It has been my feeling that when you can learn to use your inner senses that it helps to reveal to you an aspect of the world and of yourself that helps brings wonder and understanding to you. Not long ago I was talking with my daughter, who for years had been told by her mother that her Dad was off his rocker when it came to my experiences in my inner life. So I said to her that I could show her how to read auras. I’d give her the master class over the summer so she could judge on her own just whose rocker belonged to who. Its okay to be a skeptic. In fact, its really important that you question the world around you, including claims about psi ability. However, when you are faced with an ability like reading the aura, a whole new wrinkle in how you may have thought the world works opens up. And it is in this new view into the world that its important to test your abilities to make sure that YOU are comfortable with what it is that you think you are seeing or picking up on.
Let me explain what I mean. When I first began seeing auras, I was lucky that I had a few friends who also were able to see them. I utilized one friend’s ability as a type of “control” over about a year period as I tested what it was that I was seeing with my “new vision.” We developed a kind of code that we used whenever we were out and about and I wanted to test what it was that I was seeing in the moment. The code would be “What about that guy [pointing] up ahead in the fedora hat?” for example. She would then tune in and tell me what she saw. The method was that I never revealed to her what it was I was seeing, I just wanted her to tune into a given person to test what it was I was seeing. This was how I conducted a lot of my tests. However, I also did other types of tests, too.
On the first day that I began to see auras, I was in a college classroom. I had read about auras and had even known someone the previous summer who could see them, and I was fascinated with the idea that people could do this, so I learned a few things about it before I had begun to see them. When I realized I was likely seeing them, I noticed some things right away that I remembered from my reading in a book about them. While I was seeing this guy’s aura in class I noticed that he had these orange-yellow spires coming off his shoulders. Everyone else’s aura was uniform around their bodies. I surmized that this may have been the presence of pain in his physical body for some reason. My classmate did not show outward signs of this pain, he just sat there in class like the rest of us. Because he was someone from my dorm who lived on my floor, I walked up to him after class was through and said hello and clasped his shoulder gently in my welcome. He winced and I pulled back asking if he was alright. He explained that he had been lifting weights the previous evening with friends at the gym and had overdone it. His shoulders hurt! “Huh” I thought. I filed this bit of information away for later.
Over the following year I did countless “tests” like these, asking friends about what it was that I say in their energy field after I had seen evidence of something there previously. I was able to build a rather large bank of information about the nature of the human energy field as a result of this that helped me to understand what I was seeing and also, perhaps more importantly, to show to myself and anyone else, that what I was seeing was beyond ordinary physical perception.
I will tell you that one of the last times that I actively read an aura was when I had the occasion to see Jane Goodall speak at a local school a few years ago. We were in fairly close quarters in a small auditorium and found that I was seeing her energy. For years I have not actively tuned in to energy in this way, but when I began seeing the flashes, I thought what the heck….and as I did, I was able to see something that I had seen on a few occasions, which was that I could detect the thought forms occurring in her mind moments before she would talk about them. This was the interesting part because I was able to anticipate something she was going to say before she said it. Thought forms are created in the mind as the mind is thinking about a memory or is somehow creating an image in their minds and this can sometimes be detected in the aura. For years I had never seen such a thing, even though I had read about this in the book Hands of Light by Barbara Brennan. So As I looked at her, I noticed that I was seeing a hunched form that had a distinctive loping kind of gate, and at the time Goodall was talking about a chimp that was hooting because she knew that another chimp was on its way. She described the way that I saw the form seconds before she mentioned it as it moved just as she described. These appeared not as solid objects, but were more like vapor-like forms, like a smudge on a window….ghostly in a way, but clearly present in yet another.
