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Gazing and Seeing Auras
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Most of us don’t realize the extent to which our social training distorts our very senses. In our society we are taught to repress our true feelings and to engage our complete attention in an interminable inner dialogue every minute we are awake, which effectively blocks our ability to perceive the world outside ourselves. Occasionally, we emerge from the constant babble to cast a glance about to check out where we are and what we’re doing but then we fall back into our familiar daydreams of glory and vindication.
Even when we are face-to-face with other people, we don’t actually see them most of the time, but only gloss over them. We are only seeing other people when we are looking them directly in the eye and paying attention to them (feeling with them) .
Developing your psychic vision (and your other psychic abilities) is really just a matter of paying attention to the little things going on around you. Most people miss out on the magic of life because they have all their attention focused on the hurly-burly hustle-bustle. To develop your psychic abilities, you have to slow down a bit and pay attention to the little, peripheral details rather than the big-screen image; and also not focus directly on things, but rather look out of the corner of your eye at them (as it were) . All gazing exercises begin by relaxing your gaze by lightly crossing your eyes, in order to create a double image.
Tips on Gazing
In order to recondition the way in which you look at the world, it is first necessary to decondition it. You reverse your social training by returning to seeing what your eyes actually are seeing: namely, two images. Adults take it completely for granted that they only see a single image with their two eyes; but they had to learn how to do this. A newborn sees two images, and it takes some time for babies to learn how to ignore (screen out) this fact, so as to blend the two images into one. Adults get so used to doing this that they don’t even realize how much effort they are putting out to maintain this focus every second. If you have ever been stinking drunk, then you know how difficult it is to focus your eyes in that state. This same strenuous effort – forcing the two images together (or better said, forgetting that there are two images being seen) – is exactly what newborns have to learn how to do, but without even the memory of focused vision to guide them.
Usually a baby accomplishes this tour de force at about two months of age, when he or she begins smiling at people. Before that time the infant had to integrate two, less-focused visual images of the person. And it is not readily apparent to an infant that the two images which he or she is seeing reference the same person, inasmuch as the two images can appear quite different, and have very different feelings to them (e.g. one can appear friendly, but the other one quite scary) . So it takes the infant a while to realize that there is only one person there that he or she is seeing; and that there is only one witness there seeing that person (rather than two) .
It is in fact your socially-conditioned ability to create just one visual scene out of two which props up your sense of there being a single, unified ego (a “you” to whom things are happening) . To newborns there are two witnesses, not one and as a result newborns have little sense of possessing a self at center – of there being a unified “me” there (this is actually a very important philosophical point, which is discussed ad nauseam in my book Thought Forms) .
This is in fact what your two eyes are seeing all the time – two images. This is how newborns see the world. It was your social training (in your first few months of life) which taught you how to “blend” these two images into one scene. The effort involved in maintaining this moment-to-moment focus on one image is actually quite a strain; but you (like all adults) have become so accustomed to the effort involved that you don’t realize how unnatural and uncomfortable it is, and how much visual information you lose in the process. By relaxing your gaze and returning your attention to the actual scene (double image) which is presenting itself to your field of vision, your eyes are freed up to grasp subtle nuances lost in single-image vision (for beginning exercises, see the “Photograph Gazing” chapter of my book Magical Living, available as an eBook from: smashwords.com/b/22860) .
Cross your eyes lightly and look at close things (e.g. hands) , not far away stuff (e.g. river water) . Don’t cross your eyes too tightly – it has to be a loose and relaxed lack of focus – not a fuzziness, but a double image, but relaxed. Also, you don’t stare at the thing you’re looking at, but glance at it, and look away, then back again; or just to the side of it, like you do when you are looking at things at night. You don’t look directly at things unless they are very solid-looking and trying to show you something (i.e. if they are trying to capture your complete attention) . The feeling is more important than the sight.
Try this: align two objects – one in front of the other (one foreground, one background, but not in a direct line – i.e. space in between. Gaze at them giving each one equal importance. This balancing is difficult to accomplish because the initial tendency is to wobble back and forth. Once you’ve got the balance, stare in the middle. As you’re staring in the middle, keep the two objects in balance. You aren’t looking at them, although they are in your field of vision.
Watch the steam in the morning as it comes off the earth; this is how the earth sends you her messages. Soak up the knowledge of the steam from the earth. Feel it.
Tips on Seeing Auras
At first it’s difficult because your eyes are unaccustomed to seeing people as anything other than objects of your desire. That is to say, they come on to you as solid objects to which you feel you must respond. In order to see anyone’s aura, especially people close to you, you must first hold your breath and watch.
Watch first around the tummy, as here is where the fibers of light originate. It is best if you hold your stomach to prevent your fibers from reaching out and intermingling with your subject’s. In other words, rather than looking at a person’s eyes and smile (which is what your desire nature seeks) , you should take in one whole breath and keep it there while you search out your subject. At first you will “see” some fine color differences or emphases of light. You will also feel a little tightness in the pit of your stomach.
There are different ways of perceiving auras. Another way to do it is to shift your weight and your eyes around the person’s umbilicus. Also, you might try looking when the subject has just eaten, as it is easier in most cases to see auras when people have recently eaten. Again, always look at the stomach region. The trick is to let the people feel at ease with you, thus letting their light fibers stretch out towards you, and thus more visible than protected, scared, contracted light fibers are.
(excerpted from Magical Almanac, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MagicalAlmanac)
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