“….observations of the etheric body reveal a vital energy body or [auric] field which forms a matrix which interpenetrates the dense physical body like a sparkling web of light beams. This energetic matrix is the basic pattern upon which the physical matter of the tissues is shaped and anchored. The tissues exist as such only because of this vital field behind them.” Barbara Ann Brennan, Hands of Light
Our aura is the energy field that surrounds and radiates outward from the physical body. This electromagnetic field is constantly moving, unfolding, transforming and shifting. It is usually seen oval in shape and completely surrounds a person in rings or layers of light. These rings of light are seen clairvoyantly as swirling patterns of liquid light with several colors shimmering through them. For some of us, the aura may not be seen visually but definitely sensed or felt. The aura has been actually photographed through the use of Kirlian photography, named after the Russian scientist Semyon Kirlian, who discovered it. This invention can capture the flow of energy around a person and even the life force around plants and vegetables.
A person who is able to do aura readings has the ability to gather information about the size, shape and intensity of the colors and apply it to the health of a person. Knowing the different subtle fields and their colors, a healer can pick up a person’s passing thoughts, feelings and emotions, as well as information concerning their physical health and spiritual development.
Many people who work with auras, especially in the field of healing have developed a natural sensitivity to the aura. The aura can often show the onset of an illness, long before the symptoms begin to show. In most healing classes, the student is taught to scan the client’s aura to locate the areas in the body that feel congested or depleted in energy. Through this ability to ‘sense’, healers often find their hands drawn intuitively to an affected part of the body needing treatment.
It was believed for quite a long time that the many colors emanating from the etheric were coming from the chakras. Thanks to science we now know this is wrong. There is an intimate and dynamic relationship between the etheric system and the nervous system and every single cell in the body. The body and the etheric are not separate systems. , they work simultaneously together, each affecting the other.
“as the student builds a pure physical body and a refined etheric, as he develops the emotional virtues and as he coordinates  and enlarges his mental body, he is continuously altering its rate vibration and changing its rhythm, which change demonstrates to the eye of the clairvoyant as mutation in color.” Alice Bailey
Metaphysics teaches that the aura consists of 7 interwoven rings of light, known as the subtle bodies, each revealing a different aspect of the person. The first ring reveals their state of health, the second their emotions, the third their intellectual makeup, the fourth their higher mind (imagination and intuition), the fifth their spirit, and the sixth and seventh reveal cosmic aspects. These last two are much more difficult to see on most people.
The aura overlays the etheric, which is known as the mirror image of the physical body. It is usually seen as a bluish or cloudy haze around the body. The etheric network of interlacing cords or nadis interpenetrate the physical body and vitalize it through prana. Their job is to assimilate, transmit and absorb energy from prana and radiate it out around the nerves. This web of energy is constantly flowing with information and reveals the energy and health of an individual. You could say the aura is our ‘antenna’ and is constantly at work protecting us from harm. It measures about one-half to four inches out from the body.
“In the etheric body, which is an exact replica of its denser counterpart, we have the organ of active radiatory fire, and . . . the vehicle of prana. Its function is to store up the rays of raditory light and heat which are secured from the sun, and to transmit them, via the spleen, to all parts of the physical body. . . . When the physical furnace burns brightly and when the fuel of the body (pranic rays) is adequately assimilated, the human frame will function as desired.” Alice Bailey (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 57).
For your interest….
The spleen has an important role in dispersing prana throughout the whole physical body. Prana is known as the Breath of Life. It has an intelligence all its own and begins from our first breath till the end of our life. The spleen is the main distribution center of pranic energy in your body. Physically the spleen is approximately the size of your fist and located in the upper left part of the abdomen behind the stomach. It looks dark red and feels kind of spongy. It produces and stores blood cells and filters out debris. It is part of the immune system and the largest organ composed of lymph tissue. When the body is under stress, the spleen contracts and sends more blood to the rest of the body. Or if an injury cuts an artery, the spleen will work hard to make extra blood cells to make up for the blood you lost through the wound.
