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Auras and How to See Them

Updated on November 16, 2012

Auras 101

Story By: Cow Flipper

It is believed that the aura is a subtle field of light which surrounds all living things. In old religious paintings artists painted circles behind their subjects showing this energy in the religious forms of halos or other spiritual energies depending on their religious background. The images of auras often were associated with power or religious faithfulness. In India it is believed that this field of energy though at the very edge of perception can be seen by what is called the third eye, an area above the forehead where it is believed the spiritual body is able to percieve the spirit world not percieved by our physical senses in this reality. This energy is said to be our spiritual body.

Chakras are also energy centers that are connected with a person's aura. Chakra centers are believed to be key parts of the spiritual energy body connection. In modern day new age beliefs it is often thought that through energy work the spiritual energy can be used to heal and release negative physical illness by spiritual energy manipulation.

Phantom Leaf Energy Field

A photo taken of a leaf where the tip is cut off. The leafs image was taken on an electrically charged metal plate. The energy field shows the outline of the leaf. A phantom image of the leaf's tip is still visible even though it has been cut off.
A photo taken of a leaf where the tip is cut off. The leafs image was taken on an electrically charged metal plate. The energy field shows the outline of the leaf. A phantom image of the leaf's tip is still visible even though it has been cut off.

Information About Auras

A man named Semyon Kirlian discovered that if you run an electrical charge into an object or living thing on a photographic plate it produces an electrical energy field surrounding the object. The technique used was to have a subject touching a film plate on a charged piece of metal. Kirlian said that he believe his photographs were proof of the subtle energy fields within the human aura. In some experiments a photo was taken of an entire leaf and then a section of the leaf mainly the tip was cut off; what was interesting was that the leaf tip would often still be visible in the second tip-less photograph indicating a phantom energy field that was left by the spiritual energy still within the leaf.

How to See an Aura: Learn to See the Human Aura in 5 Minutes

How to See Auras

To see the subtle energy that beams off of everyone you know you have to do two things:

  1. Increase the sensitivity of your eyes and to extend your range of vision into seeing UV (ultra violet) light. This last statement may seem impossible without a special camera but the truth is that the human eye is just sensitive enough to see this energy field in the peripheral of our vision.
  2. Increasing the communication between the left and right sides of the brain. The left side of the brain deals with linear, sequential, symbolic, and verbal thoughts. The right side is intuitive, creative, nonverbal, and color sensitive.

When trying to see an aura you look at your subject and stare to the side of them, it is best to look at another object and focus there. It would be easiest to start with someone standing in front of a white background. As you do this an outline of light will begin to appear around the subject. This will give you the image of the person's energy body outline. You will see a grey or white auric field about an inch or two around the subject. With time and practice you will begin to see colors in this field of energy.

Image 1: Seeing the Field of Energy Exercise

Image 2: Hemispheric Connection Exercise

The Exercises

Image 1:

  • Sit back and focus on the dot in Image 1. Let your peripheral vision to take in the colored circles as you stare at the dot. After a while you will begin to see a red circle of fuzziness around the green circle and a green circle of fuzziness around the red circle. As soon as you try to look at either circle directly though you will no longer see the fuzzy ring that encircled the circles.

Image 2:

  • Cross your eyes as you look at the two circles in Image 2. Do this until you are able to see four dots; now let your eyes slowly go back into focus until the two white lines cross in the middle. You will find that your mind tries very hard to bring either one circle or the other into focus obstructing one circle and then the other. This is because your mind's hemispheres are trying to communicate what they are seeing. You will either see the vertical line or the horizontal line at first but as you do this over time you will see both lines making a cross. This is when both hemispheres of the brain are in sync.

I hope this hub article helped you to learn how to see auras with ease. Thanks for checking it out and be sure to check out all my articles on psychic and spiritual development.


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    • The 11th Doctor profile image

      The 11th Doctor 5 years ago from Gallifrey. Duh.

      For the first exercise, I got purple around the green one and light blue around the red one... but I saw them almost immediately. Do I need to stare longer?

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      lenavelez 5 years ago

      This is how I have always read auras. Good read though, very thorough!

    • SandyMcCollum profile image

      SandyMcCollum 5 years ago

      Good read. I have tried the first method with good success, but getting both halves of my brain to think alike is a lot more difficult. Practice, practice, practice!

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      Ruby Glasser 6 years ago from Wyoming

      Very interesting. I believe this skill comes more naturally for some folks than others (and i'm jealouse of the former). Thanks for the interesting post!


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      learnlovelive 6 years ago from U.S.

      Truly awesome article. Very good stuff here. Thanks and keep writing, my friend!