How to See the Aura with the Naked Eye

Seeing the Aura in Six Steps

Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker about how to see the aura. This is an extract from my book The Psychic Handbook – it is copyright.

Surrounding the human body is a brilliant kaleidoscope of luminosity that we call the aura. This is a projection of our life force and is the energy that animates the human body and sustains us. We will now show you how to see the aura.

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How to see the Aura in Six Steps

Soft or low light is the best condition to first see the aura. It also helps to be relaxed, so lying bed is the best place to try this next experiment.


Turn off the lights. You don’t want to work in pitch-black conditions and in most cases, the street lights filtering through the curtains will give enough light. If not, leave the landing light on and close the bedroom door. The small amount of light seeping underneath the door frame should be enough to work with.


As you lie in bed, hold your hands straight out in front of you. Look gently at them, don’t stare hard. You need to gaze and not look. The aura rarely appears as bright light, it is more like a gentle heat haze.


Try fixing your attention on your hands while focusing your eyes on the bedroom wall. The hands will appear out of focus but this will help you get the knack of the way to look.


Now very slowly bring the fingertips of each hand towards each other until they are very close but not touching. The aura will appear as fine lines of blue and red light between the fingertips. You can try the same again just using the index fingers of both hands.


As you draw the hands apart you will see the streams of energy connecting each finger. Imagine the energy increases and you will see the light glow brightly. Bringing the fingers tantalizingly close together in this way seems to increase the aura flow. It’s just like when you bring two opposite poles of magnets together: you feel the attraction suddenly increase as the fields unite.


Next, you will know how to see the aura colors: Look closely and you will see the colors white, red and blue in the light between the fingers. These are the colors of the physical body. When you apply your gaze to the area around people’s heads you will see all the colors of the rainbow. The meaning of these colors is linked to health and the person’s mental, emotional and spiritual state of being.

See aura around the hands and how to see the aura colors

Does a person’s aura change?

It is worth noting that the palette of the aura is not fixed. You do not have a permanent red, blue or yellow aura. The complexion of the aura change depending on your state of health, energy level or your emotions.

The pigments of the aura are a reflection of you. So if you have a very active brain the aura may be seen as very active with rainbow shades changing and swirling around you as your thoughts activate.

Similarly, emotions can be seen in the aura. A red aura is generally considered to show anger, sexuality and very powerful nature. A sportsman may have their aura charged with this tint when they are preparing to compete. Yellow can show a happy mood, pink may show gentle emotions and the purple, violet and puce tones can show spiritual thoughts.

An aura looks sluggish when you are tired and the hues may become more somber with browns, dark greens and darker tones flushing through the aura field. When a person is ill or very depressed black is seen in the aura field.

If you feel lively and bursting with life and optimism you aura will show this. Electric blues, emerald greens, and sunshine yellows are a sign that a person is healthy and optimistic about their life.

How to Protect the Aura

The aura is the radiation of the life force. It is felt or seen by clairvoyant people. You may initially feel your aura like a prickly sensation around the hands or radiating from someone near you. People who are sensitive to the aura may sometimes become quickly fatigued as their sensitivity will open them to people’s vibrations or stress.

On this site, we show you how to safely work with the aura so as not to diminish your energy. Using yoga and breathing techniques it is possible to work with the aura safely and quickly replenish your life force when your energy is low or being drained by another person.

Psychic Sensitives

Psychic people and people with a budding or latent psychic gift are usually sensitive people. Some know how to see the aura through intuition. You may feel the atmosphere of a place or pick up vibrations from people’s auras. Have you ever sensed that a person is disturbed, depressed or angry without them giving any physical clues? You may be sensing their psychic vibrations. You are responding to them on an unconscious level.

Soon you will be feeling just like them. You may feel depressed, worried, angry and so on. It is important for psychic people to protect themselves from these harmful vibrations. The technique that follows will help you do this. It will protect you from other harmful influences that you may feel are bothering you.

How to Close the Aura

“Learning to close down after doing your psychic work is even more important than opening up in the first place. When I’m not working psychically I keep my centers closed. If I tuned in to every vibration that came my way I’d soon be a gibbering wreck. Psychics that push their clairvoyance on you at every opportunity are normally not much good. They waste their energy. Close your aura after working. The power recharges ready for the next time you want to work.

Although now rejected by mainstream science, the philosophy of ‘Vitalism’ claimed that living things are driven by a vital force – also called “vital spark”, “energy” or the “élan vital”. Modern science also rejects the idea of a soul and spirit but spiritually minded people continue to claim that we have a vital force which can be seen by clairvoyant people. This light is the Aura. The aura is  ‘seen’ as a fibrous light surrounding the body and often appears as a maṇḍala of light. The shades change according to your health, moods, feelings and spiritual condition.

What are Fake Auras?

The aura is not to be confused with the lights seen by people with migraine or epilepsy, cell debris in the eyes (vitreous detachments – commonly called floats), the bright spots of light caused when the eye is rubbed or the afterimages caused by retinal fatigue. Sometimes auras are seen with people suffering from a condition called Ocular Migraine – also known as a ‘migraine with aura’. During an ocular migraine attack, the subject will see flashing or shimmering lights, zigzagging lines in all directions and bright, sparkly stars.

