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

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 10.15.24 PM

Source Unknown

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

Posted in



  1. m on November 4, 2015 at 1:27 am

    hi melissa, i need to talk with you .could you pls reply me this is my mail freesamsea@yahoo.com

    • Shaheen Miro on November 4, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Hello M. You can visit Melissa at her website. And I would be happy to help as well. Please contact me through the contract form at the top of the page. Shaheen

    • Tammy Hernandez on October 22, 2019 at 7:57 am

      I feel the energies and emotions of the people around me and I’ve seen like a kaleidoscope in my corner of my eye can you relate

  2. Mary Jo on November 18, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    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.

    • Shaheen Miro on November 20, 2015 at 1:45 am

      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.

    • Karen Bradley on March 19, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      You need to find people of like mind.

  3. Sarah on December 13, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    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…

    • Shaheen Miro on December 14, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      People try to find any way to rationalize mystical experiences! Live it proud. xo.

  4. Maria Theresa Jumawan on February 1, 2016 at 9:08 am

    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.

    • Shaheen Miro on February 2, 2016 at 12:18 am

      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.

  5. Whitney Muehsam on March 29, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    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!

    • Shaheen Miro on March 29, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      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?

      • Whitney Muehsam on March 29, 2016 at 5:17 pm

        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?

        • Shaheen Miro on March 29, 2016 at 5:33 pm

          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.

  6. Whitney Muehsam on March 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    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?

    • Shaheen Miro on March 29, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      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.

  7. Ms. Chris on May 22, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I see sparkling lights during the outside in the sun and at night. It’s awesome.

  8. […] Source: What Do Sparkles (and Orbs, and Spirit Lights) Look Like? By Melissa Leath […]

  9. Charlotte Mallon on August 16, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    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.

  10. Charlotte Mallon on August 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    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…

    • Shaheen Miro on August 17, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      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

      • Charlotte on August 22, 2016 at 11:18 am

        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,

        • Shaheen Miro on August 25, 2016 at 9:23 pm

          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

  11. Shaheen Miro on November 11, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    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.

  12. Kids Growing Up Psychic Series Index | Shaheen Miro on February 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm

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

  13. Brittany Dawn Shinault on April 23, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Im 23 and i still see the orbs of loght in ghe sky, sometimes i see symbols to. My mom does to but i really dont know what they are,

    • Shaheen Miro on April 23, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Hello. It sounds like you are seeing signs and symbols from your guides or your own psychic self. Do you ever make note of what these things are?

      • Micheal wanner on November 1, 2019 at 2:20 pm

        So im forteen and i been seeing these sparkles seen i was little up in the sky around me on my family and my hand and feet also tingling and it been happening like 2 years now and my friend told me that im a wiccan and im scared i never been scared of the sparkles i always loved them but now i think its something wrong with me and can you help me find out what is the tingling what is the seeing the dot it don’t hurt my eyes but what are and what is the tingling in me and can you help me shaheen Miro

        • shaheen on November 7, 2019 at 3:04 pm

          Hello. Sparkles tend to be the manifestation of guides, spirits or just stray energies moving around the atmosphere. Since you are having physical sensation along with visual manifestations I would have a medical check-up… just to be be safe. As for being a “wiccan” that would be a chosen religious path, not something one is born as. Shaheen

  14. Michael on May 31, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    When I was about five I used to see multi-colored spinning orbs made of many facets, spinning very slowly in my room at night. I was not dreaming. One came close to me and I trapped it with my pillow, when I looked under it was squirming – I got scared and went back to sleep.

  15. Jesūs on February 17, 2019 at 3:34 am

    I am currently 29 years old and can very vividly remember seeing some of what is being talked about on this forum as a young child and always being amazed. When I was 4 years old my twin brother, 6 year old brother, and I would lay down in bed (we all shared the same mattress) and stare at these light paterns together. We had no idea what they were, but could all seen them at the same time. They were thousands of multi colored dots swirling about the entire room in a very geometric grid like patern. Movements that were deliberate and flowed like the ocean waves swirling about. The three of us would be eagerly peaking out at these shapes from behind our blankets with just our eyes showing. Then after quite some time, and multiple nights of these occurrences it became amazing and fun. We would lay in bed for hours with our hands up trying to touch these lights. They would swirl around the room and our arms so beautifully. It was some of my best memories as a child. These could not be a medical condition or else we all wouldn’t have been seeing them together. None of us ever really talked to people about it since it seems to crazy and unbelievable. But here I am 25 years later researching these dots because I caught my 4 year old daughter sitting up in bed with her hands up half an hour after I put her to sleep. I asked her what she was doing, and she said that she is playing with the lights that are like snowflakes falling all around her in the room. She asked me if they are bad. I teared up a bit and said that they are precious. And that I have no idea what they are, but that I believe her. And that they are nice. She is still playing with them in her room as I type this.

    • Tracy Morrison on June 26, 2019 at 4:37 am

      This website was very helpful to me. I have been sleeping this ball of light since I first got the Holy Ghost some years ago

      • shaheen on June 26, 2019 at 4:34 pm

        That is beautiful! Spirit shows up in lots of different ways 🙂

    • Jennifer on July 17, 2019 at 2:16 am

      Beautiful. They bring me the most profound peace while I am in their presence. How lovely you both have the ability to experience this.

