Viewing the Invisible

Bookshop Offers Opportunity
to See Your Aura

by Jay Olson

The notion that every human has a unique energy fingerprint, or aura, has been around for thousands of years. Auras are invisible to most people, although some psychics claim they can see them, and describe them, as multicolored energy fields that shift and change as a person emotes different feelings. Clear auras are good, muddy ones bad, they claim. Different colors denote different areas of strength and weakness.

Legends relate that individuals' auras were once visible to everyone, but that as humans evolved we slowly lost the ability to see them.

The halos seen around angels and prophets in religious paintings legends, some say. Today most leave aura sightings and readings to those who claim to be clairvoyant or psychic.

But now that may not be necessary A German researcher has developed a sensor pad and computer software that, he claims, can monitor a person's aura, and provide a full color, real time, representation of their energy field. By combining scientific biofeedback principals and computer technology with information from clairvoyants and psychics, Johannes Fisslinger has created what he calls the Aura Video Station.

"Bio-feedback" has been known and accepted for a long time," explains Fisslinger. "But I wanted to take it to the next level. My goal was to develop something which shows the subtleties of who we are. I wanted to give people a visual representation of what is going on inside of them."

A New Vision in Capitola Village

Avalon Visions, a book and gift shop located in Capitola Village, recently purchased an Aura Video Station from Fisslinger's company, Inneractive. For $20 they will give you a full color printout of your aura, along with a few pages explaining what the specific color patterns on your chart may indicate.

The bookstores owner, Cheryl Ban, guides customers through the experience, asks helpful questions, and offers her own observations concerning the aura visible on the computer screen.

The station is actually a small black box that is connected to a computer, which is loaded with the proper software

The black box, termed a biosensor, has five metal cups into which a person places their five fingers. The box measures what Fisslinger calls electro-dermal activity, which is similar to what most biofeedback machines and lie detectors measure.

The computer takes that information and translates it into color images. A simple silhouette of a individual's aura, which looks like an oval shaped field of color.

Typically two colors will predominate the image, and the nature and intensity of these colors indicate areas of strength or weakness.

How It Works

Ban says she enjoys leading customers through the process. She says that people are often amazed that as they think of different people or subjects, the colors of their aura on the screen change

"When we first got the Aura Video Station one of our employees had just fallen in love," she said. "We connected her to the Station, and her colors were predominantly blue and purple. But when we asked her about the person she was involved with, the image turned bright pink. It was just amazing."

Pink shows an influx of red energy, the color of passion and romance, according to Ban. As the person thought about who they were in love with, the sensors picked up that shift in energy, and translated it as red.

While an individual is connected to the machine, they can witness real time energy fluctuations on the screen. Some report that the same idea, thought of at different times, will produce almost the exact same color pattern on the screen.

But while the colors do tend to shift and change, two colors usually dominate the image. Fisslinger believes these colors indicate the energies that are prevalent in and around a person.

Blues indicate loyalty, compassion, peace, service, and a desire to helpful and. of use. Violets show an intuitive, artistic, visionary bent. While green demonstrate a more social, communicative, harmonious nature, according to Fisslinger' s data.

Muddy or dark spots in the color field can indicate areas of emotional energy blockage, such as unresolved anger, aggression, or hurt feelings.

The Good and The Bad

The specific locations of the dark spots can help to reveal emotional areas people need to work on, Ban believes.

Long Time Avalon Visions employee Pam Wyllie says that when she guides people through the process she often asks them to think of something they feel very good about, and something they have very negative emotions concerning, so that they can watch their energy patterns on the screen shift and change.

Ban says that people's reaction to the station is often skeptical curiosity at first, followed by wonder.

"A group of about four people, two guys and two girls, walked in one day," she remembers. "They were in kind of a party mood. They asked about the station, and seemed pretty skeptical. Finally one of the guys sat down, and when they saw the readout they were all just amazed, they could not get enough. They all decided to do it."

According to Ban, many people view the station with some dread, but walk away feeling very happy.

"Some people sit down and expect to see bad things about themselves," she said. "We are so programmed to expect negative feedback, it's too bad. This station can point out areas that need work, but it also shows how beautiful we really are.

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