How Does Colour Affect Us?

Colour has a big impact on how your brain sees the worldWhen you’re looking at a range of different colours, your brain will perceive a different emotion to each. 

The impact of colour, leads to an impact on your feelings and senses and can greatly affect your physiology, since it influences anxiety, pulse, blood flow and arousal.

Sir Isaac Newton discovered that when pure white light passes through a prism, it separates into all of the visible colours. Newton also found that each colour is made up of a single wavelength and cannot be separated any further into other colours.

Colour is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and even influence physiological reactions. Certain colours have been associated with increased blood pressure, increased metabolism, and eye strain.

Can colour help in healing?

Chromopathy is an ancient alternative medicine method that uses light, in the form of colours, to balance energy that is lacking in a person’s body.

In nutritional health the treatment by Chromopathy gives detailed examination of the elements or structure of the colour of the stools, urine, skin, phlegm, eyes and nails. It is then determined which colours are deficient. It is also found out if any colour or combination of colours has caused the imbalance.

Many chronic diseases have known to be treated by this method. White light is used in treatment rooms for the condition of SAD syndrome as it helps lift mood, whereas blue light is used in hospitals in neo natal wards to combat jaundice.

In meditation, visualising the colour red and warm tones can raise blood pressure and stimulate the heart and circulation.  Whereas by visualising blue cool tones, does the opposite, which in turn affects the heart rate to lower as well as blood pressure to drop.

Whilst I am healing if I sense a warm spot on the individual, I blast it with cool energy as this is an indication there could be some inflammation and visa – versa in order to accelerate the healing to the client.

If I feel a cool section of their body this indicates to me the client is experiencing stiffness in the joints and or arthritic conditions are presenting.

With regards to healing properties: Orange is warm, cheering and has a freeing action upon the body and mind, relieving repressions. 

Orange stimulates creative thinking and enthusiasm and helps bring new ideas.

It aids the digestion and brings relief to muscle cramps and spasms as it links very strongly with the sacral chakra.

Yellow helps strengthen the nerves and the mind. It helps awaken mental inspiration and stimulates higher mentality. Thus, it is an excellent colour for nervous or nerve-related conditions or ailments, especially with people suffering from any form of memory difficulty. 

Yellow is said to speed up metabolic rate, excellent for conditions of weight loss as it speeds up the digestion and the organs of the digestive tract, the stomach, liver, and intestines. It helps the pores of the skin and aids scarred tissue in healing itself.

Healing properties of Orange creates a warm, cheery emotion upon the body freeing the mind, relieving it of repressions. Helping to stimulate creative thinking and enthusiasm bringing in new ideas. It is particularly good in aiding the digestion.  It gives relief from muscle cramps and spasms and links very strongly with the sacral chakra and all organs placed within this section. orange is stimulating and reaction to it is a combination of the physical and the emotional.

Healing properties of green is that it brings balance and harmony and gives a soothing influence upon both psychological and emotional harmony.

Green links with and stimulates the heart chakra and affects all conditions of the heart and circulation.

Blue is essentially soothing as it affects us mentally, rather than physically. The healing properties of blue is that it cools down inflammations, fevers, and high blood pressure and relief from bursting headaches and migraines.

Blue can reduce itching and irritation of the skin and can be used for any type of ailments associated with speech, communication, or the throat.  Blue links with and stimulates the throat chakra, often known known as the “power centre” because it is the primary centre of expression and communication through speech.  It calms strong emotions like anger, aggression or hysteria and restores tranquillity.

Purple has healing properties in that they can heal melancholy, hysteria, delusions and bring spiritual insights forward. This colour soothes mental and emotional stress. Purple links with and stimulates the crown chakra enhancing psychic healing, psychic power and meditation.

The influence of Colour

There are four primary colours – red, blue, yellow and green of which have an influence negatively or positively on our physical body, our mind and our emotions. Each colour holds a certain wavelength vibration.

Colour can influence us in a manner of ways and is a universal language of understanding such as traffic lights and their sequence with Red, Amber & Green. 

We often refer to colour in general conversation such as: Red rag to a bull, the Green- eyed monster, Yellow belly, Red light district, white collar worker and so on.

BLACK: Black is all colours, totally absorbed and has essentially, an absence of light, since no wavelengths are reflected.

Priests and Nuns wear black to signify their submission to God.

Whereas black outfits can be seen as overpowering or make the wearer seem evil, aloof or in control, such as Dracula, Goths, and Security uniforms.

Positive elements to the colour can highlight sophistication and glamour with Women often wearing black as in appearance, giving the illusion of looking slimmer.  The Negative thoughts of black include oppression, menace and depression.

Colours in the red area of the colour spectrum are known as warm colours and include red, orange, and yellow. These warm colours evoke emotions ranging from the spectrum of feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility.

Red and yellow is used predominately by fast food companies. You may have noticed that McDonalds are changing a lot of their store colours to green to elicit the feelings of nature, natural and environmentally friendly.

WHITE:  In effect, reflects the full force of the spectrum into our eyes. Brides wear white to symbolise innocence and purity.  Doctors, nurses and therapists wear white to imply sterility and gives a heightened perception of trust. 

RED: Has the longest wavelength and is a powerful colour. It has the property of appearing to be nearer than it is and therefore it grabs our attention first. Hence its effectiveness in traffic lights the world over. 

The healing properties of red is that it brings warmth, energy and stimulation, therefore good for fatigue, colds and passive people. It links with and stimulates the root chakra, resulting in physical strength and stability.

It is thought to cause haemoglobin to multiply, excellent for anaemia and blood-related conditions and gives us courage, will-power, determination, love and passion, hence the red roses in valentine cards and memorabilia.

ORANGE: typically associated with theTibetan Monks.  The Positive traits of the colour give us Physical comfort, warmth, security, sensuality, abundance and fun.

An overload of orange can cause negative traits such as frustrations, since it is a combination of red and yellow.

YELLOW: Studies have shown that babies cry more when placed in yellow rooms.

Positive attributes to the colour are that it brings in optimism, confidence, self-esteem, emotional strength, creativity. Activates and cheers up depressed and melancholic people.

Too much yellow can cause Negative thoughts such as irrationality, fear, emotional fragility, depression. The yellow wavelength is relatively long and essentially stimulating.

In this case the stimulus is emotional, therefore yellow is the strongest colour, psychologically.

GREEN: Is said to be the easiest colour to the eye. People waiting to appear on TV sit in a Green room to relax. During my mediumship I visualise my spirit visitors sitting in a green room whilst waiting to step forward to speak with me.

It has both an energizing and soothing effect at the same time. Green cleans and purifies the air and harmonizes the energies within the room, hence why green is used in a lot of fen shui room designs.

Positive: It can Increases immunity by stimulates inner peace, strengthening the nervous system. Nature, rejuvenation, recovering, healing, harmony, balance, peace and restores hope.

The negative of too much green can heighten Negative moods such as greed and jealousy.

BLUE: Is chosen in uniforms as it represents loyalty.  

Positive attributes of the colour de-notes intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty and calmness. It gives protection during sleep and astral projection.

Too much blue can be the cause of coldness, lack of emotion and unfriendliness.

The colour Purple gives us a feeling of positive Spiritual awareness, vision, luxury, and pure quality. Hence the purple gowns of the highly religious.

The Negative traits of the colour vibration can cause decadence and suppression.

The shortest wavelength is violet, often described as purple. It takes awareness to a higher level of thought, even into the realms of spiritual values. It is highly introvertive and encourages deep contemplation, or meditation. It has associations with royalty and usually communicates the finest possible quality and is the last visible wavelength before the ultra-violet ray.

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