Kirlian Photography and Spiritualism.

Spiritualism and Kirlian Photography

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DEFINITION: Kirlian Photography is a technique for recording photographic images of corona discharges and is understood by some to be the aura – life force – surrounding living creatures.

Picture shows the life energy of a hand taken using Kirlian photographic techniques.

kirlian Hand Photograph“Viewed clairvoyantly, man looks like a shrouded light which radiates tiny particles in every direction. Human bodies throw them off, as flowers their perfume. The radiation is singularly sensitive and responsive to thought. Materialism cannot dissociate the thinker from the brain, and Spiritualism is in the same dilemma in regard to the aura; it acts like an integral part of consciousness itself. The quality differs with temperaments, character and health. By its appearance, clairvoyants give their character readings and healers diagnose disease. It is a marvelous piece of mechanism that should well repay research. It is essential to all psychic manifestations and is the conduit through which the psychic healer operates, or is the active healing principle in itself. Later on, it forms the fabric of spirit clothing and becomes a tool in the hands of spirit people. It is the essential link in the production of all psychic phenomena.” (The University of Spiritualism by Harry Boddington)

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It is generally accepted that the human body carries at atmosphere around it that is mainly electromagnetic in composition. There has been much work carried out in the scientific and medical fields in an effort to establish the existence of the human atmosphere. This energy field is a reflection of the spirit contained within, both spiritual and physical; health conditions, personality traits, hopes and aspirations are all clear to clairvoyant vision. When people come close to each other there is a blending of auras and sometimes, with strangers, there is an immediate rapport and at other times, a repulsion is felt and yet not a word has been spoken

There are many levels within the aura, the main ones being physical, mental and emotional and spiritual. These different ‘auras’ can be seen extending outward from the body with the physical aura about half to one inch around the body; the mental and emotional aura being from one to two feet with the extension of the spiritual aura being dependent upon the spirituality of each person.

It is said that the Buddha’s aura could be sensed at a distance of many miles. Mother Theresa is another person whose aura entered the room long before she did.

There are many colors in the varying levels of the auras and it is from the interpretation of these colors, even if it be on a intuitive level, that the psychic or medium attunes to a person and is able to relate back information which has been gleaned from the aura.

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The colors in the physical aura show the nature of a person’s health. A healthy individual will reflect bright clear colors while the reverse will show dark areas and muddy colors. It has been said by spirit that the energies of the physical aura plays an important part in physical phenomena, constituting the basis for ectoplasmic formations, rods etc.

The level of the mental and emotional aspect of the aura reflects a person’s emotions, thoughts, feelings, their highs and their lows. This part of the aura also shows the intellect or otherwise of an individual. In mental mediumship it is through the mental part of the aura that spirits transmit their thoughts which are lodged in the subconscious and then registered by the conscious mind.

The more advanced an individual is in his/her spiritual understanding, the more extensive will be the spiritual aura. The colors in this particular auric field are more ethereal with an inner luminosity.

When a psychic sees the colors in the different auras, the same color will have different interpretations dependent upon its location i.e. Red in the physical aura could be energy; in the mental/emotional – passion and in the spiritual aura – mediumistic ability of a high order. Individual psychics and mediums will interpret the colors according to how they relate to them but distinctions must be made between the same color in different locations.

It is not the intention of this course to cover the colors and their interpretations as there are many books on the market on the aura, color healing, colors of life etc which will cover the subject in greater detail.

Inventing Kirlian Cameras

Now that scientists are becoming more interested in the study of the human atmosphere the equipment to give evidence of its existence is also being developed.

Apparatus has now been developed to observe the phenomenon in motion and it is possible to produce color photographs, which clearly resemble the auric emanations as described by clairvoyants.

