by Penny Wing
Our sight is our primary interaction with the world around us and most of us take it for granted. We rarely stop to think about what colour means to us and how it can affect us.
Light is a form of energy and all energy acts on the matter that it comes into contact with. What we see as colour is the brain’s way of recognising the different energy qualities of light. We tend to think of colour as existing on surfaces, but the colour of an object is determined by what happens to the light that hits it. The colour we see, very often, is exactly what the object is not.
Every frequency of visible light, each colour, creates changes in us at all levels, physically, emotionally and mentally. Different cultures have given different attributes and meanings to colour, but on a biological level, we all react in the same way. Colour is not superficial; it shows us the energetic reality around us.
Everything under the sun is affected by colour. Plants, animals, bacteria, chemical reactions, all show changes in behaviour when exposed to different colours. It is also a subconscious language that we use instinctively in every area of our lives. Learning to recognise and use colour with awareness can bring positive changes into our lives.
Each colour has a set of clearly defined meanings and influences which can help us understand the world around us and our behaviour. These qualities can also be used to create particular impressions on others. A subtle message can be sent with colour much more effectively than with words.
Red is the colour with the longest wavelength. It is the nearest visible light to infrared in the electromagnetic (energy) spectrum. It maintains close connections with heat and warmth. Even rocks become red when they are heated sufficiently – this is evident when volcanoes erupt and lava pours out onto the earth’s surface.
Red makes us wary as we connect it with heat and potential danger of burning. Too much heat and red burns, but at the right level, it gives us comfort and supports our lives.
Being the colour of blood, red has symbolic links with life and living. Spilling or losing blood brings illness or death. If you want to increase your body’s ability to absorb iron wear red, eat red foods or surround yourself with red. This is because iron is the metal that is responsible for the colour of haemoglobin in the blood. The presence of haemoglobin allows the blood to absorb oxygen in the lungs and to transport that life-giving oxygen to the body’s cells.
Physical activity and the energy that supports it also have a red vibration. If speed, danger, daring or courage are involved the red quality of the activity increases – people like stuntmen, racing car drivers or mountaineers all have “red” careers.
Bring red into your life when there is….
- A lack of enthusiasm and interest in life
- A lack of energy and a feeling of over-tiredness
- An inability to make your dreams a practical reality
- A feeling of insecurity, unwarranted fear or anxiety
Whilst red is associated with fiery heat, orange is more closely linked to the more gentle warmth of the sun and of fire. Orange is certainly dynamic, but more thoughtful and controlled than explosive red. Curiosity is one of the characteristics of the orange vibration and this brings exploration and creativity, particularly on a practical level. Strangely, surveys have often found orange to be the least popular of colours (green and blue being the favourites) – is this because exploring and reaching out can sometimes be painful?
Bring orange in your life when there is…
- A feeling of boredom and bleakness, particularly when you feel time is dragging
- A lack of interest in what is going on around you, even to the point where you don’t want to become involved at all
- An obsessive need to have things in their “proper” place and resentment of changes in familiar routines
- A lack of sense of humour
- A fear of experiencing pleasure through the senses and of enjoying sensuality
- An inability to let go of the past
- A problem with blocked experiences in life, such as a decrease in personal creativity
Yellow is a bright, sunny colour. Most people will recognise the sensation of warmth and vitality when looking at pure yellow. Different shades of yellow produce different reactions e.g. a clean, light yellow can help to clear the mind whereas a yellow that has a green tinge to it can create a degree of discomfort, disorientation and even nausea.
The functions of the yellow vibration have to do with decision making – our decisions rely on information – more importantly, knowing which bits of information are relevant.
The digestive, immune and nervous system all reflect yellow frequencies. Both the digestive and immune system rely on correct decisions as to what is useful to the body and what is dangerous. The nervous system relays on information to the brain which then acts upon the signals.
Fear and worry are the consequence of an imbalance of yellow energy when wrong information and a lack of logical thought result in an inability to act positively.
Bring yellow in your life when there is…..
- Confusion and indecision
- Unknown fear and anxiety leading to nervous and digestive disorders
- A weak immune system – regular minor illnesses, intolerances and allergies to foods or other substances
- Nervous exhaustion, panic attacks, hot flushes
- Poor memory, inability to study or concentrate
- A tendency to Seasonal Affective Disorder Syndrome (SAD) or depression in dull weather
- Digestive difficulties
Green is the colour of nature, the colour of the plant world. Green is the middle of the colour spectrum and is therefore seen as a colour of balance. It can be interpreted as either a warm or cool colour, depending on the shade.
Green stands for growth – the desire to expand and increase. It is the vibration of relationships because in growing and expanding we meet others around us.
Bring green in your life when there is…..
- A need for new ideas
- A need to let change happen but also there is a fear of the unknown
- A restricted feeling caused by circumstances such as being housebound or feeling trapped by other people’s rules and regulations
- Negative “green” emotions such as jealously, envy and greed
There are two aspects of blue – on the one side there is the search for information and detail and on the other side the experience of rest and peacefulness without any particular focus or thought. This seems to be a contradiction but the uniting factor is the desire for balance.
All kinds of communication e.g. listening, talking and learning are “blue” activities. In fact, blue is the colour of our throat chakra which is related to how we express ourselves.
Blue is the colour of distance, it gives a quality of detachment and devotion. Think about how gazing into the sky or deep blue water brings a sense of calm. Blue seems to somehow free our minds from normal activity.
Bring blue in your life when there is…..
- A need to communicate clearly
- A need for help with new information or seeing this information in context
- A need to calm excitable or agitated states
- A need for peace, rest or solitude
On a physical level, blue is a cooling, quietening colour whereas indigo is a sedating colour. If you are feeling down it is a good idea to avoid this colour as it could deepen your mood. Whereas blue promotes communication between people, indigo creates more of an internal communication in a person – this could involve new insights or strengthen your intuition. Indigo is related to clairvoyance, clairsentience and clairaudience (clear seeing, feeling and hearing) and other physic skills. Our “3rd eye” chakra which opens us up spiritually is indigo.
Bring indigo in your life when there is…..
- A need to focus on personal issues, ideas and beliefs
- A need to develop sensitivity to intuition and the inner senses
- A need to quieten normal mental processes
- A need to relieve physical, mental and emotional pain
- A need for temporary relief/removal from everyday problems or difficulties in life
- A need for space or some solitude
Violet is a complex colour made up of red – dynamic/activating energy and blue – cooling and quietening energy. The energy that red brings allows more creative qualities to emerge from the blue so violet is associated with the imagination and inspiration.
Violet energy can become one of the most effective colours to bring balance and healing in any situation. It helps to integrate energies at every level and as healing requires the building up of new systems (red energy), according to accurate information (blue energy), violet can speed up both physical and emotional recovery.
Violet is often associated with the richness and diversity of ceremony and in the past times, violet dye was reserved for the priesthood and the rich as it was so expensive.
Bring violet in your life when there is ……
- A need to calm hyperactivity or energise lethargy or depression
- A need to rebalance life
- A need to speed up the natural healing energy of the body
- A need to remove obstacles in your life
Colour is all around us, we can see it, feel it, and touch it. It is one of the most magical yet tangible ways in which we can work with energy.