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Unities of All Things

Unific Evolution
Introduction | Dimensional Shifting | Custodianship | Stars of Guidance
Ghosts and Psychic Fields | Poltergeists  |  Flying Fairies |  Conclusion
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I. Introduction

O Glory of the All-Glorious!

Heavenly angelophanies include the often orb-like, chalices of pure light from the worlds beyond, as I have termed them. These dear souls are, in my opinion, our watchers, protectors, and guardian angels from other planets and the worlds beyond. However, I am getting ahead of myself. To provide some context, on October 21, 2012, I prayed about the apparently plasmatic orbs. Inwardly, I wanted to discern whether the more visibly interactive or communicative ones were intelligent, angelic souls or, perhaps, advanced angelic technologies. Within just a few hours, while I was surfing the web for something else, I came across the following optimistic statement:

Orbs are transdimensional light beings; in simpler words, they are a conscious form of spiritual energy traveling through dimensions and are mostly invisible to the naked eye seen by a few gifted people and captured by digital cameras all over the planet. Orbs are seen mostly around places with good vibrations such as places where people are singing, dancing, meditating or praying ... basically having a good time with a lot positive energy all around! The most common belief is that Orbs are Spirits, Cherubs, Angels, Ghosts or Fairies watching over us and guiding us in subtle ways experienced within our conscious and subconscious states of awareness. Similar Balls of Light have been seen around crop circles and some believe some of these Orbs to be Extraterrestrials or UFOs manifesting [and] interacting with the consciousness. Modern day Chi Kung [Chinese, qìgōng, spiritual cultivation] Masters speak of Orbs as balls of energy that can communicate and heal. Orbs also react to peoples emotions and appear in greater numbers when people are experiencing emotions or conscious states of love, joy and bliss!
Orbs In Photos Transdimensional Light Beings UFOs. November 10, 2008. Retrieved on October 21, 2012.

Although many of the orbs and similar objects could, I imagine, be a preternatural “beaming” or teleportation technology, drones, or probes, others could be entirely different. For instance, through chalices of pure light or sanctified psychic energy fields, the members of the Supreme Concourse (Arabic, al-Malāʾ al-Aʿlā) may, as orb-like apparitions, visibly project themselves. These orbs, auras, ghosts, or chalices are, I feel, a communications vehicle and an intercessory medium for departed souls. I adopted the terms chalices of pure light and chalice-bearers of pure light from the third paragraph of this passage:

O wayfarer in the path of God! Take thou thy portion of the ocean of His grace, and deprive not thyself of the things that lie hidden in its depths. Be thou of them that have partaken of its treasures. A dewdrop out of this ocean would, if shed upon all that are in the heavens and on the earth, suffice to enrich them with the bounty of God, the Almighty, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. With the hands of renunciation draw forth from its life-giving waters, and sprinkle therewith all created things, that they may be cleansed from all man-made limitations and may approach the mighty seat of God, this hallowed and resplendent Spot.
Be not grieved if thou performest it thyself alone. Let God be all-sufficient for thee. Commune intimately with His Spirit, and be thou of the thankful. Proclaim the Cause of thy Lord unto all who are in the heavens and on the earth. Should any man respond to thy call, lay bare before him the pearls of the wisdom of the Lord, thy God, which His Spirit hath sent down unto thee, and be thou of them that truly believe. And should any one reject thine offer, turn thou away from him, and put thy trust and confidence in the Lord, thy God, the Lord of all worlds.
By the righteousness of God! Whoso openeth his lips in this Day and maketh mention of the name of his Lord, the hosts of Divine inspiration shall descend upon him from the heaven of My name, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. On him shall also descend the Concourse on high, each bearing aloft a chalice of pure light. Thus hath it been foreordained in the realm of God’s Revelation, by the behest of Him Who is the All-Glorious, the Most Powerful.
There lay concealed within the Holy Veil, and prepared for the service of God, a company of His chosen ones who shall be manifested unto men, who shall aid His Cause, who shall be afraid of no one, though the entire human race rise up and war against them. These are the ones who, before the gaze of the dwellers on earth and the denizens of heaven, shall arise and, shouting aloud, acclaim the name of the Almighty, and summon the children of men to the path of God, the All-Glorious, the All-Praised. Walk thou in their way, and let no one dismay thee. Be of them whom the tumult of the world, however much it may agitate them in the path of their Creator, can never sadden, whose purpose the blame of the blamer will never defeat.
Baháʾuʾlláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Baháʾuʾlláh. Pages 279-281.

As reported in the Book of Acts:

When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
Acts 2: 1-4, Common English Bible.

Souls can, it seems to me, even become bearers of illuminated chalices while in this world:

O phoenix of that immortal flame kindled in the sacred Tree! Baháʾuʾlláh—may my life, my soul, my spirit be offered up as a sacrifice unto His lowly servants—hath, during His last days on earth, given the most emphatic promise that, through the outpourings of the grace of God and the aid and assistance vouchsafed from His Kingdom on high, souls will arise and holy beings appear who, as stars, would adorn the firmament of divine guidance; illumine the dayspring of loving-kindness and bounty; manifest the signs of the unity of God; shine with the light of sanctity and purity; receive their full measure of divine inspiration; raise high the sacred torch of faith; stand firm as the rock and immoveable as the mountain; and grow to become luminaries in the heavens of His Revelation, mighty channels of His grace, means for the bestowal of God’s bountiful care, heralds calling forth the name of the One true God, and establishers of the world’s supreme foundation.
These shall labour ceaselessly, by day and by night, shall heed neither trials nor woe, shall suffer no respite in their efforts, shall seek no repose, shall disregard all ease and comfort, and, detached and unsullied, shall consecrate every fleeting moment of their lives to the diffusion of the divine fragrance and the exaltation of God’s holy Word. Their faces will radiate heavenly gladness, and their hearts be filled with joy. Their souls will be inspired, and their foundation stand secure. They shall scatter in the world, and travel throughout all regions. They shall raise their voices in every assembly, and adorn and revive every gathering. They shall speak in every tongue, and interpret every hidden meaning. They shall reveal the mysteries of the Kingdom, and manifest unto everyone the signs of God. They shall burn brightly even as a candle in the heart of every assembly, and beam forth as a star upon every horizon. The gentle breezes wafted from the garden of their hearts shall perfume and revive the souls of men, and the revelations of their minds, even as showers, will reinvigorate the peoples and nations of the world.
I am waiting, eagerly waiting for these holy ones to appear; and yet, how long will they delay their coming? My prayer and ardent supplication, at eventide and at dawn, is that these shining stars may soon shed their radiance upon the world, that their sacred countenances may be unveiled to mortal eyes, that the hosts of divine assistance may achieve their victory, and the billows of grace, rising from His oceans above, may flow upon all mankind. Pray ye also and supplicate unto Him that through the bountiful aid of the Ancient Beauty these souls may be unveiled to the eyes of the world.
The glory of God rest upon thee, and upon him whose face is illumined with that everlasting light that shineth from His Kingdom of Glory.
ʿAbduʾl-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ʿAbduʾl-Bahá. Pages 251-252.

Perhaps a soul’s chalice of pure light, or portal, will, in the hereafter, replace many of the functions of the collective rational faculty, rational soul, or human spirit in this world:

Consider the rational faculty with which God hath endowed the essence of man. Examine thine own self, and behold how thy motion and stillness, thy will and purpose, thy sight and hearing, thy sense of smell and power of speech, and whatever else is related to, or transcendeth, thy physical senses or spiritual perceptions, all proceed from, and owe their existence to, this same faculty. So closely are they related unto it, that if in less than the twinkling of an eye its relationship to the human body be severed, each and every one of these senses will cease immediately to exercise its function, and will be deprived of the power to manifest the evidences of its activity. It is indubitably clear and evident that each of these afore-mentioned instruments has depended, and will ever continue to depend, for its proper functioning on this rational faculty, which should be regarded as a sign of the revelation of Him Who is the sovereign Lord of all. Through its manifestation all these names and attributes have been revealed, and by the suspension of its action they are all destroyed and perish.
It would be wholly untrue to maintain that this faculty is the same as the power of vision, inasmuch as the power of vision is derived from it and acteth in dependence upon it. It would, likewise, be idle to contend that this faculty can be identified with the sense of hearing, as the sense of hearing receiveth from the rational faculty the requisite energy for performing its functions.
This same relationship bindeth this faculty with whatsoever hath been the recipient of these names and attributes within the human temple. These diverse names and revealed attributes have been generated through the agency of this sign of God. Immeasurably exalted is this sign, in its essence and reality, above all such names and attributes. Nay, all else besides it will, when compared with its glory, fade into utter nothingness and become a thing forgotten.
Wert thou to ponder in thine heart, from now until the end that hath no end, and with all the concentrated intelligence and understanding which the greatest minds have attained in the past or will attain in the future, this divinely ordained and subtle Reality, this sign of the revelation of the All-Abiding, All-Glorious God, thou wilt fail to comprehend its mystery or to appraise its virtue. Having recognized thy powerlessness to attain to an adequate understanding of that Reality which abideth within thee, thou wilt readily admit the futility of such efforts as may be attempted by thee, or by any of the created things, to fathom the mystery of the Living God, the Day Star of unfading glory, the Ancient of everlasting days. This confession of helplessness which mature contemplation must eventually impel every mind to make is in itself the acme of human understanding, and marketh the culmination of man’s development.
Baháʾuʾlláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Baháʾuʾlláh. Page 164-166.
The human spirit which distinguishes man from the animal is the rational soul, and these two names—the human spirit and the rational soul—designate one thing. This spirit, which in the terminology of the philosophers is the rational soul, embraces all beings, and as far as human ability permits discovers the realities of things and becomes cognizant of their peculiarities and effects, and of the qualities and properties of beings.
ʿAbduʾl-Bahá, Some Answered Questions. Page 208.

Biblically, the chalices of pure light might have been the seraphim (Hebrew, śərāfîm, burning ones):

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar ....
Isaiah 6:1-6. American Standard Version (1901).

Linda Moulton Howe said:

... there is some kind of, what I call, a divine field that can interact from another dimension – another place – and affect us in the matter world. And that light – photon energy – seems to be the vehicle with which that is done. And that Bell’s theorem, that famous one from the last century [1927], that said, if you boil it all down, that photons from one end of this universe to the other are, in some way, they are all linked.
Linda Moulton Howe, “Light Phenomena & Mystery Booms.” Coast to Coast AM. George Noory, interviewer. April 26, 2013. Retrieved (transcribed) on April 26, 2013.

According to Denny Sargent:

Different accounts from different cultures portray angels as superhuman beings with powers and abilities that can be called divine or supernatural. When angels appear, they are always accompanied by amazing waves of pure love and power. They almost always appear as beings of light. Sometimes they come as balls of light, sometimes as glowing bands of light.
Denny Sargent, Your Guardian Angel and You. San Francisco, CA: Red Wheel/Wiser, LLC. 2004. Kindle edition.

Indeed, various appearances of electromagnetic plasma, which are often spherical in form, have been widely reported throughout the web. The possibly plasmatic chalices of pure light, or appearances from the Supreme Concourse, are apparently ubiquitous. Their beauty and magnificence could, I suppose, manifest throughout the physical universe, including in outer space and on stars, planets, moons, asteroids, and, astonishingly, even in our homes and workplaces. The majestic beings of light can, according to some writers, also communicate with people.

This story happens back in 2006 in ʿIrāq.... I received orders for Operation ʿIrāqī Freedom.... I was only seven months in country. I was hit with an IED [improvised explosive device].... Now I’m on October 17th.... I was driving a humvee [High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle] at the time.... We had four other passengers on board. I noticed in the road, about the size of a basketball, fresh asphalt in the road.... My rate of speed was that – there was nothing I could do.... Bam! It [the IED] went off. Huge loud explosion. It lifted the vehicle off the ground – punched a hole in the bottom of the vehicle. The fuel that we had on board came into the vehicle and ignited.... So, inside the vehicle, there was a flame ball – just burning. Everything inside the vehicle was instantly burning. I saw this white ball.... It looked like a sphere. It was just intensely white. And I couldn’t tell whether it was fire or smoke or what it was made out of.... Brillant white. And it was between the steering wheel and my chest. And when I was it, I said, “Wow, that’s got to be phospherus.” And I’m thinking, this is going to land in my lap and going to melt me in half. And I’m dead; I’m toast. So, but this sphere did not fall into my lap. It floated – just floated – between the steering wheel and my chest. And then, amidst all this chaos, don’t forget there is burning going on, and I’m trying to get the door open. The vehicle is hobbling forward. A dense smoke and flames.
Um. This sphere – there was a voice. And the voice was clear. And the voice was calm. And the voice was peaceful. And it said, “You need to get out of the truck.” And I heard it, and then it repeated it, “You need to get out of the truck.” And it repeated it probably three or four times – amidst all the chaos that is going on – amidst me trying to get out of the truck. It was very calm, and very brilliant, and it just floated there. And then, because I’m holding my breath at the same time, because I didn’t want to inhale the smoke and the flames. So I’m holding my breath. And, after about three or four times of saying this, it became more urgent, and the voice said, “You don’t have much time left. You need to get out of the truck.” And, as soon as I heard that, I hit the door one more time with my left shoulder, and the door flew open. And I was able to get out. And I rolled on the ground, because I knew my clothes were on fire. I was burning.... So I just kept rolling until I felt my body go into a ditch.... I checked myself out, and I was’t burning anymore.... We did lose three people out of five that were on that [humvee] truck.... The voice [I heard in relation to the sphere] sounded like my own.... It was my voice that I heard.
Army Sergeant (retired) William R. Kleinedler, “The Ratline & Mormon Origins” (in the Honoring Our Veterans segment unrelated to the name of the full program). Coast to Coast AM. September 11, 2012. Retrieved (transcribed) on November 12, 2012.

