I’m going to talk about a subject that has become a very touchy one in the paranormal community. In a word – orbs. Just saying that seems to stir up an argument. As a serious paranormal researcher of thirty-seven years, I wanted to give you my take on orbs and perhaps help to quell the ridiculous arguments that occur on this sensitive subject. Let’s take an equitable view at dense energy spheres (DES™) vs. natural orbs. A DES™ is what I call a true spiritual presence and a natural orb is any natural form of matter that is not connected with a spiritual presence such as dust, moisture, rain, insects and other anomalies that can be explained as other than paranormal.
While I believe it is true that the orb phenomena became an epidemic that people ran away with, I also believe that there are true paranormal orbs that can still assist in paranormal research under the right conditions, so they shouldn’t be completely dismissed. Some popular or famous researchers ‘say so’ – so it must be true – this is what paranormal researchers tend to ‘listen to’ and make part of their own rules and protocol; but I have learned, and I also teach the one and only rule in paranormal research and that is – “There are no rules!” I say this because things are constantly changing and just when you think something has a particular behavior, that theory is shot to hell.
When I first started out, the only equipment I had was a cassette tape recorder, a thermometer and a regular film camera. None of this fancy high-tech ghost equipment existed. You could get an IR (infrared) camera or thermal imaging camera, but back then they were ridiculously expensive. With a regular camera or ‘normal’ camcorder, it was very rare to capture on orb on film. Even if you did, then you had to try to figure out what it was caused from and there can be many reasons and sources for that orb. Now with digital cameras and advanced technology, capturing orbs is so very much easier, but the majority of those orbs are not paranormal at all.
So there are two sides to this story and I want to talk about each side. There is the pro side of exploring and studying orbs and the con side of it – which is basically debunking which are really DES™, or dense energy spheres, and which are not. I myself have had very interesting experiences with orbs that would not allow me, as a paranormal researcher, to dismiss it so easily. These experiences are not just what I managed to capture on still pictures, moving pictures and IR/UV pics, but also from seeing them physically outright and interacting with them. I have known many others who have physically seen orbs. Some of these people are psychic such as myself, and some are not.
So let’s start with the pros about orbs. Orbs can be many things and we will discuss that in the cons section of this post. When you get a picture of an orb, it is important that you do the best you can to come to the belief that it is indeed spirit energy by ruling out any other natural causes and reasons. In most cases, it will not be a true spirit orb. The human spirit, and also many non-human spirits, is comprised of energy. This energy gives off its own unique signature and force. The spirit contains an energy beacon which creates its own light source so this is something to look for when you are scrutinizing your orb for authenticity. Does the orb show its own power? Does it appear to have its own source of light and motion? Does it show response or can you get it to reappear? There are literally a slew of questions to ask.
Transporting from place to place as what we refer to as a DES™ orb, is actually a natural state of being for a deceased spirit and many other kinds of spirit beings. This is not to say that they can’t appear to you in many different forms, but their innate form is a gathering or more commonly, a sphere of intelligent energy. I have witnessed both psychically and physically, many DES™ orbs. I have seen them with my physical eyes where they do appear as either white, whitish-blue or even black, or shadow orbs. When I astral travel, I also travel as compacted energy. I do not have a physical form at all.
I have conducted decades of research into orbs and have found many that I feel are authentic. DES™ are perfectly round. That seems to be the one constant that holds true out of all of the possibilities that you will run across. Of course I am open to the possibility that something could happen to make me question that constant. I had exposure to a haunted house that would produce orb pictures not only on IR/UV and digital cameras, but also on thermal imagers and film cameras as well. Now I’m not saying if an orb shows up on a film camera it is automatically a DES™ – just that it may be more likely than with the other types of cameras. Having access to this haunted home, I was able to get used to the very active spirit activity that occurred on an almost daily basis. The ghosts got to know me as well so they weren’t as camera shy. I would ask them to pose for pictures in random places throughout the house. Many times, an orb would appear in the places that I requested them to be. I’m not talking about asking them to cooperate a few times; I did over ninety experiments within a thirteen year period of time. The results were intriguing to say the least. It was uncanny how many times the energy would respond to my requests - far more than mere coincidence. I would also use other equipment to validate my findings such as temperature sensors, motion sensors, thermal imaging, IR and UV capabilities, EVP and ITC methods, various sensors and computer technology to name some. When you do find a true DES™ orb, there is a lot you can learn from it if you can gain access often to the establishment you are studying.
