Historical references to the auric field extend back to the inception of recorded earthly annals. Over one hundred different cultures have adverted to this electromagnetic energy that surrounds us - and all inanimate objects for that matter.
Five thousand years ago the East Indian and Chinese civilizations were familiar with it. Jewish mystics spoke of the "astral light" and countless Christian and non-Christian artists were painting their masterpieces with halos encompassing the heads/bodies of certain avatars and saints.
Technology is now starting to corroborate what the metaphysicians have known for eons (although I, for one, do not place Kirlian photography in that classification - for there is other scientific proof that is more substantive). There is still of course a proclivity in the left-brained scientific body politic to chide and thunder against anything that smacks of the 'paranormal'. Science is in a constant state of catching up and it sometimes takes an eternity for it to authenticate and attest to the fact that what was once 'supernatural' is now 'natural'.
It's facile to damn something like the aura because one has not personally 'seen' it. But perhaps we have not seen it because we have not attained that state of awakening and spiritual development that enables us to do so. Even highly evolved individuals and those of a mystical bent usually 'feel' this energy long before they actually 'perceive' it.
Most people have had the experience of meeting someone new and feeling an instant attraction - or a strange repulsion. Others feel sensations by touching specific objects or by going into certain homes. Good and bad "vibes" are now part of the vernacular. Some would stipulate that this is psychological and has nothing to do with any energy field that surrounds us. But Bonnie felt comfortable with Clyde as did Eva Braun with Hitler and I would venture that their 'vibes' were pulsating at similar frequencies while those souls who were attempting to live an existence of love, integrity and peace may have been repelled by being in their presence.
Again, physical, mental, astral and spiritual bodies all vibrate at different frequencies. The aura combines the radiation of the energy of matter along with the rarefied rhythm of Vital Life Force. We are the physical, the psychic and the soul personality in one. Universal Energy / Essence permeates the Cosmos and so the 'space' between us is really a 3D illusion.
There is also a connection between the aura and the chakras. The auric colours are said to mirror one's consciousness - the thoughts and emotions that make us who we are. When we are at peace, in love, in a state of harmonium we radiate clear colour. Negative emotions reflect the muddier versions of the same hues ... and so we occasionally feel blue, see red or become green with envy.
The essays/articles that follow in this category will go into more detail regarding various aspects of this subject matter - the effect of illness, emotion and society at large on our auric fields and how these energy patterns can be seen, felt and understood.
The aura is an energy field that surrounds and penetrates the human body. Clairvoyants & healers describe it as an egg-shaped field of lights and colors. The aura extends beyond the body anywhere from a few inches to several feet. A special type of photography called Kirilian photography has even been able to capture the aura on film.
There are many different layers of energy in the aura, each existing at a different vibration. In order to easily remember the primary layers use the following example:
Suppose someone you know begins to exhibit angry behavior. At first, their angry energy hits the outer or spiritual layer of your aura. You shrug it off. You look at them with compassion and assume they must be having a bad day.
Now, the next time you see the same person, they are angry again. Their energy begins to filter into the mental layer of your aura. You will think about their behavior and wonder what's wrong, whether or not you did something to upset them, and how you can help them.
If the person continues to be angry around you, their energy will filter down even closer into the emotional layer of the aura. Now you may be upset when you see the person coming towards you. You may feel angry yourself, sad, or simply irritated.
Finally, if the bad behavior continues, even your physical energy--your body--will be affected. Your muscles may tense, you may stoop, or straighten up in a defensive posture. Chances are likely you won't even realize that you are actually tensing your body as they approach.
As this example illustrates, the aura can be divided into four very important layers: (1) the spiritual layer or outermost layer that records all of your souls experiences (2) the mental layer that contains your thought forms and deep-seated beliefs (3) the emotional energy body that contains your sadnesses, joys, angers, and all the rest of the human emotions you experience, and finally (4) the physical layer which is your body. Esoteric literature divides the physical layer into additional layers including one close to the physical body called the "etheric body."
