Seeing the aura and non physical energy is different for different people. Your psychic senses are going to (at first) work through what is most natural/dominant to you. Most people have a dominant etheric sense and then as they develop that one, the others start to become stronger.
I think a lot of people don’t realise this and get stuck on thinking you have to be able to ‘see’ to know.
But, if you are wanting to practise seeing in particular anyway, I think one of the easiest things to do is look at a person, or your own hand, or a plant or crystal or animal (something ‘living’), against a white background. As you look, let your eyes kind of soften and become unfocused. You want your eyes to be relaxed and unfocused, like kind of how they can get when you stare off day dreaming, or even when you are kind of tired. Then keep looking. You will start to see a light (that may or may not be coloured) outline around the thing you’re looking at. The light might look like it is moving or breathing, dancing. It might fade a little then light up again, then fade etc. Keep looking. With practise and patience your vision will develop and your eyes will get more used to this new (which is really old) way of seeing. At first you might just see a very thin line of light, like say 1 cm width. With practise and patience, the larger emanation will become visible. You want to be in a kind of chill, relaxed and even playful mode. Not ‘trying’. Trying is a hardened emotional energy that can cause your body and your eyes to strain. Softness is directly helpful to the process of opening up to non physical.
Also, you are not making it up! This is the number one thing that people seem to think/can get in the way. Your imagination is the place for your senses to RECEIVE creation just as much as it is the place to PROJECT creations.
Yes, the mind can get in the way and disturb, but don’t think about that right now. Just have fun, feel, “I’m practising, I’m learning something new!”. Discernment around when the mind is influencing intuitive information can come later, and actually will just truly just become very obvious to you as you practise.
Trust me, you actually WANT to make mistakes so you are from the on able to discern when you’re in flow and when you’re not. I could try to teach you about the difference, but I truly think that actually having that experience is the best and only teacher you will need.
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