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A “Light” Auric Cleansing
by Cynthia C. Whitehouse   

Last edited: Thursday, January 02, 2003
Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2003

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Clearing your Chakras with color light-energy is a great way to begin the new year. This artlicle first appeared in "Harmony Bridge Magazine."

The snapping sting of a late autumn wind.  The sloppy white flakes of a warm winter snow. The unexpected ambush of a pelting spring rain.  The fresh promise of a summer-bright rainbow.  Nature is an incessant housekeeper.  She sweeps, sprays, rinses and shines her world in a ruthlessly systematic process of purification.  We, as inhabitants of her home, would do well to follow her lead. 
As with nature, our cleansing program can and should take many forms.  After all, if we dust the furniture but never mop the floors, how clean can our home be?  Not that I’m an obsessive cleaner.  No truly balanced person, in my humble opinion, is.  But there is just no point in living with too much clutter.  It weighs on us.  Not only on our mobility (stepping over that pile of shoes that seems to be always in the doorway—or worse, not stepping over and falling on our face, cursing the shoes) but also on our conscience and our emotions.  Some of us have learned to edit out that little voice in our heads (our mother?) telling us to just pick up the darned things.  Some of us have learned to stuff or ignore the symbolic language our emotions speak about why there are so many shoes there, pretending we feel nothing about this pile.  (Do we have six pair, when one would do, fearing we won’t have enough?  Do we think that the barricade of shoes will keep out unwelcome visitors?)  Unfortunately but accurately, the things we surround ourselves with reflect a deeper image of how we are responding to life.  If we get lazy or just forgetful and don’t do a good purging now and then, we stop the flow and dam up our vibrations in ways that become unhealthy.  Cleansing our homes is important.  Cleansing our bodies with healthy food, exercise and pure water is important, too.  And while we are cleansing these, we should also remember our etheric field.
A good place to begin cleansing the subtle bodies of our etheric field is with the aura.  The aura is the area closest to our physical body that is a part of our body and soul’s energy, but not physical.  It can be photographed with special equipment and looks like an array of disjointed colors painted in abstract oils or like a soft merging of pastel watercolors, depending on the individual, their health, the state of their emotions and how long it’s been since they cleansed this part of themselves.  The aura is associated with our chakra energy centers, which act like doorways into our body.  Our aura can become a storehouse for our old memories, emotions and other attachments.  While it’s not helpful to judge these attachments as being good or bad, it is helpful to remember that clutter weighs on us.  (Even if we really love the shoes, they don’t belong in the middle of the doorway.)  Some people have so much debris in their auras that they become dark and murky looking.  This is unhealthy and saps the energy terribly.
As with nature and housecleaning, there are many ways to move debris out of the aura.  One of my favorite ways to cleanse the aura is with color meditation.  I invite you to incorporate aura purification into your regular cleansing routine. The following meditation was given to me as a way to balance energy, awaken chakras and restore full-spectrum wholeness to our light bodies.
Our energy centers, chakras, have long been associated with particular colors.  While the Rainbow River Wash meditation is given with standard color associations, the vibrations of a person’s chakra colors may vary, based on individual associations.  Please feel free to adjust the meditation to suit your personal preferences.  


Meditation is one of the most natural states in which a human can practice “being”.  Still it is not uncommon for unresolved issues to surface during a deep emotional cleansing.  If you are a beginning meditator, we recommend you enlist an experienced or professional Guide to help you.
Rainbow River Wash Meditation
This is a two-part meditation.  After you have performed the complete exercise (both parts) at least once, you may be able to refresh yourself with just the second part, as long as you are not feeling too negatively or too over-burdened.  If you are doing part one, the dissolving, always follow with part two, the rinsing.