I have found orbs that exhibited their own power, motion, light and intelligence. I have witnessed an orb morph into a shape of a body part. There are orbs out there that definitely deserve to be studied and learned from. They may not all be deceased human beings, as there are many types of existences in this vast multi-verse.
These orbs above are not DES™ - not spirit orbs.
On the side of the con’s – unfortunately there are many. It is extremely difficult to snap a few hundred pictures on an investigation and say, hey I got six orbs and feel you struck pay dirt. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work this way. This is a common mistake in new investigators and researchers. What is even more common and seems to get more newcomers falsely excited is when they get pictures with a slew of orbs in them. It is difficult enough to try to capture one true orb in a picture, let alone an entire picture full of them.
I did say before that there really are no rules in the paranormal world, as once you start to believe that something is one particular way, boom – it all changes. The deeper you dig, the more you find that to be ever so true. If you stick with it long enough, you start to question your very existence. With orbs, there is a possibility that you can obtain multiple true DES™ orbs in one picture but the odds of that is tremendously unlikely unless you come across an open portal or dimensional gateway that just happens to be present and open too, but even then, it would be pushing it. I have come across portals and gateways – very few in all my years and out of those gateways, it is still a rarity to find multiple DES™ occurring together but it does happen.
The majority of orbs are from dust particles that are comprised of many ‘natural’ and gross things such as dead skin particles and stuff that makes up everyday dust. You could have the cleanest house in the world and still capture a room full of dust orbs.
Another type of common orb caught in pictures is the very colorful ones. Probably more than ninety-nine percent of the time, these orbs will be from moisture in the air. This does not mean it has to be a rainy evening or that you are in a swamp area. It could be dry out and you could still film these moisture orbs. Another reason for a color orb could be from a reflection. The reflection against moisture could cause the color orb, but reflections off windows and other surfaces could cause a color to appear.
It is very difficult to get absolutely no light involved in your investigation or research. You probably wouldn’t be filming anything in that case. Even if you are in the complete darkness, no windows, no electricity, no light coming from under doors – there is still a light that comes from your IR and UV devices, light from sensors, light from other equipment and because of that, you will always have reflective surfaces which can cause orbs, light streaks and other anomalies. This is why it is imperative to take note of your position and to take more than one picture in any given position. Taking note of all light sources is paramount. Making a floor plan is important because you can debunk your orbs and other suspicious phenomenon much easier. Of course the ‘there is no rules’ rule can come into play and you can get that one rare orb that does exert a color source of its own but in thirty-seven years I have only come across very, very few.
If you are to find a DES™ orb that seems to exude a color, you may find white, bluish-white or black, there may even be red but this is certainly exceptional.
People have mistaken bugs and insects for orbs as well. It is usually easy to differentiate them from an orb because they are usually not perfectly round or they are asymmetric. Sometimes, depending on the timing of the picture and the insect itself, it can appear quite round so they can be mistaken for an orb.
A digital artist depiction of an open gateway.
In my honest opinion based on years of extensive and meticulous research, any orb is almost impossible to deem a true DES™ unless you have the opportunity to go back and try to recreate the situation to prove or debunk it and perform multiple experiments looking for true spirit activity. That is why one-shots like an investigation or a night at a haunted place will not usually provide you with the proof you need to claim an orb as DES™. However, there are apparitions that are not real either and not from mental illness, but from actual paranormal claims.
