What Shape is Your Aura In?

One of the first things I usually take note of when I observe someone’s aura is the shape and size. As I said, this usually indicates role, but it can also indicate someone’s emotional, mental, or physical mood, too.

Auras that are sharp and spiky (in an adult), pulled tight (like a very tight spiral), are too close to the body (within 2 or 3 inches of the body), are spinning in a counter-clockwise direction, or any combination of those, usually indicate some sort of negativity.

Auras that are rounded, soft, flowing clockwise, expansive, or any combination of those, usually indicate positivity.

Auras that appear scattered, meaning that they either contain flares of colors bursting at odd moments, or have stringers shooting off and away from them (originating at the mental center), indicate a lot of mental activity that is either not very well focused or is not coherent (some mental patients have these types of auras, but then so do some highly creative people).

Of course, if the flares or stringers are bursting from the motion/action center, it means that someone needs/wants to move; that the inactivity is causing a build up of energy that needs to be released through some type of movement. You can often see this in athletes or in people who tend to act first and think about the consequences later, especially if they are stuck in a situation where there movements are limited. Many of these types of people can find a release through pacing, tantric breathing, or jiggling their leg or foot (if they’re sitting).

Colors also play a large part in the information that you can obtain from auras. Based on the chakra colors observed, you can note:

  • Their emotional attitude at the moment you’re observing them
  • Their mental attitude or thoughts at the moment you’re observing them
  • Their physical health
  • The health of the chakras and the aura (whether any of their chakras are blocked, too narrow or too open)
  • The past or future lives that might be impacting this one
  • Who has ties to them and what type (familial, sexual, emotional, spiritual, etc.)
  • The number of karmic ties they have and (sometimes) who with
  • If someone is manipulating them (cords to the backs of their chakras)

That’s a lot of information, so it’s no wonder that many of us who can “see” auras have learned to put up blocks. Imagine standing in a room full of 10 other people and being inundated with all of that information from each of them. Information overload! Forget about trying to live your own life, you’re too busy trying to sort out all the information you’re getting bombarded with.

Without blocks, it can become very difficult to ascertain which emotions are mine and which belong to someone nearby, or what thoughts are mine and which belong to someone standing in the room with me.

So, yes, most of us learn to pull our auras in close and keep our receptors tamped down so we don’t “hear” or “see” that information. 

Of course, as I stated in several earlier posts (Not Abilities, Choices and Auras Part 1), there are those who use the information they glean from everyone’s auras to manipulate situations and people. Some are simple con people, some are more nefarious (some cult leaders, some tyrants, some business moguls). (Of course, not everyone who is a cult leader, tyrant, or bully reads auras. Some of them simply have learned how to manipulate people using fear.)

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What Your Aura Says About You

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When I flip the switch on and note someone’s aura, the first thing I notice is the intensity and the shape. Believe it or not auras come in many shapes and sizes and it rarely mimics a person’s physical shape and size.

However, the shape and size of an aura can be influenced by a person’s physical shape and size. For instance, many children’s auras are rather spiky and the colors very intense. This is primarily due to the fact that there is a lot of energy trying to fit into such small packages. Now, obviously all children are not created equal, so not every child has a large, spiky aura, but overall most do. Those kids who are older (soul age) usually have quieter auras—the older the soul, the quieter the aura (usually…but it’s not 100% correlation). (Of course, since there are more “high school” aged souls than any others on Earth, most of the kids I encounter have fairly noisy auras.)

Also, the health of the physical body does play a part in the intensity and the shape of an aura. So, if a child is ill or malnourished, then obviously the aura will be less intense, more collapsed, and usually without the spikiness of a more robust, normal child.

In adults the shape and size of auras is varied and can be greatly influenced by mood or health, but it is also influenced by the soul’s selection of attributes. Most attributes are chosen for a single life, but one (role) is chosen at the start of physical life and remains throughout all lives.

The roles, of which there are 7, are related to certain chakras or centers:

  • Spiritual (crown)
  • Mental (third eye)
  • Communication (throat)
  • Moving/Action (solar plexus)

All of the centers mentioned, except the mental center, have 2 roles associated with them, and that is because the energies for those roles either flow inward or outward. But the energies for the mental center are considered neutral, since thought comes before anything else. Thought is the basis of all other things—without thought, there is no need to communicate; without thought, there is no need to create; without thought, there is no need for action; without thought, there is no belief. Therefore, there is only 1 role with the mental center.

So, if the role is one of the inward flowing ones, the shape of the aura is much narrower, fitting closer to the body, than if the role is one of those with an outward flow. You have to be careful with this, though, because emotionalism can also pull an aura inward; however, emotions will only pull one or two layers and not the entire thing. Therefore, you have to observe whether just the emotional layer and/or physical layer have been pulled tight in to the body, or whether the whole aura is riding close to the physical form.

