Currently I am considering how you might use colour as a healing therapy in a manner which is contemporary, rational and relevant to the alternative therapy fearing crowd. Interestingly, one of the places from which I work, The Yeleni Centre has each room decorated in specific colours to represent specific chakra’s.
Colour is more than just a visual experience; it influences our mood and behaviour. Established research into theories relating to colour and psychology suggest each colour tone has specific effects that influence us on all levels; mental, emotional and physical.
‘Colour exists only in the brain and not in the world around us. The green of a leaf or the red of a tulip are created by what happens behind our eyes rather than in front of them.’* if this is so, it reinforces the personal experience that we all have in relation to our individual experience of colour.
Simply seeing a specific colour can conjure up specific emotions and feelings in our brain. When we see colours, our brain is interpreting unconscious messages in a language that we understand as the language of emotions whilst drawing on known experience: ‘I know the sky is blue because I have been educated to know.’ How can this helps us to understand the benefits of using colour consciously to best effect?
Colour wavelengths: frequencies and energy
Colour comes from light. Sunlight of course is the main source that that we are all familiar with. Scientifically, to physically see the colours from white light, we need to use a prism. Isaac Newton observed that when a beam of monochromatic light falls on a prism, part of the light gets reflected whereas some part of it passes through the prism and a band of spectral colours emerges from it. From this, Newton speculated that light was made up of particles of different colours and that these particles move with different speeds in different media; their speed depending on the density of the medium. Red light was found to move faster than violet light in glass medium. The measurement of this movement is shown as differences in wavelengths. Science acknowledges that colour has a frequency, in the alternative space, is this energy?
So we can experience the energy from a colour, just as we can experience the energy from sound. Both have a frequency. The sensation we experience when looking at the perfect blue sky, is that the energy from the colour frequency? Stoking the cat makes you relax? Let’s look at a cats purr for example:
Info graphic by Gemma.
So if we know that a cats purr is therapeutic due to its frequencies, does it follow that colour when used at specific frequencies is therapeutic too?
Visiting Stonehenge recently, the audio tour discussed how we have moved from an acceptance of the spiritual into demanding scientifically proven ‘fact.’ Many deride alternative therapy’s as unproven bunkum and the debate grows ever louder between the ‘believers’ and the ‘non-believer’, placebo v cure.
For me, I believe without a doubt colour has a physical bearing in our lives. But how to use that in a theraputic, acceptable way to bring maximum benefit to more that just the believers of the alternative is my interest today.
*Impulse, by Dr David Lewis, Director of Mindlab International