New book explores auras, what they mean, and how to see them

Courtesy: St. Martin’s Essentials

A new book looks at the ancient practice of aura reading. Auras: The Anatomy of the Aura by Eliza Swann is a beginner’s guide to the power and beauty of auras. These layered veils of energy surround all physical things and reflect the state of their internal energy flow.

Swann starts with an explanation of what an aura is from both mystical and scientific perspectives, before going into an in-depth explanation of the layers of the human aura and a detailed list of techniques for learning to perceive auras. She offers an exhaustive list exercises to awaken or tune into various parts of the body (etheric body, astral body, celestial body, etc.), which I think is nice because you can go for days without repeating an exercise.

I volunteer-teach a yoga class, and I liked her Rainbow Meditation, which I’d like to incorporate into my class as a guided meditation during shavasana (the final pose.) That exercise has you visualizing the colors of the rainbow working their way up from your feet to your head, with the intention of giving the practitioner more energy and focus.

I haven’t yet been able to see auras, but I do have a friend who can see auras around humans and mountain ranges (the Ko’olaus are always dark blue.) I asked her to try some of the other exercises with me. There’s one for seeing the auras of plants, so we tried that, and lo and behold, she ended up seeing color around some plants. Interestingly, a cluster of seedlings was red with new life, and a wildflower was pink with love.

The book was dense with very interesting information – including how to become a professional healer – more than I can take in in one sitting, but I will be happy to have it handy for times when I want to practice something calming and spiritual.

Expected publication: April 14, 2020 by St. Martin’s Essentials.

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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