When I speak of fitting closer to the body, most people in a relaxed state have auras extending about two feet from the physical body; however, those with a role that has an outward flowing energy will actually extend up to 4 or 5 feet (that’s why they are often said to have presence), while those with inward flowing energies might only extend 12 to 18 inches.

Another one that follows each soul throughout each of their lives is cycle (soul age). The cycle (soul age) is determined by the experiences completed, so if a soul gets through the basic experience of being human, they gain a cycle (or soul age) of 1. It is each soul that determines whether they completed an experience satisfactorily or not, so it is each soul who determines when to progress to the next soul age. The more complex the experiences you choose, the greater the increase in soul age.

This cycle or soul age shows up in the intensity of the colors: the whiter the crown, the older the soul. On a soul newly incarnated into the physical cycle, the crown chakra is a deep purple. As that soul progresses through their physical lives, the crown lightens going from deepest purple to lavender and finally to white.

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Seeing Auras

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There are three groups of people that I know of who can usually see auras all the time:

  • Those just starting their cycle of lives on the physical plane
  • Those nearing the end of their cycle of lives on the physical plane
  • Those who chose to see auras during their current life on the physical plane

Those just starting out and those getting ready to cycle off share the fact that they are closer (most times) to the other planes than they are to the physical one. That is why they are most often able to see the energies that surround everything (inanimate and animate objects and people). When your focus is primarily the physical plane, then those are the objects you see—people, trees, chairs, dogs, streets, buildings, etc. People focused on the here and now rarely see anything not in front of their faces.

But those who are starting out or finishing up their cycle of lives tend to align themselves with other planes besides just the physical. For those starting out, it is because they are still unsure and unfamiliar with this physical world and maintaining close ties to other planes (such as the astral or causal) can give them a feeling of safety, it provides a safety net per se.

Those of us who are in the last life or two of finishing this physical cycle of lives need a place of “sanity” and calm. Also, we are usually “in training” for when we finally do finish with this cycle of physical lives. By maintaining such close links with the astral, causal, or mental planes we give ourselves an easy way to shift focus and “leave” for awhile.

Because these ties are stronger in us than in most people on the physical plane, we also tend to “see” the world in many layers. One of those layers is the energy layer that surrounds everything in this world, otherwise known as the auric layer.

(Now this isn’t to say that everyone isn’t tied to the other planes, they are. But those who are just starting out and those getting ready to cycle off have ties to one or more planes that are almost equal to their ties to the physical plane. Others have stronger ties to the physical than to any other plane.)

Those who choose to see auras have done so to follow some life path that they wish to explore. It might be that they want to try being a medium in this life, or perhaps they want to explore being a con man/woman (and trust me, being able to read auras comes in very handy if you want to manipulate people or situations), or maybe they want to explore having a handicap (for some people, this is considered being handicapped; not everyone sees it as a blessing).

There are others who can sometimes see auras for short periods during their lifetime

  • Those who are injured (such as having injured their eyes and so are able to see the auras of people and objects around them, or having injured their head and so activating a different part of their mind).
  • Some who are nearing death or have near-death experiences find that when the veil between life and death thins, they can see the auras around people.
  • Some who are very ill, such as with high fevers, sometime see auras around people.

Most of those who see the auras for these short periods, usually brush it off as part of the illness, injury, or near-death experience. A few of them actually accept what they saw as being real.

As for those of us who see auras all the time throughout our lives, well, we usually just adapt to the images and learn to work with them or ignore them. For me, I treat my “second sight” much like I would a light switch, flipping it on or off depending on what I’m doing and what I need to focus on. It has become such a habit, that I rarely notice anymore. It is only when someone asks for something specific (a reading on their or someone else’s health, mood, or other lives impacting their current one) that I specifically note the flipping on of the switch.

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What color is your aura?

artwork by DL Sullivan


(this post is still quite popular, so I thought I would re-post it)  

Have you ever wondered what color your aura is, or maybe you wondered about someone else—someone such as your spouse, child, parent, or friend? Well, here’s a way to “see” at least part of it.  

No, really—I’m serious. If you know someone fairly well, such as a spouse or even yourself, you probably know what their favorite color is. So, let’s say your favorite color is blue and you always manage to wear some article of clothing in that color—shirt, slacks, tie, socks, something. Then one morning, you notice yourself reaching for the red tie instead of the blue one.  

The first thing you need to question is your state of mind. Are you angry? Did you get up late and so are upset, feeling hectified? Did you have trouble sleeping or maybe you missed your morning coffee?  

