- Taking place in the magical desert setting of Palm Springs, California and
bringing together an outstanding group of investigators and presenters
including Prof. Klaus Heinemann, Dr. Miceal Ledwith, Dr. Jude Currivan,
Freddy Silva, Hope Mead, Randy Mead, James Gilliland, and an excellent
pair of presenters from the U.K. Katie Hall and photographic expert John
Pickering, authors of the orb investigation "Beyond Photography", this
promises to be an extraordinary gathering.
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"There is no doubt in my mind that the orbs may well be one of the most
significant "outside of this reality" phenomena mankind has ever
-- Klaus Heinemann, Ph.D.
KLAUS HEINEMANN joins ORBS & ENTITIES: THE PROPHETS CONFERENCE PALM
SPRINGS, October 26-28, 2007. Klaus Heinemann holds a Ph.D. in
experimental physics from the University of T?bingen and has worked for
many years in materials science research at NASA, UCLA, and as a research
professor at Stanford University. For information go to:
The following article by Hazel Courtney appeared in the Daily Mail, UK,
July 20, 2007.
IS THIS THE PROOF THAT SPIRITS DO EXIST?
At first, it seemed no more than a curious coincidence. Professor Klaus
Heinemann, a researcher for NASA, the U.S. space agency, was studying a
collection of photographs his wife had taken at a gathering of spiritual
healers when he noticed that many of them featured the same pale but
clearly defined circle of light, like a miniature moon, hovering above
some of the subjects.
Like most rational people, he assumed that the pictures were faulty. 'I
presumed the circles were due to dust particles, flash anomalies, water
particles and so on,' says Prof Heinemann.
'But I was sufficiently intrigued that I returned to the room in which the
pictures were taken, in the hope of finding an explanation - like a mirror
in the background. None was forthcoming.'
Nor could he find any faults with his wife's camera. And as a scientist
with considerable experience in sophisticated microscope techniques -
examining matter down to atomic levels of optical resolution - his methods
were nothing if not rigorous.
Still puzzled, Heinemann set out to discover what else might have caused
the mysterious circles. He and his wife began taking hundreds of digital
photographs at random events to see whether they could recreate the
The answer was that they could make these shimmering 'orbs' appear again,
but only - absurd as it may sound - if they 'asked' the apparitions to
make themselves visible to the camera. And they found this method worked
particularly well when the couple photographed spiritual gatherings.
What on earth was going on? Again, a maverick technical glitch seemed the
obvious answer. Such anomalies happen frequently in digital photography.
If you accidentally jog a camera while a picture is being taken,
especially in dim light, you can easily get a double image.
But again, Prof Heinemann ruled out a technical fault. 'We were quickly
able to eliminate the common problems associated with photography - such
as dust particles, water droplets, reflections and a host of other likely
Yet the orbs still kept appearing. And the more images he took, the more
he was able to study the bizarre properties of these shimmering lights.
Heinemann set up dozens of experiments using two cameras on static tripods
under controlled conditions. His early experiments found that orbs can
move very fast, up to 500mph or more.
Heinemann also found that during his numerous dual camera experiments,
when he used twin cameras to capture an object from two different angles,
a single orb shape would often appear - but only in one of the two images
It was as if the orbs somehow chose which camera to appear on, or whether
to appear at all.
Eventually, Heinemann was left with only one conclusion: that he was
witnessing some form of paranormal intelligence.
'There is no doubt in my mind that the orbs may well be one of the most
significant "outside of this reality" phenomena mankind has ever
witnessed,' says Professor Heinemann.
'Until now, there has been a huge amount of anecdotal evidence that the
spirit world exists. I believe it's no longer anecdotal. Thanks to digital
technology, we can see it for the first time. We are dealing with a
non-physical - albeit real - phenomenon.'
The temptation, of course, is to dismiss such claims as bunkum.
And yet a growing number of respectable scientists refuse to write off the
possibility that these orbs, which are starting to appear on cameras
around the world, just might offer a fascinating glimpse into the unknown.
Earlier this year, the world's first conference on orbs took place in
Sedona, Arizona, where several scientists controversially stated that they
believed orbs were indeed a genuine paranormal phenomenon.
Their conclusions, if correct, could have huge implications on the way we
view the universe and our part in it. The experts say that just because
something has not yet been scientifically proven, it doesn't mean that it
is not real.
Professor William Tiller, a theoretical physicist who spent 35 years
researching consciousness and matter at Stanford University in California,
reminded the conference that what we see with our physical eyes comprises
less then 10 per cent of the known universe.
This is because human vision operates only within a limited range of the
electromagnetic spectrum. For instance, we cannot see radio waves, which
carry huge amounts of information, yet we know they exist.
