The use of colour is a truly holistic, non-invasive and powerful therapy which dates back thousands of years; evidence of this can be found in ancient texts of India, China and Egypt. Colour is simply light of varying wavelengths, and, as such is a form of energy. This light energy affects all living cells and, as we all know, all living things are adversely affected by the absence of light. It is now a known scientific fact that everything is made of energy and therefore all things have their own vibration/frequency and that includes us! Sound, fragrance and thought waves are also vibrational - sound waves are really colour vibrations slowed down. During an electrical storm for example, first the lightening is seen then as the vibrations slows we hear the thunder. Our senses are so closely linked that many blind people are in fact able to distinguish colour through their fingertips. This is because every colour actually has its own unique texture and feeling.
Colour Therapy involves the therapeutic use of colour and light as a means of harmonising mind, body and spirit. Colours are differentiated light, and scientific research shows that our physical and mental well-being are affected by our relationship with the colours (or lack of them) in our environment. For example, the depression resulting from lack of light in wintertime (seasonal affective disorder) can be corrected with the use of daylight stimulation bulbs and bright colours such as yellow and orange. High blood pressure responds to the use of the calming colour blue and the nervous system is stimulated by use of the colour red.
Colour therapy uses colour both to diagnose and to heal through the chakra system, which funnels the energy of light into the body at the seven major energy collecting points, each resonating with a different colour. By realigning the chakras, balance is restored throughout the body’s systems, reducing stress and stimulating energy flow. Colour Therapy uses colour to balance energy, aid creativity and learning, release blocks and alleviate physical, mental and emotional conditions.
Colour encourages us to take personal responsibility for ourselves and our life and helps us to use the healing power within ourselves.
Colour Healing Meditation - Video below
Healing with Colour – How it works
Colour Healing works through the seven main chakras – energy centres – in the body. Each Chakra corresponds to a different colour and as such any ailments can be prevented and /or healed by using the colour that resonates with the particular Chakra affected. As colour is energy and heals on the energetic field around the physical body it is particularly effective in healing the metaphysical causes (subconscious) of any physical ailments. Here is a short guide with some examples:
Root Chakra – The Root Chakra corresponds to the colour Red. It governs the feet, legs, knees, thighs, lower pelvic area and sexual organs. Its centre is located at the base of the spine. As indicated by the name, the Root chakra is the body’s connection to the earth. It is our physical connection to (mother) earth. As such it is our foundation chakra and is instrumental in forming our physical identity, survival instinct, security and self-preservation. On a physical level it governs the spine, feet, legs, thighs and hips. If someone suffers with anxiety, insecurities, fear of abandonment, restlessness and lack of self-discipline then they would benefit from the colour Red to heal. Often, if unresolved, these issues can result in physical symptoms such as lower hip pain, lower back pain and issues with knees and balance.
Sacral Chakra – The Sacral Chakra corresponds to the colour Orange. It governs the lower abdomen, bladder, appendix, kidneys, large intestine, lower vertebrae, skin, pelvis and lymphatic system. Its centre is located at the centre of the abdomen just below the naval. If someone has issues with trust, fear of change, over sensitivity, dislike of self, inability to face their emotions, then they would benefit from the colour Orange in order to aid healing. If left unresolved these issues can manifest in physical problems in the above-mentioned areas governed by the Sacral.
Solar Plexus Chakra – The Solar Plexus corresponds to the colour Yellow. It governs the digestive system, diaphragm, liver, stomach, gall bladder, adrenal glands, spleen, small intestine and lower back. Its centre is located in the base of the ribs below the heart. Symptoms of low energy in this chakra include lethargy, depression, lack of motivation, passivity, low self-esteem, blaming of others. The colour Yellow is significant for healing in this area. Left unresolved these issues can manifest in physical problems affecting the areas governed by the Solar plexus. Commonly a lack of energy in the Solar Plexus results in low mood and depression. Hence people who suffer with depression benefit greatly from yellow – also of course the colour of sunshine! You may be familiar with the expression ‘feeling blue’. Blue is the opposite colour of yellow therefore when someone is lacking yellow they would have too much blue.
Heart Chakra – The Heart Chakra corresponds to the colour Green. It governs the respiratory system, lungs, blood pressure and heart. Its centre is located at the centre of the heart itself. Low energy in this chakra results in inability to accept, lack of love, inability to give and receive love, narcissism, fear of letting go and tendency to hold onto anger and grief, intolerance, criticism, and judgemental behaviour. All of these issues can be healed with the colour green to balance the energy centre. Left unresolved these issues can result in respiratory problems and heart problems. Again there is an old expression ‘green with envy’. If someone has too much energy in the heart chakra they may experience jealousy and envy in which case the opposite colour of green which is pink will aid healing. Pink also aids self-love which can be lacking where there is too much green also.
Throat Chakra – The Throat Chakra corresponds to the colour Blue. Physically it governs the throat, thyroid, neck, vocal chords, mouth, jaw and gums. Its centre is in the centre of the throat itself. Low energy in this chakra results in inability to express ones truth, to say what one feels, social anxiety and difficulty in communicating. Again all these issues can be healed by using the corresponding colour Blue. Left unresolved these issues can manifest in throat and thyroid problems.
Brow Chakra – The Brow Chakra responds to the colour Indigo. Physically it governs the brain, the nervous system, eyes, ears, nose, sinuses, face, pineal gland and pituitary gland. Its centre is located directly between the eyebrows aka the third eye. Low energy in this chakra can result in poor memory, poor vision (inner), lack of imagination, inability to recall dreams, fear of success and insensitivity. All can be aided to heal using the colour Indigo. Left unresolved these issues can manifest in issues with eyesight, sinus problems, facial and jaw pain and anxiety.
Crown Chakra – The Crown Chakra corresponds to the colour Violet. Physically it governs the central nervous system, muscular and skeletal systems. Its centre is located on the top of the head in the centre. Low energy in this chakra can manifest in apathy, materialism, greed, inability to make decisions, confusion and lack of clarity in thought. All can be healed using the colour Violet.
We are subconsciously drawn to colours that we need for our healing. When you go shopping for clothes you may find that you are attracted to buying a specific colour. That is because you actually do need the energy of that colour to balance you – physical, emotionally and mentally.
In addition to wearing and using the colours we need, visualisation is a very powerful tool and is used successfully in healing with colour.
A Colour Healing
Due to the nature of Colour Healing it can be done very successfully in a group setting. I facilitate Colour Healing Chakra Meditation sessions regularly, with a maximum attendance of 6 people. This is of 1 hour duration. You select a colour which you feel drawn to, and this will inevitably be what you need for you healing at the time. You then sit comfortably in a chair with your chosen colour. You will then be eased into a guided visualisation focusing on this colour. The visualisation will then guide you through the 7 main chakras and their colours for a truly holistic healing experience. You will then be guided into a landscape of colours. This is followed by a short period of silent meditation. There is then the opportunity to discuss what you have experienced.
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