OMAHA(KPTM)-- In mystical terms, an aura is the elctro-magnetic field surrounding people's bodies.
It's said to represent your true, and perhaps hidden, personality.
Some people say they can see auras.
Others say they rely on special camera equipment to show people what's really behind their true self.
Some sources say the first aura photograph was taken by Nikola Tesla in 1890 in a dangerous experiment involving high amounts of electricity.
Since then, aura photography has been commercialized. The first marketed cameras were developed in the late 60's.
Now anyone can buy them, but some run upwards of $15,000.
Linda Hesseltine owns the aura photography company Mystic Colors.
When someone goes to her for an aura photograph they'll be greeted by a welcoming chair with metal plates on either side. The person sits down, puts their hands on the plates and is given a minute to collect themselves.
"I tell them to call in their guides and their guardian angels and anyone who's crossed over, if they're available, they'll come beside them," said Hesseltine.
Then with the click of a shutter and a few moments of time, you'll have a picture of yourself surrounded by a multitude of colors. Hesseltine says this is your aura.
"It tells you where you're at physically, emotionally and spiritually. I can tell you where you're at in all of those areas so it's kind of a guide," said Hesseltine.
The colors within the aura can range from an energetic, deep red to a calm, light blue. Each color has a different meaning.
Learning their exact meanings is where Hesseltine really comes in. After your picture is developed she sits you down for an interpretation.
Hesseltine showed KPTM the process by having a neighbor, Diana Morrow, come in for a photo and a session. It was the Morrow's first time with the experience. Her photo came out with bright reds and yellows.
"Red is energy, it's more energy than you know what to do with at times," Hesseltine told Morrow. "It's like that little kid energy: let's go, let's go, let's go."
Then Hesseltine told her something that had her in tears almost immediately.
She said Morrow had a person beside her in the picture.
"When she told me that someone was in the picture with me I either thought it was my husband who passed or my mother cause both of them passed at the same time," said Morrow, holding back more tears and wiping away earlier ones.
She said she was relieved to hear that they were still watching over her.
Despite Morrow's emotional reaction, KPTM took the photos to a bit more of a traditional photographer to get his thoughts.
Right away Mark Wegener acknowledged the existence of auras, but he said he didn't think it was possible to capture them on film.
"Realistically all you need is a bunch of filters to get the results you want and you can very easily manipulate how you want it," explained Wegener. "If you want someone to look red you just throw in a nice little filter, they're like $20."
He also said the type of Polaroid film Hesseltine uses can be manipulated by how long it is allowed to develop or even the way it's held in the hand.
But Hesseltine says she's encountered skeptics before.
"It's like religions, some people believe different things and that's ok for them to believe that. I have my beliefs and they have theirs," she said.
Of course, whether the colors in the pictures really are people's true colors or just a trick of the film sometimes it's the way the pictures leave people feeling that really matters.
"I would recommend it to anybody," said Morrow. "It's a great feeling and something you can treasure for a long time."
If you'd like to give it a try, Hesseltine does aura photographs every month at the New Millennium bookstore.
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