Dr. Míceál Ledwith had a similar experience after the orb phenomenon was first made known to him through the teachings of Ramtha. He began an intense and systematic study of orbs in all sort of situations, day and night, and in all sorts of atmospheric conditions, in order to discover all he could about their nature, the situations in which their presence could be most easily detected, and what implications they might have for our understanding of our own place in the cosmos. To date, he has amassed a collection of well over 100,000 images.
In The Orb Project, Ledwith and Heinemann present their fascinating discoveries, along with practical tips that amateur digital photographers can use to photograph orbs and properly distinguish them from "false" orbs that are really dust or water particles. They offer guidelines on deciphering the orbs' various patterns, features, and characteristics, based on their extensive research.
As Dr. Ledwith points out, once you develop a keen and sustained interest in photographing spirit entities, some quite interesting things begin to happen: the brain stops censoring these images, and you can begin to see with orbs with the naked eye -- in more color and detail than is visible to even a digital camera.
Ledwith and Heinemann also explore communication with orbs and what their existence means to our lives. The implications of a realization that we are "surrounded by a cloud of witnesses" are enormous and incredibly hopeful for the world at large.
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About the Author
Miceal Ledwith, PhD, was Professor of Systematic Theology for sixteen years at Maynooth College in Ireland and subsequently served for ten years as president of the university.
He was a member of the International Theological Commission, a small group of theologians of international standing, 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 Europe, South Africa, Japan, Australia, Mexico, and North America. His forthcoming books are The Message Whose Time Has Come Again and The Ascent to God: The Soul’s Journey Within.
Table of Contents
Foreword by William A. Tiller ix
Part I: The Orb Phenomenon
Míceál Ledwith, D.D., LL.D. 1
Foreword to Part I by JZ Knight 3
Introduction: "There Are More Things in Heaven and on Earth...." 7
A Photographic Journey of Discovery 15
The Significance of Orb Coloring 27
Enormous Variety of Orb Manifestation 43
Vortices and Torsion Fields: Orbs That May Not
Be Electromagnetic 53
Tips for Photographing Orbs 61
Distinguishing False Orb Pictures from Real 71
Orbs and Our Place in the Cosmos 77
Part II: Orbs -- Evidence of Divine Presence?
Klaus Heinemann, Ph.D. 83
Introduction: We Are Surrounded by a Cloud of Witnesses 87
The Evidence 95
Taking a Closer Look 119
Understanding the Findings 141
Afterword: Spirit Emanations and Spirit-directed Healing 159
Authors' Conclusion 175
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was so disappointed in this book, I had to put it down just short of halfway through. Contained herein lies pure and unabashed speculation on what orbs are and how to photograph them. Some people will find this interesting, but there are blaring, gaping holes that are conveniently left open and never addressed.Firstly, the book is written by two absolute believers. This is not wrong, in and of itself, but there is the presentation of objectivity where, none really exists. The only presentation of dissent to what the first author believes is what he believes he can refute. Otherwise, other contradictory theories as to what orbs are not are ignored. There is mention of why Heinemann believes digital cameras are superior to film cameras for capturing orbs, and it does make sense. However, there is no addressing the problem that digital cameras truly present in terms of biased software engineering in addition the ability to alter EXIF data, which makes authenticating digital files extremely difficult.The biggest problem, for me, arose when reading the chapter on how to recognize "fake" orbs in comparison to "real" orbs. Four categories are presented, each of which highlight prevailing theories as to what many paranormal researchers will use to discount the appearance of orbs in photographs. However, there is absolutely no explicit method given to differentiate "real" from "fake" orbs, so the reader is left to puzzle this out from earlier chapters by inference. There is never any concise list of characteristics to look for to either verify or discount the assertion of what is "real" and what is "fake" when it comes to pictures of orbs.If you believe that orbs do exist and are manifestations of otherworldly beings, you'll enjoy this book, as you'll likely feel vindicated in your beliefs. If you're looking for objective methodology to prove whether an orb is real or not, or if you're looking for something to convince you the orbs are something more than dust, pollen, moisture, or bugs, you'll likely be as disappointed in this book as I am.
I want to believe. I like to think I have a very open mind which allows for all sorts of possibilities when it comes to the unknown. I grew up with some non-corporeal housemates, I've seen strange things in the sky, I've had profound spiritual experiences, so I do believe there are things out there we don't yet have the science to explain. I picked up this book because I'd never seen a book on orbs before and I was curious. The foreward to the book by William A. Tiller immediately set off all sorts of BS alarms in my head, sounding very much like someone throwing impressive technical terms around just to confuse the reader with incomplete thoughts and faulty logic. My skepticism was continuously on the rise throughout Ledwith's section of the book, where he attempts to make scientific sense of orbs while referencing Ramtha and making statements such as, "A prime example is when a person levitates." (From the section, "The Impact of a Torsion Field on Gravity and Light" in chapter 4.) If you're going to try to make scientific sense of some strange phenomenon, don't muddy the waters with other phenomenon for which there is no scientific basis of proof. Those things made me want to run the book through a shredder, but I have a sick compulsion to finish the books I've started, so I read on. Heinemann's section of the book is closer to what I'd expected from this book. He also poses some very specific hypotheses while referencing other non-scientific topics like spiritual surgeries, but he at least does not confuse the reader by attempting to make wildly unfamiliar notions sound like they're soundly based in science. I very much appreciate the way he's upfront about the fact that he's presenting speculation based on personal experience. The final section from Heinemann was not enough to save the book though. I have no new thoughts about orb phenomenon, either in favor of or against unconventional explanations. The pictures weren't even as interesting as I'd hoped they'd be. There are, occasionally, artifacts in photographs that can't be positively identified and explained, but there's not enough real research into this phenomenon presented here to warrant a whole book on it. This book is mostly speculation unfortunately often presented as documented scientific fact.
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