The Aura is an energy field that surrounds all living things, comprised of magnetic energy this field is unique to each individual. Humans are complex and dynamic, constantly changing beings and as such the auric field of each person is also unique and changing. When we perceive an event through our senses this information is given meaning in our brain. This electrochemical process has an effect on the body, the brain sends electrical and chemical information through our body constantly regulating everything from how we feel emotionally, to how we feel physically. The path of flow for information in our body is the spine. As information comes from the brain and travels down the spine a direction of current flow is established, at a right angle to this flow of magnetic energy is your personal field or Aura.

The Aura contains much information about us, this info can give us clues as to what has happened in the past, what sort of energies we are letting ourselves be open to in the future. Also past physical ailments or the beginning of new ones. Depending on the number of colours, the position of these colours, the shade of any particular colour and many other factors such as the overall shape of your Aura, size, and how quickly your auric colours change gives us a wealth of information concerning your past, and your future possibilities.

What does an aura look like?
Imagine a space filled with light. Energy flows and swirls through it in bright colours. this life energy moves around you as you sit directly in the centre. This place is your Aura, your own personal universe. It constantly moves and changes as you move and change. Some people see as many as nine layers, most seven layers. It can extend as little as a few centimetres to many feet away from the body. The size of your Aura is unique to you. Auras are flexible - they are changing all the time in size, colours and patterns. If you are someone that is very out going and likes to be noticed, your aura would be bigger then someone that is timid and likes to blend in with the crowd, not really drawing attention to themselves. This person would tend to have a smaller aura for they draw it in closer to their body. With each breath your Aura is in movement. The colours are changing and moving all the time. We do hold ruminate colours, some refer to this as "signature colours." The colour we radiate is affected by our physical surroundings as well as by the people we come in contact with and the energy fields they radiate.

What do the colours mean?
The Aura is comprised of individual and interrelated bodies of consciousness and layers of Etheric energy. The 4 subtle bodies of consciousness that defines our personality, our perception, our direction in life, and our soul's expression are known as:

The Etheric Body
The Emotional Body
The Mental Body
The Spiritual Body

The Aura also has 7 distinct layers of energy that are intimately connected to what is known as the Chakra System which is located along the spine. Essentially, the difference between an auric layer and an auric body is this:-

"An auric body is a body of consciousness and awareness. An Auric Layer is the representation of the chakra interacting in the aura" Stephen Bishop

The four subtle bodies of the aura are:

The Casual Body / Spiritual Body
Spiritual Body is a body of consciousness associated with our true spiritual path and direction in life. It is our highest potential and reflects our ability to manifest our soul's true potential here on earth. The essence of our soul's reality is the expression "to be" and this ultimately is the reason for our existence. Also known as the Causal Body, the Spiritual Body has the highest vibration of the auric bodies. Depending on the development of our spiritual nature, this body can emanate up to three feet from the physical body. It appears as a whitish glow and contains our true spiritual essence. "Casual consciousness deals with the essence of a subject while the mental level studies the subject's detail. The casual body deals with the essence of substance and the true causes behind the illusion of appearance. The causal plane is a world of realities deals with essence and underlying nature of things in question. Healing at this level is more powerful than the mental body." (Gerber)

The Mental Body
The Spiritual body is the blueprint to our spiritual potential. However, it requires the creation of patterns of energy for this potential to be expressed and experienced. These patterns of energy are stored in the mental body as thoughts - both conscious and sub-conscious. The patterns stored within the mental body creates the character framework for the soul to project its' personality. The "self" manifest and expresses concrete intellect through the mental body. The Mental Body appears as a golden yellow light radiating out and around the head and shoulders and extending around the whole body. It expands and becomes brighter when its' owner is concentrating on mental processes. Extending up to twelve inches from the body, the mental body filtrates thoughts down to the emotional body which reacts to the thoughts with an emotional association be it love, fear, happiness, anger, and so on. A balanced mental body will provide an individual with clarity and direction.

The Emotional / Astral Body
The Emotional Body is more fluid and of a higher vibration than the etheric body. The emotional body appears as coloured clouds in continual motion, reflecting the quality and intensity of the emotions. This is the part of us that likes to 'jump out' in times of trauma and shock, to produce a feeling of emotional numbness, which will allow us to slowly integrate the knowledge of the shock in our own way. The Emotional body, which is also known as the Astral body, is the seat of our emotions. It's the bridge between the mind and the physical body. Our emotional energy governs our fears and hopes, loves and pains etc. It governs the extent and nature of one's personality expression upon the physical plane. The Emotional Body (Astral Body) is the projection of our longings, moods, feelings, appetites, and fears. The emotional "self" is the expression of our mental "self". The emotional body is the expression of the mental body. Emotional blockages prevent the manifestation of clarity of thought and direction in the physical body. The energy of the emotional body impacts the Etheric body, which in turn impacts the physical body.

