One of the early ways I became aware of my intuition was by sensing an uncomfortable feeling when I walked into a room where people had been arguing. Or, I might feel nauseated upon meeting someone, and my sense would be that they could not be trusted. Although it took me a long time to acknowledge that these were actually my intuition at work, I always innately trusted the feelings I got. It was as if I was sensing something about their auras.
An aura is the energy field that surrounds living creatures. If we look at how the aura is believed to be structured, it becomes very clear why we can sense people's emotions. Although there is a certain amount of body language that we naturally read (anger creases, smile lines, posture, etc.), our auras — or subtle bodies — extend farther than the edges of our skin; and as we approach others, our auras interact.
Auras are believed to be made up of several layers and extend several feet beyond our physical body. Each represents some aspect of the connection between our physical body and our soul. Different colors within the aura represent different emotions or physical states.
Many people claim to be able to feel some of the subtle bodies — some Reiki practitioners and healers, for instance. And many people are adept at seeing other people's auras. I never have felt like a particularly visual person, but I have tried to see other people's auras, with minor success. I have been able to see an outline but rarely any color.
What I have found easiest is to see tree auras. Trees are living creatures that have energy fields, too. And in the spring and summer months when their sap is rising, tree auras are fairly easy to see. I recommend you try it next time you are outside with an unobstructed view of a grove or line of trees that is somewhat distant to you. The bigger the group of trees, the stronger the energy and the easier to see.
Relax your eyes like you are looking at a Magic Eye picture, and gaze just above the top edge of the trees. It will take a bit of time before you see it, but for me it starts as a slight blurring that turns into a silvery haze with sparkles. If you blink or look directly at it, it will disappear. Just relax and return to gazing above it, and it will pop back into view.
The more you practice, the easier it gets. If you have success with this, try looking above your pet's head, or look above people when you're sitting on an airplane and bored. You might be surprised at what you can see.
Terry Yohnka lives in Kankakee and does private tarot readings. She has had an interest in New Age topics for more than 50 years. Her column, esoTerry, appears in every issue of Yes! magazine. Contact Terry at 815-214-9412.
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