A Method of
Studying the Human Aura
By Walter J. Kilner
Until quite recently, only those who possess a specially gifted sight were able to perceive the bands of color which surround the human body. These colors do not belong to the ordinary visible solar spectrum but to a second and higher spectrum having shorter wave lengths.
It has been found that this atmosphere, or aura, can be influenced by external forces such as electricity, chemical action and color.
A screen has been devised which makes the aura visible to nearly everyone having normal vision. The glass screen is colored with an alcoholic solution of a coal tar dye, dicyanin. Two of these screens are ordinarily used, one of which is dark and the other light. Other screens are also used for special purposes.
When a person is observed through such a screen a faint grayish mist is seen around the head and hands. The mist can frequently be seen for a few moments after the screen is removed. Those who do not have success in using the dark screen can sometimes perceive the mist clearly through the lighter one. About 95% of people apparently can see the aura through one of these screens.
In using the screen, the light should be diffused and come from only one direction. The observer should stand with his back to a darkened window while the patient faces it with the light falling equally all over him.
While the subject is disrobing, the observer looks through the dark dicyanin screen at the light for a few seconds and then at the subject, noting the mist that is enveloping the body. The texture of it should be observed, whether fine or coarse, and the color, which is generally some shade of blue gray, and then the size and shape and how far it extends from the body. Frequently it will be seen that one side is larger than the other.
When the observation has been completed with the patient facing the observer an inspection should be made sideways, facing first one direction and then the other.
Sometimes two or even three auras can be seen, the one nearest the body being striated and named the inner aura, and the other one a wide amorphous part called the outer aura. A close scrutiny will at times disclose a space between the inner aura and the body which is called the etheric double. The separate auras are best observed through a dark carmine screen, which separates the inner aura from the outer, the outer one disappearing.
No two auras are alike; and the aura of any one individual changes under various conditions of ill-health, fatigue, emotional disturbance.
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There is a close connection between the aura and the central nervous system, and its shape and size change markedly in severe nervous diseases such as epilepsy, hysteria, hemiplegia, sciatica, herpes zoster, etc. The size and distinctness decrease in mental impairment.
One widely accepted theory of color vision considers there are 3 sets of color-sensitive nerves in the eyes. White light causes an equal stimulation of all the color sensitive nerves. If the stimulus is withdrawn or weakened to any set it produces a color sensation.
Each person has his own proper primary colors, which can be found by pressing the closed eye, when there will generally be seen small yellow dots covering the whole field of vision. Much larger blue dots will be intermingled with these and intermediate sized red points. The yellow are the most numerous, blue next, and the red least in number and more difficult to obtain. Everyone accordingly sees a colored object differently although calling the colors by the same name.
When one set of color sensitive nerves is exhausted, the individual will be color blind to that
Color but hyper-sensitive to other colors. Were 2 sets of color nerves inhibited at one time, the individual would see everything in one color. This color sensitiveness of the eyes permits the color rays of the aura to be seen, which are thought to be ultra-violet.
In ill health the aura frequently contains more yellow than normally and it is especially pronounced in areas of local disturbances. This yellow is usually seen in patches in the midst of a blue complementary colored band.
When anyone gazes at a colored object for a short time and then looks at a white surface an image of the object will appear but in the color complementary to that of the actual object. This will be of the exact color value as the original hue, but will gradually become lighter. The image will vanish in a short time but will reappear with an altered hue. This secondary change may at times be useful, as in the following instance..
A patient had been examined by means of the complementary colors and full daylight returned to the room, when a new after-image became visible on the body, and in the middle of the band was a yellowish spot which had been overlooked previously.
If the complementary color seen in the after-image appears on something other than a white ground, its color will be modified by the color of the ground.
These complementary colors are entirely subjective but will be given names of pigments to which they most nearly correspond. The initial colors which they complement are not the usual primary ones but are more nearly produced by mixing pigments.
These are the colors most useful:
1. Gamboge, complementary color, Prussian blue
3. Carmine “ “ Emerald green
4. Emerald green “ “ Carmine
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Each observes should select by experience what color or colors suit him best.
In routine work strips of colored paper can be used, 3 inches long and ¾ of an inch side being the largest size that is convenient. Each strip should have a black dot in the center and be pasted on a black board.
With a patient standing a few feet in front of the observer, one of these strips will give a band of the complementary color. When this is used crossways it will be wider than the body, allowing the ends that are projected on each side beyond the body to be compared with each other, and also with the central portion of the body itself.
It is difficult to use these strips in cold, foggy weather for obtaining the subjective complementary colors, in which case a simple apparatus can be devised consisting of a cylindrical mask about 6 inches long and 5 side, one end shaped to fit the face. The other has a revolving cap with a ¾ inch slit which can be turned either horizontal or vertical. Ground glass is placed behind the slit and behind it a cell containing a colored fluid or a piece of stained glass.
