There are many people who claim to be able to "balance chakras" and "clean" the aura. While these purveyors of new age metaphysics may actually do some good, I personally have my doubts. This doubt results from a study of available books and reports as well as personal investigation.
The investigation was part of the process of completing a masters thesis. Because the thesis is copyrighted as a book manuscript, no portion of the following material may be reproduced in any form by any means.
Using the writings of Blavatsky, Bailey and Roerich concerning the influence of thought energy on the aura, I participated in a limited experiment dealing with energy. With the cooperation of Barbara Thompson of Divine Visions (P. O. Box 556, Sonoma, CA 95476, telephone 707-935-7635) an aura photographer, a photo session was held wherein some photos were taken of me. My prupose was to determine if thought could influence or change the color of an individual aura.
The Master Morya made some comments in the book Leaves of Morya's Garden, Vol. II (the Agni Yoga Society, 1925, p. 214, New York, NY) which are paraphrased here. He stated that thought is "incredibly rapid" and that it is a "reflex of the spirit." Our "realized thoughts" can change the aura just as does those "errant flies of our spirit reservoir" of which we are unaware. This is not an exceptional ability, he tells us, but is common to all of us. Open-mindedness will reveal that a "single fleeting thought" can change the color of the aura. These thoughts may appear to us as secret yet they do affect the aura. Proof is available through a "measuring scale," he states. Is this what we now call aura photography?
After perusing the following photos, all taken within a 15 minute time span, we might question the effectiveness of the attempt to "clear" auras and "balance chakras."
The photos were scanned through a Logitech PageScan and left their original size for clarity. I tried to reduce them but some color was lost and since I'm not an expert at working with color or scanning, hopefully these photos will suffice to give an indication of the experiment. If you have difficulty viewing the photos, look for the white hair (sometimes just a small white blob) in each photo.
When I entered Barbara's studio, she asked me to "please sit in the chair so I can test the camera." Picture number one is the result of this spontaneous action.
This experiment had far-reaching implications in my own growth process. One major effect in my thinking is that when I think I am most calm and at peace, there is much activity going on at levels I do not even comprehend. I am beginning to scratch the surface only. The psychological ramifications of such an experiment can be very beneficial in that it leads to greater efforts toward personality/soul integration. It might give also an indication of the complexity involved when attempting to "clear" someone's aura.