What is an Aura?

The human aura is an energy field that reflects the subtle life energies within the body. These energies make us what we are and in turn are affected by our surroundings and life style. The aura reflects our health, mental activity and emotional state. It also shows disease - often long before the onset of symptoms.

Close to the skin is the etheric aura. It is seen as a pale, narrow band that outlines the body, usually no more than half an inch wide. It looks like pale smoke clinging to the body. This is the visible part of the etheric body in its contracted state. During sleep the etheric body expands greatly and opens to absorb and store cosmic energy. The etheric is better named the vitality sheath or energy body. After sleep it contracts, forming a dense sheath around the body close to the skin.

The main aura is banded around the body - strata like. Imagine a person with thick, colored hoops of light dropped over them and you get the idea. These colors emanate from the chakras. Basic energy is drawn up from the planet through the feet and fed into the chakras; much like a plant does with water. Each chakra is a transformer that generates energy of a different type and color. The strength of each chakra depends on the person's nature and life style. Together these chakras generate the dominant hue of the aura.

The main aura is photo-sensitive; it reacts and expands in light. The aura's chakra system can be likened to a tree. Energy/nutrient is drawn up through the feet/roots and fed through the body/trunk to the chakras/leaves.

Many experts suggest people can be classed by the basic hue, or the dominant color, of their aura. For example, Blue means a highly spiritual person, trustworthy, honest. Orange means an emotional type of person, etc... I have found this to be misleading. The aura is a complex and changeable engine and cannot be judged so simply.

The aura is sensitive to color. It reacts to the colors of clothing and to that of its surroundings. This accounts for our natural likes and dislikes when it comes to choosing the colors that surround us.

The effect of color on the emotions is well known and they are widely used in hospitals and institutions to calm agitated people and put them at ease. Pink is the most frequently used color for this. It is the emotional color of love and happiness. Watch a mother's aura when she first looks into the eyes of her new baby, and falls head over heels in love. At that special, happy moment, you will see this most lovely of auras in all its glory.

There is a whole science devoted to the use of colors. This is called Color Healing or Color Therapy.

It is impossible to get a clear view of the aura through clothing. The auric colors of the clothes react with the person's aura, causing interference that blocks and changes it. For example: A blue shirt will flood the natural aura with Yellow. Even neutral colored clothing will block and dim the aura making it difficult to see.

This shows up in the aura in many different ways, sometimes weeks before any physical symptoms. An ear infection, for example, will show up as a shadow over the side of the head before any symptoms appear. This shadow will gradually change into a murky, khaki Green. As the infection takes hold, it will become shot through with Red and Orange flecks. Khaki and murky Green with Red and Orange flecks is commonly seen with any infection.

When a person is dying the aura changes dramatically. I have observed the auras of people with terminal cancer in the weeks prior to death. First the aura fades and weakens, and then, a week or so before death it expands, changing into a beautiful pale Blue shot through with Silver sparks.

Aura Colors

Spiritual attainment, divine connection, mystical understanding, cosmic consciousness. Located in the pituitary gland. "Purple raiment."

Inspired thought or deep wisdom. Can show spirituality and devotional nature. Artistic and harmonious with nature. Self-Mastery. Located in the pineal gland.

Strong mental powers, intelligence, logical thinking. Clear blue shows intuitive capabilities; "out of the blue." Dark shade of blue show over-analytic, suspicious nature or visionary mentality. Centered on the brain.

Balance, harmony, healing, the calming force. Clear green shows adaptability, versatility. Dark shades are deceitful, jealous; "Green with envy." Located in the thyroid and neck area.

Love and kindness, compassion and optimism; "Breath of life." Dark lifeless yellow shows suspicion, covetousness. Centered in the solar plexus and heart region.

Energy and health, physical vitality, dynamic force. Pride can result from an excess of orange in the aura. Dark or cloudy orange shows low intellect. Centered in the stomach and spleen area.

Physical life, vitality, ambition, sexual power. Dark or cloudy red shows violent or passionate tendencies; "Red with rage." Centered on the genital area.

Lust, lower passions, and materialism.

Rose Pink
Selfless love, gentleness, modesty.

Avarice, selfishness.

Higher self, good qualities, harmony.

Versatility, high energy, constant change.

Depression, low energy, fear.

Sinister, malice, evil intent.

Why Most People Fail to See the Aura

The most common reason people fail to see the aura when they first try is simply the way they go about it. The human aura is not a good training ground for beginners.

This is what usually happens: Your volunteer sits and waits, for a long time, while you strain for a glimpse of their aura. You are trying to relax and concentrate and master a tricky visual technique, all at the same time. You subconsciously worry about what they are thinking of you. Are they getting bored or impatient? Do they think you foolish, a failure, or both? This kind of pressure causes tension that effectively negates the relaxed state needed to see the aura. Trying to get results under this kind of pressure, as a beginner, is next to impossible.

So How Do You See the Aura?
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It is actually quite simple to see an aura if you do it correctly. The easiest way to see an aura is have a subject (a friend) stand up against a white wall. Make sure the lighting in the room is slightly dim. Then stand far enough from your subject so that you can see their entire body, from head to toe. Look closely at your subject; trace the edge of his/her form (especially around their head and shoulders) with your eyes. Don't look directly at your subject, look past him/her. You should be able to, if you're doing this correctly, see a fuzzy gray/white area around the outline of your subject. If you're seeing this then you are seeing their aura! If you're not seeing this, rest your eyes for a moment and try again. Once you have practiced this enough, you may be able to make out colors in your subject's aura.

