SERTORIUS ON THE AURA
I bid you good evening.
Tonight we are going to take up one of the topics on your list; and we
will talk with you about the aura. The aura, we know, is of great
interest to you in your material world, it rouses great curiosity and
great value is placed on it. I must confess that it is a very
difficult topic to talk about, I will be running into our usual problem
of concepts which you do not have. The concepts which I may find
difficult to put into words, but we are prepared, as always, to face up
to a challenge.
The aura that you see is a sort of vibratory emanation from what you
would probably term the soul. The soul is not some definite object
with these rays coming from it. It is the centre, it is true, the
centre where the rays start from, where they are, therefore the most
Challenge No. One - What sort of rays?
People in your world who can see the aura, see it as a light. This, as
you by now probably guess, is not strictly correct. But it is probably
about the closest we can get. It is a vibration. It is perhaps closer
to what you know as a laser beam, but in the case of the aura, it is
not strictly speaking, a beam, it is the closest. The best word we can
use is, an emanation from the centre. How this emanation
interpenetrates the physical body, and, to some degree, its force is
determined by the physical body in that it is a bit taller than your
body. Actually it extends a little from your feet but you do not see
this because you have a floor blocking your vision. It is widest at
the shoulders and tapers towards your feet and is rounded in form over
the top. Extension of the arm from the body causes some extension of
the aura too.
In a healthy person the aura usually extends two or three inches from
the body. Mediums have slightly bigger auras, and when they are
preparing to go in trance the aura greatly expands. This makes it
easier for us spirits to enter the body of the medium. We are
basically 'trapped' by the aura, although 'trapped' implies a
deliberate snaring of us, but we enter willingly, by design. But we
enter into the medium's aura. To do this our aura must be compatible
with the medium's aura, that is, the rates of vibration must
approximate so that we can fit in together. This is why very often the
medium's controls exhibit certain personality characteristics in many
ways similar to the medium. They are not identical, but similar. Even
with rescues, the vibrations have to be within a certain range in order
for the rescue to come in.
In the case of rescues though, there is more help given by the medium's
controls. There is some attempt to adjust vibrations so that the
rescue can come in. When a rescue is being prepared for, all the
medium's controls will be present and will usually be gathered behind
the medium. This is one reason why the rescue usually needs a higher
degree of energy in the circle than the normal circles.
When a person is ill, the aura will contract somewhat. Because the
aura interpenetrates the body, the aura will be affected by the body
because the body is affected by the aura. Illnesses usually show up in
the aura before they manifest in the body, because they are usually a
condition which the person has agreed to take on. And so, at an
appropriate time, they will develop in the aura and then manifest in
the body. So the person who can see auras and can see an illness
developing, can give a warning and if the person is able to take
appropriate steps the illness can be warded off. But not every person
who looks at auras will see physical illnesses. It depends on what is
the main area of interest for the psychic. One may be interested in
health problems and will see them building up. But if the psychic is
more interested in spiritual concerns, they sill see the spiritual
indications in the aura, and may not see the illness indicators.
Personalities and moods, all show up in the aura, usually by means of
a colour which a psychic can see. Generally the brighter and lighter
the colour, the more positive the attributes of that person. It is the
quality of the colour which indicates the - just a moment - I am given
the word 'continuum'. You have a line with positive at one end and
negative at the other. The quality of the colour indicates where, on
that continuum, the person is. For instance, red indicates energy. If
is it a dull dark red, it will be a negative type of energy, the kind
you will associate with anger; but if it is a clear bright red, it
indicates a person with plenty of energy to spare and who will be
leading an active life, at least at that particular moment.
You can have an overall colour indicating the predisposition of the
person, but also, colours will come and go. A person, who for some
particular reason, has a high energy level at that time will have that
nice, clear, red, but if they are having a quiet time in their life,
perhaps for some reason they are being more alone, withdrawing from the
world a little, they will have a different colour. Someone who has
decided to retreat for spiritual purposes will have purple-mauve
shades. Someone who wishes, or is, a healer will have the blue shades.
And the brighter and clearer the blue, the more effective they are
The interpretation of the colours is not definitely laid down for
everyone, and individual psychics may interpret colours differently.
What I have been giving is the way in which we would interpret these
colours. Green we would take to be growth and, depending on the shade
of the hue, whether it is growth in a beneficial way, or a negative
way. Whether the person is developing positive qualities or negative
You may have more than one colour in the aura at any one time. This
can be shifting or changing, something like the colours in a bubble. A
healthy aura, and I mean the aura itself, not the body, will be
vibrating or manifesting in a steady fashion. It will have a clear
outline. It will be evenly spread over the body with no particular
bulges or indentations here and there.
