Seeing colors is considered normal for sighted people. Yet, to the visually challenged, ordinary colors do not exist. Those who are blind to the auric field also have a disability, for seeing auric colors is as normal as seeing colors through the eyes. We are all born to perceive subtle energies.
How can you rekindle your innate clairvoyant ability? Observing the aura is a hide-and-seek game. Rather than staring intensely, observe the space around the person with soft focus, as though looking for hidden objects in an embedded picture. Stay alert, without effort.
Here are a few exercises to help you develop this skill.
Seeing Energy Fields in Nature
Lie on your back outdoors on a warm, sunny day. Relax and gaze at trees or bushes in the distance. Let your eyes move up and down the trees and then notice the line where the treetops meet the sky. Gaze at the treetops with soft focus. A faint white halo will appear around the trees. Now look at buildings in the distance. You may perceive a narrow band of light, but it will not be as vibrant or as large as the aura of the trees.
Seeing the Aura of Your Hand
In dim light, hold your own hand at arm’s length against a neutral colored background. Take deep breaths and relax. Stare intently at a fingertip or a space between your fingers for about 30 seconds. Then suddenly shift your focus. Gaze at the space around your hand with soft focus. You might see a band of white light outlining the hand. Rays and streamers of color may radiate from your fingers.
Seeing Fingertip Energy
Sit down, close your eyes, and relax. Take deep breaths. Touch the fingertips of one hand with the fingertips of the other hand for two minutes, while continuing in a meditative state. Then open your eyes, look at your hands with soft focus, and slowly draw your fingertips apart. You might perceive auric radiations emanating from the fingertips.
Seeing an Aura
View your subject in dim lighting against a neutral background. The aura of a public speaker on a stage against a white screen or wall is easily visible. However, if the person is standing before a bright-colored, multicolored, or patterned background, your perception of the aura color might be distorted.
Get The Latest From InnerSelf
If possible, view your subject indoors with light falling evenly on the subject. Natural daytime light is better than artificial light. Candlelight is okay as long as shadows are not cast on the background. Fluorescent light and direct sunlight are not recommended. If it is daytime, ask the person to stand opposite a window.
Sit facing the subject about 10 feet away. Ask the subject to breathe deeply, exhale fully, and relax. Close your own eyes, relax, take deep breaths, and become quiet, centered, and directed inward. Imagine the subject’s aura with your inner vision for a few moments.
Open your eyes, and take off your glasses if you wear them. When looking at the subject, rather than staring directly, gaze with soft focus at the forehead, above the head, the curve of the neck, or past the head and shoulders toward the background. Relax and allow light to enter your eyes rather than grasping or focusing sharply.
Notice any mist, light, rays, or colors emanating from the body. You might see a white, gray, silver, or clear band of light about 1 or 2 inches wide, right next to the body. A light may shine behind the head, pointing upward. Or perhaps electricity swirls around the body. You may not see these emanations, but you may feel or sense them.
Then close your eyes again. Relax. Take deep breaths. Then return to observing. This time, gaze at the outer edge of the white band. Relax as you alternately close your eyes, take deep breaths, and view the aura again. After some practice, flashes or dots of color will appear.
Here are some more pointers:
* Concentrate intently on the subject’s forehead for 30 to 60 seconds. Then shift your focus to become soft. Widen your gaze to encompass the subject’s entire body.
* Look at the subject’s forehead. Then rapidly draw several circles with your eyes around the person’s body, first clockwise, then counterclockwise. This will stimulate the rods and cones in your eyes.
* “Frame” the subject’s face with your hands, with your thumb tips touching and index fingers pointing upward (as though they were two “L’s” facing each other). Gaze at the subject’s forehead with soft focus while simultaneously moving your hands apart slowly. Allow your peripheral vision to follow your hands.
* Ask the subject to dress in white clothing against a white background to overcome false afterimage effects.
* Ask the subject to think of something he/she is excited about or upset about. This can bring more visible colors into the aura.
* Ask the subject to speak about something with deep meaning—about life purpose or plans for the future. More vibrations or colors may appear in the aura.
* Gaze out the window at the sky (not the sun) for a minute before observing auras. Or, if it is nighttime, gaze at an electric light bulb for a minute.
* Ask the person to rock from side to side. Observe whether the aura moves when the body moves.
Feeling an Aura
Stand about 3 feet from the subject. Ask the subject to breathe deeply, relax, and keep his/her eyes closed. Close your own eyes, relax, take deep breaths, and become quiet, centered, and directed inward. Then open your eyes. Place your hands approximately 6 to 12 inches away from the subject’s body.
