The use of colour as a form of treatment is simple, cheap and effective and can also be used in conjunction with any other form of treatment, both conventional and complementary.
Scientifically, colours have been proven to affect our moods and perception, and there is evidence of this form of therapy dating back to ancient societies in Egypt, China and India.
It is an entirely non-invasive holistic treatment which aims to bring balance to the energy of our body.
So how does it work?
Colour is just light of varying wavelengths and frequencies. Electromagnetic waves constantly surround us, and colour is part of those waves. Every single cell in the body needs light energy. Our cells absorb colour, and this affects us on every level, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Each colour has a different frequency, thereby having a different effect on the body when exposed. The colours of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and purple resonate with the main energy centres of the body. We have seven main energy centres, known by their Sanskrit name, chakras which means wheel or disk. The chakras are each connected to a major gland in the endocrine system.
The balance of energy in the body’s chakras is vital for wellbeing, so when there is an imbalance, whether it has a physical or emotional cause, it can negatively affect us.
The simple use of colour can help you to stimulate or unblock your chakras and return your whole body to a point of homeostasis.
The information below presents the meanings generally associated with the most common colours. Use these meanings as a starting point in your own explorations. We are unique individuals and colours may hold different meanings for us than for others, just as a piece of music inspires different feelings in different people.
Use colours to promote those qualities you wish to enhance. You can use them in your home or office, as articles of clothing or pieces of jewellery.
Red symbolizes energy, passion, strength, courage, physical activity, creativity, warmth, and security. It is also associated with aggression. In healing, use red to bring warmth and burn out disease. Red is a powerful colour and should be used in moderation. In the aura red signifies materialism, materialistic ambition, a focus on sensual pleasures and a quick temper.
Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.
Red is a very emotionally intense colour. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is a colour found in many national flags.
Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigour, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.
Orange symbolizes the individual’s relationship to the external world, the needs and wants of the physical body and the ways in which these are satisfied, the world of work. In healing orange may increase immunity and sexual energy. In the aura orange signifies thoughtfulness and creativity.
Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
To the human eye, orange is a very hot colour, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. As a citrus colour, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the colour of fall and harvest. In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.
Dark orange can mean deceit and distrust.
Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
Yellow symbolizes intellect, creativity, happiness and the power of persuasion. It is also associated with cowardice. In healing use yellow to promote clarity of thought. In the aura yellow signifies intellectual development, for either material or spiritual ends.
Yellow is the colour of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Yellow is often associated with food. Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter, which is the reason taxicabs are painted this colour. When overused, yellow may have a disturbing effect; it is known that babies cry more in yellow rooms. Yellow is seen before other colours when placed against black; this combination is often used to issue a warning. In heraldry, yellow indicates honour and loyalty. Later the meaning of yellow was related to cowardice.
Dull yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy.
Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.
Green symbolizes money, luck, prosperity, vitality and fertility. It is also associated with envy. Green is the colour of healing; it is beneficial in all healing situations. In the aura green signifies balance, peace and often indicates ability as a healer.
Green is the colour of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.
Green has great healing power. It is the most restful colour for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance. Sometimes green denotes lack of experience; for example, a ‘greenhorn’ is a novice. In heraldry, green indicates growth and hope. Green, as opposed to red, means safety; it is the colour of free passage in road traffic.
Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive green is the traditional colour of peace.
Blue is the colour of spirituality, intuition, inspiration and inner peace. It is also associated with sadness and depression (the “blues”). In healing blue is used for cooling and calming, both physically and mentally. In the aura blue indicates serenity, contentment and spiritual development.
Blue is the colour of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquillity and calmness. In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.
Blue is associated with health, healing, tranquillity, understanding, and softness.
Indigo is associated with psychic ability. In healing, use indigo for relaxation, reassurance and promoting psychism. In the aura indigo signifies a seeker, often of spiritual truth.
Indigo represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.
Purple is associated with power, both earthly and spiritual. In healing, purple is used for mental disorders and for becoming one with Spirit. In the aura purple signifies higher spiritual development.
Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.
Light purple evokes romantic and nostalgic feelings.