One might speculate that the resplendent chalice-bearers of pure light, possibly manifesting as plasma-based flying angels or fairies, are the energetic manifestations of souls from throughout the universe and in the world beyond:

... [One] day the ORBS showed up for me and my dreams became more vivid and I had visions....
... I started seeing orbs and then I began videotaping them in motion. I feel that is where souls reside. Now I know we never die.
Linda, My Story. Retrieved on March 17, 2013.

When appearing like globular plasma, chalice-bearers of pure light have frequently been described as orbs, fireballs, and balls of light:

Fireballs are discharge phenomena on positively biased small electrodes in plasmas. The discharge arises from electron energization at a double layer. Fireballs can collect relatively large electron currents from the ambient plasma.... Unstable fireballs emit bursts of fast ions and ion acoustic waves....
The electron beam inside a fireball can potentially excite electron plasma waves. We have observed high-frequency oscillations inside a fireball ....
C. Ionita1, R. Stenzel, and R. Schrittwieser, “Dynamics of Fireballs.” Plasma Sources Science and Technology. Volume 17. 2008. The paper was also presented as “Plasma Fireballs” at the 35th European Physical Society (EPS) Conference on Plasma Physics. June 9-13, 2008. Retrieved on June 21, 2012.
We consider the physics of neutrinos in a fireball, i.e. a tightly coupled plasma of photons, positrons and electrons. Such a fireball is believed to form in the first stages of a gamma-ray burst. We assume the fireball is radiation-dominated and spherically symmetric.
Hylke B. J. Koers, “Thermal Neutrinos from Hot GRB Fireballs.” International Europhysics Conference on High Energy Physics. July 21-27, 2005. Retrieved on June 21, 2012.
According to recent theories, fireballs consist of a plasma zone created by electrical discharge.
Brigitte Trahan, “Balls of Light (Orbs), Sometimes Known by Locals in Wiltshire, England, as ‘The Avebury Lights’.” The Official Website of Colin Andrews. Retrieved on June 4, 2012.

Plasma, the fourth state of matter, refers, hypothetically, to the electrically charged particles of the chalices of pure light and preternatural orbs:

Plasma is often called the “Fourth State of Matter,” the other three being solid, liquid and gas. A plasma is a distinct state of matter containing a significant number of electrically charged particles, a number sufficient to affect its electrical properties and behavior. In addition to being important in many aspects of our daily lives, plasmas are estimated to constitute more than 99 percent of the visible universe.
Gerald L. Rogoff, “What is Plasma?Coalition for Plasma Science. 2000. Retrieved on October 21, 2012.
... we consider the shape of the power spectra of the observed plasma fluctuations and find that both charged particles and electrons show spectra that can be explained in terms of either neutral air turbulence acting on the distribution of a low diffusivity tracer or the fossil remnants of a formerly active turbulent region.
M. Rapp, F.-J. Lübken, and T. A. Blix, “Small Scale Density Variations of Electrons and Charged Particles in the Vicinity of Polar Mesosphere Summer Echoes.” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (Creative Commons journal). Volume 3 (2003). Pages 1399-1407.

According to a declassified study, the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence discussed the interest of the former Soviet Union in unidentified flying objects or unidentified aerial phenomena, including plasma:

It is clear that the Former Soviet Union has taken the study of UAPs [Unidentified Aerial Phenomena] seriously and that this may well be related to a programme of understanding and exploiting certain UAP-related phenomena, such as plasmas.
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) in the UK Air Defence Region – Result of Internal Review.” Condign Report. UK Ministry of Defence. Official UK government document. Retrieved on September 9, 2012.

This huge, moving plasmatic orb or spaceship, with a possible energetic trail, was included in another MP4 video:

Huge Orb
click to enlarge

These three beautiful chalices of pure light, portals, or craft (MP4 video) were allegedly observed in the United Kingdom on November 30, 2010:

Three Chalices in the UK

These unusual swirls of light were captured by NASA (original JPEG image or on the NASA website). The picture has only been cropped and slightly enlarged:

Swirls of Light

On May 21, 2014, mysterious streaks of light were photographed (PDF of images) by many observers near Honolulu, Hawaii (MP4 video file):

Streaks of Light

In February, 2013, a chalice of pure light, or perhaps a preternatural being or spacecraft, apparently appeared, then ascended, while an amazed Moldavian television journalist, Alesya Kveryaka, and videographer, Andrei Sayenko, were reporting a story. Here is a screen capture from the MP4 video followed by an English translation from the original Russian:

Russian Reporter
Andrei Sayenko: Alesya, look!
Alesya Kveryaka: (makes a Russian exclamation similar to, “Oh, my goodness!”) What it it? Wow. Blin! [literally, “Pancake!,”another common Russian exclamation] What is it?
Andrei Sayenko: Disappeared. Crazy.
Alesya Kveryaka: What was it? Crazy.
Glowing Object Appears Next To TV Crew In Russia 2013! February 18, 2013. Retrieved on August 11, 2013.

Chalices of pure light or spacecraft were reportedly filmed (MP4 video) over the Makua Military Reservation near Honolulu, Hawaii:

Astonishing footage that shows five UFOs hovering above the Makua Military Reservation, outside of the city of Honolulu on the island of Ohua in Hawaii has been released onto the Internet and is creating a buzz on dozens of online UFO forums .... Commentators and researchers are comparing the UFO fleet seen in the video below to the fleets seen and filmed at various locations above Japan before, during and after the tsunami and earthquake.
UFO sightings at military installations have been documented by dozens of researchers, such as Mr. Robert Hastings, who has written and lectured extensively on UFO sightings, in particular, in the vicinity of nuclear weapons sites. Hundreds of ex-military personnel have come forward and testified to witnessing alien activity during their period of service.
UFO Sighting of Fleet of Orbs over Hawaii Military Base on April, 2011. Retrieved on September 22, 2012.
Orbs
screen capture from the above video over the Makua Military Reservation

U.S. pilots once called these angelic apparitions, possibly along with preternatural spacecraft, foo fighters:

During World War II, US pilots reported “foo fighters” (bright lights trailing US aircraft). Fearing they might be Japanese or German secret weapons, OSS [U.S. Office of Strategic Services] investigated but could find no concrete evidence of enemy weapons and often filed such reports in the “crackpot” category.
Gerald K. Haines, CIA’s Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90. From the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) library. Retrieved on October 10, 2012.
UFOs have always been with us – and they’re still with us today....
They have revealed themselves with alarming frequency during times of war and human conflict. Incredibly, there were reports of a UFO flying over Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. There are numerous accounts of UFOs, dubbed “foo fighters,” being spotted by Allied and Axis pilots throughout World War II. World War I also had its share of UFO sightings and aerial visions. The Korean War produced a number of particularly bizarre episodes. During the 1950s and ’60s, in the midst of the Cold War, America’s skies seemed to be virtually raining UFOs. There are even outlandish stories of UFOs aiding George Washington in winning the American Revolution.
Mack Maloney, UFOs in Wartime: What They Didn’t Want You To Know. New York: Berkley Books (Penguin Group). 2001. Kindle edition. Pages 3-4.

In 2008, this orb (MP4 video) reportedly activated the motion sensors in a Kansas gym nine times:

chalices of pure light

These are more possible chalices of pure light:

orbs
seen in Joshua Tree,
CA, August 6, 2012
orbs
seen in Japan, May 21, 2012
orbs
seen in Davidson County,
NC, May 7, 2007
orbs
seen in Brazil,
date unknown
One UFO specialist in UFO orbs after viewing this video wrote the following to this reporter, “Presumably you noted the lights ... near the end of the second video.”
Alfred Lambremont Webre, Is UFO Orb Over Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem a Context Communication by ET? January 30, 2011. Retrieved on December 13, 2012.

Fireballs have also allegedly been observed by military officials, particularly around nuclear missile bases, and by observers at nuclear power facilities:

Glowing red orbs dripping molten metal, giant cigar-shaped objects, and fully illuminated discs are among the descriptions of the unidentified flying objects that have been seen hovering over nuclear weapon sites for the last 65 years.
Jorge Ribas, “UFOs Spying on Our Nukes, Airmen Claim.” Discovery News. September 28, 2010. Retrieved on September 22, 2012.
... at Wright-Patterson AFB, the main interest was to review all incoming UFO reports and see if the green fireball reports were actually unique to the Albuquerque area. They were. Although a good many UFO reports were coming in from other parts of the U.S., none fit the description of the green fireballs.
All during December 1948 and January 1949 the green fireballs continued to invade the New Mexico skies. Everyone, including the intelligence officers at Kirtland AFB [Air Force Base], Air Defense Command people, Dr. [Lincoln] La Paz, and some of the most distinguished scientists at Los Alamos had seen at least one.
The Green Fireball Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in New Mexico. September 6, 2008. Retrieved on September 29, 2012.

Reported sightings of these orb-like chalices of pure light or balls of light have, like spacecraft, increased in recent years:

... the recently received batch of new reports contains what we consider to be an inordinate number of reports of clusters of red, orange, and yellow “orbs,” or “fireballs.” These objects appear to us to defy any kind of traditional explanation that we can identify, and the phenomenon actually appears to be increasing, as measured by the frequency of reports.
Peter Davenport, The National UFO Reporting Center. August 19, 2012. Retrieved on September 12, 2012.
chalices of pure light

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II. Dimensional Shifting

Chalices of pure light and preternatural or extraterrestrial spacecraft may function through interdimensional portals, wormholes, or plasmatic fields:

Orbs are inter-dimensional portals or doorways from other realms to this dimension. Apparently a one way stream, entities pass through an apparent needle’s eye in this dimension. It is the only conclusion which can be made. There have been witnessed several types of orbs, with differing colours, and in different heights above the ground.
Matthew James, Orb Phenomenon – A Personal Theory. November 11, 2009. Retrieved on December 7, 2012.

By “dimensions,” I am referring to frequency resonances, including those beyond the four physical and rational dimensions of spacetime:

In his [the seeker’s] journey he seeth all differences return to a single word and all allusions culminate in a single point.
Baháʾuʾlláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries. Page 39.

Similarly, below is a description of an MP4 video followed by three screen captures. Chalices of pure light and spacecraft may manifest through plasmatic portals or wormholes into other dimensions:

This is a clip I filtered to show the activity surrounding the light. I believe this is an opening in the fabric between dimensions.
Dimensions. June 27, 2008. Retrieved on December 10, 2012.
Fabric between Dimensions Fabric between Dimensions Fabric between Dimensions

This screen capture (MP4 video), from Tomsk, Russa, in 2006, allegedly shows a chalice of pure light or a craft exiting a wormhole:

Exiting a Wormhole

The following screenshot of an alleged wormhole (perhaps a portal, plasmatic field, or vortex), from Christmas eve on December 24, 2012, was taken from a Russian MP4 video:

Wormhole

Two additional pictures (from MP4 videos file 1 and file 2) reportedly depict chalices of pure light or spaceships coming out of wormholes:

Exiting a Wormhole Exiting a Wormhole

Another MP4 video, from January 20, 2013, may show chalices of pure light or spaceships near a wormhole. Here is a screen capture:

Wormhole

This next set of screen captures from an MP4 video (Russia, September 18, 2009) might also display shapeshifting entities emerging from a wormhole or plasmatic field or shapeshifting itself:

Reproduction Reproduction Reproduction Reproduction Reproduction Reproduction Reproduction Reproduction Reproduction Reproduction Reproduction Reproduction

Comparable images, from this MP4 video (January 2, 2012), were taken in Cooloongup, the capital city of Western Australia:

Cooloongup Cooloongup

Similarly, these screen captures are taken from an MP4 video by the well-known Mexican journalist and ufologist Jaime Maussan (born, 1953):

Jaime Maussan’s video Jaime Maussan’s video Jaime Maussan’s video Jaime Maussan’s video Jaime Maussan’s video

Indeed, physicists have proposed the coexistence of multiple dimensions or worlds:

In the 1990’s the subject formerly known as “string theory” evolved into something else, which has now become known as “M-theory.” M-theory is a circle of ideas connecting strings, quantum gravity, unification of forces, duality, Kaluza-Klein theory, Yang-Mills theory, and supersymmetry. While the fundamental principles of M-theory are still unclear, our picture of the subject has evolved rapidly in recent years. M-theory has the distinction of being the only approach to quantum gravity which has succeeded both in tying itself firmly to our classical understanding of gravity (albeit in 10 or 11 dimensions) and in addressing non-perturbative quantum issues such as the entropy of black holes.... To some researchers M-theory is a candidate for a “theory of everything” which would underlie all of the structures in our universe.
Stephen Hawking, Strings and M-Theory.
many-worlds interpretation      One common way of thinking about the many-worlds view is to assume that every quantum event results in a split.... The idea is that the universe is constantly multiplying into an enormous number of parallel worlds. The theory was first put forward in 1957 by the US physicist Hugh Everett III (1930-82).
John Daintith, Oxford Dictionary of Physics. Sixth edition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 2010.

