What Do Sparkles (and Orbs, and Spirit Lights) Look Like? By Melissa Leath

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Kids Growing Up Psychic Series

Some smaller children see them during the daylight, even outside in the Sun. Others see them swirling in patterns, sometimes in different colors. Yet others see them only at night.

Spirits, angels, and guides show themselves to us all the time. But we don’t always recognize their presence. Adults especially have a difficult time seeing spirit energies. But the New Kids are so wide open that they see these energies easily.

Parents usually report confusion and fear concerning their young children seeing such things. The kids are usually seeing “sparkles” and orbs at the age of three or four, and it lasts at least several years. They view the experience as normal, and may not say anything special about it, thinking that everyone sees them.

The phenomenon gets stronger, and by the time they are eleven or so, it is very common to them. Older children, can be ridiculed, accused of making up the whole thing, and shy away from sharing the experiences. I have known some children that run and jump to try and catch the sparkles.

It may seem like a strange anomaly. But seeing Sparkles, Orbs, and other Spirit Lights is as normal as can be. But I imagine having your child describe something to you that you have never seen would be difficult to understand – and believe. Let me assure you, that if your child is seeing something very special – and natural.

What Does This Energy Look Like?

Sparkles can be seen by people as small flecks of dust, iridescent particles, flashes of light, blinking clear lights and something called “static,” such as the static or fuzz you might see on the television when the station has gone off the air.

Many have said they see them better at night, in the dark. While others (especially, smaller children), see them during the daylight, even outside in the Sun. Others see them swirling in patterns, sometimes in different colors. These people occasionally see black or dark sparkles, but not very often. Sometimes they spin around and blend together. Usually, it is seen with eyes closed as well as open.

Have You Ever Seen Fuzz and Particles?

After going back into my own childhood, I realized I have always seen sparkles. However, I would not have called them that. To me it was more like hazy fuzz. If I could describe it now, I would say it was the substance that matter is made of. It looks like manifesting energy to me.

Just What Is This? Lifting of the Veils

Now that the veils are lifting from our awareness, and the energies are opening up to other dimensions; we are able to recognize things so much more. The separation between the earthly realm and the spiritual realm is beginning to open up and blend. The thing is that the Sparkles (or energy fields) have always been there: just as the aura around a person is always there, but many people cannot see it. Only after they have been instructed as to what it is, and how to see it, do they really recognize it.

The way I understand, the particles that present themselves like Sparkles, Orbs and Spirit Lights are very visible. But it is not distinguished by the brain. It seems to be part of another dimension and not something that we are accustomed to seeing, so it does not register in the brain as being real. Only after you understand that it could be a possibility can you begin to identify it.

Another way to think about it is the spirits of those who have passed away are always around us. But we might not be able to see them. Sometimes, you can see movement out of the corner of your eye. You turn your head, trying to see it physically and it disappears. It works the same way with Sparkles.

Some children believe the Sparkles are angel lights. That could be. Also, there is a new resurgence of a phenomenon called “orbs”. They are large, round balls (at least larger than the sparkles) that float around, usually at night. Quite often they show up in photographs. They seem to represent spirit energies or entities of one kind or another and like to be around nature.

So the thought that Sparkles could be angel lights makes sense. However, I am given the information that the Sparkles are an element of energy that is “arranged” by angels in a manner that we can appreciate, and possibly connect with. So they are not really the angels, but are sent by the angels.

We All Have the Ability to Experience Sparkles

If you close your eyes very tightly and rub them with your hands, then open them, you see sparks of light. This is a natural affect due to the pressure of pushing on the eyeball. But with energetic or spirited Sparkles it works the other way around. You must lose your focus, or not wanting to focus on anything.

It works better when you are in your bedroom at night after you turn off the light. I usually close my eyes as soon as the light goes out, because when I was a child, I could see these particles moving around, forming designs. It scared me so badly that I learned to close my eyes to keep from seeing it.

Here is a great experiment to try:

  • After you get in the bed at night, turn out your light.
  • Lay in your bed with your eyes open.
  • After your eyes get accustomed to the darkness, everything will have a haze, or film covering it.
  • You might even see it moving around.

Yes, you might even think you are going crazy! But believe me, you are not. The more you play with this concept, the more you will experience.

Yes, I see a beautiful pattern and they are sacred geometrical shapes. Very intricate and even the smallest pattern within the large pattern is geometrical. When looking at the design from a large viewpoint, I see bigger shapes made from the smaller shapes. – Eleven year old.

