“Chakras are energy-awareness centers. They are the revolving doors of creativity and communication between spirit and the world.” –Michael J. Tamura
I’ve always been interested in the human energy field. Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Jennifer Flint, The Aura Reader, to give us an in depth look at how to read auras – the human energy field.
How did you start reading auras?
I happened to be attending a psychic fair at a local metaphysical shop a while back, and had actually had my own aura photographed that day, so the subject was on my mind.
Just before I left, I was chatting with the owner of the shop and one of the employees. I laughingly joked that I could probably read their auras, and threw out what I thought were a couple of totally random colors for each of them.
To my surprise, they both looked at me strangely, and told me that I was correct. Later, one of them showed me her own aura photograph, and it was exactly as I had described it.
This got me thinking about the subject, and I began doing brief little readings for friends and family, which also seemed quite accurate. At this point I often didn’t even know what the colors I was seeing meant, and sometimes had to look them up in order to interpret them!
Later I made a new friend through her spiritual blog, and mentioned to her in passing that I seemed to have this odd little ability to read auras. She immediately asked me to read her, of course, which I did without even seeing her photograph.
When my assessment turned out to be correct, she asked me to read her husband and daughter as well, and then a couple of her friends, who came through with some rather startling and specific information.
At that point she suggested that I start offering aura readings through my blog, and that’s just what I did. The rest is history!
What is an aura?
Well, personally I would describe it as the energetic emanation of the body and soul, and more specifically the chakras, which are the energy centers of the various parts of the body.
The vibrations of the soul extend beyond the physical form in the same way that electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) can be measured outside an electrical wire, and for some reason I am able to perceive this output in terms of specific colors.
What does an aura look like?
This varies greatly from person to person, and probably from one aura reader to the next. I do find that most of the colors I see tend to correspond to the traditional colors and meanings of the seven major chakras, although there are some exceptions.
I know it’s common to think of the aura as an egg-shaped projection surrounding the body, but I don’t always view it that way. It’s more typical for me to see the chakras as separate “pieces” of the aura, in different shapes and sizes, and these symbols can often tell me something about what’s going on with each person, and what energetic blockages might need to be resolved.
How do you “see” an aura?
I mainly read using photographs, and primarily by email, although I can do it in person as well. My aura readings are almost entirely intuitive, and most of it happens inside my head. In fact, my mother finds it amusing that I tend to look away from people when I’m reading them in person, in order to avoid being distracted by them visually.
I can sometimes “project” a person’s aura colors around them and view them that way, but the information is most likely still intuitive rather than truly visual. And it’s something I have to do deliberately, which is actually a benefit since I can also turn it off when I’m not working.
There are also some very subtle things I’ve taught myself to do with the muscles of my eyes in order to activate my intuitive abilities and enter alpha state, which is the brainwave pattern most conducive to psychic activity. These methods are a bit difficult to describe, but they seem quite effective.
Can anyone see an aura?
I will admit that I don’t really know, since until fairly recently I didn’t even realize that I could do it! So it may be a hidden ability that other people have as well.
It does seem to be a clairvoyant skill, so people with natural clairvoyant tendencies might have an easier time of it. My assumption is that anything is possible, though, if a person has a strong enough desire to learn the ability. I have definitely developed my own clairvoyant skills over the years, simply by practicing them in various ways.
Meditation is a hugely helpful tool in this regard, and it’s the first thing I always recommend to people who want to advance their intuitive abilities.
How does your synesthesia play into your seeing auras?
Synesthesia is a rare but harmless cross-wiring of the brain that causes more than one sense to be combined. In my case, for example, I see all letters and numbers in very specific colors, and they often have genders and “personalities” too.
As a result, I’m very accustomed to perceiving people and objects in color where others might not, and assigning meanings to them as well. My guess is that this probably makes it easier for me to see the colors of the aura, and to interpret them too.