Transterrestrial orbs, in my view, illustrate the power of unity. They are, speculatively, both unities of beings and the individuals in those unities. They travel aboard craft from place to place and from dimension to dimension:

You, who are blessed with shade as well as light, you, who are gifted with two eyes, endowed with a knowledge of perspective, and charmed with the enjoyment of various colours, you, who can actually see an angle, and contemplate the complete circumference of a Circle in the happy region of the Three Dimensions – how shall I make clear to you the extreme difficulty which we in Flatland experience in recognizing one another’s configuration?
Edwin Abbott, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. 1884.

According to Unicus Magazine editor Robert Stanley:

They [some of the visitors] can appear in our physical dimension, but that doesn’t mean that that’s their true origin or true nature. There are many cases where a ball of light is encountered, and then it changes into a human form; and, after it delivers a message or has some kind of exchange, it then transforms back into a ball of light and leaves. I mean, so what is that?... I’ve experienced it. Other people have seen it.... It’s very unusual.
Robert Stanley, “Mirror Gazing/Covert ETs.” Coast to Coast AM. George Noory, interviewer. December 13, 2012. Retrieved (transcribed) on December 14, 2012.

In this MP4 video, Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale commented on an official NASA photograph which, inadvertently, captured a collection of orbs (chalices of pure light or spacecraft). He referred specifically to the difficulty in catching or following them. The quotation is followed by a screen capture:

Over the years, we have chased, many, many, many of these things [orbs], maybe not with the visibility this one has gotten, and rarely have ever been able to pinpoint exactly where they came from, and always finding out that it didn’t pose us any hazard.
NASA Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale, Chalices of Pure Light Photographed by NASA. Retrieved on October 29, 2012.
chalices of pure light Photographed by NASA

These two celestial pictographs, or preternatural specters, were reportedly associated with the catastrophic events at New York City’s World Trade Center, in lower Manhattan, on September 11, 2001:

Sky Formation

The following pictures were found in this picture (JPEG image) of a railcar inferno, from February 5, 2014, on Russia’s Trans-Siberian Railway. Fortunately, no injuries were reported:

Trans-Siberian Railway Trans-Siberian Railway Trans-Siberian Railway

An MP4 video, taken with a night-vision camera, appears to show orb-like chalices of pure light or spacecraft appearing and disappearing or, in other words, shifting in and out of the empirically observable three-dimensional universe. Here is a screenshot:

Amber Lights

The varying shapes and colors of the chalices of pure light could be comparable to the diversity in levels of spiritual development among earthly homo sapiens. On the other hand, according to the producer of two additional MP4 videos, the “shifting” colors on chalices of pure light and some spacecraft might indicate dimensional shifting or communication. Here are screenshots from his first video followed by a description:

chalice of pure light chalice of pure light chalice of pure light chalice of pure light chalice of pure light chalice of pure light
Plasma Orb UFO and language of light communication.... These could be lights for interdimensional travel/contact ....
UFO Multi-Colored Plasma Orb and Light Communication. December 30, 2011. Retrieved on December 19, 2012.

These are screen captures from the second video followed by a description:

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It’s [the UFO’s] shape shifting as its high vibrational movements are captured in individual moments so the displays can be viewed.
UFO Vibrational Interdimensional Travel And Communication. January 11, 2012. Retrieved on December 19, 2012.

As dearest Baháʾuʾlláh, the Father, wrote, potentialities are relative:

It is clear to thine Eminence that all the variations which the wayfarer in the stages of his journey beholdeth in the realms of being, proceed from his own vision. We shall give an example of this, that its meaning may become fully clear: Consider the visible sun; although it shineth with one radiance upon all things, and at the behest of the King of Manifestation bestoweth light on all creation, yet in each place it becometh manifest and sheddeth its bounty according to the potentialities of that place. For instance, in a mirror it reflecteth its own disk and shape, and this is due to the sensitivity of the mirror; in a crystal it maketh fire to appear, and in other things it showeth only the effect of its shining, but not its full disk. And yet, through that effect, by the command of the Creator, it traineth each thing according to the quality of that thing, as thou observest.
... colors become visible in every object according to the nature of that object. For instance, in a yellow globe, the rays shine yellow; in a white the rays are white; and in a red, the red rays are manifest. Then these variations are from the object, not from the shining light. And if a place be shut away from the light, as by walls or a roof, it will be entirely bereft of the splendor of the light, nor will the sun shine thereon.
Baháʾuʾlláh, “The Seven Valleys.” The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys. Pages 18-19.
As to thy question regarding discoveries made by the soul after it hath put off its human form: certainly, that world is a world of perceptions and discoveries, for the interposed veil will be lifted away and the human spirit will gaze upon souls that are above, below, and on a par with itself. It is similar to the condition of a human being in the womb, where his eyes are veiled, and all things are hidden away from him. Once he is born out of the uterine world and entereth this life, he findeth it, with relation to that of the womb, to be a place of perceptions and discoveries, and he observeth all things through his outer eye. In the same way, once he hath departed this life, he will behold, in that world whatsoever was hidden from him here: but there he will look upon and comprehend all things with his inner eye. There will he gaze on his fellows and his peers, and those in the ranks above him, and those below. As for what is meant by the equality of souls in the all-highest realm, it is this: the souls of the believers, at the time when they first become manifest in the world of the body, are equal, and each is sanctified and pure. In this world, however, they will begin to differ one from another, some achieving the highest station, some a middle one, others remaining at the lowest stage of being. Their equal status is at the beginning of their existence; the differentiation followeth their passing away.
ʿAbduʾl-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ʿAbduʾl-Bahá. Pages 170-179.

The Perfect Exemplar ʿAbduʾl-Bahá explained in one of His table talks:

... it is known that the pupil of the eye is black so as to attract the rays of the sun, for if it were another color—that is, uniformly white—it would not attract the rays of the sun.
ʿAbduʾl-Bahá, Some Answered Questions. Pages 192-193.

Moreover, according to Sūrat Śābda Yoga (Arabized Sanskrit for “union through attention to the word”) meditation teacher Śrī Michael Turner:

... colors and sounds correspond to various frequencies of consciousness. Just as sunlight has different colors when filtered through different layers of atmosphere (rainbows and sunsets are two good examples), so too does the pure Voice of God have different colors and sounds when filtered through the emotional, causal, mental and etheric states of consciousness.
Michael Turner, Introduction to Shabda Meditation. January 2nd, 2010. Retrieved on February 26, 2013.

Using John Teel’s terminology, perhaps the marvellously radiant, seemingly plasmatic, chalices of pure light, manifesting from the Supreme Concourse, could be regarded, at least partially, as the psychic fields of benevolent, angelic, and departed ultraterrestrials:

Instead of thinking in terms of extraterrestrials, I have adopted the concept of ultraterrestrials—beings and forces which coexist with us but are on another time frame; that is, they operate outside the limits of our space-time continuum yet have the ability to cross over into our reality. This other world is not a place, however as Mars or Andromeda are places, but is a state of energy.
John A. Keel, The Mothman Prophecies: Based on True Events. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (A Tor Book). 1991. Page 44.
... [Ultraterrestrials are] intelligent beings from this planet: beings that look like us but possess the peculiar special qualities of ultraterrestrials who share our world yet are a species apart from us....
... The UFOs do not seem to exist as tangible, manufactured objects. They do not conform to the accepted natural laws of our environment. They seem to be nothing more than transmogrifications tailoring themselves to our abilities to understand....
The elementals or ultraterrestrials are somehow able to manipulate the electrical circuits of the human mind.
John A. Keel, Operation Trojan Horse. Lilburn, GA: IllumiNet Press. 1996. Pages 65, 266, and 268.
All of these [UFO] incidents are subjective; that is, we have only the testimony of the witnesses that these peculiar events occurred. Although millions of people have claimed encounters with the ultraterrestrials in the past two thousand years, many millions of others have not had such experiences. Astronomers and physicists are neither trained nor equipped to deal with a purely subjective phenomenon.
John A. Keel, Our Haunted Planet. Lakeville, MN: Galde Press, Inc. 1999. Page 112.

Others have commented on, or adopted, Keel’s term:

The ultraterrestials are a alien race that, well, isn’t all too alien. In fact, they originate from Earth, just like us humans, but their civilization is so much older and more advanced than ours that they have no trouble hiding from us (for whatever reason). The term was coined by the ufologist John Keel in his Operation Trojan Horse in 1970, wherein he claims that the UFOs, various supernatural phenomena (like the Mothman), and religious myths imply the activity of an almighty High Energy Being co-existing with humans on Earth.
Ultraterrestrials.” Television Tropes & Idioms. Retrieved on April 7, 2012.
The Religious-Supernatural Theory...This theory was developed almost entirely by John A. Keel in two books that have been very influencial on the modern UFO research; “UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse” and “The Mothman Prophecies.” Keel basically says UFOs are being another dimension that exist in the midst of our world. Keel calls them “ultraterrestrials” (which will also be part of another theory later described), and he tries to avoid making the religious connection with UFOs.... This theory puts forth the belief that UFOs have been directly influencial in human affairs and natural disasters in many parts of our histories since ancient times....
The Ultraterrestrial Theory...There are three branches of folks who have adopted this train of thought. The first are UFO enthusiasts since the 1960s that became disenchanted with the ETH [extraterrestrial hypothesis] due to lack of contact over the years, these individuals moved toward a more esoteric concept involving ultraterrestrials in a parallel universe. The second is individuals who adopted ancient scriptural texts in application with their beliefs in the UFO phenomena. Both of the first two branches think there are inter-dimensional beings that are thought to share our own dimension, only at a different vibratory level of existence, and that time may mean nothing for them. Proponent John A. Keel says, “UFOs are nothing more than transmogrifications tailoring themselves to our abilities to understand that the ultraterrestrials are somehow able to manipulate the electrical circuits of the human mind.” The third and most secular theory makes no assumptions that UFOs have good intentions towards the human races. It sees them as evil or demonic in the sense that they have been deceptive, in their influence on our religious values and belief systems.
UFO : Of Angels, Demons, Spies in The Skies, And Theories Behind a Saucerful of Secrets. Retrieved on October 29, 2012.
Perhaps there’s a very subtle extra and/or ultraterrestrial plan in the works to slowly change the consciousness of the human race on this planet ....
Philip J. Imbrogno, Ultraterrestrial Contact: A Paranormal Investigator’s Explorations into the Hidden Abduction Epidemic. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications. 2010. Kindle Edition.

These are screen captures from two MP4 videos (file 1 and file 2) of alleged transdimensional or ultradimensional chalices of pure light:

chalice of pure light

The following photos allegedly depict parallel universes in China (PDF file):

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Parallel
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III. Custodianship

To be perfectly honest, all that really matters to me are God and His ranks of angels. (The Prophets occupy the highest Position.) I trust them all implicitly and love them dearly. The chalices of pure light, speculatively manifested by souls from other planets and the worlds beyond, are seemingly impregnable through dimensional shifting and shapeshifting. That is to say, the capacities of these illuminated entities might include moving with ease between spiritual and physical dimensions and altering their outward appearance. These elusive and invulnerable shapeshifting projections have, by some accounts, appeared as faces and animals:

A pulsating spherical ball of light. The light appears bluish to a yellow green glow. The light it casts is not extremely bright but will cast light on objects immediately surrounding the orb. Typically there is more than 1 orbs gathered. They have the ability to hover and make no noise. There appears to be no physical shape supporting these orbs. A characteristic feature is that they will pulsate their light intensity for a matter of seconds growing extremely bright, and then fading away to nothing as if the object simply vanished. Apparently these have been witnessed during the day but are more visible at night. Have been seen transforming into other animal shapes and is suspected of having the ability to transmorph into the shape of local living animals. Can affect other electrical objects and knocked out the power to the [ECETI] ranch house. Shift between a visible and invisible state as they pulsate on and off.
What is Known Regarding the “Pulsating Orbs of Light”: UFOs Showing Up Worldwide! April 12, 2012. Retrieved on October 14, 2012.
As usual, when plasma is caught on camera, there is never any sign of it in the next shot. I found a number of faces in the plasma, but so far I have been unable to crop and enhance them well enough to be included in this file. Scrolling down will show where I had better results.
Judith Scales, Orbs and Plasma Clouds. September 25, 2012. Retrieved on October 13, 2012.

