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Seeing Black Aura Energy: Meaning and Healing

Normally when I meditate or receive acupuncture or massage healing, I see purple and yellow energy colors moving behind my closed eyes. However, since I’ve opened my own Reiki healing touch practice and started hands-on work with a variety of clients, I’ve had the opportunity to experience and explore very different chakra colors than I usually see alone. Today I’d like to discuss one of the most surprising and profound ones: seeing black aura energy.

The first time I saw black, a client came in and lay on her back for a Reiki session. I centered myself as usual, then placed my hands at the top of her head for the first hand position. Instantly, I saw a rush of black, like the darkest ink pouring into a lighter-colored pool. I felt a sense of falling into expansive vastness — but not in a negative way… more like I was diving into a powerful ocean. The word that came to mind was “depth.” I’d never experienced this before, and wondered what it could mean.

Seeing black aura energy
My attempt at drawing what it looks like when I see black.

Each Chakra Has a Color, Except Black

When I returned from that session, I went into heavy research mode to figure out what black energy means in terms of chakras and healing. Why is black so much more confusing than other colors? Well, the reason is that most other colors of the rainbow clearly correlate with a certain chakra — but black does not, in any obvious way.

For example, seeing red is all about the First Chakra or Root Chakra, which is located at the base of the spine, and is connected with fear vs. safety. Meanwhile, seeing white aura light is connected the 7th or Crown Chakra, which links with spirituality and the highest universal energy. However, on any chart of chakra colors, black is nowhere to be found.

I picked up the phone and put in a call to one of my mentors, a Reiki Master and energy worker named Andrea, for further insight — and wow, did she help illuminate the mystery of seeing black! What follows is a combination of her teachings, and my own research and experiences.

(NOTE: What you are reading right now is not a medical article; it is an exploration of visualizing colors during the liminal space of energy work. If you are seeing black spots in any way besides a spiritual, energetic, or meditative one, or are seeing blotches of light with your eyes OPEN — as with seeing sparkles in vision — please consult your doctor or eye specialist instead of this post.)

The Meaning of Seeing Black

The first and most important thing to know about seeing a black aura is that, despite our (problematic) societal bias that “darkness is negative,” someone with a black aura of energy does NOT indicate bad things! In fact, Reiki is non-duality, so it doesn’t even really fit to call anything “bad” with energy colors. Given this fact, then what IS seeing black connected with, energetically?

Let’s look at it as a logic puzzle: If white is the top chakra and is associated with very high energy (like outer space, cosmic, spiritual level of high), what would black — the opposite color — therefore be? Another clue: several times that I’ve seen black energy, it’s been tinged with red — the color of the “grounded” chakra — the chakra about having your feet firmly planted on the soil.

Did you guess it? Yes: black is fertile, deep subterranean Mother Earth energy that is even deeper than red! Black is that rich and magical soil which grows our most fruitful harvests. It symbolizes creation, as with a womb. It’s associated with Chakra Zero: the Earth Star Chakra.

In the words of Andrea, “I find black very exciting to encounter during energy work. I usually see it only with higher vibration people.” This fits with the client with whom I saw the color black. She is a successful and strong entrepreneur, and is in the process of greatly expanding her business as demand for her creative work soars.

Seeing black color mixed with red.
Red sometimes mixes with the black.

When Can Seeing Black be Bad?

Though Andrea emphasizes that nothing in Reiki is “bad,” she does note that there are times when seeing black can indicate an area where something is going on — a part of the body or life that is calling for extra attention.

For example, one day a client came in to my Boston Reiki studio, and during our session, no matter where I placed my hands, I couldn’t see a single color of energy coming from him. This is very unusual for me, and made me somewhat concerned. However, during the last quarter of our session, during which the client was on his stomach, I finally saw a color: BLACK, emerging from the Fourth, Heart Chakra… the area of the body connected with love and human bonds. There were very faint colors trying to push through (see my illustration below), but the overwhelming color I was present to was inky black — expansive and deep.

While seeing black in this context isn’t necessarily bad, given what I know about this client, the black color pool is likely sending a message. This man had been single and living alone during the isolating events of 2020-21, meaning it is very likely that his energy had been closed off with the heartbreak of lacking human connection. The black could therefore be proclaiming that the way forward for him is to do everything possible to foster friendships, love, family ties, and even romance in order to heal and open his 4th Chakra — and by extension, the rest of his stopped-up energy flow.

Sometimes I see other colors mixed with the black.
Sometimes I see other colors mixed with the black.

Seeing Black Mixed with Other Colors

When I see black, it is a very distinct onyx pool with a marked feeling of expansive space — different from the usual lighter and more closed-in darkness of having one’s eyes closed. However, sometimes I see different colors mixed in, and each of these can be a clue to the meaning of black, too, as can the place or chakra on the body where touch elicits the color.

When I see black with another color (for example, an orange aura or green aura) and the other color is strong, I focus on the meaning or chakra of the other color, and take the black as sort of an amplifier. For example, in the case of the first client, the red was quite clear over the black, meaning the black symbolized a fertile and expansive power with the red of the root chakra: fearlessness. (Again, a match for a woman expanding her own business.)

When, however, I see black with colors struggling to push through (as in the illustration above), I think more of the second client — the one who had a depth of yearning present in a specific chakra that seemed to have activity paired with blocked energy.

During Reiki, when I come to a patch like the drawing I created above — clear depth and activity indicated by black, but with colors struggling to come through — I pause to really focus, “look” (albeit with closed eyes), and listen. Ideally, at this moment, I have a conversation with the client to try to unearth what is happening there for them, and what the path forward might be. Thank you, black, for being our teacher, and being such a fertile space for discovery and growth!

