by Connie Dohan and Alice Langholt
What exactly is an orb?
That is a topic of debate.
They appear, to the naked eye or in photographs as circular lights floating or sometime times moving at various speeds.
They can be any number of colors or sizes.
Many of the “orbs” reported be traced to natural causes – dust, lint reflection in a window, mirror, water, even snow.
When viewing orbs one must not jump to conclusions but must rule out all the “normal” possibilities before considering the paranormal possibilities.
Good indication of a real paranormal orb:
-seen by the naked eye
-photo taken without camera flash
Orbs have been observed floating seeming aimlessly about or moving in a pattern above crop circles or graveyards, clinging close to individuals, births, funerals. Weddings. This has caused the thought that these light balls carry ancestors or guardian angels. Some have even said that orbs are the fairy godmothers as in Snow White.
Some orbs are definitely energy, and energy is spirit. However, no one knows what this energy is, for sure. Plasma balls of light have been proven to be electrically charged. Some of them are a naturally occurring phenomenon created through static discharge. True (plasma) orbs will normally have a more solid center, without any spokes radiating from the center, and emit their own light. Whether or not plasma-type orbs are only unintelligent, electrical discharges remains to be discovered and better understood.
In that many things have been seen in orbs – peoples’ faces. Animal, symbols, even buildings, some postulate that orbs are part of a time warp.
What are orbs?
While there is no definitive answer, the definition one would find at the top of a Google search reads, “In photography, an orb is a typically circular artifact on an image, created as a result of flash photography illuminating a mote of dust or other particle. Orbs are especially common with modern compact and ultra-compact digital cameras.” (Wikipedia)
The best thing to do is to look at your own pictures, and weigh you knowledge of what happened at the time against what you see in the picture. Be realistic, but also open-minded. Zoom in. Look for images. Look for meaning.
Why try to find meaning in this if it’s possibly just a natural phenomenon or speck of dust? The reason is that the deepest meaning sometimes comes through to us via little things like this. “How” it was created isn’t as important as the way we feel about the experience. Dissecting it can take away the power inherent in its possibilities. Seeing orbs in a photo may bring comfort after a loved one’s passing, and indeed, may be a way that the loved one is making himself known to us from the afterlife. Seeing orbs may evoke a sense of wonder when that sense has been missing from the drudge of day to day life.
Guidance comes to us in subtle ways. Being open to “coincidences” is one way to find deep and profound meaning in life.
And isn’t that a preferable way to live – seeing meaning in life’s small things – than not at all?