Shapeshifting may sometimes be a form of communication. The screen captures below were taken from an MP4 video of a possible chameleonic (chameleon-like) shapeshifting form:

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These conceivable chalices of pure light, followed by a description, are quite different:

Orbs
Here are photos sent by a photographer living in England. They were taken in North East UK, Cleveland County. The photographer says he took all these photos from his rooftop garden using a Nikon D70 digital SLR with a 450mm telephoto zoom lens + tripod. He also states that he is firmly convinced they all depict the ... phenomenon/technology ... of the shape shifting UFO, and he thinks that the phenomenon/technology seems to have several apparently different forms of manifestation.
UFO Cloaking Technology or Plasma Based Life Forms? December 6, 2009. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.

Here are more alleged shapeshifting entities with a description:

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The following images (MP4 video) allegedly appeared on three successive nights in September, 1996. Each time, the configuration was slightly changed:

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This apparent shapeshifting entity or metamorph (MP4 video) was reportedly observed over London:

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I noticed a possible face in a huge orb (MP4 video):

Being with a Face

In the next spectatular photograph (original JPEG image or on the NASA website), taken from the International Space Station, I personally noticed at least four possible faces, possibly belonging to “preternatural sentinels,” which seemed to be peering, and perhaps monitoring, through a portal or wormhole. I have cropped and enlarged the picture, and added the arrows, but I have not modified it in any other way:

The Watchers

Another possible portal was discovered at the top of a mountain (original JPEG image or on the Webcams de México website). I have cropped and enlarged the image and added the arrows:

The Watchers

This next photograph (original JPEG image or on the Universities Space Research Association website), captured over Earth’s Moon, is similar. I have only cropped and enlarged the picture. Look at the apparent face looking through the portal:

The Watchers

Here is yet another apparent face gazing through an interdimensional wormhole (original JPEG image or on the NASA website). The photograph is cropped, enlarged, and slightly sharpened:

The Watchers

Again (original JPEG image or on the NASA website):

The Watchers

Another one from Neumayer Station III in Antarctica (original JPEG image or on Das Alfred-Wegener-Institut website):

The Watchers

I also discovered a possible countenance looking through a portal in another photograph (original JPEG image or on the NASA website). I have cropped and enlarged the picture, but I have not modified it in any other way:

The Watchers

This next photograph from Apollo 7 (original JPEG image or on the NASA website), while not as clear, is similar:

The Watchers

This face or object (original JPEG image or on the NASA website) over a city appears to have a snout:

The Watchers

The next entity might also have something like a snout (original JPEG image or on the NASA website:

The Watchers

This possible entity was photographed during Apollo 17 (original JPEG image or on the NASA website):

Entity

Furthermore, on September 8, 2012, the following auroral pictograph of a possible preternatural being (MP4 video), displayed within the Northern Lights, was reportedly taken, in the Reykjanes peninsula of Iceland, by Moldovan landscape photographer Iurie Belegurschi. Top to bottom are the original photograph, the same image with an embedded speculative interpretation (not made by me), and a closeup of the possible entity:

Northern Lights
Northern Lights
Northern Lights

These pictographs from two MP4 videos (file 1 and file 2) are alleged images of angels:

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Angelic Formation Angelic Formation Angelic Formation Angelic Formation

This next image of a reported angelic pictograph is followed by a description:

Angelic Formation
Notice the Angel’s glorious light that emanates from being in the presence of the Lord God Almighty!
Zooming in on a Heavenly Angel. October 6, 2011. Retrieved on January 27, 2013.

Belegurschi commented on the photograph:

I didn’t see the alien face during shooting, but when I came home I checked my photographs on the computer and I saw it! It’s unbelievable, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
Iurie Belegurschi quoted in Are We Being Watched? “Alien” Reaches Out through Northern Lights: We may Finally have Proof that there are Aliens Among Us. November 20, 2012. Retrieved on November 24, 2012.

These eleven pictures are alleged faces, possibly gazing through portals, in the clouds:

Sky Formation
Sky Formation Sky Formation
MP4 video
Sky Formation
ʿAbduʾl-Bahá?
Sky Formation
Grand Falls, New Brunkswick, Canada (MP4 video)
Sky Formation Sky Formation Sky Formation Sky Formation
Sky Formation
MP4 (contains three out of the five images directly above)
Sky Formation Sky Formation
two more alleged celestial pictorgraphs (MP4 video)
Sky Formation Sky Formation (12/23/2012)

The following is a brief excerpt from emancipee George Adamski’s testimony:

... in the mother ship there are many more instrumentals for many more purposes than what the saucers have. The saucer is nothing but a scout....
... according to the information I have received from them they said we have not developed much, because we were killing men, and we are still killing men.
George Adamski, New Zealand UFO Files. Retrieved on March 11, 2013.

Chalices-bearers of pure light themselves, in my opinion, often manifest as beautiful lattices, including headshots, whether through shapeshifting or naturally. In the next set of photographs, which were captured from sixteen MP4 videos (file 1, file 2, file 3, file 4, file 5, file 6, file 7, file 8, file 9, file 10, file 11, file 12, file 13, file 14, file 15, file 16), chalices of pure light, perhaps intentionally revealing their source as departed human souls, display their countenances or, in other cases, shapeshift into pictographs:

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These are some additional alleged chalices of pure light. They include a mixture of visages and apparently non-facial pictographs. The two images shown at the top, if authentic, have the most detailed countenances on chalices of pure light I have seen to date:

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dual faces?
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The following two screenshots, from a couple of MP4 videos (file 1 and file 2), show alleged activity at James Gilliland’s ECETI (Enlightened Contact with Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Ranch in Trout Lake, Washington. In the first image, an orb, according to Gilliland, is seen within a “plasma field.” It might, I will personally speculate, be a wormhole or a interdimensional portal. He describes the second image as an orb (note the face) appearing, or dimensionally shifting, out of a plasma field. This interdimensional being could, speculatively, be a chalice of pure light or a preternatural being in this world:

Plasmatic Field
Plasmatic Field

This possible chalice of pure light (original PNG image or on the Arizona State University Apollo Image Archive) was photographed during the Apollo 15 lunar mission (July-August, 1971). I have cropped and enlarged the image, but I have not modified it in any other way:

Apollo 15

This alleged chalice of pure light (MP4 video) appears to shapeshift and to, periodically, shift dimensionally or fade from view:

Shifter Shifter Shifter Shifter Shifter Shifter Shifter

These screen captures from an MP4 video show a possible chalice of pure light morphing into various shapes, including a horseshoe, a “flying” saucer, and a face:

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These possible orbs (MP4 video) were allegedly observed looping up and down:

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This photograph, from European Southern Observatoryʼs “Very Large Telescope,” was taken in January, 2015:

looping prbs
IV. Stars of Guidance

The chalice-bearers of pure light, I feel, operate as members of the most exalted ranks among the cosmic angelic hosts:

... the angels have been arrayed in ranks ....
Baháʾuʾlláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries. Page 20.
... the presence of angels come to me as hints in clouds, while others come as spirit orbs, which I intuitively recognize as angelic.
Cedar Rivers, The New Frontier: Multidimensionality. Bloomington, IN: BalboaPress (Hay House). 2012. Page 39.
In my opinion, they [the spirit helpers] are the spirits of people who once lived, just like you and I here on planet Earth, that, for whatever reason, are still able to offer some help from time to time, and, for religious folks, they might call them guardian angels – and that very well may be true.... I think there is an unlimited amount of help in the nonphysical world we can attract to us if we simply recognize it and request it.
Raymon Grace, “Clearing & Dowsing.” Coast to Coast AM. George Noory, interviewer. February 3, 2013. Retrieved (transcribed) on February 4, 2013.

Once again, Baháʾuʾlláh, peace be upon Him, wrote:

... in the third Gospel, according to Luke, it is recorded: “There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars, and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; and the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, know that the kingdom of God hath drawn nigh.”
Baháʾuʾlláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries. Page 9.

Angels of light are described in an Islāmic tradition (al-ḥadīṯ, information) and in the Book of Acts:

The angels were created from light, the jinn [al-ǧinn, the hidden ones] were created from fire. Man was created from what has been described to you.
Words attributed to the Prophet Muḥammad, “Angels.” The Islamic Bulletin. Issue 15. Retrieved on October 6, 2012.
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shined in the cell: and he smote Peter on the side, and awoke him, saying, Rise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
Acts 12:7, American Standard Version (1901).

Prophetically, stars of guidance were anticipated to shower their lights upon the earth:

Praise be to Him through Whose splendours the earth and the heavens are aglow, through Whose fragrant breathings the gardens of holiness that adorn the hearts of the chosen are trembling for joy, to Him Who hath shed His light and brightened the face of the firmament. Verily there appeared luminous and sparkling stars, glittering, shining out, and casting forth their rays upon the supreme horizon. They derived their grace and brilliance from the bounties of the Abhá [al-Abhā, the Most Glorious] Realm, then, stars of guidance, they poured down their lights upon this earth.
Salutations and praise be unto those luminous, resplendent stars that are shedding down their rays from the highest heaven, those celestial bodies of the girdling zodiac of the Abhá Realm. May glory rest upon them.
ʿAbduʾl-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ʿAbduʾl-Bahá. Pages 38-39.
O phoenix of that immortal flame kindled in the sacred Tree! Baháʾuʾlláh—may my life, my soul, my spirit be offered up as a sacrifice unto His lowly servants—hath, during His last days on earth, given the most emphatic promise that, through the outpourings of the grace of God and the aid and assistance vouchsafed from His Kingdom on high, souls will arise and holy beings appear who, as stars, would adorn the firmament of divine guidance; illumine the dayspring of loving-kindness and bounty; manifest the signs of the unity of God; shine with the light of sanctity and purity; receive their full measure of divine inspiration; raise high the sacred torch of faith; stand firm as the rock and immoveable as the mountain; and grow to become luminaries in the heavens of His Revelation, mighty channels of His grace, means for the bestowal of God’s bountiful care, heralds calling forth the name of the One true God, and establishers of the world’s supreme foundation.
These shall labour ceaselessly, by day and by night, shall heed neither trials nor woe, shall suffer no respite in their efforts, shall seek no repose, shall disregard all ease and comfort, and, detached and unsullied, shall consecrate every fleeting moment of their lives to the diffusion of the divine fragrance and the exaltation of God’s holy Word. Their faces will radiate heavenly gladness, and their hearts be filled with joy. Their souls will be inspired, and their foundation stand secure. They shall scatter in the world, and travel throughout all regions. They shall raise their voices in every assembly, and adorn and revive every gathering. They shall speak in every tongue, and interpret every hidden meaning. They shall reveal the mysteries of the Kingdom, and manifest unto everyone the signs of God. They shall burn brightly even as a candle in the heart of every assembly, and beam forth as a star upon every horizon. The gentle breezes wafted from the garden of their hearts shall perfume and revive the souls of men, and the revelations of their minds, even as showers, will reinvigorate the peoples and nations of the world.
I am waiting, eagerly waiting for these holy ones to appear; and yet, how long will they delay their coming? My prayer and ardent supplication, at eventide and at dawn, is that these shining stars may soon shed their radiance upon the world, that their sacred countenances may be unveiled to mortal eyes, that the hosts of divine assistance may achieve their victory, and the billows of grace, rising from His oceans above, may flow upon all mankind. Pray ye also and supplicate unto Him that through the bountiful aid of the Ancient Beauty these souls may be unveiled to the eyes of the world.
ʿAbduʾl-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ʿAbduʾl-Bahá. Pages 251-252.

