For centuries, it has been known that colors can dramatically affect our health, inner harmony, and our emotions. It plays a major role in setting up a particular mood or state of mind. Color does affect one’s feelings, moods, and thoughts.
Colors are certain wavelengths of electro-magnetic energy seen through our eyes. The color we see is the part of the visible spectrum that is reflected back by a certain object.
Colors have their impact on our sense of well-being. Using or avoiding certain colors is a way of self-expression; it sheds light on our personality. Colors affect our way of perception (light colors make a space look big, a high ceiling looks less high when painted in a dark color, etc). Colors have a symbolic meaning which is immediately recognized by our subconsciousness. It must be said that not all colors mean the same to all persons and all cultures.
Color healing, known as chromotherapy, can be implemented in a number of ways. The ancients built great halls of color healing, where individuals entered and were bathed in light that was filtered through various colored glass panels or windows. Energy healers mentally direct specific color rays into the patient’s aura and body. In healing, colors act as balancers: we administer the color someone needs more of or we give the opposite of the color someone has too much of.
A preference for certain colors can point at two things: Self-expression (you choose the colors which match your personality; for instance green for a lover of harmony and nature) and completion (you choose the colors you need more of; for instance an active, passionate person chooses blue colors to cool down his nature).
Let’s look at some explanations of how different colors manipulate our environment.
Red – Brings warmth, energy and stimulation, therefore good for energy, fatigue, colds, and passive people. Red energizes heart and blood circulation, it builds up the blood and heightens a low blood pressure. Stimulates ovulation and menstruation. Never treat cancer with red, because this color will stimulate cell growth.
Red is associated with passionate love, great energy, impulse, action and stimulation, assertiveness and aggression, courage, strength and power, adventure, danger, warnings, revolt and revolution. A liking for red indicates temperamental and ambitious people with a need for personal freedom.
A person who has an aversion to red may be over-active, too impulsive, hot-tempered, aggressive and egocentric, or have difficulties with people with such characteristics. It can also symbolize deeply hidden fears and rejection of own assertiveness.
Orange – Orange is warm, cheering, non-constricting. Orange has a freeing action upon the body and mind, relieving repressions. Stimulates creative thinking and enthusiasm, and helps assimilate new ideas. Orange stimulates the lungs, respiration, and digestion. Increases activity of the thyroid. Relieves muscle cramps and spasms.
Orange represents the warmth of the fire. It brings even more energy than yellow, celebration and great abundance, comfort, enjoyment of the senses. Liking to orange indicates warm, sociable, dynamic, and independent people who dedicate themselves to whatever they do.
A person who has an aversion to orange may have suppressed sexual feelings or other difficulties with sensual enjoyment of life. The attitude can also be over-sensual, indulgent, or too materialistic.
Yellow – Yellow helps strengthen the nerves and the mind. It helps awaken mental inspiration and stimulates higher mentality. Dark yellow soothes pains in the nerves (shooting pains). Yellow can be used for conditions of the stomach, liver, and intestines. It speeds up digestion and assimilation.
The color of the sun, life-force, vividity, vitality and energy. The color of cheerfulness, curiosity, flexibility, and practical knowledge. A feeling for writing and speaking.
A person who has aversion to yellow may be emotionally disappointed and bitter. May have tendency to rationalize feelings, or to avoid the depth of life by often changing relationships, many superficial relationships and/or constant changing activities.
Green – Green is the color of nature and the earth. It is balance and harmony in essence and possesses a soothing influence upon both mind and body. Green can be used for just about any condition in need of healing. It cures hormonal imbalances. Stimulates growth hormone and rejuvenation. Cleans and purifies from germs, bacteria and rotting material. Has a healing effect on kidneys. Increases immunity.
Green brings peace, rest, hope, comfort and nurturing, calmness and harmony. Interest in nature, plants, fellowmen, children and animals, health and healing, natural and plain life. Longing for a safe home and family-life. A dislike of conflicts.
A person who has an aversion to green may be more interested in independence and self-development than in a warm family-life. May prefer to keep a certain distance in (sexual) relationships.
Blue – Blue is cooling, electric, astringent. Dr. Edwin Babbitt, in his classic, “The Principles of Light and Color,” states that “the blue ray is one of the greatest antiseptics in the world.”
Cools down inflammations (including rheumatic inflammations), fever, high blood pressure, stops bleedings, reliefs the bursting headaches, calms strong emotions like anger, aggression or hysteria. Brings tranquility. Anti-itching.
