The Source of All Healing
Before I write about color therapy, I would like to remind all of us that God-Source or the Great Spirit (which is within all of us) is the source of all healing. Color is but one tool that we can use in order to complement the healing which Source offers us, through meditation and prayer. Color therapy must never replace prayer and meditation.
If you need healing, or know of someone who does, first go to God, the Source of all healing; then, be mindful of what tools Source offers to help effect the healing.
About Color Therapy
Color therapy, also known as Chromo therapy, is an alternative medicine method that draws on the positive effects of colors to balance the body’s energy centers or chakras. Imbalance in the energy centers is thought to be the key reason behind the manifestation of disease. Imbalance, which could occur in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels, is rectified with color therapy.
It has been known throughout the ages that color plays a major role in setting up a particular mood or state of mind. Yet, only recently have design artists put into practice that which the ancients knew all along: color does affect one’s feelings, moods and emotions.
Color shapes how we perceive our life and can be used to heal, to inspire, and to spark the creative potential within each of us.
Using colors for healing can be traced back to the legendary Lemuria or Mu, Atlantis, Ancient Egypt, India and Greece.
The ancients of Lemuria and Atlantis built great halls of color healing, where individuals entered and were bathed in light that was filtered through various colored glass panels or windows.
In ancient Egypt, people were often dipped in vats of colored pigment, in order to help effect a cure. Other methods of color healing involved the grinding up of crystals and gemstones that would be ingested.
In India, ancient Indian scriptures, such as Atharva Veda, speak of color healing that occurs with the rays of the sun. Traditional Ayurveda also affirms the healing powers of colors.
How Colors Affect Us
Every cell in the body requires light energy. Nature herself is full of color. Therefore, it is no surprise that we are drawn to color. Color is energy. The energy vibration of color is used to enhance and balance the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual state of a person.
Harmonious, soothing colors and color combinations are used to promote health and inner harmony, key triggers for healing. The energy of color impacts our mood, health and thought process. When we heighten our awareness to the energy of color, it helps to transform our pattern of health and well-being.
Healing With Colors
The goal of any form of healing therapy is to balance the energy centers. Colors possess healing properties. When our system is balanced, there is no disease. The problem of imbalance can be addressed with the application of color, which assists in restoring the balance. Color interacts with the human energy system and brings about a balance in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual conditions.
This science of color therapy uses the various colors in the spectrum to maintain the vibrations of the body at the required frequency, which brings about harmony and good health. The way we think affects the electromagnetic field or aura of our body. So, using colors to uplift our thinking induces a sense of well-being that restores equilibrium in the body.
Color healing not only works on the physical level but also on a spiritual level. It forms a link between our physical bodies and the finer forces of vibrations. This takes us to higher levels of consciousness leading to spiritual growth.
Methods of Color Therapy
Color treatments can be applied to the body in a number of ways to treat diseases. The therapist is aware of the right color to be used to heal a patient.
Color Gazing: Gazing at a blue light is known to lower blood pressure by calming the autonomic nervous system, while red light increases blood pressure.
Colored glass panels, colored light bulbs are used to heal. Patients are bathed in the light that gets filtered in.
People feel good within themselves by wearing colors that has a positive impact on their moods. The use of pleasant colors in the surroundings also has a beneficial effect.
Color Visualization: This therapy helps us direct color energy to the body using visualization. Colors can be visualized to instill a sense of well-being. Visualize yourself bathed in the colors you wish and allow it to create a positive impact in your body.
Color Breathing: Color breathing exercises can be done in a ‘lying down’ or ‘sitting’ position. Look at the colors that appeal to you. Select the color that best appeals to you and visualize it entering your body.
Solarized water is another way in which the energy of color can be taken into the body. This is an easy and inexpensive way in which to become personally involved in color healing. Simply place purified water within a colored bottle and allow it to be bathed in sunlight for a period of time. The rays of the sun, filtered through the colored bottle, energize the water along a specific line of color vibration. What you end up with is a healing tonic. The energized water rejuvenates the body after consumption.
Colors and Their Meanings
A preference for certain colors can point at two things:
Self-expression: You choose the colors which match your personality; for example, green, for a lover of harmony and Nature.
Completion: You choose the colors you need more of; for example, an active, passionate person chooses blue colors to cool down his/her nature.
An aversion against certain colors gives information as well. Possible color explanations are given below.
Preference for red: Red is associated with passionate love, great energy, impulse, action and stimulation, assertiveness and aggression, courage, strength and power, adventure, danger, warnings, revolt and revolution.
Aversion to red: A person who has an aversion to red may be over-active, too impulsive, hot-tempered, aggressive and egocentric, or have difficulties with people with such characteristics. It can also symbolize deeply hidden fears and rejection of his/her own assertiveness.
Healing properties: Orange is warm, cheering, non-constricting. Orange has a freeing action upon the body and mind, relieving repressions. Orange shows new possibilities and other options in life. Stimulates creative thinking and enthusiasm, and helps assimilate new ideas.
Preference for orange: Orange represents the warmth of the fire. It brings even more energy than yellow. Abundance, sensual enjoyment of life, celebrations.
Aversion to orange: A person who has an aversion to orange may have suppressed sexual feelings or other difficulties with sensual enjoyment of life. The attitude can also be over-sensual, indulgent or too materialistic.