Semyon Kirlian, the Russian scientist discovered by passing a high voltage discharge between an object and an electrode, ‘photographs’ were produced which revealed that an energy field surrounded the object. Kirlian discovered that the photographs showed energy around the edge of the objects. Kirlian’s method of photographing the energies surrounding objects has progressed and a Kirlian camera has now been developed. It is possible to experiment with the camera to show that the flares extending from an individual’s fingers is part of his or her personality and not just the same as those of everyone else.

One experiment well worth carrying out is to photograph the fingertips of a healer and a patient before, during and after healing is administered and the changes in the flares noted.

Dr W J Kilner, English physician and surgeon who investigated electro-therapy is probably the first person to carry out a scientific study of the aura and he claimed to be able to diagnose his patient’s illnesses by studying the aura. He devised a glass screen which he painted with dicyanine, a coal tar dye, which enabled the eyes to see the aura, as a mist, around a person. Dr Kilner experimented with many chemicals before he discovered that by standing someone against a dark background, behind a screen coated with dicyanine, it was possible to see a grey-blue mist around the person.

Dr Kilner also discovered his own clairvoyant vision for during his many experiments, he found he was able to interpret the aura and diagnose the patient’s problems.

“Dr Kilner, by means of dicyanine, has proved that all human bodies possess this quality which we term the “aura”. Researches show that it differs characteristically with every individual. The quality of aura essential to healing differs from that used for physical phenomena and is different again in trance speaking, but it still forms the invisible bond between the medium and the spirit world.

It is well established that, unless the magnetism of the spirits blends harmoniously with that of sensitives, they cannot make their presence felt. We are, in addition, compelled to recognize the fact that elements unknown to mortal chemists are blended with the aura as occasion demands.” (The University of Spiritualism by Harry Boddington)

The Energies Captured by Kirlian Photography

Energy is the capacity of objects or systems to be moved by the application of some kind of force. The various forms of energy include heat, light, mechanical, nuclear, heat. Energy usually takes two forms, i.e. potential and kinetic.

Potential energy is energy which is stored and available for use; upon use it becomes kinetic energy as the pressure of a force produces movement.

The potential energy in a single physical atom is enormous and everything and every person in the physical world is composed of atoms. The Law of Conservation of Energy means that energy cannot be destroyed, it can only change into another form of energy. This can be witnessed with an electric fire which converts electrical energy into heat energy and a radio converts electromagnetic energy into sound energy.

Machines act as energy converters as does the human mind. There are many instances which give evidence of the power of the mind. Telekinesis is the ability to move objects with the mind. American, Ted Serios, was able, using thought energy, to produce photographs of objects by staring at the lens of a camera. If he thought of the Eiffel Tower, then when the film was developed a photograph of the Eiffel Tower would be there. This ability is known as Thoughtography and it is mind energy which is causing chemical changes on the film. It is possible for anyone to carry out such experiments. It is not necessary to use a camera. A piece of film can be placed in a light proof envelope and concentrated upon.

A definite object or picture should be used. The film is then developed and the results carefully examined. It would be interesting if a group of people sat in a circle and placed an object in their midst and concentrated upon it while holding their pieces of film.

The phenomenon of psychometry shows that thought energy or energy fields can remain on material objects, in some cases, for a considerable length of time.

Students wishing to experiment with the power of thought should sow some seeds; half in one tray and half in the other. Apart from watering, leave tray A to its own devices; with tray B a period of concentrated thought, or healing, should be given to it on a regular basis. Any differences in growth can be monitored and it should be found that the plants in tray B are taller, stronger and emerged from the soil quicker than those in tray A. All changes should be noted in order that comparisons can be made with any similar experiments undertaken.

There are noticeable energy changes taking place within every seance. A feeling of cold is probably due to the fact that some of the sitters’ heat energy is being used and not that an Eskimo guide is walking around the circle. An Eskimo, in all his furs, would probably feel very warm.

Mediums drink a lot of water to replenish lost energies in a circle and refreshments are usually offered to sitters after the circle for the same reason. While it is not necessary to hear a recipient’s voice to make a spirit link, sometimes the sound energies help to make the link a little stronger.

