Colour Therapy - In Depth Analysis

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Colour therapy, also known as Chromatherapy, is a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) technique. A trained colour therapist is able to use colour and light to balance energy wherever the human physical body is lacking whether physical, feeling, mental or spiritual.

Chromotherapists state that colours bring about expressive reactions in humans. A standard method of diagnosis is the use of Luscher’s colour test, developed in the early 1900s by Dr. Max Luscher. The Luscher-Colour-Diagnostic® measures a human’s psychophysical state, and their ability to withstand stress, to perform, and to communicate. The diagnostic is used to uncover the cause of psychological stress, which can lead to physical symptoms.

The energy relating to each of the seven spectrum colours of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, resonates with the energy of each of the seven main chakras/energy centres of the physical body. If you are capable of imagining the chakras as a set of cogs/wheels, they are rather similar to the workings of a clock or an engine; each cog/wheel requires moving smoothly for the clock/engine to work properly. Thus beneficial health and wellbeing is achieved by a balance of all these energies. Balance of the energy in each of the physical body’s chakras is very important for health and wellbeing. Colour therapy is capable of assisting to re-balance and/or stimulate these energies by applying the suitable colour to the physical body and therefore re-balance the chakras.



Findings suggest that colour and light have been utilised by healers since the beginning of recorded time. Colour therapy possibly has roots in Ayurveda, an ancient form of Indian medicine practised for thousands of years. Other historic roots are linked to ancient Egyptian culture and Chinese healing. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), for example, each organ is associated with a specific colour. Ancient Egyptians built solariums (sun rooms) that could be fitted with coloured panes of glass. The sun would shine through and flood the client with colour.

When administering colour therapy, colour and light is applied to specific areas of the body. For the reason that colours are associated with both perceived positive and negative effects in colour therapy, specific colours and accurate amounts of the colour are deemed to be essential in the healing process. Just as the proper colour in the correct area is capable of promoting healing, too much colour or colours applied erroneously in the incorrect places may facilitate adverse health effects.

Common tools used in Chromotherapy include candles, wands, prisms, coloured fabric, gemstones, bath treatments, coloured glass or lenses, and coloured lights. Therapeutic colour is capable of being administered in several ways, however it is often done in combination with aromatherapy and/or hydrotherapy in an attempt to heighten the effects of treatment.

Alternative medicine practitioners who use chromotherapy often relate the seven colours of the colour spectrum to specific body areas known as chakras. As with yoga, the chakras are specific spiritual energy centres at different spots on the human body. The therapeutic actions of the colours correspond to the accepted chakra system that they represent.

Red relates to the base chakra, orange the sacral chakra, yellow the solar plexus chakra, green the heart chakra, blue the throat chakra, indigo the brow chakra (sometimes referred to as the third eye) and violet relates to the crown chakra.

Colour is absorbed by the eyes, skin, skull our ‘magnetic energy field’ or aura and the energy of colour affects us on all levels, that is to say, physical, spiritual and emotional. Every cell in the body requires light energy - thus colour energy has widespread effects on the whole body. There are many different ways of giving colour, including; Solarized Water, Light boxes/lamps with colour filters, colour silks and hands on healing using colour.

Colour therapy is capable of being shown to assist on a physical level, which is perhaps easier to quantify, however there are deeper issues around the colours on the psychological and spiritual levels. Our wellbeing is not, of course, purely a physical issue. Fortunately, many more practitioners, both orthodox and complementary are now treating clients in an holistic manner. That is to say, humans are body, mind and spirit and none of these areas function entirely alone; each has an effect upon the other. This is why Colour Therapy is capable of being so helpful since colour addresses all levels of a human being.

As babies humans first experience colour in the womb where humans are enveloped in a nurturing and comforting pink. Then as a child humans associate with colour as part of the first human learning processes. These first associations contribute to the human consciousness. As humans get older humans attach many different feelings, memories and meanings to certain colours and this is capable of then becoming a feature in the human subconscious. Humans are capable of building up prejudices to colours which have happy, sad, or frightening connotations for humans.

All life experiences make an impression upon human beings. Some experiences will be perceived as being positive and some negative. It is these perceived negative experiences which are capable of manifesting themselves physically over time as dis-ease. As an example, perhaps humans have, over the years, been in a situation where humans have felt unable, for one reason or another, to speak from a clear mind, or to express a clear truth. This is capable of manifesting as a perceived problem in the throat chakra. The throat chakra relates in the spiritual aspect to self expression or things that are not said. Thus, if human self expression has been blocked, the energy in this area will not be free flowing and in turn this is capable of leading to a physical manifestation of dis-ease.

Noting strong colour preferences is capable of also being a helpful aid to finding possible perceived problems and working with the appropriate colour/colours to assist to dispel perceived negative experiences, free blocks and re-balance the physical body feeling, spiritually and, in turn, physically.

Colour Therapy is an entirely holistic and non-invasive therapy and, really, colour ought to be a part of a human’s everyday life, not just something humans experience for an hour or two with a therapist. Colour is all around humans everywhere. This magnificent world does not contain all the picturesque colours of the rainbow for not just any reason. Not anything on this earth is here just by chance; everything in nature is here for a clear purpose. Colour is not any exception. All humans are required to do is to heighten human awareness of the energy of colour and how it is capable of transforming human lives. A professional therapist ought to be capable of assisting you to do this. The capacity for health and wellbeing is within all humans.

Colour therapy is safe to use alone or alongside any other therapy whether orthodox medicine or another complementary therapy and is safe and helpful for adults, children and animals also.


In colour there is life. To understand this power, is living. Colour is capable of very well being the most magnificent experience humans take for granted. Look around; it is everywhere, surrounding and embracing all life. Humans interpret life as much through colour as humans do shape, texture and sound. The clear truth is the power of colour is the very essence of life on this planet.

Light is the most important energy source that humans have, and the entire spectrum of colours is derived from light. Sunlight, which contains all the wavelengths, consists of the entire electromagnetic spectrum that humans depend on to exist on this planet.

Light flows through the eyes of humans and triggers hormone production, which influences the entire complex biochemical human system. This biochemical system then affects the whole human being. And light does not travell alone. Light travells with other energies as shown below.

The physical human body absorbs colour energy through the vibration colour gives off. All human organs, body systems, and functions are connected to main energy centres.
Through colour humans receive all the energies that humans require to maintain a health physical body, mind, and lifestream. The National Institute of Mental Health has done studies showing that a human’s mental health, behaviour, and general efficiency in life depends to a great extent on normal colour balance. When something goes erroneous, or is out of balance, humans are capable of strengthening the human energy centres through the conscious use of colour.

Light consists of the seven colour energies: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. Each colour is connected to various areas of the physical human body and will affect humans differently physically, mentally. and feelingly.

As humans learn how each colour influences them, humans are capable of effectively using colour to give humans an extra boost of energy when humans require it.

In the mornings when humans awaken with little energy, or are required to prepare for a company meeting, this is where the power of colours is capable of assisting.

All that is required for humans to do is to reflect on the kind of day that is planned; choose the colour that will assist most in meeting the demands of the day; and then absorb that particular colour. It is similar to fuelling the human energy system with the proper type of petro!


Healing by means of colour and light was the first type of therapy used by human. The sun's rays kept humans warm; the colours of the flora fed humans and accounted for human moods. The Egyptian Pharaohs and the Inca Indians worshipped the Sun as God and used plants as medicinal herbs.

In 6th century BCE, Orpheus, the founder of the first metaphysical mystery school in Greece utilised vibrational medicine of colour and light as a means of healing and spiritual awareness. Both Pythagorus and Plato were strongly influenced by his teachings.

