Post by Ben Koch (see “Contributors”)
The photo below of me and an aunt was taken at a family reunion in Colorado Springs, CO in June of 2009. I didn’t see the photo until September of 2009, when my aunt sent a CD with all the reunion’s pictures on it. As I browsed through the 100-plus photos, I was taken aback by this one, as it clearly displayed a phenomena I’d read and heard about quite a bit: orbs (look toward middle of my torso, with my black vest as background).
Explanations range from the predictably materialistic (see the wikipedia post) to the extarodinarily fanciful. The most powerful and intriguing explorations, in my opinion, come where science meets open-minded humility.
Klaus Heinemann, PhD, is one the the premier researchers in the field (see his book on the topic). His scientific training and disposition have teamed with his spiritual instincts to be the impetus for years of rigorous research. It might be easier to tell yourself orbs are just micrscopic dust particles refracting light just so, but when you really and openly examine the phenomena, as he has, these are the conclusions you come to (from his site):
Orbs are not explainable with conventional physics
They are emanations from intelligent life outside of the conventional physical realm
They are abundantly around us (but we must use discernment)
They have individualistic features and may have “faces”
They have different intensities (some require digital image enhancement)
They can move extremely fast ( presumably at unlimited speed )
They can follow instructions (Stereo-Photography with Orbs )
They can expand (presumably to infinite size) and contract (presumably to atomic size) extremely fast
Extreme contraction at infinite speeds allows the hypothesis that they may be instrumental in certain aspects of alternative/spiritual healing
Thought projections look similar to orbs
I am struck by the symmetry and perfect circularity of my orb. Here is a close-up: