Colour Therapy (Chromatherapy) is an alternative healing method that uses colours to adjust body vibrations to promote healing, well being and harmony.
According to Theo Gimbel, author of The Healing Energies of Color and other books on colour therapy, from a young age, we build up associations between colour and our experiences. As we grow older, these associations are strengthened and become part of our psychology. We subconsciously build up our symbolic meaning for colours. For example, a person who had a happy childhood growing up in a home with a yellow kitchen may associate the colour with happiness.
The way we respond to colour reflects our subconscious. It tells a lot about our personality, experiences and current challenges. It offers profound insight not only about our current situation and problems but also the underlying psychological issues that we are not aware of. Because we associate colours with different emotions, depending on our experiences, some colours can have a significant impact on our health, feelings, moods and our state of mind, so choosing the right colours for our environment, whether at home or work, is crucial.
According to Gimbel, colour therapy gets to the heart of the problem and helps us use the right colour to heal our body naturally. Colour therapists use simple tests to gain detailed information about our personality, our feelings and intuitions based solely on the colours that we subconsciously choose.
The goal of colour therapy is to correct our physiological imbalances, which is often manifested by stress or depression. Colour therapy can help soothe your stress or invigorate you so you feel more energetic. In colour healing, the healer’s goal is to help you achieve balance. This can be achieved by exposing you to the colours that you need more of or the opposite of the colour that you have too much of.
We react to colours differently because of our experiences. Research has found that in general, we gravitate towards colours that either match our personality (for example red for adventure) or towards colours that we need to balance our nature (turquoise to calm down).
Let us have a look at some of the colours, and their effects on our bodies:
Red gives warmth, energy and vitality. It is good for enhancing a sense of power, assertiveness and self -confidence. Red increases physical strength, appetite, masculinity, sexual attraction and potency, love, passion, and fertility. People who are feeling exhausted or lacking energy may feel energised by wearing red.
Aversion to red may indicate over-activeness, impulsiveness, hot-temper, aggression and egocentricity. Too much red colour may result in impatience, aggressiveness, hostility, irritation, anger, and high blood pressure. Red can be balanced by its complement colour, turquoise.
Turquoise calms and soothes. It is the colour for sensitivity and intuition. Turquoise reduces stress, intuitive insights, originality, renewal, and humanity. Use turquoise if you feel controlled and dominated by other people.
A person who has aversion to turquoise may be looking for security in society, especially in marriage. They maybe reluctant to change, creativity and new ideas. The complement of turquoise is red.
Orange represents happiness, enthusiasm, and joy. It has a freeing effect on the mind and body and effective for relieving repression and constraints and stimulating creative thinking and new ideas. Orange is the colour of attraction, charm, kindness, encouragement, optimism, success, abundance, prosperity, celebration and success. A person who is feeling dull, gloomy or stuck can benefit from injecting more of the colour orange into their environment.
Aversion to orange may indicate either suppressed sexual feelings or over sensuality, indulgence and materialism. Too much orange colour may cause irritability, slight frustration and increased appetite. Orange can be balanced by its complement colour, blue.
Blue is the colour of relaxation, calmness and peace. Blue can calm strong emotions like anger, aggression or hysteria. This colour brings tranquillity and releases stress. It is the colour to use when you want to think calmly or when you want to induce sleep. Blue is also associated with wisdom, justice, guidance, understanding, patience, loyalty and honour.
Aversion to blue may signify discipline and restriction. It could mean that the person follows a strict path in life and does not enjoy spontaneity and change. Too much blue colour may result in insecurity, pessimism, tiredness, depression, coldness and melancholy. The complement colour for blue is orange.
Yellow is a powerful colour for awakening mental inspiration, improving concentration and strengthening nerves, mind, and muscles. Yellow stimulates intellectual and mental powers and increases emotional resolve and stability. This colour can help if you are feeling oversensitive or controlled by other people.
Aversion to yellow may signify disappointment and bitterness. This can be manifested in a person’s tendency to rationalise feelings, avoid serious relationships or jump from one activity to another. Too much yellow may result in superficiality and hyperactivity. Yellow can be balanced by its complement colour, violet.
Violet is the colour of dignity and self-respect. It is a useful colour for improving self-esteem and self-worth. It is also the colour of transformation, spiritual insights and renewal. This colour is associated with divination, prophecy, angels, psychic abilities, psychic power and healing, inspiration, spirituality and compassion.
Aversion to violet may signify a very serious attitude towards life. This is a person who may have difficulty giving in to dreams, fantasies, vague fears or memories and anything unnatural or unrealistic. Too much violet may result in depression, insecurity, stagnation and anger. The complement colour for violet is yellow.
Green is the colour of nature and healing. It is used to balance, cleanse, and to purify your system. Green is useful for keeping psychological and emotional harmony and balance. It can provide both an energising effect and a soothing effect where needed. Green brings hope, comfort, nurturing, calmness and harmony.
A person who has an aversion to green may value independence and self-development over the warmth and comfort of family life and prefer to keep a certain distance in relationships. Unlike other colours, too much green does not give any negative side effects. The complement colour for green is magenta.
Magenta is a combination of red and violet, thus combines the energies of those two colours. Magenta is the great releaser and beneficial when you need to let go of the past, of old thoughts and obsessions. Magenta helps us blend our earthly experience with our spiritual awareness. This is a colour for a change, for releasing past conditioning and moving forward.
A person who has an aversion to magenta may have a challenge dealing with change. Magenta’s complement is green.