Throughout history, many ancient civilisations have used colour and light in a variety of ways to treat disease, and to enhance wellbeing. These days colours is used in many ways, not only for physical healing, but to enhance moods and to rebalance energies. As discussed in the previous class, each of our seven main chakras has a corresponding, dominant colour. One use for colours is that should any of these chakras become unbalanced, the appropriate colour can help to restore harmony to your energetic systems.
Without realizing it, we’re already aware of how colours resonates in our everyday life. Think of the expressions that people use, such as ‘green with envy’, ‘feeling blue’ etc. In recent years organizations such as the NHS, the Prison and Police Services have recognized the impact of colour on our health and moods by painting hospital rooms, and holding cells in colours that promote healing and calm, and Steiner schools use colour in the classrooms to assist children’s natural development.
Another interesting aspect of colours is that many things can be ascertained about a person by the colours that they wear. Some people believe that individuals often subconsciously wear colours for a specific reason, for example, someone who wears a lot of clack will often want to fade into the background. By understanding more about colour, we can make informed choices about our clothing to help us with everyday situations, for example, blue is the colour of communication so is useful to wear when speaking in public.
Conversely, a dislike of a particular colours can be revealing.
It has been scientifically shown that light or the absence of it, can have an effect on the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands and consequently on our health. Produced by the sun and filtered through our atmosphere, colour is the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) along with invisible radio waves, x-rays and microwaves. Visible waves sit in the middle of the EMS and are divided into seven different colours differentiated by their wavelengths.
We all know how other elements of the spectrum can have proven effects on our minds and bodies, for example, the damage that is caused by over exposure to UV or x-ray radiation. Colour therapy is based on the belief that the visible element of the spectrum, i.e., colour, can also affect the mind and body. Colour therapy states that each part of the body, along with our emotions and mental states, respond to a specific colour. Treatment can take various forms:
⦁ Sunlight focused on an area of the body.
⦁ Eating specifically coloured foods.
⦁ Drinking ‘Rainbow Water’ – water is poured into a container and exposed to sunlight. The subject then drinks the water and absorbs the colour’s energies.
⦁ Colour breathing which requires you to visualize colours as you breathe deeply.
⦁ Shining white light through coloured filters and directing it into parts of the body.
⦁ Wearing specific clothing colours. The physical and energetic bodies absorb vibration of the colours from these clothes.
Although colour therapists study in-depth courses over a long period of time, these are some simple ways that we can incorporate colour into our lives to enhance our health and wellbeing. The ‘Basic Colour Information’ at the back of this book will give you a starting point for working with and interpreting colour.
Module 2 Exercises
Exercise 1: Complementary Colours
This exercise gets you working with colours, thus making you more receptive to the rest of the exercises.
On a coloured wheel, the colour directly opposite another is called its complementary colour. There are:
Red – Turquoise
Orange – Blue
Yellow – Violet
Green – Magenta
⦁ You will need pieces of different coloured card and larger sheets of white paper.
⦁ Place one of the pieces of card on top of a piece of white paper.
⦁ Stare at the card for about a minute, allowing your eyes to relax and go slightly out of focus.
⦁ Quickly remove the piece of card so that you are now looking at the white paper.
⦁ You will start to see the card’s complementary colour on the white sheet.
⦁ Practise this with all the different coloured pieces of card.
Exercise 2: Sensing Colour
You will need a bag of different coloured ribbons.
⦁ Working in pairs, one person closes their eyes.
⦁ The other passes them a ribbon from the bag and should keep notes for their partner.
⦁ Keeping eyes closed, the person receiving the ribbon tries to sense what colour the ribbon is. Be aware of feelings such as heavy or soft, light or dark etc. Some people may even be lucky enough to receive an image in their mind, e.g. a sun when holding a yellow ribbon.
⦁ Still with your eyes closed, tell your partner what you get so that they can make a record for you.
⦁ You can try to guess the colour if you want to, although it’s as good to get a sense of how the colour ‘feels’.
⦁ Repeat the exercise several times, and then swap round so that you both have a turn at sensing.
Exercise 3: Dowsing For Colour
Use the ‘Pendulum Colour Chart’ at the back of this book. There are two different charts, practice with both and find the one that works best for you. You will also need a pendulum.
⦁ Holding the pendulum with one hand take a couple of breaths and ask that the pendulum moves to indicate ‘YES’. It should slowly begin to move in a particular way, sideways, back & forth, or in a clockwise or anticlockwise. Make a note of this then ask it to move to indicate ‘NO’ wait for the movement and make a note of it. Ask it to ‘STOP’ or say ‘THANK YOU’.
