The aura has been studied and written about almost as long as man has been on the planet. It is a fascinating subject and very important in the study of phenomena in Spiritualism.
Many religions and philosophies
have attempted to identify the aura including medieval saints and mystics who
described four different types of auras and Theosophists who described five
different divisions of the aura. The
aura is also quite evident in religious art from many cultures depicting holy
beings with some type of light or glowing disc surrounding the head. Most everyone has seen a picture of Jesus
showing a glowing halo around his head.
A comprehensive book called The Human Aura, published by Marques in
1896, gave many references to the studies and writings by others about the
aura. In this book Marques referred to
writings about “vital fluid radiating around humans” by Paracelsus and
observances by Andrew Jackson Davis concerning the aura. Davis talked about observing the auras of people in groups and
how they would “blend” or “repel” other auras depending on the “sympathy” that
one person had with another. Davis also
spoke of mesmerism and how he could “see” that the aura of the mesmerist would
blend with the aura of the person being mesmerized.
What is the aura? The origin of the word has been attributed to
both the Latin word meaning “air” and the Sanskrit root, Ar, meaning “spoke of
the wheel.” The aura has been described
as the “psychic or magnetic” atmosphere around something and also has sometimes
been called the “human rainbow” because of the colors that many people
attribute to the aura as it appears around human beings. Most people agree that there are several
levels of auras or energy fields surrounding the body.
In 1911, Dr. Walter Kilner
published a book called The Human Aura. In this book he described many of the
findings of his research into observing and recording the aura. He noted that most people could not see the
aura with the naked eye but those who had developed a special clairvoyant
ability could. As part of his research,
Dr. Kilner created a “dicyanin screen” made up of two small pieces of glass
with a coal-tar dye called dicyanin inserted between the two. He observed that, by looking through this
screen, 95% of people could then see the aura.
He broke down the emanation seen into three parts: The Etheric Double which was a dark line
about a quarter of an inch wide that surrounded and was adjacent to the body;
the Inner Aura which was a semi-luminous strip, an inch or more wide, that
radiated from all parts of the body and the Outer Aura which started at the
distal edge of the inner aura and extended outward into space for several
Two of the most famous
researchers in the study of the aura were Semyon Kirlian and his wife
Valentina. They were responsible for
creating a machine that took “photographs” of the aura. Their method became known as “Kirlian Photography.” They used high voltage optical instruments to
“photograph” objects, both living and non-living. They were able to observe the energy field
surrounding living things and also to see how that field could change if the
object was damaged in any way. In fact,
they were able to show that the energy field was affected first by the damage
and then damage appeared later in the physical form.
All of the studies of the aura
have led to scientific proof of what mediums have known for ages; that there is
an energy field around the human body that can be observed or sensed by those
who have the psychic ability to do so.
In “reading” this field, either by the colors that are observed or by
sensing its wholeness, those who are sensitive to the energy can get an insight
into the physical, mental and spiritual makeup of an individual. This can help psychic healers diagnose and
treat illness that appears in the aura before it transfers to the physical
body. It can also help us understand our
higher nature and how we can best interact with each other as spiritual beings.
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