Moods can affect this, if you are angry you will tend to have flares
coming from the aura. Sometimes a person who is excitable, their aura
will tend to, now and gain, shoot out, something like those pictures
which you have of your sun with flares. These temporary projections do
not matter greatly, they will subside down again. What gives us
concern is when an aura loses that steady shape for a protracted period
of time or even permanently. Instability of the aura can be caused by
severe physical shock, such as a bad accident, especially one in which
a part of the body is maimed in some way, or which leads to an
amputation of some sort.
The other way is by a mental, psychological, type of shock, and, of
course, you can have both. A severe accident can also involve the
psychological aspect. The effect of the physical trauma will, in time,
correct itself, but this depends very largely on the psychological
state of the person. A stable confident person who values him or
herself will recover more quickly and easily, than someone who does not
have these qualities. Someone lacking in self-confidence, someone who
has not achieved stability of themselves or of their life, will find it
harder, and takes longer, to adjust and to accept what has happened.
It is similar with the purely psychological shock. I am thinking
particularly about the kind of events in which the person's
self-concept has been affected, and there are many ways in which that
Psychological shock also has the potentiality of being permanent, and
the person who can recover their stability and self-esteem will be able
to recover - their aura will be able to recover - from the effects.
The unstable aura makes it harder for the person's door-keeper to
protect the person, I am trying to think up an analogy at the moment.
Think of something that is soft and slippery. The medium is suggesting
cooked spaghetti, it is perhaps as close as we can get. We do not like
it because it has a lot of thin strands and we wanted something that is
more of a whole. Your pastry is too dense for our purpose. But if you
can think of something that is soft and slippery, jelly perhaps. If
you try to hold it, it slips through your fingers. This is the kind of
problem that we have. Also the person with a psychological type of
problem, will not be freely co-operating with their guides. They will
be emotionally upset and will have lost that calm centre which enables
us to impress you more easily with our advice. And this means that a
mischievous spirit can get at least some influence over the person and
there can be some problem in getting rid of that mischievous spirit.
I have been asked how do you cure or heal the aura. The best way is to
get your material life back into a stable condition. If you can
achieve that, the aura will, in time, calm down and be strengthened.
This can take, by your reckoning, some years. And so anyone who has
had a severe psychological shock should wait a goodly period of time
before becoming involved in this kind of activity, and certainly before
making any attempt to develop psychic gifts which they may have.
We have often, in this circle, stressed the necessity for following the
conventions of your society. You need to fit in with the society in
which you have placed yourselves. You have placed yourself there for
some purpose and so, fitting in with society, prevents negative
thoughts and emotions being directed at you. And if your aura has been
damaged in some way it is very important to avoid such a situation. So
take care not to upset the people around you. Leading a calm quiet
life, in these circumstances, helps to soothe the aura. The things
that are often suggested to you as helping are also beneficial, things
such as walking, getting out in the open, with plants, make sure you
have a balanced diet, rest and watch the vibrations of sound around
you. This is very important. Loud jarring noises can be quite harmful
even to the healthiest and well adjusted person. For someone with any
damage to the aura that would be quite destructive, almost to the point
of preventing healing taking place. Also avoiding situations which
cause you distress, and people that you do not feel compatible with.
Watch the kind of things that you read, and remind yourself of the
basic goodness of humanity.
In your daily life your aura will be affected by the people with whom
you come in contact. You are often unavoidably in close contact with
people with whom you may not be compatible, you use your public
transport for instance. If for some reason you have to go into a
crowded place, you can brush against people who are not compatible with
you, and so the edges or a part of your aura may be disturbed. We have
given you before, a technique for soothing the aura and we suggest that
you practise this as often as you think of it. Briefly, the technique
is to smooth your hands a few inches from your body. Just smooth over
it, down the sides, come down the back, down each arm, come down the
front. Wherever you feel particularly drawn, you can make a few
soothing passing motions. Just see where you feel you need to calm and
smooth the aura, as though you are modelling something and you are
trying to make it smooth, just a few inches from your body. Do not
actually touch the body. Particularly go over the head and down the
back (as far as you can). The back is a particularly vulnerable part.
While doing this you should also flick your fingers every now and
again, that flicks off anything that doesn't belong to you. You can
also shake them vigorously. That will shake down, perhaps you might
like to conceive it, energy off from your hands, and that will help you
in smoothing, soothing and calming your aura. This has often been
found to be beneficial when feeling tired or depleted. It may help to
give you a little more energy.
Now, we think we have covered the main points in the question. If
anyone would like some further clarification or to ask other questions
about the aura, I will do my best to answer your questions.
Marsha: What happens when you are going through a difficult time in
your life, a combination of several types of involvement, work
involvement, family crisis, plus on a personal level you are working on
something at that particular time. How can you protect yourself? It
is very difficult when you are in that position to clean yourself out.