Most people who see auras do not distinguish between these layers because in truth they all overlap. Instead the clairvoyants notice the clouds of light -- energy that is moving, stuck, or vibrating with different patterns and colors. The patterns and colors of these clouds of light contain a great deal of information as summarized below:
Sensing the Aura
Some people are lucky enough to be born with the ability to see and sense the aura, however everyone can learn. There are three primary ways of perceiving the aura:
1. Seeing the Aura with your eyes open
This method takes more practice than the others. The goal is to achieve a loose and relaxed focus with your physical eyes that allows the more subtle energies of the aura to come in view. There are many books available on the subject, but here is a simple trick given to me by Rev. Judith McClure who runs the Center for Expanding Consciousness
Do this exercise with a friend:
Have your friend sit in a chair with their back against a white wall.
Have them place a small sticky dot or piece of paper in the middle of their forehead.
Sit about four feet away.
Place your hands up in front of your face, and hold your fingers as if you were framing a picture with thumbs pointing inward and your index finger pointing up (Like two "L's" pointing inward).
Loosely focus on the dot on your friend's forehead. While you are doing this, move your hands apart slowly, further and further apart, keeping a loose focus on the dot, and allowing your peripheral vision to follow your hands. If you keep trying this exercise you will soon see a thin layer of light around your friend's head! If you try several times you may even see color. Keep at it! Sooner or later you will see auras.
2. Seeing the Aura with your eyes closed
Work with a friend. Tell him or her to remember a time when he/she felt a strong emotion, but do not allow them to tell you what they are feeling. Close your eyes. Breath deeply a few times and imagine that there is a line of light connecting the center of your forehead with the same spot on your friend. Just breath and be calm in this space. Ask yourself what colors and patterns are in your friend's aura. You may have an inner image appear or simply a sense or feeling of what the aura must look like. Report what you have seen to your friend and correlate the colors/patterns with the emotion they were feeling.
3. Sensing or Feeling the Aura
The aura patterns can be felt by those sensitive to energy. Try putting your hands about three inches above various areas in the body (heart, throat, third eye in th middle of the forehead, and solar plexus, just above the navel) each day and tune into the subtle sensations you feel. With time, you can learn to sense energy. See if you can correlate the subtle sensations with your moods at the time. Sensations might include warmth, coldness, a tingling sensation like the fizzies in a cola, or stronger buzzing, as in front of a television screen, spiky feelings, sluggishness, etc. On different days you may feel different things as your mood and energy level fluctuate.
Interpreting the Colors in the Aura
Colors in the aura are widely subject to different interpretation. However, there are some general guidelines. It is important to consider this information, but to train yourself to interpret the colors according to your own system of observation. Write down what you see, and as you learn more about the person, keep a log of how that might correlate with the colors you have observed. Experience is indeed the best teacher!
A bright candy-colored red can indicate a passionate and energetic nature often associated with people who are courageous, entrepreneurial, or achievers. A deep clear red is often associated with the root chakra and indicates a physical orientation in life, an adventurer, and often a well grounded individual.
A muddied or dark red can indicate anger. Orange/red can symbolize sexual interest or passion.
Orange typically symbolizes a passionate, creative, or adventurous personality. Orange may also indicate sexual passion or ambition.
Yellow often indicates a person with intelligence who has a warm and playful, generally cheerful personality. Sometimes yellow also indicates intellectual energy.
Bright green is the color of the heart and indicates healing, or new growth. People with a great deal of green in their auras are often healers and/or counselors. They are social, and love to share. A dark clear green indicates someone who is responsible and ambitious who is likely to work for material wealth and luxury in their life. A muddied green may indicate envy.
Blue is the color of expression so when it appears in the aura you may be dealing with a teacher , someone who does public speaking, or perhaps someone who is simply self-expressed. People with a great deal of blue are often very sensitive to and supportive of others.
Rose may indicate that the person is in love, or practices deep spiritual self-love.
Purple indicates a person who has a deep connection with spirit or is pursing a path of active spiritual growth.
Black is not always bad, although if it is muddied, clouded, or stagnant this may indicate an area of weakness, illness, or depression. Black may also simply indicate an area of mystery in that person's life.
White in the aura may indicate a very evolved being or may be the presence of angels or guides in the aura.