There are always exceptions to everything and this holds especially true in the paranormal world. DES™ orbs that have shown response and intelligence do not always appeared bright as sometimes they look dull. Energy can be higher or lower at times depending on the amount that is being used and its source for replenishment. I have seen DES ™ orbs that I was working with fade and then dissipate. I have seen other DES™ orbs fade and then transform.
Some people will notice patterns or faces in orbs. Many people will argue that these things are not true DES™ orbs as well and so be it – but there are exceptions. The most impressive one happened during an experiment from another person that I know. This person was conducting research in one particular area for over a year when an orb held the face of an older woman. The woman was recognized by the owner of the establishment as her deceased mother. The orb that showed itself over a dozen times in that year was the only one to demonstrate responsiveness and intelligence. There were many other orbs present in that experiment, but none other could be called into question as anything more than a ‘normal’ source of matter. This doesn’t mean that anytime you see an orb with a face it is a true DES™. There has to be something significant to back that up.
Orbs in motion, orbs protruding from or exiting a vortex, string orbs – these are rarities that also have been confused with animal hair, camera straps and various other normal causes. Usually these are not paranormal – but there are very rare occurrences indeed. My point is that to rule them out simply because it takes a lot of time and effort to find them and study them, is to ignore a part of the paranormal world simply because most researchers and investigators don’t go into extensive research so it is easy to brush it off as an amateurish thing to do.
Nikola Tesla and his Tesla Coils
A good researcher will utilize all available means to investigate or research their subject. The paranormal is a spiritual subject – not religious, but functions on the spiritual plane. In order to acquire the best findings, you cannot simply employ scientific methods only or spiritual methods only. You must combine both in order to make true advancements in this area. You may have read me quoting Nikola Tesla before but I will do it again and again. This man was so far ahead of his time. His amazing inventions were obtained in his mind from spiritual sources. He is quoted as saying, “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”
Another great quote of his that I love is, “My brain is only a receiver; in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration.”
I am a very firm believer in Nikola Tesla, his research and extraordinary advancements. This man understood that there are paranormal forces at work and they intertwine and interact with our reality and our lives on a daily basis. He was a part of that world as well as being an exquisitely brilliant engineer and scientist. A scientific mind combined with a spiritual focus – look what he has accomplished by ignoring naysayers, thinking for himself and not excluding possibilities.
Believe what you want and do as you wish, but to truly get to the core of the paranormal world, you cannot overlook anything at all. Happy researching!
A pendulum can be a very useful tool for divination work and for healing. I’m going to give you the basics in using a pendulum to get you started. Any reading can be done without tools but the purpose of using one is to help you to focus which provides more concentrated energy to work with. When using a tool, you need to know how you are acquiring the information brought forth by that tool. Behind every psychic tool, there is an energy working to bring the information that you seek to your awareness. It isn’t magick – it is energy. Energy comes in many shapes, sizes, strengths, and intelligence. Know that your pendulum does not move just because – unless you do that on purpose – it is moving because there is a spiritual energy assisting you whether you realize it or not. A pendulum can be very useful for many things.
A pendulum is a weighted object which is suspended on a string, chain or another type of material that can make it easy to swing. You can pretty much use anything for a pendulum but you can also buy a pendulum just about anywhere like Amazon, metaphysical stores and other places online. I would like to suggest that you use a gemstone pendulum as this type of object is something that will carry and build on your own energy. It will also ‘get used’ to working with you and will produce better and better results over time as it retains a sort of ‘memory’.
There are all types of gemstones so you might want to keep that in mind when choosing your pendulum. I suggest that you start off by using a clear quartz pendulum as this is a type of ‘all purpose’ crystal. It is very versatile and you can use it for anything and everything. If you choose a more defined crystal such as a rose quartz – that would be great to use in questions concerning love or if you choose blue lace agate, this would be great to use when you are working with kindness, peace and wisdom. You can use specialized crystals if you do a certain type of work with your pendulum, but clear quartz is great to use for any type of question or circumstance.
