NDE and Orbs
Many near-death accounts describe encounters with orbs. An
"orb" is defined in the dictionary as: "a sphere, a spherical body, a
globe." NDE orbs are often spherical representations of souls. They have been described in many various ways.
The following is a list of descriptions of the orbs
described in near-death accounts profiled on
Red and yellow; beach-ball sized of lavender-purple light; tiny balls of light, glowing with light and color and bouncing like bubbles in a glass of carbonated water; five balls of light with different hues such as shades of rose petals, bluish hue, pinkish, and deeper shades of red and orange; millions of them joining with creatures on planets like bees flitting from flower to flower; a shimmering, luminescent, crystal globe; millions of spheres of light flying about and entering and leaving a great being-ness at the center; a giant sphere of light which Jesus and angels transformed into; a globe of infinite dimensions whose center is full of light, the purest of God's creations; and a bright, warm, loving orb of understanding.
as an Orb
In the outstanding book by Robert Grant about mystical experiences,
near-death experiences, and the Edgar Cayce material, Universe
of Worlds, he documents the testimony of a woman named Jan Manette who had a very
interesting mystical experience concerning the September 11th terrorist
Jan was two weeks into her
new job as a Pentagon consultant and was late for work on that fateful
morning of September 11th. For some strange reason she didn't hear her
alarm clock go off which made her late and in a panic. She was under
stress because of her new job and on top of that now she was late which
made her even more stressed. Being late for anything is her biggest pet
peeve and she always prides herself as being a person who is always
punctual. But being late that morning also made her very perplexed because
she always hears the alarm go off and usually woke up before it went
As she was fighting the
Washington DC traffic, she became relieved when she finally saw the
Pentagon building. But she immediately became afraid when she saw
something hovering over the building that also brought her a feeling of
dread over her. She saw what looked like a huge, black, oval mass or
cloudlike thing on top of the Pentagon building. She knew that it wasn't a
cloud or smoke because of its shape. It was oval, symmetrical and
perfectly still and looking at it made her feel awful because, more than
anything, it appeared to be evil. Stranger still, above this black oval
mass was a brilliant oval white mass which made the whole thing look a
little like the Chinese yin-yang symbol. What Jan saw before
the plane crashed into the Pentagon was "the most powerful,
unexplainable thing I've ever seen."
Within a minute of seeing
this evil black mass over the Pentagon, she saw the plane that was filled
with innocent people and being flown by some terrorists heading straight
for the Pentagon. She said that it was like seeing something totally
incomprehensible. Before the plane crashed, she felt as if everything went
into slow motion, literally, as though she was watching a movie in slow
motion. The plane was still some distance from the Pentagon when all at once
she saw these round sphere-like orbs of light
rising up out of the plane. Dozens of them came out of the plane, and then
it seemed as if hundreds of them rose out of the roof of the Pentagon.
Everything was in slow motion except those round lights. Then they zoomed
upward in a sort of spiral motion - all of them together - upward through
that awful blackness and then they disappeared into the whiteness.
In a flash of instantaneous
knowing, she was divinely reassured that those orbs of light
were the souls of those who were about to die in the terrorist crash. She
said she knew that their souls were removed from their bodies before the
actual crash into the Pentagon.
Jan talked with other
witnesses to the terrorist attack and no one seems to have seen what she
witnessed. Nevertheless, Jan believes there was a spiritual reason for her
having this experience. Had she not slept in that morning she would
probably be dead. That day was the beginning of her spiritual life.
Although she was glad she wasn't killed, dealing with the profound
survivor's guilt and post-traumatic stress of witnessing the plane crash,
sent her into bouts of depression. Yet the thing that brought her peace
about it was seeing the souls of the victims leave for heaven before the
plane crashed. She believes that despite the fact that God is unable to
stop the terrible things that people do to each others, God is present at
the darkest times of traumatic situations. She now knows that God takes
care of the souls involved behind the scenes.
Perhaps Jan survived and
witnessed what she did so that this message might be told - although we
grieve over the loss of our loved ones who died like this, we can be
assured that God provides a safe passage for their souls before the
horror. Although what she witnessed didn't take the horror away, it
awakened her to a new understanding that, to the soul, death does not
exist. She had seen it with her own eyes.
[Webmaster's note: In my
opinion, the black oval shape Jan saw the orbs fly through is most likely
the tunnel seen during near-death experiences. Seeing souls as orbs of
light during a NDE has been documented many times.]
