There are two ways to be fooled; One is to believe what isn't true,
the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
- Soren Kierkegaard
What are Orbs?
Currently there are two theories about the physical properties of orbs. The first theory categorizes orbs as Subtle Energy, i.e. Prana, Chi, Life Force, Torsion, Bioplasma etc. and the second categorize orbs as Plasma.
Ralph Squire from SERI says that "Subtle energy is defined as, but not limited to the following: One
or more forms of energy, which do not appear to be within the
electromagnetic spectrum. Unknown at this time is the interaction or
the impact that subtle energies have on measurable electromagnetic
forces, nuclear energy and/or atomic bonds, gravitational effects or mass.
Some described energy forms or systems which furnish partial or limited descriptions of subtle energy are: chi, ki, prana, the force, love, kundalini, orgone, space energy, zero-point energy, aura field energy, energy of thought, energy of consciousness, spiritual energy, life-force energy, ether/aether/eter, vril, energy of intention, and intuition.
Subtle energy appears to be compatible with the theories of Quantum Physics and may not be equated with Newtonian conceptions of ‘force’ and ‘work’"
Claude Swanson, Ph.D., author of The Synchronized Universe Series Vol. II states, "A number of Russian scientists indicate that they have developed a rigorous science of subtle energy. It appears to have been verified by a series of experiments, as well as a comprehensive theory, and had led to numerous patents and even industrial applications. They call it "torsion," and it has two polarities, left and right handed spin.
Forms of this energy appear to decrease entropy, slow down the flow of
time, and promote order within a system. It can therefore be
"negentropic," and assist the body in healing. It opposes the dominant
tendency of matter, according to western physics, that entropy must
According to these scientists, torsion is produced by the interactions
between elementary particle spins, which generate a twisting of space.
Russian researchers claim, and have published, numerous experiments to
prove that this "torsion" energy is exactly the same as subtle energy.
It was first discovered by Russian astrophysicist Nikolai Kozyrev in the
Russian theory of "torsion" predicts that light and subtle energy are
coupled together. When an electron wiggles, making a photon of light, it
also creates a torsion wave of subtle energy. Just as torsion or subtle
energy affects light, it also affects virtually every other force known
to physics...subtle energy affects gravity, mass, time and many other
physical properties...subtle energy also interacts with consciousness."2
Subtle energy is called by many names including Chi, Qi, Prana, OD,
Orgone, Time Density, Bioplasma, Mana, Life Force etc. "It is the bridge
between current physics and many anomalous effects which have been
observed in the laboratory but which violate current science. The
presence of subtle energy is believed to modify current physical law
introducing a variety of phenomena related to consciousness and
paranormal phenomena...Subtle energy is a confusing subject for the
Western scientist...it responds to and interacts with thought, making it
unlike any known force." 2
Subtle Energy Research Institute
To hear Claude Swanson talk about Subtle Energy click here:
Claude Swanson Discussing Chi and torsion
1http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUHhASnO6wM ,Ralph Squire
Swanson, Life Force, The Scientific Basis: Break though Physics of
Energy Medicine, Healing, Chi and Quantum Consciousness
The second theory on the physical property of an orb is plasma. Plasma is electrically conducive and responds strongly to electromagnetic fields. Plasma is the most common form of matter. Matter consists in different states from solid to liquid to gas.
In 1879, an English physicist, Sir William Crookes, identified a fourth state of matter as plasma. Plasma is similar to a gas as both have a certain portion of ionized particles, meaning there are free negatively charged electrons and positively charged ions. Plasma is the bright spark of light in lightning, the luminescent Northern Lights, even the burning brightness in the core of every star in the universe.
During his research photographing orbs, Miceal Ledwith, D.D., LL.D., co-author of The Orb Project discovered that orbs fluoresce. Fluorescence is when a molecule absorbs the light of one energy and later emits light of a lower energy. Fluorescence and Photoluminescence are luminescence where the energy is supplied by electromagnetic radiation.
If it is true that orbs fluoresce and Dr. Ledwith’s conclusion is correct, then orbs could be electromagnetic in nature which would them make them a form of plasma energy as opposed to subtle energy.
In The Orb Project, Dr. Ledwith states that, "if the attraction of free electrons through ionization is what enables orbs to fluoresce, then the orbs must be electromagnetic in nature, and most likely are energy fields of some kind." Dr. Ledwith has data to show that orbs can manipulate the electromagnetic charges being recorded by the camera. He suggests that using an ionizing meter can corroborate the presence of orbs as their appearance seems to accompany a change in ionization. Gauss meters measure gravitational fields and also help with detection of orbs.
Klaus Heinemann, Ph.D., co-author of The Orb Project and Orbs: Their Missions and Messages of Hope says, “It would have to be expected that it is some sort of “energetic globe of plasma,” which would also explain why orbs typically show up as circular images…an orb is a physical manifestation…that can be detected as light, i.e., as electromagnetic waves in the visible spectral range.”
