So You Say What About Orbs?

Orbs?, You Must be Kidding

Okay, this is an ongoing joke with many of my friends. Every time they take picture somewhere and there’s a spot on the lens they start freaking out that there are orbs floating in the atmosphere that the cameras picking up. They view this as an indication of some spiritual presence. I of course give them a hard time and say listen, “Don’t put your finger on the lens, and you won’t get those spots on your pictures.” They insist that they are some sort of spirits, aliens, or some sort of intervening energy that is making its presence known through photography.  Well, on this last trip to Burkina Faso we were out in the village of Dano. One of the girls in our group said, “let’s go out and see the Baobab trees.  I thought that would be a great idea since I have a beautiful photo that was taken on my last trip of these very trees. We went out at dusk and had a group of people, many of the village children included posing around these great trees. These trees are an amazing source of food for the native people. They are absolutely  Enormous! And the bark is like the skin of an elephant. They also have a fruit that hangs from their large limbs that is very good and holds a tremendous amount of water. In many cases the Baobab trees  have saved village people during drought by providing large quantities of water stored in the fruit. So needless to say, these trees are very important, and very sacred.

The Story Continues

Okay so I’m back on track. We go out to the Baobab trees posing around the trunks as the sun goes down. In the dusk light someone says, “Hey, take a picture of the Baobab tree against the beautiful sky.”  So we began to take some photographs of the trees against the night sky. I will show you the order of pictures and what was happening and you can see for yourself the change in the energy that was around us. If i was not there to see it for myself I would never believe what appeared on the camera.

120 Seconds of Transformation

The photo to the left is the first in the series of three photos that were taken within 120 seconds of each other. This is a photo of the night sky the moon center top, and the branches of the baobab tree reaching into the night sky. Second picture was taken immediately after as I began to call on the ancestors to be present for us as we head to an evening of community from the trees. The third  photo was taken a few seconds later, it is clear, that the ancestors were gathering on our behalf. As we continued to take pictures you could look into the night and see the flash physically reflecting off of the spirits that were coming through! This is how thin the veil is between ordinary reality in the spirit world is in this remote village. It was like walking into a Harry Potter movie. Things that could be seen in the night would have been considered profoundly unusual in the West but it was everyday normal “everything as usual” for this village in Dano.

Proof Is In The Pictures

I will never give anyone a hard time about saying there are orbs in a photograph. I have become a believer. There is no denying that in 120 seconds there was a rally of spirits who answered the call to join us in celebration of community and joy. The evening that followed these pictures being taken was full of dancing and play with the children of the village!

More to come!

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12 Responses to “So You Say What About Orbs?”

  1. Clair December 17, 2010 at 4:44 am #

    hummm, think the dust was just being stirred from walking about the trees?????  Oh no they’re ORBS?!!

    • toby_christensen December 17, 2010 at 5:00 am #

      I would feel much better about teasing my friends if that were the case!! But as you can tell from the camera angle, we didn’t move!! Crazy! Thanks for your response

    • toby_christensen December 31, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

      Pretty funny. Who said we were walking about? Check the camera angle?????? These photos were 120 second duration. It would take a very large truck traveling very fast to stir up that much dust. OOPS we were 1/2 mile from the nearest road???

  2. Bobi Souder December 20, 2010 at 8:15 pm #

    That is absolutely incredible, Toby — thanks for posting the pictures. It almost looks like snow. It’s raining cats and dogs in California, but it’s raining ancestors in Dano! Yes, the veil is thin!

    • toby_christensen December 21, 2010 at 7:53 am #

      I love the raining Ancestors!! It is so true. The veil is so thin!!

  3. Ellen December 29, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    This is really beautiful 🙂

    • toby_christensen December 30, 2010 at 3:47 am #

      I thought so too! At first it seemed impossible. But as the night went on it
      Became very clear there was magic
      In the air!!

  4. Alice December 31, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Toby.

  5. Karin January 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    I take lots of ORB pictures. I dont really know what the heck they are, but I feel good when they’re around and the atmosphere is always happy and joyful when they’re around.

    • toby_christensen February 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

      Thanks for your comment! I agree. It was really cool when they all showed up!

  6. Deb February 5, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    I am blessed to have a small (though ancient) hot tub and enjoy it most evenings…keeps my massage/yoga body happy…
    In the last year, “orbs” that fly by with “tails” have been in the neighborhood. Just as I look, there they go…as if they have been watching…time to put the swimsuit back on!

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