The Science of the Aura

Many spiritual seekers accept the existence of auras-human energy fields surrounding the body, and connected to one's health and spiritual consciousness or advancement, while Materialists by and large have rejected the concept completely. The Vedic tradition recognizes the aura as a reality, and connects it to the Atman as an energy of its presence. Despite the naysayers, science has, in fact, confirmed the existence of the aura.

Dr. Christopher S. Baird, Assistant Professor of Physics at West Texas A&M University, writes the following:

"...humans give off radiation. Humans give off mostly infrared radiation, which is electromagnetic radiation with a frequency lower than visible light."1

This makes sense since we are dualistic beings, possessed of a material body through which we experience our world, composed of cells, which are in turn composed of atoms. Atoms are centralized areas of extreme density and a positive charge, which is the nucleus. This positive charge is surrounded by 'probability waves' that describe the wave function of the electron. In simple terms, the atom is a ball of charges. What makes us solid beings is an electric field. When two atoms come near each other, they impact each others electric field. Sometimes the atoms coexist, resisting being pulled away from each other. This is called atomic bonding. However, sometimes they repel each other, which means the two electron fields bounce off one another. This is why, when you're touched by someone else, they don't merge with your body. The fields repel each other. All of this happens because of the electric field of your body. In essence, your body is one big electric field. So obviously this electric field would produce an effect, such as Dr. Baird mentioned. The question remains, can we detect this energy field as light? The answer is, yes.

Masaki Kobayashi, from the Department of Electronics and Intelligence Systems of the Tohoku Institute of Technology in Sendai, Japan, has indeed recorded visual evidence of the low levels of light emitted by the human energy field. His findings are that the light emitted by the body is 1,000 times lower than the sensitivity of the human eye. His report states:

"The human body literally glimmers. The intensity of the light emitted by the body is 1000 times lower than the sensitivity of our naked eyes. Ultraweak photon emission is known as the energy released as light through the changes in energy metabolism. We successfully imaged the diurnal change of this ultraweak photon emission with an improved highly sensitive imaging system using cryogenic charge-coupled device (CCD) camera. We found that the human body directly and rhythmically emits light. The diurnal changes in photon emission might be linked to changes in energy metabolism."2

Add to this the reality that the brain sends electrical signals throughout the body, including the heart, and you come to the understanding that the human body does indeed have an energy field, and that this energy field emits a very low level of light, which we could call an 'aura'.





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