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References and Works Cited

  • The Psychic workbooks – Craig Hamilton-Parker Detailed info about how to see the aura ISBN 0-09-179086-7
  • Opening to the Other Side – Craig Hamilton-Parker ISBN 1-4027-1346-0
  • Protecting the Soul – Craig Hamilton-Parker Included information about how to see the aura  for psychic protection – ISBN – 0-8069-8719-7

Additional Reading

  • Snellgrove, Brian. The Magic in Your Hands: How to See Auras and Use Them for Diagnosis and Healing. Essex, UK: C. W. Daniel, 1998.
  • Oslie, Pamela. Life Colours: What the Colours in Your Aura Reveal – how to see the aura. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2000.
  • Bain, Gabriel Hudson. Auras 101: A Basic Study of Human Auras and the Techniques to See Them. Flagstaff, AZ: Light Technology Publications, 1998
  • “Somesthetic Aura: The Experience of Alice in Wonderland.” The Lancet (June 27, 1998): 1934
  • A Cultural History of Medical Vitalism in Enlightenment Montpellier – Elizabeth Ann Williams – Google Books how to see the aura colors series.
27 comments… add one
  • Stephen Pegg Mar 22, 2018, 5:08 pm

    Craig see the aura is only one of the things to use out of all you need to be able to detect what someone is expressing as they are communicating to you. Seeing the aura is not important as much as looking at other things like the speed of energy from the flow in the subjects body. This is very useful for telling when someone is lying to you. It is very visible allot of times I can smell it off someone makes them stink and my mind shows them as something ugly. Auras are emotions nothing more then the chemical interactions in the body one can learn how to control others emotions. By triggering a response this will let you be the puppeteer.

  • Stephen Nov 30, 2017, 8:00 am

    Its a spirit they are everywhere all the time and they do things to help us out as we help them out. See how this all works is when a person is sluggish they build up static energy and the spirit enters the body to help clear up that static by eating it. Then the blockage that was causing the static is gone. If you feel pain sometimes that is a static buildup as well, the other way we correct this issue is by going for a walk or a workout the movement grounds the static and the energy flows normally again. If you have access to your pineal gland you can see the colors, children can as they still have it open that is why kids might not be mature but way smarter then adults before the age of 12 puberty is the cause of the pineal gland closing off at the waking state.

    The other functions of the gland regarding knowing when its time to wake up or sleep and the REM are always active. If one damaged the gland they would be dead just right behind the forehead above the bridge of the nose is where it is. When your gland is active in the waking state later on you will feel a vibration coming from that spot when something is near you. There is absolutely nothing to fear from the glowing crap around us not allot of people can always tell a persons aura depending on A: health of the individual B: how much DMT is being used in the waking state and C: if they are active enough for it to show.

    When I woke up I started to see them to and sometimes they get trapped in equipment as they are drawn to static. They also assist us in other ways from time to time moving things for us when asked its like this they enter the body to become apart of us. They aren’t Ghosts and hard to see in bright light until you are really using your DMT. This substance is what makes up our spirits power its called emotional energy also static or dark energy as its not that visible without having something dark in front of it.

  • James Jul 25, 2017, 5:35 am

    I have always had trouble paying attention; although, I seem to have been born with an intuitive gift. I have been a jazz musician for 50 years. I have been told I have a “leaky” aura. I feel like I’ve been running on one engine: Fine energy on the left and major blockage on the right. I am spiritual and meditate regularly. My physicals are A-OK. What could the problem be ?

  • Em Apr 11, 2017, 2:40 pm

    From filling in an online quiz. A psychic told me that I had a predominantly blue aura with secondary red. I take it this is rubbish?

  • Concerned Nov 25, 2016, 2:49 pm

    I see auras and so do both of my daughters. The other night my daughter was trying to see my aura in the dark. She saw a yellow ball around my right hand which was at my side. The ball went into my body and my entire body glowed yellow/green. She said she didn’t see any aura around my body at all, but that I was glowing. We decided to try it again. The yellow ball showed up on my left side, went toward my body leaving a trail and again my body glowed yellow/green. A little bit later she looked at a friends aura in the dark and saw just the aura surrounding the body. Do you have any idea what this means? It freaked us out.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Nov 25, 2016, 3:46 pm

      Nothing to worry about. Every light and change in the aura cannot be explained as it is a field of energy that reflects your own thoughts and emotions. It is good that you are clearly learning to see the aura with some clarity. Don’t over-interpret what you see. It is simply your life energy.

  • Confused Oct 25, 2016, 2:12 am

    I can’t see an aura. I have a strong fear of ghost watching me and of the dark, because I have seen ghosts since I was young. Could this stop me from seeing auras or other things like ghosts, spirits, or demons?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Oct 26, 2016, 3:53 pm

      To develop as a psychic or medium you will need to be fearless. Fear of ghosts is usually a psychological thing: you may have repressed fears that you have not faced.

