Philosophers have maintained for many centuries that everybody is surrounded by a fine layer of energy.
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Background: Philosophers have maintained for many centuries that everybody is surrounded by a fine layer of energy. Many people have claimed they can see these layers by means of their extrasensory perception. Soviet scientists have now developed a form of photography that they say reveals the strange luminescence that is not normally visible to the human eye, and the technique has been followed in Australia.
SYNOPSIS: This strange light around people has long been portrayed in religious drawings and paintings. Perhaps the strongest depictions have been within the Christian Church where religious figures are traditionally portrayed with a halo around the head. It is now hotly debated among scientists whether living things really do radiate fields of energy.
Much of the current research of this phenomenon is being done with plants. Soviet scientists have developed a process known as Kirlian photography. The process was used to photograph this leaf by two Australian researchers. The hair-like markings around the leaf are said to represent the energy field or aura.
The Kirlian device is not a conventional camera as there is no lens. It uses extremely high voltage to produce a picture directly on to a photographic plate. The subject to be photographed is placed against the plate and a sheet of photographic paper is slipped in between the two. Current flows directly to the insulated plate, to induce the aura artificially. There is much controversy over what exactly is photographed. Some researchers say it is the aura, others describe it as a new state of matter while some see it as an electron emission. But all agree it isn't trick photography.
Many scientists say Kirlian photography could be a way of obtaining information about the physical and emotional state of living organisms. American researchers say they have established a definite connection between picturers of fingers and the psychological states of the subject.
Very little moving film has been shot showing the Kirlian effect. The Australian researchers set up an experiment to show the charge that passes from a hand to an inanimate object. Scientists are now trying to find a way of harnessing the apparent energy present.