The use of Colour as a Therapy is a truly holistic, non-invasive and powerful therapy which dates back thousands of years; evidence of this can be found in ancient texts from India, China and Egypt.
Colour is simply light of varying wavelengths and, as such, is a form of energy that is used in Colour Therapy. This light energy affects all living cells (as we all know, without light all living things are affected). Used in the right way, these different frequencies of light, i.e. colour, can have a profound and healing effect on all creation, human or otherwise. It is a well know scientific fact that everything has a vibration, that is to say that all things have their own vibration/frequency, and that includes US!
Color Therapy: Basics and Benefits
Color Therapy aims to balance and enhance our body's energy centres/chakras by using the colours of the light spectrum, which can help to stimulate our body's own healing process. Color Therapy can be used for any problem whether, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual for specific problems as well as an over all relaxation therapy. It can be used safely and effectively — either alone or alongside any other therapy, whether complementary or orthodox medicine - for adults, children, babies and non-human animals alike. (However, no complementary therapy should ever be considered as an alternative to orthodox medical advice.) Colour energy can be the catalyst for our healing process and encourages normal and healthy workings of the body. Color Therapy should not be something you just go to a therapist to 'have done to you'. Colour is everywhere and should be utilized as part of our everyday life. A professional Colour Therapist can explain and advise you on how you can use colour at home for health and wellbeing. Colors are a major healing force. They stimulate energies that support the entire energy system and a clear mind. They bring in a subtle substance to the cells and tissues of the body. The color of the mind amplifies mental understanding and clarity, making possible the integration of thoughts with the vast knowledge of the soul. The color of the physical body and brain also bring healing to the physical body.
All seven colors emanate from the one primary color of this Solar system, indigo/sapphire blue. The soul of each individual functions on one of the seven rays, and each ray has its own color. Sapphire blue is a second ray color and brings in love and wisdom. The many hues of each color from intense to pale, are from the vibration of the color. Each color is an esoteric healing agent. The idea is to add the healing colors needed and replace any browns, greys and ugly purples in your energy field with the higher frequency healing colors. The right color for your mind brings mental understanding, organization, and receptivity to the soul. This makes it possible to integrate one's thoughts with the vast knowledge of the soul. The color of your physical body and brain bring healing for your body. Certain colors affect certain diseases. Some colors cure certain nervous troubles, eradicate nervous tendencies, build new tissues, and/or burn out (cellular) corruption. Experiment in vitalizing and magnetizing your body with color. This involves direct action on the subtle etheric body (which interlaces with the physical body). This knowledge is hidden in the law of vibration and color. Certain colors have a definite effect for sure. What lies ahead to be mastered is more knowledge about the etheric body, the effect of different colors on the dense physical plane, and a method to use color to build pure bodies. Check each color to understand the possible effects of this pioneering work with color.
Important colors for use in color therapy
There are several potent colors, of these the most important are green, yellow, orange, red, blue and violet. I will now explain a little about the use of each color vibration so that readers may use this information for the promotion of better well-being and harmony within themselves.
Three ways to apply color for healing
1. On the subtler planes by the power of thought
2. With colored lights applied to the physical body
3. Look at the color of choice on the computer, tablet or phone
This is the most basic color of all in healing. It is the color which you always use first and last. No matter what you are ailing, start off and finish with an application of green. It is the safest color of all to use. It is a color which can be applied all over yourself or it can be concentrated on to any one part of the body. The green should be taken from the middle of the color spectrum, neither too blue nor too yellow. You should have some type of a color lamp which will spread out the light so that it can be played all over the front and the back for ten minutes. This green is the great color of balance, which harmonizes the flow of prana or universal life force, throughout the psychic centres. It operates, as do all other colors, firstly on the aura, the reflection of which reacts upon the physical body. To apply you must be relaxed while the green light bathes the whole front of the body for five minutes and the back for five minutes. Then you can start using other colors.
Yellow is the color which signifies wisdom. Any mental deficiency, no matter how it shows itself, will be relieved by the use of yellow if concentrated on to small areas of the body. A concentrated beam of yellow light about the size of a tennis ball applied at the base and at the front of the neck, has been found very valuable for all cases of nervous conditions and for all cases where some mental blockage or other shows itself. The mental blockage may be brought on by bad circulation which caused the brain cells to be starved of lymph and blood. It may be caused by incorrect breathing, which brings about mental deterioration more quickly than anything else or it may be the result of a nervous breakdown or severe mental strain. In the latter case it could no longer be considered a mental blockage, but rather – mental tiredness. Yellow is the color which will relieve this type of condition. The normal time of application is twelve minutes altogether, therefore if it is applied over the front and back of the head, and the front and back of the neck in concentrated form, it should last for three minutes on each place on the bare skin. Ladies should remove their make-up before color healing as the pigments are liable to reflect the color rays which are extremely subtle in nature.