  • cbxx Sep 12, 2016, 8:26 pm

    Hi, a friend of mine, who past away 3 days ago, said that when she looked at me she could see Gold sparkles flickering all round me. Could you tell me what this means? Thank you.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 15, 2016, 1:53 pm

      Sometimes sparkly lights are caused by the firing of the optic nerve at the back of the eye. However if your friend was seeing the aura, gold sparkly light is normally interpreted as sparks of life energy – gold in the aura is considered to be a sign of strength, protection and stable energy.

  • Taylor Nov 16, 2014, 8:22 am

    I can see auras quite clearly. I can see them virtually anywhere and I can ignore them so that I virtually see nothing. However, does this mean I possess psychic abilities or do I have a medical condition?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Nov 19, 2014, 12:40 pm

      I am not a doctor or qualified to give a full answer so get some proper advice but I think you are suffering from a condition called ‘Ocular Migraine’ During an ocular migraine, – sometimes called a ‘migraine with aura’ – you may see flashing or shimmering lights, zigzagging lines, and flashing stars.

  • eric Oct 27, 2014, 4:45 pm

    Hi I’m Eric from the Philippines now I can see rainbow surrounds a human body when I try to meditate a and made a chant few days ago. But I feel headache and migraine is it normal? How can I develop it?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Oct 30, 2014, 2:42 pm

      My guess is that you are not seeing the colours of the aura. What you are seeing may be a commonly reported effect caused by the onset of a Migraine attack.

  • Craig Hamilton-Parker May 29, 2013, 3:42 pm

    “Psychics can see the color of time it’s blue” – Ronald Sukenick

  • Elaine May 21, 2013, 8:39 pm

    Hello and thank you for the interesting article about seeing the aura. I plan to use your techniques. I was driven here for an answer to this situation: I recently met someone and showed a photo of him to a sensitive and gifted friend, who immediately told me he saw haze in the aura of this new guy. Can you please explain to me more what this perhaps means?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker May 24, 2013, 11:23 am

      You cannot see the aura from a photograph. They are not really “seeing a haze in the aura” – this is probably just their way of describing their intuitive feelings.

      • dodge Jul 24, 2015, 7:38 am

        Am I imagining that I see auras around people in person, or in photographs or on the television? I don’t see colors just a whitish haze that has a depth that if I ‘go into’ I feel thoughts an feelings an general information on person. I noticed this in Tai Chi class an the instructor suggested I was seeing chi. I rarely see any coloration, what could be the matter?

        • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 23, 2015, 10:31 am

          Chi is another name for what the Indians call prana – it is the life energy that constitutes the aura energy field. It could be what you are seeing.

  • olga May 7, 2013, 9:53 pm

    What about patients in coma? What does their aura look like? My new colleague has a mother, who has been four years in a coma. The Mother looks so gorgeous, that her daughter is still believes that she will make a recovery. Could the aura hold any clues?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker May 9, 2013, 2:52 pm

      If the colours of the aura are seen as bright and vibrant then this would suggest that there is a lot of mental activity. I think a book that you may enjoy is Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by by Eben Alexander. Eben Alexander describes his experiences whilst in a coma and his experiences of the next world. You can get it from Amazon books here.

  • Nora Feb 2, 2013, 12:23 pm

    For at least two years I noticed that my aura was blue. This was during the time I enjoyed doing a lot of art. Only recently, when I started my spiritual journeying, have I noticed the aura around my head and shoulders changed to a butter-like yellow colour. I’m not familiar with this colour tone or its meaning.

  • Breeona Jan 31, 2013, 9:23 am

    It’s hard to explain but I feel the colors of the aura and sometimes I feel two or three colors at once. Sometimes I feel as if I am blue and silver and green… and when I’m around people with blue I feel that they are strong. It’s as if they have been through a lot and are now so strong that they will never give up.

    People with green auras make me feel as if they are down to earth: they are sweet but strong. When I’m around people with red auras it makes me feel as if they are hiding something or are afraid or that they have a secret.

    I don’t know how else to explain it. I was hoping to get some advice about aura colors and what I am sensing. Do other people see the same with the aura colors as I do?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 31, 2013, 12:42 pm

      Direct experience of the aura colours is what matters. Trust your feelings rather than what books say. I believe you have made a sincere and true observation.

      Like you, I would be interested to know what other aura seers intuitively glean from the colors. For example I have noticed that many people with a violet aura are often vegetarians.

      Have any other clairvoyant visitors noticed specific things like this?

      • Keith Nov 26, 2013, 9:55 am

        I have seen in connection to the color violet, whether a bright flash or a “meandering” sort in slow motion, very bright and very obvious, as a precursor to violence or extreme fright, be it a quick act such as a stabbing, or a sustained event such as being pinned under a heavy object, respectively. I have also seen violet turn to indigo with people that go on roller coasters or enjoy extreme sports. It seems that if red and orange are passionate colors of the body then violet and indigo must be the mental equivalent.

  • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 3, 2013, 6:22 pm

    In the video about colours of the aura I mention the aura photography that is a little suspect. Real aura photography uses Kirlian Photography. If you are interested in taking aura photographs this is the type of equipment you may find helpful.

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