THE PRINCIPLE OF COLOUR THERAPY
Colour therapy has its roots in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, India and China. The temples of the ancient Egyptians were observed to be constructed to channel the rays of the sun for healing purposes. The great cathedrals of the Middle Ages were similarly fitted with stained windows, through which the sun casts pool of coloured light where the weak and sick could bathe and have their health restored.
Colour therapy has started to draw attention only in the last two decades, although it actually has a long history. It is a subtle non-invasive therapy making use of the healing energy contained within the visible rays of colour. Colour therapists introduce the optimum balance of colour energies into the human organism in order to promote harmony and balance between the body, mind and spirit. Colour therapy is highly recommended as a complementary therapy, which work hand in hand with other methods of treatments. Stress management with colour therapy is gaining its popularity, due to reported effectiveness.
Each colour has a different texture and feeling. In fact sighted people can also learn to differentiate colours through their fingers. Colour also emits a fragrance. There are machines which can show one the colour of sounds on a screen. This form of sound and light therapy was used to treat shell-shocked soldiers after the war.
THE HISTORY OF COLOUR THERAPY
The ancient Egyptians knew of the power and influence of colour. In many of their great temples, notably Heliopolis, they built healing halls of colour. A person who needed healing would go to the temple and was placed in a colour healing room. These rooms were constructed so that the sunlight entering them was refracted into a spectrum of colours. Each room was tuned to a certain colour frequency.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote his comprehensive book on the theory of colour, which paved the way for the work of many modern esoteric teachers and philosophers interested in colour. It was not until the late 1800's that the first modern book on colour therapeutics was written, entitled Blue and Red light by Dr. S. Pancoast, and the following year 1878, Dr. Edwin Babbitt published his monumental work – “The Principles of Light and Colour” describing the effects of the different colours of the spectrum and their use as healing agents. He produced one of the first modern colour lamps which transmitted rays from the sun.
Dr. D.P. Ghadiali, a Hindu scientist in 1933 wrote a masterwork on colour therapy. He worked and taught in the USA, developing many types of colour lamps. He maintained that the aim of the science of colour healing is to combat disease by restoring the normal balance of colour energies within the body. So, we are really on re-discovering healing power of colour and putting it into a modern context.
THE SCIENCE OF LIGHT
Colour is the purest healing force in the universe. Colour, is contained in the energy from the emanations directed to earth by the sun. Pure white sunlight contains everything necessary to maintain life on earth. Colour energy comes to earth in the form of electro-magnetic vibrations contained in white light. We can only see about 40% of the electro-magnetic spectrum that are the seven colours of the rainbow, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Each colour has a different vibratory length known as its wavelength. Red is the longest wavelength and has the slowest vibration, while violet has the shortest wavelength and has the highest vibration.
Each colour has its own intrinsic qualities and action upon us, and affects our entire being. Modern Western medicine makes use of the invisible vibrations of the electro-magnetic spectrum, but colour therapists are only interested in using the visible colours for healing. (These do not have burning qualities like the infra-red and ultra-violet part of the spectrum).
THE SEVEN SENSES
A course of colour therapy treatments begins with diagnosis to find the real root of the problem which is usually psychosomatic in origin. Once you are confident regarding the area of the problem, treatments can begin which may include a combination of numerous colour therapy methodologies. These treatments can be categorized through the seven senses:- Sense of smell, touch, sight, hearing, taste, intuition and equilibrium.
SENSE OF SMELL
Colour can also invoke certain scents. This is because memory plays an important part in our internal recognition of external events. We have a very intuitive relationship with smell which, like music, bypasses the middle brain. We react immediately and spontaneously to both smell and music, and some of our oldest memories are of aromas. Because of linkages in our memory, one is sometimes able to imagine and describe aromas as invisible colours (and therefore frequencies). These are absorbed through the skin and the nose and can affect our endocrine system. This is why treatment with aromatic essential oils has been found to effectively heal both the physical, emotional and mental states.