So having said this, I encourage you to test what it is you see. I also encourage you to learn how to relate, just as I did, to the colors and what they mean. There are lots of simple and straight-forward charts on the colors and their meanings. I have noted that in my experience that most of them are accurate for the most part. However, I have noticed that some colors are different for me than they are in the charts. And why? The reason is, I observe, as a result of my own feelings about these colors. In my last installment in this two-part series I explained that auras really can’t be detected by the physical eye, but that, rather, they are the result of a rather miraculous facility the brain has, apparently, for being able to take nonphysical sensory data (psi data) and translate it into usable “physical sensory” information. This is the root of what happens with all psi abilities I have noticed. Years ago I once interviewed a physiological psychologist who teaches and does research in this area and I asked him if the brain received signals that do not come from the physical senses, will it ever put that data into a sensory slot to make it seem as though it is coming from one of the senses? “Oh yes, most certainly!” was his reply. However, even though this all sounds like one big trick of the brain, it is based in real phenomenon that is being picked up on. Sadly, it is not something that scientists have troubled themselves with looking into all that much. It has been considered a fringe subject, and no one wants that label, apparently.
Red is most often equated with passion, love, and anger. In my experience I hardly ever see red in people because I have a problem believing that anger and love can be described by the same color. Instead, love often comes through as an intensity of a lighter more spiritual color (for me).
Orange- has always been related to anguish and sadness, as well as subsumed anger. I have only seen orange on two occasions. One person had been in a bad fight with his son an hour before and the other person was recounting their experience in a Nazi death camp. I have seen orange as physical pain, but most often it is only a tinge of it. Your results may vary.
Yellow – this color has always represented what I call the middle of the road type of energy. It is often detected in auras as a very common color for many people. it has a relationship to mental energy and being in the head. This tends toward positive energy and is a vibrant color that can be deep or light depending on the concentration and focus within that range.
Green – this has always had a double meaning and is at once spiritual and rooted in the here and now, for the most part, which also makes it a healing energy.
Blue – a spiritual color. This often relates to a strong commitment to what you are doing, that you feel your work or your state of being is tied directly into a purpose.
Violet – this color is likewise spiritual, but with a strong influence of the intuitive. Often people with this color will exhibit strong psychic abilities.
With the colors in hand, there are a number of different wrinkles that add an incredible amount of variation into the mix. First, there is the intensity of the color, which I would call brightness. This is how powerfully focused a person is. Sometimes a strong color will mean a person is really focused in what the color means, but this can also mean that the person’s energy is simply very strong. You can detect which is which by observing the person and how they speak to determine which this likely is. I have seen some people whose colors are amazingly light….like a very very faint ice-blue, for example, without a lot of saturation (concentration of color). Often, this can reveal that the thoughts and feelings are not well focused. In some cases, it can reveal an other-worldy kind of focus. How the person is expressing themselves verbally will most often tell the tale if you listen long enough.
Another wrinkle is the size of the aura. For some people, the inner aura can be very compact and located close to the body. This often is a strong local focus in the self and the body. In some cases, the aura can be very large, in which case the person has not only a lot of energy, but a strong sense of presence. This type of person is NOT a wallflower (usually). Now having said that, you can get someone with a very strong aura like this who is very quiet. Now what do you think that means
The other wrinkle is how the aura will shift and change from moment to moment. Does a person’s color change on a dime, or does it stay constant? This says a lot about a person.
Some are like rocks while some are like kaleidoscopes.
In the image below, Ganesh is shown with the nimbus or aura around his head. This image comes very close to how the part of the aura appears that is closest to the body. There is normally lighter misty color that then surrounds the body, extending outward to about three to four feet.
The other wrinkle are what I call localized effects that can be striations in the aura such as intense beams of light in certain parts of the aura as well as little bursts of light that look almost like stars. These bursts behave a lot like little crystalized nodules of light that fly off from the aura or float for a few brief seconds before dissipating. These are, I observe, the result of intense thought and feeling, and can be determined which they are based on the colors they are associated with and what parts of the body they are coming from (feeling may be more in the body while thinking may be nearer to the head for example).
The aura, contrary to the chart above, is not seen as a rainbow. The “rainbow body” is usually only detected in people who have released a lot of suppressed emotional energy. The aura is lighter than depicted above. If I saw an aura as depicted in the image to the right, I would expect mental illness or physical illness.
Yet ANOTHER wrinkle are auras that are divided into multiple color zones. One side of the body can have one color while the other side has yet another. Not always, but often I have noted that when this happens, the person is feeling out of balance somehow. this shows up as one side being one color and the other being another color. In other cases I have seen much more localized areas that go from one color to another. In this case, thought and emotional energy, as well as physical energy is swirling and changing.
