What is Colour Therapy?
Colour Therapy is a complementary therapy for which there is evidence dating back thousands of years to the ancient cultures of Egypt, China and India. Colour is simply light of varying wavelengths, thus each colour has its own particular wavelength and energy.
The energy relating to each of the seven spectrum colours of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, resonates with the energy of each of the seven main chakras/energy centres of the body. If you can imagine the chakras as a set of cogs/wheels, they are rather like the workings of a clock or an engine; each cog/wheel needs to move smoothly for the clock/engine to work properly. Thus good health and wellbeing is achieved by a balance of all these energies. Balance of the energy in each of the body’s chakras is very important for health and wellbeing. Colour therapy can help to re-balance and/or stimulate these energies by applying the appropriate colour to the body and therefore re-balance our chakras.
Red relates to the base chakra, orange the sacral chakra, yellow the solar plexus chakra, green the heart chakra, blue the throat chakra, indigo the brow chakra (sometimes referred to as the third eye) and violet relates to the crown chakra.
Colour is absorbed by the eyes, skin, skull our ‘magnetic energy field’ or aura and the energy of colour affects us on all levels, that is to say, physical, spiritual and emotional. Every cell in the body needs light energy - thus colour energy has widespread effects on the whole body. There are many different ways of giving colour, including; Solarized Water, Light boxes/lamps with colour filters, colour silks and hands on healing using colour.
Colour therapy can be shown to help on a physical level, which is perhaps easier to quantify, however there are deeper issues around the colours on the psychological and spiritual levels. Our wellbeing is not, of course, purely a physical issue. Fortunately, many more practitioners, both orthodox and complementary are now treating patients in an holistic manner. That is to say, we are body, mind and spirit and none of these areas function entirely alone; each has an effect upon the other. This is why Colour Therapy can be so helpful since colour addresses all levels of our being.
As babies we first experience colour in the womb where we are enveloped in a nurturing and comforting pink. Then as a child we associate with colour as part of our first learning processes. These first associations contribute to our consciousness. As we get older we attach many different feelings, memories and meanings to certain colours and this can then become a feature in our subconscious. We can build up prejudices to colours which have happy, sad, or frightening connotations for us.
All life experiences make an impression upon us. Some experiences will be positive and some negative. It is these negative experiences which can manifest themselves physically over time as dis-ease. As an example:- perhaps we have, over the years, been in a situation where we have felt unable, for one reason or another, to speak our mind, or to express our own truth. This can manifest as a problem in the throat chakra. The throat chakra relates in the spiritual aspect to self expression. Thus, if our self expression has been blocked, the energy in this area will not be free flowing and in turn this can lead to a physical manifestation of dis-ease.
Noting strong colour preferences can also be a helpful aid to finding possible problems and working with the appropriate colour/colours to help to dispel negative feelings, free blocks and re-balance the body emotionally, spiritually and, in turn, physically.
Colour Therapy is a totally holistic and non-invasive therapy and, really, colour should be a part of our everyday life, not just something we experience for an hour or two with a therapist. Colour is all around us everywhere. This wonderful planet does not contain all the beautiful colours of the rainbow for no reason. Nothing on this earth is here just by chance; everything in nature is here for a purpose. Colour is no exception. All we need to do is to heighten our awareness of the energy of colour and how it can transform our lives. A professional therapist will help you to do this. The capacity for health and wellbeing is within us all.
Suitability: Increases vitality and energy, signals attention
Chakra: Base/Root. Traditionally the seat of life force
Attributes: Invigorating, vital, activating
Physical effects: Exhausting and curbing in excess
Distribution: Makes space smaller and oppressive
As light: Turns greens to black and dominates
Best use: Counteract exhaustion
Poor use: Stress areas
Spacial effect Use: for highlights
Suitability: Cheerful, anti-depressant, happy environment
Chakra: Sacral. Outgoing energy and digestion
Attributes: Lightness, easing, letting go
Physical effects: Relaxation of mind and body
Distribution: Claustrophobic and tight
As light: Soft but can become sickly
Best use: Theatres and resturants
Poor use: Areas of stress
Spacial effect: Breaks order, unconventional
Suitability: Singular, detaching, lack of involvement
Chakra: Solar Plexus. Focus on mental powers
Attributes: Lightness, etheral, letting go
Physical effects: Confusion, loss of orientation
Distribution: Nervousness, tention
As light: Disorientating, perplexing
Best use: Distorts perspective
Poor use: Unstressed areas
Spacial effect: Gives feeling of space
%Use: Less than 9%
Suitability: Relaxing, inviting, communicating, gregarious
Chakra: Throat. balancing centre of metabolism
Attributes: Spacious, ease of tension and stress.
Physical effects: Balance and calm of body and mind
Distribution: Opening of space, relaxing
As light: Unwinding, spaciousness
Best use: Stress related areas
Poor use: None
Spacial effect: Creates softness
Suitability: Ease of self, peace, love, concern for others
Chakra: Third-eye Centre of self-respect
Attributes: Individuality, inner balance, silence
Physical effects: Relaxing, mind balancing
Distribution: Unburdening, protecting
As light: Sensual, aphrodisiac
Best use: Areas of festivity
Poor use: Areas of suffering
Spacial effect: Generally supports
Suitability: Helps raise energy level. formal & festive.
Chakra: Top of the head, centre of spiritual qualities - Crown chakra
Attributes: Absorbing, stimulating, abounding
Physical effects: Self-respect, dignity, composure.
Distribution: Calm control of surrounds
As light: Aids concentration and mental focus
Best use: Places of spiritual force
Poor use: Entertainment areas
Spacial effect: Vertical and horizontal lines
%Use: Less than 4%