When I was in school I remember taking health classes where I learned about the systems of the body. I remember learning about the circulatory, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, reproductive systems, etc. Learning about the body systems helped me understand myself and why my body and mind functioned the way they did. You may have had a similar experience. Unfortunately, one system was left out of my health classes, and probably yours as well. That system is The Energy Body.
What is the Energy Body?
The energy body, or subtle body, is a system that carries life force energy through and around us, connecting us to the earth, the divine, our higher selves and each other. Understanding this system is crucial for physical, emotional and spiritual health. The energy body is invisible to most of us; however, we feel and react to it constantly, whether we know it or not. This system is made up of several components that work together, just like the other body systems.
Two major components of the energy body are the aura and the chakras
The aura is a field of electrical energy that extends out from your body in a bubble. It is made up of layers of energy that emanate out from your chakras. When viewed by someone who knows how to see auras, it has color, based on the vibration emanating from it.
The aura changes constantly in direct relationship to your physical and emotional state. It serves two very important purposes: protection and information exchange.
Your aura is a barrier of energy between you and the rest of the world. When it is healthy it gives you a sense of security, insulating you from the energies around you. You have clear boundaries and can tell the difference between your own needs and emotions and those of others.
When it is unhealthy you feel anxious, attacked, like the energy of everyone around you is bearing down on you. You have poor boundaries with other people and tend to take on the emotions and problems of other people.
Aura health is key to emotional health.
The human need for security is fundamental, we cannot function past survival mode without it. Having a strong aura provides you with an inner knowing that you are safe and protected and can go out into the world and take risks, seek what you want and succeed.
Your aura serves as an interactive field of information. You use it to exchange information with everyone you meet. It is like a virtual business card that instantly shares your mood, your overall health, your intentions, your sense of yourself and much more with everyone you come into contact with. You receive this information from everyone you come into contact with.
You may not realize that this happens, but if you think about it for a moment you will remember experiences where you just “knew” something about someone else. Have you ever met someone and felt instantly drawn to them, like you already know them or want to get to know them better? Or, have you met someone you instantly disliked, felt suspicious of, or were afraid of? Where did this information come from? You “read” their aura with your own.
We can feel our auras and sense changes in them with our physical senses. This is primarily an unconscious action, but is key to our relationships and personal safety.
Have you ever been standing in the grocery store line and felt someone step too close to you? They didn’t touch you, but you felt them enter your space. This is your bubble, the layer of your aura that is at arm’s length. This field of energy is a constant source of information about the world around you. You react to it, adjusting your own behavior based on what you feel from your aura every day.
Consider a few examples of how you use the information you receive from your aura:
- Walking down the street you see someone coming your way. You feel a sense of unease and cross the street.
- You notice in a parking lot that you have a flat tire. Your cell phone is dead. You glance around the parking lot for someone who seems safe, and choose a stranger to ask for help based on what you feel.
- You are having a deep conversation with your spouse. You feel them begin to pull away and adjust what you are saying and your body language until you feel them re-engage.
- You plan to ask for a raise at work, but feel a sense of hostility from your boss and decide to wait.
- You enter a room and feel the tension between two people, you can tell they have been arguing.
In general, you react to information from your aura unconsciously.
Learning to intentionally read and trust what your aura is telling you is a skill that can lead to success in your relationships, career and beyond.
Some people have natural abilities to see the aura, but it is a skill that can be learned by everyone. There is less value in “seeing” the aura visually, and more value in learning to intentionally “feel” and interpret the information that is coming from someone’s aura.
What are Chakras? The chakras are energy centers in the body that correspond to different areas of physical, emotional and spiritual functioning. There are 7 main chakras, although there are many more, smaller chakras throughout the body, as well as above and below the body. The chakras are connected to one another through channels of energy that run throughout the body.
This energy comes from your connection to the energy of the earth below you and the energy of the divine above you.
There is a constant cycle of energetic breath in the body, new energy being introduced and old energy being released.
Your root chakra is the foundation of your energy body. It sits at the base of your spine, in the center of your body and runs down your legs to the bottoms of your feet. It is generally viewed as being the color red, although there is variation: no two energy bodies are the same. Your root chakra is your energy connection to the earth. It is a conduit, drawing life force energy from the earth, into your body to support physical function.
It is the center of safety, security and stability in your life. When it is balanced you feel a strong sense of security and groundedness that allows you to try new things, take risks and enjoy your life. When it is out of balance you may feel afraid, insecure, and the need to manipulate or control things in your life in order to feel safe.
Your sacral chakra sits just below your belly button and is the center of creativity and emotional expression and core beliefs in your life. It is usually some shade of orange. Balance in the sacral chakra brings a sense of joy and fulfillment to life.
You are confident in who you are and know that you matter. You can express yourself creatively and you are flexible. When the sacral chakra is out of balance you feel stifled, you question your worth and can be rigid and judgemental of yourself.
Solar Plexus Chakra
Your solar plexus chakra is at the base of your sternum. It is usually yellow and is the center of personal power, will and self-esteem in your life. It is your powerhouse, and governs how you extend your will into the world. When it is balanced you are confident and strong and you stand up for what you want.
When it is out of balance you can feel weak, allow yourself to be controlled by others and lose sight of what you really want. You can also become defensive and angry, using your will to control those around you.
Your heart chakra is in the center of your chest. It is the center of love and all relationships in your life, especially your relationship with yourself. It is pink or green or some combination of both. When your heart is balanced you have a clear balance between giving and receiving in your life.
Your relationships are nurturing and supportive and you have good boundaries with other people. When the heart is out of balance you may withdraw from relationships to protect yourself, give too much, have poor boundaries and resent your relationships.
Your throat chakra is the center of communication in your body. It governs honest communication, active listening and self validation. It is generally a shade of blue and is in the hollow of your throat. When your throat is balanced you speak up for yourself, share your needs and feelings honestly and are willing to hear what other people have to say.
When it is out of balance you may hold your emotions and needs back, be dishonest about how you feel, or lash out when you feel discounted.
Your third eye is in the center of your forehead and is usually indigo or purple. It is the center of intuition in the body. You receive intuitive insight here, although intuition is actually perceived and processed in many areas of the body. When you open your third eye you have a strong sense of things, you see, hear feel and or know truths that guide your life.
When your third eye is out of balance you question your intuition, try to prove it or rationalize it away.
Your crown chakra is on the top of your head and is violet/white. It is the center of divine connection and your connection to your higher self. When it is balanced you feel connected and safe; you know that there is something bigger than you watching out for your well-being.
You feel a strong sense of who you really are, beyond just the mundane of this lifetime, a strong sense of connectedness. When your crown is out of balance you may feel insecure and small, experience symptoms of anxiety and depression and feel as though you are disconnected.
How Auras and Chakras Connect
Your aura is an electrical field of the energy that emanates from each of your chakras.
The health of your aura is in direct relationship to the balance of your chakras.
They are connected to one another on a very deep level. Your aura projects out into the world the information that your chakras are emanating. If you feel grounded and safe in your root chakra, you project that out from your aura, if you feel weak and insecure in your solar plexus, you project that out into the world. The aura is a combination of all of the information coming from your chakras and you aura colors change as your mood, emotional health and spiritual connection change
There are many factors that affect the health of your energy body as a whole. Seeking balance in your chakras is key to the health of your energy body. There are many ways to balance your chakras. Taking good care of yourself physically, eating grounding foods, seeking emotional support and having a regular spiritual practice are all very important.