This is a stimulating color which can be given to the spleen, liver, kidneys, heart and indeed to any organ which helps to promote good circulation. The total time for application is 10 minutes. Apply a bright orange vibration in concentrated form to the spleen if you are suffering with low circulatory trouble, but not if you suffer with high blood pressure. All the internal organs such as liver, kidneys, bowels can be stimulated by this color. The more concentrated it is the more effective it will be. Your color apparatus should be good enough to concentrate a beam of light down to about the size of a tennis ball. Such a concentrated beam of orange vibration played for four minutes on the spleen twice per week will help those with low circulatory trouble. This color will help to stimulate the heart if concentrated over this place or indeed any other organ which needs stimulation. Orange is the great vitaliser and if given in conjunction with Spiritual Healing and other forms of natural treatments it can often supplement them and act as a trigger. Do not give orange on the forehead of anyone who is highly nervous. If you or your patient suffers from brain fatigue however, orange can be given on the back of the neck, but not longer than four minutes.
Bright crimson red is even a more potent stimulator than orange. This should not be given to anyone on the head. But if really concentrated on to rheumatic joints it will be beneficial. You can apply the red to the legs, knees or ankles for ten or fifteen minutes. If the rheumatic conditions are high up in the shoulders, I would suggest an application for only five minutes at a time. Place your lamp in such a way that the beam will be projected on to the back or front of the shoulder and not come across the shoulder on to the head. Even if it does shine on the head it is not harmful in any way, but it is best to avoid this. As the light frequencies of red are slow and very long, they have high penetrating properties, therefore can be used to stimulate the aura (and physical body) to such an extent that circulatory blockages can be cleared. Regarding infra-red this too can be used very successfully. An infra-red lamp is based on the same principle as an ordinary red color lamp except that the very potent infra-red rays act directly upon the physical by causing great heat. Infra-red is far more dangerous to use than the color red and should not be given for longer than fifteen minutes on any part of the body. Infra-red rays should not be given over the reproductive organs of a man or a woman, neither should they be given for more than two minutes over the liver, kidneys or bladder, because they can cause some damage. Do not under any account give infra-red rays to the head, certainly not the eyes. If you are using infra-red then strictly obey your doctor’s recommendations. The color red can be given over the liver, kidneys or bladder for three minutes without any harm whatever. Keep the color red away from the head of the patient who has had a nervous breakdown or who is highly strung in any way.
The effective shade is a deep full-bodied primary blue and this can be applied from the top of the head to the feet of most sufferers. If the complaint is high blood pressure, any kind of nervous breakdown, nervous tension in any one of its forms, blue applied for ten minutes can be beneficial. On the other hand, if you suffer from a cold or flu, use orange color in preference to blue because you will discover, especially if you are sensitive that you are liable to get physically cold under the application of a blue light. This is caused because the high vibrations are short and quick and they manifest as cold rather than heat. From this you can see that orange and red produce heat and are therefore necessary in cases of low temperature; blue produces coldness and is therefore necessary in cases of high temperature. Blue causes most people to relax. An application of blue color vibrations will also help people to sleep who suffer with mild insomnia. For more severe cases a low wattage dark blue light in the bedroom has, before now, proved beneficial.
Violet can be used all over the body, but to apply it lower than the hips would be a waste of these wonderful vibrations, which are of high spiritual content. So therefore I suggest that violet light is confined mainly to the forehead, the back and front of the head, the back and front of the neck and in concentrated form over the heart and between the shoulder blades for a total time of fifteen minutes. Violet tends to bring great relaxation and also like blue, can often be felt as waves of coldness. It does not stimulate basic circulation, but it does stimulate the flow of the more subtle energies throughout the psychic centres and the nervous system. Because of this it is especially beneficial when used on the forehead and neck.
All color treatments should start and end with green for ten minutes each time. Bathe yourself or patient with a green light front and back for five minutes each side. Now this will tend to balance any imbalance which may have been brought about through the stimulation of red or the more subtle stimulations of the blues. As green is the great balancer and harmonizer it causes many people to become very relaxed. It tends to counteract subtle energies which have built up in one nerve ganglia and causing starvation of another nerve ganglia. Start your treatment with an application of green and always finish with an application of green.