Clairvoyantly/esoterically, the spleen is seen as a disc with six spokes which absorb tiny vitality globules from the atmosphere. After being drawn into the spleen, these globules are broken up into seven atoms each charged with seven types of prana. These seven types are: violet, blue, green, yellow, orange, dark red and magenta. So each of the 6 spokes of the spleen takes up a specific color. The last color magenta is actually the first of the atoms to be absorbed….its pranic energy is the life of the nervous system and the balancer of the etheric body. Beginning in the heart, this prana is absorbed by the tiny fibers that pulsate through the physical, etheric, emotional and mental subtle bodies. These ‘fibers’ are in fact made up of ‘invisible’ nerve matter.
If this subject interests you might like these books:
The Hidden Side of Things by C.W. Leadbeater
The Etheric Double by A.E. Powell
Spiritual Healing by Dora Kunz
Mind and Body by Priya D. Lal
Now that we have a better understanding about prana and colors, let’s get back to the aura…..
“The aura also absorbs energy from other energy sources around us, like sunlight and ozone, plants and other people. Many authors have suggested people can be classified by the colour of their aura. For example, blue means a highly spiritual person, trustworthy, honest, etc… Orange means an emotional type of person etc… I have found this to be very misleading. The aura is such a complex and changeable engine, it simply cannot be judged by its basic hue alone. The aura is sensitive to colour. It reacts to the colours of clothing and that of our surroundings, ie. wall colours. This explains why people have strong preferences in colour. For example: If you like Pink or Red, it means you have an active heart centre that is giving off lots of Green. Red and Pink give off different types of green that are in harmony with that aura. Colours are widely used in hospitals and institutions to calm agitated people and put them at ease. Pink is the most calming colour for this. It is the emotional colour 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, joyous moment when they bond for life, you will see this most lovely of auras, in all it’s glory. There is a whole science devoted to the use of colours. This is called Colour Healing or Colour Therapy.” Robert Bruce
Most people can be taught to see auras and usually see the etheric, closest to the body. To see the other layers, gets more difficult. As we move up through the layers, each one is twirling at different speeds. The higher up we go, the faster they spin and the more invisible they become.
But you don’t need to see all the other layers to understand the energy coming from yourself or another person. The etheric contains information you need to know to diagnose an aura pretty accurately. The problem you may encounter, that healers do, is picking up vibrations from your or a person’s clothing. This is why healers usually scan the body very slowly. With their hands, they can feel congested or depleted energy. The most common sensations felt are:- pressure, warmth, tingling, cold, or electrical feelings.
“Although color is usually thought as an absolute, it is really very subjective. Because of this variation and because the aura is continually pulsating, two people observing the same person may pick up different colors. Every emotion leaves its trace in the aura, so the colors fluctuate with your moods. Often, however, one or two colors will remain predominant. As you observe the aura for colors, allow the awareness of the color and its meaning to rise anew with each aura you observe. Here are some common color associations.
RED, energy, strength, courage
BRICK RED, anger
DEEP RED, sensuality
PINK, cheerfulness, optimism
ORANGE, joy, vitality, balance of mental and physical
YELLOW, wisdom, creativity, spiritual
GREYISH YELLOW, fear
GREEN, ingenuity, compassion growth
PALE GREEN, healing power
GREYISH GREEN pessimism, envy
BLUE, spiritual, idealistic, imaginative, intellectual
GREYISH BLUE, melancholy
ICE BLUE, intellectual
PURPLE, spiritual power
WHITE, highly spiritual (rarely seen)
BLACK, depression, death (rarely seen)
DULL BROWN, low energy,
GREY, fear, boredom, repressed anger
GOLD, pure knowing and intuition
SILVER similar to gold, very developed psychically”
~by Diane Mariechild
One of the first times I observed the aura was in an evening art class. We had a visiting artist who didn’t waste anytime in getting us started. Placed before us was watercolor paper or something similar and a set of watercolors, 7 colors in total, a child would use.
‘Breath slow and deep’ I remember her saying, ‘fill yourself as though your whole body is an empty vessel, breath again and again and allow your heart to absorb it, then send out bits of your essence in its current…now find your heartbeat…’
Then, we were each told that we had 5 or 10 minutes to paint symbols or colors that expressed our innermost feelings on the paper. For the next few seconds you could have heard a pin drop….here we were, on a Thursday night, most of us with no pep after a challenging day at work and we were to imagine and produce an artwork created from deep within? But those frustrations, feelings and emotions were exactly what the teacher wanted. She told us Soul art wasn’t just about love, laughter or joy. An artist doesn’t ignore the irritants of their day by burying them under the rug….he or she brings them out in a vivid array of an assortment of colors. ‘There are no limits to where your creation of the Self will take you’, she said. Although I don’t remember exactly as it was told, our teacher said something like ‘A negative becomes a positive when we are perceptive enough to see the wisdom of the emotion.’
