The aura is known by a number of other names, that rely upon the various theories about it's nature or how it can be detected. Other names include life-field, electromagnetic field, electrostatic field, bioplasmic field, energy body, and corona discharge.
The word aura is perhaps the least scientific but it is still the most regularly used term for what all who claim awareness of it describe as an energy field that surrounds the body. It is usually seen as a haze or glow or oval of light, of varying colours and intensity at different distances from the body. The colour of the aura is said to change according to health and mood and depend also on aspects of the individual's character and psychological development. Gaps and other anomalies in the aura reflect physical conditions, such as disease e.g. the presence of a tumour or perhaps the absence of an appendix. For example, if a particular organ is diseased it will not emit an aura of the same brightness or intensity as that of the rest of the body.
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