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I live in Rennes-le-Chateau, one of the most mysterious places in Europe. A sacred place. The place where most of the inspirations for books like The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code sprang from. A place with a special energy, full of treasures, magic and mysteries. And ORB’s. But not only the “Classical” ORB’s but all kinds of strange light phenomena.
ORB’s are relatively new. Although there are several stories of strange light phenomena from the past, present day ORB’s are very clear. Lots of people “see” them, that is to say they see them on their camera. Very few see them with the naked eye. My home is the domain Les Labadous, converted to Chambres d’Hotes and Gites. In the valley one mile south of the village, on the River of Colours, bordered by beautiful old black poplar trees. Every night, and sometimes during the day, I take pictures. And every time there are ORB’s.
What are ORB’s?
Literally round light bulb’s, light circles. Balls of light. Another name could be “Other Reality Beings”. The word stems from the Latin word “Orbis” meaning circle. We don’t know what they are. People all over the world “see” them nowadays. The most common shape of the ORB is a round light circle. Multicoloured like a rainbow. Some people see faces in these light bulbs, especially when they are enlarged. Most often faces of dearly beloved people who recently passed away.
The shapes vary from circles, to clouds, from shooters to stripes and from vortexes to signs and even rods. Sometimes you can observe tiny dots, curious lines, brilliant stripes, and circles with holes in them, like eyes or bites taken out of them. Some of the ORB’s I photographed are heart shaped and I have even seen some small, very bright UFO’s. Most of them are bright white or multicoloured. But some are green, yellow, orange, blue and red. According to some ORB “experts” these colours have meaning. Blue ORB’s stand for angels and red ORB’s for devils. Others say that blue ORB’s are male energies and red ORB’s female energies.
When did they appear?
It seems that the ORB’s appeared or reappeared, because they have been here in the past, at about the same time as the crop circles did. These circles might have been constructed with the same kind of energy as the ORB’s carry. Very high frequency, powerful energies. I know that lots of crop circles are being artificially made by people who do not believe in extraordinary phenomena. But may more crop circles, and other phenomena, cannot be explained.
In my experience they are present in sacred or holy places, like Rennes-le-Chateau and places like Glastonbury, Palenque, Machu Picchu, Anghkor Wakh, Borobudur, Mount Shasta and similar places around the world. Spiritual places if you want. Ancient places. Furthermore in churches and chapels and basilicas, but not so much in cathedrals. These buildings are too cold, too orthodox. Or attached to paintings or trees or stained glass windows. In temples and near sacred rock formations. Many ORB’s can be found in caves and near springs and sources and near a fire. They are plentiful in places of joy, where people are celebrating things. Also at festivals, or during special ceremonies. But also on busy streets. Places bursting with human activities and especially places with children. And sometimes they appear just when you ask for them.
Is it the camera?
I don’t know. I have several camera’s, all Nikon. An old, solid analogue camera, the Nikkormat. Two relatively simple cameras’, a Nikon Coolpix P5000 of 10.0 Megapixels and a Nikon Coolpix P90 of 12.1 Megapixels. And one very modern digital reflex camera, the D 90, with several lenses. All camera’s have a high infrared sensitivity. For the ORB’s are only visible in the infrared light spectrum, a frequency spectrum that is invisible for most human eyes. Professional photographers will say that the ORB’s spring from digital camera’s with built-in flashlight. And that they are the caused by small dust particles, droplets of water, moisture in the air, by insects crawling over the lens or by reflections of raindrops and snowflakes close to camera. Or by photographic effects, especially when taking pictures in the direction of a strong light, sunlight for example.
Is it the brand of the camera? No. Beautiful ORB’s have been photographed with other types of cameras. I witnessed many people using different types of camera’s taking shots at the same location, Les Labadous. And either getting beautiful ORB’s, or no ORB’s at all. It depends on so many things. Like the person itself, his or her intentions, the location, the time, the settings, the camera and of course the “willingness” of the ORB’s themselves to appear or not. They seem to have a mind of their own. For one moment they are there and 10 seconds later they are gone. They can be asked to appear, but they never can be ordered or forced to appear.
If professional photographers tell you that many of the strange light phenomena are caused by dust, by rain, by fog, by snow, by smoke, by hairs, by wind or by insects, they are right. And it is often easy to check. If there are raindrops on the lens, looking like ORB’s, you will know that they are raindrops when they appear in the next picture on exactly the same spot. If they tell you that the strange light phenomena are the result of using flashlight or the sun shining in the lens, they are right again.
ORB’s are indeed plentiful when it rains, certainly when it snows. Raindrops, dust particles and snowflakes can cause wonderful light effects when hit by flashlight close to the lens. Furthermore there are beautiful photographic effects to be had when you point the camera at the source of the light. At the sun shining over a mountain ridge, or behind trees or trough the stones of dolmens, or the crenels on castles or churches. There I got the most wonderful pictures, with clear hexagrams and massive red bulbs. And of course it helps when you use flashlight at night. If you hold your hand in front of the viewer, you can even see the ORB’s lighting up in the sky. And maybe there are reflections within the camera, which sometimes may be seen through the viewer. And maybe strange rings appear, called “the lights of Fresnel”.
