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White Aura: Meaning of Seeing this Chakra Energy

Ready to learn about the white aura meaning? Some of the most popular articles on this site are my drawings of the colors of energy I see during healing work like Reiki, meditation, or acupuncture. Judging from the comments pouring in on “Seeing Purple and Yellow During Meditation,” people who experience this phenomenon are hungry to understand why it happens — but also what it means.

To continue this investigation of seeing chakra colors (following my recent article about seeing red), here are my illustrations and thoughts about the experience of seeing white light during healing energy work, and the meaning of a white aura. As for my qualifications to write and illustrate this, I’m a trained Reiki Master who has been practicing for several years, and who truly sees these colors, as evidenced by my attempts at recreating them through my digital drawing tools.

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This is usually what it looks like when I see white energy: Sparkly!

Seeing White Light in Energy Work

While the usual colors I see during my solo meditation and energy healing are purple and yellow, those meditation colors are tinged with a white glow. That said, I REALLY see white light when I’m doing Reiki or other touch healing work with a person who has what I would call strong white aura energy. What does that look like, and what is the white aura meaning?

White Aura Meaning and Chakras

The color white is correlated with the 7th Chakra — the Crown Chakra — which is located on the top of the head. That Sahasrara Chakra is also indicated by purple or violet light. This 7th Chakra is the energy center on the human body which connects with the wider mystical world, universal energy, and divine “Source.” (This is similar to the unity symbol in Reiki, Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen.)

The white light chakra is about spiritual surrender versus earthly attachment. It is also sometimes linked with the Soul Star Chakra, which is located above the head.

When I see white during work with Reiki clients, I usually experience it as a sparkling vision that moves like stardust, as I tried to show in the illustration above. In contrast to the medium-sized blotches and designs I see with a purple aura and yellow aura, the white I see is very delicate and intricate, like lace or netting, and I can see the darker colors behind it.

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Seeing white aura chakra energy

What Does Seeing White Light Mean?

In our popular culture, seeing white light is closely connected to the idea of healing, especially with some divine or spiritual intervention, and an acute experience of the liminal space between life and existence. Indeed I believe that in general, seeing white light indicates a positive shift and cleansing.

For example, a recent Reiki client just shared that when my hands were on her, she saw a vividly bright white light. This must have been something in her energy field shifting, because she told me that that night, she slept better than she has in years. Surely it would stand to reason that the color of the “highest,” spiritually-connected chakra would bring positive results. Thank you, white aura!

VIDEO: Seeing White Light

Concerns with a White Aura

I don’t want to say that seeing white or having white energy is always positive, though, because everything has a shadow side. In the case of people I know with very clear white auras, their issue is that their “heads are in the clouds” a bit much, and they might benefit from grounding practices. In other words, they might have perfectionistic streaks, or be so focused on the broader world that it’s challenging for them to connect with people on an earthly, centered level. They might come across as wispy or nebulous in spirit.

Think of white light as the opposite on the spectrum (chakra-wise) to red energy, the second orange chakra, or the black energy of the Earth Star Chakra. Red is the First or Root Chakra, which is about being powerfully grounded in the earth, literally and figuratively: safety, base needs being met, and freedom from fear. Tactilely, red would feel solid and firm, while white energy is airy and floating.

Seeing White with Eyes OPEN

Now, this article is about the pleasant experience of seeing white sparkles with eyes CLOSED during energy work or meditation. However, if you are curious about the phenomenon of seeing white with the eyes OPEN (which frankly can be much less enjoyable, and only questionably spiritual), do read my article, “Seeing Sparkles in Vision.”

White Aura Meaning, in Closing

Have YOU experienced seeing white light, chakra energy, or white aura, either as an energy worker, or someone experiencing healing or bodywork? Have you seen other colors of auras during meditation or bodywork, like a blue aura or green aura? What do you make of the meaning? Do share!

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Thursday 19th of October 2023

I'm new to meditating and hadn't seen anything until last night, I saw black and a white dot appeared and got bigger like it was coming towards me and in the middle of the circle was white swirling around.

