I camped out at ECETI over the weekend.
ECETI (Enlightened Contact with Extraterrestrial Intelligence) sits at the foot of Mt. Adams in Washington State, and tries to act like a farm. The peaceful, bucolic setting of James Gilliland's homestead belies the extraordinary things that have been under observation there, however. Yaks and llamas wander about during the day and coyotes howl through the night, but the real excitement is airborne.
The first-time visitor finds it somewhat amusing to see an echinacea field full of lawn-chairs all aimed at Mt. Adam's daunting bulk, as though the mountain was to be the screen of an immense outdoor movie. But this seeming oddity is actuality. When the sun goes down, all the guests find seats and settle in for the show - which is not long in coming.
Soon mysterious lights begin to play and flicker upon the mountain's flanks, far up beyond the treeline where glaciers cling and no climber should be. The sky becomes crisscrossed with glowing objects that don't behave like airplanes. Amazing as such sights are, they leave the viewer with a vague sense of dissatisfaction with lights flying so far away as to be unidentifiable (which of course, is why they are called UFO's).
There is another class of objects at ECETI (and other places as well) however, that are near at hand and therefore more easily observed - the Orbs. Orbs seem a bit like cosmic jellyfish, floating into view on some unseen current then floating out again. Sometimes the camera sees no orbs at all, a minute later - at the very same spot - they fill the screen.
Orbs show no reluctance to intermingle with humans and are very likely "closer than hands and feet" a lot more often than we realize. I had seen many photos of them appearing at public events above or around people.
Still, it wasn't until I put on ECETI's 3rd generation night vision goggles that the impact of these colorful apparitions really hit home. With the infrared night vision it was possible to see, in real time, the spherical objects suddenly "materialize" into view, float about as though on some specific mission, then fade out again.
So what are the orbs? That IS the question!
What is known so far is that their visibility is in the infrared light range. Studies have shown them to respond to intent and curiosity, and to display intelligence.
Perhaps they represent a deepening attempt at communication beyond the boundaries of what most modern people have considered "normal."
Perhaps the fact that they are now being seen around the world in increasing numbers indicates a "quickening" of the planetary psyche in preparation for something extraordinary.
Perhaps they herald the possibility of a whole new realm of understanding and wisdom.
My guess is that we will know the answer before long . . .