The fourth Saturday of every November is International Aura Awareness Day, which I doubt is a high-priority holiday for many of us, especially considering its close proximity to Thanksgiving. But there's even a hashtag dedicated to celebrate the day (#InternationalAuraAwarenessDay, obviously), in an attempt to spread awareness about what the human aura is, and how it affects our daily lives. The truth is, however, that most of us haven't the faintest idea of what an aura actually is. We may have heard it joked about by a wacky aunt or that eccentric, unemployed roommate in a TV sitcom, but for the life of us we couldn't explain what an aura is.
Here's a standard, simple definition of an aura: an electromagnetic energy field that surrounds people, animals, and things. Before you run in the other direction and declare this topic to be too hippie for your logical mind, you should know that most scientists recognize that everything in the world emits a certain kind of energy, so the aura isn't a completely ludicrous concept. You know how you just sense a particular feeling or vibe from each individual person around you? One person might make you a bit anxious, while another chills you out? Well, a lot of that has to do with their aura, which informs one's attitude and overall disposition.
By learning more about the spiritual and emotional significance of an aura, you may gain some insight into your interpersonal relationships — and maybe even discover a thing or two about yourself. Here are six things to know about auras.
The Aura Has Seven Layers
The Color Of Your Aura Is Reflective Of Your Physical, Emotional, And Spiritual Health
At any given time, your aura emits a mixture of colors and light (it will never be just one color), and each of these shades says a lot about how you're currently feeling. For example, if there's a brilliant yellow, it probably means you're feeling spiritually alive and energetic, and clouded red means you're feeling negative and dealing with some deeply buried anger.
Lisa Levine, MS, LAc, an acupuncturist, healer, and founder of the Maha Rose Center for Healing in New York, told Teen Vogue that the brightness of the colors of your aura are indicative of what's going in your life. "People struggling with depression often have dull auras," she says. Additionally, someone who is battling substance abuse can have a "dark and convoluted aura." A person who is healthy, self-confident, and positive, though, tends to have a bright, light aura that other people can sense, even if they can't see it.
Auras Can Be Captured In Photographs
Now that your curiosity is sufficiently peaked, you're probably wondering what your aura looks like so you can have a sense of your emotional and spiritual state. There are certain cameras out there that photograph your aura by pressing your hands onto metal plates that sit on top of electric boxes. You can then have someone interpret the picture and help you make sense of the message your aura is trying to send. Apparently, you can learn about your work ethic, spending habits, and the state of your love life.
Having your aura photographed has almost become a bit of a trend with names like Diane Von Furstenberg and Alexander Wang sharing their aura pictures with Harpers Bazaar last year. Not surprisingly, Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop staff had their auras captured by a company called Radiant Human, which travels around the country to snapshot people's auras. If it sounds attractive to you, you can probably find a shop somewhere in your city that will photograph your aura for you.
Auras Probably Play A Role In Your Social Life More Than You Think
We regularly read each other's auras without even knowing it. Levine tells Teen Vogue, "Most of us are more sensitive than we give ourselves credit for." We can sense someone's energetic body and we're automatically attracted to or turned off by it. In fact, all those times you met a person you just didn't like — maybe there was something strange you "couldn't put your finger on" — it was likely their aura you weren't vibing with. Similarly, other people react to your aura as well, depending on how it matches with theirs. It's certainly not the only thing that determines friendships and romances, but it's a factor nonetheless.
You're Not Stuck With The Same Aura For The Rest Of Your Life
You Can Cleanse Your Aura If You're Not Feeling So Great