When healing, mediums have the ability to conduct energy from the spirit world and infuse the spirit and physical being of the patient. An exchange of energies from spirit to physical giving a beneficial effect upon the patient.

In conclusion, it can be said, therefore, that man is not just a body. He is the visible manifestation of various invisible fields of energy, electromagnetic and others, which organize and control him.

Energy Centers

In order to facilitate the transformation of energy from the spirit body to the material body it is said there are a series of energy centers within the spirit body the function of which is to be the system for such transformations.

In Eastern Philosophies, these energy center are known as Chakras, a Sanskrit word and it is said that the body is covered with such centers but that there are seven major centers which can be likened to whirling galaxies eternally spinning.

Energy centers cannot be discovered within the physical body or photographed by Kirlian Photography, either while it is living or upon death. If they have any existence, therefore, they must be within the spirit body and this is not accepted by the scientific world. It should be pointed out, however, that there was a time when only psychics and mediums could ‘see’ the aura but now more and more scientists and medical men are becoming more convinced of its existence. Mediums have seen the energy centers and know of their existence and all see the same colors manifesting. It is, therefore, highly likely that, like the aura, their existence will be capable of being evidenced in the not too distant future.

If these energy centers are the means whereby energy is exchanged between the two bodies, it is important that only experts in this area of understanding should attempt to interfere with them. Psychic exercises will help to increase a person’s psychic ability and positive thinking and taking care of one’s physical body will help any ‘cleansing’ process that some people think is necessary. The development of mediumship is in the hands of a medium’s spirit guides and if manipulation of these energy centers is necessary to assist in such development, then this manipulation should be entrusted to the helpers.

The position of these energy centers is well defined and a study of human biology will show that their positioning which is aligned to the spinal cord is in correspondence with the main nerve centers of the autonomic nervous system.

There follows a list of the Energy Centers, together with their original name and meaning; position, their central issue of concern; identity, element and color.

  • The Root center Muladhara (root/support) is associated with the coccygeal plexus (collection of nerves). This center identifies with the Physical, is an earth element, its central issue is Survival and color is Red.
  • The Sacral center Svadhisthana (sweetness) is associated with the abdominal plexus which is said to receive many psychic influences. This center identifies with the Emotional, is a water element, its central issue is Desires and color is Orange.
  • The Solar Plexus center Manipura (lustrous jewel) is associated with the splenic plexus.and is said to be connected with astral travel. This center identifies with the Ego, is a fire element, its central issue is Power and its color is Yellow.
  • The Heart center Anahata (unstruck) is associated with the cardiac plexus and is positioned close to the heart organ. This center identifies with the Social, is an air element, its central issue is Relationships and its color is Green.
  • The Throat center Visshudha (purification) is associated with the pharyngeal plexus and situated in the throat and is said to be concerned with clair-audience. This center identifies with the Creative, is a Sound element, its central issue is Communication and its color is Blue.
  • The Brow center Ajan (to perceive) is associated with  the carotid plexus and situated between the eyes and is often called ‘The Third Eye’. It is said that clairvoyance is received through this center. This center identifies with the Archetypal, is a Light element, its central issue is Intuition  and its color is Indigo.
  • The Crown center Sahasrara (thousandfold) appears to be connected with both the pineal and the pituitary glands. This center identifies with the Universal, is an Information element, its central issue is Awareness and its color is Violet.

Is it a coincidence that each energy center situated in the spirit body is close to a particular plexus in the physical body.

While it may not be accepted by Orthodoxy that energy centers exist, in Eastern philosophies it is recognized that ‘prana’ or cosmic energy is received by the physical body through these energy centers and it is these centers that sustain the physical body. There is also a body of evidence for their existence from Kirlian Photography and received via mediumship over many years

If these are spiritual energy centers which have an effect upon the physical body, then it is important that everyone has an awareness of them to ensure that the centers are feeding a healthy body and if that is not possible, that the mind remains positive and spiritually elevated

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