There are a number of references to orbs in the near-death experiences
that are profiled on this website. Here they are:
My first OBE was when I was about 20 years old and was in a cabin on a oil rig 100 miles off the coast of Scotland. I was aware of a spinning
of red and yellow. I left my body and entered the orb. I watched myself struggling to call out to my mate. He was on the bottom bunk. I returned to my body and told no one of the experience for fear of
Louis Famoso's NDE with orbs:
Structures and landscapes sprung from everywhere all in a crystalline state, all inhabited by these lesser light beings - some winged, most not - some fully formed, others not - yet even others appeared only as glowing
of light and color, bouncing as would
bubbles in a glass of carbonated water
Just then I saw five orbs of light. They seemed to be playing, swirling round and about the being and myself. They had appeared from the outlying landscape and I noticed they were all the same size and shape but of different hues as subtle as shades of rose petals, save one which had a bluish hue. Two of the pinkish ones seemed exactly alike, the other two were yet deeper in shades of red and orange. Before I could ask, IT spoke and said, "They, like all here are of you, who are of me, but these will come to you and you will care for them more. They will fly apart but come together at the time of the Gathering
I watched as millions of
orbs systematically entered the many planets before me. They appeared as bees flitting from flower to flower, pollinating each, one after another. Michael took me closer and I could now see that so many of these planets had life on them. The
orbs were joining with the creatures of these planets. Not every creature was the same on every planet but they all had some commonalities, a head, a body, extremities and the light beings would animate them for a time
I was now before the light being of gold again. Those five orbs
were still darting about. I wanted to stay and explore this realm with all the other light beings but I was told I could
Edgar Cayce felt himself to be a bubble
water to arrive at the place where he always got the information ... In
another instance, he went up and up through a very large column, passing
by all the horrible things without coming in contact personally with them,
and came out where there was the Hall of Records. (Edgar
We saw that the sparkling lights were tiny, transparent
bubbles that drifted in the air and sparkled on the grass. We realized that each tiny sparkle was a soul.
Ned Dougherty's NDE with orbs:
All attention seemed to be directed to the celestial field around me, and a shimmering, luminescent
sphere enveloped me, making me feel as if I had stepped into a crystal
globe. Although I was aware that the crystalline
sphere was suspended on the celestial field in view of all the spiritual beings in attendance, I found myself in a different celestial realm. Somehow the spiritual beings were still observing me inside this crystal
sphere. I realized why the hush of silence had fallen over the crowd: My life review was about to begin in public, it seemed. I was aware that I was about to review every event, thought, emotion, and experience of my life. I became aware that the purpose of the review was for me to evaluate my life in terms of my intended mission as a human, to review my life in a manner that permitted me to focus on the areas that provided the most important experiences in terms of my spiritual growth and development.
Although I was alone in the crystalline sphere, I was aware that I was in the presence of God and watched over by the many spiritual beings in the amphitheater who were encouraging me with their love and support. Nothing about my life was a secret to God, nor to the spiritual beings, yet I did not perceive that I was being judged. I realized that all who were part of God's spiritual creation had fallen from God and had made mistakes in their own journeys. There was no one among the assemblage of spiritual beings who was about to cast the first stone at
We started going faster and faster, out of the darkness. Embraced by the light, feeling wonderful and crying, I saw off in the distance something that looked like the picture of a galaxy, except that it was larger and there were more stars than I had seen on
There was a great center of brilliance. In the center there was an enormously bright concentration. Outside the center countless millions of
spheres of light were flying about entering and leaving what was a great being-ness at the center. It was off in the
(Rev. Howard Storm)
Jesus, the angels and platform, disintegrated into a giant
sphere of light once Carter no longer needed their shape or form to put him at ease. As the
sphere grew it absorbed him, infused him with the ecstasy of unconditional
While I was talking to her, a light appeared. It appeared as a
circular shape and then came down as a long oval.
When the Father spoke, each of his words exploded into a complex of meanings, like fireworks, tiny balls of light that erupted into a billion bits of information, filling me with streams of vivid truth and pure
I felt at that time that I might be dying. Not much later, my hands and feet were gone altogether and my midsection was getting sparse. The feeling was very peaceful. More peaceful than I had ever known. I seemed to be shrinking to a
shape centered near my throat. Would I lose consciousness as the
of active nerves shrank past the boundaries of my cranial cavity. As I pondered the idea, I fell through the surface of the operating
table ... Still closer and brighter the light came. I strained to detect its surface but could not. It was about the size of a beach
ball, with no discernible surface ... The one who had been doing my life review was no longer a
of light but now a hooded and robed figure.