Part One
The Dissolving
Sit with your spine straight or lay prone.  Begin by taking three deep breaths and exhaling fully.  At each attention point, take at least three breaths.
1. Bring your attention to the base of your spine, legs and feet.  Visualize a sphere of red light.  See it as most concentrated at the base of the spine.  Let the light dissolve unhealthy energy.  Notice and release any tightness or rigidity in your feet, legs and the base of spine.  Let go of any fears for your survival and all resistance or intolerance toward your physical form.
2. Bring your attention to your lower abdomen, below the belly button and to your lower back.  Visualize a ball of orange light mating with your hips, with the reproductive organs and with their supporting & surrounding muscles and organs.  Let the light dissolve unhealthy energy.  Consciously let go of emotions associated with strong male or female roles in your life.  Relax these muscles while releasing frustrations over unfinished creations and discharging all obsessive desires.
3. Bring your attention to your upper abdomen, just above your belly button and below the center of your rib cage.  Visualize a sphere of yellow light reaching into and out from your solar plexus.  Let the light dissolve all blockages from this chakra.  Relax your muscles and let go of any attachment to unhealthy ego and control concerns.  Notice any false images of yourself that you have identified with.  Let them go.
4. Bring your attention up to your chest.  Visualize a ball of green light nestling with your heart.  Let the light penetrate and dissolve all unhealthy emotions.  Release all the tension in your chest, your arms and your hands.  Let go of any hurt, loss or loneliness you may be holding.  If either your head or your physical body dominates your existence, let go of the imbalance.
5. Bring your attention to your throat.  Concentrate on your throat, mouth and jaw.  Visualize a sphere of turquoise light soothing you.  Let the light dissolve all unhealthy language, past and present.  Release any clenching or tightness near your throat.  Let go of unspoken needs or strangled expressions.  Expand the turquoise sphere to allow the repressed needs and expression space to escape.  (Letting sound escape at this time is helpful.)
6. Bring your attention to your forehead.  Center your awareness on your third eye, the space between and slightly above your eyes.  Visualize a ball of indigo light.  Let the light dissolve all disturbing memories.  Release any tension in your face and forehead.  Free inhibitions, darkness and all visual blocks, imaginary and real. 
7. Bring your attention to the top of your head, the crown chakra.  Visualize a purple halo of light resting there.  Let the light dissolve all guilt, misconceptions and spiritual faltering.  Discharge any tightness or built-up tension around and inside the top of your head.  Release confusion, judgement and hyper-analytical thinking.

You have just dissolved or “cleansed away” the negative debris, which is a natural by-product of living in our society.  Do not judge it.  Just let it go.  Continue to part two, The Rinsing.

Part Two
The Rinsing
Now rinse your being with a rainbow river of light.  See an opening in the air above you.  Draw the colors down from the sky and let them flow through you, washing away the debris and leaving behind the positive residue of their color characteristics.  Take three breaths as you draw each color through you.
1. Draw down purple.  Move it from your head down to your feet and let it flow out from you, leaving behind a warm light of wisdom, compassion and honor.
2. Draw down indigo.  Let it flow through you, leaving behind openness, an awareness of other’s needs and a vision of your true nature.
3. Draw down turquoise.  Let it flow through you, leaving behind the ability to communicate your personal truth, kindly and honestly.
4. Draw down green.  Let it flow through you, leaving behind a legacy of love and compassion.  Feel the balance between your mental and physical needs being re-established.
5. Draw down yellow.  Let it flow through you, leaving behind strength, self-esteem and the will to do what is best for all concerned, including yourself.  See yourself as the identity you want to be.
6. Draw down orange.  Let it flow through you, leaving behind the embryo of new creations.  Notice that the male and female aspects of your personality balance each other in perfect wholeness.
7. Draw down red.  Let it flow through you, leaving behind a solid sense of belonging and a natural connection to earth.  See the abundance Spirit has created for you and notice that all of your needs are met.
Take a deep breath and see yourself with all the colors of the rainbow vibrating around you.  Move your toes and fingers and the muscles of your face.
Take a second deep breath and see the colors dancing and merging.  Feel the sensations of your body; feel your clothing against it, the heat or chill in the air.  Move your arms and legs.
Take a last deep breath and see the light become a bright white ball.  Assimilate the light as it surrounds and protects you.  Move and stretch your body.  Open your eyes and welcome the world. 

After you have done this meditation, watch and be aware of people’s reactions to you.  They will respond with smiles and openness to the light you are bringing.  You will feel more generous and compassionate toward other people.
Nature gives us a rainbow as a symbol that the storm has passed and cleared the atmosphere.  By clearing our personal atmospheres we can create our own space, our own promises and open our own doorways to welcome the flow of the love that is life.
Cynthia C. Whitehouse is a Color Consultant and the author of The Rainbow Guide to Color Energy and Rainbow Goddess: A Journey Tale available at Harmony Books and Gifts.  Also ask for her new book, The Shifting Shroud.  She lives Marquette, MI with her husband, two children and four-legged friend.  Visit her Web site at

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Reviewed by Regina Pounds
Absolutely fascinating, Cynthia. It must take a lot of practice to do this meditation, but I think the use of imaginary colour a beautiful concept.

Thanks for describing this so clearly and methodically. I have bookmarked your place in AD.
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