Most methods of aura reading define particular meanings for each colour in the spectrum. Definitions for the primary colours are generally consistent, however there are some differences. Become familiar with the common interpretations of the primary colours (red, blue, green, etc.) from these you should be able to decipher the more complex colours of the spectrum (burnt orange, aquamarine, grey, etc.). These combination colours generally take on the combined meaning of the primary colours.
In certain circumstances, red equals anger, brown equal’s deception. Therefore a reddish brown aura would be a combination of both.
The clarity or brightness of the colour also plays a key role in colour interpretation. Very often a colour that appears cloudy has the opposite meaning of its vibrant and clear counterpart.
A vibrant yellow generally means the subject is successful and modest. A dull or cloudy yellow indicates frustration and a tendency to be vain.
As you learn colour definition, you should also become familiar with the location of the colour and how the two relate. The location, consistency and clarity of a colour within the aura help to determine their full meaning.
A clear, vibrant, and consistent yellow about the head indicates intelligence, wisdom, and success. But if just one of these parameters is modified, the meaning of the colour can change. A vibrant yellow around the chest area could indicate compassion, patience and a willingness to give.
You may see a colour localized in a specific area (as in the example above). But if you look at the entire aura overall, regardless of layers or colour, you may see a hole in the aura. This could indicate a dysfunction in the physical body, such as disease or injury. In most cases the injury or illness may not even be apparent in the physical, but rather is in the beginning stages. This type of deformity in the aura is indicative of long standing problems, such as ulcers, cancer etc. These types of physical ailments use a great deal of energy to form within the body. The hole is an indication that the body is drained of its recuperative powers and is being forced to pull energy from outside itself in order to feed a symptom inside the body.
In some cases you might see a dent in the aura in a particular location. The aura is not always perfectly egg shaped as often seen in pictures or books. It can be completely flat on one side, or "s" shaped on another. This can occur for two reasons. The most common is an intrusion or interruption has occurred to the subject.
If a person walks past, very close to you, they may unintentionally steal some of your energy. If someone suddenly reaches out and grabs your arm, they are interrupting the flow of energy around your body. An example of this might be a time when you were talking to someone and you thought they were standing to close to you. You may have even thought to yourself, "They're in my space." and backed away. Even this slight intrusion into your aura or 'space' can interrupt the flow of energy.
The second cause is similar to seeing a hole in the overall aura. Curves or dents in the aura can also be an indication that a physical injury has occurred and the body is pulling energy in to heal itself. The key to making the correct determination in these cases is to look at the colour associated with the disfigurement. If the major colour around the dent, for instance, is green, then the deformity probably indicates an illness. If however, the colour is lavender, this it is more likely that an interruption of the energy field has occurred.
The parts of the aura we have discussed thus far are consistent or primary energy patterns. Layers within the pattern may change colour, shape or location, but this usually occurs gradually and overtime. As a person's general attitude and health changes, so does the primary energy field around the body.
But every action, physical or mental, creates energy and affects the aura. Therefore, sudden emotions or thought patterns can generate instant energy patterns or peaks in the energy flow. This type of energy appears as a spike shooting out from one part of the body or as a lightning bolt across the entire aura. Emotions or sudden thought patterns may not last for a long period of time; therefore the energy they produce is also quick and sudden.
Interpreting spikes is really no different than understanding consistent energy. Just keep in mind what spike energy represents, then apply the appropriate colour interpretation to that sudden appearance.
It will be most beneficial for you to develop your own methods for reading auras. You should use books and charts only as a launching pad, not as set in stone rules and procedures. Don't become overly dependent on the systems of others, because what works well for some will not work as well for others. There are certain commonalities within each method and their colour interpretation, so you should be able to pick and choose what works best for you.
There are several guidelines or steps you should follow when you begin reading auras for other people. These range from picking out a specific location in your house for conducting spiritual work, to determining the intent of the work itself. These guidelines are not meant to restrict your abilities, but rather to enhance them. Again, you should vary these suggestions to fit your own personal requirements.