In 125 CE - the ancient scientist, Apuleius experimented with a flickering light stimulus used to reveal epilepsy.

In 200 CE - Ptolemy observed patterns of colour rays coming from the sun into the eyes produced a sensation of euphoria.

In the 17th century - French psychologist Pierre Janet used flickering lights to reduce hysteria for hospital patients.

1876 CE - Augustus Pleasanton used blue light to stimulate the glandular system. In this same year, Seth Pancoast utilised red light to stimulate the nervous system.

1878 CE- Dr. Edwin Babbitt used variant colours to produce healing of internal organs.

1908 CE- Aura Soma developed in England used colours to heal physical symptoms and emotional symptoms of feelings and to promote psychological change.

1926 CE - C.G. Sander specified that application of particular colours was necessary for normal health.

1930 CE- The Father of Spectro-Chrome Metry, Dinshah P. Ghadiali compiled an encyclopedia of treatment with the use of colour and light for over 400 various health related dis-orders.

1941 CE- Dr. Harry Riley Spitler formulated "The Syntonic Principle" stating that light by way of the eyes balances the autonomic nervous system.

1943 CE- Dr. Max Lucher developed psychological colour testing to reveal information hidden in the subconscious mind which is still used today.

1980 CE- Dr. Thomas Budzynski - used phototherapy to accelerate learning.

1991 CE- Dr. Harrah Conforth applied colour and light to facilitate whole brain synchronization and Dr. Robert Cosgrove utilised coloured light for sedative properties prior to , during and immediately following surgery.

Colour Research

That colour affects all humans is an undoubted fact. Its significance has been investigated and the results utilised in merchandising, selling, home decorating, the workplace environment, industry, plant growth, nutrition, physics, physiology, psychology, ecclesiasticism and art. In fact, colour is so much a part of the human live that humans choose to take it for granted. \

Physical healing is encouraged by directing coloured light towards dis-eased areas of the physical body or to the eyes. In conventional medical treatment, phototherapy and photochemotherapy are used in current dermatological practise e.g. in the treatment of psoriasis, and blue light has been shown to be effective in the treatment of hyperbiliruminemia in the newborn.

There is a wealth of evidence to support the psychological effects of colour and Dr Max Luscher's The Luscher Colour Test contains ample evidence of this (be advised that many of the references in this book are in German).

In conventional medical practise, the use of blue light in the treatment of hyperbilirubinemia has been proven by many researchers including Vreman et al with their study "Light-emitting diodes: a novel light source for phototherapy". Creamer and McGregor of St John's Institute of Dermatology, London. UK published a paper in January 1998 entitled "Photo (chemo) therapy: advances for systemic or cutaneous disease", exploring the value of light as a treatment. Griffiths of the University of Manchester, UK, in July 1998, published a paper on "Novel therapeutic approaches to psoriasis" and in October 1998, The Archives of General Psychiatry ran four articles on light therapy. Regrettably, where treatment of a broader spectrum of disorders is concerned, the evidence is largely anecdotal.
Research in the agricultural field lends support to the potential for color as a therapy in humans as the following examples show:

1. In 1997 researchers at the School of Agriculture and Forest Science at the University of Wales, UK used red and blue light to establish whether these would increase activity and reduce locomotion disorders in meat chickens. They showed that in 108 chicks walking, standing, aggression and wing stretching all increased in intensity when reared from day 1-35 in red light. Where blue light was used, there was a high incidence of gait abnormalities. Prayitno DS., Phillips CJ and Stokes DK. 1997. The effects of color and intensity of light on behaviour and leg disorders in broiler chickens. Poultry Science 76(12): 1674-81.

2. Michael Kasperbauer, a researcher at the US Agricultural Research Service Center in Florence, South Carolina, showed that using red plastic sheeting under tomato and cotton plants produced a 15-20% higher yield than plants grown over traditional black or clear plastic. Also turnips grown under blue plastic had an improved flavour when compared with those grown under green sheets. Analysis of those grown under the blue plastic revealed that they had higher concentrations of glucocinolates and vitamin C (glucosinolates being the compounds which give turnips and horseradish their traditional "bite"). Kasperbauer and his team have also investigated the link between colour and pest control. Michael Orzolek of Pennsylvania State University proved that aphids and the plant viruses they transmit are generally attracted to yellow and repelled by red and blue. This finding echoes the work of Babbitt a century earlier when he wrote "The electrical colours which are transmitted by blue glass often destroy the insects which feed upon plants." Boyce N. Rainbow Growing. New Scientist. 24 October 1998.

Future research is capable of focusing on the clinical efficacy of colour therapy and, the neurobiological mechanism of action. Extensive anecdotal evidence of the value of colour therapy in the treatment of countless physical dis-orders over many decades deserves to be revisited. However, this evidence requires to be subjected to rigorous scientific research in order to establish (or otherwise) a sound basis for colour therapy. Developing instruments for applying colour is capable of providing a commercial incentive for clinical trials.

A major resource for researchers is the Faber Birren Collection Of Books on Colour which was presented to Yale University in 1971. Faber Birren (1900-1988) was a leading authority on colour and the collection's holdings are the most extensive to be found anywhere. A complete online bibliography is capable of being found at the Yale University Library website. from the chapter on Colour Therapy by Therese M Donnelly in the Clinician's Complete Reference to Complementary & Alternative Medicine by Donald W Novey MD, published by Mosby, 2000.

Human bodies have been designed to be self-renewing and self-healing. The physical body however is required to be maintained, and if any one organ is overtaxed, the physical body comes to an end of replenishing material and is not capable of coping with the overload. Colour Healing, also known as Vibrational Healing, uses the different frequencies of light to inject energy into the Aura's energy centres (Chakras) and the Auric Field. This acts similar to a vitamin for the energy fields of the physical body and is capable of speed healing, promoting general wellness, and your physical and emotional well-being. The latest biophysical research confirms that humans do not only consist of matter although also as an energy body, which actually consists, up to a certain degree, of visible light.


Colour is defined as light moving at various speeds. The brain converts that information through human eyes into what humans perceive as colour. Many humans know that there is a direct connection between light, sound and colour and that the natural frequencies produced by light and sound correspond to various organs, endocrine glands and even the human mental or feeling states.

For the reason that the vibrational frequencies of light and sound are related to the organs and cells, it is capable of being understood that colour vibrations perceived by the eye or sound vibrations received by the physical body will also have a profound effect on the organs and cells.

The practical application of a specific colour for a bodily condition requires common sense and experimentation. Generally, dis-harmony that produces a cold, wet condition requires red. Conditions of a hot, thermal nature require blue to calm and effect a stabilization of the subtle physical body in question. Therefore, contraindicated to any red condition is the use of a red colour application such as with sunstroke. The use of red will aggravate the perceived problem. The same is accurate of any blue condition; ie, contra-indicated for colds or pneumonia is the use of cold blue.

Some colour therapists believe colours contain energy vibrations with healing properties. Exposure to a colour and its vibrations are capable of being used to assist the physical body's natural healing and recuperative powers to achieve and maintain health and well-being.

There are seven natural colours in the visible light spectrum (rainbow): red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Each colour vibrates at its own individual frequency. In Colour Therapy each colour corresponds to one of the seven chakras (energy centres in the physical body), which in turn aree capable of influencing a specific gland, organ, or tissue of the body. for example, the colour red, which corresponds to the root or base chakra, is capable of being used for perceived problems with the adrenal glands, kidneys, and bladder. The colour rays may be in the visible or invisible spectrum and are capable of being administered through coloured lights or applied mentally through suggestion.