Notice whether you feel greater energy near the top of the head, the heart, the solar plexus, or the sacral area. Notice whether any places in the energy field feel “stuck.” Sense whether any areas seem healthy and vibrant or depleted and drained. Ask the subject to open his/her eyes and share what you experienced.
Seeing an Aura With Eyes Closed
Ask someone to sit about 3 feet in front of you. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and enter a relaxed, meditative state along with the person. Now ask your higher self to show you the subject’s energy field. Take a few more deep breaths and let go.
Do not open your eyes. Simply observe what you “see” with your inner vision. You may sense colors, objects, anomalies, energies, or thought-forms (crystallized patterns of energy created by thoughts, habits, and beliefs) in the person’s energy field. Tell the person what you are sensing. Ask for feedback.
Continue this process until it feels complete. Then take deep breaths and come out of meditation. Share what you have experienced.
Seeing Group Auric Radiations
Place a non-shiny black cloth on a table, and sit with several friends. Everyone then rests hands on the table with palms downward. Ask everyone to close their eyes, take deep breaths, and get centered for a few minutes. Then you all open your eyes.
Keeping your hands on the table, point your fingers toward a friend’s fingers. With soft focus, you might see or sense radiations uniting your fingers with your friend’s fingers. A dark line may appear between the fingers and the aura surrounding them. The aura from all the hands might join in the center like a luminous cloud of rapidly moving particles.
Developing Inner Sensitivity
The following experiments are easy, fun projects that can help you develop sensitivity to subtle energies and auric fields.
Sensing Hand Polarities
Place your left hand in your friend’s left hand and your right hand in your friend’s right hand. Hold hands for five minutes. Then place your right hand in your friend’s left hand and your left hand in your friend’s right hand. Hold hands for five minutes. What differences do you feel?
You may notice that when you hold the same hands, you feel a disagreeable, lukewarm sensation. When you hold opposite hands, you may feel a pleasant, cool sensation.
Feeling Polarities of Touch
With your right hand, touch the left side of your friend’s head, your friend’s left shoulder, left arm, left side, left hip, left leg, left knee, and left foot. Then, with your right hand, touch the right side of your friend’s head, your friend’s right shoulder, right arm, right side, right hip, right leg, right knee, and right foot. Then share how you felt.
You may find that when you touch the left side of the body with your right hand, there is an enjoyable, pleasant, cooling sensation, but, when you touch the right side of the body with your right hand, the sensation is uncomfortable, lukewarm, and nauseating.
Feeling Side-to-Side Polarities
Stand beside a friend, with your right shoulder touching your friend’s left shoulder, for three minutes. Then turn around so your left shoulder touches your friend’s left shoulder for three minutes. Share how you felt in these positions.
You may notice that when opposite shoulders touched, you felt a comfortable, cooling, pleasant sensation. Yet when the same shoulders touched, you felt uncomfortable, off-balance, and nauseated.
Feeling Back-to-Front Polarities
Stand just behind a friend so the front of your body snuggles up against your friend’s back. Stay there for one minute. Then stand back-to-back for another minute, and front-to-front (hugging) for another minute. Then compare your feelings.
You might notice that when you are front-to-front or back-to-back, you feel a cool, pleasant, agreeable sensation. But when you snuggle front-to-back, you feel an unpleasant, lukewarm, nauseating, off-balance feeling.
Sensing Polarity Energies
Sit beside a friend, with your left shoulder touching your friend’s right shoulder, for five minutes. Then switch positions. (Your right shoulder now touches your friend’s left shoulder for five minutes.) Then share what both of you felt.
When you sit to the right of your friend, you may notice an agreeable, cooling sensation, as though you were gaining energy. When you sit to the left, you might feel a warming, disagreeable, nauseating, draining feeling.
Practice Is The Key
Some people see auras better with their eyes open; others see or sense auras better with their eyes closed. If you belong to the latter category, you can learn to read auras as well as anyone who “sees” them clairvoyantly.
As with any other skill in life, practice is the key to accomplishment.
Reprinted, with permission of the publisher,
from The Power of Auras ©2014 Susan Shumsky, DD.
Published by New Page Books a division of Career Press,
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About the Author
Dr. Susan Shumsky is the award-winning author of seven other books -- Ascension, How to Hear the Voice of God, Exploring Meditation, Exploring Auras, Exploring Chakras, Divine Revelation, and Miracle Prayer. She is a foremost spirituality expert, pioneer in the consciousness field, and highly acclaimed speaker. Susan has practiced spiritual disciplines for over 40 years with enlightened masters in secluded areas, including the Himalayas and the Alps. For 22 years, her mentor was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, guru of the Beatles and Deepak Chopra. She served on Maharishi's personal staff for seven years. She is the founder of Divine Revelation®, a technology for contacting the divine presence, hearing and testing the inner voice, and receiving clear divine guidance.