I have reflected on the honor and glorification of being a chalice-bearer of pure light, an angel from the Supreme Concourse, who has, speculatively, been divinely chosen to herald the appearance of a Messenger of God. As recorded by Baháʾuʾlláh in The Kitáb-i-Íqán (Persianized Arabic, Kitāb-i Īqān, Book of Certitude) and the Ishráqát (Išrāqāt, Splendors):

... now, concerning His [Jesus’] words: “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven” [Matthew 24:30]. By these words it is meant that when the sun of the heavenly teachings hath been eclipsed, the stars of the divinely-established laws have fallen, and the moon of true knowledge—the educator of mankind—hath been obscured; when the standards of guidance and felicity have been reversed, and the morn of truth and righteousness hath sunk in night, then shall the sign of the Son of man appear in heaven. By “heaven” is meant the visible heaven, inasmuch as when the hour draweth nigh on which the Day-star of the heaven of justice shall be made manifest, and the Ark of divine guidance shall sail upon the sea of glory, a star will appear in the heaven, heralding unto its people the advent of that most great light. In like manner, in the invisible heaven a star shall be made manifest who, unto the peoples of the earth, shall act as a harbinger of the break of that true and exalted Morn. These twofold signs, in the visible and the invisible heaven, have announced the Revelation of each of the Prophets of God, as is commonly believed.
Among the Prophets was Abraham, the Friend of God. Ere He manifested Himself, Nimrod dreamed a dream. Thereupon, he summoned the soothsayers, who informed him of the rise of a star in the heaven. Likewise, there appeared a herald who announced throughout the land the coming of Abraham.
After Him came Moses, He Who held converse with God. The soothsayers of His time warned Pharaoh in these terms: “A star hath risen in the heaven, and lo! it foreshadoweth the conception of a Child Who holdeth your fate and the fate of your people in His hand.” In like manner, there appeared a sage who, in the darkness of the night, brought tidings of joy unto the people of Israel, imparting consolation to their souls, and assurance to their hearts. To this testify the records of the sacred books. Were the details to be mentioned, this epistle would swell into a book. Moreover, it is not Our wish to relate the stories of the days that are past. God is Our witness that what We even now mention is due solely to Our tender affection for thee, that haply the poor of the earth may attain the shores of the sea of wealth, the ignorant be led unto the ocean of divine knowledge, and they that thirst for understanding partake of the Salsabíl of divine wisdom. Otherwise, this servant regardeth the consideration of such records a grave mistake and a grievous transgression.
In like manner, when the hour of the Revelation of Jesus drew nigh, a few of the Magi, aware that the star of Jesus had appeared in heaven, sought and followed it, till they came unto the city which was the seat of the Kingdom of Herod. The sway of his sovereignty in those days embraced the whole of that land.
These Magi said: “Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east and are come to worship Him!” When they had searched, they found out that in Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, the Child had been born. This was the sign that was manifested in the visible heaven. As to the sign in the invisible heaven—the heaven of divine knowledge and understanding—it was Yaḥyá, son of Zachariah [John the Baptist], who gave unto the people the tidings of the Manifestation of Jesus.
Baháʾuʾlláh, The Kitáb-i-Íqán. Pages 61-64.
This is the Day wherein the earth hath told out her tidings and hath laid bare her treasures; when the oceans have brought forth their pearls and the divine Lote-Tree its fruit; when the Sun hath shed its radiance and the Moons have diffused their lights, and the Heavens have revealed their stars ....
Baháʾuʾlláh, “Ishráqát,” Tablets of Baháʾuʾlláh Revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. Page 107.
... there came the turn of Moses. Armed with the rod of celestial dominion, adorned with the white hand of divine knowledge, and proceeding from the Párán [geographically, Pārān in Arabia] of the love of God, and wielding the serpent of power and everlasting majesty, He shone forth from the Sinai of light upon the world. He summoned all the peoples and kindreds of the earth to the kingdom of eternity, and invited them to partake of the fruit of the tree of faithfulness. Surely you are aware of the fierce opposition of Pharaoh and his people, and of the stones of idle fancy which the hands of infidels cast upon that blessed Tree. So much so that Pharaoh and his people finally arose and exerted their utmost endeavor to extinguish with the waters of falsehood and denial the fire of that sacred Tree, oblivious of the truth that no earthly water can quench the flame of divine wisdom, nor mortal blasts extinguish the lamp of everlasting dominion. Nay, rather, such water cannot but intensify the burning of the flame, and such blasts cannot but ensure the preservation of the lamp, were ye to observe with the eye of discernment, and walk in the way of God’s holy will and pleasure.
Baháʾuʾlláh, The Kitáb-i-Íqán. Pages 11-12.

Moreover, these words have been recorded in the Gospel according to St. Matthew and in the Book of Exodus:

Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we [wise men from the east] saw his star in the east, and are come to worship him. And when Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Matthew 2:2-3. American Standard Version (1901).
Jehovah went before them [Moses and the children of Israel] by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them the way, and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light, that they might go by day and by night: the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by night, departed not from before the people.
Exodus 13:21-22. American Standard Version (1901).

On the other hand, I agree with Rabbi Moses Maimonides (1135-1204), peace be upon him, who is known, in Hebrew, as Rabbî Mōše ben Maymōn or by the acronym, hā-RāMBāM and, in Arabic, as Rabbī Mūsā ibn Maymūn. No one, including the spherically manifesting chalice-bearers of pure light, should be worshipped in place of God:

That God, blessed be He, is alone worthy of worship, adulation, exaltation, and obedience to His commandments. One must not worship any lesser beings—for example, angels, stars, heavenly spheres, the elements and anything made from them—because these all function by their natures without self-determination or free will; but [we must] only worship the Name, may He be blessed. It is not proper to worship those things as though they are intermediaries between humans and God; rather, one should direct his thoughts only to Him and put aside anything other than Him. This fifth principle [of faith] is taught in the Torah’s prohibitions of idolatry.
Rabbî Mōše ben Maymōn, Maimonides—Essential Teachings on Jewish Faith and Ethics: The Book of Knowledge and the Thirteen Principles of Faith. Translated and annotated by Rabbi Marc D. Angel, Ph.D. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing. 2012. Kindle edition.

I discovered an alternate translation, in a Jewish siddûr (Hebrew, order of daily prayers) or prayer book, which includes the majority of the original text:

God, praised be He, is alone worthy of devoted service, glorification, His Greatness proclaimed, and His commands done. One should not do this to those that are below Him. We are not to do so to whatever derives its existence from Him, whether angels, stars, spheres, elements, or anything else; for they are all created things both in essence and in function.... It is also wrong to serve them as intermediaries, to intervene for us with God. One should address his thoughts to God alone, and leave out consideration of everything else. This fifth principle [of faith] warns against idolatry, and the greater part of the Torah is concerned with it.
Rabbî Mōše ben Maymōn quoted in Ways of Torah: Complete Siddur. Translated and edited by Rabbi Yusef Eliyah and Rabbi Asher Meza. Denver, CO: BeJEWISH Publishing (found as Creative Commons on Scribd). 2012. Page 86.

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V. Preternatural Phenomena

Ghosts, apparitions, orbs, auras, astral bodies, and similar terms for psychic fields are not, to my understanding, human souls. Although the psychic fields of departed souls can be observed, the souls themselves are immaterial and, to us, invisible. ʿAbduʾl-Bahá was reported to have stated, according to a pilgrim’s note, that immortal souls are not permanentaly bound to this world. So-called “evil spirits,” inhabiting the afterlife, cannot adversely affect our own plane of existence, but angelic chalices of pure light may, God willing, influence our thoughts.

There are no earthbound souls. When the souls that are not good die, they go entirely away from this earth and so cannot influence anyone. They are spiritually dead. Their thoughts can have influence only while they are alive on the earth. Caiaphas had great influence during his life, but as soon as he died, his influence ceased. It was of this kind that Christ said, “Let the dead bury their dead.”
But the good souls are given eternal life, and sometimes God permits their thoughts to reach the earth to help people.
Reported words of ʿAbduʾl-Bahá in Helen S. Goodall and Ella Goodall Cooper, Daily Lessons Received at Akka: January 1908. Wilmette, IL: Baháʾí Publishing Trust, 1979. Pages 35-36.
We must use the Writings of the Prophets as our measurement. If Baháʾuʾlláh had attached the slightest importance to occult experiences, to the seeing of auras, to the hearing of mystic voices; if He had believed that reincarnation was a fact, He, Himself, would have mentioned all of these things in His Teachings. The fact that He passed over them in silence shows that to Him, they had either no importance or no reality, and were consequently not worthy to take up His time as the Divine Educator of the human race.
From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual Baháʾí in Trinidad and Tobago and quoted in a letter, dated August 30, 1984, written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to another individual Baháʾí, Lights of Guidance: A Baháʾí Reference File. Number 1771.

These ghosts or apparitions, through whatever outward form or shapeshifted image they may be outwardly perceived, are, in my opinion, the psychic energy fields of chalice-bearers of pure light or members of the Supreme Concourse, other departed human souls, and perhaps even animals and vegetables. If the psychic fields belonging to departed souls are vehicles of relation, mediation, or communication from the afterlife to this world, the physical presence of a ghost might sometimes indicate a temporarily unbalanced connection between the soul and the psychic field.

In an undocumented Tablet, ʿAbduʾl-Bahá explained certain ghostly (ectoplasmic or plasmatic?) apparitions by sudden, unexpected death:

Two French soldiers were on the floor below ....
Six pairs of eyes have been focused on what? A mirage?... Edith Blake, our most analytical observer, recalled that in Outward Bound [a play by Sutton Vane], where all the characters are dead, none knew it and even when the evidence was presented was overwhelming they refused to believe the truth....
The Master [ʿAbduʾl-Bahá] replied [to a letter about apparent ghostly experiences] that the soldiers had been catapulted out of life with such sudden force that they did not realize their changed condition. That since they were deprived of their earth experience through no fault of their own, God would, in the future compensate them and give them their hearts’ desires.
Louise Albee Mathews, Not Every Sea Hath Pearls. Happy Camp, CA: Naturegraph Publishers. 1986. Pages 23-25.

To illustrate, the Malaysian Ghost Research has photographed numerous objects which it has termed “ghost orbs” (MP4 video). That designation reflects, from my perspective, the group’s veracious interpretation of the chalices of pure light as ghostly phenomena. Here is a photograph followed by a description:

Ghost Orb
This photo was captured by our Malaysian Ghost Research Paranormal Team based in Sabah. Another good example of a ghost orb that is radiating its own energy, ... [which] expand [to] make the edges ... blur.
Ghost Orbs.” Malaysian Ghost Research. January 19, 2007. Retrieved on December 12, 2012.

The Shroud of Turin is believed by some Roman Catholics and others to be the radiant image of Jesus Christ projected upon His burial cloth:

Shroud of Turin
Shroud of Turin
Shroud of Turin
facial closeup
Shroud of Turin
facial reconstruction

In 1988, intriguing images were allegedly discovered, on a piece of cloth, by Bostonians Athalyn Rose and her daughter:

Athalyn RoseAthalyn Rose

On March 11, 2011, a possible ghostly entity arose from the waters of the Japanese tsunami (MP4 video). The photograph is followed by a description:

Tsunami Ghost
Very strange footage from the recent Japan tsunami, which seems to show a white humanoid looking figure rise from the waves. Figure is filmed leaping from the torrent, and then it climbs a building before vanishing. Could this be a ghost or possibly an alien creature of some kind. Whatever it is, it’s very strange.
Ghost Or Alien Rises From Japan Tsunami. August 11, 2013. Retrieved on August 11, 2013.

In order to commune with the chalices of pure light belonging to Moses and Elijah, Jesus may have revealed His Own chalice of pure light, ghost, or aura:

... after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
Matthew 17:1-3. American Standard Version (1901).

The radiant chalice of pure light belonging to Pope John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyła, 1920-2005) could, one might conjecture, have manifested in a bonfire. The photograph is followed by a description:

Pope John Paul II
Gregorz Lukasik was attending a service at Beskid Zywiecki near John Paul’s birthplace on the second anniversary of his death. A bonfire was lit during the service and Gregorz took some pictures. Later he looked at the pictures and discovered this figure in the fire. “I showed them to my brother and sister and they, like me, were convinced the flames had formed the image of Pope John Paul II. I was so happy with the picture that I showed it to our local bishop who said that Pope John Paul had made many pilgrimages during his life and he was still making them in death.”
Nick Pisa, Is this Pope John Paul II Waving from Beyond the Grave? Vatican TV Director Says Yes. 2007. Retrieved on March 15, 2013.

In 2013, this photograph, shown here in two versions, was uncovered in Asheville, NC, after 42 years in a drawer:

Reynolds Wraith

Another image, from June of 2011, was taken at the former federal prison (1933-1963) on Alcatraz Island, now a tourist attraction, in the San Francisco Bay of California. The figure is at the top of the staircase:

Alcatraz

The next image of a child, Erin Potter (born, November 28, 2003), possibly being watched over by angels (MP4 video) may show a loving, dark-haired archangel with a large forehead (on the right) and orb-like entities (on the left). My speculation is that these orbs are either the chalices of pure light from departed souls or, perhaps, a form of preternatural transportation. The photograph is followed by a brief description. Click on the picture, taken when she was nine-years old, to see an enlargement:

Erin Potter
Believer or not, the image behind Erin Potter, a Kirtland girl battling leukemia, is stunning. It certainly stunned her mom....
19 Action News has documented Erin’s cancer battle before. Kevin Potter, her father, actually introduced President Obama at a campaign stop, as the president spoke of the family’s fight to stay insured to keep alive the fight for Erin.
Just after the picture was taken, Erin had that transplant, and right now, she’s cancer-free.
Do You Believe? Holy Image Appears Behind Child Battling Leukemia.” KPHO-TV. CBS affiliate. KPHO Broadcasting Corporation. Phoenix, AZ. May 25, 2013. Retrieved on May 25, 2013.