Before examining colour and its healing implications, We are required to choose to address a very important concept: that of cause and effect. True healing comes about when the cause of the condition or illness is addressed and transformed. If healing goes no further than a mere relief or masking of the symptoms, then, eventually, that which brought about the requiremen for healing, in the first place, will resurface and manifest itself within the physical body in one form or another.


The physical body is an outward expression of that which is taking place within the physical body, the lifestream, (subconscious)and the spirit (superconscious) of the human. Thus, any healing technique which deals only with the physical body and the energy field of the individual tends to accomplish one thing: it jump starts the individual, so to speak, and gives him or her an added boost of energy. That energy boost then allows that human's own internal healing mechanism to become mobilised into greater activity.


Keeping this in mind, we will examine how colour is capable of jump-starting the tired or dis-eased body. Colour healing, known as Chromotherapy, is capable of being implemented in a number of ways. The ancients built great halls of colour healing, where individuals entered and were bathed in light that was filtered through various colored glass panels or windows.


Energy (spiritual) healers often supplement their healing work with colour healing. As they lay their hands on the client, they mentally direct specific colour rays into the client's aura and physical body. Oftentimes, the colour used is inspired by the superconscious.

In healing colours act as balancers: The lifestream gives the colour(s) a human requires more of, or the lifestream gives the opposite of the colour if a human has too much of.


The Visible Light Spectrum

The use of Colour as a Therapy is a truly holistic, non-invasive and powerful therapy which dates back thousands of years; evidence of this can be found in ancient texts from India, China and Egypt.


The human body absorbs colour wavelengths that occur in the visible light spectrum. Each colour in the spectrum has a frequency, wavelength and energy associated with it. The colours humans absorb aree capable of having an effect on the nervous system, the endocrine system and subsequently on the release of hormones and other organic substances within the human body. They are capable of also having an effect on the more subtle energies of the chakra system. This is capable of profoundly affect the human mental, feeling, psychological and physical states of health.



The symptoms of dis-ease are a sign that there is a shortage of, or improper utilisation of colour and light in the cells and organs of the human body. This may be due to factors such as our lifestyle, our environment, stress or too much, or too little of a particular colour frequency in the human energy system. This imbalance is capable of being corrected by the selective use of colour frequencies. The forms by which the frequencies of colour is capable of being transmitted to the physical body are numerous.


Frequency of Colour

The frequency of a wave is determined by the number of complete waves, or wavelengths, that pass a given point each second.

The colour RED for example, has a frequency of around 430 trillion vibrations a second, whereas Violet has a much higher frequency, so each violet wave would pass a given point much quicker than the colour RED.

All light travells at the same speed however each colour has a different wavelength and frequency.

Frequency of waves

To attempt and explain the frequency of colour and light a little further, imagine that an ocean with waves that are 10 meters apart that crash on the shore every 5 seconds is capable of being classed as having a frequency of 5, whereas an ocean of waves 10 meters apart that crashed on the shore every 10 seconds, would be classed as having a frequency of 10. The more frequent the waves, the HIGHER the frequency.

It is these different wavelengths and frequencies that cause the different colours of light to separate and become visible when passing through a prism. This is capable of being looked upon in the same way that radio waves have different frequencies and wavelengths, certain stations are only capable of being listened to at a particular frequency or wavelength. Consequently the colour blue is only capable of being visible at a particular frequency and wavelength range.

The higher the frequency, of the colour, the closer together the waves of energy are

Higher frequency colours are - violet - indigo - blue
lower frequency colours are - yellow - orange - red.

A high frequency light wave has a higher energy than that of a low frequency light wave.

Colour Chart


Red is referred to as being "The Great Energizer" and "The Father of Vitality." Red is warm, vital, heating. It loosens, opens up clogs, releases stiffness and constrictions. It is excellent for areas that have become stiffened or constricted.


RED is the first visible colour that most humans are capable of seeing after the infra-red band is passed. Red is thermal, heating, warming, yang and positive. It has many tendencies including the promotion of cellular growth and activity, stimulating the “Will” aspect, corresponding to the human life force, or the circulatory system. It is therefore indicated for all colds, sluggish or dormant conditions, such as pneumonia, bursitis, paralysis, arthritis, anaemia, as a liver stimulant, an energy builder, for raising the blood pressure and increasing circulation


Red links with and stimulates the root chakra, at the base of the spine, causing the adrenal glands to release adrenalin. This results in greater strength. Red causes hemoglobin to multiply, thus increasing energy and raising physical bodys temperature. It is perceived of as being outstanding for anemia and blood-related conditions.



Use when humans are required to meet a challenging day, or when experiencing the sensation of being drained of energy. The colour red provides the power from the earth and gives energy on all levels. It connects humans to the physical body. Everything that is to be commenced requires the life vitality of red.


Preference for red: Red is associated with passionate love, sex, great energy, impulse, action and stimulation, assertiveness and aggression, courage, strength and power, adventure, danger, warnings, revolt and revolution. Temperamental and ambitious people with a need for personal freedom.


Aversion to red: A human who has an aversion to red may be over-active, too impulsive, hot-tempered, aggressive and egocentric, or have difficulties with humans with such characteristics. It is also capable of symbolising deeply hidden fears and rejection of their own assertiveness.



Orange is the true colour of the sun that the Earth rotates around. Orange has a freeing action upon the physical body and human mind, relieving repressions.


For the reason that the colour orange is a blend of red and yellow, it combines physical energy with mental wisdom, inducing a transformation between lower physical reaction and higher mental response. Thus, it is often referred to as "The Wisdom Ray."


Orange is warm, cheering, non-constricting. Through orange, humans are capable of healing the physical body (red) and, at the same time, induce within the mind (yellow) greater understanding on how the physical body may be kept in excellent repair. Orange assists assimilation of new ideas and stimulates mental enlightenment. It is also helpful in dealing with excess sexual expression.


ORANGE - joy and constructivity animates similar to red, although different cures are affected by this ray. Included are inflammation of the kidneys, gallstones, prolapses, menstrual cramps, epilepsy, wet cough and all sinus conditions.


Preference for orange: Orange represents the warmth of the fire. It brings even more energy than yellow, celebration and great abundance, comfort, enjoyment of the senses. Warm, sociable, dynamic and independent people who dedicate themselves to whatever they do.


Aversion to orange: A human who has an aversion to orange may have suppressed sexual feelings or other difficulties with sensual enjoyment of life. The attitude is capable of also being over-sensual, indulgent, or too materialistic.



Yellow assists to strengthen the nerves and the human mind. It assists to awaken mental inspiration and stimulates higher mentality. Thus, it is an excellent colour for nervous or nerve-related conditions or ailments.


Yellow links with and stimulates the solar plexus, or psychic centre. It is capable of being used for psychic burnout or other psychic-related conditions or ailments.


Yellow is capable of being used for conditions of the stomach, liver, and intestines. It assists the pores of the skin and aids scarred tissue in healing itself. It also has a very enriching effect upon the intellect and the brain.


YELLOW is stimulating to the nervous system and the intellect. These rays have an alkalizing effect which strengthens the nerves, and are awakening, inspiring and vitally stimulating to the higher mind or manas, aiding self-controll. Typical dis-eases treated by yellow are constipation, gas, liver troubles, diabetes, eczema and skin troubles, leprosy and nervous exhaustion.


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.
Similar to the colour of gold, yellow represents the highest of the physical colours. "Worth its weight in gold" applies to yellow.


Gives humans clarity of thought, increases awareness, and stimulates interest and curiosity. Yellow energy is related to the ability to perceive and understand. The yellow energy connects humans to their mental self.


