Chinese Medicine and the Aura
The ‘aura’ is a term that is bandied around in new age communities though few are in agreement to what it actually is or how best to define it. The ancient Chinese however were expert anatomists of the energetic world and described the aura in great detail and divided into many sections and layers. So when people ask me a question about the aura in Chinese medicine I typically answer with another infuriating question, such as ‘which one?’
There are 3 bodies that make up the human being, the physical body, the energetic body and the consciousness body. Essentially they are different frequencies of the same vibration, with the physical body being the most dense and the consciousness body being the rarest or highest in frequency. The energy body sits in between and is what we work with in acupuncture and other energy medicines. Working on this level will inevitably effect both the physical body and the conscious body due to the inter-connectedness of all the levels of existence.
The energy body consists of the meridian system which extends throughout the physical body like a web of tiny vessels similar to the venal system. The larger passage ways have been mapped out by the ancient Chinese and they can be accessed at certain sites known as the acupuncture points. However this web is in reality much more complicated with many more tiny strands that reach every cell of the body. The meridian system however is only one part of the energy body, as it also extends outwards, away from the confines of the physical body. This is now moving into the area that we call the aura.
The first layers of the aura are known as the Wei Chi field. This is a kind of energetic barrier that protects us from external pathogens. This energy is rooted in the Lungs and is supported by the Kidneys. It is essentially your first layer of immunity. People who tend to suffer from a lot of coughs and colds may have weak Lung and/or Kidney energy and therefore a subsequent weak Wei Chi field.
Extending further out from this are the energies of the three Dan Tian that are situated in the lower abdomen, the heart centre and the head. These centres vary in their reach depending on the health of the individual involved. These emanations were then divided further into finer energetic layers.
Let’s take the heart centre as an example. It is said that the middle Dan tian extends out through seven layers of density, each with a different fantastical sounding name, such as the ‘Residence of Spirit’ or ‘The Canopy of Heaven’. These fields can either remain close to a person or expand outwards into a very large space. If the field is too close it can lead to person feeling shut off from the outside world. Conversely if there is too much space in the outer layers a person may feel too ‘open’ and can absorb other peoples’ emotions too easily.
I’m sure we have all been with someone who may be feeling depressed and that energy then rubs off on to us for a while. This is because the ‘aura’ that surrounds us also contains information on how that person is feeling. Chi is a carrier of information but if we pick up on this too much it can be detrimental to our own emotional state. This is why we need to have an aura that does reach out around us but is also strong and ‘full’.
How can we fortify the aura then? Well the energy of the Heart is nourished by the blood and if the blood energy is weak it may mean that the Hearts energy field dissipates too easily. I have horrified many a vegetarian and vegan by suggesting that they add a bit of meat to their diet to help strengthen the blood and therefore fortify the aura and this is a very quick fix if you are not ethically opposed to such ideas. Failing that a hearty diet of green leafy vegetables, acupuncture, Qi Gong and woodland walks are all other ways to tonify this expansive energy body.