Here is a list of the way some kids see these energies:


Orbs or Bubbles

Spirit Lights

Dancing Lights

Fuzzy blobs


Flowing Colors

Floating Energy

What if you don’t want to see them?                                                                                                                                                                                                             

You and your child are always in control of the things you allow in your energy field. Ask your guardian angels and spiritual guides to help you with this. Tell them nicely that you don’t want to see the sparkles all the time. Then plan a special time that you could see them, only when you want to. Being empowered with this beautiful gift is important. After all, you are in charge of what you want to have around you. Also, if it just gets too much at a certain time (say, at bed time) ask the sparkle energies to stop showing themselves to you then. Be nice and polite, but firm.

In Conclusion

The purpose of this article is to give understanding that we all see things. Sometimes we don’t acknowledge them, or might ignore them. But our children are able to see many things and interact with them. It’s all fine. It is normal (not paranormal). Blessings.



** While explaining Sparkles and other spirit energies, it must be understood that I am referring to the spiritual concept of seeing an energetic substance – not a physical vision, or eye problem. And I encourage anyone who thinks their situation might be physical in nature to see a medical professional concerning it. **

© 2015, Melissa Leath. All rights reserved.

About Melissa Leath

Melissa is owner of Off the Beaten Path Intuitive Arts, facilitator of the Professional Psychic Medium Certification Program, medium, mentor, and author of Psychic Integrity, The Respected Practice of Modern Day Mystics and Does Your Child See Sparkles? Help for Parents Guiding Psychic Kids.

Find Your Psychic Self at http://www.melissaleath.com

39 thoughts on “What Do Sparkles (and Orbs, and Spirit Lights) Look Like? By Melissa Leath

  1. I just started to see these sparkles and I am 47. I see them during the day or in light when I try and see them. I see like fuzzy static in the dark. At times I can see a light or kind of a reflection on my hands. I am not sure what this is? Sometimes I think it’s energy but I am not sure. I know it is not floaters because I have a floater and it is very different. People look at me like I am crazy when I tell them that I see this. I wished I could do more with these things I see. Like maybe, know more of what it is that I am seeing.

    • Hello Mary Jo, Thank you for leaving a comment. Sometimes we just open to our gifts…age doesn’t really matter. You may have slipped into a new flow. Sometimes different experiences open us this way. Sometimes it is the moon. It could be for all different reasons. I cannot tell you exactly what they are in your case, but it is definitely some type of energy. If you’d like to talk more I’d be happy to set up time with you.

  2. It makes me angry that people call this a physical problem with the eyes. I feel no pain when I let my eyes defocus and the lights are absolutely beautiful. They are tiny and they fly around literally everywhere and even in the dark I can see them but it looks more like a bunch of swirls and I do see the shapes only when my eyes are closed. I know this wasn’t a problem…

  3. I experienced it twice, one at home when I was around 30s, and another one just recently at broad daylight and I’m already 49. I saw it right in front of me and the color was yellowish. It was a nice experience like you saw a fairy like sparkles. What would it be? Id like to think they are my angels.

    • Thats a beautiful experience. Thank you sharing it with me. When you see a sparkle/light it is usually an angel, or a spirit guide… maybe even someone who’s passed. Sometimes talking out loud to them will help you communicate, or sending a silent message of hello.

    • Its God 😊
      I feel like he’s trying to catch your attention. Just the other day I was praying and I kept seeing those lights and sometimes I even see big flashes in the corner of my eye. So I was praying and I asked him Lord is that you? And then booom I seen a flash. We have to remember that Jesus is the light. God is blessing us with these gifts to know he’s with us always. Don’t be confused and think it a sign of having a gift to be a medium. God bless you all

      • Thank you for sharing your experience. There is alway magic around us… some are more “gifted” when it comes to having these experiences… I would rather say they are more open. But the door is never closed to anyone. If you are open… even a tiny bit you will see the glimmers of the Divine all around you.

  4. Hi there! My two year old daughter claims seeing sparkles at night and early morning mostly. The first experience was pretty frightening for her so much so that neither her, me, or my husband slept much that night. And not knowing what “it” was as she first called it, then “buzz buzz” then “sparkles” just knowing “it” was terrifying to her, we saved the house. A few days later she still sees “sparkles” but she is only somewhat afraid still. Please help asap!

