Usually, auras and those who claim they can read them have been
relegated to the realm of psychic fairs, new age mysticism or ancient religious beliefs.
But as Good Morning Americas Science Editor
Michael Guillen has learned, scientists are taking a closer look at an area that was once
dismissed. Perhaps the most dramatic indicator of this attention is that the National
Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., recently decided to start funding research on human
bio-fields, the technical term for auras.
Meanwhile, some impressive scientific mavericks are exploring a
controversial new science, bio-electro-magnetics. One scientist leading the
charge is Berkeley-trained biophysicist Beverly Rubik. She believes that the human body
exudes energy, just like glowing candles.
If you think really what life is: when youre dead,
what happens to your energy? Absolutely everything, Rubik said. You go from
being a warm radiant moving creature to a cold dead stiff creature. The big difference is
Just Like the Sun
Harvard-trained psychologist Gary Schwartz agrees. He runs the Human Energy Systems Lab at
the University of Arizona and claims that the existence of a human aura is indisputable.
Its like the sun, Schwartz said. The sun
emits a whole spectrum of energy, both visible light, infrared, ultraviolet, x-rays, gamma
rays. Its the same thing with the human body, the human body is emitting this whole
range of signals.
To show what he meant, Schwartz had Guillen sit close to an
antenna that detects low-frequency radiation. When he moved his hand close to the antenna,
Guillen saw a signal change on the monitor. Another antenna detected high-frequency
radiation. As Guillen got closer to it, a sound went off, indicating that the antenna had,
in effect, picked up signals that he was broadcasting, Schwartz said.
The cells inside your body actually do the broadcasting, Schwartz said. In fact, 100
trillion of them spew out an aura of electromagentic radiation, like little TV towers.
Orthodox scientists believe this aura is nothing but a
meaningless jumble of frequencies. But mavericks point to EEGs and EKGs, which work by
measuring the electromagnetic signals from the brain and heart. Is it possible signals
from the rest of our body also carry information about our health? Though skeptical, Rubik
thinks its worth testing.
She heads the Institute for Frontier Research in Oakland, Calif.
Guillen volunteered as her guinea pig in an experiment to test
whether auras can indicate health. She first cleansed his fingers with alcohol to remove
any residue from his fingertip images. Then she took pictures of auras surrounding
Guillens fingertips with a digital Kirlian camera, widely used in Russia and Eastern
Rubik chose Guillens fingertips, because according to
Chinese medicine, the fingers contain many acupuncture points. These points are supposedly
connected via energy channels called meridians to different parts of the body: lungs,
heart, intestines and so forth.
Peaks And Valleys Of
So from the auras of his fingertips alone, Rubiks computer was able to calculate
Guillens full-body aura. Next, her computer analyzed his aura for any signs of
illness. His alleged diagnosis was represented by a jagged red circle.
Actually I see a very good energy regulation, Rubik
said. If that were ideal, it would be a perfect circle.
Any huge peaks in the jagged red circle are supposed to mean
something is excessive or inflamed. Any huge valleys, she said, are supposed to mean
something is deficient.
Rubik found a little bit of excess in Guillens colon
region. Theres a couple of organ systems that look a little run down, a little
under the weather, Rubik said.There is a slight dip in the endocrine system.
Its a little bit deficient here.
Critics contend that aura reading is all nonsense, akin to
astrology. But Guillen was surprised that some of the things Rubik found did, in fact, fit
in with his health record. He has an underactive thyroid, which could account for the
depressed area on the endocrine system.
The NIHs move to research auras split the scientific
community into two camps. For mainstream scientists, the NIH interest is scandalous. But
for the mavericks, its long-awaited evidence that old school science is coming
I mean, who says that todays physics ends the process
of discovery? Schwartz said. Who says that we now know every single bit of
energy that exists in the universe? Only a human being that has not learned humility
would come to that kind of statement. I say keep an open mind.
This story was produced by Melissa Dunst for Good Morning America.