How to Read Auras for Beginners: Understanding the 7 Chakras

A balanced aura is a good sign - How To Read Auras For Beginners: Understanding Chakra & More

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Have you ever met someone with a vibe that you couldn’t quite grasp, but later on confirmed through their actions?

A gut feeling that hinted at behaviors revealed afterwards?

You might’ve picked up on their aura, alerting you to something hidden or latent.

Read on to learn how to read auras for beginners.

– Updated 2/11/2020

What is an Aura?

According to Wikipedia, the aura is an electromagnetic field of “luminous radiation” which surrounds people or objects like a halo.

In Eastern Mysticism and New Age circles, the aura is considered an energy field emanating from within, reflecting the emotional, spiritual, mental and physical conditions of each living being.

In some cases, even inanimate objects project an aura, which may be due to reflections of surrounding electromagnetic fields.

When a person is considered balanced across physical, spiritual and mental planes – when their chakras are aligned – their auras can be seen as a rainbow, where the colors are in perfect harmony.

Some say that when people emit a vibrant violet or white light, it indicates a very harmonious and spiritual person.

It has also been reported that people who are physically or mentally ill, maybe even dabbling in drugs or alcohol, their auras reflect their depleted or damaged energies.

These auras are seen as dark or even absent if close to death.

As a side note, Kirlian photography has been an interesting study on actually capturing the auras, even though some scientific studies debunk it.

What Do the Different Colors of Auras Mean?

Have you ever noticed certain people seem to radiate different colors?


In terms of the chakras mentioned above, there are basically seven main colors. From the bottom up…

  • Red: The base chakra related to the root of your being is red.
  • Orange: The next one is the orange sacral chakra related to sexuality.
  • Yellow: There’s the solar plexus, dealing with wisdom.
  • Green: The green heart chakra is for healing and love.
  • Blue: The throat chakra is blue – related to communication.
  • Indigo: The third eye chakra for psychic ability is colored indigo.
  • White/violet: The final chakra is called the crown and can be seen as either white or violet. It governs spiritual awareness and a link to the universe or godhead.

When all chakras are aligned, they go from murky to a perfect rainbow.

How to Prepare for Seeing Auras and Conducting Your First Experiment

As with most spiritual endeavors, starting with a quiet space where you will not be interrupted is key.

Make sure you have a trusted guinea pig to work with!

They will be your subject who will be able to assist you with your experiment.

Also make sure you have a white wall or background for them to stand in front of, during the day if possible.

Both of you should slow your breathing and meditate to get into the mindset needed for the experiment.

Have them stand either sideways or face on and focus your eyes about one or two feet above them, without staring at any particular part of their body.

Don’t strain your eyes, but don’t allow them to wander far from the subject.

Soon you’ll begin to see movement around the subject.

Whether they show up as wavy lines, a smoky haze or vapors – note the colors and the strength of the emanations.

Is there any particular color standing out?

Another important element is to try to align yourself with the subject, in order to create the link needed to see their aura.

How to Interpret the Aura, and Using Yourself as a Guinea Pig

Auras can present themselves in slightly different ways, including what looks like a halo of light.


Once you feel you have mastered the first steps of getting into the groove and being able to perceive at least a hint of someone’s aura, take note of any dominant color.

Using the color guide above, try to get an idea about what the person’s energies seem to indicate.

Are they more psychic, sexual, or pulsing with love and healing?

Another fascinating experiment is to use yourself as the subject.

Find a mirror where you can see yourself standing in front of a white background.

Go into a meditative state by focusing on your breathing and train your eyes several inches above your head or on your nose.

When you start seeing your aura or any energies, note what you see.

The great thing about this experiment is to note your own emotions.

You can trust yourself when it comes to knowing what you are feeling in comparison to what you are seeing in your aura.

Try to change your frame of mind and see if you can detect the changes in your aura.

Further Experiments and Learning More:

Fun experiments for you to conduct could be on children – who usually have lighter energies which are easier to see, or even animals.

Both children and animals can be a little difficult to focus on, seeing as they move around a lot and are quite random.

Note the different colors and energy levels and compare them to the adults you’ve worked on.

There have been a variety of urban legends surrounding auras, one of which involves a story about a woman who was about to step into an elevator.

She apparently noticed that none of the people in the elevator had an aura – which she could usually see.

She decided not to get in and the elevator crashed – killing all the occupants!

Whether or not this story is true, it is interesting to note that there is a belief out there that those about to die lose their auras.

The aura can be an indication of spiritual, physical or mental illness, so healing can be incorporated in your practice of seeing auras, utilizing the concept of balancing the chakras and meditating with those who need it.

Here is a simple video about using the nose as a focal point, rather than staring above the subject.

Use whatever works for you, of course, but there’s also a fun exercise using your hand and foot, detailed in the video – from the Higher Balance Institute:


Whether for fun or serious healing, learning how to see your own and others’ auras can give you valuable insights into their personalities and mental, spiritual or physical states.

Use these skills to better understand yourself and to link with others, in order to create a more unified and holistic relationship between yourself and the world.