When trying to reach that higher self and trying to look forwards, I am
not sure how I can protect myself. it seems one has to go into oneself
to try to re-group. I am not sure if I am making myself clear.
Sertorius: I think I have the picture. When you have problems in
different areas of your life and they seem to come at once, and you are
trying to go within but the surrounding circumstances are preventing
that or interfering with it.
The technique we have just shown should give some, at least, temporary
help. Sometimes this is something which you have chosen to take on,
and I am not necessarily speaking you, when I say 'you' at the moment I
am using what the medium would call the 'generalised you', meaning
'people'. In this sort of situation you are in danger of losing that
calm, inner centre, or at least are having trouble in experiencing that
calmness. We suggest that, as often as you can, you remind yourself
that that calmness is there. It is not gone for ever, conditions will
pass, will improve.
To strengthen your aura, picture the aura around you like an
egg-shell, with the aura expanding as far as the shell and then back
again, a sort of vibration. Seek whatever guidance may be at hand for
you. Each person is an individual, and each person will react best to
something different to the next person. Try to see in your
surroundings areas where you can take action. And if you can see
something, no matter how small, then do it. This gives you some
measure of feeling of control of your independence and abilities,
self-esteem. Try to send loving thoughts to those who are causing you
distress. Do whatever you find brings you relaxation.
We prefer the calmer type activities. Sitting looking at a beautiful
view, listening to beautiful music, this type of thing. However, we do
realise that if someone does become angry at something, it is often
beneficial to do something energetic, you can play one of your sport
games, play at something that is vigorous. This will burn up the
energy that is flaring your aura, and then afterwards you should have a
calmer mind, and perhaps you would then be able to make better
decisions and look at your situation in a more stable way. Those
people who are in situations from which they cannot get out of, those
in situations in which they cannot do anything to help themselves, the
one thing you can work on is your mental approach. Try to accept what
is happening, don't fight against it. A mixture of resignation and
acceptance, being like the duck with water running off its back.
Marsha: In a sense, most of us can't see auras. Is there something we
can perceive, perhaps subconsciously, when we are coming in contact
with people, and is that perhaps something that protects in a sense?
Sertorius: Yes, if you have a good stable aura. It will, to some
extent, protect you. But it can still be affected in these kinds of
situations. This is why you will often feel very depleted when you
have been in a large crowd, particularly one of strangers. You can
indeed, not necessarily subconsciously, perceive auras, but you will,
at least, subconsciously be aware of the effects of other people's
auras on your own aura. And the more aware of this, the more sensitive
you are, the more you are beginning to develop. Particularly in the
beginning stages, you will be more affected by this. So we feel it is
particularly useful to pass on to you these methods of soothing and
cleansing the aura. There is another slight variation on the technique
I showed you just now. This one actually touches the body, and is
particularly useful if you have been healing someone. First place both
hands, with your fingers meeting in the centre of your forehead, you
draw your fingers towards the back of your head, across the ears to the
base of the skull. Then go down one arm with the fingers of the other
hand and then, down the other arm. Do that three times. Then do it
again three times, but go from the neck down the full length of the
body to the feet.
We do not pretend to have invented these techniques, they are quite
well-known. We are very happy to be reminded about these things when
we have new people in the circle. It all helps to protect you,
particularly in your early stages. Very often when people first come
into this movement, they are particularly excited about it, and for a
while their minds revolve around it all the time. This means that they
are constantly opening up their auras and so particularly at that stage
you need to know how to close off.
Does anyone else have any point to make?
Guy: Could you briefly comment, Sertorius, on the effects of different
types of music. You mentioned the effects of sound. There are many
types of music around in our society.
Sertorius: Yes. Some, we feel, are quite distressing. There will be
some variation from person to person. What one person will find
soothing and beneficial, another person may not. The more 'refined'
type of music and there is a wide range of expression in that, we feel
is particularly calming or strengthening to people. Then there is the
more lively music, the dance kind of music, the folk music, which gives
more energy, more liveliness. Most of this is probably quite
self-evident. Again, there is in that, a wide variety which will suit
most tastes. Then you get other music which is quite stirring, the
military type music, the marches particularly have a sort of rhythm or
beat which, we are tempted to say 'designed' but that is, strictly
speaking, not quite right, has the effect of rousing the body to
action. It tries to drum up the courage.
The harmonious sounds are far and away the most beneficent. The
discordant music jars the aura ever so slightly. Likewise, the very
loud, and a particular type of rhythmic beat can be almost harmful to
people. And we feel that people who are seriously embarking on the
spiritual path should avoid this type. Anything that is loud and very
jarring should be avoided by people who are wishing to develop.
Do you wish any further explication?
Guy: No, thank you.
Sertorius: I think, with your permission, I will withdraw. There is
some tiredness setting in (in the medium).
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