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Orb phenomenon: Not So 'Out There' Anymore
with Dr. Miceal Ledwith

"We are poised on the brink of a fascinating sphere of discovery about the nature of the universe in which we live and how we relate to other phenomena that make it up."
—Miceal Ledwith, DD

Miceal Ledwith orbs

Based on his extensive study of both orbs and the roots of our quest for meaning, Miceal Ledwith will share some thought-provoking conclusions on what the orb phenomenon suggests about the nature of the universe and our place in it when he joins Klaus and Gundi Heinemann in the Great Mystery online salon series Orbs, Psycho-Energetics, and Subtle Energies: What do we see, what do we learn?

Sunday, May 6 at 8am Hawaii * 11am Los Angeles * 2pm New York * 7pm London * 8pm Paris

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Making their way into reality Orb phenomenon: Not so 'out there' anymore
By Courtney Dunham

Miceal Ledwith knows that some will perceive his comparison of the existence of orb to Christopher Columbus' discovery of America as "a bit out there." But then again, he remembers that many thought that making a phone call from his homeland of Ireland to Los Angeles in the 1960s was a bit crazy too. The same goes for television, the Internet and text messages that can reach someone across the world in a second. None of these seemingly unthinkable features seemed possible until we had the capable instruments to do it. Now all you need is a digital camera to capture orb, which many believe are proof of another realm of existence.

Chances are, you've seen on a digital photo with what appears to be one or many balls of light. Are they dust particles, water droplets, lens flare or something more? In The Orb Project, two leading experts in the study of the orb phenomenon, Ledwith and Klaus Heinemann, Ph.D., combine their knowledge and expertise and seemingly reach the same conclusions that orb are messengers from the beyond.

The authors show various examples of orbs in more than 64 pages of stunning, full-color photographs and explain how to discern which are real and which are not. They also provide detailed instructions on how to enhance your chances of capturing orbs in digital photos as well as how to communicate with these mysterious objects from the beyond.

They define orbs as spherical objects that people often started to see in their photographs once point-and-shoot digital cameras became common. Digital cameras are more sensitive to the infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum, where many orbs seem to occur, than ordinary film cameras.

Ledwith says the study of orbs is as yet in its infancy, but research so far reveals that orbs are beings composed of levels of energy that live in a frequency outside of what we can normally see. "Basically, they are what we would be if we lost our physical body. Some orbs can be presumed to have lived previously in a physical incarnation, and others can be presumed never to have incarnated in the physical in any form of body at all, human or otherwise," he says.

Miceal Ledwith orbs
Miceal Ledwith in a vortex of orbs

Ledwith, theologian and former college president and adviser to the pope, has studied orbs since 2001 and has more than 150,000 images of them. His fascination with the orb phenomenon has spurred some criticism from those who have called his association with other believers a cult. He says that couldn't be further from the truth, and that understanding the orb phenomenon is something he has always searched for in his academic and theologian career. "This is a logical extension to what I was already doing for years," he says. "I'm finding out more about reality and logical answers to it."

Ledwith believes that reality is frequency based and that orbs are tremendous, powerful proof of that. "Now we can control reality by changing our own frequency. This is fabulous news," he says. "If you are even semi-conscious and willing to take on the responsibility of your own frequency, you can truly make your life what you want. When you change your frequency, look for wisdom, not blaming others for what went wrong in your life."

By changing our frequency, Ledwith says, we can be open to seeing things that weren't possible before. People think they can't see orbs with the naked eye, but that is not the case. They are actually seeing them, but their brain filters them out. "Our brain only lets in what we need every day to function—paying our mortgage, going to work and eating our meals. But once you bombard your brain with orbs and open up your mind, you will see them more and more," he says.

The orbs are more vivid when we are in a relaxed, focused mental state. This is why dogs and children see them more; their brains haven't filtered them out yet or told them that it's too 'out there' to believe.

It's not uncommon for dozens of orbs to appear in a photograph where there is a happy or healing event taking place. Ledwith says that orbs will be drawn to people and places for a reason and that the more we control our brain and lower our frequency, the better the chance they will choose to be seen.