Healing properties: Yellow helps strengthen the nerves and the mind. It helps awaken mental inspiration and stimulates higher mentality. Thus, it is an excellent color for nervous or nerve-related conditions or ailments.
Activates and cheers up depressed and melancholic people. Gives zest for life.
Preference for yellow: The color of the sun, life-force, vitality and energy. The color of cheerfulness, curiosity, alternation, flexibility, progress, amusement, contact through traveling and communication, learning and practical knowledge.
Aversion to yellow: A person who has aversion to yellow may be emotionally disappointed and bitter. (S)he may have tendency to rationalize feelings, or to avoid the depth of life by often changing relationships, many superficial relationships and/or constant changing activities.
Healing properties: Green is the color of Nature and the Earth. It is balance and harmony in essence and possesses a soothing influence upon both mind and body. Green can be used for just about any condition in need of healing.
Preference for green: Green brings peace, rest, hope, comfort and nurturing, calmness and harmony.
Aversion to green: A person who has an aversion to green may be more interested in independence and self-development than in a warm family-life.
Healing properties: Blue is cooling, tranquil, electric and astringent.
Preference for blue: Cool and soothing, dreamy and magical. Peace and rest. For people who keep a certain distance, but give calm and practical help; they are faithful and loyal, have a sense for order, logic and rational thinking. Blue is also the color of truth.
Aversion to blue: A person who has an aversion to blue may be very disciplined, strong career worker, with an aversion of commentary or restriction. (S)he may have charted out a clear direction for his/her life and wants to follow that lacelike.
Healing properties: Cool, electric and astringent. Indigo is a great purifier of the bloodstream and also benefits mental problems. It is a freeing and purifying agent.
Healing properties: These are colors of transformation. They heal melancholy, hysteria, delusions and alcohol addiction and bring spiritual insights and renewal.
Preference for violet/purple: Colors for meditation, contemplation, mysticism and spirituality. A longing to ascend and dissolve polarities, to improve the world. Reservation, mystery and dignity. Sensitive people with paranormal abilities.
Aversion to violet/purple: A person who has an aversion for violet/purple may have very serious attitude towards life; and may find it difficult to give dreams, fantasies, vague fears or memories a place in it. May have tendency to reject everything (s)he regards as unnatural or unrealistic.
Healing properties: White is the perfect color, for it is all colors, in perfect balance and harmony. It is the color of the awakened Spirit; the light of perfection; the light of the Cosmic Consciousness, the Divine Light.
Preference for white: White points at innocence, purity, virginity, cleanliness, freshness, simplicity, nothingness, oneness and completion, truth.
Aversion to white: A person who has an aversion to white color is foremost or solely interested in ‘realistic’ and tangible things, not in illusions or things that are beyond seeing or understanding.
Healing properties: Strengthens contact with your life purpose. Stimulates adrenaline and heart activity.
Preference for magenta: Much energy and activity focused on achieving power and self-realization. Strong but controlled passions and emotions. Daring, ready to fight, willing to give everything for a goal.
Aversion to magenta: A person who has an aversion to magenta may feel overwhelmed by people with strong convictions or heavy emotions like jealousy; also may have difficulties with exposing deep emotions.
Healing properties: Heals grief and sadness. Restores youthfulness. Brings you in contact with your feelings.
Preference for pink: Regarded as a feminine color. Pink symbolizes softness, sweetness, innocence, youthfulness and tenderness. Soft and kind people.
Aversion to pink: A person who has an aversion to pink may have a challenge with expressing soft, tender, female side.
Healing properties: Increases intuition and sensitivity. Relaxes sensations of stress.
Preference for turquoise: You don’t want to feel restricted and you don’t immediately bring to the surface what goes on in you; emotions can remain hidden. A color for non-triviality, renewal, innovation and inventions, alternative ways of living together.
Aversion to turquoise: A person who has an aversion to turquoise may be looking for solidity and security in society, especially in marriage. Also, may be reluctant to think originally or to walk new paths.
Preference for brown: An earthly color for practical people with a preference for natural, tribal and primitive things, solidity and simplicity. Family-life persons, stable people, loyal friends.
Aversion to brown: A person who has an aversion to brown may feel an aversion against normal, boring, trivial life; may not feel connected with his/her roots (home-land, family, etc.); may experience instability in health and attitude.
Preference for gray: Very neutral and indifferent, non-expressive. Reserved, cool people; unwilling to expose themselves or to have obligations. Grey can be refined and tactful.
Aversion to grey: A person who has an aversion to grey may prefers to be straight to the point, no time for political and tactical attitudes. Demands clarity, a knowing where one stands.
Preference for black: Symbolizes seriousness, darkness, depression, death, mourning, mystery, secrecy, occultism, a standing apart from or revolting against triviality, provocation, underground, things that have to remain hidden, nothingness as the great source of all creation, the need to keep your energy with you. Black is a color for extremes, everything and nothing.
Aversion to black: A person who has an aversion to black may have fear for the unknown, or fear for the abuse of power. Desires to become free from all kinds of dependency, blockages, hindrances; to throw off shackles.
Esoteric: Female energy, cycles, rebirth, reincarnation, healing of hormonal imbalances, emotional stability, remove or neutralize negativity, intuition, dreams, psychic abilities and psychic workings.
Esoteric: Love and passion, for positive relationships in love, friendship and business, career promotions, negotiations.