Color is a part of our life… and our language. People are said to be ‘green with envy’, ‘see red’ when they’re angry or are ‘in the red’ if in debt, and ‘in the black’ when they’re not. And some of our all time favorite musicians ‘sing the blues’.
Colors are not only a part of our language, they can also create very real physical reactions. Red has been known to raise blood pressure whereas blue has been know to calm. This is why color healing is effective. Colors can bring balance to your physical and emotional bodies. What colors do you predominately wear? Which ones do you avoid? What colors are predominant in your home?
Determine what different colors mean to you.
Go through a list of colors in your mind and ask yourself what you think of them and how they make you feel? Sometimes we like a primary color but don’t always care for the various hues. We may like bright colors but not pastels. Choose a color to experiment with. For example, if you’ve been feeling stressed, try blue. If you’ve been tired or bored, try orange. If you’re in the process of studying for an exam, try yellow, and so on.
Here are a couple simple experiments.
Dress is a particular color for the day. Hang a painting or poster on the wall in front of your bed with the predominant color you want to experiment with so it’s the first thing you see when you wake up and the last thing you see as you’re falling asleep. You can even use a sheet of colored poster board. See also Chakra Healing for more ideas on how you can experiment with color healing.
Keep a journal of what color you experiment with and the results. Besides paying attention to how you feel, watch for any changes in your behavior. Notice if you have more or less patience. Have you been more argumentative, or have you been calm and free of stress? Do you have more energy? Once you know the effect various colors have on you, you can make choices in life accordingly. Choices like what color to paint your home or office, what colors to wear on any given day, etc.
When light (energy) hits an object (anything in our world such as trees, flowers and so on), the object absorbs some of the light but reflects the rest of it back out. What is not absorbed is determined by what the object is made of and its wavelength. The result is the color the object then appears to be.
Each of us perceives an object’s color with the millions of cone photoreceptors in our eyes. Most of these cones respond to red light, some to green and a smaller number of them to blue – our three “primary colors.” Various combi-nations of these and others then create a multitude of colors. A small percentage of people, primarily women, have not just three cone receptors like most of us, but four, and are able to see many more color hues. Rod photoreceptors are used more at nighttime and they respond differently than cones, so an object’s color may be perceived somewhat differently than it would be in the daylight.
So if you ever find yourself in disagreement with someone about the color of perhaps a new dress, or a bouquet of flowers, keep in mind the other person may literally not be seeing the exact same color as you. This is fascinating stuff, but having a somewhat basic scientific understanding of it all still doesn’t leave me any less in awe of the beautiful colors of our world!