The soothing green grass, the serene orange sun, the comforting brown mud, the calming blue sky and the crackling yellow leaves–colours elicit a myriad of reactions in humans. Well, they don’t just soothe, there’s more.
The ancient Greeks and Egyptians believed in the healing properties of various colours. Today, colour therapy has become an alternative healing method. It is said that the seven main colours resonate with the seven chakras of the body, affecting the physical, psychological and spiritual health of every human being and form the base of the art of colour therapy.
In an interesting conversation with Soulveda, colour therapist Alison Standish talks about the unique art of reading colours and how they affect us.
How do colours contribute to wellbeing and happiness?
In countries like the UK, when the sun shines yellow and blue skies are above, people feel better in general and there is a positive vibe around them.
Colour is basically light divided into different frequencies. When refracted against objects, each colour has its own unique frequency. We react differently to each of these frequencies. The warm end of the spectrum is red, orange and yellow, which give us the feeling of joy, creativity and energy. Red stimulates us and increases blood pressure. Yellow affects the mind and helps us concentrate. Green is the colour of nature and helps us breathe and expand our lungs. Blue cools us, calms us down and lowers our blood pressure. Indigo and purple help us meditate and sleep.
All colours together give our bodies the ability to be balanced. This harmony leads to happiness.
Would you say colour therapy has spiritual significance?
Colour therapy corresponds to the chakras in the body system–energy points that allow us to filter information through our electromagnetic fields into our body and out again. Each colour represents a chakra and has an effect on our senses, mind, body and spirit.
We only have to look at traditions in various cultures to know that colour has an impact on our spiritual being. We see its vivid presence in all religions. The blue of Vishnu, the preserver, signifies that blue is excellent for healing and protecting. In Christianity, there is a great deal of purple and gold–two colours that connect our crown to the source of all. I believe that colour is a tool that brings us closer to the Divine, as it is pure energy.
I love colour and all its amazing qualities. It is free and everywhere.