There are light phenomena that cannot be explained as photographic effects. Like the fact that ORB’s also appeared in analogue camera’s. Like a picture taken of people looking at a bonfire, started on the eve of the new millennium at Les Labadous. Most people did not recognise them as such and thought that there was something wrong with the camera. And flashlight is not the key factor. For I have taken many ORB’s in broad daylight, without flash. Also I took several pictures, with plenty of ORB’s, while 11 seconds later, when I took another picture no ORB’s were visible at all. With the same camera, same location, same settings, same direction, same atmospheric conditions, same person.
And I am not so sure about the dust, the rain, the snow and the wind either. I live in the foothills of the Pyrenees, far away from the village and on a dead-end road. The air here is very clear. There is no dust at all, 400 meters high in the middle of nature. And if there was dust in the air, how could it be explained that one that one moment the screen is full of ORB’s and a few minutes later, there are no ORB’s at all? Has the dust or the wind suddenly disappeared? . I even took a picture of an ORB in the cave of Niaux, 600 meters deep inside the mountain. There is no dust there, but there were ORB’s.
Besides there are other explanations for ORB’s appearing when it rains, or when it is foggy or when it snows. If ORB’s are indeed high frequency energies one can imagine that those energies manifest themselves much better in watery particles, good receptors for energy, then in dry air. And how about “shooters”. ORB’s flying at high speed from one direction to another, like mini comets. Some say this is caused by the wind. But how come that not all shooters fly in the same direction and that some shooters have a red cap in front, like a spacecraft returning through the atmosphere to earth ?
When photographing while it snowed it was remarkable how many pictures showed up in the shape of hearts.
There are other light phenomena. How about tiny green shapes or miniscule dots. And what to think of my friend the UFO guardian: a bright light that is often following me around when I go out for a walk at night. I have seen it on more then one picture. And what to think of a strange light ball high up in the air, in full daylight, on the plain south of Rennes-le-Chateau. With its clear tail? And a few days later a similar light ball appeared to me when I took a picture of the Mediterrenean sea close to Banyuls. I don’t know if these light phenomena can be explained as photographic effects, but I am sure somebody will try.
There even seems to be some kind of evolution in the ORB’s that are being shown to me. Both in shape and colour and in the locations where they appear. First they were simple, “ordinary” light bulbs. Then they became more and more structured, they grew bigger and took on different shapes and sizes. At the beginning of my ORB photographic career they were brilliant white or multicoloured like a rainbow. Then coloured ORB’s appeared, green, yellow, orange, blue and red. Next I saw ORB’s with holes in them, like eyes, or with bits missing at the perimeter, or ORB’s that seemed cut in two or “hovered” just above the lens of the camera. Then dense clouds of ORB’s appeared, hundreds of them.
Sometimes ORB’s appeared close to the heads or shoulders of people or positioning themselves behind them. Then rods could be seen, ORB’s that are strung together in a beam of light. Or two beams of light pointing to a special person. Next came shooters, flying up in the air, or under an angle, or racing horizontally. Then there were clouds and vortexes with strange shapes, awesome shapes sometimes. Then ORB’s or one big ORB appeared on special occasions, clearly carrying a message. Next ORB’s appeared at special locations, such as in Limoux during its carnaval or celebrating the nameday of Mary Magdalene at Lac Montbel or saying mass in the church of Les Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
What are they?
I don’t know. Nobody knows. But there are many theories. And there is much of channelled information explaining what ORB’s are. But there is no consensus. Let me tell you some of the most frequently heard “explanations”.
Some believe that ORB’s are human beings without a body. The energy of people who passed away. Or intelligent life forms, without a body. And quite a few people who have seen ORB’s, recognized in the enlarged images of their ORB’s, one or more faces of beloved ones who had recently passed away. Others say that ORB’s are energies emitted by people who are in a highly emotional state. Or that they are energies of nature.
Some say ORB’s are entities of nature, spirits, ghosts, elf’s, kobolds, diva’s and so on. Or angels, archangels or guardian angels. It has even been said that Jesus appears regularly in the shape of an ORB. Others say they are extraterrestrials. Or devices used by alien cultures to monitor human activities on earth.
Or “Beings” that represent a multidimensional conscience, whatever that may be. Intelligent life forms coming to us from other dimensions. Dimensions with a much higher vibration. Beings from the “spirit world” who break through doorways into our earthly world and manifest themselves as ORB’s. In a world with a much lower vibration level.
Some believe ORB’s are energies that clean the air and the earth around us. Bulbs that will burst when the energy is too high or return to the earth when their work is done, to be charged again by Mother Earth for the next cleansing.
ORB’s could very well be intelligent beings. Being here to guide us, to make us aware that there are other worlds. Maybe these ORB’s carry a message. In their shape, their colour, their patterns. A message that we cannot yet decipher.