A person with gold in their aura is an evolved being. Gold indicates a strong connection to the I AM presence of the Divine.
Those with silver in their aura are often good communicators or are dealing with issues of communication.
ANN ALBERS is a traditional Reiki master, writer, lecturer and spiritual counsellor. Her mystical training has led her to many teachers (shamans, channels and mediums). She has been published in the books CHOCOLATE FOR A WOMAN'S HEART and CHOCOLATE FOR A WOMAN'S SPIRIT.
When persons are nearing death, their auras change dramatically. As a mystic and healer with many years experience, I have probably had more opportunities than most to observe the auras of people with terminal illnesses, in the weeks, days, hours and minutes prior to their death.
The first auric symptoms of approaching death through illness are difficult to diagnose for what they actually are. The etheric aura just starts fading away, very gradually, as the dying person grows weaker, until it is almost undetectable. This also happens, though, during the natural course of many non-fatal illnesses. Please keep this in mind before you start telling people they are about to die.
For what its worth, with these poor tools I have of words, I will try and share what I have seen with some terminally ill people during the time leading up to their deaths. This provides a good general example as the timing of the end result, death, is usually fairly predictable.
The colours of the main aura begin to fade and change slowly during the few months prior to death. This continues until there is only a faint tint of colour left in it; giving it a washed-out look. The etheric aura (the thin band of pale-blue or creamy aura next to the skin) also fades rapidly during this time. It shrinks a little more each day and pales until it is almost undetectable. The natural bioenergetic recharging process slows as the energy body prepares itself for its approaching demise, and the transition of its essential animating spirit into another dimension of existence.
A couple of days before death, depending on the nature of the disease of course, the etheric aura undergoes a dramatic change and begins expanding. The primary and secondary and tertiary energy centers, of the energy body, seem to open wide at this point and start pumping vast amounts of refined spiritual energy into the energy body; flooding the aura.
This causes the aura to have a peculiar bright ethereal glow, but unfortunately one that can usually only be seen with clairvoyance (mind's eye vision ability, i.e., the ability to see visions) and not with normal auric sight alone. This change can also be felt by a sensitive if they have experienced it before and know what to sense for.
The energies accompanying this ethereal glow usually have the effect of temporarily uplifting dying persons. It can also cause clairvoyance in varying degrees. While this variability seems affected by innate ability, they will often begin seeing into the next world, to see and hear spirits. This can be very confusing for them. Often they will hide the fact they can see and hear people they know are long dead; not wanting to appear crazy and upset their loved ones.
This ethereal expansion continues until it surpasses the original size of the main aura. The colour is a beautiful, very, very pale sky-blue, shot through with millions of white and silver sparks. It also develops a peculiar cool-tingly, fizzy feeling to it. A lot of energy can be sensed in this; but not the normal vitality type of energy.
Note: This does NOT mean that any person seen with a pale-blue aura, with or without sparks, is about to die; even if you happen to see this in your own aura during self-observation. There are several circumstances that can cause similar-looking temporary changes. For example, the human aura tends to expand and turn pale-blue in full sunlight; or be changed by the blue-sky above and behind the subject being observed. And keep in mind that background colours can also change auric colours. Spiritual upliftment, including mystical experience, can also have a similar temporarily effect. The colour of the aura during the death process is quite different from any normal pale-blue aura. It is also quite difficult to see this type of aura with a normal level of auric sight alone.
The surrounding atmosphere generated by the expanding ethereal aura often makes people feel uncomfortable. I think this may be because it can be difficult to relate on a personal level to what is happening, i.e., the death process; especially on a spiritual energy level. The heaviness in the atmosphere around a dying person can also cause some perplexing emotions to manifest within those exposed to it. People can become emotionally drained if exposed to this for even a short length of time.
In situations like this, understandably, there is also often a lot of fear and sadness permeating the atmosphere. But sensed at a higher level of perception there is also a profound emanation of love coming through dying persons; even though they may not feel this themselves. This atmosphere intensifies as the moment of death nears.
