What is an Aura?

Have you ever heard someone say, “She has a certain aura about her”, or “There was a certain feeling in the air”? You may have even said something similar yourself. Exactly what do we mean when we say something like that?

For the purposes of this discussion, we can describe an aura as the field of vital energy that surrounds all matter, or anything we would consider to be part of this physical world. People often think that only living things have auras, but many believe that anything that has an atomic structure has an aura surrounding it.

Our personal auras are thought to contain information about our personalities -- our beliefs, our thoughts, our emotional states -- and it is suggested that we can learn a great deal about our mental, physical and spiritual health by examining our auras. Taking this idea a step further, by looking at your present attitudes and tendencies it is also theoretically possible to get a look at potential outcomes in the future.

There are many ways to experience auras that go beyond the physical act of seeing one. If you give some thought to the following examples, you may realize that you have already had quite a bit of experience with auras.

Have you ever met someone, and felt an instant dislike for them?
Have you ever had the opposite experience -- where you met someone, and felt instantly attracted to them?
Have you ever talked with someone on the phone and felt their physical presence?
Have you ever had the sensation that someone was looking at you, turned around and discovered you were right?
Have you ever walked into a room and felt immediately comfortable, or uncomfortable?
Do you find that particular colors seem to have an effect on your emotional and physical states?
In all of the examples above, you may have experienced something with one of your five senses --
sight, sound, smell, touch or taste -- but it’s just as likely that you may have sensed something that
didn’t fall into any of these categories.

So, what exactly is an aura, and where does it come from?

It has been suggested that the aura contains the initial spark of creation and is the home to our higher consciousness. As mentioned earlier, some believe the aura to be an accurate reflection of our inner being, and that as such it contains complete information about our past, present and future.