Thursday, 20 February 2014

3 Powerful Ways to use Colour for Health and Harmony.

Ysanne Lewis - Colour Chart

These days, with having CFS/ME, many of my best laid plans don't go to plan. My intentions are good, my diary is sorted and set for the next day, but when the day arrives, quite often the 'plan' has to be adjusted for one reason or another. For example, I was going to write about my memoir today, but this past week has been a particularly slow, fatiguing and frustrating one and my plans to continue with the edit/rewrite have come to naught. In fact, I've spent some confusing and irritating hours on a laptop that is also suffering fatigue it seems as it has taken to shutting itself down on occasion without prior notice to me! Looks like I need a new one. Wish I could say the same about myself. Oh well,...

So I decided to continue this week with a post on Colour Therapy because the Crystal post last week was more lively than a serious memoir. There will be a book on Colour at some point too, when plans go to plan. Maybe sooner than the memoir, and one on Crystal Therapy, and why not even one on Aromatherapy :) Just short ones, with enough to give you the basics for First Aid/Self Help at home. What do you think? I've run workshops on exactly these topics in the past so I should know something, right?

Colour is a non-invasive yet powerful healer that was known and used by many ancient civilisations such as  the Lemurians, Atlantians, Egyptians, Maya, Indians, Chinese, and North American Indians. They all had a great knowledge of colour healing, and today many people are embracing this pure healing force again.

Colour is part of the electro-magnetic spectrum, and comes to us via white light from the sun. White light is broken into the visible spectrum - the rainbow - the colours that we see. Colour penetrates our entire being, every cell is light sensitive, but when this light energy is blocked, imbalance and dis-ease can occur. For example, bad diet, unhealthy lifestyle, negative thoughts, suppressing emotions or stress can all negatively upset the body's energy balance.

In Colour Therapy, it is the vibrations or healing energies, carried by the different colours, that are used to promote balance and harmony between body, emotions, mind and spirit to help keep us healthy.Therefore, colour can be used to balance energy, aid creativity and learning, release blocks and help alleviate physical and mental conditions.

Lets look first at the colours that are used in traditional Colour Therapy. These are also the ones I used in my Practice. Have a look at the Colour Wheel above for the colour of the colour :). Notice also on the Colour Wheel that directly opposite each colour is what's known as its Complement, e.g, Yellow' s Complement is Violet,  Blue's Complement is Orange. More on this later. As well, we need to know each colour's unique healing quality, outlined below. These come through via the vibration that the colour inherently carries as part of its place in the electro-magnetic spectrum. The energy of this vibration, our belief in and invitation of this energy into our life is what brings about healing. As with crystals, so for colour. The principle is the same, it's just a different medium delivering the healing energy.

RED is life force energy. It is stimulating, energising, revitalising. It is good for circulation, chronic illness, the blood and RAISES blood pressure. Associated with the Base Chakra, the feet, legs, sex organs, bladder, large intestine.

ORANGE is joy and creativity, sensuality, sexuality, generosity. It is good for the heart and artery disease, the digestive system, and it assists in balancing, cleansing and purifying the hormones. It relaxes, uplifts and opens up the body and mind to nourishment. Associated with the Sacral Chakra and small intestine.

YELLOW is learning, the intellect and will. It is good for the digestion, stomach, gall-bladder, liver and nervous system.  It is cheerful and helps dispel fear and stuck energy as well as give clarity to our thoughts. Associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra, the diaphragm, upper digestive organs.

GREEN is balance. It is abundance, new beginnings, growth, calming, soothing, nature, trust. It is good for the liver, tumours, cysts and growths, the chest and skeletal system. It helps balance our emotions, thoughts and decisions. Associated with the Heart Chakra, the heart, the chest, the arms.

TURQUOISE is immunity. It is good for inflammation, burns and infections, and boosts the immune system, the lungs and large intestine. It assists with deep change and immunity from the negative thoughts and emotions of others. Associated with the Thymus Chakra and Thymus Gland.

BLUE is calming and deep inner peace. It is cooling and anti-cramping. It is good for headaches, nervousness, pain, fever, haemorrhage, insomnia, and helps LOWER blood pressure. It is soothing, protective, nurturing, expansive and relaxing and helps calm the mind if you cannot think calmly. Associated with the Throat Chakra, the throat and neck.

VIOLET is wisdom. It is the higher mind, spirituality, intuition, inspiration, loyalty. It is good for the spleen and lymphatic system, is anti-viral and relaxes the entire body, mind and spirit. It promotes self-respect and dignity, and enhances meditation. Associated with the Brow Chakra, the eyes and ears.

MAGENTA is transformation. It is the connection to spirit, love from beyond, compassion, letting go. It regulates the brain, pineal gland and autonomic nervous system. It helps us let go of old emotions, thoughts, patterns, habits, relationships. Associated with the Crown Chakra.

AND.......As promised, 3 of the ways colour can be used are as follows:
  • Colour Affirmations
  • Colour Breathing
  • Colour and Crystals
COLOUR AFFIRMATIONS are short positive sentences which are repeated regularly and often. We can use affirmations to move stagnant energy and change ingrained patterns or thoughts often developed in childhood. If you've been in the habit of repeating statements like "I'm no good at math".....insert yours :)...then you've probably said it a million times (truly) without realising it, and, as a result you now believe it :(. The GOOD NEWS is, YOU CAN CHANGE IT. Truly. With an affirmation. A Colour Affirmation. Here goes.