As a mystic, being in the presence of a dying person is truly humbling. The source power can be incredibly strong at times. You are, basically, standing in the shadow of a greater light being cast through a briefly opened doorway, flowing from a higher level of reality; from one of the spirit worlds or heavens. Unfortunately, for all intents and purposes this is an unseen light to mortal eyes.
A sensitive can feel the presence of the source in this light. It is a tangible, almost touchable energy that permeates the mystical heart center. This can make it swell and thrum with a gentle and powerful rhythm unlike any other; with a kind of spiritual energy resonance.
During the few moments before death, the ethereal-cum-mystical aura surges dramatically, flooding the room for a moment with a profound cool stillness. At this moment, it can feel like time itself has stopped. This is when the unseen light is at its strongest and the doorway into the spirit world is at its widest. Phenomena will sometimes be seen at this time, often visible to the naked eye. I have my suspicions that a dying person's Kundalini raises to its highest level at this time.
The time distortion comes from the rooms exposure to an abstract spiritual reality of a higher dimensional existence than the normal physical dimension we live in. The higher the dimensional level, the less the passing of time is apparent. On the highest level, time ceases and there is only The Eternal Now. Time stands utterly still.
At the moment of death the released spirit of the deceased person will fly swiftly out of his or her body, sometimes helped by loved ones that are waiting. The spirit's old physical body is now biologically deceased. The unseen ethereal aura then contracts rapidly, imploding and fading away to nothing in a matter of a few seconds.
This whole process is like an etheric-cum-auric bioenergetic explosion, followed by an implosion that sucks all the available energy in the room away with it; often including heat energy.
At the moment of death, as a doorway cracks open into a higher reality and the spirit is drawn through it, all free energy can be drawn into it, including the emotional energy being vented by mourners. This can create an unnaturally cold feeling around any newly deceased person.
After death, the atmosphere in the room carries a shocked kind of feeling -- that's the only way to really describe it. This is caused by terrific forces that are at work during the death process. You can feel this hanging in the atmosphere wherever there has been a recent death; especially if you are a sensitive. Depending on the nature of the death in question, this atmosphere generally fades away over a few days. But in an area where there has been a violent or massive loss of life, this shocked feeling can persist for months or even years.
The discarded physical body is now left with only a very weak ethereal glow around it; swiftly fading to nothing. This is barely detectable even with the strongest level of auric sight. This is residual etheric matter and not living aura. This fades away very quickly and nothing more will be seen of the living aura around the corpse. You will see only a pale outline, such as you can see around any inanimate object.
The living aura dies with the departure of its essential animating spirit. I have seen a lot of strange and wonderful things around people when they have died, but never have I seen a living aura around a human corpse.
The human aura is not to be mistaken as just a mere reflection of what goes on within the living body. It is an integral part of the bioenergetic system binding the essential animating spirit in physical matter, i.e., in its physical body. It is not insubstantial like a rainbow or a projected image. It is only ever present in a living being. It has depth and texture, it has warm and cool areas, and parts of it tingle and pulse -- to the hands of a sensitive that is. There is a unique look and feel to any human aura. It is a living thing that can be keenly felt by the hands of sensitives and healers, as well as seen and sensed in other ways.
The human energy system and its aura, and all the wonderfully complex life processes going on within and around it, enable the essential animating spirit to manifest through it into the physical dimension. The spirit animates the physical body through this wonderful bioenergetic process. When it is a spirits time to leave its physical body, this all closes down. It is no longer needed when the spirit goes home again, back to its natural timeless state.
The living aura is still very mysterious, for all the little we know about it. And its existence cannot simply be explained away. It may not fit in with our present level of scientific understanding, but that does not mean it does not exist or is any less real. Aura is strictly a living thing.
ROBERT BRUCE is an internationally respected mystic, researcher and arcane experimenter. For over 25 years he has explored OBE's, Kundalini, clairvoyance and healing. He is the author of Astral Dynamics and presently resides in Australia. Visit his prolific website at www.astralpulse.com
Physical condition and health of physical body.
This level aura is 2" from the physical body and is usually a shade of blue, the deeper the blue the stronger the body.
Emotional condition with respect to self.
