Reporter’s Notebook:

Colors of the mind

November 07, 2008|By Ashley Breeding

Our aura is an electromagnetic energy field that emanates from our bodies, and can be visualized through an outline of cascading colors, which are supposed to reflect our state of mind, body and inner being, says Jill Templin, owner of The Chakra Shack in Laguna Beach.

Templin said these colors are associated with our seven chakras, or energy centers of the body, and determine our physical, emotional and spiritual states.

“An aura reading can help us learn how to balance our chakra system, by highlighting which areas we need to strengthen,” she said.


I used to pass The Chakra Shack on my walk from the Coastline Pilot to the Lumberyard Coffee Pub every morning, and I was drawn to the array of crystals, bowls and Buddha statues that decorated the window.

When I learned they had an Aura Video Station, I knew I had to finally pay a visit.

I’d studied chakras through various yoga practices and literary works of Anodea Judith, and was curious to learn the true color of my own aura and what this would further reveal about my inner balance — or lack thereof.

The Aura Video Station is a multimedia imaging system, which uses the science of biofeedback, color therapy and energy medicine to measure, analyze and display an accurate representation of our emotional-energetic state — or aura, Templin said.

Seated in a chair, I was asked to smile for a camera, while I lay my left hand over a bio-hand sensor, which read my energy fields.

The results were displayed on a computer screen, and showed a mass of bright orange around my entire body, with hints of red, yellow and green in various areas.

The computer generates a 23-page report, which includes two photos of our aura, an individual aura color analysis, personality overview that summarizes how we behave in various areas of our life (socially, career-wise, romantically, etc.), chakra analysis that measures our energy levels, and advice for how we can become more balanced in the areas necessary.

Colors associated with each area of the body represent different elements. For example, the left side of the body, or female-yin, is the vibration that comes from our inner being and reveals what we feel inside, but may not have expressed, while the right side, or male-yang, shows the energy that is expressed and likely felt by those around us.

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