Once our watercolors were setup, we had 5-10 minutes to complete our painting. With little time to think, our main guide was our intuition. Artists who painted in exact detail now had their brushes flying every which way..the flow of energy and enthusiasm was contagious….what a way to express all our different emotions. When time was up, we each took turns showing off our creation. What we noticed was that most of us only used 2-4 colors. The art teacher told us never to lose the sight, that like dreams, each persons symbols and colors expressed their true nature. I sure wish I could remember her name lol!
We weren’t to analyze or criticize each others work but to express the more positive impressions of the work. It definitely brought about an atmosphere of fun and laughter, followed by deep felt insight. It raised the energy levels of everyone in the room. It was an incredible network of energies connecting and coming together. I’m sure an inner shift occurred in many of us that night. It just may have been what stimulated me to explore self-healing and the metaphysical world.
If you’re interested, do try it! This has nothing to do whether you are an artist or not. What it will do is speak volumes about your own life experiences. Not only that it allows you to feel and express your emotions in a productive way. It also shows you how to ‘freeze frame’ an emotion and get it out of your system. And you don’t need to show it to anyone! This is your own art diary of heartfelt emotions and a valuable opportunity to deal with emotions in a healthy way. And it only takes 5 or 10 minutes of your time!! Then, the next day or the day after that, you can reflect on your painting and see what emotions it evokes. It’s fun to do with friends…..very close friends who know each other well.
TO SEE THE AURA the person you want to ‘see’ should first of all wear a neutral color and if it’s possible, have them sit close to a white or lightly colored wall or surface. The lighting shouldn’t be bright and not too dark. If you wear glasses, it might be easier to see the aura without them. Ask the person to relax by taking 3 of 4 deep breaths in and out. You shouldn’t be too close to the person, standing at least 10 or 15 feet away. When you are ready you’re going to look past the persons head and shoulder area and focus on the wall behind them. Don’t stare hard, use a soft focus. As you continue to gaze past the outline of the body you should soon be able to see the aura become visible. It will almost look like there’s a light or halo behind them. If you change your focus to see the aura itself, it will disappear, but if you go back to focusing on the wall, it will eventually reappear. It may take a few times before you see the aura, so don’t get frustrated. Then again you may see it and not believe it, feeling that it had to be an after-image or that your eyes were playing tricks on you.
Note: You can practice seeing auras on plants, animals, clothes, crystals, etc. .
The human aura, though, has a much stronger electromagnetic field…it gives off electric energy and receives magnetic energy, which is why we leave traces and imprints of ourselves everywhere we go. It’s also why certain objects in our home or jewelry worn, absorbs our energy.
Another way to practice seeing your own aura is to use a mirror. I found the bathroom mirror great for this, but don’t let that limit you. Dim the lights or whatever room you’re in, turn the light off but allow light to flow in from the next room or hallway. Look in the mirror and focus just above the hairline and shoulder area. The first thing you might see is your face or image in the mirror disappearing. This is natural. As you continue to l a kind of whitish blue outline around your head. If you can practice keeping your eyes open and gazing above your head in the mirror, you’ll eventually see other colors and shapes become visible. This may take a few tries. When you get real good at it, you can actually blink and the image will still be there.
Note: Try looking at your aura after exercising and then after sitting/relaxing and write down your perceptions.
Or try cleansing your aura, this visualization works and is simple to do….
Imagine that golden drops of rain are falling upon you. You are in a golden shower of rain. Feel these drops pass through your aura and above and around your head: feel them touch your physical hair and your head. Feel these drops pass through that part of your energy body that surrounds your shoulders, your back and your chest: feel the drops touch your physical shoulders, back and chest. Feel the golden drops pass through your energy-body at the level of your waist, your hips, your buttocks, feel them touch your physical waist, hips and buttocks. Feel the drops pass through your energy-field around your legs until they reach your feet: feel them touch your physical legs and feet. Let the golden drops run away, taking with them everything that does not belong in your energy-field.