This level aura is 2"-4" from the physical body. The color is usually determined by your feelings, positive feelings generally create bright colors and negative feelings create dark colors.
Rational mind Thoughts and Mental Processes.
This level aura is 4"-8" from the physical body. The more active your thinking the brighter yellow it will become.
Relations between the physical and spiritual world.
This level aura is 8"-12" from the physical body and appears as bright rainbow clouds.
This level aura is 12"-24" from the physical body. Appears as blue.
This level aura is 24"-36" from the physical body. Appears as simmering light pastel colors.
This level aura is 36"-48" from the physical body. Extremely bright golden light that is rapidly pulsating.
Most people have never been able to see auras. However, most of us have surely felt the energies that others radiate. Have you ever experienced a person that walks into a room and the mood of a room changes. Energy radiates from them and the waves of energy bounce into you and instantly create feelings and energy inside yourself. Have you ever meet up with someone you know and without saying a word know that they were having a bad day. Perhaps someone appears to be glowing from head to toe and you just know they are excited or happy. Our aura is effected by others, but it is also layered like armor. It regulates how much of our energy we give out and protects us from unwanted influences that try to penetrate us.
How To See An Aura-Exercise 1
To see the aura you have to be able to relax and concentrate. For a beginner a low light is the best way to start. Try this following exercise and experiment.
Feeling Your Aura-Exercise 2
Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and relax. Focus your eyes on nothing, don't strain your eyes or tense your forehead. Concentrate! You need a gentle, steady un-focus, just like day-dreaming. It is crucial your eyes are really relaxed and dreamy while you hold the un-focus.
After a while you will see a pale milky aura coming from the object. Keep looking steadily at it and a bright yellow or green aura will start building up from the object. Don't change focus but look directly at it or the aura will disappear. If you have trouble seeing the aura again after the first attempt, have a rest. This is a common problem and just means your eyes are tired.
There is a reason for the strange un-focus. It has to do with the rods and cones in the human eye. The outer field of vision is many times more sensitive to movement and subtle energy fields than the focused area is. Have you ever seen a movement, out of the corner of your eye, only to turn and see nothing there? What you have probably seen is an aura building up from some colored object and your eyes have detected the movement.
Just remember to keep calm and don't try too hard.
On a human the first thing you will see is the physical, like pale smoke clinging to the skin. Next you will see a shimmering optical effect in the air extending maybe several inches, depending on the strength of the person's aura. Keep trying and the color will build. With practice you will be able to see more and more of it. The colored part of the human aura can vary from a few inches to a couple of feet wide.
The brightness of a person's aura has a lot to do with how they feel. If they feel happy and full of life their aura is stronger and easier to see.
Try experimenting, remember everything contains and radiates energy so you can start with different objects and develop your ability by experiment in different conditions indoors/outdoors.
LADY MYSTIC likes to describe herself as an ordinary person who has taken on the journey of determining what she wants from life and what it wants from her.
You can see or otherwise perceive and read people's auras. If you don't believe me, you're right. Of course, if you believe it is possible, you are also right! I will never forget the first time my left-brained, generally skeptical engineer of a husband saw an aura (mine). Never before or since have I seen such a look of wonder on his face. It was like he was a child witnessing the tooth fairy flying out the window with his tooth in her magic satchel. I figure if I can help him to see auras, I can help anyone.
While I'm sure everyone has heard the term "aura" before, it may be helpful to define what we're talking about. The aura is a field of energy (electromagnetic and other finer energies) surrounding all living things, and some would say all atomic forms, animate and inanimate. For the skeptical or the scientifically inclined, we are fortunate to live in a time when the latest technology now enables us to measure and observe these energy fields. Our technology confirms what mystics have taught for ages. For more information on the science underlying the aura, especially energy healing, check out Psychophysics: A Wholistic Approach to Healing through the Aura.
Our auras are in constant interaction with each other and with our environments. The more prolonged or profound the interaction, the greater the affect on the auras. Consequently, the auras of family members, longtime friends, and people married for many years are likely to grow more and more similar.