    • Hello Whitney, Thank you for sharing your daughters experience. It sounds like what your daughter is seeing is nothing ominous. Usually those things will appear as shadowy, sluggish sort of things. What she is seeing are angels and guides who are visiting her. Especially at her age they are trying to work with her, befriend her! You cannot really explain to her what they are at this point, but you can try. But something I suggest is asking her guides to come to her in a way that doesn’t frighten her. Is there anyone in spirit who might be coming to visit? A grandmother maybe?

      • I have a few relatives that have passed on but I had a very close relationship with my grandpa. Possibly him. He was very fun to me when I was very young, always singing silly songs and dancing, whatever to see me smile and laugh. My daughter would have loved him! Next time she sees “sparkles” I suppose I ask to please not frighten her?

      • It sounds very possible that it would be him. I remember my grandpa used to come see me. Though I could see him in his full form. But it did frighten me. And my grandmother told me to tell him to stop. And he did. So yes, talk to the sparkles when she sees them. Tell her there is nothing to be frightened of… That is very important and ask them to find a better way to visit. Also, I find that children love crystals. You could make her a crystal kit that she can keep with her. On a shelf or under her pillow. You would need to make sure she can’t get to them as they might be a choking hazard.

  5. Thanks so much! Last question. The first night this all started she acted like something was trying to get to her or touch her. She would move and hide behind us and sort of use her hands to get something off of her if you could imagine having ants all over you, how you would act. Would sparkles get so close to her that theu would be on her or try to touch her?

    • The simple answer would be yes… They could. It reminds me of fairy photos where they are flying all around. But I cannot say for sure in your situation. I would have to look into it more and see what energies are around her, and your family. If you want we can set up a session and talk about about it more in depth and see what comes up.

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  7. I have very recently begun seeing these ‘sparkles’ or what appear to be tiny particles of light, fuzzy, static…they are everywhere I look! Also, these ‘light particles’ seem to form paterns and swirls. Occasionally, They form, what I can describe as wings; flapping & flying. I guess like white butterflies…or possibly a white bird taking flight. I used to see such things as a child, the most vivid one being a formation of tiny white flying creatures, like butterflies or moths. I watched them slowly flying past me. I don’t recall being scared, strange, considering I was (& am) terrified of my own shadow most of the time.

  8. Oh, and occasionally, I also see black shapes – just circular blobs of black (like a solar eclipse-type-shape). Generally, I find the whole experience to be beautiful am not at all scared of these fuzzy lights…which is a miracle in itself! I have much fear inside me, which I have been working on. I’ve also been experiencing some sort of crazy, mad life changes since my daughter was born in 2012. I feel like my body is buzzing with energy or something lately too – since I found my flow with present-moment-awareness. I was an atheist until a couple of years ago; I felt all spiritualism was nonsense! But now I feel this change is happening within and without. Something strange is going on…

    • Charlotte, Thank you for sharing your story. These accounts of people seeing sparkles, lights, etc… Are so fascinating. And I personally have so many stories I could tell. It sounds like you are opening up psychically… And after having a child this can be extremely intensified. It would benefit you to learn more about working with this ability so that you have more control and can find ways to make it purposeful. It sounds like you are seeing guides, loved ones, and the manifestation of stray energies floating through the psychic atmosphere. I suggest setting up a session so we can speak privately about your situation, and I can offer some insight into who/what you are seeing… And how to work with these energies.

      All the best, e

      • Hi Shaheen,

        Thank you for your reply & please forgive my late response. I read your reply last week, but felt too zapped to write back. I have been suffering the most unbearable nausea/pain in my stomach/chest area (nothing medically wrong, apparently!!) and other issues with anxiety. The ‘sparkly’ incidents have increased and sometimes I feel that maybe I am going crazy!! I am sure that some of these sparkles are in my eyes (white blood cells?) and the ‘black blobs’ defo have to be ‘blind spots’ or something. However, the rest of these sparkles have ‘depth’. I can tell they are not in my eyes; they are all around me, like soft, sparkly, static. I see this best at night, though can now see it during the day too.

        A couple of days ago, I saw the clearest spark/dot of bright white light yet, above my daughter’s head. This gives me great comfort, and I told her she has an angel protecting her (though I am aware how crazy this sounds!). I am a philosophy graduate, and felt very proud of my cool rational response to life…until now! But I cannot deny that many strange things have been happening to me of late.

        I am just having a look at your website, and deciding which private session to go for. It will have to be long-distance as I am in the UK!

