The Aura

This aura is an invisible body of light that surrounds all living things. Just as no two people are identical, so no two auras are alike. The colors present in an aura can range from a dirty, muddy brown to a glorious, translucent white, depending on the individual’s character.

Until the early years of this century auras were seen only by psychics, but in 1908 Dr Walter J. Kilner discovered that he could see auras by looking at them through a screen of Dicyanin. This had the effect of making someone who looks through it temporarily short- sighted, and thus more able to see the radiation present in the ultra-violet part of the spectrum. In 1911 he published a book called “The Human Atmosphere”. A revised edition was published 1920 as “The Human Aura” and is still readily available. Dr Kilner claimed no psychic powers and insisted that anyone could see the aura. It is possible to buy “aura goggles” and see auras the way Dr. Kilner did. Unfortunately, some people with vision problems such as colour-blindness and extreme long sightedness cannot see auras.

In 1939 Semyon Davidovich Kirlian accidentally discovered what is now known as Kirlian photography. If you place your finger (or any other part of your body) in a Kirlian device the resulting photograph will show as array of colors around your finger. One fascinating aspect of these photographs is that pictures of diseased leaf show a completely different type of aura to that of a healthy leaf. This raises the possibility of aura healing.

A 19th century invention, Schlieran photography, originally invented to detect flaws in glass, shows a distinct aura around living things. Researchers at the City University in London used it to research convection currents around the human body. Their report says: “Starting at the soles of the feet, the air layer moves slowly upward over the body. At the groin and under the armpits it reverses direction briefly. At the shoulders it spurts upward to dissipate in a feathery plume about five inches above the head. “So now religious artists, psychics and scientists all claim we have halos!

The human aura consists of a number of layers, the etheric double, inner aura and outer aura.




This is virtually invisible, slightly greyish line that covers the entire body like a body sock. It is generally about 1/16 “wide, though it can occasionally be as wide as half an inch. At first it appears to be simply a space between the body and the aura, but a closer examination shows it is actually a very fine mesh.




This is the brightest part of the aura and extends between two and four inches beyond the etheric double. It consists of one main color, assisted by several minor colors. The texture of the inner aura varies between fine and course, depending on the spiritual quality of the individual. Generally speaking, the finer the texture, the better. The entire inner aura seems to move and swirl in different directions.



The outer aura is oval in shape and encircles the inner aura like a cocoon. It extends some ten to eighteen inches beyond the inner aura. It is larger around the head and shoulders that at the feet, so can appear to be egg shaped. It is more amorphous that the inner aura, but in still in constant motion. It is generally seen as an unclear haze, and often it is impossible to see exactly where it ends. The colors are in pastel shades, rather than the bright colors on the inner aura.

The Etheric Double, Inner Aura and Outer Aura are generally regarded as representing the complete aura. Some psychics though, claim that they can see two additional layers: the Higher Mental Aura and the Spiritual Aura.

The Higher Mental Aura apparently consists of a magnificent yellow color, with a strange luminescent, ethereal glow. This is probably the halo that surrounds the paintings of saints.

The Spiritual Aura is a clear, colorless light, but one of such purity that it radiates goodness and peace. Energies of yellow light leave it in all directions. Sometimes it is surrounded by a layer of pale blue light.