If you were to take every Paranormal Researcher and Investigator in the world, put them in a room, draw a line down the middle and ask them to choose a side based on their opinion of “Orbs” it would probably be a pretty even split.
One side would be the group who believe that these mysterious glowing spheres of light are spirits breaking through from the ether, trying to manifest and impart their message from the world beyond. “(sigh!) look at the wee ghostie! manifesting all over my pictures, isn’t it incredible?”
The rest of us would be looking at those people like they’re just a little bit odd, knowing that in 99% of cases “Orbs” are dust, pollen or even water droplets in the air also known as “rain”. As Caitlin said just a week or so ago “If you were going to come back as a ghost, why bother coming back as a little speck of light?” Yet there are groups of investigators who so passionately declare that these MUST be ghosts based on various different very weak reasons. See the link below for a lot of explanations.
For the official record: Port Arthur Paranormal Investigation Experience look for the logical reasons first. We will not automatically squeal with glee when we get an “orb” photo, nor will we encourage others to assume that these are anomalous photos. While we respect that people have differing personal beliefs when it comes to this sort of phenomena, beliefs actually have no place in any kind of rational investigation.
Back in 2010, Caitlin and I were lucky enough to get a few hours on our own in the Villisca Axe Murder House in Iowa, which is meant to be one of the most disturbingly haunted buildings in the world. Whilst we felt a little uncomfortable in the building and spent a great deal of time investigating in there, we unfortunately didn’t have anything at all happen to us. We got to the point where we decided to try provoking a response, and still got nothing. So we created our very own Villisca “Orb” photos. How? I picked up some dust and threw it in the air, Cait snapped a photo and voila! Ghosts!
We sometimes like to demonstrate this to groups on our ghost tours. Walking along a gravel path, all it takes is a little shoe scuffing in the dirt and suddenly the orbs appear, as though by magic!
So I guess the moral to this story is – it’s going to take a lot more than an “Orb” in a photo to convince us of ghosts.
And here is the link for the amusingly written page on the debunking of “orbs”: