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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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