Intro to Auras
Are there times when you feel uncomfortable in crowded places? Are there moments when you feel as if your space is being invaded? Some people can only come so close to you. This is a reaction triggered by your aura. It's possible that someone else's aura is intruding upon yours. At times, you feel uneasy in the presence of a certain person. When you enter a room, you have this sense that something is wrong. The human aura is a strong electro-magnetic field. We give off electrical energy and absorb magnetic one.
In Yoga, this field is called Pranamaya kosha, the energy body or electrical body. It is considered the second body, the first body being the physical body, also called the "food body" (anamaya kosha in sanskrit).
« This second body is more subtle than the first, and people who start moving from the first body to the second become fields of energy, tremendously attractive, magnetic, hypnotic. If you go near them, you will feel vitalized, charged. If you go near a man who lives only in his food body, you will be depleted – he will suck you. Many times you come across people and you feel that they suck you. After they have left, you feel depleted, dissipated, as if somebody has exploited your energy. The first body is a sucker, and the first body is very gross. So if you live too much with first body-oriented people, you will always feel burdened, tense, bored, sleepy, with no energy, always at the point of the lowest rung of your energy ; you will not have any amount of energy which can be used for higher growth. The anamay kosh-oriented person lives for food. He eats and eats and eats, and that is his whole life. He remains, in a way, childish. […] The second body, pranamay kosh, gives you a new freedom, gives you more space. The second body is bigger than the first ; it is not confined to your physical body. It is inside the physical body and it is also outside the physical body ; it surrounds you like a subtle climate, an aura of energy » (Osho, Yoga the path to liberation).
You can feel this energy force in a room full of people, where varying energies, positive and negative, are being interchanged. The aura is an extension of our energies, be it strong or weak, fair or otherwise, light and bright or dull and dense. It is a band of energy that surrounds us, a life energy that can be sensed around every living thing, plants, trees, animals, birds and people.
There are seven layers of aura, but the most accessible to the human perception are the first three layers surrounding the human body. Auras can be seen with the eyes wide open or it can also be seen psychically with the eyes closed.
Aura Color Meanings
Colors are an important aspect of aura reading. Below is a description of the meanings different colors hold. When reading auras be sure to always trust your intuition.
Black: This is a confusing color. There is nothing wrong with black in one's aura. Black generally means one is shielding oneself from outside energies. This can also mean being unbalanced; one is hiding something or keeping secrets. A black auric field usually indicates some form of abuse, adults who have not dealt with early abuse will carry this black color till they are healed.
Blue: This comes in different shades. Gifted people have shades of blue in their aura. Intuitive people will show pale blue coloration within the purple bursting out like rays of sunshine, emanating from the heart outwards. A deeper blue can indicate loneliness. A very deep blue shows devotion, honesty and good judgment whereas muddier shades of blue indicate a domineering person or a tendency towards depression.
Brown : This color can indicate growth in a person. Seen around the head and with other colors emanating in combination, it indicates a person who is developing mentally, intuitively and organizing within. Brown by itself can indicate lack of energy, or one who has become “stagnant”.
Gold: Indicates lots of spiritual energy, in tune with oneself. Muddy gold means one has not really come to terms with one's higher levels.
Yellow: Usually seen around a thinker, an analytical person. Could indicate a “balanced” person. Intelligent people show this color around their heads.
Green: Sympathetic to others, dependable and has healing abilities. Muddier shade could indicate jealousy- like “green with envy”.
Gray: Can indicate intuition and creativity. Silvery gray shows femininity while darker gray can mean secretiveness or physical imbalance.
Orange: Bright orange means one is growing emotionally and paranormally. A dull shade means a person is unsure how to accept this growth. Muddy orange shows in a person with too much pride.
Pink: The color of love, and honesty. It also depicts the quieter side of an artistic and creative person. Dark pink may indicate immaturity or changes with one's love life. Dull pink, however, watch out; Someone is lying.
Purple: The color of intuition, a deeper purple shade shows a strong- willed and passionate person. It can also reflect intense erotic imagination and being over-bearing.
Red: A color of love or hate, strong emotions and a lot of energy. An intense red color, however, may indicate a rather angry person.
A Guide To Seeing Auras
Seeing the aura is a matter of taking your eyes slightly out of focus.
Have your training partner stand in front of a light-colored wall in a dimly lit room, with a small amount of light. Have your partner hold one finger in front of their face, about 15 cm away from their chin.
Now focus your eyes on their finger, not their face. Have them remove their fingers but keep looking at the same spot. You'll have to relax your eyes a bit to do this. Slightly squinting the eyes may also help.
Now, using that same relaxed vision, if you look at them you should be able to see what looks like a little line that runs all around them a couple of inches out from their body.
The next layer out is even more faint and may have colors associated with it. The different meanings of the colors vary widely depending on who you're talking to. My advice in this area is to open up your awareness and see for yourself which colors seem to be associated most often with which types of people and their behaviors.
Play with this a bit. Does their aura change when they think happy thoughts? Sad thoughts? Angry thought?
Some people can see auras instantly and others have to work at it. Don't be too frustratedif it takes a while. As you work with this you'll gradually become aware of even more subtle layers of energy that surround people. You may also find that you can actually feel another person's chakras and even discern which is their dominant chakra, which tells you instantly how that person is likely to react to any given stimuli.
The first time I noticed this fine line around people, I was quite mesmarized. It's quite fascinating to be able to see people's energy with our very own physical sight. But it works. Start practicing in waiting lines, in grocery stores, at work, or picking random people on the street.
Using your "third eye", your intuition with this exercise is also key. Try to feel first the energy of a random person, before observing their auric field. If you let go of the mind in this process and surrender completely to your gut feelings, you will be quite surprised by your results !
Enjoy your practice and let me know about your progress :)