Preference for yellow: The colour of the sun, life-force, vividity, vitality and energy. The colour of cheerfulness, curiosity, alternation, flexibility, progress, amusement, contact through travelling and communication, learning and practical knowledge. A feeling for writing and speaking.


Aversion to yellow: A human who has aversion to yellow may be emotionally disappointed and bitter. May have tendency to rationalise feelings, or to avoid the depth of life by often changing relationships, many superficial relationships and/or constant changing activities.



Most humans associate blue with healing. However, green is the universal healing colour. The ancient Egyptians and Chinese used green as the primary colour of healing. Why is this? For the reason that green is midway in the colour spectrum; therefore, it contains both a physical nature and a spiritual nature, in equal balance and in equal harmony. Thus, green is capable of being used for just about any condition that requires healing. When in doubt, green will always work.

Green is the colour of nature and the earth. It is balance and harmony in essence and possesses a soothing influence upon both human mind and the physical body. It is neither relaxing nor astringent in its impact.

In a more practical sense, green affects blood pressure and all conditions of the heart. It has both an energizing effect and a moderating or soothing effect.


GREEN is the colour of balance, harmony, nature, neutrality and of non-resistance. It was the colour of the first system from which humans evolved and remains with humans to this day as the calming, peaceful green of spring and nature. Green corresponds to the heart centre on the physical plane and heals many illnesses of this nature, specifically including heart troubles, decreasing and stabilizing blood-pressure, ulcers, cancer, headaches, nervous disorders and influenza, and acts as a general tonic.

Helps relax muscles, nerves, and thoughts. Cleanses and balances the human energy fields, to give a sensation of renewal, peace and harmony. Green connects humans to unconditional love and is used for balancing the whole being.

Preference for green: Green brings peace, rest, hope, comfort and nurturing, calmness and harmony. Interest in nature, plants, fellowmen, children and animals, health and healing, natural and plain life. Longing for a safe home and family-life. A dislike of conflicts.


Aversion to green: A human who has an aversion to green may be more interested in independence and self-development than in a warm family-life. May prefer to keep a certain distance in (sexual) relationships.




Blue is cooling, electric, astringent. It assists bleeding, decreases fevers, and relieves symptoms of sore throats. Blue is capable of having a sedative effect, as expressed in the remark of "feeling blue." It is a very perceived positive colour, indicating loyalty and reliability, as expressed in the sentiment of being "true blue."


BLUE, on the other hand, is at the opposite end of the visible spectrum and is electric, cooling, yin and perceived negative. Dr Babbitt has called blue one of the greatest antiseptics in the world. Blue light will assist in stoping bleeding of the lungs, decrease fevers, cure sore throats, give relief to most inflammations of the skin and gums, and is capable of being used with infants for pain while teething. Blue is also used for goitre, measles, chickenpox, cuts, bruises and burns. Relaxing, soothing blue rays will also bring great calm and peace to the mind that is worried, excited, or in a constant nervous state. More dis-eases are treated by blue light than by any other colour, which is not surprising considering that cosmic fire in the human system is clear cold blue.


Blue links with and stimulates the throat chakra. The throat chakra is often referenced as the "power centre" and "the greatest centre in the body" for the reason that it is the primary centre of expression and communication, through speech. Thus, the effect of blue upon this centre and the aura, in general, is quite profound.


Blue is capable of being used for any type of ailments associated with speech, communication, or the throat. Solarized blue water is an excellent tonic for laryngitis or inflammation of the larynx.


This is a mentally-relaxing colour. Blue has a pacifying effect on the nervous system and brings great relaxation. Ideal for sleep problems, and hyper-active children. Connects humans to holistic thought, and gives humans wisdom and clarity enhancing communication and speech.


Preference for blue: Cool and soothing, dreamy and magical. Peace and rest. For humans who keep a certain distance, however give calm and practical assistance; they are faithful and loyal, have a sense for order, logic and rational thinking. Flying in day-dreaming, ideals or nostalgia when felt mis-understood. Blue is also the colour of truth.


Aversion to blue: A human who has an aversion to blue, may be very disciplined, strong career worker, with an aversion of commentary or restriction. He may have charted out a clear direction for his life and wants to follow that lacelike.



Indigo is a great purifier of the bloodstream and also benefits perceived mental problems. It is a freeing and purifying agent.


Indigo combines the deep blue of devotion with a trace of stabilizing and objective red. Indigo is cool, electric, and astringent. It is, also, the colour ray used by Spirit to help entrance a medium.


Indigo is the colour of the human solar system. It has been particularly beneficial in treating cataracts, glaucoma and various perceived eye problems. Other uses of indigo include purification of the blood and of the mind. Ear and nose complaints, dis-eases of the lungs, asthma, infantile convulsions and mental complaints may be remedied through the use of indigo.


Indigo links with and stimulates the brow chakra (third eye) and controlls the pineal gland. It governs both physical and spiritual (not psychic) perception; that is, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience. Thus, it is capable of being of great assistance in dealing with ailments of the eyes and ears, as well as assisting in problems or conditions related to mediumship.


Indigo is considered by some humans the ray of the Holy Spirit, for those who believe in that concept


The energy of the colour indigo connects humans to the human unconscious self, and gives us the experience of being part of the whole universe. Strengthens intuition, imagination, psychic powers, and increases dream activity.



Violet is considered to be the colour of what is deemed of as the divine Spirit. Violet works only on the levels of the Spirit. It is generally not used for physical conditions; however, some colour experts believe that it does provide nourishment to the cells in the upper brain and does have a link with the crown chakra. Furthermore, it assists to expand the horizons of human Divine understanding.


Violet ought to be used only for spiritually-related problems.

Leonardo da Vinci proclaimed that you are capable of increasing the power of meditation ten-fold by meditating under the gentle rays of Violet, as found in Christian Church windows.


Violet is the last colour that most humans are capable of seeing before light passes on to ultra-violet. This colour is an excellent remedy for neurosis, dis-eases of the scalp, sciatica, tumours, rheumatism, cerebro-spinal meningitis, concussion, cramps and epilepsy. Violet animates and cleans the venous blood. Esoterically violet is white and synthesizes all form manifestation.


Purifies human thoughts and feelings giving humans inspiration in all undertakings. The violet energy connects humans to the spiritual self bringing guidance, wisdom and inner strength. Enhances artistic talent and creativity.



White, by many is perceived of as being the perfect colour; for it is all colour, in perfect balance and harmony. It is the colour of the awakened Spirit; the light of perfection; the light of the Christ and Buddhic consciousness. It is also the Divine Light.

Just about everyone has heard of surrounding humans with the "White Light of Healing and Protection." Directing white into the aura assists stimulate the human's own divine nature into healing the self.




Healing properties: Strengthens contact with your life purpose. Stimulates adrenalineand heart activity.

Esoteric/magickal: Scorpio-energy. Magnetism, to attract or speed up things, extra power, when immediate action and great spiritual power are needed, life purpose, life path.

Preference for magenta: Much energy and activity focused on achieving power and self-realisation. Strong but controlled passions and emotions. Daring, ready to fight, willing to give everything for a goal. Can drive things too far and have fixed ideas.

Aversion to magenta: A person who has an aversion to magenta may feel overwhelmed by people with strong convictions or heavy emotions like jealousy; also may have difficulties with exposing deep emotions.



Healing properties: Heals grief and sadness. Restores youthfulness. Brings you in contact with your feelings.

Esoteric/magickal: Softness and tenderness, romance, caring, nurturing, for children, youth, peace, friendship, femininity, emotional love, emotional healing.

