Test #2

In 1973, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency working at the Stanford Research Institute tested Uri to see if his abilities were genuine.

The Russian government isn’t the only one to look into this stuff.

The tests were conducted by Harold E. Puthoff and Russell Targ, both psychologists.

The test consisted of making a drawing in another room and asking Geller to draw the same picture without looking at it.

The psychologists were impressed so he obviously nailed it. As far as they’re concerned, this guy is psychic.

Wow, it’s official. Not so fast. A well-known skeptic, James Randi, said that the researchers were fully aware that Uri was just showing them tricks, but called him legitimate anyway.

Other officials were called in, this was a government trial after all, and they weren’t as gung ho to certify him as the testers.

Ray Hyman, an investigator for the Dept of Defense, didn’t think the test parameters were sufficient, calling the whole thing sloppy and inadequate.

Two more psychologists, David Marks and Richard Kammann came in, looked at the tests, and discovered that the dividing wall between the room where the drawings were being produced and the room that Uri was in wasn’t secure or very thick.

He could hear the previous psychologists’ conversations as they created the test picture and even see what they were doing through a hole in the wall.

Basically, test conditions compromised.

When you add the fact that magicians can duplicate most of his supernatural, alien-gifted powers, it’s not looking too good for Uri.

Despite all this, he still has followers who believe in him explicitly.

Geller’s Books Available on Amazon

Geller’s also the author of numerous books.

  • Learn to Dowse: World’s Most Powerful Search Engine: Your Intuition (Kindle – Audiobook – Hardcover) Amazon
  • URI: A Journal of the Mystery of Uri Geller (Hardcover – Paperback) Amazon
  • Mind Medicine: The Secret Of Powerful Healing (Hardcover) Amazon
  • Use Your Psychic Powers to Have It All (Paperback) Amazon
  • Little Book of Mind-power (Paperback) Amazon

Test Your Telekinesis and Psychokinesis Abilities

Test Your Telekinesis and Psychokinesis AbilitiesDo you have telekinesis and psychokinesis abilities? It can’t hurt to try it out to see.

There are some sources of information on how to use telekinesis. Including telekinesis books.

I looked up telekinesis training and came up with a few hits. I’m not really sure they are legitimate, though.

If you’d like to try them out, go ahead, but if there’s a fee involved, it would be better to skip it. I think there would be more verifiable experiences if there was more to this.

It’s simple enough to set something up. Watch some videos of people performing telekinesis and try to do it yourself.

Or just gather some small items such as feathers, forks, ping pong balls, marbles, pencils, anything like that and see if you can focus on them and will them to move.

There’s also a couple of online tests that you can take. I failed them, but you may do better. Here’s one with a few different telekinesis and psychokinesis tests here that were kind of fun.

Go ahead. Give them a try. Then tell us the results in the comments. You may be the one to prove that telekinesis and psychokinesis abilities are real.

Telekinesis and Psychokinesis Final Words

Telekinesis and Psychokinesis What is The Difference

I was a little disappointed to find that most, if not all, people who move things with their minds aren’t exactly moving them with their minds.

Also, I was thinking that most paranormal events serve some kind of purpose.

Telepathy communicates, precognition tells you what to expect, empathy helps you know how someone is feeling, ghosts communicate, or let you know that life goes on.

Telekinesis moves little balls and bends spoons.

Except for maybe showing the mind can do more than we think, which is shown by many other means, it doesn’t seem to serve a purpose.

So, is telekinesis real? I don’t know. There seems to be more evidence or at least first-hand experience with poltergeists than telekinesis.

The idea is still intriguing, though. And there’s nothing to stop you from checking it out yourself.

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