  16. Mel on July 16, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Growing up I would see spirits but stopped as I got older. I can’t write my entire experience but one night the room felt heavy and although it was night, the room turned pitchy black. I felt a bad energy. I began to pray to God and say that God is my savior & he will protect me. The room was pitch back and I closed my eyes praying over and over. Then suddenly it felt peaceful. I opened my eyes and it was the first time I experience what I can only describe as bright pixi dust that lit up the room. My room was so peaceful like I’d never felt before.

  17. Amber Caudel on July 19, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Does the color of sparkle mean anything? I’ve been seeing red sparkles. Almost like a small flash of laser pointer, but so small it almost looks like a piece of glitter but even though it has been small I can still tell it’s a light and not glitter, because it will be in mid air and then disappear. And I usually see it around my children.

    • shaheen on July 31, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      Color and meaning can very from person to person. You could look up the meaning for the color red and see if anything resonates with you.

  18. Cheryl Hitchlock on July 23, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    I am thrilled to come across this page. Over the past 6 months I have been seeing the swills, fire lights and wonderful colours when 8 turn off the light. 8 have always found it comforting.

  19. Relo706 on July 31, 2019 at 5:07 am

    I’m 29 and I’ve seen two different ones!!! One is black and the other one is white. Crazy part about it, once I see one of them seconds later something touch a part of my body…has this ever happened to anyone? To best describe what I’m talking about…I’ve seen what causes apart of my body to start itching…I know that sound crazy but I’m not lying!!!

    • shaheen on July 31, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      Often times sparkles or lights can be manifestations of guides, or just energy floating through the atmosphere. I often see people’s thoughts leave their heads as bubbles of color.

  20. Foxie on August 18, 2019 at 7:52 am

    My daughter is 13 and has seen sparkles and “fairy” lights since she could speak. The lights and orbs have started to manifest to other visions. She saw my grandmother over my bed, with “fairy” lights while I was sleeping – she never met my grandmother. She has seen our family dog, who we had to put down 2 years ago. She insisted on being with him as we put him down. She said that he shouldn’t be alone when he dies because he would be scared without his family with him. He now comes to visit her at night and is always surround by bright lights and shiny fur. My mother -in-law passed away a year ago, and she now “sees” her at night. She tells me that they are not dreams and that she is awake during all these “visits.” She is in a deep sleep and is woken up by bright lights, like a car’s headlights. The dog and her grandparents always seem happy or have a smile on their face. She never hears voices, but the visions really scare her.

  21. marie on October 14, 2019 at 11:58 am

    I have recently started seeing the sparkles but I am also seeing a blue light quite a lot I am 50 and have been opening myself up more what is the blue light I feel comfort from it my son and my fiancee passed suddenly 4 years apart and I have been trying to connect with my.guardian angel

    • shaheen on November 7, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      I’m sorry for your loss. Often when I meet with clients in person I will see blue lights surrounding them whenever someone in spirit wants to make their presence known.

  22. Amanda on October 17, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Good day to you. Currently, I am living in a commune under going a huge self transformation- surrendering to the divine and surrounded by like minded spiritual beings. We have called upon the Angel’s, Kali and other divine sources to bless us, our home and our endeavors. In doing so, I sparked a new relationship with another conscious being. When he and I are together- we both have witnessed a bright flash of light multiple times – EVERY time we are together- in bed, in my room around 9pmish. Can you please share your input on why and what the angles may be conveying? I appreciate your time and input. Namaste

    • shaheen on November 7, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      Hello. I do not have an explanation for your experience. If it doesn’t feel ominous to you then I would say it is the manifestation of a guide or other divine helper… or the interconnectedness of your energies when you are physically together. My only advice would be to only call on divine beings that you have a personal connection with and a working knowledge.

  23. PeaceBlessings on November 5, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    I’m so happy to have come across this page. All my life I thought there was something wrong me.

    I was about 4 years old when I woke up to seeing small orbs spinning in circles. My mom had a Buddha shrine on the upper corner wall close to the ceiling. She had a poster with a Buddha meditating on a pink lotus flower, sitting in front of a tree, with a big sunrise/sunset right behind it. I would wake up to see these small white glowy orbs. There were about 5-6 of them, the size of a marshmallow, spread an inch apart forming a circle right around the Buddha’s head. It would spin around the big sunset/sunrise to the RIGHT really fast. I would close my eyes tightly hoping it go away, pulling the blanket over my head. I opened my eyes, orbs paused then spinning LEFT really fast in a circular motion.

    I’m 37 now. I would think about those orbs time to time growing up. I’ve always thought.. why me? Why am I so weird? I’ve always been fascinated with the higher spiritual and angels. As I hit 33, I’m constantly seeing 333’s, 222’s, 111’s, 444’s. A lot has happened to me growing up. I’m constantly soul searching, trying to figure out who I am. I battled a lot of depression in my 20’s. I’ve always felt spirits around me.

    I’m always looking for truth and answers. I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your page.

Leave a Comment