We live in a colourful world, and we're often surrounded by a vast range of vibrant hues. But did you know that our bodies respond differently to variations in colour?
We're all drawn to certain colours, and colour can significantly impact our mood, emotions, and physical health. Using colour deliberately can have powerful effects on our energies in our bodies, and can even be used as a healing therapy in complementary and alternative medicine.
When you think about the amount of influence that colour has, and start to understand how to harness the power of colour to improve your energy and wellbeing, you may find it to be a great tool in your healing repertoire.
What is colour therapy?
When talking about colour's energy and colour therapy, we typically refer to them in relation to the body's chakras. Chakras are specific areas of energy within the body, and each has a corresponding colour. When we're feeling stressed or anxious, or we're ill or dealing with trauma and emotional distress, these chakras become out of sync. Using colour therapy helps to keep these chakras in balance.
One of the easiest and most effective forms of colour therapy is through the use of light. Light is absorbed through the eyes and the skin, and the varying benefits can be manipulated through the use of different colours. Depending on what your distress is, or where in your body you are harboring pain, you can then choose which colours to incorporate in your therapy.
Colours and their corresponding Chakras
While specific areas in the body associated with certain colours, they also relate to our health and internalizations. Just as when a person's physical health is suffering, it can affect mental and emotional health, the bodies energies have greater impact on our overall wellbeing in many different ways.
The colour violet is associated with the Crown Chakra, or the top of the head. This chakra is also associated with peace, and wisdom. The colour indigo is representative of the Third Eye Chakra, associated with intuition and devotion, and sits in the middle of the forehead. Blue energy is in the Throat Chakra, which manifests in the ability to verbalize.
Moving further down in the body, green is representative of the Heart Chakra and its energies surround your heart and soul, and love. The Solar Plexus Chakra, which sits in the pit of your stomach, is tied to the colour yellow and relates to digestion, motivation, and goals. The colour orange, which is held in the Naval Chakra, manifests itself in procreation and creativity.
And finally, the Base or Root Chakra, represented by the colour red, can stimulate physical activity, emotional strength, and those things that keep us grounded.
Using these corresponding colours to help balance us when we are feeling lacking or overwhelmed, is an easy and effective way to help fight the effects of physical and emotional pain. Struggling with anxiety that has your stomach tied in knots? Yellow light can help relieve your symptoms and restore your Solar Plexus energy to its proper balance.
At a major crossroad in your life and searching to find answers for what you should do? Indigo light can help your Third Eye Chakra see more clearly, and help you find your natural intuitions again.
Alternatives to Chakra colour therapy
While chakras are often the energies associated with colour therapy, there are other alternatives as well, each with their own benefits:
You may have heard before about Auras, which are another set of energies associated with colour.
Auras have more to do with personalities and spiritual energies than the Chakras, which manifest themselves in physical areas of the body. Auras and their corresponding colours can help you balance traits such as sensitivity (blue aura), sexuality (red aura), or sociability (green aura).
While meridians are often referred to when discussing acupuncture, in recent years colour therapy has been tested and introduced to these areas for a new holistic methodology.
While traditionally colour therapy and light therapy is effective when absorbed through the eyes, there are some that believe these meridians, or pressure points on the body, can also facilitate absorption. Each point relates to different areas of the body, and so, using light on these points can help ease physical pain and illness.
When you're feeling particularly out of balance and not like yourself, colour therapy may be what you need to restore your energies. Identify what ails you, and choose the corresponding colour depending on your needs. You may find your relief is closer than you think.