The Etheric Body
The Etheric Body appears as a bluish-grey colour or shadow, extending approximately one inch from the physical body. It is responsible for the transfer of life energy or vitality from the universal energy field to the physical body. The Etheric body is a body of Etheric or subtle matter which furnishes the basic blue print for the physical body. Every cell in the physical body has an etheric counterpart. The Etheric body also serves as a filtration system. Universal energy filters down through the Spiritual, Mental, Emotional and Etheric Body into the physical body. The Etheric Body is the interface between the physical body and the other subtle bodies of the Aura. When the flow of this energy is disrupted, the physical body is affected and if this imbalance is not corrected, illness and disease can manifest in the physical body. There is a synergistic relationship between each subtle body of the aura.


The Seven Levels of the Aura

The Etheric Layer (First Layer)
The Etheric body (from "Ether" the state between energy and matter) is composed of tiny energy lines like a sparkling web of bluish white light beams. It has the same structure as the physical body including all the anatomical parts and all the organs. The web like structure of the Etheric layer is in constant motion. It extends from one quarter to two inches beyond the physical body. The colour of the Etheric layer varies from light blue to deep blue.

The Emotional Layer (Second Layer) The feeling layer. Its' structure is more fluid that the Etheric and does not duplicate the physical body. Rather, it appears to be coloured clouds of fine substance in continual fluid motion, which expresses the full spectrum of our emotions. It extends one to three inches from the body.

The Mental Layer (Third layer) Composed of a finer substance than the emotional body...this body usually appears as a bright yellow light radiating about the head and shoulders and extending around the whole body. It extends from 3 to 8 inches from the body. The mental body is also a structured body. It contains the structure of our ideas...Within this field can be seen thought forms.
The lower 3 astral layers are concerned with the manifestation of the physical

The Astral Layer (Fourth Layer) The Astral body is amorphous and is composed of clouds of colour. It extends about one half to one foot from the body. This body connects us with higher dimensions of reality. It is the doorway to the astral plane.

The Etheric Template BODY (fifth layer) The Etheric template contains all the forms that exist on the physical plane in a blueprint of template form. It is the blueprint of the perfect form for the Etheric layer to take. It extends about one and one half to two feet from the body. This is the level that sound creates matter. The Etheric template level of the aura creates an empty or negative space that creates the grid structure upon which the physical body grows.

The Celestial Body (Sixth Layer) The sixth level is called the celestial body. It extends about two to two and 3/4 feet from the body. It is the level through which we experience spiritual ecstasy. It is through the Celestial body that we learn unconditional love. The celestial body appears in beautiful shimmering light, composed mostly of pastel colours. This light has a gold-silver shine and opalescent quality.

The Etheric Template of Casual Body (seventh level) The etheric body extends from about two and one half to three and one half feet from the body and contains all the auric bodies associated with the present incarnation an individual is undergoing. The Etheric body is composed of tiny golden silver threads of light which hold the whole form of the aura together. It contains a golden grid structure of the physical body and all the chakras.

The colour chart listed below is the copyright of Mark Smith's book, Auras - See Them in Only 60 Seconds! If you are interested in learning more about colours of your aura and how they relate to the organs of your body, the chakras, and personality traits,


General Colours

Purple - Spiritual attainment, divine connection, mystical understanding, cosmic consciousness.

Indigo - Inspired thought or deep wisdom. Can show spirituality and devotional nature. Artistic and harmonious with nature. Self-mastery.

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

Green- Balance, harmony, healing, the calming force. Clear green shows adaptability, versatility. Dark shades are deceitful, jealous; "green with envy."

Yellow - Love and kindness, compassion, optimism; "breath of life." Dark, lifeless yellow shows suspicion, covetousness.

Orange - 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.

Red - Physical life, vitality, ambition, sexual power. Dark or cloudy red shows violent or passionate tendencies; "red with rage."

Other Colours

Scarlet - Lust, lower passions, materialism.

Rose Pink - Selfless love, gentleness, modesty.

Brown - Avarice, selfishness.

Gold - Higher self, good qualities, harmony.

Silver .- Versatility, High energy, constant change.

Gray - Depression, low energy, fear.

Black - Sinister, malice, evil intent.