Because thought is energy, the images you visualize are manifested or created on the ethereal (spiritual) plane. Meditation can be used to provide add focus and positive energy for the creation of these images. 'Visualized meditations' can help you protect yourself, as well as, prepare your surroundings for positive and enlightened aura readings.
There are as many methods of meditation as there are people on the planet. Choose one that feels the most comfortable for you or use one of meditations described in this book as a beginning guideline.
Selecting an Environment
Informal readings, those you do for a pet or plant, may not require or be practical for these guidelines. Formal readings, those you do for yourself or others, are typically done in a home, or alternative medicine clinic. The actual place doesn't really matter, as long as you are comfortable and feel secure and can control the energy flow in the room.
If you are the practitioner, set-up the environment to your own personal specifications. It should be fairly well lit, natural light is best, but a few well-placed soft light fixtures can do just as well. The place you choose should be comfortable for you to concentrate and prepare yourself for the reading. A place where you will not be disturbed for an hour or so. And finally, it should have comfortable chairs and surroundings with little or no distractions. Choosing a room that overlooks the community playground would not necessarily be an appropriate place to perform readings.
There are many methods to prepare a room for a reading. Native American traditions use smudge sticks to replace negative energies with positive forces from the Great Spirit. Many people use select crystals arranged in specific patterns throughout the room to ward off any unwanted energies. Some people use candles and meditations, while others use a combination of these. Simply choose a method that suits your own tastes. If you are conducting a reading for a client, you should prepare the room about 15 to 30 minutes in advanced. If the reading is for yourself, prepare the room before you begin.
If you're reading for someone, you may consider taping the sessions for your client. This provides them with a record of their reading for future reference. It also, alleviates any desire the client may have to keep notes during the session. If the client is uncomfortable or is constantly taking notes, this could be distracting as you try to scan their body for information and/or problem areas.
If the reading is for yourself, tape your perceptions. Then replay the tape later on and take notes on what you saw and where. Then compare these notes to how you feel. Indicate in your documentation the accuracies and conflicts. After a few days or a week has passed, review the notes and see if anything you saw has come to pass.
If you thought you saw a faint green light around your chest, but you have no physical illness in that area. Go back a week later and review your notes. You may discover the green energy was a warning of the chest cold you have now.
The most important step to reading an aura for someone else, is to not let your own energy get in the way of your sight. Your energy field can act as a filter and cloud the view to your subject. Depression, anger or any draining emotion can also cloud your vision.
To combat these problems, be sure you are fully energized and emotionally up beat when conducting a reading. This will strengthen your well-being and prepare your physical body for the energy it will expend during the reading. Some professional readers also recommend limiting or postponing any sessions if you have a cold or flu. The reading may rob you're body of valuable energy it needs to combat the illness.
To eliminate the filter effect of your own aura, take a few minutes before your client arrives to perform a quick visualized meditation. This will temporarily move your aura out of the way and provide you with the clear path needed to see the subject's aura.
You want to remove a much smaller amount of the filter if the reading is for yourself. You don't want the filter in front of your eyes to distort the other energy around your body. But at the same time, you don't want to move too much of your energy out of the way either. Doing so will clear your aura and you'll see nothing of value. Much like erasing a video tape before you've watched the movie.
Remember to protect yourself from the energy output of your subject. Energy is free flowing and can affect anyone or anything in its path. So as not to take on the emotions or baggage of others, you need to learn how to protect yourself from outside energies. This is extremely important when conducting a reading for a client. Taking on the emotions of someone else is almost like being infected with a disease. This will interfere with the reading, not to mention the rest of your day.
If a client comes to you for a reading about a personal problem that has them worried or depressed, don't let their emotions rub off on you. To be sympathetic or feel empathy is to take on someone's emotions in order to understand their position. Instead of taking on this energy, protect yourself and provide them with a little compassion and understanding.
Protecting your own energy field before a reading or any time you come in contact with others, will help you ward off any unwanted feelings. But you have to be able to identify these energies in order to help your client. The caution here is not to label or judge people because of one or two colours, the shape or the clarity of colour you might see in their aura. You must take a look at the entire picture to provide complete and useful information.
