What is an AURA? Every thing has an aura. Humans, animals, minerals, plants and the Earth all have their own aura. Webster Dictionary defines aura as “a distinctive atmosphere surrounding a given source” “an luminous radiation." You the “given source" and the luminous radiation being your aura. Much has been written about the energy of living things but there is little scientific evidence. The energy field surrounding living things is difficult or impossible to measure using current scientific techniques. However, science and spirituality are on a convergent course. Eventually, we will have instruments that can reflect an individual's state of balance. When we turn the corner from science, we must consider the universal characteristics of energy. Quantum physics states that energy and matter are interchangeable. In a similar fashion, each human is composed of the divine energy of the Soul in the form of body, thought, and spirit. Energy does not emanate or reflect from a person; the energy is the person, the core. This understanding is fundamental to maintaining your energy field and body in harmony. Since the body is a manifestation of human energy, dis-harmony in the energy field will cause dis-ease in the body. If the human energy field is out of balance, the body will be out of balance.
EDGAR CASEY: (from his book on Auras) Where do the colors come from, and what makes them shift and change? Well, color seems to be a characteristic of the vibration of matter, and our souls seem to reflect it in this three-dimensional world through atomic patterns. We are patterns, and we project colors, which are there for those who can see them. An aura is an effect not a cause. Every atom, every molecule, every group of atoms and molecules however, simple or complex, however large or small tells the story of itself, its pattern, it’s purpose, through the vibrations which emanate from it. Colors are the perceptions of these vibrations by the human eye. As the souls of individuals travel through the realms of being they shift and change their patterns as they use or abuse the opportunities presented to them. Thus at any time, in any world, a soul will give off through vibrations the story of itself and the condition in which it now exists.
ROSALYN BRUYERE: (web site) The human aura is a known, seeable, measurable energy field, and when you start to deal with it as a reality, you start to understand it. It's not outside your body, it interpenetrates your body. It's made up, probably, of ions, which are the outer bonds of molecules. Therefore, it can penetrate tissue, and therefore, for instance, magnetic fields around us affect our health, our moods, our way of being. And other people affect us through the aura and thus affect our health — in as much as our health is our inner aura.
JOE H SLATE, PH.D.: (from his book Aura Energy) The study of the human aura and its empowerment relevance is at the cutting edge of psychic science today. More than any other single human trait, the aura manifests the sum and substance of our existence as an endless life force in the universe. As a developmental phenomenon, it provides a visible continuum of our evolution from our earliest beginning. It is an extension of our higher self, and a manifestation of the cosmic nature of our being. It is the antennae of consciousness, a treasure-trove of knowledge, and a repository of limitless growth possibilities. It is a spectacular garment of resplendent beauty that neither fades with age nor unravels with ware. Its radiance surpasses the brightest works of nature. It has been described by some as the light of God shining out from within us.
DR BARBARA BRENNAN: Do you notice that you are immediately comfortable with some people that you meet and like them instantly, and there are others you are not comfortable with? Did you notice that you get tired when spending time with some people, and with others you get energized? Do you get the strong urge to touch someone in pain, or even put your hands on someone's injury, and have trouble holding yourself back? All of these sensations are reactions to information coming to us from another person's aura. The aura, a field of energy that surrounds each of us, is a distilled reflection of everything we think, feel and are. Without making an effort to perceive someone's aura, we can still receive quite a bit of data from its "vibes." But when we make a conscious effort to read an aura, it can tell us volumes about someone: how his/her past has affected him/her, what he/she wants most out of life, how healthy he/she is, how happy he/she is and what his/her problems and strengths are. Most of us think of an aura as being colored light around the body, something mysterious that only psychics can see. In fact, anyone can perceive an aura, and it's not just something we can see, but also feel, and sometimes even hear, smell or taste!
DR DOUGLAS BAKER: (from his book The Human Aura) The aura is an energy unit made up of very refined matter and it forms a sort of cloud or nimbus shaped something like a large globule or egg interpenetrating our bodies. It arises through pressure exerted in form in all of its myriad expressions on the many planes of substance, ranging from the positive or spiritual to the negative or material. We walk around with it, sleep with it, and are sustained by it. It has a north pole which is almost coincidental with the vertex of the skull and into which there pours the life force in great quantities. We call this the vortex of the auric egg. There is a south pole too, which begins in the aura about the site of the sacrum bone at the base of the spine and continues downwards to its termination through the soles of the feet. This exit for energy from the aura is called the torrent. In primitive man the auric egg is accentuated around the lower hemisphere and in the spiritually advanced it is emphasized in the upper hemisphere. It constantly pulsates in a sort of breathing motion and is, indeed, related to the breathing mechanisms. Each intake of air swells the aura with energy called prana. Energy may enter the aura not only through the vortex but directly from all parts of its periphery. There are several additional sites of entry at the neck just below the lobes of the ears, over the region of the spleen, and through the palms of the hands. The major port of entry for the prana is through the air we breathe. It should never be forgotten that this entry is under our control and can be enhanced through practicing rhythmic breathing which can be made to coincide with the natural pulsations of the aura – The aura becomes positive and outgoing when we breath out the negative and absorptive when we are breathing in.
