Healing through colour is a therapy that dates back to the ancient Egyptians and is a healing practise that is continued worldwide today. It’s based on the idea that colours create an electrical impulse in our brain which in turn stimulates hormonal and biochemical processes within the body. Depending on the colours used, these processes will either stimulate or calm us.
The Emotional Impact Of Colour
‘Colours, like features, follow the changes of the emotions’. Pablo Picasso
We live in a colourful world and are always surrounded by colour. It creates visual stimulation. As such, it plays a significant role in our lives. Colour has the power to evoke inner feelings and stir up old memories. We’re all familiar with the expressions associated with colour, such as: ‘tickled pink’, ‘feeling blue’, ‘seeing red’, ‘browned off’. We know from physics that frequency affects frequency, so, when used as energy, colour has the healing power to calm, excite, balance, manipulate and bring about a state of harmony on all levels of our being.
Research indicates that the colours we choose for our surroundings can affect our emotional state. Furthermore, our emotional state is more likely to affect the colours we choose to wear. We then tend to associate certain feelings with specific colours, and when we wear the same colour day in day out, we end up feeling the same way each day.
Research also indicates that while colour does indeed influence how we feel and behave, these effects are subject to personal, cultural, societal and situational factors. Our reactions to colour will be deeply personal to us and are likely to be rooted in our own life experiences.
Colour And The Chakras
‘Colour provokes a psychic vibration. Colour hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body.‘ Wassily Kandinsky
Colour therapists, also known as chromotherapists, believe that the seven colours of the rainbow relate to the energy centres of the body, these are known as chakras. Chakra translates to “wheel” in Sanskrit, and are described as wheels of free-flowing energy. There should be a constant flow of energy through the chakras, as new energy is introduced and old energy is released.
A rainbow is not a pure spectrum. It is made up of a myriad of individual spectral colours that have overlapped and mixed. The sequence of colours in a rainbow never change, they always run in the same order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
The heart centre is the central chakra and acts like a bridge linking the higher chakras with the lower chakras. While the colour pink is associated with the heart centre, the colour green is related to the soul’s essence accessed through the heart centre. This is where you feel and experience pure love, deep compassion, harmony and peace for self and others. I always think of a beautiful pink rose, while the petals are pink the plant from which it grows is green.
‘Mere colour can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.’ Oscar Wilde
We can purposely use colour to help influence our emotional and mental well-being by:
- Wearing colourful clothes that help stimulate the mood we desire
- Connecting with nature’s natural palette (green grass, blue sky, pink roses)
- Working with the beautiful colours and energies of crystals
- Surrounding ourselves with colour in our home
- Eating nature’s naturally colourful foods (lots of fruit and vegetables)
- Visualising or meditating with colour
- Colour breathing.
Colour breathing is an excellent way of dealing with stress. It’s easy to learn and readily available. You can do it anytime, anyplace, anywhere. And it’s free! It merely involves imagining/meditating on a colour that represents how you want to feel and imagining yourself breathing that colour throughout your body. As your body relaxes so will your mind. You can deepen your healing by setting an intention that the colour of your choice will work with your body in a specific way. For example, to help with relaxation, calming, healing, soothing, or energising your body.
Rhythmic breathing is an excellent way of supporting your colour breathing. This is where you breathe in comfortably and deeply for the count of, say, five, and exhale for the count of eight. Visualise yourself as you breathe in your chosen colour and breathe out whatever you wish to release, for example, stress.
Colours And Their Meanings
‘The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.’ Marcus Aurelius
While your reactions to colour will be personal to you, each colour has its own unique energy vibration, as a sort of signature theme. Each colour corresponds to the energy centres in your body (chakras). Working with different colours allows you to harness a range of energy vibrations and in so doing, raise your energy frequency. You can further support your healing with the use of affirmations.
Red is the colour of vitality. A great colour to help you:
- Increase your energy and vitality
- Ground yourself into the present moment
- Strengthen your basic trust.
Red is the colour associated with the Base Chakra (Root), located at the base of the spine. The chakra is associated with our connection with the Earth – security, survival and instinct. When unbalanced it leads to depletion, anxiety, hopelessness and instability.
Affirmation: I AM safe and secure.
Orange is the colour of creativity. A great colour to help you:
- Gain a general sense of wellness
- Develop your creativity
- Find a sense of fun and happiness in life.
Orange is the colour associated with the Sacral Chakra, located 2-3 inches below the navel. This chakra is said to be associated with confidence, creativity and sexuality. When unbalanced it leads to emotional issues, dependency, addiction issues.
Affirmation: I AM creative.
Yellow is the colour of alertness. A great colour to help you:
- Concentrate on your study
- Stimulate your intellect
- Increase your sense of personal power.
Yellow is the colour associated with the solar plexus chakra, located 2-3 inches above the navel. This chakra is associated with a sense of power and gut-feelings. When unbalanced it leads to eating disorders, fear, anxiety and loss of control.
Affirmation: I AM a powerful being of light.
Green is the colour for healing. A great colour to help you:
- Cleanse and purify your body
- Open your heart centre to trust in love
- Heal on all levels of your being.
Green is the colour associated with the Heart Chakra. Located in the centre of the chest it’s associated with abundance, compassion, connection, love, safety. When unbalanced it leads to an inability to trust, rejection and disconnection.
Affirmation: I AM loving and loved.
Blue is the colour for relaxation and peace. A great colour to help you:
- Relax and unwind
- Open your levels of communication
- Helps with insomnia (recommended bedroom colour is blue).
Blue is the colour associated with the Throat chakra. Located at the base of the throat it’s associated with a peaceful expression, security, leadership, and communication. When unbalanced it leads to insecurity, inability to express yourself and poor communication.
Affirmation: I AM free to express my truth.
Indigo is the colour of intuition. A great colour to help you:
- Expand your spiritual awareness
- Aids meditation
- Reach deeper levels of consciousness.
Indigo is the colour associated with the Brow chakra (Third Eye chakra), located in the middle of the forehead (slightly above the eyebrows). It’s associated with intuition, thoughts and dreams. When unbalanced it leads to judgement, loss of intuition, sleep problems.
Affirmation: I AM intuitive.
Violet is the colour of universal love. A great colour to help you:
- Support your spiritual growth
- Tap into higher wisdom
- Gain a greater understanding of your life purpose.
Violet is the colour associated with the Crown Chakra. Located at the top of the head it’s associated with consciousness, wisdom, creativity and spiritual awareness. When unbalanced leads to confusion, disconnection, depression, and hopelessness.
Affirmation: I AM aligned with my higher self.
Rainbows are the harmonious combination of all the colours. A great way to help you:
- Harness the energies of all the colours
- Balance all your energy centres in one meditation.
Affirmation: I AM whole and complete.
An excellent colour to practice colour breathing with is green. It’s the midway colour of the spectrum, being neither too hot or too cold a colour and comes in over 40 shades, so you’re bound to find a shade of green that you like.
Colour Breathing Meditation
The meditation that accompanies this blog post is more than a meditation. It teaches you how to work from a place of heart coherence, where your brain is in alignment with your heart, you work with the power of pure intention to direct your thoughts, words and actions to bring about the reality you desire. Click HERE to download.
Genuinely transformational and empowering. I refer to this process as ‘Stepping Into Your Light’, and it forms the basis of a technique I call Soul Therapy – Infusion Techniques. Click HERE for the blog post on Stepping Into Your Light.