The residue of auric interactions is what imprints places and things with our unique energies. Notice, for example, how different houses feel. Every house has its own aura, arising from the people and other influences residing there, and every room in every house has it's own unique feeling, depending on who lives and sleeps there. A house that is deserted most of the time "feels" more empty than a house that is full of daily living, even when no one is home at the moment. Contrast such a house with a hotel room. The hotel room has a constantly changing but shallow interaction with many diverse energetic influences. We leave the residues of our energy everywhere. Those things we interact with most or most deeply, such as our clothes, jewelry, cars, beds, favorite chairs, pets and loved ones become most strongly imprinted with and affected by our energies. It is this residual energy that psychics read when performing psychometry. It is also the residual energy of very intense or traumatic experiences that usually create "hauntings," which are often simply "tears" in the fabric of space and time, or windows into the past.
We are already aware of others' auras, though most of this awareness takes place at a less than conscious level. We feel drained by some people, others energize us. Some people we feel in harmony with, others discordant with. Someone who is close to or shares our energetic vibration we are likely to feel attracted to. Someone on a vastly different "wavelength" we feel uneasy around. Our language reflects our unconscious awareness of the energy interactions underlying these experiences.
When we sense someone looking at us, we are aware of their energy literally interacting with ours. To a clairvoyant, this is visually observable. I experienced an interesting example of this years ago when I was first starting to see auras. I was waiting for a friend to eat dinner in the large coop house she shared with about a dozen other university students. As I was sitting there relaxed and looking around, I noticed a young man enter the dining room. He looked at my friend, who was facing the other direction, preparing her plate. As he looked at her, I saw a tentacle of deep murky red energy extend from his solar plexus, travel across the room, and sort of "swarm" all over her energy field. As soon as this "tentacle" made contact with her field, she stiffened, then turned around and looked directly at him, with an annoyed look on her face. At that point the tentacle of energy was withdrawn.
Later when I told her what I had seen, she explained that he was someone she'd been having a lot of trouble with, for he was constantly harassing her sexually. It was then that I put together consciously what I had witnessed. He had been fantasizing about her sexually, and I had seen both his "fantasy" and her recognition at a less than conscious level of this. She had simply "felt" someone looking at her and felt annoyed, though she hadn't consciously known why until she saw who it was.
The first aura I ever perceived belonged to an instructor of mine at the University of Michigan. I didn't set out to try to see auras, it just happened one day. I was sitting in a large lecture hall, and I was very tired. In front of me several classmates rested in apparent blissful slumber. I was in a half-trance, relaxed and open. As my attention drifted in and out, I began to notice this golden yellow glow around my professor's head. As he leaned forward toward the microphone and into the spotlight, it was harder to see, but each time he stepped back just out of the bright light, it was there. As I played with my vision a bit, it became clearer, bigger, and brighter. I was surprised.
Knowing next to nothing of what I do now, I remembered something called an aura, and wondered if that was what I was seeing. Then I began to look around the dim auditorium, and was amazed to see auras here and there around my fellow students' heads.
I share this experience because it highlights some key ingredients of the ideal conditions for perceiving auras. First, I was going through a period of disciplined meditation, and many interesting psychic and spiritual experiences were arising that were interrelated. Meditation is the one main ingredient that is universally prescribed for psychic and spiritual development. When one quiets the conscious mind's chatter, whispers and subtle energies can be perceived.
Second, the instructor taught Eastern Religion. While I hadn't considered it at the time, he no doubt had spent years in meditation and spiritual practice. The healthier an individual and the more spiritually developed, the bigger and brighter the aura will be. Hence, the paintings of Jesus, saints, and other holy people throughout history are often depicted with a halo. Their auras were so bright, they were easily perceived by the artist, and perhaps everyone.
Third, I was in a very relaxed state. My mind was blank and open, my eyes were unfocused. This half-trancelike state is essential, especially when first learning to view the aura.
Fourth, the subject, my professor, was speaking before a large group of people. The "charge" that people feel when speaking before an audience (whether defined as exhilarating or terrifying) arises in large part from the tremendous amount of psychic/auric energy that is flowing from the audience to the speaker through their attention. This pumps up the speaker's energy or aura dramatically. The easiest auras to see belong to people standing up and teaching, performing or speaking in front of a group. If the person is teaching a spiritual workshop, the energy that one can observe on the stage is amazing.