Two things will push someone to reach for something red, if it isn’t their “normal” every day color:  emotional upset (anger, frustration, etc.) and illness. So, if you’re not angry or upset, and you really want to wear red (and not just because it looks jaunty with your new tan slacks), then take a moment to really check out how you feel (even something as small as a minor toothache can be telegraphed this way). It might even be that the body is trying to fight off a cold or flu virus and you’re not even consciously aware of it (yet). There’s no fever, no sore throat, but the body knows there’s something wrong, and it is already trying to warn you.  

Now, maybe instead of your usual blue, you really feel like wearing brown. That’s a good indicator that you’re either physically tired or emotionally withdrawn. In fact, here’s a quick little chart to help you identify what your color choices might mean:

Color Emotional Meaning Physical/Mental Meaning
Pink Childlike Beginnings of illness/Immaturity
Red Anger/Frustration Illness/Illness
Brown Withdrawn/inhibited/need for solitude Tired/Mildly depressed
Purple Otherworldly/Spiritual Balanced/Objective or Sensible
Yellow Bubbly/Full of life Energized/Animated
Orange Forceful/Ready to take charge Enduring/Determined
Green Caring/Empathic Healthy or Healing/Understanding
Blue Tranquil/Peaceful Calm/Unperturbed
Black Despondent Neglectful/Secretive

 Noting your favorite color can also indicate which chakra you work through. For instance, if your favorite color is white, lavender, or purple, you’re primarily working with the energies from your crown chakra.

Color Chakra/Energy center
Purple or White Crown/Spiritual center
Blue Third eye/Intellectual center
Orange Throat/Communications center
Green Heart/Emotional center
Yellow Thorax/Moving center
Red Base/Instinctual (physical) center
Brown Root/Creative center


So, what color are you wearing today?

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(And just in case anyone is interested, my favorite color has always been purple;-)  

[For more on auras, also see  Can you state the order of the chakras? and Why is the thoracic chakra first?]

Why are we here?

People are always questioning why. Why are we here? What’s our purpose on Earth? Why are we born into the physical plane? What’s the meaning of life?

To me, the answer is so obvious. We’re here to be; to live; to experience life. Call it lessons, call it learning, call it what you will, the whole point of being in the physical world is to experience it.

Of course that doesn’t mean you have to stop everything you’re doing and rush out and start trying to be a daredevil and race down mountain slopes on skies, race cars at death-defying speeds, or dive out of planes—unless, of course, you want to.

It simply means that the life you’re living, no matter how mundane you feel it is, is important. Everything you do is important. Perhaps you feel as if your life doesn’t matter, that you’re no one special. But if you’re alive, you’re special. If you even touch one other person, no matter how briefly, you both change.

Think about it. Even if you live alone, have never been married, have no family or friends, and you don’t even leave your apartment to go to work (maybe you work on the computer out of your home), you still make an impact on the realities around you. Every time you e-mail someone, every time you call someone, you’re interacting with them and, consequently, affecting their life and yours, their reality and yours.

Few, if any, people live alone in a cave never interacting with anyone else anymore. I know sometimes we feel as if we are (living in a cave). We’ve become isolated by our technology and cut off from human contact. But like Schrödinger’s cat, which was there if you looked in the box and not there if you didn’t look, we are also “there” when we interact for any reason at any level with someone else. Each interaction, no matter how brief, gives us a place in the world; and each interaction adds to our experiences. And experiences are why we are here.

Even a nod at a stranger on the street is an interaction. You’re acknowledging that person’s existence. If you speak to that person, even if it’s just to say “Hello”, you increase their place not only in the world, but in your personal reality. By acknowledging others, we also create a more solid place in the world for ourselves, because now we exist not only in our own personal reality, but also in someone else’s. It might be that our existence in their reality only lasts a moment, but even the briefest of moments brings change.

A finger dipped into a puddle of water appears to make little difference to the puddle once the finger is removed. The water quickly moves back together, hiding any evidence that the finger was even there. However, the person who dipped their finger in the water now has a wet finger, so both the puddle and person have changed, despite appearances.

We are like that puddle. While we think nothing has changed from our brief encounter, our simultaneous nods, our muttered “hellos”, we have changed. We have added an experience to our lives that didn’t exist before, and that’s all life is about—dipping our fingers into the puddles of the world. Sometimes we’ll find our fingers come out damp, and other times they’ll be dripping wet. And every once in awhile, we may even stop long enough to scoop up a handful of water and not only get our fingers, but our whole hands wet.

But no matter whether we dip our fingers or our whole hands into the puddles of reality around us, every time we do, we’ll have a new and unique experience, because every puddle is different, and every encounter unique.

