Color therapy is a technique that utilizes, as its name would suggest, the application of color. This therapy can be applied using several methods from sitting beneath colored lights, to eating specifically colored foods, to burning colored candles. The power of color was well understood by the ancients, but seems to have lost some of its standing in today’s modern society. The Ancient Egyptians often used colored minerals, stones, crystals, salves, and dyes for color healing. They also painted the walls of their medical rooms different colors depending on what ailments were treated in each room.
In more recent times, color therapy has undergone research and been found to have tangible results. A man by the name of Dr. Harry Wohlfarth, an art professor at the University of Alberta at Edmonton, did some studies with color therapy and he found that colors can be predicted to have certain effects on the nervous system of people. In many experiments he found that under yellow, orange, and red lights, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration rates increased. However, these rates were found to decrease under black, blue, and green light.
In the early 1960’s a time-lapse photographer named Dr. John Ott, was hired by Walt Disney to film the growth and blooming of plants. During this film time, Dr. Ott found that the color of light the plants were exposed to seemed to have effects on the plants’ growth. Dr. Ott later performed some experiments with colored greenhouse glass to show effects on plants growing in the green house. Plants grew at a faster rate under red glass, but in the long run they were stunted. Whereas, the plants grown under green or blue glass were slower growing, but were more robust plants in the long run.
It was reported to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1990, that things such as addictions, eating disorders, impotence, and depression had been successfully treated with blue light. In 1993, British opticians could use a device called the Intuitive Colorimeter to determine which color should be used for people with reading problems. Colored lens eyeglasses, especially bright pink, yellow, green, and blue, have been found to help people with reading disorders such as dyslexia.
Healing with the color of our surroundings, is something almost all of us do, whether consciously or unconsciously. When we paint our walls, choose our carpets, and other things around the house, we may be choosing the colors of these items because subconsciously, we may be lacking enough of that particular color. By filling our surroundings with a specific color, we fill the vacancy of that color. We even subconsciously fill our color needs when we choose our clothing or eat colored foods.
As a therapy, there are several ways to use color. Color can be used in conjunction with light, water, candles, visualization, color breathing, channeling color, surroundings, wearing colors, foods, and crystals. Colored light is one of the common ways to heal with color. To heal with light, a lamp with colored light bulbs or glass is used and the individual lays in the light as they sleep or read. The individual chooses the color of the light, based on what they are trying to correct.
Healing with water combines both the healing power of the sun, and the healing power of color. To heal with water, one uses a clear, covered, glass of water that is surrounded with a colored “gel.” A colored gel is a sheet of polyester plastic with a coating of color on both sides of the sheet. These can be found in photography stores as photographers use colored gels to influence lighting. The sun’s rays shine through the colored plastic and into the water, infusing it with the power of the color of the gel. Although the water does not actually change color, it contains the healing qualities of the chosen color, along with the power of the sun. Healing water can also be made by placing colored crystals into a glass of water and allowing the sun to shine through them, however, some crystals are toxic so this practice should be used with care.
Burning candles is a great to use color for healing. An individual lights a candle of a chosen color and as long as the candle continues to burn, the energy from that particular color will be sent out. As an added benefit, this form of color therapy can be combined with aromatherapy by choosing suitably scented candles.
Visualization of color healing brings the healing aspect of the mind into play. To use visualization as a healing method, people must envision themselves surrounded by the color that they need. It must be visualized that oneself is bathed in the color of choice, as if they are in a colored bubble. A variation of this technique is color breathing. To breathe in a color for healing, people must imagine themselves inhaling the needed color. Different colors are taken in through the breath from different levels. Red, orange, and yellow are inhaled up from the ground, green is the center color and is breathed in horizontally, blue, indigo and violet are inhaled downward from the sky.
Finally, channeling color is a simple practice to use for treating oneself and others. Color channeling is a mix between visualization and hands on healing techniques such as Reiki. One must imagine the chosen color being channeled through their hands, much like Reiki energy, and into oneself or the creature they are healing.
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