Seeing Black, in Sum

My favorite part of talking with Andrea about the meaning of seeing black was when she explained, “To truly work with meditation colors and aura colors, you’ve got to go beyond the traditional chakras. Have conversations with clients about what they’re feeling, and their lives, and look inside your own intuition as well. Those are the elements that reveal the true meanings of each hue — not just a simple chakra chart.” Given all this, I’m so curious to hear from readers like YOU: what’s YOUR take on what seeing black aura energy means? Do share!

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Karie Potter

Sunday 8th of May 2022

Wow! I often pray but am learning about meditation. Today I closed my eyes in a dark room just sitting on the side of the bed. I began to prayerfully speak my thoughts desires goals & intentions. I noticed black/grey white colors left and right then swirling together at the edges. I continued and began to see blue/green like teal from the right and yellow at the top. Then violet on the left yellow and white. Also during this very short 5min meditation I experienced pain at the top of my head. About two inches behind my hair line. I felt this meditation I felt energy I felt good. And I instantly started looking for information on what I just saw. Thank you for this blog! So amazing to experience and learn these things.

Lillie Marshall

Sunday 8th of May 2022

Karie, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! Sending you the best.

Reiki Soul Time

Friday 18th of March 2022

OH I love all of these, so helpful for me..... newer in my Reiki Master status and practice, but just encountered black for the first time so this was a great resource- I just did not know what to make of it, but assumed similar to a block- it seemed to be almost solid with blue struggling to come through... but opaque/almost solid, and weirdly, it was the shape of her her throat- so not like loose or sparkly.

Lillie Marshall

Saturday 26th of March 2022

Fascinating -- thanks for sharing, and glad this article was helpful. There's definitely more to black than just a block, but each situation is different, so feel out what seems right. You make a great point about shapes of colors -- that might be a new article I could do, talking about meanings of shapes. Like you, I've seen a throat-shaped block of color with certain clients, and am currently looking into what it might mean.

Melbell4heaven

Monday 31st of January 2022

Aloha Lillie! Thank you for your mentions of this phenomenon, I found your site while looking for some answers myself. Today was my 4th reiki/craniosacral session ever (I started getting them in October) and I first saw the dark purple light, and white light and as the session went on I asked the divine if it was connected to Jesus (I am a christian and have experienced the holy spirit touch me in the past) and it was then I saw golden yellow light bathe over me all over and had a similar feeling as when I experienced the holy spirit in church when I was saved. As our session progressed, I saw black. Full black, no hints of any other colors. This happened right before and during the time my Reiki master was tapping into the akashic records and my 10th chakra was activated. The black was very peaceful and did not give me any negative feelings at all. Its was vast, yes but I felt calm and at peace the entire time. I will also mention that this was the first time my reiki master used the fork's during our session, as I'm not sure if that has anything connecting the presence of colors or not. Normally she uses the crystal chakra bowls during our sessions and that is sufficient. I hope this helps you or others in some way and again, thank you for the information you have shared on your site. Namaste!

Lillie Marshall

Tuesday 1st of February 2022

Thank you for taking the time to share your remarkable experience! I love the description of the black feeling peaceful, positive, and vast. You're intriguing me with your mention of forks, as I haven't used them yet, but am certainly now getting curious.

Christine Morrissey

Monday 31st of January 2022

Today in my reiki session I saw black or a very deep purple and green, they were flowing together and sometimes had a floral vibe to their flow. The interaction between the two colors felt almost playful. Thoughts?

Lillie Marshall

Monday 31st of January 2022

"Playful" is such a great word for it! Green is related to the heart chakra, or love, and purple is intuition. I could be wrong, but is something brewing in your life with growing a new deep love?

Matilda

Thursday 27th of January 2022

Hi there, I'm new to reiki and seeing colors. I've been doing a lot of "cleaning" on myself, where I've been drawing out what feels like old energy that no longer serves me. It looks like a black orb dripping upwards, like what a lava lamp looks like.

Recently I worked on a friend where I was trying to extract a persistent illness in her chest and throat. I temporarily absorbed it and it seemed to stick with me for two days. But what I extracted from her had a very different look than what I've seen with other people, it looked like a sticky, black jellyfish energy that was hard to drain from myself. I haven't seen that energy before or since and I'm trying to figure out what it meant. Especially since it seems I shook up something major in her and she's now sicker than before!

Lillie Marshall

Thursday 27th of January 2022

Hi Matilda, Thank you for sharing your story! So the most important thing to know is that Reiki cannot do any harm, either to the giver or to the receiver. According to every Reiki training I've done and article I've read, you cannot take on negative energy by doing a session (meaning do not worry about absorbing bad things), and Reiki cannot make someone sicker (meaning you did not make your friend condition's worse). More on this here: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/04/reiki-cant-possibly-work-so-why-does-it/606808/ It sounds like at this point your friend might benefit from working with medical professionals? It can be a difficult position to be in, trying to heal friends, so I emphasize again: according to the teachings out there, Reiki cannot harm.

Now to move on to your question about seeing black. It does sound like there is something going on with energy and health that's important to listen to, here. I just want to caution against assuming that black is negative. If it's actually the Earth Star Chakra, this could be positive Mother Earth energy doing healing work: https://drawingsof.com/earth-star-chakra/

I hope this is helpful and eases some worry! It sounds like you're such a caring person and are working hard on making the world a better place!