It is also very beneficial if you can hold the pendulum to see if you can resonate with it before you purchase it. It is very important that you find your crystal pendulum appealing and that the energy meshes with yours. You will be forming a type of bond with this spiritual instrument.
You do not need to use a crystal, but they tend to work best and grow with you. You could put a ring from your jewelry collection on a piece of yarn and use that if the ring has a bit of weight to it. You just want to be sure that it swings easily. Using doubled up sewing thread of embroidery yarn is better. Try to avoid materials such as leather or a hard cord as these can sometimes limit your pendulum's swing. You don’t want your string to be too long as this will make it harder to use and it will take more energy to swing the pendulum. The same thing goes for the string being too short. Approximately 7 or 8 inches would be a good place to start and you can adjust it to your liking as you go on.
You can use your pendulum to get answers about your life, to help you to make decisions, to do readings for yourself or others, to aid in healing sessions, to make spirit communication, to use for experiment sessions and to even aid in finding lost items.
Pendulums do not move on their own as it is an inanimate object but rather they are helped along by energy. Whose energy is moving the pendulum? It is a combination of your own energy and the energy of whatever entity you enlist to assist you. You can call on your spirit guide, an angel, a master teacher or even your higher self among others. Your energy creates the intention to perform the action of the pendulum reading and in forming the question as well as receiving the answer. The entity assisting you has access to information that they can provide and they will combine their energy with yours in order to make the pendulum move in response to your question. It is very important that you stay focused during the entire process because you act as both a sender to your assistant, and a receiver to get the answers from your assistant.
There are dangers that come with using a pendulum – or any divination tool. Even if you do not use tools and you just depend solely on your abilities, you still face dangers. Everyone has an aura and from that aura, you produce a beacon of light that shines into the astral like a lighthouse tower spotlight. All spiritual and astral beings are capable of reading that beacon. If you leave yourself unprotected, then your beacon is wide open and inviting to all entities, both good and evil. There are different layers of energy that entities dwell on. Lower level entities tend to be anywhere from malevolent to extremely angry and can be quite dangerous. The higher the level – which means the energy on that level vibrates at a faster rate, the higher the evolution of the entity that will see your beacon. You can and always should raise your own energy level before participating in any kind of psychic or paranormal endeavor, as well as employ a variety of psychic protection and shielding.
Demonic beings are another story in themselves. They are more than capable of seeing and deciphering your beacon, and even when using your intention and protection, they can get around a lot of that if they really have a reason to do so. They are extremely intelligent beings and even though they dwell on lower realms, they do not necessarily have a low energy vibration. If you are new at practicing psychic abilities, or if you are lax at utilizing protection, then you make a very tempting target. Just like a burglar, they would rather go for the unlocked easy entry than the one that is locked and guarded by a huge mean dog with lots of sharp teeth. However, with some burglars, even the dog and locked door will not deter them if they know you have something that valuable that they want to get their hands on. Demonic beings act the same way. It all depends on what they are after and what they see as the prize. Each has different capabilities, motivations and personalities. The good news is that demonic beings usually do not want to play with you unless you may be easy prey, but they need an invitation to possess you. They do not need one to harass you however. Keep in mind that demonic entities will not just come after you – many times they go after the ones you love instead in order to get to you, wear you down and win you over – kind of like a hostile takeover.
I just wanted to mention the demonic beings because not only are they very real, but they can come through when practicing or engaged in any psychic or paranormal activity – although very, very rare. There are a lot of variables that go into what you are doing, that will attract what entities come to you. Like attracts like - this is very true of energy. Your mood, your words, the people around you, the atmosphere you are in, your demeanor, your intention, your client, your experiment, energy level – these all play a part in what energy comes to you and what counter measures you should take before partaking in your spiritual work. Sometimes, it is better to just skip it until conditions are better.