Some light phenomena were clearly meant to cheer me up. Like the strange light forms that danced around the light in my apartment. The strange shapes actually cheered me up, at a time when I was really low. Another strange thing happened. Immediately after the light phenomena disappeared, the area where they appeared seemed to be drained off all energy. For a few minutes I could not take clear pictures of that area. It was as if the flashlight of my camera was soaked up by the disappearing ORB’s.
What is their message?
Almost all ORB-lovers think that the ORB’s carry a message. That they are trying to tell us something, to communicate with us. Like the crop circles. And indeed they are communicating with us, by appearing in front of our eyes or on our camera’s or computer screens. Maybe the messages are not yet understood by our conscious mind, but are coming through in our subconscious mind. Or maybe some of these messages are understood by people with special, psychic capabilities. Some ORB’s seem to be meant for special persons.
Many ORB’s “experts” think that there is a strong connection between the appearance of ORB’s and the construction of crop circles. Often ORB’s were spotted at places where next morning the most beautiful crop circles could be seen. Others believe that ORB’s will help us to focus on things that are important for us. That they will “connect” us with other dimensions. That they will help us enrich our life, increase our consciousness. And stimulate our spiritual growth. But all this is guesswork. We don’t know, yet, what their true message is.
Is it personal?
To whom do they appear? Well, that differs. I know from my own experience, I have more than two thousand pictures of ORB’s and other strange light phenomena, that some things will help or stimulate their appearance. First the person itself. Who is he or she and what does he or she think. That is important. People can be firm believers in ORB’s, or not believe at all. Most of the time the ORB’s will not appear to “non-believers”. Or to someone who wants to “force” them to appear. But occasionally wonderful ORB’s appear to “non-believers”. Most of the time when they least expect it.
Sometimes, when I take a picture and there are ORB’s or other light phenomena on my camera, I pass my camera to a friend standing next to me. He will take a picture with my camera, in the same direction and under exactly the same conditions. Then, most likely there will be no ORB’s or other light phenomena to be seen. Some get really frustrated if the ORB’s “refuse” to appear and will try to make them. But it doesn’t work like that. We all know that you can’t force the Gods and the same rule applies for ORB’s.
Sometimes I feel a soft “urge” to pick up my camera, go outside or to a special location and take pictures. And indeed, more often than not, the ORB’s are there. On one such occasion, when the famous sound healer Tom Kenyon was giving a seminar at Les Labadous, I felt the urge to take a picture while he was singing inside the big building. Then a cloud covered the whole of the building. When he stopped singing and the musical instruments went quiet, the cloud disappeared.
Often ORB’s can be seen close to spiritual people. When they are meditating or giving a healing, performing a reading or channelling information.
It is funny that people always are happy when they see ORB’s or “get” them on their camera. I think that’s a good sign. It often helps if you ask them, in a friendly way, to appear, or if you ask them to appear in a special shape or colour. Sometimes they “listen” and oblige, often not immediately, but the next day. But most of the time their appearances are totally unexpected.
I don’t know what ORB’s are. I don’t know what their message is. But I know that they fascinate me, as they do many others. I feel they have a message. An important message. Maybe those messages have already reached my unconscious mind. And are waiting to surface into consciousness.
I have noticed during the past ten years photographing ORB’s that their shape and colour has changed. More explicit, more variety. And that more and more light phenomena are occurring, often together with ORB’s.
Every time I “see” ORB’s, I get excited. They are so beautiful, so wondrous, so magical. Like here at night, floating above the River of Colours at Les Labadous. I feel happy, elated, free. Something must be happening to me. And I have noticed the same effect in other people. It is not just me. People feel good when they “see” ORB’s. Maybe they help us to understand the purpose of life. Maybe they help us with our spiritual growth. Maybe they carry a message, a message of love.
Maybe they are messengers, telling us about other life forms. About eternal life. Maybe they are here to wake us up, to make us aware that there are other worlds, other life forms, other dimensions. And that we are part of them. showing us the wonders of life and the universe. Isn’t that wonderful?
So open your heart to the ORB’s and let them know you are listening.
A few words about myself,
Just to convince you that I am no dreamer and have my feet firmly on the ground. I am 65 years old, served for 15 years in the Royal Netherlands Navy as a weapons engineering officer, worked for 10 years at Fokker Aircraft Company, have a masters degree in Law and in Business Management and was director of a health insurance company, psychiatric hospital, a University and High school. But here at Les Labadous, I have experienced things, which I could not explain. Where my inquisitive and analytical mind stopped short. Strange things, beautiful things, wonderful things. I wrote three books about the Secrets and Mysteries of Rennes-le-Chateau and one book about Glastonbury and the Holy Grail. In Dutch. I hope they will be translated in English some time in the future.
All pictures were taken by me, Jaap Rameijer. Most of them at Les Labadous, many at Rennes-le-Chateau and surrounding area.
Note for readers; this is a shortened version of an article Jaap is expecting to appear shortly in a wide-circulation magazine. He is also working on a book about Orbs. We will keep you posted.