Taking all of this in as a whole while looking at the aura will provide you with a pretty broad world of possibility in what an aura can communicate. Auras are highly personal in how they are from person to person, and this is important to note as you look at people. I knew one person who never deviated from the base-line color that he had around his body the whole time I knew him except for one instance. And having said this, I have seen people whose “baseline” is to be a world of swirling changing energy.
I once had a teacher whose aura would do this really wild thing, which was so very much about who he was. I never saw it in quite the same way with anyone else. His aura was like a capacitor. Do you know what a capacitor is in electronics? Well, if you don’t, a capacitor will draw energy, store it, and then release it suddenly after a given amount of time. My teacher would have this aura that would grow in size in a sphere shape and then it would build in brilliance for a few seconds and then as he would say something, a thought in his head seconds before, his aura would flash brightly, after which it would then dim down until he got to his next idea. What he was doing, I realized, was the WAY that he experienced his thoughts, which was like a flash of realization….moment to moment, though. He was the kind of person who didn’t always know what he was going to say next, and was always in that moment of working it through mentally, and the moment that he realized HOW he was going to say what he was going to say, there would come this flash! It was at first disconcerting to see, but I came to realize that this was a peculiarity with how his own thinking went.
Now I have also seen similar flashes, many actually, in the aura, and they are often associated with a person thinking and then figuring out what they are about to say next, so this type of flashing can, in my own experience, be tied to seeing a person’s thought process unfold before me. In fact, it is phenomenon like this that has helped me to understand how some people think and how they link language with the thoughts that they are thinking. People who are very visual will often wind up with images passing through the aura almost like a kind of etheric television displaying their thoughts in a ghost-like form. If you watch, you will often see that the flash comes just before the words come out. In this way you can see how the aura will show you how the person is handling their thoughts, the character of how they think or process information.
Now occasionally, and only on a few cases have I seen dark colored auras. This has been very rare. However, in one case, I saw a man who had a dark aura with very strange color patterns in it. Instead of the colors being bright and light, they were…metallic in character. I learned later that this person was on anti-psychotic medication for some issues he had with mental illness. I was lucky in this case because I knew to steer clear of him based on what I had seen.
The aura can change throughout the body, from head to toe. When this happens, you have to be able to intuit what the reasoning is for this. Is it because of a weakness in one part of the physical body? Subsumed emotion? Perhaps blocked prana flow? Any of these and more might be the culprit, so it is important to continue to view in order to tease out the reason behind what it is that you are seeing. Being able to determine what “body” the energy is from is a studied ability. This is not always easy to do, and it is best that you allow your own intuition and experience rule the day.
There are about five different bodies that are expressed in the aura. This is interesting because the Hindu describe five “koshas” a term that means sheath or layer, which means that they conceptualize all of our different aspects as layers or dimensional aspects in the energy body and consciousness and it shows up as these five layers. In fact each chakra has five dimensional aspects that correspond to each of them. Okay, so the layers and what they are….
These five layers are the (1) emotional body, the (2) mental body, the (3) physical body, the (4) astral/soul body, and the (5) pranic or energy body itself. All these energies go to form a matrix that make up who you are at any given moment. Most often I have found that the energy that is tightly focused to the body IS connected to the physical body. Again, you have to watch and observe, because sometimes this is not always the case! Sometimes when ideas or feeling are very pressing in the moment, I have seen this energy come to the fore and express itself close to the body when it most often plays through the aura more from a distance from the physical body itself. I know that this all may sound dizzyingly complex, but in time you WILL be able to intuitively tease out which is which. Experience will also be your guide in the same way that it was for me, but its good to take mental notes and then to also ask questions of your subject. I recommend having numerous people who would like their aura to be read by you in exchange for communicating to you what it is that they are feeling so that you can learn to calibrate what it is you are seeing with what the person is revealing. Remember; you are actually feeling all of this deeper down, so if you can learn to forge a good relationship with the part of you that feels (this is not to be confused with emotion….this is your inner sensitivity, which is a different thing).