The best pendulums to use are crystals and then metals. They both hold energy so they are the best choices. All elements have elemental spirits that govern over them. With a crystal, a nature spirit such as an earth spirit, will usually be present with that crystal. This is another reason I prefer to use crystals. It is also the reason why it is best if you can hold your crystal pendulum before you purchase it in order to see if your energies compliment or repel each other.
Before you set up and use your pendulum, always make sure that you cleanse it to remove any negative energy that may be trapped inside the crystal or held within your metal. Even if you use a pendulum that is made of heavy plastic or glass, you still want to cleanse it, as energy can stay around any object. Cleansing the pendulum and then charging it will produce the best results and give you the most accurate readings. There are many methods of cleansing and charging. One simple method of cleansing to get your started would be to run the item under cold water until you feel all of the negative energy is gone and then ask an angel to transmute that negative force into love or healing energy. You can use a singing bowl to cleanse your pendulum as well. Charging your pendulum is as easy as putting it in the moonlight overnight or even for a few hours. You can also charge it by drawing in energy of high vibration from the universe. Your pendulum should be cleansed after each use and charged when you feel the energy getting low, depending on how often you use it. I would charge it often if you are just starting out.
Another thing that would really help to increase the accuracy of your readings and ‘bond’ with your divine instrument is to ask the elemental spirit that watches over your pendulum to assist you with your readings. This is best achieved utilizing meditation. Always be respectful to this nature spirit and thank them every time you use it and benefit from their help. It is also a good idea to get to know this nature spirit by psychically communicating during meditation sessions to get to know how to resonate with each other. It would be considered bad etiquette and bad manners as well as rude to ignore the nature spirit of your pendulum as they can also affect how well your pendulum works. They can override your spirit guide as they are the ones who ‘rule’ over the pendulum.
The simple pendulum board is a good example; however, you should allow your guide or assisting entity to pick the directional response.
You don’t need anything fancy to do a basic pendulum reading. Some people like to have, or better yet, make a pendulum board, but that is totally not necessary. Pendulums have limited use with only yes/no answers - but the information you get from them can and does prompt your psychic abilities to continue getting further valuable information. A pendulum board can be made out of a piece of cardboard for easy re-use or you can just use a piece of plain paper. Ask your spirit assistant and your nature spirit to give you their preferences and then make the board accordingly. What I mean by this is to ask them which direction the pendulum will swing when the answer is a yes. Then mark that direction with the word yes. Do the same for no. Usually, the pendulum will move in a circle if an answer is a maybe or is uncertain. The pendulum can also move in a different diagonal direction. There are reasons why spirit will not reveal answers to questions and that has to do with the person you are reading for – even if it is for yourself. If the information will interfere with a life lesson or something that needs to occur, the information will not be revealed.
You don’t even need a board to do this work at all. Simply ask spirit which way is yes, no, and maybe. Honestly, using maybe serves no purpose. Just ask again another time. Now you can begin the session. Remember, at this point, you should already have a cleansed and charged instrument, your psychic protection and shield should be strong, your spirit guide or other entity should be called upon and your nature spirit should be ready. It sounds like a lot but once you get it all together, it will only take a few minutes to get everything in place and it is well worth it – especially for your own safety and the safety of those you care about.
Pendulum energy circuit and stabilization
The best way to go about asking your question and waiting for the response is to wrap the string of the pendulum around your finger one time and then place your fingers with the pendulum hanging up to your third eye. This will create a direct line circuit for your divine connection. Keep your elbow on the table or surface you are using in order to prevent moving the pendulum yourself. The combination of keeping your elbow on a firm surface and your fingers resting on your third eye, keeps you from accidentally swinging the pendulum without realizing that you may be doing so. Adding your other arm will also help to make the connection a complete circuit as well as adding stabilization to your reading. The connection you make with this method also makes it easier for your spirit guide or other entity to use the energy circuit and give you stronger swings. Place the pendulum in the center of your board or if you are not using a board, just hang the pendulum where it is comfortable for you and proceed with your question. After you get your response, stop the pendulum from swinging and center it again. You can then move on to your next question. The picture above shows this very effective energy circuit positioning.
