What Is Color Therapy?
Healing using colors was “en vogue” thousands of years ago and can be traced back to Ancient Egypt and Greece. In India, ancient Indian scriptures, such as Atharvana Veda, speak of color healing that occurs with the rays of the sun. Further, traditional Ayurveda affirms the healing powers of colors.
Color Therapy also known as Color Healing/Chromotherapy is the use of color in various forms for creating balance and health within a human being. The human system includes the physical body, the emotional, mental, and spiritual body of an individual. Colors affect us in so many various ways. Color is one of the languages of the soul, just look at any visually creative painting that may be hanging on a wall in your home, or at your local museum. The majestic colorful Basilica’s located throughout the world are also a testament to the beauty of using color.
The beauty of color surrounds us. Color can influence our mood and emotions. Color impacts on our sense of well-being or dis-ease. Many of us have a favorite color. We avoid certain colors as a way of self-expression. Colors affect our way of perception. When painting a home, office, or any particular space, light colors make a space look big, a high ceiling will appear lower when painted in a dark color. Colors have a symbolic meanings which are immediately recognized by our subconsciousness. Colors influence the flow and amount of energy in our bodies. Culturally, colors are viewed differently in accordance with specific cultural and traditional norms.
Color Therapy theorizes that our cells do react to various color frequencies and use these frequencies as a means of communicating information through the body. If we take a moment and visualize a rainbow noted in the sky on a clear day, the sheer beauty of it locks our eyes on it, me included. Every color naturally vibrates at a different frequency. Think about one of the many songs that resonate in our minds revolving around color such as, “Lady in Red” written and sung by Chris De Burgh. Mr. De Burgh was quoted stating that he wrote that song about his wife Diane. The color Red increases blood circulation. It seems that the color Red ignited the singer/songwriters creativity.
Color Therapists use colored silks on the body, primarily chakra centers. Natural fabrics such as cotton and wool carry healing vibrations. Silk is known to carry the highest frequency vibration of any natural fabric. Colored silks have the ability to resonate their signature color frequency to the physical body and aura. The energy of silk is soft yet potent, allowing the wearer to absorb the color frequency.
Colors Vibrations Defined
RED is initiating, pushes through, fire, stimulating, vitality, anger, life-force energy, revolution, change, ambition, grounding, Earth, Gaia, power, war, passion, alert, danger, pioneering, activity and force without consciousness, blood, positive, aggression, liberation, survival, material side of life, primal, awakening, emerging. In relation to the physical body, RED is good for circulation, chronic illness, non-infected wounds, scar tissue, strengthens kidneys, heart, muscles, blood, lungs, bones. RED lives in the Root or Base Chakra.
ORANGE is happiness, warmth, creativity, pleasure, sensuality, generosity, moves energy gently, awakening to wisdom within oneself, sociable, aspiring, gregarious. In relation to the physical body, ORANGE is good for depression, cramping anywhere in body, relaxant, sclerosis, heart disease, boosts immune system, circulation, raises blood pressure, artery disturbance (especially in legs), fear (alternate with blue), endocrine balancer (when used with blue), cleans and purifies hormonal system. ORANGE warms the Sacral Chakra of creativity.
YELLOW is learning, intellect, acquired/learned knowledge, individuation, mental alertness, concentration, focus, cheerful, sun, warmth, cleaning, fear, left brain, empowerment, self-esteem, confidence. In relation to the physical body, YELLOW is good for combating fear (obsessive, habitual), digestion, stomach, gall bladder, liver, immune system, fortifies endocrine and nervous systems, nerve tonifier, motor stimulant, assimilation, lateral disturbances, helps chronic to become acute. YELLOW represents the Solar Plexus Chakra.
OLIVE speaks of new beginnings, hope and peace. It is the color of new spring growth, life coming out of dormancy. lives in the area of the xyphoid process which is the bridge between the lower and higher Chakras.
GREEN is cooling, calming, soothing, fluidity, growth, balance, money/prosperity, birth, new beginnings, nature, health, healing, heart, loving, expansion, curiosity, good for people who do precision work, space, trust, feelings, integrity, harmony, seeking Truth, relationships. In relation to the physical body, GREEN is good for liver, swelling or growth, anti-inflammatory, eye problems, bronchial catarrh, gout, diabetes, cysts, tumors, pituitary stimulant, washes out endo-toxins, promotes healthy bones, painful joints, allergies. GREEN abides in the Heart Chakra center.
TURQUOISE is making contact with yourself, communication of the heart, creative communication, studying and gathering information, learning, unconditional love, self-respect, respect for all life, taking individual responsibility, silica technology: crystals, computers, media. In relation to the physical body, TURQUOISE is good for immune system, skin (burns and infections), mental relaxation, acidic, tonifier, regulates lung/large intestine systems. TURQUOISE stimulates the Thymus center, or Higher Heart Chakra. TURQUOISE resonates at the Higher Heart Chakra located at the thymus gland. This Chakra has only recently been discovered.
BLUE is calming, deep inner peace/”peace that surpasses all understanding”, nurturing Mother and protecting/benevolent Father, deep, restful, openness, cooling, relaxing, assists in making deep changes, higher mental activities (3rd eye), insight, wisdom, sky, water, sadness, faithful/tru blue, unity, safety, godliness, communication that comes through us, clarity. In relation to the physical body, BLUE is anti-bacterial, anti-infection, anti-cramping, headaches, helps farsightedness, facilitates restful sleep, pain relieving, nervousness, insomnia, hemorrhage, lowers blood pressure, fever. BLUE creates the open space for clear communication at the throat and resonates with the Throat Chakra.
INDIGO/ROYAL BLUE is the higher mind that is connected to the all-that-is, the akashic records, the cosmic library. It is the color that makes contact with your “inner vision” or intuition, that part of you which sees beyond the five senses. It resonates at the causal Chakra at the back apex of the head. INDIGO/ROYAL BLUE says claim your inner power. INDIGO/ROYAL BLUE resonates at the 3rd Eye Chakra.
VIOLET is stimulates emotions, meditation, inspiration, intuition, inner emotional release, opening inner doors, stimulates dreams, wisdom, spirituality, higher mind, power, Thy will, letting go, vision, transformation, alchemy, loyalty, synthesis, integration, mysticism, clairvoyance/clairaudience/clairsentience, service, union, artistry, balance of male and female. In relation to the physical body, VIOLET is good as for menopause, spleen, sedative, relaxant, build leucocytes, lymphatic relaxant, soothes solar plexus, neutralize mercury from fillings, anti-viral. VIOLET, a combination of blue and red, connects the spirit and matter of yourself at the Crown Chakra.
WHITE/CLEAR pigment is the lack of any color, while WHITE/CLEAR light contains all colors. Since all colors are present, white does everything on all levels: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. White is about purity, innocence, softness, illumination, release, brilliance, radiance, transcendence, merging with God/Goddess/Universe/Nature/Spirit or whatever one calls their higher power. In relation to the physical body, WHITE/CLEAR is good for everything as the innate intelligence of the body will take whatever colors it needs. WHITE/CLEAR, being all color, resonates with not only all Chakras, but everywhere in our Being. White is often associated with the Crown Chakra.
MAGENTA is connection with Divine Love, caring in the little things, Love from above, beyond passion into compassion, abundance that is always there. Magenta connects us to what it is like to exist out of our physical bodies as pure Spirit. MAGENTA is that in-between place, the place beyond the veil of the physical. MAGENTA resonates above the Crown Chakra.
Go ahead…try wearing a brighter color. Wear a color that you find personally appealing and/or calls out to your inner Being. Wear a color that stands out and see how it makes you feel…
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