Tuesday, December 28, 2010

More About Orbs

December 28, 2010 By Stephen Ellis

The subject of “orbs” seems to be coming up more frequently and several scientific researchers have gotten into the act.

First of all, let’s try and understand exactly what an “orb” is: An “orb” is a roundish ball of nothing…much like a large bubble from a bubble bath or a bubble-machine. They are extremely difficult to see during daylight (or even in artificial light), but are often caught by the camera’s sensitive lens. Unlike the human mind, camera lenses usually see whatever there is to see and are not disturbed by light anomalies and mental “denial”.

In dark places (both indoors and out) orbs appear to have a definite glow and are quite visible to the naked eye. Things like walls or other obstacles seem to have no effect on them. Unlike a projected light or image, orbs do not follow the contours of a wall. Rather, they appear to pass through the solid object with the greatest of ease.

Apparently, they have been around for centuries, because even some of the oldest writings, that are still available talk about them. Usually orbs are referred to as mysterious spirits…or as strange glowing balls, etc.

There have been thousands of reports of people seeing them and of orbs showing-up on otherwise normal photos. There are hundreds of photos of them (both still photography and videos) available on Youtube.com.

Earliest explanation of their appearance in photos was that there was some moisture on the camera lens, that they were some sort of light anomaly and/or that they were some sort of fraud or hoax being perpetrated on the public by some photographers. The fraud/hoax concept was abandoned recently when several scientists visited a house in Australia and, first hand, observed them. Reports were written about what they saw and what their investigations revealed. Many of these reports are available on the internet.

The concept of moisture on the camera lens was also abandoned when several investigative photographers and videographers checked their cameras before taking pictures and, still, the orbs appeared.

The matter of orbs being some sort of a light anomaly is still out there, but there does not seem to be any explanation of what causes this particular light to play tricks on the eye and on the camera. But the concept has not been ruled out.

Recently, there have been a spate of paranormal investigators checking them out. The interesting thing is that, unlike most previous “scientific” investigations of paranormal things, the scientists have not simply declared orbs to be a lot of “bunk”. Don’t misunderstand me: Science is not agreeing that orbs are a paranormal phenomena. Science simply does not know what they are or how to explain them…and they’re still looking for answers. A lot of theories…but none hold water according to science.

Let’s review some of the more popular notions and let’s see if they contain any merit:

1) Orbs are an interterrestrial form of life:
Don’t laugh! As absurd as this may initially sound, in fact we do not have the slightest idea as to what interterrestrial beings may look like. A life form could be shaped like round globules just as easily as skinny green men with large heads. Orbs have clearly shown a form of intelligence: they do not move in a pattern, but each one seems to move as it wishes and may remain stationary and/or change direction at any time. Assuming that they do have intelligence, their means of communication may be such that it is undetectable to mortal beings.

2. Orbs are an interdimensional form of life:
As the reality of other dimensions is taking hold in our scientific community, there is a chance that these orbs are a life-form from a different dimension. In support of this, orbs do seem to appear in masses in very specific locations. It could be that these places are where there is a tear in the dimensional fabric and these life forms have seeped through.

3. Orbs are the residue of human minds after the body has died.
I have no personal conviction that this so, yet it is difficult to write-off without knowing more. We know that our mind/aura goes someplace after we die…so why not as orbs? I think this is kind of far-fetched, but if we shut the door of our minds to any possible explanation in the absence of a known explanation, I believe we are doing ourselves a great disservice.

4. Orbs are some inexplicable light anomaly.
Although scientists will tell you that this is the most plausible explanation, the fact is that these moving glow-balls follow no known patterns of physics…or of anything. Again, more has to be learned.

While the foregoing explanations all seem a bit foolish, it’s much more foolish for us to deny the possibility that there may be a ring of truth to them. When all rational or logical explanations fail to explain something, we should be willing to examine the more irrational explanations.

Visit my website at yourparanormalcenter.com. If you’ve got a better explanation, I’d love to hear from you. Stephen Ellis

1 comment:

Kristy said...

I've seen these and have taken pictures with these in my pictures. I've read on wikipedia that it's suppose to be pollen or dust or water.