There was a sudden whoosh, and I saw a large glowing red
approaching me, almost like the light on the front of a train. In that instant, as the red
rushed toward me, I knew terror like never before. As it approached, I realized that it was really a large, eerie red
eye. It stopped when it got close to me, and then began traveling alongside me through the tunnel. I could hardly stand to look at it, its gaze was so piercing. It felt like it was looking right into my mind, into my very soul.
The eye - suddenly I realized that I was seeing the hospital room through the red
eye. It was absurd to me that I hadn't realized this before - and yet I could hardly process my thoughts. It was all too bizarre.
Panic started building in my mind as it began to dawn on me where I was, suspended in this dank tube. As the red
glowered at me, the thoughts began to arrange themselves, coalescing slowly. Suddenly, the idea was undeniable.
Then, just like that (clapping her
hands), I became a ball of light or energy in the midst of this crowd that was circling a body. I became massively aware, unlike any awareness I had had during physical existence. I was not really aware of myself. I was aware of everyone around me. I was aware of my mother and my neighbors, and my friends and the firemen and what they were thinking and what they were feeling and what they were hoping and what they were praying. This was such a pummeling input of emotion and information that I was all at once overwhelmed and confused, and rather disoriented.
I tried to communicate this to them over and over again and I realized that I had no mouth. I had no body. They could not hear what I was saying to them. I would have to leave them in the same hands I had left myself in the process of dying. With that I turned away, just sort of like a
ball, just turned away. (Reinee
To go a little further with this, most adult experiencers describe God as a powerful, almost blinding
sphere of light, that is ecstasy itself. Young children do not use such terms, saying instead that God is like a loving father or grandfather.
The human being, created in God's image, is composed of a body, the outer shell of which originated in clay, and spiritual breath, which can communicate with God and which is located at the center of the body. This is the microcosmic reflection of the Islamic macrocosm, which is viewed as a
globe of infinite dimensions whose center is full of light, the purest of God's creations. Its outer shell is made of clay, which represents darkness. The human soul
(nafs) resides within the human being somewhere between these two opposite principles - light and darkness - and is a mixture of the two, unique to each individual, while the spirit that resides at the center
(being of godlike nature) is the same for everybody. (Muslim
Linda Stewart, is profiled on the website Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.
Linda's friend sent her story concerning orbs to the website. Linda's story is described in the words and interpretation of her friend. The photo shows Linda pointing out new cactus flowers. When the photo was developed, five orbs of different sizes can be found in the photo surrounding Linda.
Orbs can also be found in the UFO
and UFO/NDE phenomena. The following are some of accounts involving this
The near-death account of Brian Krebs involving orbs and
My memories of it were of seeing my body below me. I remember seeing a bright, warm, loving
I was there with this orb
of glowing love and understanding. It didn't seem foreign to me. It was not frightening. It was totally assuring and there was no feeling of anything but my awe and the love and knowledge and wisdom that this orb projected. In size, it would be not like looking at the sun, but looking at the
Earth when you are on it. It was immense and total, and its power was
I then went to twelve beings of greater knowledge. They were in front of me and stood in a row. They were not human. They had no feelings of anything like judgment or authority, but seemed strong in themselves. They seemed taller than me and they wore silver white robes.
They had white skin, large heads and large eyes. I do not remember them having mouths. Above them was a spirit. It was like a star as we see one from
Earth, but in size it appeared the same size as the heads of the beings.
The NDE/UFO experience of Betty Andreasson:
Three more elders stepped into the
circle, and they all began chanting "Oh." Three more beams of light appeared, forming a perfect hexagram. A larger
circle of light formed around the heads of the
elders. Then this light-ring moved upwards, shrank to the same size as the ring in the center, and floated down and interconnected with it, forming a revolving
spherical object which finally condensed into a beach ball-sized
orb of lavender-purple light. This was then taken and placed in a four-pronged stand which had obviously been designed specifically to hold such spheres.
The term elders is Betty's name for these beings. When on an earlier occasion she had asked them who they were, they had answered that they are "the ambassadors of Oh, masters of
orbs." Now, after witnessing the creation of this magical
orb, Betty asked an
elder: 'Who is Oh?' He replied that Oh is "the internal, external, eternal presence."
