Think about how you feel in the dead of winter. If you’re located in a region that’s typically covered in a heavy blanket of snow and slush, you often begin to pine for the lush green grass of summer. Once the snow melts and the rains make the grass healthy again, you start to feel good. Your mind and body are happy to see the lushness around you. This pleasant feeling is brought to you by the color green.
Now, this isn’t an episode of Sesame Street. But it is an exploration of the colors.
The seven colors of the spectrum, that is.
As a consciously living individual, you’re likely familiar with the seven main chakras of the body. Sometimes our chakras close or open up too wide and need to be balanced, along with other components of our subtle energy body. One of the therapies that can help us restore energetic balance within ourselves is color therapy.
Chromatherapy is a practice that dates back to the ancient cultures of Egypt, India, and China and is ideally a complementary therapy. Each color of the rainbow has its own wavelength and energy since it is merely light of a given wavelength.
As we said, the energy of each of the colors in the spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green blue, indigo, and violet) corresponds with the energy of the chakras. As energy centers of the body that need to function properly in order for balance to exist, each of the chakras is important for our overall health and well-being. Color therapy allows us to stimulate the energy of a chakra back into an open and balanced state.
If you’re not yet very familiar with chakras, here’s a quick overview:
- Root chakra (Red): Our foundation, sense of security, and protection
- Sacral chakra (Orange): Our connection, ability to help others, and sexual energy.
- Solar plexus chakra (Yellow): Impacts our confidence level and our ability to control our lives.
- Heart chakra – (Green): Center of love, joy, and peace.
- Throat chakra (Blue): The powerhouse of communication.
- Third eye chakra (Indigo): Affects our ability to see the future and how we interact with the Universe.
- Crown chakra – (Violet): Represents our connection to the Divine/Spirit/Universe.
Those who practice color therapy acknowledge that whenever we absorb color with our eyes or skin, our energy field or aura is impacted on multiple levels. In order to thrive, each cell in our body needs light energy, thus the specific light frequency of a color has widespread effects on us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
A practitioner can choose to perform color therapy in many ways, such as:
- Laying crystals on the body that correspond with the chakra colors
- Drinking solarized water
- Using light boxes or lamps with color filters
- Shining colored lights on the body
- Visualization and intuition
To be more specific, let’s take a look at what kinds of things the colors can assist with:
- Red: Support circulatory and nervous functions
- Orange: Encourages joy, happiness, generosity, pleasure, freedom, and creativity.
- Yellow: Used to purify the skin, strengthen the body, activates internal tissues, helps with indigestion, strengthens the nervous system, assists with metabolism.
- Green: Neutral, positive, calming effect.
- Blue: Promotes a sense of calm, relaxation, and healing. Promotes communication. Helps heal any issues with the upper digestive tract, mouth ulcers, sore throat, etc.
- Indigo: Supports the eyes, lower head, sinuses, pituitary gland, and endocrine gland. Encourages intense relaxation and sometimes sedation. It also helps us align with our soul path.
- Violet: calm the nervous system, soothe and relax muscles, help with emotional disorders, and treat psychosis.
Quite often this is not a standalone service and is usually used to assist during another healing modality such as Reiki, Theta Healing, shamanic techniques, and sound therapy, to name a few. Color therapy can help us on a physical level, but it can also shift things on a deeper spiritual level. There may be old traumas hidden in our auric field that get shifted during color therapy as it is another form of energy work.
To find a color therapy practitioner in your area or one who will work with you via Skype, be sure to search TribeFinder today. You may be surprised by how much light and love color brings into your life.