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Color Power: Color Healing

Color Power: Color Healing

We are all drawn more toward certain colours than others, usually as a result of personal experiences associated with the relevant hue. Consciously or sub consciously - colour affects us and those around us in many ways. Being drawn to a certain shade on a particular day – be it the food we eat or the clothes we wear – usually means that our being is in need of this particular colour. It is no accident that phrases like seeing red or feeling blue and blues music have become common in our language. Colour and sound vibrations affect our daily lives and can also be used to heal us.

The world may well appear a more colourful place to women. According to a new study many women perceive a greater range of colors - particularly shades of red - than men are able to see. Red, orange and yellow are denoted as active and warm colours while blue and purple as cool and passive. Green is the one hue that is neither. It is the balancing and healing shade forming the mid point of the full colour spectrum.

A Short Background of Colour Healing

Most of what we know today is credited to the scientific research of Sir Isaac Newton. However, the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used colour in healing. Painting rooms and using coloured ointments formed a part of this process.

In fact, physician Aulus Cornelius Celsus wrote about using colour as a therapy as early as the 1st century in Rome. In the 9th century, the Arab physician Avicenna wrote about the relationship of colour to both diseases and their treatments.

Colour therapy has been successfully used in hospitals and mental institutions since the 1930s. Exposure to different hues has an affect on our emotions and psychology. Although quite gentle when used in healing, it can have powerful results.

Different Ways of Healing with Colours

Different colours are associated and resonate with different parts of the body. These are known as the seven energy centres of the physical being known as chakras. The chakras themselves are interconnected through energy meridians throughout the body. If those energy centres or meridians are out of balance the body often reacts with physical symptoms resulting in a person feeling ill. A variety of applied techniques are generally used to bring the body back into balance.

Colour Healing Using Candles

One of those methods is the use of coloured candles. As a general rule, people are drawn to a certain shade if they are deficient of this particular hue and need to re energise a certain chakra. Simply light a candle of the relevant colour and remain in close proximity to it, hence recharging your out of balance energy field.

Colour candles can also be used for a specific requirement. If you need to concentrate to read or study, light a yellow candle. Different colours have distinct effects on the human psyche and through it on the physical well being, but more on that later.

Colour Healing Using Lamp Radiation

The use of a lamp with shaded light bulbs is another way of using colour to re balance body, mind and spirit. It can be used to illuminate the room in general or focused on specific body parts as needed. Again, different colours cause different reactions – a warm colour such as red, orange or yellow will stimulate body and mind while a cool shade of blue or purple will have a calming effect.

Colour Water Healing with Sun Energies

Place a colour gel into a clear bowl of water, cover the bowl and place it in the sun – generally on a window sill. Alternatively, use a clear glass or bowl of water with coloured panes of glass or filters and expose both to the sunlight.

The sun will then energise the water over time in accordance with the shade of gel, filter or pane of glass used. If placed in the window in the morning, the water should be ready for consumption by sundown.

The sun’s rays are said to have magical healing qualities. The coloured and subsequently energised water will assume and accumulate the relevant healing qualities and thus enable healing certain illnesses and injuries by drinking the liquid.

Colour Breathing

Concentrate on a certain colour you feel deficient of and breathe in deeply. This can be combined with colour candles or a lamp with a shaded bulb or even a coloured fabric (preferably made from natural materials such as silk or cotton) either placed in front of you or simply close by.

Colour Visualisation

Similar to Colour Breathing, visualise a certain colour in your mind with your eyes closed. Imagine yourself immersed in this hue and see yourself resonate with it, healing and balancing you. Again, this practice can be combined with candles, lights and/or fabrics as above.

Now a little insight into the effects the different colours have on our every day life.

First the seven colours connected to our body’s energy fields – the chakras:-

RED – Root Chakra (base of spine)

Red stands for energy, vitality and power. If you feel tired in the morning, wear or eat something in this shade to give you the extra energy you need for the day. It stimulates the physical body and nervous system as well as emphasises independence and individuality. This hue also counteracts physical exhaustion, worry as well as fear and helps raise blood pressure and circulation, warding off colds and chills in the process. However, people suffering from anxiety and/or high blood pressure should avoid this hue as it may increase anxiety and aggression.

Contrary to popular belief, colours are not only used in alternative healing but also in modern medicine. Red is used to burn out cancer as well as drying up weeping sores or wounds.

It is also a good colour for business, especially if you are a sales person. The colour red stands out and attracts people. A red carpet or wall in a place of business will draw money.

ORANGE – Sacral/Sexual Chakra (below naval)

Orange is used to increase immunity and physical energy, sexual potency and also has a positive effect on digestive problems, muscle spasms and cramps, chest (bronchitis and asthma) and kidney disease as well as emotional stress. This hue has a gentle warming effect and creates a cheerful and conscientious image.