Preference for pink: Regarded as a feminine color. Pink symbolizes softness, sweetness, innocence, youthfulness and tenderness. Soft and kind people.

Aversion to pink: A person who has an aversion to pink may have a challenge with expressingsoft, tender, female side.



Healing properties: Increases intuition and sensitivity. Works disinfecting and antiseptic. Tones the general system. Builds the skin. Relaxes sensations of stress.

Esoteric/magickal: Alterations, intellectual and intuitive insights, technique, inventions, originality, renewal, brotherhood, humanism.

Preference for turquoise: Just like the wide turquoise sea you don't want to feel restricted and you don't immediately bring to the surface what goes on in you; emotions can remain hidden. A color for non-triviality, renewal, innovation and inventions, progressive techniques, alternative ways of living together, humanity.

Aversion to turquoise: A person who has an aversion to turquoise may be looking for solidity and security in society, especially in marriage. Also, may be reluctant to think originally or to walk new paths.



Esoteric/magickal: Elemental earth. The planet-spirit Saturn. Stability, grounding, conservation, protection of household, family and pets, healing animals, finding lost objects, material constructions (buildings etc.), material increase, to make relationships solid, to increase decisiveness and concentration, attracting help in financial crisis.

Preference for brown: An earthly colour for practical people with a preference for natural, tribal and primitive things, solidity and simplicity. Brown can be warm and cosy but also depressing. Family-life persons, stable people, loyal friends.

Aversion to brown: A person who has an aversion to brown may feel an aversion against normal, boring, trivial life; may not feel connected with his roots (home-land, family, etc); may experience instability in health and attitude.



Esoteric/magickal: Neutralizing negative influences, erasing or cancelling situations, causing stalemates

Preference for grey: Very neutral and indifferent, non-expressive. It can be deliberate, but also lifeless, fixed, depressed and apathic. Reserved, cool people; unwilling to expose themselves or to have obligations. Grey can be refined and tactful.

Aversion to grey: A personwho has an aversion to grey may prefers to be straight to the point, no time for political and tactical attitudes. Demands clarity, a knowing where one stands.



Esoteric/magickal: Elemental earth. Deities of the underworld. Repel/banish evil and negativity, protection, banishing, binding, breaking free from bad habits/addictions, deep meditation, opens up deep unconscious levels.

Preference for black: Symbolises seriousness, darkness, depression, death, mourning, mystery, secrecy, occultism, a standing apart from or revolting against triviality, provocation, underground, underworld, things that have to remain hidden, nothingness as the great source of all creation, the need to keep your energy with you. Black is a color for extremes, everything and nothing. People who foremost trust themselves. Black ought to be used sparingly, as too much black is capable of causing depression or aggravate such emotional/mental conditions. Black also increases fear, suspicion and paranoia

Aversion to black: A person who has an aversion to black may have fear for the unknown, or fear for the abuse of power. Desires to become free from all kinds of dependency, blockages, hindrances; to throw off shackles.



Esoteric/magickal: Absolute authority, (self)confidence, creativity, perfection, solar energies, male energy, financial riches, investments, luxury, winning, worldly power, magickal power, overcoming bad habits/addictions.



Esoteric/magickal: Female energy, cycles, rebirth, reincarnation, healing of hormonal imbalances, emotional stability, remove or neutralize negativity, intuition, dreams, psychic abilities and psychic workings.



Esoteric/magickal: Love and passion, for positive relationships in love, friendship and business, career promotions, negotiations.



Visible light consists of twelve major colour energies: Red, Red-Orange, Orange, Yellow-Orange, Yellow, Yellow-Green, Green, Blue-Green, Blue, Blue-Violet, Violet andViolet-Red. Each colour is connected to various areas of our body and will affect us differently emotionally, physically, and mentally. By learning how each colour influences us, we can effectively use colour to transcend energy blockages.

Each colour provokes a different sensation in humans. Some are perceived as cold, others as warm. The colours which oppose each other in the circle are called complementary colours. The history of the use of colour goes back over 5,000 years. Various colour therapies were used by many cultures, including the ancient Egyptians, Ayurvedics, Chinese, Native Americans, and Tibetans. It is interesting to note that in the ancient Chinese medical systems, as well as in modern healing modalities, the twelve major colour wavelengths are directly correlated with the body's twelve meridians or bio-electrical pathways.

Colour Therapy, or Colour Healing, is the therapeautic use of varous forms of colour and light for physical, feeling, and spiritual benefit to the human body. Colour and light therapy involves the application colour in a variety of ways: colored gels with light to penetrate and stimulate the physical body's meridians which corresponds to traditional Asian acupuncture systems as well as accessing and incorporating the axiational lines ; coloured lights applied to areas of the physical body; the use of coloured lenses (prescription and non-prescription eyewear) for a variety of health concerns; the use of the sun; light applied to the eyes ; and the use of crystals or crystal rods with or without an outside light source for penetration of color into the physical body through the auric field, also using the acupuncture systems and axiational lines. Further use of colour is made in the environment through the use of coloured light bulbs, the paints applied to a room, the colour of carpeting and furniture, or through the use of certain coloured clothes, the use of crystals in the environment, sunlight, all of which directly impact the body through the bio magnetic (auric) field

Colour assists the physical body in its natural ability to balance itself and has been used for centuries by practitioners of the healing arts especially in Asia and in the ancient civilizations.. Egyptian priests left manuscripts showing their system of colour science, and Indian and Chinese mystics had knowledge of colour in their secret doctrines.
In 1666, Sir Isaac Newton developed the first valuable theory of colour when he admitted sunlight through a prism. Newton established the presence of seven basic colours in the spectrum. For centuries the healing profession has recognised that colour is a force of immeasurable and infinite power, exerting a tremendous psychological and physiological influence on humans.

In Europe in the late 1800s and early 1900s psychologists working in mental hospitals researched the effect of colour on patients. By utilising different coloured walls and lights it was found that depressive patients put into rooms with red or bright yellow walls, and hyperactive patients put into rooms with blue or green walls, were both calmed by the respective colours.

Black is a colour associated with tragedy and death. Blackfriars Bridge, in London, was a gloomy black structure known for its high rate of suicide. After the bridge was painted green, the suicide rate declined by one third.

The use of colour has numerous applications in industry. Experiments have shown that muscular reaction time is much quicker under the influence of red light than green light, which has application on an assembly line. The colours used on factory walls and machinery affect employee morale, efficiency, absenteeism, and accident rates.
In sports, a locker room painted in colours on the red side of the spectrum is known to stimulate team members. Uniform colours also are capable of influencing a team’s performance: thus, many professional football teams use red or orange as some part of the team colours.

Colour is used extensively in interior design to create a certain feeling or mood, and to influence behaviour. For example, red rooms cause an overestimate of time. This is a particularly effective colour for restaurants that want to make an individual experience she has spent more time there than she actually has. This allows the restaurant to seat more humans in a given time period.

Restaurants and food processors use colour to make food more attractive and appetizing. It has been suggested that consuming naturally coloured foods and beverages is and an excellent way of getting colour into the physical body for the improvement of health.

