Charles Leadbeater, a member of the Theosophical Society, was the first person to popularize the concept of auras. In his book, Man Visible and Invisible, published in 1903, he illustrated the human aura at various stages of spiritual evolution (one drawing at left). In 1910, he incorporated chakras into his book, The Inner Life, by combining old teachings with his own ideas. Leadbeater’s concepts were later adopted by others such as Rudolf Steiner and Edgar Cayce.

Spiritualists define the aura as a type of electromagnetic energy that radiates from all physical objects. Living beings manifest a personal energy field that reflects their own unique spiritual vibration. As a physical body and spirit change, so does the aura. Some people are born with the ability to see or sense auras without training. Others may learn to develop the ability. It is through clairvoyance that a medium attunes to the spiritual vibrations of others.

Clairsentience can be used to sense a person’s aura either in the physical plane or Spirit World. It may be on an emotional level, where one is determining their state of feeling. Are they happy or sad, or sensitive or aloof? Their mental energy can also be determined. This is the way their physical mind works. Are they intelligent or easily confused, or paranoid or trusting? The condition of the physical body can be determined as well. A healthy body will radiate a completely different energy when it is sick. A well-trained medium will be able to detect subtle changes in the physical body that are not typically noticeable.

Since the aura is a type of energy, specific vibrations are sensed as colors by the human mind. One does not have to see the color, or even have working vision, to perceive the vibrations of the aura. Different colors may have different meanings, but there are basic guidelines one can follow:

RED: Passion or anger, energy and self-confidence, materialism.

ORANGE: Pride, the need for excitement, personal power and control.

YELLOW: Bright and cheery, intellectual and creative, sense of humor.

GREEN: Competitive and individualistic, processes ideas and information quickly, natural healers.

BLUE: Loving and nurturing, balanced, inspirational, noble, intuitive.

PURPLE: Wise, self-mastery, highly evolved and intuitive.

Other colors include pink (loving and gentle), white (pure and spiritual), and gray (dark thoughts).

There are many exercises you can try to develop your ability to sense auras. I’ll describe one you can do at home. Position yourself a few feet away from something that is dark in color, like a curtain or piece of furniture. Hold your hands up, palms facing you, fingers slightly apart. Stare at your hands, letting your eyes go unfocused. After a while, you’ll see a subtle glow around your hands. Once you see that, keep working. You will next see energy radiating from the fingertips. It will flow like wisps of smoke connecting the fingers of one hand to the fingers of the other. That is your aura.

 Once you identify your own aura, you can try your ability on others, with their permission of course. It will take time and patience to develop your skills. Keep in mind the colors listed above while practicing. Once a person is adept at sensing the auras of physical persons, the same technique can be used to identify spirit auras. Colors will enable you to describe the spirit in more detail when conducting readings for a client.