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Colour Your Day

Written by Linda James. Posted in Blog

Explore the full palette of colour to energise your day, says energy healer Linda James 


Colour has a significant effect on us physically, emotionally and mentally. We are affected by colour on a daily basis, whether it’s in our home, at work or in the environment around us. Colours are created by different wavelengths of light, with each colour having its own wave energy or vibration. 


Colour as a source of energy 

Awareness of the effect of colour on us is not a ‘new age’ approach; in fact, we can relate colour therapy back to ancient times with the Romans, Egyptians and Greeks recorded as using colour as a healing modality. It is believed the ancient Egyptians also used gems and crystals in specifically built temples, often building a variety of rooms, each with its own colour. The sun shining through the crystals and colour refracted onto the sitting person, who received healing from both the colour and the crystals. 


The beautiful stained glass windows in the great cathedrals of Europe, built around the 12th and 13th centuries, not only told stories in the form of images, but the refracted colour from the windows were also used for healing. Again, in some cathedrals, there were small rooms of a particular colour for the parishioners to “bathe” in that colour. The parishioner chose the colour they felt they needed or was prescribed for them by the healers or doctors of the day. It was believed that those who sat and prayed in the light of those rooms healed more quickly than those who didn’t. The light and colours from the stained glass windows were also used to create an environment suitable for meditation and prayer.


If you have the opportunity to sit in the refracted light of a stained glass window, it would be an energising, as well as a beautiful experience, particularly if you are visiting some of the great cathedrals of Britain and Europe. Check the best time of the day to capture the sun shining through the window and refracting the light. 


It was Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) who showed us that when light is refracted through a prism, it resolves into its six component colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. These are the colours of the rainbow and of the individual chakras (plus indigo, which is acknowledged as the primary colour for the third eye or brow chakra).


The mood of colour

Colour has a noticeable effect on our mood. Retail outlets, supermarkets and fast-food chains want to make as much money as possible, and they know they can increase customer participation with a careful choice of colours to entice people to buy their products. On the other hand, a relaxing atmosphere is frequently created in hospital waiting rooms with the use of soft green or blue shades.


Colour my day 

One of the things I’ve noticed about the cubicles in workplaces is they tend to be in neutral colours, such as beige or grey - in other words, lacking in colour. Lack of energy from colour is one of the contributors to feeling low on energy or feeling tired by the end of the day.  On the other hand excessive use of one bold colour, even though it may be a chakra colour, can be overwhelming and have a negative impact.


Take into consideration any strong colours already around you, such as from the walls and fabrics, because you will be receiving the benefit of that colour vibration. However, it is only useful if the colours are clean, crisp and not overwhelming. Muddy or murky colours are not beneficial. If you are surrounded by a very brightly or boldly coloured cubicle (or walls) and feel it is overwhelming, you can tone down the strong vibrational energy. Add some of the more calming and soft colours, such as turquoise, which is a gentle, peaceful colour, or green, which is everywhere in nature and restful on the eyes. A soft blue is calm and relaxing. 


How do the colours in your workplace make you feel? Notice the colours on the walls, the colours of any work cubicles and carpets. Are the colours adding energy or are they depleting energy?


Energising vibration of food colours 

According to Theo Gimbel, “Colour not only fills our outside world; it penetrates deep into our bodies. Its continual influence means that the effects of light on the body are second only to the effects of food.” 


Dieticians tell us to put a variety of coloured foods on our plates for a balanced diet and wellbeing. An easy way to get the energy you need is by eating the colour vibration found naturally in some of your favourite foods. There’s an old saying, “A little bit of what you fancy does you good.’ The body is aware of what it needs and knows what colour is necessary to heal or to energise. The surface colour of the food relates to the energy and the colour of the individual chakra. 


The corporate uniform

Add the ‘corporate uniform’ to a lack of colour around you and you are a candidate for energy depletion. What’s the corporate uniform? It tends toward the dark colours, usually black, that are commonly worn in the workplace. I’m not against wearing the colour black; it goes so well with many other colours. However, as far as energy is concerned, black is a ‘non’ colour. Light is absorbed by black, but nothing is reflected back; the colour black doesn’t allow the energising vibrations of colour through to the body. 


It is interesting to look at some of the reasons, consciously or subconsciously, that we choose to wear black in the corporate environment. Because black does not give out a vibration, it is considered the colour of mystery; we do not necessarily know who the real person is behind the corporate black. In the workplace, by wearing black, you can hide who you are: it’s a form of protection. 


It is also a colour that is often chosen to hide the figure because it is thought to have a slimming effect. The colour black can also be overpowering and give the wearer the appearance of being aloof. Black is the colour of authority and power, but it also implies submission. Nuns and priests wear black to signify their submission to God.


Wearing black is not exclusive to the business environment. Black, as a favourite colour for formal wear, allows the wearer that sphere of social mystery. Black is considered the colour of sophistication, but it is worth remembering that one of the original meanings of the word sophistication is “pretentiously and superficially wise”. 


When you wear a colour, you are expressing a part of yourself through your choice of colour. But to wear black is to not express yourself. 


It is recommended that if you wear the ‘corporate uniform’, include some colour. I have found that by having blouses or scarves in each of the seven chakra colours, I could add the colour that I needed each day. Your body knows what it needs. It knows the colour vibration that will strengthen your chakras and the colour or colours that will provide you with the most energy. Go with your felt sense, your intuition, that gut feeling! 


Men can add colour through ties, jumpers, shirts or coloured underwear. Your colour choice doesn’t necessarily have to be on show to the outer world.


The colour white is the opposite of black and reflects colour, as demonstrated by Isaac Newton. Dressing in white clothing is a requirement, for example, when attending healing sessions with many healers.  The white clothing allows healing energy greater access to the body. 


Colour therapists or practitioners use a variety of techniques that have been tried and tested over many years. The kinds of colour techniques you can use yourself, to increase energy, and are easy to obtain or implement, are coloured crystals, coloured materials or silks and shapes, coloured clothes, solarised water, colourful foods, colour visualisation, colour breathing and flowers.


Extract from Seachange @ Work: Discover what a difference an energised day makes! by Linda James. Published in Nova Magazine January 2015

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