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Seeing the Aura

This article was written by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke on November 30, -0001
posted under Aura

Mark Smith says that anyone can learn to see auras in only 60 seconds. In his book, Auras: See Them in Only 60 Seconds!, he breaks this instruction down into a few easy steps:

  1. Stand the subject eighteen inches to two feet in front of a bare white wall. Avoid walls with colors or patterns. (Joe Slate in his Aura Energy for Health, Healing & Balance suggests that you place a small shiny object such as a thumb tack or adhesive  dot on the wall a few inches to the upper left or right of the subject.)
  2. Use indirect lighting – natural ambient daylight, if possible. Avoid fluorescent light or direct sunlight.
  3. View the subject from at least ten feet away.
  4. Ask the subject to relax, breathe deeply, and rock gently from side to side with hands unclasped at his or her side.
  5. Look past the subject’s head and shoulders and focus on the wall behind.
  6. Avoid looking at the subject, concentrating instead on the texture of the wall or the shiny object behind him or her, using your peripheral rather than direct vision.
  7. As you look past the outline of the body, you will see a band of fuzzy light around the subject, about one-quarter inch to one-half inch in depth. This is the etheric aura.
  8. Continue to look past the outline of the body, and you should see the subject as if he or she is illuminated from behind, sometimes with a bright yellow or silver color. One side might glow more strongly or slowly pulsate. Auras rarely are uniform.
  9. As you progress you will soon see a second, larger band of light three inches to two feet around the body. This is the astral aura. It is usually darker and more diffuse than the etheric.
  10. Joe Slate says the once you see the aura you should shift your attention from the shiny object to the aura and observe its various characteristics. Should the aura begin to fade away, shift your focus back to the shiny object, and repeat the procedure.

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