Similarly, Miceal Ledwith, a former professor of Theology, who for ten
years was President of Maynooth College at the National University of
Ireland, reminded the sceptics that when, in 1861, Dr Ignaz Semmelweis had
claimed there might be some unseen link between surgeons who didn't wash
their hands and the high rate of infection in childbirth, his mainstream
colleagues ridiculed him.
Yet he had found the first evidence of what was later to become known as
'Most great discoveries throughout history have been initially ridiculed,'
Ledwith told the orbs conference. 'To my mind, there is no doubt that the
orb phenomenon is real and deserves to be taken seriously. There are not
just a few pictures of orbs, which could easily be faked, but hundreds of
thousands from all over the world.'
To date, Ledwith, who was also a member of the International Theological
Commission at the Vatican, has a collection of more than 100,000 orb
'They come in all sizes, ranging from a few inches to several feet
across,' he says. 'Sometimes they appear alone, and at other times
hundreds of them, in colours ranging from white to blue, green, rose and
'Over time, I realised that a flash seemed to be essential to capture
them, even in daylight. I believe this is because we can see the orbs only
through the process in physics known as fluorescence. The camera flash
sparks this fluorescence process, making the orbs visible to the camera.'
Ledwith is still uncertain about what these orbs might actually be, but he
has no doubt that they are some sort of paranormal apparition.
'I believe they could be many things. They may turn out to be the spirits
of those who have passed on; or, as some spiritual teachers state, they
might be spirits waiting to be born into a physical body,' says Ledwith.
'They may also be, or represent, a host of other intelligences - from
nature spirits to beings of pure energy that have never been incarnated in
a physical form. There are hundreds of different types of orb.'
Many of the scientists at the conference believe the orbs are plasma-like
balls of energy - but an energy that can be detected by physical means,
and which appears to have some control over its own shape and form.
It's certainly the case that they can often be photographed best at places
of psychic significance. 'They definitely seem drawn to spiritualtype
gatherings,' says Ledwith.
'We regularly see orbs near healers' hands or heads. Perhaps they assist
in the spiritual healing process.'
Take the case of Anna Donaldson, a freelance photographer who was
commissioned to take pictures of Keith Watson, a medium who had been
drafted in to help solve the disappearance of Sarah Payne, the little girl
who was snatched while playing near her grandparents' home in West Sussex
seven years ago.
The shoot took place at the exact spot where Sarah was last seen, because
the medium had suggested that he 'might pick something up'. Sure enough,
when the pictures were developed, a mysterious glowing dot appeared in one
of the crucial images.
'I didn't believe in any of this paranormal stuff,' says Anna, 'but I
couldn't find any fault with the camera - if there had been, then all the
images would have been tainted, not just one of them.'
Still sceptical, Anna had the film and images analysed for technical
faults, but again no one could provide a logical answer - until a member
of the Psychic Institute suggested that the pictures could indeed be
evidence of 'auras'. In this case, Anna was told that the blueish colour
of the orb suggested the presence of a very young soul.
Still intrigued, Anna arranged to photograph Watson again - at the exact
spot from where another young child had disappeared, this time in Greece.
To her astonishment, the photographs again showed the presence of a blue
And when Anna repeated the shoot the next day, in a bid to rule out a
trick of the light, she got the same result - only this time it was two
'So what I now had was pictures of orbs from three different cameras, in
two different countries, on three different days - there's simply no way
that could be a chance occurrence or a technical fault,' says Anna.
'I still don't know what to think about it, but I suppose because a camera
can pick up an image at a shutter speed of 1/2,000 of a second, it's
possible it can detect things the naked eye cannot see.'
Could it have been the spirits of the lost children?
Terri Caldwell, a healer from Belbroughton, in Worcestershire, is among
those who are convinced that orbs are a visible manifestation of human
'To my mind, the orbs are the spirit world simply going about their
business,' she says. 'I believe we are all spirits having a physical
experience, and when we die our energy field which carries all the
information about us continues on.'
But not everyone is convinced. Gary Schwartz, Professor of Psychiatry at
Arizona University, has conducted many experiments into orbs with the help
of optical scientist Katherine Creath and remains sceptical.
'We feel that a large majority of so-called orb pictures are too readily
attributed to some form of paranormal phenomena when, in fact, stray
reflections in uncontrolled environments often produce orb-like images,'
That does not deter those, like Miceal Ledwith, who feel orbs are simply
too widespread to be written off as a misunderstanding. 'The orbs are an
everyday part of reality, as much as we are,' he maintains. 'Their world
may be as real as ours, but exists on higher frequencies.
'If you change your TV channel, you switch to different frequencies, which
contain different information. It's illogical to think that what we cannot
see is not real, because the human eye is able to receive only a very
narrow part of the light spectrum. Many animals can see in spectrums
invisible to us.'
As Professor Heinemann summarised: 'Research into orbs is only in its
infancy. But the photographs of these spirit emanations offer evidence -
as close to scientific proof as we have ever come - in proving the
existence of spiritual reality.'
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