The condition that led the way to acceptance of some forms of light treatments is called Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D.. This condition occurs most frequently during the long winter months although has also been shown to be present in humans who have been house or hospital confined for long periods. Other occupations, such as pilots, flight attendants, miners, third shift industrial workers, etc., also experience symptoms of light deprivation. Some of these industries have begun to require the employees to sit in full spectrum light rooms for periods of time to avoid symptoms. Some humans have affectionately called this condition "Cabin Fever" and have used it to describe a experience of frustration, confinement, irritation at everything and anything and an inability to concentrate or enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

- Albert Einstein

Most humans delight in a rainbow, sigh at a sunset, luxuriate in the rich colours of homes, clothes, special spaces. Human eyes gravitate towards saturated colour similar to moths to the light. No coincidence, considering the entire spectrum of colours is derived from light. And not any surprise, really, that seeing, wearing or being exposed to colour, whether in the form of light, pigment, or cloth- is capable of affect humans at levels that only now are humans beginning to understand.

Scientifically, it makes clear sense. Colour is simply a form of visible light, of electromagnetic energy.

Let us attempt to explain this. What exactly is light? It is the visible reflection off the particles in the atmosphere. Colour makes up a band of these light wave frequencies from red at 1/33,000th's of an inch wavelength to violet at 1/67,000 of an inch wavelength. Below red lie infrared and radio waves. Above it: the invisible ultraviolet, x-rays, and gamma rays. Most humans understand the impact of ultraviolet and x-rays. For this reason, it would stand to reason that the light that humans are capable of seeing "as colour" would have an immense impact on humans!

How humans "experience" colour is more than psychological. The last decade has proven that lack of colour, or more specifically, light, causes millions of humans to suffer each winter from a mild depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). For the simple reason that the complex way in which exposure to various colours behave via the brain upon the autonomic nervous system, exposure to a specific colour is capable of even altering physiological measurements such as blood pressure, electrical skin resistance and glandular functions in the human body. Also they are most certainly capable of affecting how a human experiences their environment on a day-to-day basis. Learning about color's qualities and putting them to use is capable of enhancing the human spirit, improving the mental and physical your health, and quite ultimately, expand the human consciousness.

Many humans today agree that humans are made up of vibrations and vibrations are colours. Some humans who are sensitive are capable of seeing other humans and even objects giving off or being surrounded by colours. These emanations are known as auras or energy fields. There are also some common misunderstandings associated with particular colours.

For instance, the colour black has often been feared. It has been believed to represent the unknown. Black in the past and even now has had associations of somehow being awful. However if you would choose to look again, you will observe that black has great depth. Many image consultants, colour therapists and healers have a fixed belief system about colour. For example, orange is accepted for autumn, blue for calming, yellow for intellectual openness and mental clarity, white for purity, and purple for power. Colours are not required to be fixed or used only in these ways. Find out what works for you by exploring every colour in the spectrum.

In Occult Meditation, by Alice A. Bailey, the Tibetan says that "..colours are the expressions of force or quality. They hide or veil the abstract qualities of the Logos, which are reflected as virtues or faculties. Therefore, just as the seven colours hide qualities in the Logos, so these virtues demonstrate in the life of the personality and are brought forward objectively through the practice of meditation; thus each life will be seen as corresponding to a colour."

The basic premise of the ancient art of Colour Therapy is that all manifested life is energy, emanating from One Source, to and including all directions, encompassing all possibilities. It is here that humans will begin to perceive just why colour and sound play a very important part in a humans everyday life. Each day human see colours and hear sounds which act upon the physical body. When humans find a colour or ray quality lacking or in excess, the result is capable of being dis-ease, dis-harmony or dis-cord.

The modern interpreter of colour therapy, or chromo therapy, was Dr Edwin Babbitt with his widely known work The Principles of Colour Therapy, printed in 1878. It is interesting to note that Babbitt's diagram of the atom is found in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire by Alice Bailey. The Tibetan illustrates that this energy system is repeated throughout the manifested universe, from the smallest atom up to and including the largest solar system. Here again you will find agreement between exoteric and esoteric scientific theory.

In meditation, you may visualise or 'breathe in' a specific colour for treatment of any conditions previously named. By consistently practising this form of colour therapy, you will achieve the desired result, though the time period may be slightly longer. As humans have experienced through example and experiment all is Energy and that Energy generates a force which is applied either correctly or not.

In the perceived correct apprehension of force and its action upon human physical bodies, humans are capable of truly effecting lasting change within themselve. "Colour is therefore 'that which does conceal'. It is simply the objective medium by means of which the inner force transmits itself; it is the reflection upon matter of the type of influence that is emanating from the Logos, and which has penetrated to the densest part of His solar system. Humans recognise it as colour. The adept knows it as differentiated force, and the initiate of the higher degrees knows it as ultimate light, undifferentiated and undivided." - The Tibetan.

This ancient art is still practical today, and its uses are many and varied.

As John Gage shows in his definitive history Colour and Culture (1995), the way humans see colour is associative rather than empiric, for example, humans perceive of blue as cool, expansive and soothing, even though the blue bit of a gas flame is hotter than the orange. Colour has different meanings in different contexts, although, Gage writes, “there seems to be a universal urge to attribute affective characters to colours”.Practitioners of chromo-therapy were convinced that colour was primarily a question of immediate experiencing rather than intellectual judgement, and that it is capable to have profound psychological and physiological influences. This belief in the powerful corporeal effects of colour influenced avant-garde artists such as Gauguin and Kandinsky, who thought of chromo-therapy as a useful tool in developing a non-representational art, for the reason that it provided the grammar for a supposed universal language of colour.

Nevertheless though chromo-therapy was once an intellectual fashion, its role in the story of modern art is largely forgotten. Where did the idea that colour was capable of healing come from?

In the West, theories of colour evolved out of alchemy and medicine; colour was, therefore, intimately bound up with the therapeutic. The first colour circles were urine charts used by physicians to identify an imbalance of the four humours. A fifteenth-century example, from an anonymous Treatise on Urine, shows a radial pattern of twenty vials in various hues, running from clear (indicative of a phlegmatic temperament) to black (melancholic) through a series of yellow ochres (choleric) and blood reds (sanguine). Potions and herbs were often chosen by physicians on the basis that their colour opposed and would therefore harmonise any humoural lopsidedness.

The New Rainbow Colours

The hertz vibration of the planet Earth is rising, as well as everything on, in and around it. Humans are now capable of perceiving new colours that humans have not been capable of seeing with their eyes before. One might choose to notice the light as it reflects off the bark and leaves of trees and the soil. One might also choose to notice the colour of the sky. Colours are becoming richer, deeper, and many new colours that have not been viewed by most humans are making themselves available to conscious human perception.

What are these colours and what do they mean?

Some of these are the in-between colours or the paler colours of the rainbow spectrum and they offer humans a deeper understanding of themselves.


Characteristicsof theNewRainbowColours





The new colours are really not so new. They are the "in between"colours andthe paler colours of the rainbow palette.


PALE TURQUOISE is a bridge from outside of humans to the inside, knocks on the door to the lifestream, opens inward to the human connection with Sourset, the human soul and the human personality. PALE TURQUOISE takes humans from focusing on their external lives and reveals to them that they have an inner life, a life just as mysterious and rich with discovery and potential as their outer life.

PALE TURQUOISE is the more intense form of TURQUOISE resonates at the Higher Heart Chakra located at the thymus gland.


LIGHT GREEN arouses heightened awareness of human finer nature, human pure integrity, generosity, attuning to human integrity on the outside.LIGHT GREENtakeshumans deeper within themselves showing humans the perfection and light that humans have always been at their core and always will be. Humans discover that Humans are perfect just the way humans are!

LIGHT GREEN is the more intense form of GREEN, whichresonates at the Heart Chakra.