An important tip when shooting orbs is to be patient and to take pictures in the same place every night. It's not something to do on commercial breaks while you're watching a show, for instance. The more you're distracted, the less chance you'll have of seeing them. You should be in a relaxed mental state with little outside interference.

"Don't get frustrated if you don't see any at first," Ledwith says. "We live in an instant gratification society, but if you are willing to invest time and focus, you can relate to these beings."

We've likely all seen them and didn't know what they were unless you knew what to look for. Ledwith compares it to a new car. Once you buy one, you start to notice all of them on the road, after never giving any thought to them before.

Ledwith explains in The Orb Project that orbs are not seen by reflected light, but from light that comes from what is known in physics as fluorescence. Fluorescence occurs in orb photography when the photons from the camera flash strike the orb. The photons are then changed to electrons and augment the electrons that already make up the orb and cause the orb to slightly "swell." When the stimulus of the photons from the flash ceases, the orb shrink back to close to their original size—somewhat like a balloon starting to deflate. The surplus electrons, for which there is now no more room in the shrinking orb, are expelled from the orb and become light photons that reach the camera lens and the digital recording plate.

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Labyrinth at The Ojai Foundation, taken during a young women's retreat

So the orb images in a normal photograph would therefore seem to be recorded slightly later than the images of the people, cats, dogs, mountains and trees in the picture. These are recorded by reflected light, not by fluorescent light. This fact has a large number of important implications for our understanding of what orb are, and Ledwith found it was the most useful tool he devised in an effort to understand their true nature. For example, it is apparent that orbs are physical, though in a greatly different sense from the realms of the physical we know, and are therefore not to be explained in terms such as ectoplasm that was often used in the past to describe similar phenomena.

Ledwith says that many attempts have been made to dismiss the orb phenomenon as nothing more than reflections of dust particles, pollen or raindrops in the atmosphere. "The extensive research we have carried out concludes that the orb phenomenon is real and cannot be explained away by these suggestions," he says.

The main advantage of the study of the orb phenomenon lies not just in collecting dramatic photographs of these entities but also in what the study can tell us about the nature of reality and our place in it.

"Our traditional understandings of the paranormal, the supernatural, the spirit world and the ghostly, are seen now to stand in sore need of redefinition. Orbs can transmute themselves into or out of cloudy or foggy forms instantly, and sometimes these clouds can take on shapes of persons or objects," he says. "My belief is that seeing this phenomenon in the past is what gave rise to the widespread belief in ghosts throughout all of recorded history."

Ledwith is very passionate about not keeping people in the dark about this discovery. He says it is a tragedy that when people die, they realize all the things that were indeed true and possible, but they weren't open to learning about them in life. He believes that the sooner we can break down barriers between theology and science, the better off we'll be as a society.

Saying that, he won't be shoving it down anyone's throat because that would defeat the whole purpose, he says. You can do with the information what you want. After all, you are in constant control of your reality and are open to many concepts previously perceived impossible.

What would have been regarded as paranormal a century or so ago, such as television or radio, we regard differently now. That advance in knowledge has brought us much more profound understandings of reality, as well as enormous skills in how we can use it to our advantage.

Ledwith acknowledges that he and Heinemann are only pioneers, novices of this discovery, and adds that he has no doubt that communication will be possible with orbs in the future with more advanced technology.

"This is just the beginning just like the first pictures of the moon were and then we landed on it," he says.

MICEAL LEDWITH was Professor of Systematic Theology at Maynooth College in Ireland and subsequently served as President of the University. He was a member of the International Theological Commission, a small group of theologians charged with advising the Holy See on theological matters. He also served as Chairman of the Committee of Heads of the Irish Universities and as a member of the governing Bureau of the Conference of European University Presidents (CRE). He has lectured extensively throughout the world and was one of the scholars featured in the flims "What the Bleep Do We Know," and its sequel "Down the Rabbit Hole."

DVD ORBS: The Veil is Lifting with Miceal Ledwith and Klaus Heinemann

DVD ORBS: Clues To A More Exciting Universe

DVD Dialogue: Klaus Heinemann and Miceal Ledwith
CD Dialogue: Klaus Heinemann and Miceal Ledwith
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