Friday, July 1, 2011

What's The Best Color For You? Color Therapy And Color Meanings


I hope you have enjoyed the posts on essential fats; today I am going to share with you Color Therapy, How it can help and the meanings of color.....Color is all around us and knowing how to work it to our advantage is a natural right that we humans have been gifted with. So sit back enjoy your morning/evening beverage and enjoy learning all about the uses of color.


What Is Color Therapy?

Working with color as a form of energy therapy has been used by many different cultures. The belief is that as color affects the energy in an environment, we, in turn, respond consciously or subconsciously to those surroundings. Colors can calm, excite, soothe or energize a room; the clothes we wear and foods we eat also affect us on a vibrational level.

The eyes are the primary sense organs that allow sunlight and color to enter the body, but color therapy is based upon the premise that we also take in color through our skin and in the air that we breathe. Light and color not only affect our environment, but also ourselves.

Science Behind Color Therapy

The universe is a giant magnetic field, which is full of positive and negative charges, vibrating and producing what are known as "electromagnetic waves" or wavelengths of energy.

These wavelengths are all around us and make up the electromagnetic spectrum. These waves can be visible or invisible, with the visible spectrum including sunlight and color rays, although we are only able to see about 40% of the colors in sunlight. Invisible rays include infrared, radio waves, microwaves and gamma rays.

Therapeutic Effects

Light waves affect us every moment of our lives, as they penetrate our bodies whether we are asleep or awake, sighted or blind. Each color wavelength carries different therapeutic qualities and has an indirect effect on the health of our internal organs and various body systems.

Guide To Colors And Their Therapeutic Actions

Red~Red is the color with the slowest rate of vibration and the longest wavelength. Known to be able to raise blood pressure, red can strengthen and stimulate the body. Our blood contains red blood corpuscles, which provide nourishment to our organs.

Tip: If you feel very tired, wear a red sweater and consciously breathe its energy into your body.

Orange~The color orange has an energizing feel, promoting confidence and well-being. A wonderful antidepressant, it encourages creativity and passion, and has beneficial effects on digestive and reproductive systems.

Tip: If you are feeling nervous before an important meeting, hug an orange cushion or pillow and absorb its positive energy.

Yellow~Yellow is an energizing and uplifting color that encourages positivity and inner power. It strengthens the nervous and digestive systems, calming butterflies in the stomach or stress-related tension in the abdominal area.

Tip: If you tend to rush your food or eat snacks often, buy yellow plates and see if your habits become healthier.

Green~This is the color of nature, which can reconnect us to planet Earth, our home. We instinctively lean toward green when in need of balance or harmony, which explains the popularity of gardening. Green is also good for the heart as it aids relaxation.

Tip: If stressed, place your hands on either side of a plant and breathe in its color and vitality.

Magenta~Magenta uplifts the spirits and keeps us from feeling despondent or frustrated about our lives. Used in excess, it can be almost too relaxing, so use with care if you have an introverted personality or tend toward depression.

Tip: If facing challenges at work or home and you need to switch off, wrap up in a magenta towel after a long soak in the bath.

Purple~Shades of purple have been used to help calm people with nervous or mental imbalances. Purple is a color of transformation at a deep level. A very spiritual color, it is traditionally worn by the clergy and denotes spiritual peace and awareness.

Tip: To calm you, place a piece of purple velvet across your brow and relax to soft music.

Blue~The color blue is cool and calming, inspiring mental clarity and inner peace. It gives us a sense of security and has been shown to lower blood pressure by calming the autonomic nervous system. Deep blue is also able to stimulate the pituitary gland.

Tips: To refresh and relax yourself, sit and focus on the blue of the sky while breathing deeply.

Turquoise~This vivid green-blue color, typical of a tropical ocean, is invigorating and calming. The spiritual stone of the Native Americans and ancient Aztecs, turquoise symbolizes truth and aids communication on all levels.

Tip: Create a collage of photos of tropical seas. Look at it while relaxing in the bath and try to imagine being there.

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