In another incident, the ghostly picture of an angel (MP4 video) allegedly appeared in the hospital room of fourteen-year-old Chelsea Banton. Although she was dying of pneumonia, she soon recovered. Chelsea’s mother, Colleen, and some hospital workers reported seeing the angelic lights. The image was captured by the hospital security camera and by Colleen Banton’s cellphone camera. This is a screen capture, and it is followed by a description:

Chelsea Banton
Her [Chelsea Banton’s] mother [Colleen Banton] believes it was a miracle – attended by a very real angel bathed in light at the door to the pediatric intensive care unit.
More on the Angel in the Hospital: Photo Captures Image of an “Angel” in Hospital Hallway. December 23rd, 2008. Retrieved on December 31, 2012.

These two photographs were given to me by my dear friend, Rachael. The picture on the left shows Rachael with apparent orbs of light in her former Nebraska home. Reportedly, a family was murdered in that house in the 1920s. The image on the right shows a beam of light focused on Rachael’s cat. A week later, the cat died:

Orbs Orbs

The following two photographs of a possible vortex (or perhaps a portal, wormhole, or plasmatic field), with an alleged orb attached to it, were taken by British singer Maya (also known as Myluv). She explains (MP3 audio file) that the image immediately appeared near the place of death of a well-loved homeless man:

vortex vortex

A few years later, a cloud-like mist (left) and, subsequently, an orb without the mist (right) were photographed by Myluv at the same location (MP3 audio file):

vortex vortex

This seemingly transparent-like, perhaps dimensionally shifting, apparition (MP4 video in Táiwānese Mandarin or Guóyǔ, “national language”) was allegedly observed by a police officer in Táiwān. The images are followed by a description:

Transparent Being
Transparent Being
A UFO group in Taiwan ... [was] trying to authenticate a photo of what appears to be a transparent figure walking along a country road. The unusual image, snapped by a policeman in Taiwan’s Taitung County in early December 2012, shows an extremely tall, human-shaped being that appears to be nearly invisible. “(I)t does not appear to be an edited photo,” says image processing expert Chien Jung-tai....
An 8’+ [2.5+ meters] tall alien with webbed hands that was spotted in Taiwan in December has [now] been determined to be real!... In going by the translation of the original report, the sighting took place near a body of water known as Jiaming Lake. Experts at the Taiwan Unidentified Flying Object Society (TUFOS) measured the “alien” to be approximately 8.2 feet [2.5 meters] tall. The “alien” had webbed hands, nearly completely transparent skin and his head was quite similiar to the head of a praying mantis.
Different sources, Policeman Photographs “Transparent Being.” January 04, 2013. Retrieved on January 6, 2013.

This screenshot from an MP4 video is followed by a description:

Angel
... [Preacher Charles Shelton] caught video of a large white circle moving through the video slowly, not once but twice. And he said it was going into the room where he was sitting at the time.
Shelton said God woke him up around 3 that morning and told him to pray. He did for about 30 minutes. Then He said something told him to go look at the camera monitors in his dining room.
Man Believes He Caught an Angel on Surveillance Video. August 21, 2013. Retrieved on September 9, 2013.

Possible chalices of pure light were allegedly observed over the Wiesche Cemetery in Germany (screen capture from an MP4 video at left) and the Huguenot Cemetery in St. Augustine, Florida (screen capture from an MP4 video at right):

Orbs Orbs

These chalices of pure light were reportedly observed at Rock Spring Cemetery in Rock Spring, Georgia (left), and at Old Cemetery in Salem, Massachusetts (right). Click on the photographs to enlarge them:

Orbs Orbs

Similarly, the following photographs of chalices of pure light were allegedly taken at Pine Hill Cemetery in Hollis, New Hampshire (left), and at the graveyard of Seven Islands Church in Knoxville, Tennessee (right):

Orbs Orbs

Here are more alleged chalices of pure light over cemeteries and graveyards. Click on each of the previews to enlarge:

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This apparent preternatural image, perhaps the physical form of a now departed soul, allegedly manifested during a séance conducted with The Scole Experiment group in the United Kingdom:

The Scole Experiment

Paranormal investigator Joshua P. Warren has suggested that “ghosts” or “aliens,” with their spacecraft, are beings from different dimensions. As our awareness increases, these other-dimensional creatures will, he believes, be observed with greater frequency:

We have to look at individuals on a case-by-case basis.... You know how these passive RFID [radio-frequency identification] chips can just lay around for years, and they do nothing until you activate them? By shining some beam of energy in their direction? Well, I think that, maybe, a lot of these ghostly phenomena are actually like those RFID chips. They are pieces of information that are stored in the environment on multiple levels; but it takes an individual’s consciousness, shining upon it, to activate a particular bit of this information.... That’s why five people may go into a haunted house, and only one of them has an experience. It could be because a place we call haunted ... has that potential because it contains that information. It’s like an RFID chip sitting there. But, in order for the information to be activated and turned into a ghostly experience, the proper consciousness has to be there; and, at that point, it becomes a mind-powered event. And, so, what we are doing now in the field [paranormal investigation] is looking more and more at how certain people’ minds are connecting with these places that are called “haunted” And this is what’s been so frustrating for all these years: Science is based on taking things that are consistent and uniform, but individuals are unique. And now that we are finally accepting just how important that is, we’re learning more than ever....
We are not even certain how to comprehend what the mathematics are proving about there being at least eleven dimensions.... So we may not be able to understand precisely just what this realm [of ghosts] is. But I think of it as being akin to the Internet. You could say, “Where is the Internet?” But the question does not make sense. It is sort of like asking, “What is the color of the wind?” The Internet is a stream of energy, and it can be processed and interpreted at different points by different people in various ways. So I kind of feel like this other realm is encoded in the fabric of reality around us. And using Newtonian physics to understand how this works is almost like using a thermometer to measure wind speed. It’s just not the right tool for the job.... We know that this information that is ghostly is sort of engrained in the environment around us on some dimensional level; and yet, most of the past years, the emphasis has been on studying the environmental world. You see people running around with EMF [electromagnetic frequency] meters and and temperature gauges .... And they’ve been studying the external environment part more than what’s happening with human perception. And yet we still know very, very little about how that information is stored in the environment We are learning tons, however, about how people are connecting with the environment to have the experience [of ghosts]. So we’ve actually been learning less about what we’ve been studying most – because ee’ve been studying it with the wrong approach....
If a little green man ran through here, one person could say, “Look, there’s an alien.” Another person could say, “Wow, there’s a lecrechaun.” A third person would say, “There was a demon – an ugly little thing that ran through here.” So, I don’t know if the generic label of demon is something that we could very easily apply. But I do think, however, that there is no reason to believe that life must exist exclusively at this particular frequency that we call “physical.” I do believe that living, interactive, aware, conscious ... things occupy all kinds of realms around us – that are maybe physical on a limited basis at times – but are primarily nonphysical to us.... [E]verything has to intake energy. Everything has to eat. You know, we put food in our mouths and chew it up.... I think that there may be beings that can absorb that energy directly....
[There may be] a shift in which the third eye is finally beginning to open – that maybe humans are evolving a little bit more so that they can actually begin to perceive things that, otherwise, would have been inconceivable. I mean, imagine human beings before we had eyeballs. We had no idea about all of the information which could be gained from the electromagnetic spectrum. And, yet, there is only one little, tiny slice of that [spectrum] that we can see with our eyes. The spectrum is huge. It’s practically infinite. So, why shouldn’t we be developing sensory organs that allow us to perceive more of that [spectrum] in the same way that we do that little slice called “visible light.”... I believe that there are phases, throughout history, when our world becmes more in phase than out of phase with these other dimensions in which these beings exist.... I believe that, over the next ... hundred years, that we are going to enter one of these phases – much like were apparently in in Biblical times – in which we are going to see so many more of these ghosts and UFOs .... It will be accepted ... – just like germs. Germs were once thought to be ridiculous ideas.... [O]nce you get there [into a theta brainwave state], you will begin having more of these experiences, and you will be able to get into that state on demand – whenever you want to. And that’s sort of what I do whenever I go to haunted places.
Joshua P. Warren, “Mirror Gazing/Covert ETs.” Coast to Coast AM. George Noory, interviewer. December 13, 2012. Retrieved (transcribed) on December 14, 2012.

The possibly plasmatic substance of ghosts or dæmons (Greek, daimōnes, plural of daimōn, a benevolent nature spirit) has sometimes been called ectoplasm:

ectoplasm      Ectoplasm-chemical compound that manifest as or around ghost or poltergeist [Geman, Poltergeist, noisy ghost or spirit] phenomenon. It supposedly resembles the chemicals left behind in crop circles and in third eye excretions....
Ectoplasm
Ectoplasm.” New Age Philosophy. Retrieved on November 25, 2012.
Ectoplasm: A viscous substance said to come from the spirit world. Usually milky white in color when visible, this substance, is claimed to be the means by which spirits produce poltergeist or telekinetic activity. Highly controversial during the heyday of séances, it would sometimes become physical by way of a “physical medium,” being exuded from her orifices, solar plexus, or fingertips. The substance is said to be “plastic,” that is, highly moldable, and can form faces, limbs, or complete human figures. Often accompanied by an acrid smell similar to ozone.
Witchcraft Dictionary. Creative Commons. Retrieved from Scribd.com on November 25, 2012.

The speculative psychic field, called the astral body, might resemble a ghost, an apparition, or an aura. Dreams, visions, and, though inadvisable, astral projections, or out-of-body experiences, and other psychic phenomena might be expressions of this astral body:

... while out of body, begin to hum. That’s right hum just as if you were in the physical using your mouth. Let the hum’s vibration begin to spread through out your astral body. Once you feel it all over, begin to slow down the hum. The hum that is vibrating around your astral body should begin to slow down at the same time. The lower you vibrate, the more visible you will be to others on the physical plane. You can actually fully materialize and interact with the physical world....
The astral body is sometimes said to be visible as an aura of swirling colours. It is widely linked today with out-of-body experiences or astral projection.
Different sources, The Astral Body. Retrieved on February 11, 2013.
... in the question of astral projection how to communicate is a frequent question. Do you meet other astral bodies? Ghosts?... It must be noted that in the astral plane everyone is a ghost ....
Russell Atkins, Astral Projection: How You Can Experience It. September 8, 2010. Retrieved on February 11, 2013.
The concept of astral projection has been around for a long time, but until today, it has been hidden from most of humanity. Now, with the aid of astral projection, new levels of knowledge and power enable us to discover the answer to Man’s eternal question about life in the physical body. Death takes on a new meaning as we begin to realize that it is only a transition to another dimension, or place of existence. By learning to astral project, we can learn many things about ourselves, and unlearn many things that were previously thought to be true. This leads us to the realization that our physical bodies are only a part of our entire selves, and there is more to our existence than meets the eye!
Jerry Gross, Astral Projection: The Doorway to New Dimensions. 2001.

The connection between the astral body, or psychic field, might end at the time of death:

... before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, and the dust returneth to the earth as it was, and the spirit returneth unto God who gave it.
Ecclesiastes 12:6-7. American Standard Version (1901).
[Sandy] Jones: What do you do when you leave the body?
[Jerry] Gross: I go to the astral plane and communicate with my teachers, I visit other places and other dimensions, and I visit my loved ones who have left the earth plane. There are many things you can do once you develop this skill.
[Sandy] Jones: It has been said that there is a silver cord attached to the body, and that this cord could be severed when you astrally project, thereby making it impossible to come back to your body. Is there a danger of this happening?
[Jerry] Gross: Absolutely not. The silver cord is connected to you when you enter the physical body for the first time, and it is not cut again until you leave for the last time. If this were possible, that you couldn't get back to the body, it would happen to you at night when you do leave the body. There is no danger in this; it is a gift given to us to learn how to use.
Jerry Gross, Astral Projection: The Doorway to New Dimensions. 2001.

Before the commercial advent of digital photography, this fascinating picture, with my embedded enlargement and my embedded closeup of the alleged angel’s face (both unretouched), was reportedly taken, in the early 1990s, using an ordinary film camera:

Angel in the Ashes

The following image, captured by a cell phone, is followed by a description:

Ghost
A woman from Texas was surprised to find a ghostly figure in a photo she captured with her cell phone at Cleveland High School on April 15. According to Marcella Davis, her daughter was demonstrating how to zoom into the photo when they discovered what appears to be a man in a light-colored suit with bell-bottom pants and a less distinct woman standing behind him. “I can promise you I did not make that picture up,” Davis insisted.
Ghostly Cell Phone Image. April 19, 2013. Retrieved on April 20, 2013.

