Have you ever seen an aura? Even if you haven’t seen one in real life, the chances are you’ve seen pictures of them with vivid colours surrounding a person

But what does it mean? What does each colour tell us about ourselves?

A lot has been written about auras, and what they mean, how to read them. And what the ‘ideal’ aura is like – described in colours, or sensation, or in other ways.

Many spiritual teachings tell us definitive ‘truths’ about what different aura colours represent, or attach meanings on to what each aura says about the person it belongs to, as if these are set in stone.

It’s often touted that you have to diagnose your aura, read your aura, and assign a meaning accordingly. For example, it might be said that if you have a red aura, it means you’re grounded, or angry, or passionate.  Or if you have pink in your aura, it always means love, or an open heart.

But is this a truth? Is this fact?

Where do these meanings come from? And are they helpful?

“The Aura given out by a person is as much a part of them as their flesh. The effect that they make in space is as bound up with them as might be their colour or smell”. – Lucien Freud, painter.

There are books and teachers who tell us that certain colours have particular meanings, about our personality, or our health. And it’s often suggested that these are fixed.

But are these interpretations important, or are they misleading? Could they lead us to miss important information about a person, if we stick rigidly to prescribed meanings or what we think we know.

I wonder if the meanings are just arbitrary ones decided by someone and copied for ever since. Some of them are based on the meanings and colours of chakras, which seem to make sense, and relate to the qualities or behavior of a person. But chakras can be different colours in different people and different times. They change from moment to moment as our moods and thoughts change. Likewise the colours of our aura are constantly shifting and moving. They change depending on what is going on with each person at the time.

I wonder how helpful it is to take a snapshot of a person’s aura, and definitively decide that this tells you all there is to know about that person. People change so auras change too.

What you might observe in somebody’s aura right now doesn’t necessarily mean that they are any particular kind of a person. What it means is that’s what their aura is like today. That’s all it means. If you’re seeing someone’s aura, you are seeing what their aura looks like today. Or at this moment.

“Clairvoyants can see flashes of colour, constantly changing, in the aura that surrounds every person: each thought, each feeling, thus translating itself in the astral world, visible to the astral sight”. – Annie Besant

Everyone’s aura is constantly changing. It’s always different. It changes from second to second, from minute to minute, from day to day, from week to week, from month to month, from year to year, from lifetime to lifetime.

And it changes depending on what you’ve eaten, whether you’ve taken an in breath or released an out breath, what emotions you are feeling, what thoughts you’re thinking. Each new stream of thoughts will change your aura as they flow in. So your aura will always change depending on what’s going on for you. It’s a fluid dynamic thing.

Trying to analyse or judge, trying to work out what everything means is rather a left brain, conscious mind approach. Which takes you out of receptive, observer mode. It’s not easy to analyze and receive simultaneously. My belief is that to read a person’s energy or aura, you have to be in a state of complete receptivity, openness, and non judgement to what you see, or feel or experience.

And my advice to you is to not judge. Suspend judgment.

It really is about using your intent and allowing the image or sensation or feeling about another’s aura to come to you – and suspending judgment about what anything means. Just allow whatever information that comes to come.

My invitation to you is to stop analysing what things mean. They don’t actually mean anything other than the meaning we decide to give them. Give up interpreting another’s aura based on what you think you know. And when you stop assigning set meaning to what you see or feel, it allows you to perceive more deeply what is really going on.

If you allow your observations to become assessments or judgments, the danger is that these limit, restrict or disempower a client. Telling someone that they are this or that type of person puts them in a box. Instead consider this is not who they are, but how they are thinking and feeling right now.

Become very aware and perceptive and notice changes. Changes tell you more than absolutes do. The nuances will give you much more of a true indication of what’s present for a person at the time, and what is going on for them. And you can only do that when you are in tune with them, in an open minded and receptive state.

The best, or even the only reason to read a person’s aura is to assist you to assist them.

Does what you perceive help them?

Does it give you more information about that person?

Will what you see or feel help them to heal, to grow and transform?

Those are the important questions.

Notice what happens when you apply your focus like this.