Preparing the Client
After you have set-up the room, the tape or whatever duties you needed to perform, allow yourself a few moments to calm down. If you're reading for a client, allow time for them to calm down and relax from the drive once they arrive. Spend a few moments in pleasant conversation. Explain what an aura is and how it can help a person decipher and address any current issues they may have.
When you’re comfortable with their energy level, light a small white candle to symbolize the joining of conscious minds. Imagine the flame is being lit from within your spiritual body and is reaching out to connect with your client. Begin the reading with a favourite prayer and ask your guide(s) to assist and protect you during the session.
Concluding a Session
When you have completed a reading, for yourself or for a client, be sure to ask if there are any outstanding questions. If not, close the session with a prayer of thanks to your guide(s). Then spend a few moments to think about, discuss any problem areas or review any issues that may have been identified in the reading. Injuries to the physical, mental and spiritual bodies are simply symptoms of an underlying cause. If you identify the source of the ailment you've seen in their aura, you can help to heal or avert the injury. There are many healing books available on this subject. One excellent publication is 'Heal Your Body' by Louise L. Hay from Hay House Publications.
Providing information about an aura is an admirable quality. But if no action is taken to alleviate any problem areas, then the reading is generally pointless. This is just as true for your own wellbeing as it is for a client. When you practice reading yourself, you must set your ego aside and trust your first impressions. Don't second guess what you see, simply record it and determine its implication to your life later on.
Aura reading usually takes time to fully interpret and analyse. Helpful readings can be performed within 30 to 60 minutes. More detailed readings in the outer fringes can take longer to interpret. They are often not as strong or clear as the inner layers and therefore it may also take more time to perceive these layers, so don't give up. Just remember to practice and study other methods until you find what works for you.
Clearing the Aura
As discussed previously, your own aura can act as a filter between you and your subject. This is a brief exercise that may help you push your own aura aside and prepare you for a reading. This meditation will also help you protect yourself from your client’s emotional energies.
Sit in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for 10 to 15 minutes. Sit in a chair or on the floor, but keep your back straight. If you choose to use spiritual music, begin the tape now.
Close your eyes and take in 3 deep breaths through your nose. As you do, imagine the positive white light of the universe entering your lungs and energizing your physical body. As you exhale through your mouth, imagine a grey smoke that carries with it any negativity, stress or anxiety as it exits your body. Say to yourself 'I release all stress and negative emotions to the universe, where they can be dissipated and no longer do harm to anyone'. As you take in the final breath, imagine God's energy filling your lungs with a large ball of pure protective white light.
As you return to normal breathing imagine the white ball of light beginning to grow as it mixes with your own energy. As the ball becomes larger, the positive light pushes through your organs, tissue and muscles, forcing any leftover stress out of your body and into the universe to be dispersed. Imagine the energy pushing up through your chest, neck and head. Then see the energy pushing downward, through your stomach, hips, legs and feet.
When you have imagined the light fully encompassing your entire body, push the light farther out in front of you to open a doorway through your aura. Imagine a giant pair of pure white hands opening your aura and pushing it aside like a curtain. Ask your guide(s) to help you keep the doorway open until the reading with your client has been completed.
Sit for approximately 10-15 minutes and allow God's light to energize your body and prepare you for the reading. When you are ready to end, thank God and your guide(s) for their assistance.
When you're ready, open your eyes and make any final preparations for your reading.
There are 4 facets to perceiving and interpreting the energy of the aura. Layers are determined by colour variations. Within the colour, the shape, consistency and clarity all determine the meaning of that layer.
Is the yellow you perceive around the head bright like the sun or dingy and faded? Is the green just an oblong ball around the elbow or is it around the whole body? Does the red appear as a spike flashing across the torso or is it consistently present around the head?
These examples will be further detailed, but you can see the many factors that determine the meaning of what you see. It's important to be as precise as you possibly can during a reading, whither it is for yourself or for someone else. The more you practice your second sight, the more accurate you will become in distinguishing these slight variations.