All colors have a uniquely colored aura of their own that are of a completely different color. These auras, given off by colors, are denser and far easier to see than any other aura. Using this as a basis, I have designed a simple, graduated training method that has most people seeing an aura the first time they try it.

The auric colors you will see building up from colored objects are similar in appearance to the after images generated by staring at a brightly colored shape and then quickly looking at a neutral colored wall. The similarity in the colors, rather than contradicting the validity of the auric colors of color, confirms them. Why would they be any different?

You can, in the early stages of learning to see auras, cause an after image that is still seen when you look away. This is caused by staring too hard, and for too long, resulting in color depletion of the rods and cones in the eyes. With practice, much less effort is needed and no after images are seen, only the aura.

The way the aura builds up is totally unlike the way an after image appears. If, while an aura is building up, you shift focus slightly or blink, it disappears instantly. An after image does not.

I have been able to see the human aura for many years. I was not born with this ability but taught myself. It took me several years! I know the problems inherent in learning this and the new training method is designed to overcome them.

Seeing and Reading the Aura

Have a friend lie or sit in front of a white or black background, preferably naked (or skyclad), the lighting should be very dim, so that shadows dance upon the walls or scenery, and colors are not absorbed by the presence of light. They should remain perfectly still, unmoving and undisturbed. While they do this, your or the member of the circle should center and enter a light form of trance, be open to astral energies around the area.

Let your eyes relax, your thoughts fade, loosen your muscles and be open to what you will try to perceive. See the person on the still form of your subject, and try to see or to feel any energy they may give off. Is there a glare around them, a slight line of blurred or foggy color, lighter or darker than those surrounding them; is there a wave like heat being given off.

Concentrate and trust in what you see. Look closely into any bright spots, which may appear as light or just dim variations within the astral body (or aura), the changes or patterns may be subtle at first but with practice and time you will begin to perceive these colors more easily. Colors of the auras can mean many different things, an emotion, a character, a quality of the person who exudes them, note how you feel; does it attract you, unease you; are you comfortable around the person, does the sight offer you any changes within yourself, take turns letting each person try to view and each person be viewed - find which ones are bright, easiest to perceive, or seen by the most. Also see which ones hold brighter variations of the same color, and try to find out why there is the similarity.

Once this has been practiced and used effectively, try these exercises to further advance uses of the astral mind and body. Under usual circumstances we are surrounded by the aura on all sides, it extends just beyond the mortal flesh and is bonded to the physical body. Blindfold one person, and let another walk to within about three feet of the person, see if hey can tell when you are near, try to feel it change in the surrounding air, or in your own inner feelings to tell when they have entered the perimeter of the aura, change and try it yourself. Take a pendulum, and hold it over your hand (a pendulum may be anything upon a string, preferably light weight, which is free to move or swing in any direction.)

Try to move energy through your arm and out of the hand, move the pendulum to within about three inches of your fingers, and see if you might raise enough power to cause the pendulum to tilt or swing when it touches the outer layers of your aura. Use the pendulum to check others, to find where the perimeter of the aura lies, tell them to meditate on expanding the aura, and see if it moves earlier than before, or if the movement is less subtle. Sit facing each other, legs crossed, knees touching, eyes transfixed upon the person before you - each person should use their hand to "feel" where the aura is strongest or the weakest, if a person is ill then there may be a location where it seems the aura has no color, or may even hold more color than other parts of the body, the color in this case is the feel you get from being in contact with the other persons astral form.

Now sit in the same way, still facing, yet in different rooms, with a wall between you, or farther away than before. One should be the "sender" and the other the "receiver", the sender should try to visualize one of the four elements:

For earth the sender might visualize a dark cave about them, might feel the weight of the world literally on their shoulders, cool, moist, shadowed, centered

For water deep flowing silk of the sea, drifting them into their own thoughts, cool, moist, healing and emotional.

For fire exploding rifts of a volcano, filling the spirit with passion and light, warm, dry, and active.

For air the passing clouds, of a bird in flight, carried swiftly upon the four winds, warm, dry, imaginative and vivacious.

The receiver should try to feel which one of these is being exuded by their partner, feel the change in temperature, or the shifting patterns of thought as you contemplate to answer, feel the emotional qualities it offers you and compare what you think with the other, notice any keys which may lead to your decision.

To See Your Own Aura
from "In A New Life" by Mark Smith

Stand in front of a mirror at least 18 inches away; further if possible. Place yourself with a white or neutral color surface visible in the mirror behind you (again, 18 inches or more is ideal). Relax, breathe deeply and sway gently from side to side. Focus on the texture of the surface of the wall behind you.

As you stare past the outline of your head and shoulders you will see the envelope of light around your body move with you as you rock gently. Remember to breathe as you do this, since you are both now viewer and subject. Lighting should be subdued; neither too bright, nor too dark. Experiment.

Auras cannot be seen in total darkness, and bright light will wash them out all but the most vibrant of auras. Color of clothing is unimportant. You might find that your auric color, when you become accustomed to seeing it, will clash with certain items in your wardrobe, but you will see your true colors regardless of what you wear.

Experiment with projecting a color. Think of a color and try to visualize it. You can change your baseline colors temporarily through this kind of exercise, and see the change occur. As you exhale, notice that the aura should get larger. Reciting the numbers 1 through 30 in a normal speaking voice will help liberate your energy. Take a breath after every 2 numbers. Speed up the count from the number 20 on without taking a breath and watch your aura shrink in size and vibrancy. As you resume normal quiet breathing, the aura will return to its former size, but might appear a bit brighter.

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