Perceiving or “seeing” an aura is pretty easy, you’ve probably seeing them many times but ignored it because it wasn’t the big colorful explosion you see in the movies. Try to let go of the word “seeing” and think instead of perceiving or sensing an aura.  Your physical eyes are not equipped to see an aura, your psychic abilities are sensing the energy and your mind is interpreting that information as light, color, temperature, shapes, or energy.

It is easier for me to see aura colors with my eyes closed and I can also feel the energy with my hands and even use a modified version of this technique to sense people in the dark… but we will get to that in a later lesson.

All living things have an aura as well as some crystals and sacred objects.  However, people are usually easiest when you are starting.

I find it is easiest to see someone’s aura if they are relatively still in front of a solid background.  I learned to see auras as a teenager in school.  The teacher, standing in front of a blackboard was perfect, the minister in church was good too.  The busier the background - other people, nature, or moving scenery - the harder it is to focus on the aura.  If you have no one you can stare blankly at for a few minutes you can look at a pet or your own hand. We will call the person or animal you are looking at your client.

Your success with any of these exercises is dependent on your mental state.  When starting out, try to be as calm and centered as possible.  The more you practice the easier it will get until you will be able to see auras at will in just about any location.  Looking at auras in the NYC subway during rush hour is an education, but not a beginner’s exercise.

Start by choosing your client.  If you have a practice partner you regularly work with for psychic development you can check out each other’s auras at the same time.  Otherwise, try to pick a person you can look at for five minutes or so without being creepy.  The person does not have to be facing you.  If possible the person should be five to twenty feet away, too close an you may find yourself inside their energy, too far and the blur of distance may trick you.  If there is no one you can easily find to stare at, you can look at an animal.  Pets are easiest as they are more likely to stay still, but squirrels will work in a pinch. 

Begin with the Psychic Warm Up

Once you are centered, direct your gaze just off to the side of your client and begin to let your eyes go soft.  I know of no better way to describe this, it is a softening of your focus where you are releasing your eyes to a more restful or gentle state.  Try not to “look” for the aura, but notice the slight haze, blurriness, or glow around your client.  It may take a while to appear and at first it may be easy to confuse the after image you get when you close your eyes after staring at something, but the aura is different.  At first you will probably only notice it on the edges of your client and if you get excited and focus to intently it will disappear.  It gets easier with practice.

End with the Psychic Cool Down

If you get discouraged, always return to your breathing or pick a different client in a different environment.  You can perceive auras.

At first you will probably just see relatively static outlines, but be patient and you will notice auras change shape and intensity.  People who are meditating often have expanded auras, people who love each other will blend auras when they are close.  Performers’ auras will often expand and merge with the audience.  People’s auras may shrink or fade when they are stressed or scared and expand or brighten when they are joyful. 

Even these simple, colorless visions of the aura can tell you so much.  Once you are comfortable perceiving the auras around people you can start looking around other things.  Animals usually have strong auras as do many plants and trees.  Bird auras can be hard to see, but are worth the effort.  Some crystals and stones have auras as well as some jewelry.  Things that are older, loved and cared for are more likely to have auras than newer objects.  Church alters and object of worship often have auras.  The auras of non-living things are usually static and rarely move, but they can be fascinating to look at can tell you what people truly care about enough to imbue with energy.

In the next lesson we will discuss perceiving auras tactilely.