Colour Aromatherapy -Essential oils have not only fragrance but also a vibration, from the plant, as a living organism that corresponds to colour vibrations. Using essential oils can actually reinforce the action of colour therapy. Their very scent can cause the brain to link the scent with a colour memory. Many essential oils can, thus, appear to operate on more than one colour frequency, (often a colour plus its complementary). For convenience we can divide up essential oils into groups.
SENSE OF HEARING
Music and Colour-Colour and music are closely linked for they are both vibrations. As a colour vibration slows down, it becomes a sound. Thus, every colour has a sound, and every sound a colour. Think of an electric storm. First one sees the flash of lightening and then, a little while later, when the light vibration slows down, we hear the thunder clap. Music like colour shares many terms in common. Tone, pitch and intensity. The seven rainbow colours correspond to the seven notes on the diatonic scale.
SENSE OF SIGHT
What Colour Do We Wear-We also feel happiest in the colours of our aura, as we often wear colours that reflect our auric colours and are in tune with our own vibrations. We are often intuitively drawn to the colour energy we need and it is the colour therapist's aim to help people understand these needs. How often does one go to one's wardrobe and find that one hasn't a thing to wear although one has a cupboard full of clothes. The reason for this is because we cannot find the colour we need to wear that day.
Often we need the colours we do not like. As we need the energy of all the colours of the spectrum, it is wise to introduce such a colour very gradually,or you will subconsciously reject this colour. If you do not like wearing a particular colour, you are bound to need this energy, so introduce it in some other way. For example, few people like wearing orange although we all need orange to stimulate our immune system and bring joy into our lives. Alternatively, you can buy an item of underwear or a scarf in the colour you do not like.
SENSE OF TASTE
It is through the choice of the right colour foods that colour can work every day in our lives to improve health and prevent illness. It is not by accident that foods are the colours they are and that they contain parallel groups of chemicals and other substances essential for health. Red, orange and yellow foods have an energising and stimulating effect being acidic in quality, while green and blue foods are cooling and pacifying. These foods are alkaline by nature.
SENSE OF INTUITION
Colour breathing uses the power of thought vibrations reinforced by the effects of colour vibrations to act with positive effect on our etheric bodies. This helps correct imbalances and energises areas of energy which are depleted. Colour affirmations also help us gain the most from positive thinking.
SENSE OF EQUILIBRIUM
Rainbow Meditation-Colour can be used to focus and still the mind for meditation. Meditation is a wonderful tool for stilling the chatterbox mind, concerned with daily activity, and gives you the opportunity of looking and listening to your higher mind. For we all have inner wisdom and all the knowledge we need for our time on earth. It is just that we seldom communicate with our inner soul, which will guide and protect us in all that we need to know and do.
SENSE OF TOUCH
The skin is one of the most effective ways to absorb the vibrational energy of colours into our etheric body. There are different methods of treating the client using light. The principles are the same, but the filtered light is applied in different ways. Visible coloured light treatments are perfectly safe, although care must be taken when using red light. Special equipment can be purchased for each of these applications, but the simplest and easiest form of lighting will be described.
Colour Reflexology-A colour reflexology torch can be used for this treatment. This is the same as the colour crystal torch, only smaller. The beam of light is shone through a small crystal onto the reflex areas of the foot or hand. Using coloured massage oils are also excellent for colour reflexology. The little oil of a chosen colour is dabbed onto the foot at the reflex corresponding to a particular chakra. Therefore, yellow oil would be massaged onto the solar-plexus area in the middle of the ball of the foot. The colour energy would then be a transported along the meridian to the solar-plexus. If you are not a qualified reflexologist you can rub other colour oils onto the solar-plexus reflex point, as the solar-plexus is the nerve centre of the body and will send out the colour vibrations to the correct area where it is needed. It is best to find the seven chakra points on the feet, by finding the reflex point for the organ or gland related to each chakra centre.
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