If you find that your pendulum does not want to answer a question or the answer is inconsistent, try wording the question differently. It is a good idea to keep a pendulum journal in order to write down your personal questions and responses as well as anything you may take note of such as any symbols, colors, scents, pictures and such - that come into your mind during a session. You may want to take notes as to how your pendulum behaves because the entity you are working with will have preferences. Keep in mind that it is more difficult for your guide to come through and use your energy than it is for you to hold the pendulum and focus, so you want to be accepting of their preferences. A journal is another tool you can use to record your experiences and then look back to see similarities and discover ways your guide is trying to communicate with not only you and your tool, but grow your psychic abilities as well.
Something else that I have to say – PLEASE, always know what entity is helping you with your readings no matter what kind you are doing. You can ask Archangel Michael – the warrior angel – to keep all negative energies and entities away from coming to you. Once you gain the attention of a negative spirit or energy, it is very difficult to get rid of it, so play it safe and don’t take chances. Use your protection tools always – even in meditation! Some entities find loopholes or weaknesses in your protection so knowing what entity you are working with is a must. Also, working constantly and consistently with that one trusted entity will make your readings stronger and stronger, but until you know who you are working with - you must be extremely careful.
When your session is completed, formally close it by stating that you are finished asking questions and properly thank your spirit guide and nature spirit for their help. Ask Archangel Michael to escort all entities that may have come through during your session back to where they came from. Cleanse your pendulum right away, especially if you feel that any negative energy was present or if your pendulum was not as responsive as it usually is or should be.
Once you are finished cleansing your pendulum, you can put it safely away in any kind of protective container. That container should be cleansed of negative energy as well by passing it through sage smoke a few times or using a crystal such as black obsidian. There are many different ways to cleanse and purify. Whatever container you choose to house your pendulum in, do not use it for anything but that purpose – to store this important tool. It is also a good idea to not let anyone else handle your pendulum as their energy will imprint on it and it can throw off your readings. Remember that your pendulum stores your energy and this is a good thing because it makes it more powerful each time you use it. This is why it is very important to only use your pendulum when your spirits are high, when your mood is elevated and you are happy and thinking clearly.
Never use any psychic tool or ability – or even participate in any paranormal endeavor under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Don’t engage in psychic or paranormal activities if you are overtired, run down, sick or depressed as these energies will become absorbed by your pendulum. Not only that, but your energy signature will be significantly lowered therefore making your psychic protection and shield very weak. Your chances of becoming a target to negative energies and entities will become higher and so are your chances at an encounter that you will not want to experience.
If your thing is healing – you can place your pendulum over a person or animal to ask where issues are located. If the person is not present, you can use a picture of them and ask questions about the possible issues.
Once you gain experience, you can advance your readings by adding numbers to your pendulum board and/or letters but you need to be very careful as this is similar to a Ouija board and if you were to make your own board, there are ways to make it safer.
If you can think of a way to use your pendulum, then it is totally possible to use it for that purpose. Pendulums are not bad or evil. It is the intention behind them and the way the diviner approaches and conducts the session that can make the experience good or evil. Knowledge is power and protection so don't go into a new psychic or paranormal endeavor without your sword and shield.
With any new psychic undertaking, it takes time, patience and practice to build your skill so keep working at it, but never take short-cuts on the psychic precautions. Nothing is set in stone when it comes to how you use your pendulum. I can give you a way to start, but as you gain experience and a relationship with the entity that helps you with your readings, you will form your own way to best utilize your divine tool.
Enjoy your pendulum and have fun!
I'm Cher, a psychic medium, paranormal investigator, extensive paranormal researcher, spiritual teacher, intuitive counselor, hypnotist of past life regression,writer, exorcist in training and founder of PsychicMyst Paranormal Network. I have over 37 years of total professional experience.