DEEP MAGENTA stirs the human lifestream. It is an invitation to look at the shadow side of yourselves. It is the shadow/dark side of yourselves that exists within humans, although which most humans choose not to see. It represents the unconscious and subconscious within humans. It is where the light does not seem to exist, however in fact, light does exist in the dark. Humans just choose not to notice it. Question: How would humans recognise the dark without the light? DEEP MAGENTA lives in the void, the bardo state between death and life.

DEEP MAGENTA is a more intense form of MAGENTA, which resonates at the Transpersonal or Soul Star Chakra


CRIMSON/WINE/DEEP RED/MAROON is pure humanity, ressonating your inner programme, the crystallisation of the inner self, attuning to the integrity on the inside, human inner sense of purpose. CRIMSON/WINE/DEEP RED/MAROON shows humans the holograhic nature of all life, that humans are a piece of the cloth of Creation and therefore all life everywhere is made of the same substance. CRIMSON/WINE/DEEP RED/MAROON is the colour of the Earth Star Chakra below the feet, where humans deeply connect and are grounded deep into the Earth. It is where Mother Gaia feeds humans life force energy.

CRIMSON/WINE/DEEP RED/MAROON is a more intense form of RED, which resonates at the Root or Base Chakra. WINE/DEEP RED/MAROON assists to keep human's boundaries by protecting one from psychic and physical attack.


ROSE PEACH/CORAL is the Lifestream resonating within each human. It is considered to be the human angelic quality, the loving clear space within, human Lifestream pure. ROSE PEACH/CORAL is the freedom and flight of human inner spirit, attuning with Source and meeting the Light. ROSE PEACH/CORAL reminds humans that the only thing that is important is just to be who humans are and that that is enough. ROSE PEACH/CORAL resonates at the Sacral and Transpersonal or Soul Star Chakras.


GOLD is the the ancient wisdom lying deep within the lifestream, an eternal seed planted aeons ago, ready in this point to sprout once again and usher forth the knowledge of the ancients. GOLD resonates at the Naval, Crown and the higher Chakras above the Crown.


ROSE/PINKis softness, gentleness, motherly unconditional love. It represents self-acceptance, self-love, self-forgiveness and non-judgement. It is capable of also denoting romantic love. ROSE/PINKis the happiness and joy from loving and being loved. ROSE/PINKresonates at the Root or Base and Heart Chakras.

All life on the planet earth depends on light from the Sun, the source of life and energy. Light is the masculine or positive force in nature, colour is the feminine or negative force. Colour is defined as light moving at varying vibrational rates. The brain interprets these various light wave frequencies as colour. Each major organ correlates bio-energetically to a specific colour.

Each colour has intelligence and polarity, knows its functional role and works selectively. Colour is a vibratory energy that is capable of activating a particular organ, gland and system in the physical body. Colour is capable of assisting to restore balance when a blockage or imbalance of this energy has resulted in dis-ease.

The use of colour is capable of assisting to restore vitality to the etheric body through the projection of specific color rays, which are then absorbed by the chakra centres. The pituitary gland transforms these colors into revitalizing energies to rebuild the centres that are lacking in energy. Colour healing shows humans how to make light work for humans. The use of colour is one of the many natural tools available to assist humans walk in balance with Nature.

Colour healing is not only a physical, however also a spiritual force and thus forms a link between human physical bodies and the forces of vibrational energies, higher levels of consciousness and spiritual growth. Colour is the bridge between human inner and outer bodies. The vibrations of colour are energies of Life-Force itself and are here to support humans in human growth and progress toward the oneness which is every humans ultimate purpose.

In his influential Theory of Colours (1810), Goethe developed this relationship between colour and Hippocratic medicine. He and his friend, the Romantic philosopher Friedrich Schiller, also visualised colour relationships in a circle – which they called a “Temperamental Rose” – although they adapted the entire spectrum (not just those shades relevant to the medical diagnosis of bodily fluids) to the four humours. Green and yellow represented the active, sanguine character, exemplified by bon vivants, lovers and poets. Purple and blue-red characterised the passive and melancholic type – monarchs, scholars and philosophers. However, for Goethe, colours were not just arbitrary symbols of these bodily states, they were also capable producing them. “Every colour,” he alleged, “produces a corresponding influence on the mind.”

Goethe attempted to prove that colour had a direct, rather than mediated, effect on human feelings by tinting his laboratory windows alternately yellow, red, green and blue. He concluded that “the eye was capable of being in some degree pathologically affected by being long confined to a single colour; that, again, definite moral impressions were thus produced… sometimes lively and aspiring [yellow], sometimes soft and yearning [blue], sometimes uplifted to the noble [red], sometimes dragged down to the base [green]”.

His own house was decorated according to this scheme. Unpopular guests did not ever make it past the “Juno room”, which was painted a “gloomy and melancholy” blue so that they would not be tempted to stay long. The lucky ones who had dinner invitations were led into the warmth of his yellow dining room: “The eye is glad-dened,” he hoped, “the heart expanded and cheered, a glow seems at once to breathe towards us.” He preferred to work in a green garden room as he found the neutral admixture of yellow and blue to be peaceful and soothing.

Following Goethe, physicians began using colour not just as an aid to diagnosis, however as a cure in itself. The French psychologist Charles Féré, who worked under Charcot at the famous Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, was convinced of its psychological therapeutic properties. He began experimenting with coloured light on hysterics in the 1880s, glazing asylum cells with blue or violet glass to create calming and curative effects. Féré thought of coloured light as different waves or vibrations of radiant energy that was capable of being sensed not just by the eyes, although all over the skin in a form of cutaneous vision. In 1887 CE he set up a device, invented by Etienne-Jules Marey, who pioneered the photography of serial motion, to test this peculiar theory. It was a primitive oscillograph which measured the contractions of the hand and forearm under the influence of various coloured lights, definitively proving, Féré thought, that red had the most exciting effect and violet the most calming.

Other physicians had already followed Goethe’s lead. Dr Ponza, Féré wrote excitedly, “has announced happy effects from red light in melancholics and blue light in maniacs”, and Dr Davies, of the County Lunatic Asylum in Kent, “has obtained four cures of maniacs by the same treatment, however has not obtained any results in melancholics”. (However, Féré admitted, “the experiments of M Taguet had a perceived negative result in all cases”.) Colour treatment soon became fashionable. The illustrations in Seth Pancoast’s Blue and Red Light: or, Light and its Rays as Medicine (1877 CE) show a well-dressed woman sprawled languidly on a couch as she bathes in coloured light. One contemporary writer dubbed the resulting craze the “blue glass mania” and offered the following prescription: “Blue glass one part; faith, ten parts; mix thoroughly and stir well until all the common sense evaporates, as the presence of a minute quantity will spoil the mixture.”

However, apparently lacking in common sense, the research conducted by scientists and physicians into the psychological power of colour inevitably influenced artists, who found in this work an affirmation of the moral significance and physiologic impact of their medium. Paul Gauguin’s use of bold, flat planes of non-representational colour, as seen in Faa Iheihe (1898), was directly inspired by chromo-therapy. “Since colour,” he wrote in his diary, “is in itself enigmatic in the sensations which it gives us (note: medical experiments made to cure madness by means of colours) we cannot logically employ it except enigmatically… to give musical sensations which spring from it, from its peculiar nature, from its inner power, its mystery, its enigma.”

Kandinsky, who had been impressed by Gauguin’s forceful use of brilliant colour when he saw his paintings in Paris in 1902, came across chomo-therapy when he read Arthur Osborne Eaves’s The Power of Colours (1906). “Colour directly influences the soul,” Kandinsky wrote in Concerning the Spiritual in Art (1912). “Anyone who has heard of colour therapy knows that coloured light can have a particular effect upon the entire body. Various attempts to exploit this power of colour and apply it to nervous disorders have again noted that red light has an enlivening and stimulating effect upon the heart, while blue, on the other hand, can lead to temporary paralysis.”

