What Are the ‘Auras’ Around People Seen in Photos?—Part 2
What Are the ‘Auras’ Around People Seen in Photos?—Part 2

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In some spiritual traditions, people are said to have “auras” around them. Sometimes the auras are described as being various colors or at various levels of intensity, depending on the person’s characteristics.

Photos taken using special methods are said to show the energy people emanate, their auras.

In a previous article about auras, we looked at several theories to explain what auras might be, including (A.) biophotons released during injury, (B.) the skin’s moisture, (C.) body heat, and (D.) a type of energy communication.

Here we will look at two more theories: (E.) it may be a bioenergy field, or (F.) it may be a result of a condition called synesthesia.

Bioenergy Field?

Biochemist John Norman Hansen, Ph.D., at the University of Maryland has found evidence of what he believes is a bioenergy field around humans.

Silhouette of a man (Zdravkovic/iStock) Background: (CarlosGFernandez/iStock)
Silhouette of a man (Zdravkovic/iStock) Background: (CarlosGFernandez/iStock)

Instead of using photon sensors, as is often done in the search for auras, he decided to see if the “aura” has enough power to push a pendulum. He used a torsion pendulum, which can be moved by subtle force, and repeatedly found that its momentum changed when placed above a person’s head.


Synesthesia is a condition in which a person’s senses are cross-wired, so to speak. Someone might hear blue or smell a sonata, for example.

A study published by University of Granada researchers in 2012 shows that healers who say they see people’s auras sometimes have synesthesia.

For example, they found that a local healer known as El Santón, has face-color synesthesia: “The brain region responsible for face recognition is associated with the color-processing region.”

“Not all ‘healers’ are synesthetes, but there is a higher prevalence of this phenomenon among them,” one of the researchers told Science Daily. “The same occurs among painters and artists, for example.”

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