Spectrums to assist people in finding their pathway to a full and productive life. I havewritten this book to share with you the information I see in the aura, and to help you seehow it will allow you to take charge of your life.For the past five years I have been a consultant using the Personality Spectrumssystem to work with individuals, families, school districts, businesses, and nonprofitorganizations. The purpose of my work is to help people know themselves better,communicate more effectively, and find direction for their lives. People who know thecolor of their personality are able to make decisions, implement changes, and take risks—not out of fear or anger, but from the power that comes from knowing themselves. I work to help people act on ideas and internal impulses that they know to be congruent with thetruth about themselves.For many years I was a high school social science teacher and career counselor. Iobserved the endless struggle of students striving to achieve their own identity, notknowing how to go about getting what they truly wanted out of life. Too often I saw themtrying to live according to their parents' dreams and ideals instead of acting on their owninner sense of themselves. As a career and vocational guidance counselor, I often askedthem to consider their choices from the perspective of what would make them happy,what would give them a sense of fulfillment and well-being. It was obvious to me whichstudents were acting in harmony with the energy I saw around them (the aura) and whichstudents were acting in opposition to that energy.I have always seen the human aura. Ever since I can remember, I have been ableto see the luminescent colors around people. Because I was not familiar with thephenomenon known as the aura, I assumed that everyone saw what I saw. I was well intoadulthood before I realized my error. At first I thought this ability to see what, as a child,I called the “pretty lights" led to my intense fascination with color and my interest in art-the use of color, the interaction between color and light, and the psychology of color. Inpursuit of my artistic interests, I took classes on color theory. As a result or this study, Idiscovered that I have the gift of "color memory," the ability to remember color over bothtime and distance. (Most people are able to remember color for three seconds or threefeet, which is why one carries a skirt or a pair of slacks around a department store inorder to match accessories.) I was also given the Color-Matching Aptitude Test [lnter-Society Color Council. Color-Matching Aptitude Test (Philadelphia: Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology, 1978] which determined that I can see anddifferentiate fifty thousand hues, tints, and values of colors. Most people who have notbeen trained in color can see only a very narrow range of about five thousand colors.Although I have been able to see the aura and have used what it told me aboutpeople all my life, both as a teacher and an artist, the development of the PersonalitySpectrums system took many years. In the end, the key to, or meaning of, each of thecolors in the aura spectrum came to me, all at once in a kind of epiphany. In that singlemoment of revelation-an "aha" moment-I realized how the correlative elements of theaura organize the colors into an integrated psychological pattern. At first I was unawareof the vastness and complexity of the pattern; but over time and with the help of professional therapists who worked along with me to refine Personality Spectrums, Ibegan to comprehend the structure of the system that I saw as radiating bands of coloredenergy.