It’s hard to overemphasize how much having synesthesia “colors” my life, literally as well as figuratively. So it’s no surprise that the various hues of the aura would be an effective gateway for me to use in terms of applying my intuitive abilities.
Do you have any unusual/entertaining stories about reading auras you can share with us?
All sorts of intuitive information can show up during a reading, from health and emotional issues to mediumship. I am often amused by some of the odd bits of data that Source chooses to show me, and I am quickly learning that the stranger a piece of information seems to be, the more likely it is to be relevant.
For example, one repeat client contacted me recently because she was having a specific problem that she needed assistance with. So I headed for my studio and began to pull cards for her.
Now, in a previous reading, I had made contact with a deceased friend of hers from high school. I was able to identify him by name (Lenny), and gave many details about what he looked like, their relationship, symbols they used between them, and the way he had lived and died.
I haven’t given much thought to this person since then, so when I entered the studio to begin reading, I was surprised to have the feeling that Lenny was in there with me. When I had contacted him earlier, I had not had the sense that he was directly in my presence, but this time I did – I even got physical chills, which faded when I left the room, and resumed when I reentered it, as though he was waiting politely.
Mind you, I have had deceased loved ones show up many times in my readings, by name and specific appearance, but this was the first time the presence felt quite so – uh – present, as it were.
Since I was already aware of Lenny, I informed him mentally that if he wanted to impress his friend that he was really here, he would need to tell me something that I couldn’t possibly have known about him.
Immediately, I received the distinct impression of some sort of practical joke involving a bug. Not being sure quite what to make of this, I reported it to my client, who laughingly responded that at some point during their friendship she had had a fight with Lenny, and had placed a small insect into his mouth while he was sleeping.
I was able to describe the bug precisely, and even sent her a photo of a beetle very much like the one I saw. She confirmed that it was extremely similar, except that the actual insect was much smaller. But you can hardly blame Lenny for inflating its size, since it was his mouth it had been in!
As peculiar as this little reference was, it was something unique that they both clearly remembered (for obvious reasons). So it was an excellent way for Lenny to identify himself to my client, since this is probably not something that happens to the average person very often.
At the same time, he also mentioned ice cubes to me, which turned out to be very relevant to my client as well. Her two-year old daughter absolutely adores ice cubes, and they routinely bribe her with them when they want her to behave.
Furthermore, ice cubes had recently been shooting from their icemaker in an unexplainable fashion, and it may be that Lenny was trying to take credit for this activity too. They both seem to have quite the unique sense of humor!
Can you teach someone to see an aura? Yes~!
An exercise with a tips on how to see the aura:
1. Try and visualize the aura. lose your eyes in a quiet location, focus on your breathing, and call to mind an image of someone that you would like to try to read. Please make sure that you have that person’s permission, since to do otherwise would be an invasion of their privacy. You can even practice on your own aura, if you don’t have a willing participant!
2. Relax. In this relaxed state, try and project the image of the person in question onto an imaginary movie screen in your mind, and simply observe any colors that appear around them.
3. Pay attention. Notice also the strength, size, and shape of these colors, and any other impressions you may receive. If you are familiar with the chakras, you can scan them one by one to see how well they’re operating.
4. Review what you are seeing. Do they look bright, clear, and strong, or are there tinges of darkness or muddying in a particular area? This can indicate blockages in the energy flow that may need to be resolved.
Now, remember, this is an intuitive activity, so don’t be afraid to use your own intuition to interpret what you see. Your “color vocabulary” might be different from another aura reader’s, in the same way that no two people with synesthesia will ever see things in quite the same way.
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Jennifer Flint lives in New England with one boyfriend, two mice, a hamster, a rabbit, and two absurdly spoiled birds. Apart from her duties as head zookeeper, she offers aura, chakra, and Tarot readings through her blog The Aura Reader, as well as musings on spirituality, meditation and holistic energy management. Stop by and join the conversation!
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