Perhaps the ghostly form, or psychic field, of one’s guardian angel is sometimes visibly manifested as an interdimensional chalice of pure light, an aura (MP4 video), or an orb:

Aura

This screen capture from an MP4 video allegedly shows an orb in someone’s aura:

Aura

Indeed, all created beings and things throughout the universe of this temporal world and in the world beyond might have these psychic energy fields. However, our own orbs, ghosts, auras, halos, aureolas, aureoles, nimbi, or glorioles are not intended to be cultivated in this world, the realm of preparation for the world to come:

To tamper with psychic forces while in this world interferes with the condition of the soul in the world to come. These forces are real, but, normally, are not active on this plane. The child in the womb has its eyes, ears, hands, feet, etc., but they are not in activity. The whole purpose of life in the material world is the coming forth into the world of Reality, where those forces will become active. They belong to that world.
ʿAbduʾl-Bahá, from the notes of Miss Alice Mary Buckton (1867-1944), revised by ʿAbduʾl-Bahá, in J.E. Esslemont, Baháʾuʾlláh and the New Era.
What ʿAbduʾl-Bahá always pointed out in this matter is that these psychic powers were not to be used in this world, and that, indeed, it was dangerous to cultivate them here. They should be left dormant, and not exploited, even when we do so with the sincere belief we are helping others. We do not understand their nature and have no way of being sure of what is true and what is false in such matters.
From a letter, dated March 4, 1946, written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual Baháʾí, Lights of Guidance: A Baháʾí Reference File. Number 1735.

For instance, Kirlian photography was discovered by the wife-husband team of Russian inventors, Valentina Khrisanovna Kirlian (1904-1972) and Semyon Davidovich Kirlian (1898-1978), in 1939. It may demonstrate that humans, even while remaining in this world of existence, possess a psychic field, an aura, an orb, a ghost, or, potentially, a chalice of pure light:

Briefly, there is no question that visions occasionally do come to individuals, which are true and have significance. On the other hand, this comes to an individual through the grace of God, and not through the exercise of any of the human faculties. It is not a thing which a person should try to develop. When a person endeavors to develop faculties so that they might enjoy visions, dreams etc., actually what they are doing is weakening certain of their spiritual capacities; and thus under such circumstances, dreams and visions have no reality, and ultimately lead to the destruction of the character of the person.
From a letter, dated May 6, 1952, written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual Baháʾí, Lights of Guidance: A Baháʾí Reference File. Number 1745.

The following quotations briefly describe this alleged, and highly controversial, Kirlian, bioelectric, or electrophotographic technology:

... Russian scientists are trying to convince people they CAN change the world simply by using their own energy. They claim that thinking in a certain way can have a positive or negative effect on the surrounding environment. “We are developing the idea that our consciousness is part of the material world and that with our consciousness we can directly influence our world,” said Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, a professor of physics at St. Petersburg State Technical University. To bridge our understanding of the unseen world of energy, scientific experiments are being carried out using a technique called Bio-electro-photography [Kirlian photography]. The assumption is that we are constantly emitting energy. Bio-electro-photography aims to capture these energy fields seen as a light around the body or what some people would call your aura.
It was discovered in the 1930s by Russian inventor Semyon Kirlian, who realized that by stimulating a subject with a short electrical impulse, you get a burst of light or photons and electrons around the subject. “It looks like an aura – but I don’t like this word because it has some metaphysical meaning – I prefer the word “energy field,” Korotkov ... [said].
Russian Scientists have Unlocked the Mysteries of the Human Aura. May 11, 2011. Retrieved on January 20, 2013.
In 1939 Kirlian Photography ... (AKA Bioelectric Photography) is invented by Russian-Armenian inventor Semyon Davidovich Kirlian (1898-1978), using a high-voltage electric field to capture images of auras allegedly given off by living things.
T.L. Winslow (TLW), “TLW’s Science and Technology Historyscope.” The Historyscoper™ Online World History School. February 8, 2013. Retrieved on February 9, 2013.
In 1939, Semyon Kirlian discovered by accident that if an object on a photographic plate is subjected to a high-voltage electric field, an image is created on the plate. The image looks like a colored halo or coronal discharge. This image is said to be a physical manifestation of the spiritual aura or “life force” which allegedly surrounds each living thing.
... Actually, what is recorded is due to quite natural phenomena such as pressure, electrical grounding, humidity and temperature.
Robert T. Carroll, “Kirlian Photography (Electrophotography).” The Skeptic’s Dictionary. December 9, 2010. Retrieved on February 9, 2013.

This Kirlian photograph (2008), followed by a description, comes from a qìgōng (Chinese, spiritual cultivation) website:

Aura
Kirlian photography      In the photo to the left the colors are defined and separate. In the photo to the right, the colors have been “blended” by mental intent (qigong). The photographer said in 17 years she had never seen this happen before.
Photo Album.” Uchinadi-Kan: Okinawan and Japanese Goju-Ryu. 2008. Retrieved on January 20, 2013.

Here are two additional alleged Kirlian photographs:

Aura
Aura

Psychic fields have sometimes appeared as animals. Perhaps the higher the cognitive level of a species, the more likely it is to have a sentient psychic field (not a soul) after death. I captured the following images, from an MP4 video, of a reported shapeshifting form which manifested over Chicago, Illinois, on May 11, 2012, at 3:40 P.M. In this case, the entity appears to resemble a canine:

Orbs
Orbs
Orbs
Orbs
Orbs
Orbs
Orbs
Orbs
Orbs

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VI. Poltergeists

Like other ghostly phenenomena, poltergeists (German, Poltergeister, noisy ghosts or spirits) might be chalices of pure light or the psychic energy fields of other deceased and departed beings, not deceased entities. According to ʿAbduʾl-Bahá, any association between the trumpeted communications of alleged poltergeists, through spiritualist mediums, and departed souls is an imaginary one:

Outside of the Bounty of the Holy Spirit all that thou hearest concerning mesmerism of trumpet communications from the dead are sheer imagination.
From a Tablet by ʿAbduʾl-Bahá to Mrs. Ella Goodall Cooper in Helen S. Goodall and Ella Goodall Cooper, Daily Lessons Received at Akka: January 1908. Wilmette, IL: Baháʾí Publishing Trust, 1979. Page 85.

According to an official British government study, sounds, and even smells, have been reported in connection with Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, including orbs and transdimensional spacecraft (“UFOs”), and plasmatic fields:

Reports of UAP [Unidentified Aerial Phenomena] (popularly known as “UFOs”) are usually described as coloured lights and sometimes as shapes. They are typically spherical, disc, torroidal or cigar shaped. Very occasionally they are reported with sound and even with smell.... The phenomena occur on a daily, world-wide basis.... That UAP exist is indisputable.
The close proximity of plasma related fields can adversely affect a vehicle or person. For this to occur, the UAP must be encountered at very close ranges. A probably modulated magnetic, electric or electromagnetic (or even unknown field), appears to emanate from some of the buoyant charged masses....
At present the information is not available to accurately predict the condition for the formation of plasmas, which are believed to be responsible for many UAP reports....
The relevance of plasma and magnetic fields to UAP were an unexpected feature of the study.
Defence Intelligence Analysis Staff, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the UK Air Defence Region: Executive Summary. Condign Report. Official United Kingdom document. December, 2000. Retrieved on November 11, 2012.

In an MP4 video, two dogs appear to be startled by unusual sounds and movements in a residence. Here is a screenshot:

Poltergeist

The following images are screen captures from three MP4 videos (file 1, file 2, and file 3) of reported poltergeists:

Poltergeist Poltergeist Poltergeist

Chalices of pure light may have appeared at the home of a man who died in 2006 (MP4 video). In addition to orb-like appearances, other phenomena, commonly attributed to poltergeists, were reported. They included footsteps as well as interactions with electronic and electrical devices. Lights, televisions, and radios turned on and off by themselves. Here is a screen capture of the possible chalices of pure light:

Orbs

Another MP4 video allegedly shows communications with nonterrestrial beings at a séance, both vocally and through clicks, in April, 1994. This screen capture of the frequency display is followed by a description:

Séance
Extract from a Seance recorded in stereo in April 1994. Strange noises at 45 secs and 1.42 mins in recording. Nobody could have heard them at the time as there were no comments! The clicking communication sysem was only experienced this one time.
ET Communicator at Seance – Weird Sounds. January 10, 2012. Retrieved on January 16, 2013.

Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC) is the alleged communication by discarnate beings through electronic technologies, including visual and audio media. In the audio variant of ITC, known as Direct Radio Voice (DRV) or, more inclusively, Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP), poltergeistic (poltergeist-like) phenomena are supposedly heard over such devices as radios, telephones, televisions, and voice recorders (MP4 video file 1, MP4 video file 2, MP4 video file 3, MP3 audio file 1, and MP3 audio file 2). This is a detailed description:

EVP experimentation involves a lot of listening. After an audio recording is made, the experimenter must then listen to the sound track very carefully for any hint of intelligent sound. Since the recording is often made with a background sound source, the experimenter must learn to listen “around” that noise, or “into” it to distinguish noise from message. This is very similar to learning a new language, in that you may need to “train” your mind to recognize words that are spoken with a different cadence, and often, at different frequencies, than normally spoken words....
Video-loop ITC: The left image was formed in noise produced with a video feedback loop. You should see a man holding a small white dog. It is typical for portions of the image to be distorted. There are more examples here.
Moving-water ITC: We see unexpected features in all kinds of optical noise. In the middle example, the head facing to your left and wearing what appears to be an ancient hat, was formed in noise produced by light reflecting from rapidly moving water. Moving-water ITC is an easy experiment for you to conduct at home. See other examples by the Socrates Circle here.
Transform EVP ITC: As with optical features, we find voice formed in audio-frequency noise. The example here was recorded with a digital note taker. When the Butlers visited Alcatraz, they recorded for EVP at a place from which San Francisco can be seen through a barred window. The city is beautiful and seemed very close. The Butlers knew it must have been a terrible torture for the inmates to see freedom so close, yet so far away. Lisa said as much while recording, and captured this voice saying, “Think Positively ... instantly away [MP3 audio file].”...
Some messages are preceded by a burst of tone or what sounds like battery hum. It is as if the entity is keying a microphone. Sarah Estep’s “I found a link [MP3 audio file]” message is a good example of this.
Examples of Electronic Voice PhenomenaAssociation TransCommunication: Objective Evidence of Survival. Retrieved on December 14, 2012.

Here is a screen capture from another MP4 video followed by a description:

EVP
Electronic voice phenomena (EVP) refers to the purported manifestation of voices and sounds of paranormal origin on electronic media such as radios and tape recorders. Proponents of EVP commonly attribute the phenomenon to communication from ghosts or spirits, although others have suggested alien communications or psychokinesis from the living as possible explanations.
E.V.P. Collection – Voices of the Dead. June 5, 2008. Retrieved on December 20, 2012.

The following account of DRV or EVP concerns someone’s deceased pet dog:

Since 1998, I have received several Direct Radio Voice (DRV) communications from a little voice that identifies itself as Nisha’s, one of my beloved deceased Doberman dogs....
In this scope, the most pertinent remark that comes to my mind is the following – why do we marvel at these apparent contacts with the animals we loved or, as a matter of fact, with any animals? The reply to this question is not an easy one. Is it because they are realized through electronic means, and animals in our world cannot manipulate electronic devices? Or is it simply because those we call animals can communicate at all? The third and most absurd consideration would be based upon the disbelief that animals survive physical death.
... We cannot imagine that the communication between this world and the next dimension of life is based upon the manipulation of electronic devices (which, in our opinion, animals would not comprehend), such as ours.
Anabela Cardoso, “ITC Contacts with Animals?Association TransCommunication: Objective Evidence of Survival. August, 2008. Retrieved on December 14, 2012.

Another possible EVP incident or, quite likely in this case, merely a hoax interrupted a British television program in 1977 (MP4 video). Here is the text of the message:

This is the voice of Vrillon, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you. For many years you have seen us as lights in the skies. We speak to you now in peace and wisdom as we have done to your brothers and sisters all over this, your planet Earth.
We come to warn you of the destiny of your race and your world, so that you may communicate to your fellow beings the course you must take to avoid the disasters which threaten your world, and the beings on other worlds around you. This is in order that you may share in the great awakening, as the planet passes into the New Age of Aquarius. The New Age can be a time of great peace and evolution for your race, but only if your rulers are made aware of the evil forces that can overshadow their judgments.
Be still now and listen, for your chance may not come again. All your weapons of evil must be removed. The time for conflict is now past, and the race of which you are a part may proceed to the higher stages of its evolution if you show yourselves worthy to do this. You have but a short time to learn to live together in peace and goodwill.
Small groups all over the planet are learning this, and exist to pass on the light of the dawning New Age to you all. You are free to accept or reject their teachings, but only those who learn to live in peace will pass to the higher realms of spiritual evolution.
Hear now the voice of Vrillon, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you. Be aware also that there are many false prophets and guides operating in your world. They will suck your energy from you – the energy you call money – and will put it to evil ends giving you worthless dross in return.
Your inner divine self will protect you from this. You must learn to be sensitive to the voice within that can tell you what is truth and what is confusion, chaos and untruth. Learn to listen to the voice of truth which is within you and you will lead yourselves on to the path of evolution. This is our message to our dear friends. We have watched you growing for many years, as you too have watched our lights in your skies. You know now that we are here, and that there are more beings on and around your Earth than your scientists admit.
We are deeply concerned about you and your path towards the light and will do all we can to help you. Have no fears, seek only to know yourselves, and live in harmony with the ways of your planet Earth. We of the Ashtar Galactic Command thank you for your attention. We are now leaving the planes of your existence. May you be blessed by the supreme love and truth of the cosmos.
Ashtar Command. Retrieved on November 30, 2012.