Love Colours:

Reds usually love sex. For them it's a hearty, wanton, playful, and joyful physical release. Reds don't necessarily need to be in love to enjoy sex, since sheer physical pleasure is the most important thing. They are passionate lovers and are not afraid to fully experience their sexuality and turn their fantasies into reality! Red signifies high energy, physical and emotional driver. If you want to have an exciting fling with a partner who takes control, choose red.

Orange needs space. If you're consumed in your career or need a lot of time for yourself, choose a partner with a lot of orange in his or her aura. An orange is fun when s/he is around, loves adventurous, high-energy sex like a red, but an orange will not be too demanding. People with orange auras are usually extremely creative, independent, often athletic, and frequently need to take off on some high adventure or jump full-bore into a creative project to test their limits. An orange might ask you to go sky diving or bungee jumping.

Yellows love to sit around and discuss, theorize and analyze. You'll often find them hanging out in bohemian cafes, huddled around steaming espressos - enthusiastically debating how to solve the worlds problems. To them, life is one great mental riddle that can be solved in a logical and systematic manner. Innately curious, a yellow is always asking questions. Like Star Trek's Mr. Spock, a yellow's approach to life is primarily mental and cerebral. A yellow would probably rather discuss your political views on a first date than ravish your body. If you are turned on by intelligence, quick wit, and an optimistic attitude about life, go with Mr. or Ms. Yellow.

Greens come from the heart, and their generosity and compassion know no limits. They are often innately caring and want to heal the world. Greens can be doctors, nurses, teachers, therapists, and social workers. They want to serve and make the world a better place to live in. Greens make tender, loyal, caring lovers, as much concerned with your pleasures as with theirs. They also tend to love children and animals, enjoy domesticity and family life. Greens can also be ambitious - striving to reach the top of their field. Not only kind, this person is often financially well off.

Blues are sensitive. They have a great depth of feeling and crave intimacy and meaningful communication. They are often thoughtful and introspective. Blues are not usually materialistic: a rich, spiritual, contemplative, and creative life is more important to them than monetary wealth. Above all, blues wish to be in loving, supportive relationships to which they can generously give and reveal themselves. With blues, love and sex go hand in hand. If you want to be with somebody who is true and emotionally there for you, choose a blue.

Expect the unexpected with a purple! These fascinating nonconformists live in the wonderful, wild worlds of their unlimited imaginations. Often purples would rather daydream and fantasize about sex rather than actually do it. Fantasy and role playing are not out of the question for a purple. Purples, who tend toward passivity, usually enjoy physical intimacy only after they feel safe and trust a caring partner. If you want to take the lead in a relationship and explore your fantasies, then purple may be for you.

This vibrant colour sometimes appears in a particular part of the aura or may colour the entire field. I don't define this colour as a category, but rather as a sign which indicates the person is falling in love, or about to. Fuchsia pink also represents universal or unconditional love. Often, people who are very close and spend a lot of time together will "match energy" and their auras will look almost identical. Their energy fields vibrate to the same frequency, and are in balance. Partners in such relationship will feel very comfortable and in harmony with one another. The energy of love also vibrates at a very high frequency rate. When one is in love the aura expands and intensifies its colour and brilliancy. Isn't it always easy to tell when someone is in love? Their whole being seems to sparkle and shine, and they look more alive. You're actually noticing and responding to their extra vibration.


How to See the Aura

Soft or low light is the best condition in which to first see the aura. It also helps to be relaxed, so bed is the best place to try this next experiment.

1. Turn off the lights. You don't want to work in pitch-black conditions and in most cases the street lights filtering through the curtains will provide enough light. If not, leave the landing light on and close the bedroom door. The small amount of light seeping underneath the door frame should be enough to work with.

2. As you lie in bed, hold your hands straight out in front of you. Look gently at them, don't stare hard you need to gaze rather than look. The aura rarely appears as a bright light, it is more like a gentle heat haze.

3. Try fixing your attention on your hands while focusing your eyes on the bedroom wall. The hands will appear out of focus but this will help you get the knack of the way to look.

4. Now very slowly bring the finger tips of each hand towards each other until they are very close but not touching. The aura will appear as fine lines of blue and red light between the finger tips. You can try the same again just using the index fingers of both hands.

5. As you draw the hands apart you will see the streams of energy connecting each finger. Imagine the energy increasing and you will see the light glow brightly. Bringing the fingers tantalisingly close together in this way seems to increase the auric flow. It's just like when you bring two opposite poles of magnets together: you feel the attraction suddenly increase as the fields unite.

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