The most interesting auric displays I've observed have been while watching someone "channel" entities who supposedly enter and take over the body of the channeler. I've see this actually happen (though I was a bit skeptical, as my own experiences with spirit communication have been different). I've also seen a channeler who says this happens actually by relaying information from at times a spirit outside of her, and at other times from her own "higher self," though I believe that she believed an entity was entering her body. Of course, I listened for the truth in what was communicated, regardless of the source. It's been fascinating to observe such situations.
How You Can Perceive Auras
First, before you leap into this new adventure, make sure you take a moment to examine your intentions, and remember to always act with responsibility. As we develop spiritual abilities and skills, it is especially important that we maintain a high level of integrity. The more powerful we become, the stronger and more immediate the repercussions, both positive and negative, of all we do. We must develop more responsibility and wisdom concurrently with our abilities.
With this in mind, it's important that we get others' permission before we go poking around in their auric fields. It's one thing to sit in the back of an auditorium and observe the glow around someone's head, but it's another to search the field of a friend or loved one for information we don't want them to know we're looking for. Also, it is unwise to push our observations or advice on anyone. If we're asked for our perceptions, then it is prudent to listen to our intuition and act always with love and a desire to empower and inspire others in all we do. It's also important to admit it when we don't know what something means. Just because we can see someone's aura, does not mean we have all the answers. Respect others and respect the process.
If you still want to see and read auras, then I recommend deciding that it will be a process or skill you will pick up immediately, right from the start. Of course, I don't want you to get discouraged if that doesn't happen, but I also don't want to tell you that it's a terribly hard skill to develop, requiring months of meditation and practice (though that doesn't hurt). If you believe you can do it, you can. Decide to do it now, and you can make that happen.
I've either taught or been present when many people have learned to see auras over the years, and here I will present the techniques that were most successful.
First, a dimly lit room is ideal for seeing the aura. Twilight is an especially easy time, for the lighting indoors is ideal, and you are likely to be relaxed and a bit tired. A blank, light colored wall behind the subject is important. Sit across the room from the subject, preferably leaning against an opposite wall or sitting cross-legged on the floor. Both the subject and the observer/s should be comfortable. (The best place in my house for seeing auras is for the observer to be in the bedroom, with the subject standing in the hallway, which is darker than the bedroom.)
The subject can simply sit or can attempt to enhance their aura through concentrated effort, such as imagining energy running up their spine and out the top of their head. The observer should relax, breathing deeply and evenly, and focus on the subject for a few minutes, then look into the space surrounding the subject's head. The gaze should be soft and unfocused. Once light is perceived around the head, the subject and observer can play with this, with the subject sending their aura up, then drawing it in, etc. while the observer describes what they see.
This is the method for viewing the aura with the physical eyes, though I often feel I'm using a combination of my physical and astral body's eyes. It is just as valid to close one's eyes and "imagine" the person's aura, and trust what you see. You can also draw an outline of the subject's body on a piece of paper, and allow your intuition to guide you in charting the aura. The results of this compared to the physical eye method are generally the same, so long as one trusts their intuition in the process.
If you try the above exercises and are still struggling, you may be more kinesthetic or auditory than visual. Some people just don't "see" things in the ways others do, and that¹s perfectly fine. Kinesthetic folks can try "feeling" the aura by running their hands around the body of the subject. Many gifted healers are highly kinesthetic, and sense the energy with their hands, including dis-ease and imbalances. They can "sense" the colors or even more important, the meaning underlying the colors of the aura. Auditory people can simply listen within for information on the aura. It may be helpful for auditory folks to write a description of the aura, listening to the dialogue of their mind to provide the details.
The key is to trust what you perceive, however it is you perceive it.
Interpreting What You Perceive
At first, you are likely to see a slightly bluish white glow surrounding the head and body. This is the etheric body. The astral body (one level out from this) is where colors are first generally perceived. The further out one goes, the more one's skills must be refined, for the energy becomes finer and finer as we move from the etheric body to the astral/emotional body, to the mental and then spiritual bodies. Colors within the first twelve inches out from the body are likely to relate to feelings, the second twelve inches or so to thoughts, and beyond that to spiritual matters.
