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!
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.