Your aura is the subtle energy manifestation of everything that you are. It is the intuitively perceived light field that surrounds your physical body, the literal glow of your being.
Your aura can reflect your physical health, your mental state, and your spiritual connection. When you are happy, authentic, embracing self-care, and spiritually aligned, the aura expands, radiating your inner light and attracting more joy and love. When you are sad, stressed, indulging in unhealthy habits, and frightened, the aura contracts or becomes weaker, creating a stagnant, dark cloud around you.
Your aura can also pick up energy from other people and the outside world. Have you ever been in a place, or near a person who just made you feel icky all over, and when you left their presence you still felt that ick on you? That yucky-poo-poo feeling is a sign that energy that is not your own is attached to your aura.
When the aura is tainted or low energy, we can be left feeling depressed, unlucky, restless, and downright blah. Luckily, there are quite a few fun and easy ways to cleanse the aura, and to refill any holes in your energetic field with love.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Smudging: Smudging is an ancient practice of using sacred, powerful herbs, resins, woods, incense, and oils, and resins to clear a space, person, or object of negative energy. To smudge, light one end of the herb wand and then blow it out to produce the purifying smoke. Wave the smudge wand around your person, about varying about 6-24 inches (arms length) from your body. You can use a feather or a fan to direct the smoke as well. When you’re done, place the hot end into a ceramic dish, abalone shell, or cauldron to allow it to naturally burn out.
Most use white sage for this process, though some prefer bundles of wild herbs, or woods like palo santo or cedar. If smoke isn’t your thing, your can try my Blessed Sage Mist or my Palo Santo Mist - just spray the mist around your person as needed.
Spirit Fingers! (Jazz Hands are also acceptable): Energy workers and witches will recognize this technique. This process involves drawing down energy from the sun or moon, or calling up from the earth, then using that energy to comb through your aura using your hands and fingers. To perform, draw down/call up the energy in your usual manner, then let the power flow through your hands. Starting at your head, comb through your aura (spirit fingers!) and the space around you, all the way down to your toes. Visualize any yucky-poo-poo energy dissolving and falling away into the earth to be transformed, or attaching to your hands. Afterwards, wash your hands with a holistic style soap and let the herbs, essential oils, and running water wash away the residual muck.
Aura Cleansing Bath/Shower: Bathing is the simplest way to cleanse the aura, as water is our most common purifying tool. Simply shower or bath as usual, but use some magickal tools to enhance the cleansing effect. I recommend things like sea salt, lavender and sage essential oils, and fresh eucalyptus. Bath bombs, salts, and soaps containing these items are fairly easy to find. I make them too – try the Detox Bar Soap, and the Detox Bath Salts.
Meditation with a crystal grid: Carrying a cleansing crystal – or better yet, sitting with one in meditation – is a powerful and ritualistic way to cleanse the aura. Use cleansing crystals that soak up negative energy, things like selenite, obsidian, clear quartz, and amethyst. You can set up a grid around you, or simply sit and breathe, holding the crystals in your hands. Meditate silently, perhaps visualizing the crystal’s energy flowing throughout your aura. Or you can just meditate and let the crystals do their work. You’ll intuitively know when you are done. And be sure to cleanse your crystals afterward!
Chanting: A mantra is a sacred word or phrase, usually spoken in Sanskrit, which carries a vibration of spiritual transformation and healing. I’ve found that chanting one round (108 times) of the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is a calming, peaceful way to cleanse the aura. Translated, it means The Jewel is in the Heart of the Lotus, and the mantra is believed to remove impurities from the body, the mind, and the spirit.
So now that you’ve cleansed the aura, how do you keep it so fresh and so clean? Well, we live in a world full of ups and downs, of good days and bad days. Interactions with the world, not to mention our own psyches, can and will influence your energy levels and disharmonize your aura. To keep yourself in tip-top magickal shape, cleansing your aura should be at the very least a weekly practice.
In keeping with proper metaphysics, after you banish or cleanse energy, you should refill that space with positive energy. After I cleanse, I find that energizing myself with a “love vibration” helps to expand and strengthen my aura, ensuring a longer time frame between cleansings. Plus, it keeps me in a RED Priestess frame of mind: unconditional love of both Divine and human origin, sacred sensuality, and lusciousness.
Here’s a few of those methods:
Evoking a Love Goddess via aromatherapy: I use my Goddess Mists and Anointing Oils for this. My favs are the Aphrodite and the Oshun Goddess Mist, but I’ve been known to use the Kuan Yin when I want a gentler, more compassionate vibe. I spray the mist throughout my aura, and take a few moments to just breathe in the lusciousness as I chant the Goddess’ name a few times silently. Works like a charm!
Visualization: Picture a rose-pink light flowing from the heavens and washing over you, instilling itself in your body, your heart, and your aura.
Love Bath: Adding a bit of Rose Water to your bath can literally cover you in fragrant, love-filled energy and boost the aura. Rose Water is a highly vibrational liquid that carries the energy of love, compassion, and inner strength. You can also charge your bath water with a rose quartz crystal to fill your aura with loving vibration.
Kundalini Yoga: This ancient practice awakens the divine energy (the coiled snake) of the root chakra/base of the spine and raises it up through the crown chakra and beyond. A few poses and breathing exercises in the practice are specific to opening and strengthening the heart chakra. Brett Larkin has a fantastic 15-minute class for Love Energizing. By the end you’ll absolutely feel the difference in your aura.
Crystal Inspirations: Carrying or wearing crystals like rose quartz, garnet, and fluorite can help balance the heart chakra and support your aura with love energy all day long.
Here’s to keeping your aura cleansed, balanced, and rooted in love!