Just slightly less powerful than the red hue, orange should only be used in small doses and is not a good colour for nervous or easily agitated people. Too much exposure to this shade can also cause placid and timid characteristics.

YELLOW – Solar Plexus Chakra – Energy Centre (just above naval)

Yellow is the hue of the intellect. If you need mental stimulation or clear a foggy head this is the colour to help you achieve that. It also activates charm, joy and optimism, and counteracts depression, anxiety, stomach trouble as well as constipation. It is also generally beneficial for skin and liver.

Being another warm and active colour it again stimulates the nervous system and can cause exhaustion and depression if exposed to too often.

GREEN – Heart Chakra (centre/left chest)

This uplifting, peaceful and serene ‘in between’ colour – neither warm and active nor cool and passive - is the healer and balancer of emotions, but also enhances creativity and focus. Green stimulates growth – be it mending broken bones or rejuvenating tissue – lowers blood pressure, alleviates sleeplessness and counteracts nervous disorders and muscle tension.

Green produces the image of stability and efficiency. We appear calm, controlled and at peace with the world. Green is also the colour of Mother Nature.

BLUE – Throat Chakra - Communication (throat)

Truth, serenity and harmony are evoked with this colour. It is the soother of the mind and emotions – reducing both mental and nervous tension - and counteracts the stimulator yellow. It is no coincidence that blue and yellow combined result in the colour green, the neutral balancing shade of the spectrum. Versatile and tranquil it creates the image of patience and understanding.

It is the cooling, calming, reconstructing and protecting hue. It soothes burns, helps with fever attacks and nervous irritations, and even stops bleeding by counteracting the colour red. It also pacifies sore eyes, earaches, nausea, a sore throat and laryngitis.

However, too much of the colour blue can leave you cold, depressed and feeling sorry for yourself.

PURPLE – Third Eye Chakra (mid forehead)

Purple is the connector to the spiritual realm and self, promoting the tendency not to accept anything at face value and create a sense of peace. Mental and nervous problems are soothed by this hue, increasing concentration and focus. It also helps alleviate rheumatism, epilepsy and pain in general – deep tissue work and healing of the bones – and pacify the central nervous system.

This colour unifies impulsive red with gentle blue, creating an almost mystical shade representing intuitive and sensitive understanding of the unreal. Almost 75% of pre adolescent children as well as pregnant women and people suffering from hyper thyroidism have a preference for this colour – deemed to be based on a desire for mystic intimacy or understanding.

WHITE – Crown Chakra (top of head)

White is a generally neutral colour yet incorporates all shades of the spectrum. It connects our central being to the universe through the Crown Chakra. It is considered to be the highest charging field for bringing peace and comfort, but also for the immune system to heal itself.

The frequency of white light has been construed as sacred, pure, perfect, innocent, of chastity and redemption, and generally triumphant of spirit over flesh. It is also connected to clean or cleanliness in conjunction with the phrase ‘pure white’ and is the reason for most brides wearing a white wedding gown.

Other popular colours:-


While purple connects directly to our psychic self, this softer shade assists with spiritual healing. Lavender is a soothing and calming colour – apparently used to burn off karma from other/previous lifetimes.


A mixture of the great balancer and healer green and the calmer and soother blue – this colour incorporates both elements. If you are in dire need of healing and calming, this is the perfect colour to wear, eat or simply look at.


This is the cloaking hue – the colour chosen when a person tries to become invisible and feels the need to retreat and/or regroup. Wearing black can shroud us in an aura of mystery. However, wearing all black over a long period of time can result in the desire to cut ourselves off completely from society and communication.


Peace and persistence are incorporated into this shade. It is a major purging colour and helps in removing unwanted disease and troubles from the body including cancer of tissue and blood.


While gold is seen as the wearer being materialistic, it also portrays the person as being open and approachable. It is said to be the strongest colour to help cure all illnesses and strengthen both body and spirit. However, many people are unable to tolerate this colour for any length of time.

Interesting on line colour self test websites:- http://www.aurasoma-sedona.com/




About the author

This article was written and copyrighted by Doris E Rufli, who can be reached at LadySam13@msn.com or via her site www.LadySam13.spaces.live.com.



( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 27th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Very helpful! I can understand my love of yellow candles now and why they make me feel more joy filled. About to light a yellow candle now to combat the dark weather of today (yesterday was bright and sunny and I felt all the benefits of it).
Apr. 27th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
The weather is freaking every where in the world. Which is only helping the sick to get sicker and the weak to get weaker.
I am glad you like what I am posting here. Can you get an idea where I am aiming at? I want to combine the colour-therapy with the water-therapy, the healing crystals and the Reiki in one. Because I feel that is a wonderful and very strong combination, one which is harmless and beautiful too. I just don't know how to put it all in writing and I don't know where to put it, either here or on a new website/comm. I would like to make an earmark to illnesses like Lupus, but to HSP'ers also.
Apr. 27th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
If you like, I could see if I could find a way to put the info together, once we have gathered everything here that we think we would need. I too think all this combined could be a good combat against Lupus and help in deaing with being an HSP, which I wrote about in my lj recently. Oh, also, in case you didn't see it, I also made a post about the lovely birthday gifts you sent me. Everyone is commenting and saying how great they are!
Apr. 27th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I have seen it. Both. I just don't have anything to add as a comment, concerning your birthday gifts. Except that I am glad you liked it, but I already said that to you on a different ocassion. I also saw your entry about HSP, I was planning to comment about it and tell you to keep an eye open on this comm. But that also came without me needing to say something, :p.
If you would be able to make a whole of it all I would of course credit you. I ordered 3 books from New Dehli last Friday, and guess what? They arrived this morning... I was so amazed. Certainly after the mailing of our b'day-gifts took half a century.
Apr. 27th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Exactly, this community is helping a lot. :)

Really? That was fast!
Apr. 27th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Please, help me remember to credit people from who I took the postings from. I keep forgetting that and it is not nice to stroll along and find your stuff here first without asking permission and secondly without any credit giving.
I also belief a short intro would help, which I could post on my person LJ to "advertise" this site to.
I don't know how it is for you but when ever I come on this LJ (and the Buddha_Beauty one also) I get a very warm, relaxed and almost a happy feeling. Like this place is already helping when you just got in. Do you understand what I mean? Soft, fuzzy, cozy, refreshing...
Apr. 27th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, I do!

I get this feeling that it is okay here, safe. So many lovely methods here that it gives me a charge of energy, a feeling that certainly there must be something here that will help me and that is usually exactly the case. :) Lately my emotions have been so crazy. Even today I feel somewhere between tears and ectasy.

I'll be glad to help in remembering credits. :)
Apr. 27th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
That helps too, thx.
I keep hearing that in my own enviroment, either you are deeply melancholic, almost into tears, and the next second you're grinning from ear to ear fr something stupid that no other would understand. I thought it was just me, having somekind of crazy hormonal thing. But I keep hearing it back. Besides, I don't really mind this little madness, aslong as it stays that, ahum: "superfacial" air and doesn't go any deeper.
That we "are bunkers", we already knew, didn't we? It's better we say that ourselves than when others do, huh?
See? I am a fly!!! Oh, no...I forgot my parashooooot!
Apr. 27th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
*hands you a parashoot* lol!

Yes, that is it exactly! And I hate how little things I'd rather not think on, little sad moments, come back into mind. Those moments are done, finished, so why should they come back and make me remember them? I just want to focus on happy things, which I think I deserve, you know?
Apr. 27th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Absolutely agreed! I experience the same. No big things, just smal stabs under the belt, tiny but sharp. And usually from people we know best. As if they needed us to remember them because, I belief, they need us to remember. Maybe it is not about forgetting but about how to deal with them in a different way than we used to. Like a dress we don't use, but are not ready to throw out yet.
Apr. 27th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
I think it could be that too. Maybe there are certain things we haven't yet given a proper role to in our pasts and so the pain memory is the only way they can come to the surface.

Also, I feel the horrid low-self esteem I had in my teens years, which almost cost me my life because it had me so depressed, try to come back. Not fully but more like a little voice that says "who do you think you are? you are not good at that, you don't look good enough, blah blah blah" If the voice was an actual person I'd throw them out, lol.
Apr. 27th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Hold on! Hold on! I wanna be the one to kick that acid-like second voice in the a***, straight out of the window, you open that window, I kick. Hard! Everyone who says MY lightchild is not beautiful seriously riscs his/her/their life! Everytime I see one of your photographs, I try to compete with the Himalaya!!! So, if you yourself, ever say something like that again, I will kick you too! Even if I have to fly to Paris Arkansas to hold open that window myself! And that was NO JOKE!!!! (eventhough I can fully understand and have the same problems)
Apr. 27th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you so much, mummy! Yes, yes, I will hold the window open and kick hard. Yep, there it goes, wow, you must have kicked it hard, look how high it flew out!!!
Apr. 27th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Let's hope it didn't take our parashoots with it.
I am off for a while because my dad just phoned, he needs something. Perhaps I'll see you later or otherwise tomorrow. See ya!
Apr. 27th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Okay, sweet Mummy! See ya and wub ya!
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