Colour therapy can help us all to achieve wholeness and good health.Often colour therapy is confused with colour psychology, yet they are quite different. Colour therapy is focused on healing, well-being and health, whereas colour psychology is focused on how colour affects in all areas of life, personal and corporate. A fuller explanation is found on the About page.
First let us understand and look at where colour comes from it will then be easier to see how colour therapy helps us all.
Colour rays come from natural daylight,we refer to natural light as the energy or coloured rays or full spectrum white light, the many wave bands of light that make up full spectrum light are perceived as the spectral colours.
We receive colour through our eyes and skin, if we go blind the body adapts and receives the colour rays through the skin only. The sensors known as rods are sensitive to low levels of light, while those known as cones require a greater intensity of light. Cones are sensitive to colour they create a much sharper image than rods.
The area in the centre of the eye has the highest percentage of cones and these produce sharp images, whilst the rest of the retina contains mainly rods. The retina, optic nerve and brain forms a whole system called the eye brain.
Imagine that you are looking at a coloured blue beach ball, the 'invisible' full spectrum light shines on the ball. The surface of the blue ball absorbs the full spectrum rays, except those corresponding to blue. The colour blue is then reflected to the human eye and a message is sent to the brain.
The spectral colours we know as red, orange, yellow, green, sky blue, indigo and violet. In colour therapy these are the main colours used. Each of these colours has its own wavelength and energy level.It was Newton who scientifically verified the existence of colour within natural daylight. He passed light through a prism which split the natural white ray of light into 7 colours, the spectral colours.
Yet it can be argued the ancients were fully aware, and the first to discover this,as the use of quartz crystals to split the light into the seven colours for healing is well documented.
We see the spectral colours naturally in a rainbow where droplets of water act like a prism by splitting the white ray into the 7 coloured rays of the spectrum.
Newtons studies were purely scientific his work on colour moved the focus away from the esoteric aspects that has previously been explored, researched and documented for many many years by the ancient Arab, Babylonian, Persian, Greek and Egyptian mystery schools.
Light, and in turn colour, are electromagnetic waves that move at different speeds. Red has a slow long wavelength, violet at the other end of the visible spectrum has a shorter and faster wavelength.Infra red and radio waves are present at the red end of the spectrum but are invisible to the eye as are ultra violet and gamma waves at the violet end. Colour therapy works with the visible spectrum and colour therapy is used for healing of self and others.
Red owns the longest wavelength, the lowest frequency and working up the colour scale violet has the shortest wavelength and highest frequency. Practitioners of colour therapy by the therapeutic use of colour can re-balance and re-harmonise the body bringing about well being, upliftment of mood and better health using proven colour therapy methods.
Historically colour has influenced man from ancient times, early civilisations used colour for ceremony, healing, religious purposes and rights of passage. It is believed that colour therapy healing dates back to pre Atlantean times.
We know ancient Arabs, Greeks and Egyptians used colour in many and diverse ways for colour therapy healing, coloured temples were used as treatment centres and coloured crystals and herbs were ground together and taken internally as powders or drinks. Colour therapy healing has played its part successfullly in all cultures. In modern times colour therapy takes it's rightful place in the complementary arena, accepted as an effective colour healing method.Colour therapy is well known and used more widely today than ever.The attraction of colour therapy to many,is colour therapy can be used by the individual to help themselves.
Coloured silks come in a set of 10 silks as a set, see products. They are individually laid on specific and appropriate parts of the body to cover the chakra points as part of a colour therapy treatment. The chakra points are used in colour therapy silk healing. Do remember, never overlap the silks or you will be creating another colour. The colours are used on the body, see the Colour Therapy A-Z book for full instructions and diagrams on how to give a colour therapy treatment.
The colour therapy treatment/massage June created and has taught for many years is explained fully, a wonderful colour therapy treatment to give and to receive.
Coloured crystals are sometimes used to lay on and beside the body. Coloured Lights (theatre lights are used, theatre light providers/manufacturers will assist) used with coloured glass inserts from the same supplier, not the acetates/plastic coloured filters. Used to beam colours onto the appropriate chakra points - please note: coloured lights are powerful, therefore only to be used by qualified colour therapists. Spine charts and dowsing methods, with aromatherapy oils to massage the feet and hands during a colour therapy treatment or as perfume in the room as an added beneficial part of a treatment.
Through out history and in many religions one cannot miss the continuous thread running through, light and the sun is of utmost importance to so many over the globe and as far back as records began.
The sun is worshipped and seen by many as the Divine Power.The sun's rays lift our spirits, make us feel healthier and full of energy.Anywhere there is energy there is light, sunlight. Sunlight fights bacteria and acts as a natural sterilizer.
From ancient text we learn sunlight is used as an effective healing method. Throughout history many have promoted the benefits of sunlight for health.
The great sanitorium of Hippocrates on the island of Cos had a large solarium for the use of the sun, he spoke widely of the therapeutic benefits and drying action of sunlight.Herodotus gave extensive instructions for sun bathing for health,to strengthen muscle and nerves.Philostratus confirmed Olympian athletes were required to take sun baths.
The Nobel Prize went to Niels Finsen for being the first person to successfully treat skin TB with ultra violet light. Auguste Rollier was devoted to curing TB with sunlight. Sadly in the late 1930's penicillin, the first antibiotic, was discovered and embraced as a new cure alas sunlight therapy was forgotten, ......till now.
A resurgence of the benefits of sunlight is birthing once more for the benefit of us all. With the decline in the effectiveness of antibiotics we may need to relook at the past and at proven ways of fighting infection and bacteria.
An outbreak of MRSA could only be brought under control by irradiation of the blood by UV light, a substitute for the sun. We need to get outside every day in the fresh air and sunshine.
Today so much is said about the dangers of sunlight while playing down the beneficial aspects The sun's rays are healing. Taken sensibly sunlight is so good for us.
Since ancient times records have confirmed the association of colour to the chakras and energy body, interestingly the 7 colours have stayed uniform.Red through to violet. Think of yourself as a prism, you need sunlight on your skin for good health and to boost your energy centres/chakras. Try to get outside every day for at least an hour and expose your skin to sunlight.
The human body is the visible aspect of self with an energy system that is mostly invisible to the eye. The energy that sustains our physical body is an electro-nagnetic field that has been scientifically proven to exist. One of the first, Semyon and Valentina Kirlian photographed the energy field around humans and objects, capturing on film the electromagnetic field.
The energy that sustains the electromagnetic field is provided by the cosmic energy that is everywhere. The field of energy surrounding the body is known as the aura or subtle body. Within the aura, centres of coloured light are found, there are 7 major energy centres/chakras within the aura with smaller ones on the shoulders, arms, hands, legs and feet.
Chakra is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning 'wheel' or 'disc',it is also a metaphor for the sun & symbolises the eternal cycles of time 'Kalacakra'.Each chakra corresponds to a different colour of the spectrum and to each organ and area of the physical body. They work to supply the energy to balance the physical,emotional,mental and spiritual bodies.
The chakras are like batteries, boosted/topped up daily by sunlight/natural day light and are responsible for nourishing every area of the body with life sustaining properties and coloured energy for health and well being.