The next thing that happened, to Betty's extreme startlement, was that the
elders induced an out-of-body experience in her. This is similar to what happened in her experience at age 13, before she entered the
great door and saw the "One." Now, on the mother-ship, as soon as she emerged in her subtle body, one of the
elders handed her the orb of purple light, and another led her through a portal made of rippling waves of energy.
On the other side of the portal, Betty and the elder seemed to be on Earth, in a woods at night. Some hobos were sleeping on the ground. One of them awakened and approached the two visitors; he glowed with light. The
elder wore little rings of light on his fingers. He allowed the hobo to take some of them, and they turned into a single tiny
ball of light, which the man kept. Meanwhile, the larger
orb in Betty's hands changed color momentarily, evidently in resonance with the transaction. Every once in awhile, Betty's attention was drawn into the
ball: "Oh," she said, "it's just so beautiful! Something in it keeps on moving ...
Now the elder touched Betty's shoulder. There was a little explosion of white light, and then they were in a different place: a hospital room, where a very old man lay in a bed, with a nurse keeping vigil beside him. And there was more: two small entities which seemed to be made of darkness where tugging at the man, as if trying to pull his soul out of his body - this was Betty's impression. But there was also present a light-being; this was a type of entity Betty had encountered before in her experiences - it had no visible human features, but appeared as a bodily form made of white light. This being was also tugging at the dying man; it was clearly a battle for his soul between these opposing entities. The
elder resolved the conflict: he threw two tiny
of light at the black entities, and they flew away.
The elder and Betty next transported to a woods again, where a small saucer and two of the
grays awaited them. They went on board, and evidently flew up into the sky. Betty asked where they were going now, and the
elder replied that they were going to see the One.
Betty had to give the purple orb
to one of the
grays; she was very reluctant and sorrowful to give it up. The craft came to a stop, and they emerged into a place filled with bright light. Above them was the
great door, which was the source of the light. The elder touched one of the
grays on the shoulder and spoke to him, and he came along with the elder and Betty as they walked toward the
light. Their walk turned into a run, as they moved swiftly into the pure radiance. Betty was overwhelmed with the ecstasy of the One, which she re-experienced on the hypnotist's couch, and the several people in attendance were all profoundly moved by the visible effects of her transformation.
Betty, the elder, and the gray all turned into light-beings as they went into the One. Each was a different hue: the
elder's light-body was pure white, the gray alien's was light blue, and Betty's was golden.
Betty said: "Oh, there is such love ... Oh, there is such peace ... I'm just engulfed in light and blending into that light. Oh! ... Oh, this is everything, everything, everything ... I cannot explain the wonder and beauty and love and peace."
And then came a heartbroken cry as Betty realized that she would have to leave this beatific state of Oneness: "Oh, I'm going to have to go back. I have to go back for others so that they too will see, will understand and know ..." And Betty, the
elder, and the gray emerged back out of the light, turning back into their normal forms in the process.
The elder gave three of the tiny balls
of light to Betty; then she was escorted into the saucer and taken home by the
grays. She found her physical body sitting up on the side of her bed next to her sleeping husband, and re-entered it. The experience had
In the late 1990's, several crop circle enthusiasts and cereologists
(those who study crop circles) captured on videotape the creation of crop circles as described in the above text. What they had observed and recorded showed two
of light, each approximately the size of a grapefruit, appearing above a field of crops, usually at night, moving very rapidly in circular patterns, causing the crops to lay over and forming complete designs in the course of 6 - 12 seconds. Then, these
of light quickly vanished in the sky. This has been recorded repeatedly. Some of the video footage has been lab-tested in the US and UK, verified as authentic and unmolested, and can be viewed on video copies available commercially.
According to the website Crop Circles 2002, UFO orbs are described this way:
Orbs are electromagnetic energy fields - circular as most things move in circles/cycles - in our 3D EM reality. There is a growing interest in orbs and aliens - in some cases the same entity!
... Orbs can be entities - such as spirits or ghosts or other extraterrestrial life forms - reduced to electromagnetic frequencies. There are electromagnetic orbs created by the grid itself. They are seen when authentic crop circles are formed, usually accompanied by tones, as all things in our EM
(electromagnetic) reality are created by sound, light, and color - and the grid - EM energies - from crop circles.
More NDEs with orbs:
NDE web Bulletin
Sider Magazine Article
Websites with photos of orbs:
"We saw that the sparkling lights were tiny, transparent bubbles that drifted in the air and sparkled on the grass. We realized that each tiny sparkle was a soul."
- May Eulitt
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