Happy Aura Awareness Day! If you're on Instagram chances are you've noticed an influx of posts containing Polaroid-esque snaps of people shrouded in what looks like multi-colored fog. What you're actually seeing is that person's energy field or aura. When associated to a person, the aura can provide insight into the spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of the individual. The art of aura reading has been practiced for thousands of years by a gifted few, but with the recent popularity of aural imaging, people all over the world now have the ability to capture and share your spiritual radiation.
I visited an aural photography shop while in New York City in September. I had noticed the images appearing more and more on social media before the trip, but it wasn't until sitting in a tattoo parlor watching a friend get their nose hooped that I saw an aura photograph on the wall and got really excited. Minutes later we were weaving through meat stick vendors and throngs of tourists in China Town slowly inching ourselves closer to the pulsating stick pin in Google Maps under which held the address the nose piercer had given us. After a few 360-degree turns and a shortcut through a crowded juice bar, we arrived at the locked door of a jewelry store.
We rang a bell and were allowed entry. The space was well lit and cramped with jewelry cases and people waiting in line to have their auras taken. When my turn came a thin girl with acne and a limp ponytail directed me to take a seat on a large wooden chair and place my palms on the metal hand-shaped pads located on the arms. I could still feel the clammy presence of the previous tenant and hoped it wouldn't funk up my reading. The camera sat atop stilts and sort of looked like one of those old timey square deals that extended like a telescope. By the time I took a deep breath and closed my eyes it was over. I cracked one open and saw the photo being peeled from the back of the device like a Kraft single. When she placed it on the counter I realized that although my aura had been captured, it was developing as it always had - just out of sight.
The anticipation of my reading was like waiting on STD test results. I mean these are my insides we're talking about. I studied the charts on the walls of the shop to pass the time. One showed previous "patient" photographs - each with their own cranial aurora whose colors denoted their innermost energies. I hoped for healing greens and peaceful blues because who doesn't want to see themselves in the best light? When the shop’s proprietor - a middle-aged Chinese lady with glasses and a bob - presented my picture I was surprised to see the opposite spokes of the color wheel haloed around my body.
It turns out I couldn’t understand much of the explanation (WAH WAAHH), but with a general knowledge of the auric bodies and chakras, I can decipher my photograph any time. Also, while the photos are great souvenirs, you don’t need a camera to see and read auras on your own - it's a great tool to add to your daily meditation practice. And considering today has been internationally billed, there’s no better time to start!