The colour yellow helps me with my math. Yellow being the colour of the intellect, will and learning is perfect for anything to do with study or learning. You could also add another sentence/affirmation using Magenta, for letting go of old patterns and habits.
Magenta helps me let go of my old beliefs about math. The idea is to make the affirmations positive, in the present tense, ie. I am, I Leonie am, help, are, do, balance, express, bring, strengthen etc. The here and now. State the colour, and put yourself in the affirmation. 

Here are some more.

Every day I am energised and revitalised by the colour red.

The orange ray brings me joy and happiness.

Yellow, I am worthy of my own self-love.

With the colour green I restore balance and harmony to every cell in my body.

Through turquoise I am able to boost my immune system.

Through the colour blue, I attain more peace and tranquility in my life.

The violet ray heals every nerve fibre in my body.

With magenta I can let go of the past.

COLOUR BREATHING is another simple technique that can be done anywhere, anytime, just like the affirmations above. Because we breathe involuntarily, adding colour to our breaths is a powerful self-help natural healing tool. Hold a clear quartz crystal in your hand or have one nearby and the energies are amplified. All the better for you. 

Colour Breathing requires that you lie down or sit in a chair with your back straight, preferably in a quiet, peaceful environment, but if that's not available to you, this lovely exercise need only take 5 to 10 minute, so is do-able in the office, the park, on the train, or in the shower (wonderful). Like I said, anywhere, anytime you can close your eyes and zone out for a few minutes without someone disturbing you. First, identify which colour you need , say MAGENTA for a relationship breakdown. You will also need its Complementary colour Green. If you have an inflamed and infected cut you will need TURQUOISE and its Complement Red.

So settle yourself, relax, close your eyes and take some deep breaths.Then return your breathing to normal. Image yourself at a time when you were completely well, positive and happy. Put an imaginary smile on your face, even if you don't feel like that now. Continue to breathe normally, then on the next in-breath, breathe in your chosen colour and imagine it passing in through your nose and spreading from there throughout your body. On your out breath, breathe out the COMPLEMENTARY colour. Continue to breathe normally. MAGENTA in, GREEN out, or (Turquoise in, Red out) for 5 to 10 minutes. You can repeat this whenever you like, or feel the need.  If you become distracted that's okay, just gently bring yourself back to your colour breathing. You can flood your body with the colour, or simply direct the colour with your mind to the inflamed and infected cut. This is a really simple but powerful exercise.

Naturally, I've skimming the surface of a vast subject, but I hope you get the idea :) I've got one more lovely colour treatment you can give yourself and it involves .... CRYSTALS...., some of which I wrote about last week.

Colour and crystals are intimately bound together and work, dare I say, magic together. They posses not only their own mineral healing energies, but the healing energies of colour as well. Here is a choice  for each colour. Carry them with you, place them on your body according to the area their colour governs and ask them to aid in the healing process. The ones I have/like are in bold.

RED: Ruby, Garnet, Red Jasper, Red Agate

ORANGE: Carnelian, Orange Jasper, Orange Agate, Orange Quartz

YELLOW: Citrine, Golden Topaz, Yellow Agate, Tiger Eye

GREEN: Aventurine, Jade, Peridot, Emerald, Green Jasper

TURQUOISE: Turquoise, Green Quartz

BLUE: Lapis Lazuli, Blue Lace Agate, Sodalite, Blue Quartz

VIOLET: Amethyst, Fluorite, Tourmaline

MAGENTA: Clear Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, White Topaz

There are soooo many beautiful crystals. When choosing a new one, I generally go with what appeals to me. I look  and choose within what I'm broadly looking for, rather than what was specifically written in the book or on the website. That way I'm always surprised and pleased.

So there you have 3 ways you can use colour at home or anywhere for health and wellbeing. I've only scratched the surface here, colour is a powerful long-standing healer sadly hidden away and deemed quackery when main stream medicine came along. Just take a moment and look around you at the colours in your life. If you pass a long dreary grey winter, maybe you experience S.A.D, Seasonal Affective Disorder, in which some people experience often severe depression in winter, only to be perfectly okay again in summer. Then if you life in the Cook Islands maybe you have sunshine and warm weather all year round and have a very relaxed, carefree and sunny disposition.

I have a very green, lush and beautiful back yard. It is warm and tropical in our southern hemisphere summer right now. Most of the plants and trees were planted by yours truly before I had CFS and I'm so happy I did that. I love gardening, but I can't do it anymore. My point is, the garden soothes me. The green soothes me. Green is my favourite colour these days. It used to be blue for a long time, blue for relaxation because I was always too stressed, now it's green to maintain balance. It all works. On all levels of consciousness, whether we believe it, whether we want it to work, or not. Everything works better if we do want it to and if we do believe it.

And on that note, it's time to sign off and have some coffee. Next week, an update, I hope, on the memoir, ha ha.

Have a happy, colourful weekend all,


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