Color therapy through the eyes
Now there is another aspect of color therapy, which has to be done very carefully but which is nevertheless effective, that is the introduction of color through the eyes. We all know that what we see affects us. What most people do not realize is that every color seen has some effect upon the cells of the body. If you put someone prone to idiocy in a red room, you will precipitate this condition, if you put the same person in a blue room, you might alleviate the condition. Color can be introduced through the eyes but it has to be done very carefully. Green of course can safely be introduced through the eyes. When you start your color treatment with green, look at the green light for a couple of minutes. When you use violet, blue or yellow do the same with these colors and you will find that they will have a great inspirational effect upon you. I do not suggest that you look at orange or red light because of its basic vibrational properties. Naturally if your color lamp is too bright to look at without any eye strain whatever then some kind of a diffusing screen should be put in front of it while you look at it. If this is not possible then project the color on a movie screen if you have one or even a white sheet while you look at the color for two minutes.
Color therapy equipment
Now the success of color vibrations does, to some extent, depend on the purity of the color and the power of the lamp behind it. Plastic color material can be obtained from any theatrical equipment depot which can easily be cut to any size you require. Of these we found in England the best type was fireproof “Cinemoid”. This stuff is heat resistant and very tough. There must be many such similar commodities on the market. What about color healing lamps? Well, in Britain there are excellent color healing lamps for sale, some of which are expensive because they are hand built of the finest materials available. But it is not necessary to pay a lot of money for a piece of apparatus. Any slide projector can be used as an excellent color vibration lamp. It can be focused, does not give out undue heat, colored plastic can be mounted in the slide carriers between glass and most of these projectors have an effective cooling system. Some of the more recent ones even have remote control to enable you to set up your colors first and then push the button when you want to change the color… a luxury, which though not necessary, is very helpful. You should use a lamp between 230 and 500 watts… but never over 500 watts. If your apparatus is a powerful slide projector you will not be able to look at this to take the color through the eyes, but in this case, of course, you can project the color most effectively on to a screen, which is probably the best way of doing it anyway.
Using Colours in Home Decor
When using colour in the home environment, we all have our own personal choice. Particular colour choice though can help towards providing a specific 'feeling' for a space. Below we have put together some suggested uses of colour in the home, workplace and other various environments, and the effects these colours can produce.
Calming for body and mind. Good for meditation and prayer. Enhances purpose and dignity. Heightens our awareness and helps us to give of our very best. Purifying. Suggested Areas of Use:
Places of worship
Entry areas to clinics and hospitals
Pale violet in bedrooms
Sedative. Helps to open up our intuition. The colour of divine knowledge and the higher mind. Suggested Areas of Use:
Not suitable for areas for entertainment but for more 'quiet' places
Some people find indigo is helpful for studying so this colour could be used as part of the decor of a library or study.
Calming, relaxing and healing. Not as sedating as indigo. Also the colour of communication. Suggested Areas of Use: Any rooms except those used for physical activity or play.
Balancing, harmonising and encourages tolerance and understanding. Suggested Areas of Use:
Depending upon the shade, can be used for most areas
Use with other colours/colour as well to avoid the balance and harmony becoming more like total inactivity and indecision.
Stimulates mental activity. Promotes feeling of confidence. Helpful for study as it helps us to stay alert. Suggested Areas of Use:
Not for bedrooms as yellow can interfere with sleep since it tends to keep our minds "switched on"
Not ideal for areas of possible stress.
Warming and energizing. Can stimulate creativity. Orange is the colour of fun and sociability. Suggested Areas of Use:
Any activity area and creative areas
Not ideal for bedrooms or areas of possible stress.
Energizing, exciting the emotions. Stimulates appetite. Suggested Areas of Use: Any activity area but red needs careful choice of tone and depth and the space in which it is to be used as it can make a space look smaller and can be claustrophobic or oppressive. However, used well, red and its variations can make a space feel warm and cosy. Often used in restaurants.
Magenta is the eighth colour in the colour spectrum and is a combination of red and violet, thus it combines our earthly self and spiritual self, thus balancing spirit and matter. It is uplifting and helps us to gain a feeling of completeness and fulfilment. Suggested Areas of Use:
Chapels, Meeting rooms, halls, etc
Not ideal for play rooms or activity rooms
This colour soothes and nurtures. It helps to dissolve anger and encourages unconditional love. Suggested Areas of Use: Ideal for a baby's or child's bedroom.
Black used with another colour enhances the energy of that second colour. Black gives us the space for reflection and inner searching. Suggested Areas of Use: Not ideal as a single colour, but when used with care,can enhance and complement other colours in almost any situation.
Suggested Areas of Use: Any room, but it can be a little intimidating to some. Needs to be broken up with another colour or with plants/ornaments/pictures etc.