Similarly, as presented in this MP4 video, a rather unusual EVP or electronic sound interfered with a regular televised broadcast of Martin Bashir (an MSNBC program) on September 24, 2012. Whether that event involved a chalice of pure light, disinformation, hacking, a glitch, a prank, or something else is, as the saying goes, above my paygrade. Here, however, is a description:

... an odd technical glitch forced the [Martin Bashir] show to cut to stop and cut to commercial. But this wasn’t just any technical glitch – it was one that involved an alien voice.
... a loud beeping noise interrupted the broadcast and a robotic, alien voice uttered something twice before Bashir was cut off by a commercial....
When Bashir came back on air, the show was still plagued by audio issues. Still, the show went on....
As some of you have quickly pointed out, it sounds like the voice is saying “channel one ... one.”
Jonathon M. Seidl, “An Alien-Like Voice Just Briefly Forced an MSNBC Show Off the Air (Seriously).” TheBlaze. September 24, 2012. Retrieved on October 9, 2012.

On the other hand, similar to using a Ouija board or a psychic pendulum, some, possibly all, poltergeists might be unintentional, self-hypnotic psychokinesis (telekinesis) by a person’s own psychic field:

In a nutshell, living human agents (poltergeist agents, to be precise) appear to be at the root of this disturbing manifestation of the paranormal....
Through the broad collection of data over the last forty-four years, numerous parapsychologists, including myself, have stumbled across a most extraordinary correlation between the nervous systems of poltergeists agents and the outbreak of such intense psychokinetic displays....
... The evidence suggests that living people are at the core of all these types of paranormal experiences, so much so that the question of discarnate intelligence in this regard may be superfluous for the most part....
Moreover, individuals with such uniquely dysfunctional nervous systems, that is, seizure prone or epileptic, appear to be hypersensitive to environmental electromagnetic or geomagnetic anomalies. This acute energetic sensitivity causes these special people to more readily absorb, amplify, mediate, re-emit and direct the eventual manifestation of macroscopic RSPK [Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis], a.k.a. poltergeist phenomena.
Dr. Barry Taff, “Looking A Gift Ghost In The Mouth: The Science of Poltergeists.” Dr. Barry Taff's Official Site. June 6, 2012. Retrieved on March 9, 2013.
Psychokinesis      The ability to move objects at a distance by mental power. The term has now largely displaced “telekinesis,” formerly used by psychical researchers and Spiritualists. The term “psychokinesis” or “PK” was proposed by psychologist J. B. Rhine and his associates at the Psychology Department, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, in 1934 in relation to experiments with influencing the fall of dice by mental concentration.
“Psychokinesis.” Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology. J. Gordon Melton, editor. 5th edition. Volume 2. Detroit, MI: Gale Group. 2001. Page 1256.
Telekinesis      A term denoting the claimed faculty of moving material objects without contact, presumably by psychic force....
The term has more recently been supplanted by psychokinesis or PK.
“Telekinesis.” Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology. J. Gordon Melton, editor. 5th edition. Volume 2. Detroit, MI: Gale Group. 2001. Pages 1536-1537.

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VII. Flying Fairies
Fairies
credit for all three pictures and descriptions, Wikimedia

The interdimensional light orbs, or chalices of pure light, might have been reported, mythologically, as the flying fays, faeries, or fairies:

Some people believe Orbs are Angels and Archangels, spirits carried by Angels, Fairies and Unicorns ....
Others believe Orbs are plasma energy, interdimensional beings of light.
I personally believe Orbs are all of this, presence of Love and Light that are here since always and as we enter the Photon Belt the veils between dimensions get thinner and thinner so the interdimensional beings, angels, spirits, fairies, unicorns, plasmatic energies come and go through stargates or interdimensional portals.
What are Orbs?Orbs of Love. 2009. Retrieved on December 11, 2012.
Stories of unseen realities and their inhabitants are part of every culture, tales of angels, ghosts, and fairies. There are many ways in which people interact with these realms, such as song and dance, meditation and prayer.
Now, for the first time, we are consistently seeing tangible evidence of these other realms. Cameras are now able to pick up more of the light spectrum than we can normally see with our naked eye. This phenomenon is manifesting in many different forms, but one of the most commonly seen in photographs are glowing spheres of light called orbs.
Orbs: The Veil is Lifting. 2008. Retrieved on December 12, 2012.
What do you think of when you think of fairies?
Tinkerbell.
Little tiny girls with wings, wands and faerie dust.
People report seeing fairies.
What do they usually describe seeing? Orbs of light maybe like fireflies? Yes, basically orbs. Sometimes with somewhat human imagery, often not.
Three Realms. Retrieved on October 13, 2012.

Orbs and fairies have sometimes been interpreted, a bit more broadly, as nature spirits:

Pixies, fairies, elves, gnomes, sprites, and other nature spirits are multidimensional beings who may sometimes be seen as orbs and vortices of light. When we view them with our heightened vision, they may also appear holographic, transparent, and humanoid.
Cedar Rivers, The New Frontier: Multidimensionality. Bloomington, IN: BalboaPress (Hay House). 2012. Page 29.
Orbs are unknown phenomena that is being photographed all over the world. No one knows for sure what they are but there have been many theories. Some believe orbs are the spirits of the dead, some believe they are elementals such as nature spirits or devas whilst others believe they are exterrestrial in origin....
... we call in Orbs, nature spirits, nature beings, etc. and also make ourselves open to all other life forms in the area we are photographing ....
...there are the nature spirits, the angelic host and guardian angels – all figure into the civilization and culture of the “other side of the veil.” And all watching us. There is no privacy. So get over it.
Various sources, Nature Spirits. Retrieved on January 13, 2013.
Elementals      A term usually used synonymously with elementary spirits [supernatural nature spirits], but sometimes given a special connotation by Spiritualists to indicate discarnate entities of a malicious nature. Theosophists use the word elemental to denote the “astral remains” or “shell” of one who has lived an evil life on Earth and who is loath to leave the scene of his pleasures. With some occultists, again, elemental really signifies a subhuman being, probably identical to an elementary spirit, but of a mental and moral status considerably lower than that of a human.
“Elementals.” Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology. Volume 1. Fifth edition. Detroit, MI: Gale Group. 2001. Page 489.

These three alleged fairy photographs are followed by a description:

Fairies Fairies Fairies
click to enlarge
I saw this in my garden and got the camera out.
These fairy photographs have not been altered, enhanced or photoshopped in any way. I was frankly amazed they came out!
Real Fairy Photographs. July 1, 2009. Retrieved on December 16, 2012.

Chalices of pure light have allegedly been appearing at the annual Fairy & Human Relations Congress in Skagit, WA:

More and more orbs have been showing up in photographs at the Fairy Congress. So much in fact, that we decided that we needed to have a presenter discuss this phenomenon....
“Orbs” in this case = anomalous luminous features that occur primarily but not exclusively in digital flash photography... What I present are authentic photographs that are helping to bring to light dimensions of subtle energy that are present and, I propose, interactive with our own presence and activities, however intangible...
What do they appear to be to you? ... Fairies, ... guardians, ... vortices, ... messengers from beyond, ... intelligent, or coincidental occurrences?
Orbs at the Fairy & Human Relations Congress.” Fairy & Human Relations Congress: Communication & Co-Creation with Devas, Nature Spirits and Faery Realms. 2012. Retrieved on December 12, 2012.
There is a valley in North Central Washington where, each year, people gather from around the world for three days of communal living, ritual celebration, and spiritual healing. They come to the Methow Valley from all walks of life and many different cultures. They are young and old; single and with families. What brings them here is a common belief in fairies. These nature spirits, they say, exist in other dimensions, invisible to most of humanity; but, occasionally, to those who have kept a child’s faith in the possible, the veil between our world and the next opens to reveal the Fairy Realm.
In the Realm of Fairies: The 2009 Fairy Congress.” YouTube. July 4, 2009. Retrieved (transcribed) on December 16, 2012.
Fairy Congress chalices of pure light Fairy Congress chalices of pure light
appearances at the Fairy Congress (click to enlarge)

An MP4 video from 2006 claims to include footage of a flying fairy. Here is a screen capture:

Fairy

This photograph, from 2009, was taken by Phyllis Bacon in South London (New Addington near Croydon). It is followed by a description:

Fairy
Mrs. [Phyllis] Bacon, 55, said she was not even looking through the camera at the time she took the picture.
Instead she simply clicked the button while holding it at arm’s length out of the back door while chatting with relatives in her kitchen after dinner....
“I think it must be a fairy,” she said yesterday as she made the picture public for the first time.
Croydon Tinker Bell. September 08, 2009. Retrieved on December 30, 2012.

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VIII. Conclusion

On December 19, 2012, I asked nineteen-time Emmy Award-winning Las Vegas television journalist George Knapp (born, 1952) a question in the Coast to Coast AM chatroom. Knapp is especially recognized for his work on anomalous phenomena, and he is one of the show’s regular weekend hosts. I typed, “What is your view on ‘orbs’? (I see them as a transdimensional lifeform.)” He responded:

Not sure. I was initially skeptical because so many of the examples I was shown were pretty clearly the result of lens flares or other explainable bits of matter on camera lenses. Now, I am less sure, in part because some friends of mine who are far more scientifically inclined have documented cases of these things showing up under circumstances that have nothing to do with camera issues. Native Americans have told me they are souls or spirits of the dead. Some of the orbs seen in the Uintah Basin [located in Colorado and Utah] sure do seem to be under a kind of intelligent control according to eyewitnesses whose opinions I value. I think the question is still open until more evidence comes in.
George Knapp, Coast to Coast AM. Monthly text chat. December 19, 2012. Retrieved on December 19, 2012.

I have contemplated upon the fascinating, while speculative, proposition that some departed souls, as extradimensional beings, manifest in this world, from parallel universes, through plasmatic energy, transpersonal magnetism, GUIs (graphical user interfaces), or psychic fields:

... because the soul is immortal, its awakening to its true nature empowers it, not only in this world but even more directly in those worlds that lie beyond, to serve the evolutionary process: “The light which these souls radiate,” Baháʾuʾlláh asserts, “is responsible for the progress of the world and the advancement of its peoples.... All things must needs have a cause, a motive power, an animating principle. These souls and symbols of detachment have provided, and will continue to provide, the supreme moving impulse in the world of being.”
Baháʾí International Community, One Common Faith. September 2006. Page 21.

Chalice-bearers of pure light might be contacting us through portals, wormholes, or plasmatic fields into multiple physical dimensions:

The worlds of God are in perfect harmony and correspondence one with another. Each world in this limitless universe is, as it were, a mirror reflecting the history and nature of all the rest. The physical universe is, likewise, in perfect correspondence with the spiritual or divine realm. The world of matter is an outer expression or facsimile of the inner kingdom of spirit. The world of minds corresponds with the world of hearts.
Reported words of ʿAbduʾl-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace. Page 270.
The spiritual world is like unto the phenomenal world. They are the exact counterpart of each other. Whatever objects appear in this world of existence are the outer pictures of the world of heaven.
Reported words of ʿAbduʾl-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace. Page 10.
One of the ways that Orbs serve their galactic neighbors is by using their capability for interdimensional travel to act as windows into other dimensions. In essence, they provide a telescopic view into another world. For example when we see Orbs in photographs, many times they are there acting as a window for someone in another dimension. In this capacity Orbs are like historians, recording events as they play out.
Jelaila Starr, “Orbs.” The Nibiruan Council. Lenexa, KS. Retrieved on November 4, 2012.

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I am not fluent in Arabic, but I can work with it. Unless otherwise stated, all English translations are from the Arabic or Persian languages (or, in some cases, a “Persianized” Arabic). There are differences, which will be evident, between the system of transliteration, or romanization, of Arabic and Persian words contained in official Baháʾí texts and the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) system (or the Tiberian system for some Hebrew words) adopted in other parts of this work. (See this page on verb conjugation.) Diacritics (the signs used in transliteration) for various languages have sometimes been modified in quotations. Focusing on both translation and transliteration has, from my perspective, been a way to draw close, in my heart, to the individuals and ideas being discussed. Perhaps your experiences will be similar. Learning any “tongue” comes through love:
Speak in the Persian tongue, though the Arab please thee more;
A lover hath many a tongue at his command.
From Mawlānā (Our Master) Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī’s Maṯnawī (Persian, Maṯnavī), quoted by Baháʾuʾlláh, “The Seven Valleys.” The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys. Page 58.

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