⦁ Now ask the pendulum to show you which colour(s) you are mainly vibrating in at the moment. Hold the pendulum over each colour in turn, and see how it moves.
⦁ Now repeat the exercise asking which colour(s) you are most lacking in.
⦁ You can also ask the pendulum to show you which colours you would most benefit from at the present time.
⦁ Make notes of your findings and refer to the ‘Basic Colour Information@ to analyse them.
Exercise 4: Look For Colours
You may remember this exercise from module one.
⦁ Either work in pairs or as a group for this exercise.
⦁ One of you (the subject) should sit in a chair, or stand up, preferably against a pale background.
⦁ The other person (or rest of the group) should be sitting opposite, at least five feet away. Look past the subject at the air around or above them allowing your eyes to relax and go slightly out of focus.
⦁ You may notice the air changing around the subject, perhaps appearing thicker. You may begin to see the etheric aura first, like a clear glow outlining the body.
⦁ Eventually you may start to see colours or you may sense them in some way. Perhaps a colour, feeling or sensation pops into your head.
⦁ Share what you pick up and if you are working in a group you may find others getting the same information as you. Refer to the ‘Bacic Colour Information’ to analyse your findings.
⦁ Swap over and repeat giving each person a chance to be the sublect.
Exercise 5: Go Colour!
You will need a range of colours pencils and white paper, plus the body / chakra outline at the back of this book as a starting point.
⦁ Working in pairs, one should be the subject to begin with and simply relax.
⦁ The other should relax, close your eyes for a moment and then gently open them.
⦁ Simply gaze at your partner. Remembering the work you have done on auras, can you see their aura at all? If so, draw a sketch of their aura on the body / chakra outline in their book.
⦁ If you can’t see anything, don’t worry. Allow yourself to intuitively sketch the colours you imagine to be around them.
⦁ Try not to think too hard, simply pick up the coloured pencil that you are drawn to and begin sketching.
⦁ Remember, there is no right or wrong, just your interpretation of the energy.
⦁ When you’re finished take a look at what everyone has done, refer to the ‘Basic Colour Information’ to analyse the colours.
Basic Colour Information
If you surround yourself with love the colour, or have loads of RED in your aura you are: Passionate, Active, Courageous and Strong with lots of vitality.
Caution: Too much exposure can cause Anger, Impulsiveness and Hunger.
Use RED to: Add some get up and go to your life.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of ORANGE in your aura you are: Joyful and Happy, An Optimistic, Independent, and Social Person.
Caution: Too much can cause restlessness.
Use ORANGE to: Cheer yourself and give you confidence.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of YELLOW in your aura you are: Intellectual, Creative, Artistic. An open and articulate person.
Caution: Over exposure can cause over-thinking, over analysis or being too open to the affect that others can have on you.
Use YELLOW to: Awaken Clairsentient abilities and to bring happiness into your life.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of GREEN in your aura you are: Affectionate, Loyal and Trustworthy. You are full of sympathy and compassion and strive for health and harmony.
Caution: Too much green can mean that you let others walk all over you or have a tendency to seek peace at any price.
Use GREEN to: Promote calm, Relaxation, Healing and Balance.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of PINK in your aura you are: Charming and Delicate, A Peacemaker, full of love and compassion.
Caution: Over exposure can lead to Indecisiveness, Immaturity and lack of focus.
Use PINK to: Attract Love, Protection and Security and to learn to appreciate the finer things in life.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of BLUE in your aura you are: Good at Communication, Listening Skills and Self-Expression. You are Serious and Cautious. Blue is linked to Clairaudience.
Caution: Too much can mean someone who is over cautious, a worrier or is oversensitive.
Use BLUE to: Attract Tranquility, and learn to Communicate your concerns.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of PURPLE in your aura you are: Strong, Sensitive, Spiritual and Intuitive. It is linked with Clairvoyance and E.S.P. You’re a Visionary and are Passionate about your beliefs.
Caution: Over exposure can cause you to be Overbearing, Feel Misunderstood and become Aloof.
Use PURPLE to: Develop your Spiritual and Psychic side.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of WHITE in your aura you are: A very Spiritual person, an Idealist and an Innovator. You may seem shy but do voice your opinions. You are seeking and are aware of the process of enlightenment.
Caution: Over exposure may cause you to begin to think of yourself as more Important than others.
Use WHITE to: Help simplify your life, seek the truth and awaken greater creativity.
If you surround yourself with, love the colour or have lots of BLACK in your aura you are: Seeking Knowledge, Intense, Introspective and have hidden depths.
Caution: You may be trying to hide in the shadows or be suppressing your desires.
Use BLACK to: Look Within.