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The Human Aura in a healthy woman after a diagram by Walter
John Kilner (1847-1920). The picture depicts Kilner's "inner
and outer auras." Colours have been added for illustrative
purposes and have no other significance.
practice, an aura is a field of subtle, luminous radiation
surrounding a person or object like the halo
or aureola in
The depiction of such an aura often connotes a person of particular
power or holiness. It is said that all objects and all living things
manifest such an aura. Often it is held to be perceptible, whether
spontaneously or with practice: such perception is at times linked
with the third eye
of Indian spirituality.
Various writers associate various personality traits 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.
Skeptics such as Robert
Todd Carroll contend that people may perceive auras because of
effects within the brain: synesthesia,
migraines, or the
influence of psychedelic
drugs such as LSD.
Other causes may include disorders within the visual
system provoking optical effects. Eye
fatigue can also produce an aura, sometimes referred to as eye
An old Iranian Shi'a Muslim impression of Jesus and Mary shows an
aura after the style of the farr
the aura is known as farr or "glory": it is depicted
in association with Zoroastrian
Ideas of the aura are well represented in Indian religions. In
tantric tradition of Hinduism,
aura represents the subtle
body of seven colours.[citation
needed] In many Hindu
paintings of gods and goddesses, aura is marked on their backhead.
flag represents the colours seen around the enlightened
In Jainism the
concept of Lesya
relates colours to mental and emotional dispositions. To the Indian
teacher Meher Baba
the aura is of seven colours, 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 colours to Kundalini
energy and the chakras.
Statue depicting Shiva
In the classical western mysticism of
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 colours, shapes, sounds, perfumes
A 1531 depiction of Our
Lady of Guadalupe, often said to represent an aura
of light found in the Bible
is at times associated with the idea of the aura or "body of
similar interpretations are found in Islamic traditions.
the literature of Theosophy,
also, each colour of the aura has a meaning, indicating a precise
emotional state. A complete description of the aura and its colours
was provided by Charles
Leadbeater, a theosophist of the 19th century.
The works of Leadbeater were later developed by Palamidessi
The British occultist
connected auras with clairvoyance
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.
Bruce classifies auras into three types: etheric, main, and
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. (see
also Sunday Times May 2011 and Transformations Channel 4 TV 1990)
grandmaster of the Hoshin
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
of an individual. 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,
spirituality, and energy
Tests of psychic abilities to observe
alleged aura emanations have repeatedly met with failure.
One test involved placing people in a
dark room and asking the psychic to state how many auras she could
observe. Only chance results were obtained.
Recognition of auras has occasionally
been tested on television. One test involved an aura reader
standing on one side of a room with an opaque partition separating
her from a number of slots which might contain either actual people
or mannequins. The aura reader failed to identify the slots
containing people, incorrectly stating that all contained people.
In another televised test another aura
reader was placed before a partition where five people were standing.
He claimed that he could see their auras from behind the partition.
As each person moved out, the reader was asked to identify where that
person was standing behind the slot. He identified only 2 out of 5
Bridgette Perez in a review for
Inquirer has written "perceptual distortions, illusions,
and hallucinations might promote belief in auras... Psychological
factors, including absorption, fantasy proneness, vividness of visual
imagery, and after-images, might also be responsible for the
phenomena of the aura."
Another explanation for the belief in auras, given that there is no
scientific evidence for their reality, could be cases of
However, a 2012 study discovered no link concluding "the
discrepancies found suggest that both phenomena are
phenomenologically and behaviourally dissimilar."
Clinical neurologist Steven
Novella has written "Given the weight of the evidence it
seems that the connection between auras and synaesthesia is
speculative and based on superficial similarities that are likely