Your Aura's Energy
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, you
ask? 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, however, 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.
This can be via physical means such as hugging or even something as simple as
walking by a stranger and brushing shoulders. Additionally, the energy exchange
can be both conscious or sub-conscious communication between you and another
person. These energy exchanges can actually leave residual pieces of themselves
behind that get "caught" in your aura or energy field. At that point you have
taken on energy that's not yours to take; but because it's now residing in your
aura, you can be affected by it. The effect can be good, not so good and
Previously we described you as the flight commander of your aura. You might
wonder, "If I didn't agree to the energy staying, why is it staying?" Did you
miss the statement about the exchange of energy being conscious or subconscious?
That is key. When we take on energy from another that is not ours and of which
we are not consciously aware, it's because we have subconsciously agreed to do
so. Why? That's a great question, and only you are able to answer the "why"
question when the time comes.
Take comfort in knowing that there is a reason — a very good reason &mdash: you
have chosen to take on the energy. Remember that we are not always privy to the
"why" at the time of discovery, and it may take years before we know the truth
behind the "why." It comes down to trusting it all is happening as it should,
when it should and why it should.
Your first step is to learn how to read or feel your own energy field. This
comes with practice and a little self trust. You can learn to read your own aura
by sitting in a quiet setting where you will not be disturbed and closing your
eyes. Remember that this does take practice, but all have the ability to do it.
As you're sitting comfortably, extend your hands out and gently move them around
your body slowly as you feel the air. What do you feel? Is it heavy? Light? Can
you sense if there are any colors associated with the air? Continue to do this
for about five minutes.
When done, write down whatever thoughts, feelings and images that came to you. I
suggest my clients repeat this daily for two weeks. After they've completed a
two-week period of the daily five-minute exercise, I ask them to review their
notes and see what commonalities they find. By taking notes, you are creating
your own language or dictionary of understanding with your aura.
Next you will want to create a mental reminder note in place so that when you
have had an exchange with another individual you repeat the above five-minute
exercise to see what might be different in your airspace. Try to do this after
you’ve have a wonderful experience, a not-so-wonderful experience and a general
"how are you" experience. Begin to feel the difference in your energy field
after each type of exchange. What you notice may surprise you.
The times when your field seems heavy provide great opportunities to clear your
airspace. You can clear it by using mental imagery. This again will take
practice, but you are more than capable -- so trust yourself. I explain to my
clients to imagine they have a beautiful art brush in their hand with a bucket
filled with a warm, golden-white paint. With your eyes closed, begin to see
yourself painting your airspace with this beautiful paint. When you are done
painting, take a few moments to feel the space again. Has it changed? If you
sense it's better than before, you have successfully cleared your aura. If not
-- and in some cases it take a few coats of paint to clear -- then repeat the
process until you feel your space has improved.
The energy of your aura is personal to you. There are many wonderful individuals
and tools available to support your learning to read your own aura, and I
encourage you to expand your knowledge base.
Until next time, embrace your inner wisdom.
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