        Warm regards,

      • Hello Charlotte, It is wonderful to hear back from you. Let me express how sorry I am to hear you are not feeling well, and that these experiences are a bit overwhelming for you. This is totally understandable, and questioning them has its place. It is always good to walk the middle ground with spirit work… Whole brained rather than left or right. We want equilibrium. It sounds like you are having some very intense experiences. I would love to do a private session with you, and distances is perfectly fine… I work with people all over the world. Go head and have a look at what type of session you would like to do, and the duration that feels appropriate and we will set up a time. Use the contact form to send me a private email. I look forward to it. Shaheen

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  10. Hi Shaheen,
    I am 53, and just recently ( over the last couple of months ) have been seeing multiple light orbs. It all started one night as I was getting into bed. There was a huge flash, like a camera flash and I saw a long white streak of light with three white triangles at its leading edge. The triangles were side by side and about the size of a matchbox. Seconds after that, a ball of yellow light crossed the room from wall to wall. The light had a kind of fizzy ‘atmosphere’ all around it. It disappeared into the wall opposite.
    Every night following this I have seen bright balls of light flitting around the room, and blotches of coloured light on the walls and ceiling. I know it sounds insane but I have been staying awake at night to see them. I have tried talking to them but I feel I am just talking to myself.
    Over the last two weeks the lights have become less bright. I can still see them on occasions but they are dull and difficult to see. they seem to have gone completely now, as I have not seen them for about a week.
    It sounds silly, but I had become used to them and enjoyed them. Now I cannot see them any more and I feel a little abandoned by them.
    Why did I suddenly start to see these things and then lose them? could I have done something wrong to them, and do you think they might come back? If so, is there anything I should do, or not do?

    • Hello Rick. Thank you for sharing your experience, and asking this beautiful question. I will address this in my upcoming Weekly Intuitive Forecast. Do you mind if I read this, and answer there?

      • Thankyou Shaheen,

        You are very welcome to use this post however you wish. I would very much appreciate your answer. Thanks for your interest.


  11. Hi Shaheen,
    I’m 54 and I’ve always seen little specks of light since I was a little girl. I thought they were beautiful. Years later I ask a nurse about for fear that something was wrong with me. The told me my blood was low. I still continue to see them in different colors and black blobbs. When I see them, the room seems to get lighter. What does that mean?

    • Hello Ida. Your experience is very common for people who are psychically open and more sensitive to the subtle worlds. I see sparkles of light around people when I am reading for them very often. This typically indicates a guide of some kind is around or an energy is moving in or out of their aura. Pay attention when you see this. Close your eyes and let yourself become still. Then ask if there is something you need to know. Shaheen

  12. I see this all the time. The sparkles are beautiful. I also see outside and inside day are night. Like a white mist. Swirling atound sometimes. I can see things moving in them. Dont know what it is.

    • thank you for sharing your experience. I think they can be different things depending on when you are seeing them… They are energy. sometimes I see them as thoughtforms and intention. Sometimes as guides.

  13. Finally looked this up.

    This morning my son said: Hey look, the lights are back. I don’t see them so much anymore, probably because I’m 5. And I’ve never seen them in the day [it is dark and rainy this morning], only at night.

    He was trying to catch them in his hands. I asked him what color are they? He said “all of the colors” and he laughed and touched my face saying they were in my hair. He’s been doing this since he was 2-3.

  14. Hi I’m 55 and haven’t really seen lights before, until recently. Previously I have seen orbs in photos. And about 15 years ago I saw a blue orb at night floating through a mountain forest as I was driving home in the countryside. Recently, three nights ago, I saw golden lights of geometric lace circles, like mandalas in a way, on my ceiling, dancing quickly around. I woke in the middle of the night, lying in my bed, feeling very comfortable, but found I couldn’t move, and found it hard to open my eyes, though was able to open them a crack, and saw these golden geometric circle lights dancing on my ceiling. I have never experienced this before and am fairly certain I was not dreaming. As it was strange I said a little prayer in my mind to the light: ” May the light of spirit watch over me and protect me and my daughter, and I know where spirit is love is also”. And purposely visualized myself being protected by white light. Although I felt peace and love from these golden lights (not evil/dark), and was amazed by the sight, I recited this prayer to myself because this golden ceiling light show was so strange and a unique happening for me. I’ve been wondering about these golden geometric, flower-like lights, and so have just now been searching the web to see what information I could find.

    • Hello Judy, This sounds like a beautiful and fascinating experience. I cannot speak directly on what you were seeing with out really connecting with you. But it sounds very high-vibrational and something positive. I would say do some research on sacred geometry, the flower of life and ascended masters. It sounds like someone in spirit is connecting with you… a guide or guardian. If you’d like to set up a session we could definitely look into this more. Shaheen

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