Developing The Aura



When it is remembered that the aura of the individual affects and

influences other persons with whom he comes in contact--and is, in fact,

an important part of his personality--it will be seen that it is

important that the individual take pains to develop his aura in the

direction of desirable qualities, and to neutralize and weed out

undesirable ones. This becomes doubly true, when it is also remembered

that, according to the law of action and reaction, the auric vibrations

react upon the mind of the individual, thus intensifying and adding fuel

to the original mental states which called them forth. From any point of

view, it is seen to be an important part of self development and

character building, to develop the aura according to scientific occult

principles.



In this work of aura development, there is found to be two correlated

phases, namely: (1) the direct work of flooding the aura with the best

vibrations, by means of holding in the mind clear, distinct and repeated

mental pictures of desirable ideas and feelings; and (2) the added

effect of mental images of the colors corresponding to the ideas and

feelings which are deemed desirable and worthy of development.



The first of the above mentioned phases is probably far more familiar to

the average student, than is the second. This from the fact that the

average student is apt to be more or less familiar with the teachings of

the numerous schools or cults which agree in the axiom that "holding the

thought" tends to develop the mind of the individual along the

particular lines of such thought.



This is a correct psychological principle, for that matter, even when

those practicing it do not fully understand the underlying facts. Mental

faculties, like physical muscles, tend to develop by exercise and use,

and any faculty may be developed and cultivated in this way.



Another teaching of these same schools is that the character of the

thoughts so "held" by the individual, effects other persons with whom he

comes in contact, and, in a way attracts to him objective things,

persons, and circumstances in harmony with such thoughts. This also is

in accordance with the best occult teaching--from which, of course, it

was originally derived.



I heartily endorse the facts of these teachings, and pronounce them

fundamentally correct. And, in this connection, I may say that every

healer may apply his own methods PLUS this teaching regarding the aura,

and thus obtain greatly increased results.



By the faithful, persevering, holding in mind of certain ideas and

feelings, the individual may flood his aura with the vibrations and

colors of such ideas and feelings, and thus charge it with auric energy

and power. By so doing, he gains the benefit of the reaction upon his

own mind, and also secures the advantage of the effect thereof upon

other persons with whom he comes in contact. In this way he not only

builds up his individual character along desirable lines, but at the

same time develops a strong, positive, attractive "personality" which

affects others with whom he comes in contact.



I do not consider it necessary to go into details here regarding this

phase of "holding the thought," for, as I have said, the average student

is already familiar with the rules regarding the same. In a nutshell,

however, I will say that each individual is largely the result of the

thoughts he has manifested, and the feelings which he has harbored.

Therefore, the rule is to manifest and exercise the faculties you would

develop, and inhibit or refrain from manifesting the ones you would

restrain or control. Again, to restrain an undesirable faculty, develop

and exercise its opposite--kill out the negatives by developing the

positives. The mind produces thought; and yet, it tends to grow from the

particular portion of its own product which you may choose to feed to

it--for it not only creates thought, but also feeds upon it. So,

finally, let it produce the best kind of thought for you, and then throw

that back into the hopper, for it will use it to grind out more of the

same kind and grow strong in so doing. That is the whole thing in a

nutshell.



The second phase of aura development (as above classified), however, is

not likely to be familiar to the average student, for the reason that it

is not known outside of advanced occult circles, and very little has

been allowed to be taught regarding it. But, the very reticence

regarding it is a proof of its importance, and I strongly advise my

students to give to it the attention and practice that its importance

merits. The practice, thereof, however, is extremely simple, and the

principle of the practice, moreover, is based solely upon the facts of

the relation of color and mental states, as shown in the astral auric

colors, as fully explained in the preceding chapters of this book.



In order to intelligently practice the development of the aura by means

of flooding or charging it with the vibrations of psychic colors, it is

first necessary that the student be thoroughly familiar with the scale

of colors related to each set of mental states or emotional feelings.

This scale and its key is found in a number of places in the preceding

chapters.



The student should turn back the pages of this book, and then carefully

re-read and re-study every word which has been said about the relation

of mental states and auric colors. He should know the mental

correspondence of the shades of red, yellow, and blue, so thoroughly

that the thought of one will bring the idea of the other. He should be

able to think of the corresponding group of colors, the moment he thinks

of any particular mental state. He should be thoroughly familiar with

the physical, mental, and spiritual effect of any of the colors, and

should moreover, test himself, psychically, for the individual effects

of certain colors upon himself.



He should enter into this study with interest and earnestness, and then

by keeping his eyes and ears open, he will perceive interesting facts

concerning the subject on every side in his daily work and life. He will

perceive many proofs of the principle, and will soon amass a stock of

experiences illustrating each color and its corresponding mental state.

He will be richly repaid for the work of such study, which, in fact,

will soon grow to be more like pleasure than like work.



Having mastered this phase of the subject, the student should give

himself a thorough, honest, self-examination and mental analysis. He

should write down a chart of his strong points and his weak ones. He

should check off the traits which should be developed, and those which

should be restrained. He should determine whether he needs development

along physical, mental, and spiritual lines, and in what degree. Having

made this chart of himself, he should then apply the principles of

charging the aura with the color vibrations indicated by his self

diagnosis and prescription.



The last stage is quite simple, once one has acquired the general idea

back of it. It consists simply in forming as clear a mental image as

possible of the color or colors desired, and then projecting the

vibrations into the aura by the simple effort of the will. This does

not mean that one needs to clinch the fist or frown the brow, in

willing. Willing, in the occult sense, may be said to consist of a

COMMAND, leaving the rest to the mechanism of the will and mind. Take

away the obstacle of Doubt and Fear--then the Royal Command performs the

work of setting the will into operation. This, by the way, is an

important occult secret, of wide application--try to master its all

important significance.



The mental imaging of colors may be materially aided by concentration

upon physical material of the right color. By concentrating the

attention and vision upon a red flower, for instance; or upon a bit of

green leaf, in another instance; one may be able to form a clear,

positive mental image of that particular color. This accompanied by the

willing, and demand, that the vibrations of this color shall charge the

aura, will be found to accomplish the result. Have something around you

showing the desirable colors, and your attention will almost

instinctively take up the impression thereof, even though you may be

thinking of, or doing something else. Live as much as possible in the

idea and presence of the desirable color, and you will get the habit of

setting up the mental image and vibration thereof. A little practice

and experience will soon give you the idea, and enable you to get the

best results. Patience, perseverance, and sustained earnest

interest--that is the key of success.





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