TED ANDREWS: (from his book How to see & read the Aura) Although defined in many ways, the aura is the energy field that surrounds all matter. Anything that has an atomic structure will have an aura, an energy field that surrounds it. Every atom of every substance is comprised of electrons and photons that are in constant movement. These electrons and protons are electrical and magnetic energy vibrations. The atoms of animate matter life are more active and vibrant than those of inanimate matter. Thus the energy fields of trees, plants. Animals and people are most easily detected and experienced.
THE SEVEN LAYERS OF THE HUMAN AURA In the Human being there are seven bodies as follows: the physical body plus six subtle bodies which surround the physical expression.
Physical Body is the most dense of all the auric emanations. We see the Physical aura as the Etheric Body or Etheric Double, which is an exact duplicate of the Physical form and indicates the person's health aspect.
Etheric Double penetrates the Physical Body's organs, nerves, bones, glands, etc. and extends 3 to 6 inches past the physical form. This Etheric emanation registers the person's sensations. One of the interesting things about the Etheric Body is, if a person has lost a limb or an eye, it still exists in the Etheric form and still resonates with the Physical Body. The person may still "feel" the missing limb and is still able to sense the missing eye. You might even be able to "see" the missing limb or eye as you read the aura.
Astral Body extends about 3 to 5 feet from the physical form and expands or contracts according to the person's moods, feelings, and whether one is alone or in a crowd. (This body usually contracts when the person is in a crowded area.) This is the body which expresses "I saw red", for instance, "or I am green with envy."
Mental Body is the next layer of the aura. It is typically one of two colors: blue or yellow. Blue symbolizes the dreamer, the philosophical person, while yellow expresses the planner, the practical person. The Mental Body blends with the Astral Body and extends 3 to 4 feet past the Astral Body. The fullness of that aura emanation has to do with the extent of development of the sense of self and how set one's opinions are. The Mental Body expands and contracts as well, but not as much as the Emotional Body.
Causal Body shows the "cause and effect" of why one is in embodiment and what one still needs to learn within the pattern of one's humanness. In it are stored imprints of the past of this life and past lives. These imprints can be observed as colors, but usually when a person focuses on the colors, one can see images and memories. One can also see the connection with other people and how deeply the connection is.
Spiritual Body contains the patterns for the person's highest potential as a soul. Its colors are pastel and refined, so that they are only discernible as light. When the Spiritual Body is observed during meditation, instead of color, one can typically see guides, guardians, angels, or the Higher Self. The Spiritual Body merges with the other planes of existence, such as the heavens.
Divine Body is the last distinguishable layer of the aura. It is usually expressed as Light. When focused on, one begins to have a feeling of Oneness with all things.
In the book by Cyndi Dale “New Chakra Healing” (I highly recommend that you read this book which is available for purchase from amazon.com) She talks extensively about the human aura. Below is a chart from her book showing 9 layers of the human auric field. Here is a description of these two additional layers.
8th layer – which relates to the 8th Chakra concerns itself with past, present, and future time in all our experiences within time. This energy field connects in through the top of our head, then spreads around our body, attaching to the primary and secondary charkas, front and back. It keeps us plugged into the moment and provides the present time with a context. It appears as a lattice work of moon-colored strands backed by a void or black energy. This layer pertains to our White Zone Memory, and area or state in which we exsist just prior to entering a lifetime.
9th layer – relating to the 9th Chakra . It occupies a very small, almost nonexistent, space on the physical plane. She sees it as almost a pinprick located above the head. It need not occupy much space because it operates under the laws of limitlessness and abundance and can motivate energy to move beyond the speed of light. It is said to relate to who we are beyond this lifetime. Miraculous healings can be delivered through this auric layer.
THE COLORS OF THE HUMAN AURA
Clothing worn while viewing an aura can distort what is seen. The best place to look at the human aura is in the shoulder. neck and head area. The aura is more intense there and may not be obstructed by clothing as much.
Auric colors are similar in appearance to after images. After-images are generated by staring - for twenty seconds or so - at a brightly illuminated color, and then quickly closing your eyes, or looking away.
It is commonly thought that after-images are generated by color depletion, of the rods and cones in the eyes, caused by staring at one color for too long. This generates the reverse, or negative color, of that color. An after-image stays in sight until this color depletion is corrected, and the eyes return to normal.
Auars are not After Images as they are seen differently. After-images are generated by staring for a long time at a colored object - for twenty of thirty seconds, or more. This is the difference. When auric sight is more advanced, the aura of a color can be seen clearly, almost the instant a colored object is glanced at with auric sight. No prolonged staring is required to produce an aura.
A Brief look at the meaning of colors in the aura. Different shades of these colors have different meaning – below is a general description when seeing a clear bright color.
The basic meanings of the individual colors are well known - as above. The human aura is so complex and changeable, it just cannot be classified in such a simple way. There are many hues of the same color that have different meaning. A clear bright red can mean physical vitality where if it is a dark muddy red it can mean anger.