Still yet another wrinkle in this is how far out you can detect the aura. How far can you see outward from the aura? In the beginning you might only see energy close to the body. In time, though, you may learn to see further and further away from the body. This tends to get into the subtle or astral body and leads into issues connected to the soul. The more accute your sensing becomes, the further outward you will most often be able to see. Also, there are some people whose energy goes beyond ones ability to even see. Many years ago, about the first year I was seeing auras, I had the opportunity to see a native American healer speak at a nearby college. My friend and I went to see him and we both “tuned in” to see what his energy looked like. And we both saw the strangest thing; he had no color at all! In fact, his energy was more like non-colored lines of force that I had seen in natural objects, but not in people. Not only this, but his energy would build and then it would drop back….it was doing this pulsing thing the whole time he was speaking. It was as though he was a channel for some energy that was itself on the very edge of our ability to detect. This man had been involved in some important healing work and was able to draw physical sickness out of a person in a way that appeared rather miraculous to us at the time.
It is possible that when you first start seeing the aura that you do not detect color. This sometimes is the case for some people. In this case, I think it is instructive to allow yourself to open up more to let the color in. I know how this sounds, but you are not dealing with something thought-based but something that is all about feeling….and you most certainly can and do feel auras first and foremost. As you look at the aura ask yourself where is the color? Ask yourself to show the color and then wait. Keep looking, keep observing, and be patient. The matter is one of tuning in.
If you are unable to see the aura well using the methods I showed you in the first installment, I will tell you about how I first began to see auras, because I think it is helpful in understanding just how much this does not have to do with what you think or anything in your head.
I was late for class. I had been working in my room and I had to sprint clear across campus to get to class before the bell tolled and I was late. My teacher had always said that if you are late, don’t bother coming. He often dismissed students who came in only a minute late to class. So I was chugging away and running as fast as I could. I sped past the dorms and then the library and then the chapel. I was about ready to feel like I was going to faint when I rounded the steps up to the Art building. I felt like I was being deprived of oxygen. Everything I was doing was focused on getting enough oxygen back into my body so I could walk into the classroom. I made it to class on time and as I walked up the steps, I breathed very deeply so I would not be huffing and puffing in class. What happened during this experience was I was suddenly focused in my body, not in my head. A shift had happened. It was just enough to bring energy into focus for the first time. And that was it: I was using my body, not my mind, to FEEL this energy. And what I know is that when I tune into auras, I feel as though my whole body, my own energy body, is actually the thing that is picking this all up. I have often felt as though I had this satellite dish in my solar plexus that picks all of this up. “What does your gut say?” is an apt term to use here. The idea is that we do not use our minds, we are using the whole of our own energy field to detect other fields like our own around us.
Now I tell you this story partly because it could help you in developing another way to see auras that is based in the mechanics of seeing. Maybe you might want to work out with some heavy cardio and then see what you see. Get out of your head and get into your body. FEEL. The other reason I am telling you this is because I told a friend of mine about my aura experience and about a year later he told me the story of a friend of his who also started to see auras and she had told him that she had been running across campus, too. However, my friend was at a school in Virginia while I was at a school in another state. There was NO WAY for the woman who started seeing them to have known about my story at all. I think we both hit upon the same trigger, which is strong exercise to root you in the awareness of the body. The level of exertion I had was such that I was breathing heavily and I felt as though my heart beat was pounding in my chest, the whole of my body, and also my eyes. I was completely focused in my body. So there is that important bit of information for you!
Walter Kilner wrote a book entitled The Human Aura. It is available from Amazon and while it is not a psychic review of the aura, but rather one that involved the use of sensitizing screens made up of cyanin for seeing the aura, a lot of the shapes and issues he saw while doing his work as a doctor is accurate for anyone who wants more insight. he method that Kilner used was to, perhaps, extend his visual acuity into the range where auras begin to be seen through a sensitizing process. I suspect that some of Kilner’s observations may have also been of a psi nature mixed with his screen method. Its an older book, perhaps from the 40’s or so, but is relevant for anyone who wants to know more. There is not a huge amount of information out there on this aside from the now-popular aura photography (which I can’t speak to since I am not familiar enough with it—it may be accurate but it appears to use a different method with different results that are at variance with the color schemes I see naturally).