When the patient is ready for the examination, he stands in front of a white background opposite the light and evenly illumined all over. The window blind should be partially or wholly drawn although the light may be brighter than when examining the aura itself. The observer looks at the sky through the transparent screen in the mask, or stares at one of the colored strips, keeping his eyes fixed on the dot from 20 to 30 seconds, according to the brightness of the light.
He then looks toward the patient at some pre-determined spot on the median line of the body. If viewed transversely the complementary color will be seen reaching across the body and extending to the background on either side. The whole will be visible and he thus will be able to note variations in the color on any part of the band. While looking at the colored strip it is necessary to keep the eyes exactly focused on the one spot the whole time, otherwise there will be a blurred image. The complementary color band will remain fairly motionless, but should it move away it will return of its own accord.
In a healthy person, the color of the complementary color band will be alike on both sides of the body or nearly so, but if there is illness one side may be darker than the other, the dark part generally lying over the affected part of the body. The affected part, however, may cause the complementary color band to appear lighter instead of dark or a lighter or darker patch on the color band will occasionally take the outline of an organ or part of one. Smaller patches almost always point to the location of some pain or tenderness.
Frequently a different colored spot will appear on the band indicating the location of a previously sore area. This may not indicate anything abnormal.
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For general use, the paper strip giving rise to the blue complementary color band is most useful and often the only one needed. On some occasions, the yellow complementary color band is better than the blue. The green seems to the most sensitive of all the color bands, but the changes are more fleeting. When the observer’s eyes become fatigued he may either stop making the inspection or he can change the color band.
There seem to be 5 agencies that can alter the shade of the color band: the skin; the thickness of the aura; a change in its texture; its color; or its rays.
The Colors in Disease
The auric forces are influenced by any abnormal condition in the body and consequently influence the aura itself. The change may appear slight, if the condition is only local, or may affect the whole aura if there is a general diseased condition. This change may affect the shape, size, color and texture.
In the case of a woman suffering from hysteria subsequent to a fall, the complementary color band displayed a good many local disturbances from a large multicolored patch on the back, partly yellow and partly dark, to a yellow patch on the front and back of one shoulder, and another yellow patch on the right side of the trunk.
Another case of neurasthenia showed yellow patches on parts of the body in the comple- mentary color band, the color of the aura was bluish gray, the inner revealing yellow ochre on one side and a paler yellow on the other when observed through the blue screen.
The aura of an individual, who in childhood had suffered from epilepsy, when viewed with the complementary color bands suddenly became darker along the whole left side and when the white background was replace with black was seen to be an ochre very unlike the gray tint on the opposite side.
The colors of auras seen without the screen indicate that those with blue are generally best endowed mentally. A gray aura is generally an indication of poor mentality. Blue auras with more or less gray are seldom above the average in mentality.
In observing the spinal column with the complementary colored bands the color of the skin over the spine should be noted before using the bands as there is frequently a different tint here naturally. If any abnormal physical condition is present there will likely appear some variation in the shade of the complementary color band. Patches, either lighter or darker, are often seen on the spine itself, sometimes of a different color. If the spots are over the lower dorsal and upper lumbar vertebrae and over the 7th cervical and higher dorsal spines, some shade of yellow is usual, or a paler tint of the complementary color band. Over the sacrum the color often approaches ochre or is dark. Two or more different color patches are not uncommon, or there may be a colored streak by the side of the spine. Such spots are invariably marked by pain.
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A patch of a light yellow, or lighter than the rest of the band, indicates the trouble is not organic. Darker patches and where the color is nearly ochre indicate more difficulty of a prolonged or serious nature.
The discoloration of the complementary colored band is not seen over every painful spot which the patient may feel, for sometimes the patch varies so slightly from the rest of the band it is hardly discernable. In examining a patient the complementary colored bands are used vertically and then horizontally so that all areas may be observed and it may be seen if the discolored patch extends over the whole breadth of the body, if it crosses the median line or is situated only on one side.
A case diagnosed as ulcer of the stomach showed a dark patch over the epigastrium on the side of the trunk which decreased in size after treatment and became paler. Another patient with a similar ailment showed a patch in the same are but it was lighter instead of darker than the rest of the band, which was taken to indicate the trouble was not serious, and this proved to be the case.
Examination of their aura has been the means of reassuring quite a few people that no malignancy was present although they had been given the impression that it was.
Besides large affected areas, small discolored spots are often noted accompanied by tenderness. These small areas are frequently colored some shade of yellow but may be pinkish in tone which generally denotes a more serious disorder.
The use of the complementary colored bands plays an important part in diagnosis, as has been shown, demonstrating the location of areas where an abnormal condition exists, and likewise indicating if a disorder that may have been suspected is not present.