What are orbs?

OrbsThis is another good question that we are frequently asked.  In this article, I will strive to do my best to explain exactly what an orb is.  On a basic level, an orb is a ball of energy.  All living organisms are made up of energy.  The Chinese call this mass of energy Chi.  In the American culture, we commonly refer to it as Spirit.  No matter what you personally choose to refer to it as, it is the core of our being.  You can find it located in the center of our body around our solar plexus.    Upon our death, whether natural or untimely, this energy source leaves our body and is supposed to crossover into the spirit world.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen.  In circumstances involving an untimely or tragic death, spirits miss this window of transition.  In essence, they get trapped here.  This could occur for any one of several reasons such as i) unfinished business, ii) attachment to an object, person, or place, or iii) re-living the circumstances that brought about their demise scientifically referred as Quantum Loop Theory.  The latter will be discussed further in a later article.

The identification of orbs is a hotly debated subject in the paranormal field.  For the purposes of this article, I won’t add to an already confusing subject.  Quite simply, orbs appear as an almost transparent sphere while external light sources are opaque spheres sometimes radiating luminescent rays.  Next, you have the issue of insects and dust particles which pose another issue altogether in paranormal photography.  These are, however, easily distinguishable.  Insects appear as irregular fluorescent shapes while dust particles, although very similar to orbs, will appear in the same place on every photograph taken.

Based on the information given thus far, you can now see why the subject of orbs either legitimate or false is a very hotly debated topic in paranormal circles.  There are as many different opinions pertaining to the subject of orbs as there are paranormal investigators.  While some refuse to acknowledge orbs as definitive evidence of spirit activity, there are others who readily acknowledge and accept orbs as absolute proof.

The purpose of this article is not so much to convince you about the existence or non-existence of orbs but, rather to provide you with some basic information on the subject giving you a basis on which to form your own opinion.  No matter what your conclusions are, the whole idea is to have fun and take as many photos as you can when ghost hunting.

© J.F. Dietz 2012


About James Franklin Dietz
James Franklin Dietz is a ULC Minister, Historian, Paranormal Investigator, Lecturer, Speaker, and Author specializing in Supernatural History, Paranormal Investigation, Ghosts, UFOs, “Crypto” Zoology, Ancient Symbols, Conspiracy Theories, Parapsychology, and Secret Societies. He is also the founder and owner of Asylum Paranormal. As a child, my babysitters were Lon Chaney, Vincent Price, and Boris Karloff who I consider to be the true “Masters of Horror”. Growing up with monsters, ghosts, and “creatures of the night” spawned a three decade long love affair with the paranormal and things that go “bump in the night”. In 2005, I began collaborating with Kasey Clark in the development of Haunted Houston Tours which opened its doors for business in 2010 offering Historical Ghost Tours in the Houston Metropolitan Area every day of the year. From its inception Haunted Houston Tours has grown into a thriving business providing its patrons a “living history” of one of the most haunted towns in Texas and has been featured in the Houston Chronicle, ABC Channel 13 News, and local Community Magazines. In my role as manager of Haunted Houston Tours, I provide mentorship for its staff and make “special appearances” as a guest Tour Guide. In 2013, Kasey Clark, owner of Haunted Houston Tours, approached me again on a new project. Immediately, we teamed and began collaborating on the development of Haunted Lafayette Tours which held its Grand Opening on October 1st offering Historical Ghost Tours in the Lafayette Metropolitan Area every day of the year. From the time Haunted Lafayette Tours opened its doors for business it was an instant media sensation and has been featured on “Good Morning Acadiana”, KATC Channel 3, and as front page news in both the morning and evening editions of The Daily Advertiser newspaper. Haunted Lafayette Tours Provides its guests with a hauntingly insightful look into the seedy underbelly of an innocent looking college town in Louisiana termed “the most haunted State in the U.S.” In my role as manager of Haunted Lafayette Tours, I provide mentorship for its staff and make “special appearances” as a guest Tour Guide. In addition to managing both companies, I am a contributing writer for Paranormal Underground Magazine on a regular basis. Currently, I reside in Lafayette, Louisiana with my wife and two dogs where I am featured as a regular Speaker at Ghost Hunters University giving lectures on “Basic”, “Intermediate”, and “Advanced” Paranormal Investigation. When I’m not speaking, lecturing, giving tours, managing my blog and writing articles, you can find me conducting active paranormal investigations gathering information for my next book.

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