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How to see Auras

By on January 26, 2015
Picture courtesy of holohololand and

Auras are the invisible fields that surround each of us. It is said that mystics can ‘read’ auras to determine a person’s emotional state, or health, based upon the colors in the aura.

While the idea of seeing auras may seem outlandish, there are actual a number of scientific principles backing this up. The first of these is ‘kirlian photography‘ a method of taking photographs of a phenomenon known as ‘coronal electrical discharges’, others called a halo. You might find practitioners of this art at your local metaphysical conference, although scientists say that the majority of the differences in photographs can be accounted for by differences in the moisture on the skin.

The second phenomenon that supports seeing auras is a mechanism built not your eye and the visual cortex of your brain. You see, what your eye actually senses is a quite blurred and fuzzy picture of the world around you. It’s the sort of picture that would make you send back a DVD of that quality. However, your eye and visual cortex act together to ‘photoshop’ the image into the rich, three dimensional, crystal clear and realistic visual world that you actually experience. Your eye and visual cortex use a number of tricks to do this, one of which is to ‘compress’ an image into the shape your brain ‘knows’ the image to be. So that if you see a person, your brain compresses the image of that person into a ‘person shape’, even thigh your eye sees something much much fuzzier. This visual ‘compression’ leaves an area around the person that is neither person, nor background, but more like the haze you might see hovering above the desert on a hot day. You can actually see this ‘aura’ if you slightly defocus your eyes as you look at someone, and without looking directly at the outline of the person, nevertheless put your attention on their outline. If you are patient, you will notice a fuzzy border around them, their aura.

Unfortunately, this aura, although easily visible once you begin to notice it, does not have a color. Or if it has a color, that color is a combination of the color of the person’s clothing, hair, or skin and the color of the background. There is no color that can reveal information about the person’s state or health.

Now for the fun part. Other research on synesthesia (the ability to ‘cross-over’ from one sense to another, for example a person who literally ‘sees’ colors when listening to music), suggests that synesthesia can be developed. What this means is that it is possible to develop the ability to ‘see’ a color in the aura around a person, and have that color be dependent on other sensory information. So that if you train your mind to associate the color red for example, each time you see someone who you judge to be angry, as you notice their aura, your unconscious mind may eventually see red automatically each time it sees anger.

Given that your unconscious mind is much better at noticing emotions than your conscious mind (or indicators of health for that matter), this could provide amazing insights for you.

The possibilities of using synesthesia as the basis for ‘seeing’ auras was scientifically demonstrated in 2012 in this fascinating piece of research below.

Auras in Mysticism and Synesthesia

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