The Science Behind Auras and Kirlian Photography



The concept of Auras has been successfully used in many movies as well as RPG games like World of Warcraft and Dragon Age. It is quite intriguing how human imagination is used in the virtual world. Do these things actually exist? Both Auras and Kirlian Photography have been the subject of mainstream scientific research for a while now. Let us find out.

Just as every living creation gives out heat, gases and energy, so it is believed they emit an aura of vitality, that is to say, a glow of colour around the body which reveals its health, mood and thoughts.

The idea of auras is a concept that has been around from the beginning of time. Even though most of us cannot detect them, there are psychic people who claim they can see these indications of life force.

The challenge in recent years has been to find a way of recording auras so ordinary people can view them. Aura enthusiasts believe we will be able to use them to help solve health, psychological and emotional problems, and perhaps even understand other mystical remedies.

..first person to use auras for medical purposes was Walter Kilner … in London in 1911.

Our knowledge of auras comes solely from the psychics who can see them. They say that the colour of an individual’s aura, and the distance it radiates from a body, often provides vital information about the general wellbeing of the person. The hue and intensity of the aura are said to fluctuate constantly as individuals change moods, thoughts and levels of fatigue.

As the study in the area has increased, so too has a widely agreed catalogue of aura qualities and an understanding of what they mean. For example, a green aura reflects intellectual factors whilst any brown or grey shades reflect disease.

However, science has not gathered any definitive results, and different techniques in photography are constantly being evolved to try to capture auras on a solid substance. The first person to use auras for medical purposes was Walter Kilner, the head of the electro-therapy department at St Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1911.

Kilner discovered that just by looking through coloured glass he could see an outline of light shrouding the patient’s body. He noticed that the light changed shape, intensity and colour as the patient’s health altered. Kilner was the only one who could see the light, and it was not until 1939 that his discoveries were taken any further.

Semyon Kirlian, a Russian hospital electrician, stumbled by chance upon a completely unique method of photography. He realised that by placing a living object on a photographic plate and running a high voltage through it, the most amazing image of strange colours appeared as a halo around the subject.

Kirlian and his wife, Valentina, perfected the technique. The first photograph they took showed a leaf with millions of orange and turquoise light dots seemingly emanating from the leaf’s veins, and a bizarre aura around the leaf edges.

Over time they conducted many experiments and even developed an instrument that would show auras in motion. They noted that whilst healthy, vital subjects created pictures with the most distinct, radiant outlines – withered and dying subjects would result in very weak auras. Kirlian also proposed and demonstrated the theory that different colours emanated with different moods, feelings and thoughts.

A most fascinating experiment took place when a visiting scientist gave them two apparently identical leaves to study. The Kirlians were puzzled because one seemed to have a very strange aura, and yet it appeared normal.

..we all have a demonstrable life force atmosphere surrounding us.

In the 1970s and 80s Thelma Moss, a para-psychologist at the University of California, became convinced in the power of auras for medical purposes. She promoted the view that Kirlian’s discovery was a way of showing ‘bioenergy’ as a tangible, provable subject, and even visited the Soviet Union to discuss techniques with paranormal researchers there. She wanted to use Kirlian auras as a diagnostic tool, and believed the subject represented the next major step forward for the medical establishment.

Unfortunately, Moss died in 1997 without fully realising her aim. In fact, Kirlian photography is seen by the established scientific community as being a very unreliable way of determining illnesses. It has been pointed out that moisture, air pressure and voltage all have a marked effect on the resulting picture.

However, aura enthusiasts are convinced we all have a demonstrable life force atmosphere surrounding us. They say that it is only a matter of time before some unquestionable technique is devised, and a whole new world of personal care is unveiled.


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