In my telephone interview with P.M.H. Atwater, author of ten books and thirty three years of research on the subject of near death experience (NDE), I had the opportunity to discuss the subject of orbs. P.M.H. Atwater has experienced 3 NDE's, and with each occurrence has traveled beyond our 3rd dimension into the spirit world and returned with astounding information and detailed descriptions from The Other Side. She describes orbs as pure consciousness made of plasma energy.
See short YouTube video on Plasma: The 4th State of Matter
Question: Could an orb be a combination of both plasma and subtle energy?
Why do orbs fluoresce?
Fluorescence is when a molecule absorbs light of one energy and later emits light of a lower energy. While photographing orbs, Miceal Ledwith, D.D., LL.D., co-author of The Orb Project discovered that orbs fluoresce. He found that orbs would occasionally appear in the shape of a hexagon. Since objects scatter, reflect or absorb light, he realized that something else must be the cause for the hexagon shape. The hexagons are created by the leaves on the shutter of the camera as it closes, and this could only happen if the leaves were blocking an outside light source. He concluded that these orbs must be their own light source.
The clue to this discovery was ionization. "Ionization occurs when electrons are propelled from one atomic shell to another."3 Ledwith surmised that the orbs absorb the photon energy emitted from the flash, which forces the electrons in the orb up and out of their molecules. The molecules then become positive ions. If the electron attaches itself to a positive ion it can give off a photon equal in energy to the energy given up by the formerly free electron. The electron’s frequency determines the frequency and color of the photon. Ledwith says that “it is now possible for the atmosphere’s molecules to radiate in any color of the light spectrum.”
This photon energy is then captured on the charged coupling device of your digital camera in the form of low wave infra red light. While the orbs emit this low wave infra red light, we are seeing the results of the infra red light converted into an adjacent lower frequency on our cameras. Science has assumed that human vision only operates within the limited range of the electromagnetic spectrum, but Orbs are visible to the human eye on occasion. This appears to coincide with the vibrational level of the individual at the time of the occurrence.
In The Orb Project, Dr. Ledwith states that, "if the attraction of free electrons through ionization is what enables orbs to fluoresce, then the orbs must be electromagnetic in nature, and most likely are energy fields of some kind."3 Dr. Ledwith has data to show that orbs can manipulate the electromagnetic charges being recorded by the camera. He suggests that using an ionizing meter can corroborate the presence of orbs as their appearance seems to accompany a change in ionization. Gauss meters measure gravitational fields and also help with detection of orbs.
Why do they come in colors?
According to Miceal Ledwith, D.D., LL.D., co-author of The Orb Project, "Several Nobel prize winning physicists have posited that the "physical world" is one vast sea of energy...(that) it apparently all continually flashes in and out of existence in a fraction of a second. It appears solid to us only because we vibrate at the same frequency...the infrared wavelength is the closest to our physical realm.1
We also know that if we place various types of gas in a vacuum chamber and ignite it with electric power,
we get specific colors unique to the gas chemistry. For instance argon
gives us a purplish colored light while nitrogen becomes a reddish
orange. Fluorocarbon on the other hand emits a blue light. Is it possible that the color of the orb in a photograph reflects the chemistry of the atmosphere at the time of the photo?
Dr. Ledwith says that the color of an orb is related to frequency, wavelength and voltage. Depending on the energy of light photons emitted by the orb, the electron volts will create a wave length in either the ultra violet, visible light or infra red range. Ledwith suggests the light frequencies that the orbs project may well be evidence of various realms of existence that orbs belong. Please see The Newton Connection for more about colored orbs and the explanation of these realms.
Can humans see orbs?
Ledwith says, "Because orbs are sometimes visible to the naked eye outside the visible spectrum of light, orbs may be visible to us in certain states of consciousness."3
My experience with orbs leads me to answer his question with a resounding yes! He is correct. Orbs are visible to us in certain states of consciousness. The optimum time for a connection with other realities is when our human defenses and programming are at their weakest. Most connections happen between 2-4am when the brain loses its sense of identity with one's body or with one's normal sense of perception.
The first orb I saw, in the fall 2007, appeared in the middle of the night while I was stumbling through the house in a near sleep state to turn off the air conditioning. A bright white ball of light the size of a ping pong ball appeared in my bedroom, three feet down from the ceiling and three feet off the wall.
In December of 2010, I awoke from a bad dream to find an orb the size of
a volley ball sitting on my chest. I spent the next several minutes
examining it. My findings will be published in my latest book,
Orbs and the Afterlife: A Window to the Divine, Fall 2013.
my significant spiritual encounters happened between 2-4am when my
physical and psychological defenses and perceptions were at their
lowest. This state is not unique, but available for all to experience.
My experience has has shown me that turning your attention and intention to orbs also
enables you to photograph them during your waking hours.
3 The Orb Project, Miceal Ledwith D.D., LL.D.,Klaus Heinemann, Ph.D., (New York, Simon and Schuster,2007)
Excerpt from A Veil is Lifting Miceal Ledwith.
Excerpt from A Veil is Lifting-Klaus Heinemann
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