How to See Auras

By: Andye Murphy 


We are energy. And it is our frequency that creates an energetic field around us. This field around our physical body is known as the “aura.” The auric field generally radiates six to 18 inches around the physical body. To be able to see auras, we need to develop our ability to understand how energy feels in our bodies. Close your eyes, align your breath, and ask the colors to show themselves to you. As we achieve a state of relaxed awareness, softening our gaze, we allow the colors to come to us.


How to Read Auras for Beginners

1. Notice Energy

Before we can fully develop our ability to see auras, we must first
become aware of how energy feels in our body. Next time you are with a
friend, pay attention to how you feel in their presence. Do they invite
you in to feel loved and cherished or rather drain you of your own
energy? Align yourself with your breath and ask for an honest sensation
of how they feel to you. It is this visceral, physical reaction which if
we begin to honor will assist us best in navigating the many people with
whom we come in contact.

2. Auras are Easier to See From the Periphery

Goofy but true, we are rarely able to see an aura. As we are biological
machines processing and filtering out so much information, so too is our
direct vision affected by the lightning speed editing of our brains. To
begin seeing the aura, gaze at one spot for 30-60 seconds and allow your
gaze to soften. Notice those objects just outside of your direct sight
to further develop your periphery vision. While mastering your gaze,
there is no need to strain or stress for that will only trigger anxiety
in the brain. Breathe normally while practicing this soft-focus vision.


3. Color is King

As we explored, it is the presence of color that will best hone your
ability to read auras. To expand your sight, go into a neutral colored
room and play with brightly colored objects. I find this best taped to
the wall at a distance so I can practice my periphery best. Close your
eyes and breathe asking the colors to show themselves to you. Gaze at
the color (poster board or a solid color wrapped object are good) while
breathing deeply. Again allow your gaze to soften almost as if you are
looking through it.

Take note of the field outside of the colored object. You’ll begin to
notice a pale, shimmer of color coming off of it. This is the magic of
reading the aura. As you gain confidence with single colors, gradually
add in multi-colored objects to expand your psychic vision.


4. Read the Aura of Another

As plants are our most gracious earth allies, start with them– plus
they won’t say anything if you’re wrong!

When you’re ready to move on to people, please get their permission
first. This will ensure free will is honored and will grant you access
to see their aura. This is simply polite after all and will ensure
clean boundaries and access to the unseen realms are respected.

Ask them to stand 14-18 inches in front of you against the neutral wall.
Look at the wall- not your friend- and begin to sense the field. Softly
gazing through her and at the wall around her. Ask the aura to show
itself to you, and pay attention to not only your vision but also your
sense of the colors. Once you’ve made this connection in reading the
aura, up the game by asking them to move around slowly to see if you can
still sense the same colors. As a fun bonus, put on their favorite music
to see if the colors shift.


5. Self-Practice

Once you’ve honed your skills with others you may be up for trying to
read your own aura! Note that this may be a bit more challenging but is
an excellent practice at strengthening your intuitive abilities. Sit in
a quiet meditative space and clear your mind. Set an intention that you
would like access to “see” your own aura.

Gently rub your hands together, this activates energy between the two
hands and turns on the Aka. The stickiness (or sense of being magnetized
to one another) you may feel is known as Aka — the ethereal substance
of life– to the ancient Egyptians and is the invisible thread that
creates matter.

Focus your attention between the palms and see if you can sense a color
to these threads of energy. It may feel like mist or fog even but your
physical sense of color will confirm and bolster your psychic vision.

Seeing auras is just one step to greater awareness and elevating our
consciousness for it brings us into alignment with those people,
spaces and situations which serve us best.

The blessing of how to read auras is that it gives us a direct
experience of energetic reality which we often ignore. When we can honor
the invisible reality we navigate through each day, it will slow down
our fast pace and bring us into greater harmony with the spiritual
nature of reality all around us.

The true majesty of the aura is that it doesn’t lie. In this luminescent
sheen, all untold beauty lies waiting to be discovered. We all have
auras, that colorful field that decorates the Light
. Plants, animals, people, and even
buildings all radiate distinct colors which reveal more than our words

While not the most impressive party trick, paying attention to a
person’s aura will tell you much more than words alone. Little effort is
required but perhaps patience on yourself as you begin to notice the
field, will serve you best.

How can we begin to read these subtle fields then to learn to see more
than what is being given to us? It is quiet easy to learn how to read
auras but first let’s cover some basics before you begin.


A vibrant color indicates spiritual awareness and wellbeing, while dull or muddied colors reveal energetic sluggishness or sickness. Those who balance their chakras, practice yoga, and make conscious eating choices will naturally radiate from their acts of self-love. Less pronounced colors may indicate places where more awareness is necessary.

The colors in the auric field reveal much. While some may physically see them, others may be able to feel them. I am a clairsentient, which means I can sense things much better than I can see them (clairvoyant). Begin with your psychic senses that come naturally.  

Invite the colors to wash over you, noticing how each feels in your subtle and physical bodies. When you become familiar with the vibrations of colors it is easier to notice them in others. This is an easy, accessible way for beginners to sense the aura.


The location of each color will reveal interesting details. For instance, if someone carries red around their chest, it may indicate a frustrated heart while white around the crown will portray an advanced soul.

The first time I had an aura photo taken, the image showed a black arch over my head. Black seems weird, but I was in the hands of an expert who asked if I had ever had a near death experience. “Nope,” I replied. She smiled deeply and said “You must be a shaman then who is able to cross between the worlds of life and death.” She saw something in me that (at that time) I had not even fully embraced in myself.


The aura surrounds the entire body, but most often Kirlian photos will simply capture the field around the head and chest. There are many ways to physically capture the aura with diagnostic accuracy, but in the absence of cool technology you can easily learn to sense these fields for yourself.

The fields around the upper body are a good indicator of where the person is now. Sometimes jagged, sometimes smooth, the texture will also reveal energetic consistency.

Flashes of color are sometimes seen outside of field. Called “clouds” or “flares”, these can indicate tendencies that don’t always permeate the field directly but are influential.

Large blocks of color or human-shaped colors most often reveal the presence of guides. I once had the outline of a golden body standing to my right indicating the companionship of a Ascended Master I had been working with quite regularly. Loved ones may appear to simply say hello.

One weekend I did 300 aura readings. Watching the colors dance through each soul was a sensory overload, but a massive learning experience. I didn’t know how to read auras before that weekend but I learned quickly. I was amazed by how each person matched their field. Rarely was I stumped or surprised by what I saw in the image and the person standing before me. I was heartened to see the accuracy of these beautiful impressions.


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