Cool and soothing, dreamy and magical. Flying in day-dreaming, ideals or nostalgia when felt mis-understood. Dark blue is more severe and can be melancholic. Blue is also the color of truth.
A person who has an aversion to blue, may be very disciplined, strong career worker, with an aversion of commentary or restriction. He may have charted out a clear direction for his life and wants to follow it strictly.
Indigo – Indigo is a great purifier of the bloodstream and also benefits mental problems. It is a freeing and purifying agent. Indigo combines the deep blue of devotion with a trace of stabilizing and objective red. Indigo is cool, electric, and astringent.
Violet /Purple – These are colors of transformation. They heal melancholy, hysteria, delusions and alcohol addiction and bring spiritual insights and renewal. These colors slow down an over-active heart; stimulate the spleen and the white blood cells (immunity). Bring sleep. Soothe mental and emotional stress. Decrease sexual activity. Decrease sensitivity to pain. They help in detoxification.
Colors for meditation, contemplation, mysticism, spirituality and religion power. Reservation, mystery and dignity. Soft, sensitive people with often paranormal abilities.
A person who has an aversion for violet /purple may have very serious attitude towards life; and may find it difficult to give dreams, fantasies, vague fears or memories a place in it. May have tendency to rejection everything he regards as unnatural or unrealistic.
White – White is the perfect color; for it is all colors, in perfect balance and harmony. White light raises the vibration of one’s consciousness and the body, bringing harmony in all aspects of one’s life. Directing white into to a part of the body that needs healing is one of the fastest ways to bring about healing.
White points at innocence, purity, virginity, cleanliness, freshness, simplicity, nothingness, oneness and completion, truth. In certain cultures white is the color of death and mourning.
A person who has an aversion to white color is foremost or solely interested in ‘realistic’ and tangible things, not in illusions or things that are beyond seeing or understanding. Knows and accepts the own imperfection and does not wish to achieve perfection.
Magenta – Strengthens contact with your life purpose. Stimulates adrenaline and heart activity.
Much energy and activity focused on achieving power and self-realization. Strong but controlled passions and emotions. Daring, ready to fight, willing to give everything for a goal. Can drive things too far and have fixed ideas.
A person who has an aversion to magenta may feel overwhelmed by people with strong convictions or heavy emotions like jealousy; also may have difficulties with exposing deep emotions.
Pink – Heals grief and sadness. Restores youthfulness. Brings you in contact with your feelings.
Regarded as a feminine color. Pink symbolizes softness, sweetness, innocence, youthfulness and tenderness. Soft and kind people.
A person who has an aversion to pink may have a challenge with expressing soft, tender, female side.
Turquoise – Increases intuition and sensitivity. Works disinfecting and antiseptic. Tones the general system. Builds the skin. Relaxes sensations of stress.
Just like the wide turquoise sea you don’t want to feel restricted and you don’t immediately bring to the surface what goes on in you; emotions can remain hidden. A color for non-triviality, renewal, innovation and inventions.
A person who has an aversion to turquoise may be looking for solidity and security in society, especially in marriage. Also, may be reluctant to think originally or to walk new paths.
Brown – An earthly color for practical people with a preference for natural, tribal and primitive things, solidity and simplicity. Brown can be warm and cosy but also depressing. Family-life persons, stable people, loyal friends.
A person who has an aversion to brown may feel an aversion against normal, boring, trivial life; may not feel connected with his roots (home-land, family, etc); may experience instability in health and attitude.
Grey – Very neutral and indifferent, non-expressive. It can be deliberate, but also lifeless, fixed, depressed and apathic. Reserved, cool people; unwilling to expose themselves or to have obligations. Grey can be refined and tactful.
A person who has an aversion to grey may prefers to be straight to the point, no time for political and tactical attitudes. Demands clarity, a knowing where one stands.
Black – Symbolizes seriousness, darkness, depression, death, mourning, mystery, secrecy, occultism, a standing apart from or revolting against triviality, provocation, underground, underworld, things that have to remain hidden, nothingness as the great source of all creation. Black is a color for extremes, everything and nothing. People who foremost trust themselves.
A person who has an aversion to black may have fear for the unknown, or fear for the abuse of power.
In color therapy, a complete healing generally comes about through some type of internal transformation. Heal the mind, and the body will follow suit.