Your auras and physical body are clean
TO SENSE AURAS work with a partner. Relax and center yourself. Stand about 5 feet away from this person and slowly walk towards them with arms extended and palms out. When you feel their aura, slowly move your hands around your partner’s body, *about an inch or so away from it. (Concentrate your energy on the center of your palms) Become aware of this person’s energy. Notice how far away from the body you can perceive his/her energy. Notice if there are any places that feel cooler or warmer than others. Often in people who don’t get much exercise the energy around their legs and feel will feel cooler or harder to detect. Notice any changes in the flow of energy. (You may notice such changes in the solar plexus area, many diseases originate here) Places that feel very warm, indicate blocked energy, as do unusually cool places. You will find that as you notice disruptions in the energy flow your partner will probably confirm them by saying something like, “Yes, I recently sprained my ankle, I just had a cold, or my back hurts.”
*Note: A very healthy and energetic aura can be felt as much as 3 feet away.
PSYCHIC SELF-DEFENCE is a form of protection when we are overwhelmed by forces or bombarded and influenced by other people’s energies, old buildings, etc.. The body’s astral field is very sensitive to thoughts and emotions. More than likely you are a ‘sensitive’ and have on occasion been affected by invisible forces in the astral realm. This can have a profound effect of flooding the mind with chaotic emotions!
Once you become aware of your own aura, you will start to notice how it responds and reacts to a home a room and even other people. Have you encountered someone whose energy felt so close you needed to take a step back or two? More than likely that was their aura intruding into your aura. We are constantly sending out waves and vibrations, some filled with love, others filled with fear, anger, excitement and so on. Imagine different auras with different thought/emotional energies all mingling together, for example on the bus or the train, going to/from work. Ever suddenly feel drained or claustrophobic?
This is an easy visualization to do when you’ve felt overcome or disrobed of your energy.
Sit in a relaxed position in a comfortable chair. Breathe slowly and deeply for a few moments, until the mind is quiet. In your mind create a curtain of blue light, beginning from the floor of your feet, all the way up to the ceiling above your head. Light up this curtain of blue with sparkling rays of silver which are bright and shiny, rather like currents of electricity flowing along a bare connection. Allow this curtain of blue light to overwhelm you. Draw it in through your nostrils and down inside yourself, until you are filled with blue.
Very slowly, change the curtain of blue light to red. Allow the red curtain to envelope you as completely as possible. Feel the warmth of the red vibrations against your skin, and see these vibrations as burning away all the negative energy in your aura. Feel the energy pulsating inside you. See yourself being completely revitalized.
Hold this image for a few moments, then gradually change the red curtain of energy to a gold curtain. Allow this to enfold you, at the same time drawing it into your very being. Become totally absorbed by the golden light. Hold it for a few moments, then very slowly allow the whole exercise to fade.
Relax in your chair for a few minutes.
You may or may not feel immediate results but you will as time passes. It has a remarkable effect on one’s aura, making it appear more vibrant and clear. You could definitely try it and then look at your aura in the mirror. This really is an exercise about getting rid of psychic garbage and a buildup of emotion/thought forces.
And last but not least you could try the “Auric Egg”, it’s quite good too.
First of all, pick a color you feel is powerful enough to give you spiritual protection. It should of course be one with which you feel very comfortable with. Then create an auric egg of color around yourself.
See yourself objectively at first, sitting completely surround by the color of your choice. Then, very slowly allow the color to obliterate you completely, until you can only see the colored egg before you. At this point feel yourself inside the egg, surrounded by the beautiful color. Make it a strong egg, with plenty of movement in the color. Allow the energy to infuse you with vitality, to the extend that you can feel yourself almost vibrate.Continue this visualization for 10 minutes if you can. This is easy enough to do everyday.
The human aura http://www.spiritdove.com/a_auras.htm
What color is your aura http://www.blogthings.com/whatcolorisyourauraquiz/
Dowsing rods and the aura http://gerberink.hubpages.com/hub/Locating-Auras-with-Dowsing-Rods
Kirlian Photography http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDOi1BLoN3U