Esoteric. The Aura  

The Human Aura of a healthy man

The Human Aura of a healthy man
Charles Webster Leadbeater
"Man Visible and Invisible" (1902)
The Aura

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The magician and occultist Eliphas Levi's pentagram, which he considered to be a symbol of human, or the microcosm.

Esotericism (from the ancient Greek ἐσωτερικός -. Domestic) - a set of specific ways of perceiving reality with secret content and expression in "psycho-spiritual practices". The composition of esotericism turns on the magic, alchemy, astrology, Gnosticism, Kabbalah, theosophy Sufism, yoga, Vajrayana (Buddhist Tantrism), Masonry, anthroposophy, mondialism.

Now let's see what does an Aura mean.

By definition, an aura - this is a field of slim, luminous radiation which surrounds every person and object. Perhaps the halo overhead of the gods and saints people is the image of the aura in religious arts.

All objects and all living things manifest such an aura. Perception of aura is linked to the third eye (Indian spirituality). Various personality traits associate with the colors of different layers of the aura. It has also been described as a map of the thoughts and feelings surrounding a person.

Your Aura's Energy

by Karen Kleinwort

The Human Aura

Energy is a word from which most people draw the definition of electricity, gas or some other form of power to produce movement or change. In the context in which we use it here, these definitions really aren't that far off from how practitioners like me would describe or explain energy. But what is an aura? Simply put, your aura is the space surrounding your physical being; it extends outward and upward and is approximately the length of your arms. You might refer to your aura as your own personal airspace, and you are the flight commander with regard to what gets in and what doesn’t.

We all understand as humans that we are walking energy sources. The heat we produce keeps us warm when the air is cool, and the sweat we produce when the air is too warm functions similarly. Our metabolism is a form of energy that uses the food we consume as its fuel, and we carry a certain amount of electricity in our bodies. The electricity can affect our heart rates, breathing rates and CranioSacral rhythms. Add electricity from an outside source – you know, when you shuffle your socked feet on the carpet and "zap" your friend or sibling — and a few things can occur: your heart can actually stop or go out of normal rhythm. More likely, nothing at all will happen except your friend becomes focused on getting you back.

Your aura takes on this energy. Depending on what emotional state you are currently experiencing, your aura will transform itself into a color that matches the emotion. Additionally, our auras can become something of a "collection site" for energy that may or may not be useful for us. This means that as we have interactions with another individuals, we also exchange energy.

Your Aura's Energy,

Spiritual traditions

In Iran the aura is known as farr or "glory": it is depicted in association with Zoroastrian kings.

Ideas of the aura are well represented in Indian religions. In tantric tradition of Hinduism, aura represents the subtle body of seven colours. In many Hindu paintings of gods and goddesses, aura is marked on their backhead. The Buddhist flag represents the colors seen around the enlightened Buddha. In Jainism the concept of Lesya relates colours to mental and emotional dispositions. To the Indian teacher Meher Baba the aura is of seven colors, associated with the subtle body and its store of mental and emotional impressions. Spiritual practice gradually transforms this aura into a spiritual halo. Hindu and Buddhist sources often link these colors to Kundalini energy and the chakras.

A 1531 depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe, often said to represent an aura  

A 1531 depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe, often said to represent an aura


In the classical western mysticism of neoplatonism and Kabbalah the aura is associated with the lustre of the astral body, a subtle body identified with the planetary heavens, which were in turn associated with various mental faculties in an elaborate system of correspondences with colors, shapes, sounds, perfumes etc.

The symbolism of light found in the Bible is at times associated with the idea of the aura or "body of light": similar interpretations are found in Islamic traditions.

According to the literature of Theosophy, Anthroposophy, and Archeosophy also, each colour of the aura has a meaning, indicating a precise emotional state. A complete description of the aura and its colors was provided by Charles Leadbeater, a theosophist of the 19th century. The works of Leadbeater were later developed by Palamidessi and others.