Lillie Marshall

Monday 23rd of October 2023

I have been seeing that, too, and am in the process of researching and writing about it. In the meantime, I can refer you also to my article about seeing the color black:


Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

While I was asleep, I felt an evil or maybe it was a spirit with bad intentions. While praying in my sleep, I awoke to see a dark shadow. I closed my eyes and saw white waves, almost like a flame would flicker or wave in motion, but waving very slowly. It calming and I went back to sleep. What does this mean? I have always known I could feel things others couldn’t but as I get older I seem to be getting more sensitive to spiritual experiences. I’m also more courageous to know the meaning behind the feelings I get and why.

Lillie Marshall

Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

Hi Angela, Thanks for sharing your experience! I don't have a definitive answer for you, but rather encourage you to follow your intuition. You are certainly not alone in this sensation of battling difficult energies while half-asleep, and it seems like you're doing a great job of tapping into that universal energy (often visualized as white light) that brings us calm and strength. Keep discussing, journaling, and reflecting, and nice patterns and paths forward may start to emerge. The one piece I might emphasize, however, is to remember that dark colors do not necessarily indicate negativity, as explained in this black aura article:


Saturday 19th of August 2023

I often see purple and yellow swirling around each other when doing reiki on myself (I’ve only done the first level) and when getting acupuncture. Sometimes the colours are in quite distinct shapes that swirl around each other like a yin Yang or a spinning top. I also see purple, green, red, pinky red, orange, black and turquoise. I’d never learned about the chakras and the locations of the body associated with these until today reading your blog after a particularly interesting reiki session prompted me to see whether others have these experiences. It’s amazing to hear that my experience has some clear parallels with yours and other people’s!

Sometimes I see a bright white light, like the sun emerging at sunrise - but never nebulous and sparkly like you describe. I associate that with a state of profound relaxation and openness.

The thing that I’ve seen a few times during reiki on myself and friends is a small jade coloured shape. I’ve seen it enough times that today when I was doing reiki on myself and it appeared in the shape of a triangle I suddenly thought, ‘oh yeah, here’s the jade pyramid again…’ I was intrigued by someone else’s comment that this could be a reiki guide, because it’s been present when my hands are in various places on myself and two other friends, but I seem to recall that it’s most often around the liver/gallbladder area. It started as more of a vague blob of colour but over time it’s gained more definition. Sometimes it looks like a polished jewel. Glad to have found this blog!!

Lillie Marshall

Monday 21st of August 2023

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences. Indeed, there are others who understand! Glad you found this blog, too.


Sunday 16th of April 2023

I see these colors. First the purple violet and indigo during acupuncture. It’s easy to see during acupuncture. Then lately I’m seeing this new white sparkly light you described. Sometimes less in focus and sometimes very in focus. I see it in the morning when I first wake up and my mind is still restful. It pulsates, fading to black and then blooming back to white light with short beams emanating from it. It opens and closes for me in sync with my breathing. I also listen to hz music. Mostly 432hz, 852hz, 528hz. I haven’t tried this to bring on the white light phenomenon yet. I have been thinking a lot about God Source and my higher self lately since listening to Alba Weinman’s YouTube channel. She interviews people’s higher selves when they are under hypnosis. It’s been enlightening to say the least and I’m still discerning what I’ve heard there. Thanks for the channel. We should start a Reddit board!

Lillie Marshall

Friday 21st of April 2023

Thanks for taking the time to share this! I agree that hz music really helps, as does acupuncture. My hope is that a Reddit board won't be needed because there's already so much discussion here:


Friday 27th of May 2022

i ve been on the trail since the 70 s. 7 years ago a narrow window wispy clouds entering high above and the white bird which began to radiate widely. i awoke to myself a beautiful light. This morning i stumbled out of bed May 2022 and this heart shaped circle took place in front of my face as i walked around my apt. It was pale mauve with a med green fringing it. It disappeared as i reached for email. I ve read mauve removes negativity . Is that the same as healing? i don t know but the news was too much. Yesterday i had to retreat to bed but i had been reading much spiritual last two days. Slept four hours. All night too and surprise!! a wonderful mysterious treat. Your site is pretty nice. i forwarded it to my daughter in law in recovery from double mastectomy . god i hope your out there. I do know. Doves for sure.

Lillie Marshall

Tuesday 7th of June 2022

Thank you for sharing your experience, CJ!