Djwal Kuhl, who, as I recall, was the name of an ascended master who channeled the book some years ago has a book about the aura also. My memory is that it is less about mechanics and more about issues related to clearing ones own aura and doing spiritual work (which may in fact be helpful).
The benefit of using your inner sensing to see auras is that in healing work you can keep some energies from becoming entangled in your own. However, when doing healing work, it is important to realize that the healer should themselves be healed before embarking on healing work or else the imprint of healer or patient can be made. This is where the healer must work carefully and consciously. if you have an issue that you have not healed, you will often find that you have patients who come to you with the same issue or a related issue. These will also change as you do healing work. This is based on discussions I have had with other healers. The law of attraction at work. So it is helpful to get as clear as you can to be as helpful wen working with energy healing. The more healed you are, the more neutral you will be and the more effective you will be.
One thing that is possible is that you can detect illness before it manifests in the body. You can see conditioned that involved blocked energy that if you do healing work, you can more directly address quickly by looking at the aura. I once knew a doctor who used his ability to see the aura as a prelude to his own exam of his patients. He never let them know that he saw the aura, but it helped him to more clearly understand the root of the problem. Unfortunately, in our present day, we think that the answer often lies in popping a pill. The benefit for seeing energy is that sometimes when it comes to physical problems you can often detect that the problem where the person is identifying as the point of trouble or pain is actually located in another part of the body and that this is creating a “cascade” of other symptoms. This can often happen with the spine and legs. Pain in the lower back can sometimes show up in the knees or feet, or even in the shoulders depending on the type of imbalance. Knowing this can clue you in much more quickly than a “hunt and peck” method.
As I sit here, I am laying back and looking at the energy in my hands and I realize that my own aura has changed over time. I see now how there is a rainbow of colors that come out of my fingertips and that this relates to something having to do with the flow of prana in my body. I see how two of my fingers are more strongly charged with energy and that these fingers also correspond, interestingly, with the active fingers with meridian lines as described in Chinese medicine, for example. I also see how an emotional issue has effected one side of my body today and it has not yet cleared up in my right hand. As a result, I focus energy into that part of my body in order to clear up the blocked energy which is just my holding back some emotion. As I do a simple breathing exercise I can see how the energy comes back into my body since breathing always helps me to ground myself in the body as well as relax me. As I do this, I see how on one side of the opposite hand, there is a strong glow of violet color, which shows that I am tapping into my own intuitive power and my inner senses. My physical health is excellent as the brilliance of my energy shows. My color is a changing force-field that adapts to the needs of the moment. Perfect.
The aura is often described as electromagnetic in nature. I think that it is certainly this as we have a low level of electricity flowing through us all the time. But prana is a still-finer energy vibration that electricity, and it is this finer energy that shows up along with the field of physical energy. Prana is itself the energy that records and shows all other energies. I say this because I observe that it is through prana that all other energies get recorded into the vast field of energy that exists all around us and the planet at any given time.
Beyond this is also energies in nature, in plants and animals and in objects. Sometimes we leave some of our energy behind us in things. Some years ago I saw the most amazing thing happening with a tree in my yard. This took place at night and I had never seen anything like this before, which was that I saw thousands of very fine points of light that were flowing out of the tree and into the night air. As I watched this I asked myself what on earth this was. The simple answer was that the tree was “breathing” out energy that it built up during the day and needed to release at night. I had simply never been able to detect this type of energy before. I had seen fields around trees and animals, but nothing like this before. The whole earth itself is a living biosphere full of all kinds of energy. We all exist like fish exist in a sea. We share it together. We feel it all together, even when we are unaware or focused in other directions. Sometimes, when you become adept at picking up on energy in this way, open your mind to the world mind, to the body of the world and feel into that rich sphere of awareness and see what there is for you to see and know. This is YOUR Gaia. This is your cradle of life. What does it mean for you? What does its energy tell you beyond the mirror of your own thoughts?
Seeing the aura can provide you with a wealth of information that can help you a lot in your life. You can detect emotional and mental issues pretty quickly in the aura. It can give you perspective and it can help you a lot in your own inner work by showing you that yes, we are multidimensional beings and yes, energy is a real thing. It can bring new perspective and it can inoculate you against the ignorance of a strict physicaly-oriented view of the world.