The British occultist W.E. Butler connected auras with clairvoyance and etheric, mental and emotional emanations. He classified the aura into two main types: etheric and spiritual. Auras are thought to serve as a visual measure of the state of the health of the physical body. Robert Bruce classifies auras into three types: etheric, main, and spiritual. According to Bruce auras are not actual light but a translation of other unknown sensory readings that is added to our visual processing. They are not seen in complete darkness and cannot be seen unless some portion of the person or object emitting the aura can also be seen. The British Healer, clairvoyant and author Paul Lambillion in his book "Auras and Colours" writes of three visible bodies or layers in the auric field that can be observed whether or not in the physical presence of the individual subject since the aura is not a three dimensional phenomenon and limited to such parameters.

  Kirlian photo of a Coleus leaf. Is it Aura?
Kirlian photo of a Coleus leaf
Is it the aura?

Parapsychology research

Kirlian photography was used in the former Eastern Bloc in the 1970s. The corona discharge glow at the surface of an object subjected to a high-voltage electrical field was referred to as a "Kirlian aura" in Russia and Eastern Europe.

In 1968, Dr. Thelma Moss, a psychology professor headed UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI). The NPI had a laboratory dedicated to parapsychology research. Moss became interested in Kirlian photography, a technique that supposedly measured the "auras" of a living being. According to Kerry Gaynor, one of her former research assistants, "many felt Kirlian photography's effects were just a natural occurrence".

Glenn Morris, grandmaster of the Hoshin Roshi Ryu lineage, included perception of the aura in his training of advanced martial artists. His experience was that it consisted of multiple layers. He described the most easily visible of these as being "light and denser than the air in which the body is immersed", typically half to quarter of an inch thick and correlating with the etheric body of an individual.

  Trace of fingertip copy in Kirlian photography

Trace of fingertip copy in Kirlian photography
Is it the aura?

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Around this he described a yard thick egg-shaped layer reflecting hormonal state that he linked to the emotional body, and outside this, other barely perceptible layers corresponding to the mental body and beyond. Recalling the aura of another sōke, he wrote, "The first time I saw Hatsumi, he was running continuous bright, lime, neon green a foot wide and was so easy to see he would flash in bright sunlight".

For holistic healers, aura reading is the art of investigating the human energy field, or the energy fields of other sentient beings. It is a basis for using techniques of holistic healing, and includes such practices as bioenergetics, energy medicine, energy spirituality, and energy psychology.


Aura levels


How to see aura?

Learning to read and protect your own aura can be important to your physical, emotional and spiritual health. You don't have to be a mystic to read an aura. We all had the ability to read auras and could see them easily when we were children.

There is a simple way to train ourselves to see auras:

1 – Start with something simple. Plants are an excellent start when it comes to improving the reading of auras. A houseplant can be an excellent training object.

2 – Adjust your vision. Sit down, relax and focus on a spot at the top of the plant. Let your eyes go slightly out of focus. If you find this difficult, try to imagine that you are focusing on an invisible leaf, a few centimeters above the top of the plant.

3 – Perceive. Try to extend your visual perception outward from the proximity of the plant so that you can begin to see the complete aura of the plant. Remember that plants don’t have the colourful aura (which stems from emotional and mental information) like humans do, so don’t get frustrated if you cannot see what does not exist!

4 – Mirror Exercise. Now that you can see the aura of a plant, it’s time to apply your technique to seeing your own aura. You will need a mirror where you can properly see your upper body. Place a light source on either side of the mirror (a free-standing reading lamp is ideal), but make sure to place it so that it does not create a direct reflexion. Sit down in a chair in front of the mirror. Make sure you sit in a comfortable position. Like in the exercise with the plant, adjust your vision to let your eyes go slightly out of focus by looking at an area just above one of your shoulders. Soon you should be able to see a thin white glow around your head – your ‘inner aura’ or ‘energosoma’ – your energetic body.

5 – Practice, practice, practice. The ‘inner aura’ is the easiest to see, but once you get comfortable seeing that, you should gradually move your focus further out to see the more subtle parts of the aura itself. The more you practice, the wider the visual perception will grow and the quicker you will become in tuning in to seeing auras.



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