Mark Smith, Auras: See Them in Only 60 Seconds, Llewellyn Publications, 1997


1. Stand the subject eighteen inches to two feet in front of a bare white wall. Avoid walls with colors or patterns.

2. Use indirect lighting—natural ambient daylight, if possible. Avoid fluorescent light or direct sunlight.

3. View the subject from at least ten feet away.

4. Ask the subject to relax, breathe deeply, and rock gently from side to side with hands unclasped at his or her side.

5. Look past the subject's head and shoulders and focus on the wall behind him or her.

6. Avoid looking at the subject, concentrating instead on the texture of the paint or whatever surface is behind him or her.

7. As you look past the outline of the body, where the air starts and the body stops you will see a band of fuzzy light around the subject, about one-quarter inch to one-half inch in depth. This is the etheric aura.

8. Continue to look past the outline of the body, and you should see the subject as if he or she is illuminated from behind, sometimes with a bright yellow or silver color. One side might glow more brightly or slowly pulsate. Auras rarely are uniform.

9. Each person is different. Some subjects will have less-visible auras than others, and every viewer will not always at first see colors. The fuzzy envelope or halo around the body will be discernible within a very short time—usually one minute or less.

10. Try using different subjects and experiment with lighting and background. Soon you will see a second, larger band of light three inches to two feet around the body. This is the astral aura. It is usually darker and more diffuse.