The following key on colors and their meanings is given as general information. Your intuition is the ultimate authority in all you do, especially in spiritual/psychic experiences. Clear jewel tones and pastels denote positive or pure energy. The clearer and brighter, the more positive. The murkier or "heavier" a color, the more polluted the energy is with negativity, imbalance or fear. There are many shades of every color, so don't be misled by the apparent simplicity of the following list.
Bright, clear red is associated with physicality. A person with this color prominent in the aura is likely to be athletic or sensual, passionate, willful and/or strong. Flashes of red often denote anger, and a murky red (towards maroon) can be lust, while dull red is often resentment. When looking for physical dis-ease, red often denotes over-stimulation or inflammation of an area.
Clear orange is associated with creativity and emotion. It often reveals courage and joy. Muddied oranges can represent pride and vanity.
Clear yellow is very common to find around people's heads, especially, I would presume, in the West. It represents the intellect, and lots of yellow in the aura is the sign of an intellectual. It can also indicate cheerfulness, or a "sunny" disposition. Impure yellows can reveal excessive intellectualizing and imbalance, or someone who is close-minded, dogmatic or critical.
A bright clear green denotes healing and growth, or often represents a healer. Many nurses and alternative healers have this color prominent in the aura. Physicians may have this, but also may tend more toward the yellow of the intellectual. Green also represents compassion. Muddier greens reveal jealousy and greed.
A shade one is likely to observe often if looking at the auras of speakers is a sickly yellow-green. This denotes intellect for greed or profiting from ideas, and generally shows someone who relies on their intellect both for profit and to feed the needs of their egos. I'm not saying that all speakers show this, or that speaking is a greedy endeavor, by any means! If you do observe this in a speaker, however, it is wise to remain aware of where that person may be coming from.
There are many shades of blue to be observed in auras. Blue generally denotes calmness and spiritual devotion, and can be found in seekers of truth. It often represents spiritual/psychic development. Turquoise can denote a passionate and youthful adventurous questing spirit. Bright royal blue shows someone honest and loyal. Light blue reveals a good imagination and intuition. Muddy blue often reveals sadness and loneliness (feeling blue), and also worrying.
Violet and purple in the aura generally denote spiritual or religious devotion. Royal purple shows leadership and strength of will. Murky purple can reveal egomania, arrogance, or a persecution complex, where the individual blames others or outside influences for their unwanted experiences.
Pink in the aura generally symbolizes love, affection and companionship, as well as an appreciation of beauty. Hot pink or magenta shows true devotion and affection. Muddy pink can denote immaturity, dependency and neediness.
Gold is a color showing power, spiritual achievement, dedication, inspiration and harmony. It is a color associated with "God" or the divine.
Grey generally symbolizes fear, and it is generally grey that muddies up other colors in the aura, making them less than clear. Silver would be the positive aspects of this color frequency, representing feminine/goddess energies, optimism, intuition and spiritual awakening.
Brown, when vibrant and clear, represents level-headedness and groundedness. It has an earthy vibration of determination and organization. When murky, it can represent blocks and stale energy.
Black can be fear or hatred and also show problems, imbalances and addictions. A clear jet black, however, can represent protection, mystery/secrets and wisely guarded knowledge.
White can be purity and truth, but is often a mixture of many colors that have not been more finely perceived or interpreted. Balls of light over the shoulders of the subject often reveal spirit guides or "guardian angels" who are important and current influences in the person's life.
Of course, combinations of colors represents combinations of those aspects. For example, blue/green might represent someone who is healing through a spiritual search for truth. It's important, again, to listen to your intuition when interpreting what you see in an aura. Ask within for understanding about what is shown, and develop your own system of understanding based on your own experiences.
Julia Melges-Jablonski is a professional medium/clairvoyant. She is an ordained minister in the Spiritualist tradition, a prolific metaphysical author, web mistress of MuseNet and the editor at www.kajama.com
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