There is no colour in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice ~ John Calvin
The colours of nature are, scientifically speaking, different wavelengths of light striking your retina and being interpreted as colours by your brain. When considering the purpose of colour and the part it plays in healing in our everyday lives, (though we may not be consciously aware of it), we need look no further than the ancient Egyptians who have been recorded as having used colour for health and healing thousands of years ago. They were worshippers of the sun and knew that without that light there would be no life. In everything – they looked to nature and copied it, often using it in their temples and homes. Their knowledge and understanding of the healing power of colour could easily have been lost, but thankfully it has managed to survive and there is now a revival of interest in healing with colour, one of the many forms of energy medicine.
During the Middle Ages, Paracelsus reintroduced the knowledge and philosophy of colour, combining the use of music and herbs with the healing power of colourful rays of light. Unfortunately, authorities hounded him throughout Europe and he was often ridiculed for his work. Most of his manuscripts were burnt, however in recent times many think of him as one of the greatest healers of his time.
With renewed interest in the healing effect of colour, businesses are accepting that their employees may work better, given a certain environment and it is encouraging to see large corporations and those in charge of hospitals and prisons becoming aware of the effect that colour has on the people who live and work there. Lasers, which are beams of coloured light, are commonly used by the medical community. The colour of the light beam used is directly related to the type of surgery being performed and the colour of the tissue being treated. Colour is light split into different wavelengths, vibrating at different speeds and different frequencies. These different wavelengths are, in essence, a form of energy medicine. Light is energy.
In keeping with this renewed interest and understanding that colour can affect our mood and emotions, paint companies have introduced colour cards with these therapeutic aspects in mind. Never to be left behind, cosmetic companies have created ‘colour therapy’ ranges to satisfy demand knowing there is no doubt that colour plays a big part in our lives, however subtle it may appear. Several years ago when we were creating our clinic (www.chiropracticlifehove.com) we hired Katherine from www.incolour.biz to help us create a visual, tranquil healing space, employing the use of colour, and it has delighted us to know people often intentionally arrive early for their appointments just to savour the healing environment created, in part, by the subtle use of healing colours.
Intuitively we are drawn to colours to help create balance in our lives. In previous Ridiculously Simple Steps To Transform Your Health (and Life) we discussed how our bodies vibrate at different frequencies depending on our state of health. Each colour has a unique vibration too. It is also said that everything around us is made up of electromagnetic energy, vibrating at different frequencies which correspond to sound, light and colour. All food has a vibration, but fresh, raw, organic food has a much higher vibrating frequency than any other food we eat. A new study by scientists in the U.S. has found that red and blue foods are the best when it comes to fighting cancer. They say the natural pigments which give some fruit and vegetables a rich red, purple or blue colour act as powerful anti-cancer agents. The researchers say compounds, found in foods such as purple corn, aubergines, red cabbage, elderberries and bilberries, restricted the growth of cancer cells and in some cases killed them off entirely, leaving healthy cells unharmed. In ancient times the Romans in high office often wore purple robes and perhaps they knew something of the healing power of colour. Purple dye was available to only a select few, as pigments used to dye fabrics was very expensive and difficult to obtain.
Colour, like light, can stimulate our endocrine system, and to take advantage of the palette provided in nature, we need only step outside our door and immerse ourselves in our natural environment – be it in a garden, the seaside, a park or woodland, the fields or the sky – summer or winter, autumn or spring. Exposure to such a diverse range of energy wavelengths from the colours of the environment and plants and animals in nature is, of itself, a healing experience. The vibrant colours of summer, rich and earthy tones of autumn, delicate winter hues and brilliant colours of spring all impart subtle healing through their presence. Spending time in nature allows our brain to explore a more diverse natural reality, causing it to function at a higher cognitive level.
Blues and greens are often used in healing (to tone down inflammation which of course is red) and rose pink is said to calm and relieve stress. Lavender is also a soothing and calming colour and it is no co-incidence that the essential oil of the lavender plant has been used to soothe and calm and help promote restful sleep down through the ages. Using yellow will help to stimulate your memory – often the first choice of children! Inflammation of cellular tissue is often the result of our modern lifestyle and one way this can be addressed with colour is to introduce more “green” foods into the diet by using barley greens or spirulina to tame the fire! There are many different ways that Colour Therapists use colour to heal, however in our Ridiculously Simple Steps To Transform Your Health (and Life) this week we recommend you trust your intuition (it is a powerful force) and surround yourself with the colours you love and feel drawn to – in the colours you wear, the foods you eat and the furnishings you choose so that colour becomes a conscious part of your everyday life. It is very likely that the colours you choose are the very same colours your body will respond positively to.
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