Dark purple evokes gloom and sad feelings. It can cause frustration.
White is associated with truth, purity, cleansing, healing and protection. It is a good general healing colour for the removal of pain and suffering. In the aura it signifies a high level of attainment, a higher-level soul incarnated to help others.
White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the colour of perfection.
White means safety, purity, and cleanliness. As opposed to black, white usually has a positive connotation. White can represent a successful beginning. In heraldry, white depicts faith and purity.
Gold represents understanding and luck. Remember though that nothing comes from nothing, It is the most powerful healing colour, but so powerful that many are not able to stand it initially and must be conditioned to it via other colours. In the aura it represents service to others.
Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality
Black is the absence of colour. It represents the unconscious and mystery. Its visualization can help promote deep meditation. Black also stands for evil (eg: black magic). In the aura it signifies some kind of blockage, or something being hidden.
Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.
Black is a mysterious colour associated with fear and the unknown (black holes). It usually has a negative connotation (blacklist, black humour, ‘black death’). Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious colour (black tie, black Mercedes). In heraldry, black is the symbol of grief.
Creating a healthy lifestyle can be a daunting process, but if you break it down into small, manageable steps it becomes a whole lot easier.
Step 1 – Healthy Eating: Eat More Whole Foods
Don’t tackle a healthy eating plan all at once. Start by replacing empty calories with whole food options. Whole foods include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains – foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. It won’t be long before you realise just how good “good food” feels. Before you know it, your cravings will change from fast food to healthy nutrition.
Step 2 – Hydration: Drink More water
We don’t function at full capacity when we’re dehydrated. There are many simple ways to make sure you and your family are drinking plenty of fluids each day. Remember, food provides about 20 percent of water intake as well and many fruits and vegetables are more than 90 percent water by weight. Make an effort to monitor your fluid intake and you’ll be functioning better in no time.
Step 3 – Physical Activity: Move More
Most people look at exercise as a means to burn energy and lose weight. Instead, try to remember that any type of movement is a great way to gain energy and stimulate your body and mind. With so many demands fighting for your attention every day, it may be a challenge to find time for an hour trip to the gym. Start with simple activities you can incorporate into your daily routine. One simple change can make a big difference in how you look and feel.
Step 4 – Sleep and Stress: Sleep More and Stress Less
When was the last time you felt you had great, quality sleep on a regular basis? Getting a good night’s sleep can greatly impact your outlook on life and, in turn, your health and wellness. Simple changes, such as getting a good night’s sleep or taking time for a relaxing hobby, are easy ways to help manage stress and improve your well-being in the long-term.
Step 5 – Self Care: Just For You
People tend to think of self care as being selfish, but in reality it’s just the opposite. If you don’t take care of yourself first, how can you expect to function at your full capacity? Simple changes, such as taking time for a hobby, having a long soak in a bath, or doing anything at all that brings you joy, are easy ways to help manage stress and improve your overall wellbeing.
Is eating healthy in your too hard basket? I know it was in mine for a very long time.
You’d love to start eating a more healthy and balanced diet. You start making changes, but it all seems like too much trouble and before you know it you’ve slipped back into your old habits.
Well you’re definitely not alone!
So what’s the trick to making changes that actually last long term?
The solution is to keep your ‘why’ front and centre.
What are your goals?
To become a more conscious eater?
To reduce the risk of disease?
To fit into a smaller clothing size?
To simply feel better?
All of the above?
It doesn’t matter what your why is. What’s matters is that it’s important to you.
Make sure you set realistic goals and break it down into baby steps.
If you choose to cut out sugar, caffeine and alcohol all at the same time, you’ve created a recipe for disaster. If you wish to eliminate something from your diet, start by gradually reducing your intake, then once you’ve sustained that level for a while you can eliminate it altogether. Choose the thing that you consume the least, and eliminate that first. Small wins lead to greater success.
It’s the same with any fad diet plan you’re thinking of following. Does it provide you with the necessary nutrition? Is it sustainable? Does it suit your daily life? If it doesn’t tick all those boxes then a rethink is in order.
And when it feels like it’s all too hard, remember your why, refocus and keep on going. You’re worth it!