Now, how can you develop and improve your aura? There are two possibilities: the first is by a deliberate, conscious effort of mental concentration. You concentrate mentally on colour, and picture yourself bathed in the purest, most luminous colours. To have an accurate idea of the seven colours, you will need a prism, for the colours one sees in nature, in flowers or birds, for instance, are never exactly the true colours of the spectrum. Whereas with a prism you can see true reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues and purples.
Then, in your imagination, you can picture all these colours radiating from you and spreading out into space; picture yourself bathed in that light, in all those glorious colours; imagine that you are surrounded by a bright, shining sphere of light and that you are sending love out into the whole wide universe. An exercise like this can give you such delight that, once you have begun, you may never want to stop!
The second method consists in concentrating all your efforts on acquiring the virtues: purity, patience, indulgence, generosity, kindness, hope, faith, humility, justice and disinterestedness. This second method is by far the most reliable: your work consists in cultivating the virtues, and it is the virtues themselves that form your aura.
Of course, the best solution of all is to combine both methods.
If you cultivate the virtues, your aura will develop spontaneously and naturally; by a conscious work of the imagination, it will also develop, but less effectively, for if, for instance, you concentrate on your aura every day and, at the same time, continue to live a very ordinary kind of life and break many of the divine laws, you would be building something lovely with one hand and tearing it down with the other.
So the best is to combine both methods: live a life of honesty, purity and love and, at the same time, use your powers of thought to work at the embellishment of your aura.
As I have already told you, gradually, as your aura develops, it enables you to communicate with every region in space. If you study the planets of the solar system you will see that, although they are millions of miles apart, they are actually in contact with each other; they form a whole. Yes, if we think that they are separate units, it is because we see only the outward appearances.
The Earth has its own soul and spirit
Take the example of the earth: the continents cover a good deal of the surface, but the oceans cover even more, there is more water than land. The atmosphere, on the other hand, surrounds the earth with a layer of gaseous matter that is several times the volume of the planet, and beyond the atmosphere lie the earth’s etheric, astral and mental bodies, which are still more voluminous.
For the earth is a living, intelligent being with its own soul and spirit, and if you remember that this is also the case with the other planets, you will begin to see how they all intermingle and penetrate each other. Their physical bodies are very far from each other, but their auras and emanations touch and join. This explains the planetary influences known to astrology: by means of their auras, the planets penetrate and influence each other and all those who inhabit them.
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Les Monts-de-Pully (Switzerland) 22 May 1960
Compete Works Volume 6, Harmony
Chapter 12. The Aura