People say that I often have an aura of calmness about me. I have a soothing effect. On a couple of occasions, I have had people say they can see my aura. Usually there is some blue or green light that they claim to see surrounding me. While I am not sure what is going on with their eyesight or what they think it means I do know that there is an effect that people, places and things can have on another person. That is a more common usage of the word aura. We are aware of the special quality or feeling that seems to come from another.

What is this effect that presence brings? What places or things do you have that elicit particular feelings?

Through centuries of art history (both Western and Eastern) you will find certain figures portrayed with a halo around their head. This is not literally present on the model, but symbolically represents an attribute. It is ‘painted in’ to tell us something about their nature and character.

New World Encyclopaedia says, “A halo (also known as a nimbusglory, or gloriole) is a ring of light used in religious art, sculpture, and iconography to depict an enlightened figure, holy person, or celestial being. The halo represents an aura or glow of sanctity that was conventionally shown encircling the head.”[1]

If anyone said they could say a halo over your head, you might be quick to tell them that it’s resting on your horns. Such is the mix of internal forces we live with. The Scriptures describe this internal struggle as the battle between flesh and spirit. It is why we are quick to deflect the glory from us to God. Even in our desire to ‘appear’ humble rather than self-righteous we reveal our vanity. We want to make good impressions and we want to be authentic. Don’t get too defensive or too confident if someone notices your halo.