For example: if a person, with a predominantly blue aura, is experiencing an emotional crisis, their aura will be flooded with large patches of orange. This is a temporary state only, and once the crisis is resolved, their aura will revert to its natural blue. There are so many things that can temporarily change the appearance of an aura - sometimes just for an hour or more. Devotional worship, for example, generates high minded feelings and deep spiritual love. An unstable, emotional, dominant and violent person, who's aura is, say, naturally red and orange, with streaks of black in it - can generate higher spiritual colors, during worship. These will temporarily flood their aura, giving them the appearance (to auric sight) of being a very spiritual person - but hiding their "true colors" and hence, their true nature. Muddy colors express uncertainty and unhealthy attitudes and feelings. Scattered auras express laziness and inability to focus. Here are a few other color variations.
LEARNING TO SEE AURAS
First of all, you must know that yes, you to can see auras. The human eye is quite capable with some exercise and training. The brain filters everything we see so we must reprogram ours minds to let the subtle energies be seen. You can train your eyes to take in and translate more of the light spectrum. To understand how this works, you must understand how the eyes work, particularly those portions of the eye known as the pupil, iris & retina. The pupil is a small opening that allows light to enter. It looks black for the same reason that a distant house window looks black. The interior is not as brightly lit as the outside. The pupil of your eye can be adjusted to let in more or less light. The iris muscle of the eye, adjusts to let more or less light in through the pupil. This light passes through the lens and stimulates the retina. Inside the retina are sensitive nerve fibers called cones and rods. When the cones and rods are stimulated, chemicals are released which help you to detect and register light of various colors and intensity. There are exercises that can help you stimulate brighter color vision and increase perception.
The pupil becomes smaller in bright light and larger in dim light. The iris opens and closes the pupil. The iris is a
muscle which controls the amount of light entering the pupil. As light is allowed in by the movement of the iris, it passes
through the lens and acts upon the retina. The retina is the truly light –sensitive portion of the eye. It contains nerve
cells called cones and rods which serve to detect specific colors and intensities of
Light. When the cones and rods are stimulated, a chemical is released which helps translate that stimulation into specific
colors and light intensities within the brain. Signals are then transmitted through the optic nerve to the brain, and you
are able to register what you have seen. The more strongly the rods and cones are stimulated the more subtle light
emanations you can detect. By strengthing the muscles of the eyes you can achieve more control over your vision that
you may have ever though possible.
The Auras Of Colours
Here is one helpful exercise to develop your ability to see auras.
Get a book and cover it with a bright primary color and place it a foot of so in front of a white wall. Do not place it in such a manner as that it produces a shadow. A soft light from behind, off to the left or right side of you and sit back away form the book about 5 to 8 feet. The auras of the colors blue and red are the brightest and easiest to see.
Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and relax. When you are calm, look at the book. Focus your eyes on nothing,
a little to the side and past it. Gently hold and get used to that focus but don't strain your eyes or tense your eyes
or forehead. Concentrate! you need a gentle, steady un-focus, similar to day-dreaming.
When you need to blink, do so, or it will cause your eyes to tense and water. Blink normally and quickly without
changing focus, and do not become preoccupied with it. It may cause the aura to disappear for a second, but it will
reappear quickly if you stay relaxed and hold your focus.
After a while you will see a pale narrow aura coming from the book. Hold the focus, don't look AT it, soon a bright
Yellow or Green aura will start building up from the object. Don't change focus or look directly at it or the aura
There is a reason for this strange un-focus. Your outer field of vision is many times more sensitive 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
may have seen is an aura building up from something and your outer field of vision has detected it.
Once you have completed the first step, gather several books and cover them, each with a different colored paper. Study
these one at a time and write down the auric color for it. Next try using two at a time, and watch how the auric colors
affect each other.
Get a pot plant or some flowers and study it. The aura you will see emanates from the living plant and also from the
colors of the petals. The Orange hue comes from the green of the stems and leaves. You will also see a more distinct
etheric and a shimmering optical effect around them. This shimmering is the energy field or living aura of the plant.
For the next step use an animal, dog or cat etc, if you have one. Try and observe them when they are resting.
Observe your own aura. This can be done both inside and outside in the sun. Hold your arm out and study it against
the sky or clouds. Alternatively, lie down and look at your legs. Make sure the skin is bare when you do this, and
remember, grass will give off an Orange hue.
When you feel proficient enough, try it with a human subject. Just remember not to try too hard. Do it exactly the
same as in the original exercise with the book. Get your volunteer to remove some of their clothing and study the
bare skin area against a neutral background.
On a human subject, again, the first thing you will see is the etheric aura, like pale smoke clinging to the skin.
Next you will see the shimmering optical effect in the air extending from several inches to a couple of feet deep,
depending on the strength of their aura. Keep trying and the aura's color will build up, and out from, the etheric.
It will first appear as a narrow band of color next to the etheric. This will expand slowly, if you hold your focus,
until it is several inches or more thick.