Infinity is now

Artwork by DL Sullivan


Infinity is now; every reality is right here, right now. Every life is right here, right now, but you only see one—this one. However, there is so much more to this life that you don’t see. There is an infinite number of yous living lives that are right now affecting the you reading this post.  

At this very moment, your past and future lives are both helping and hindering your current life, all because of the choices you made (will make? Are making?).  

All your lives feed together. All your choices feed together. And every life and every choice feeds back to the current now, the current life.  

Artwork by DL Sullivan


So how does that influence your life now? Well, perhaps several “past” lifetimes ended with you drowning (maybe as a sailor, flood victim, and child playing near a stream), so in the current life you are petrified of pools, lakes, boats, and beaches. This is because at a non-conscious level, you remember this, and the body reacts to this information by creating a fear of the situations that might lead to another occurrence. However, if the fear becomes too great, it could keep you from fully living your current life.    

Perhaps in several “future” lives you are a teacher of astro-engineering, so in this life you feel a need to study astrophysics. You may also find yourself drawn to reading engineering journals or books. This is your soul’s way of using all its lives to explore choices and to share the experiences that each life has had, is having, will have.  

It’s all one. Every life we live affects every other life. Every choice we make in this life not only creates alternate lives so that every permutation of that choice is experienced and explored, but it also feeds into all the other lives that we are living—past, future, current, and all their alternates.  

If in this life you choose to learn how to design and build bridges, then that knowledge spreads through all your lives. You may not need it in every life, such as the life in Sardinia where you are a goat herder; however, in those lives where the information is needed, it will be there.  

Ever wonder why someone can learn four or five different languages so easily? It could be because their other selves in their other lives are already speaking those languages. If you have a life in Italy, Japan, Korea, and Finland, whether past or future, then you are going to have those languages available to you now. That means that the you that is now, the you currently reading this post, could, with a little study, start speaking any one or all of those languages, because you already are.  

We are the sum of our parts, but it’s not just the parts of this current life that are a part of us. It is also all of the parts of all of the other lives that we are currently living, have lived, and will live right now. So, just imagine the possibilities. Just imagine what you can do with your life, knowing all the other lives you have to draw on. You can do or be anything you could ever dream of, because somewhere, somewhen you probably are, have been, or will be.

Seeking validation

Have you ever noticed that for the most part we do things to show other people? Most of us decorate our houses so that we can show them off to our friends and families; or we buy a new outfit and can’t wait to wear it to work or to the next get-together to show our friends or co-workers.

We’re always seeking validation and acceptance from others. I’m not immune; I do the same thing—well not so much with the decorating or the outfits—but with my thoughts and ideas. I put my thoughts and ideas out here and hope other people will accept them, and validate them with their comments or approval, and therefore, make me feel accepted.

Most of us find a way to create something that expresses our ideas, our beliefs, that intensely personal part of ourselves that exists within. As I said, with me it’s writing, for my spouse it’s drawing, and for one of my co-workers it’s music. But not everyone feels creative, and even those who do still try to find validation and acceptance through the creations of others.

I also read books and view movies with an eye toward validating my beliefs, my ideas (and because I enjoy reading and watching movies);-). And I know many others do the same. Yet two people can watch the same movie and come away with totally different perceptions as to whether it was good, simply because for one it contradicts what they think and believe, and for the other it validated what they think and believe.

I can think of several movies that have made me feel as if my views and concepts of the world were valid. My views as to how time and alternate realities works are echoed in a movie called Frequency, while the movie Dead Again reflects (for me) how life lessons can play out.

Another movie that I find fascinating, and which validates some of my ideas and concepts of how life is continuous is Dragonfly with Kevin Costner (of course, it helps that it uses my favorite dragonflies as its central symbol).

But I also find books to be a fascinating source of validation. One of my favorites, Bag of Bones by Stephen King, expresses beautifully the world of connections (cords, links, and threads) that lies just outside of our normal range of vision. While the Sookie Stackhouse series (by Charlaine Harris) validates my ability to “hear” people’s thoughts/emotions, and “know” what paths they might be contemplating.

I know some other folks find their validation through music (creating, playing, or listening to it), or from various arts such as painting, sketching, blowing glass, or sculpting (either creating it or looking at it). There are times I’ve been able to tap into what the other folks are feeling or seeing in regards to the music or art, and sometimes not. But then, there are many times that my friends don’t experience the same rush or moment of awe that I get from a passage in a book or movie, either.

Somehow, it doesn’t really matter what venue you get your sense of validation from, though, just as long as you do. Because I believe we all need validation; we all need acceptance. Some of us create the experience, some of us simply enjoy the creations, and some of us do a little of both. So, where do you find your validation and acceptance?