That same year, the Swiss psychologist Dr Max Lüscher developed a colour test which consisted of a human sorting 73 colour patches into an order of preference (an abbreviated test of eight cards was also used), and claimed to be able to judge personality from the results. He even believed that “it is sometimes possible to deduce personality characteristics of a painter when great emphasis is placed on one or two colours, for example, Gauguin’s obsession with yellow in his later paintings”. His ideas served to boost interest in chromo-therapy, reviving a fashion just as the FDA was recalling all of Ghadiali’s devices. Lüscher was influenced by both Goethe’s theory of colour and Kandinsky’s neo-Romanticism and thought his test worked as “an early warning system for stress ailments, ie cardiac malfunction, cerebral attack or dis-orders of the gastro-intestinal tract”. He was convinced colour had fixed primal associations that took humans back to an ancient fear of the dark, to hunting and self-preservation. “The test is a ‘deep’ psychological test,” Lüscher asserted, insisting on its scientific veracity, “developed for the use of psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians… It is not a parlour game.”

His theories were taken up not only by psychiatrists and therapists, however by the advertising and marketing industries, where they had a wider and more long lasting influence. For example, Lüscher advised that sugar “shouldn’t” be sold in a green package, as the colour is associated with astringence, whereas blue was associative of sweetness. In the 1960s, the American scientist Alexander Schauss read Lüscher’s musings on colour psychology, packaging and décor and began his own research into the physiological effects of colour. He thought he had discovered a colour with a profoundly calming effect and was keen to put it to use. Beginning in 1979 CE, he persuaded a number of American prisons to paint their cells a camp, however supposedly pacifying shade. If only he had done so in time for Ghadiali’s confinement, the Bombay colour theorist might have found himself in a cell painted a bright Indian pink

Different Colours Describe Happiness vs. Depression Live Science –

February 9, 2010


Are you in a gray mood today? How about a blue funk? Maybe you are seeing red, for the reason that you are green with jealousy. The colours humans use to describe emotions may be more useful than humans think, according to new research.

The study found that humans with depression or anxiety were more likely to associate their mood with the colour gray, while happier humans preferred yellow. The results, which are detailed today in the journal BMC Medical Research Methodology, is capable of assisting physicians gauge the moods of children and other patients who have trouble communicating verbally.

"This is a way of measuring anxiety and depression which gets away from the use of language," study co-author and gastroenterologist Peter Whorwell of University Hospital South Manchester told LiveScience. "What is very interesting is that this might actually be a better way of capturing the patient's mood than questions."

“Colours are often used as metaphors for moods, however no one had systematically researched colour associations”, Whorwell said. To investigate, he and his colleagues picked eight colours red, orange, green, purple, blue, yellow, pink and brown and split each into four shades. They then added white, black and four shades of gray for a total of 38 options. After meeting with focus groups, the researchers decided to display the colours in the form of a wheel.

Next, they recruited 105 healthy adults, 110 anxious adults and 108 depressed adults and mailed them printouts of the colour wheel. Each human was asked to pick their favourite colour, as well as the colour they were most "drawn to." Finally, they were asked to pick a colour that described their day-to-day mood over the last several months. Another group of 204 healthy volunteers classified each colour as positive, negative or neutral.

Whether depressed, anxious or healthy, humans enjoyed blue and yellow. Blue 28 on the colour wheel was the most popular favourite colour among healthy people, while Blue 27 (which is a little darker than 28) got first place among humans with anxiety and depression. Meanwhile, Yellow 14 was picked as the colour most likely to catch the eye.

However when it came to mood, the groups diverged. Only 39 percent of healthy humans associated their mood with a colour at all. Of those who did, Yellow 14 was the most popular choice, with about 20 percent of the votes. Meanwhile, about 30 percent of humans with anxiety picked a shade of gray, as did more than half of depressed volunteers. In comparison, healthy volunteers described their mood with a shade of gray only about 10 percent of the time.

The researchers also found that when assigning a mood to colours, saturation matters.

"A light blue is not associated with a poor mood, however a dark blue is," Whorwell said. "The shade of colour is more important than the colour itself."

Whorwell is now testing the wheel on patients with irritable bowel syndrome. He is hoping that colour choices are capable of revealing patients' attitudes and predict how well they will respond to treatments similar to hypnosis. For the reason that humans are embarrassed by gastroenterogical symptoms, Whorewell said, non-verbal methods of getting information are sometimes preferable to conversation. And, he said, with additional research, the wheel is capable of being used in medical fields from pediatrics to surgery.

The Chakra System

Chakras are electrical energy centres which are created by the endocrine glands and the nerve centres in the physical body. The word Chakra comes from the Sanskrit language meaning a revolving wheel or vortex of energy. These spiraling vortices of life energy consist of two electrical currents. The ida and pingala energies rise up through each leg and criss-cross each other up through the physical body. Where these currents cross, the seven major Chakras are found. This energy flows from each Chakra, through the physical body and circles back along the electrical pathways of the acupuncture meridians.

On the physical level each Chakra is connected to: a nerve centre, one of the seven senses, and one of the seven endocrine glands. The seven colours and the seven major musical notes also vibrate with the Chakras. The lower Chakras correspond to the physical elements. The three higher Chakras correspond to the non-physical elements.

This etheric light body of energy is much like an electronic grid map surrounding the physical body. Its function is to receive and then transmit this energy and information directly into various energy centres throughout the physical body, which in turn activates flow through the acupuncture meridans to stimulate every organ and structure in the physical body. This is why any physical dis-ease humans experience will manifest in our auric field first.

Chakras reflect human consciousness. Vitalising these energy centres will bring about a more radiant well-being, heightened mental awareness and an unfolding awakening to the Universe.

When imbalances have occurred, it is then that humans may use colour therapy or sound therapy as tools to assist rebalance and restore themselves. Colour therapy is very simple. It works on the same principle as tuning in to a television frequency. Each chakra has a specific wavelength and vibrational rate, and governs a specific area of the physical body. By working with the suitable colour and or sound frequency whose wavelength corresponds to the chakra requireing assistance, the weakened wavelength is reinforced. This will assist to set in motion the regenerative and healing process of that chakra or related physical body cell. This brings the physical body 's energy fields into balance.

Chakra Table




Body Parts





Soul Star



12" above head



Golden 'C'

all delicate flower oils
all root oils







clear quartz
rutilated quartz
any clear crystal

St. John's Wort



(to perceive)




lapis lazuli

clary sage







blue lace agate
blue topaz

blue chamomile






G flat

gem silica

rose geranium







green tourmaline
green apophyllite
rose quartz
pink tourmaline


Solar Plexus


(lustrous jewel)

solar plexus
digestive system
gall bladder



yellow calcite








red jasper

rose geranium




pubic bone
legs & feet



black tourmaline
smokey quartz

St. John's Wort
all root oils


Deep Red


6" below feet
into the Earth



petrified wood

all root oils
all delicate flower oils


The point to remember concerning colourtherapy is that complete healing generally comes about through some type of internal transformation. Heal the human mind and the physical body will, surely, follow suit.


Please be aware that regardless of your personal beliefs that no complementary therapy ought to be considered as an alternative to professional medical advice where it is necessary. There are no properly qualified complementary therapists that would suggest this. Neither would they suggest that you discontinue taking your prescribed medication etc. If you are taking medication you ought to consult the prescribing professional before you discontinue taking it.


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not numerical

Error: Cache not writable.

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