As an Artist and a former hairdresser I know how important color is* (I completed a Color Me Beautiful in-house (Salon) workshop when I worked for Town & Country Hair & Body and have worked with Chakra balancing from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health Polarity Therapy training for over 25 years.
What is ColorTherapy?
Color therapy (also known as Cromotherapy) is a gentle non invasive complementary therapy that can be used to help a wide variety of health issues.
Practitioners believe that color can be used to correct energy imbalances which are the cause of disease. Different colors have different effects.
Color practitioners can use a variety of techniques/methods using color. These can include:
*Directing color / light on to different parts of the body (helps in the healing process)
~Use of color on acupuncture points
*Using color with chakras (helps rebalance and recenter)
*Colour breathing/Color visualization
~Use of color essences on the skin
*Colored foods (this is part of my Macrobiotic training in preparing meals)
*Advice on wearing certain colors (Color Me Beautiful background)
Some other tools used in color therapy can include gemstones, candles, wands, prisms, colored fabrics, bath treatments, and colored eye wear.
Color Therapy is a complementary therapy, dating back thousands of years to the ancient cultures of Egypt, China and India. Light has varying wavelengths, and each color has its own particular wavelength and energy. Every cell in the body needs light - color energy has widespread effects on the whole body. Color affects us on all levels. Color is absorbed by the eyes, skin, skull our ‘magnetic energy field’ or aura and our physical, spiritual and emotional selves.
COOL BLUE: People with a high level of Cool Blue energy live their lives according to the principles, facts and logic they find in reality. They like to analyze all of the possibilities to make sure that they don't make an uninformed decision. They are planners and organizers, with the ability to work out tasks systematically from start to finish.
As a result of their thoroughness, they are often reluctant to make or express decisions quickly. Facts, logic and principles can appear more important than friendships or personal gratification. They may be seen as detached or even distant at times.
EARTH GREEN: People with a high level of Earth Green energy are especially concerned with feelings and relationships. Their concern for other people's well-being can often bring warmth to a situation. They are sensitive to the values behind people's actions and are often able to remain calm and patient even in very stressful circumstances.
SUNSHINE YELLOW: People with a high level of Sunshine Yellow energy spend their efforts racing toward their dreams of the future. They move from one idea or activity to another, building the possibilities of tomorrow. Their behavior can be fun, and others can get caught up in it. Because they focus their attention on futures and often intuitive visions, they may be perceived by others as more imaginative and creative than the other colors.
They may become completely committed to an idea and then discard it soon if it loses its excitement. They may therefore appear to others as shallow, impractical and unrealistic in difficult times. Their optimism can mean that they will be prone to denial at times.
FIERY RED: People with a high level of Fiery Red energy know what they want and have little difficulty in stating their conclusions. Concerned primarily with action, they deal quickly with the present situation and appear to have little concern for the past. Their responses are efficient
Potential Negative characteristics of the 4 Colors
People with a lot of Cool Blue energy have a strong need to understand and question. This can lead to a tendency to over-analyze and become overloaded with information.
Avoidance of confrontation can lead to feelings and resentments being bottled up.
They may read too much between the lines and foresee the worst possible outcome of situations.
Developing effective traits
Learning not to expect perfection from themselves and others
Expressing themselves more freely
Like to be cooperative and enjoy facilitating other people's contributions. As a result, their own contributions can be overlooked and undervalued.
They tend to judge their own and others' actions against their personal values. They can become defiant and stubborn if these values are violated.
They focus on the positive in others and prefer to praise rather than critique. Because of this, they may avoid confrontation or giving necessary negative feedback.
Developing effective traits
Develop greater assertiveness and making their contributions more visible
Being more open to other people's values, even if at first they appear in conflict with their own
Responsive to others, but because of this they may make promises they cannot keep.
They are motivated by relationships and can tend to lose track of time.
Their willingness to help others and be part of a team may lead to over-commitment and failure to see things through
They may become overly emotional when under stress or in conflict and may fail to keep the continuing support of the group
Developing effective traits
Realizing they cannot please everyone
Learning to say "no" more often. Saying "no" encourages them to stay focused on their own objectives.
Independent and Authoritative, people who use a lot of Fiery Red energy can suffer as a result of their failure to win the commitment of others on their team.
Their ability to focus single-mindedly on their objectives and their reliance on their own personal experience only may lead to their having a narrow field of vision. This may lead to a difficulty in anticipating problems and studying alternative approaches.
Their desire for closure and to save time by doing things themselves can lead to an inability to develop the potential input of others.
Developing effective traits
Acknowledging that the accomplishment of organizational objectives requires teamwork and cooperation and by becoming more receptive to both.
Realizing that by taking the time to develop, inform and gain the support of others, they can greatly increase commitment, leading to improved overall performance. Creating "buy-in" can be easy, and is vital to the success of a team.
Healing properties: Orange is warm, cheering, non-constricting. Orange has a freeing action upon the body and mind, relieving repressions. Orange shows new possibilities and other options in life. Stimulates creative thinking and enthusiasm, and helps assimilate new ideas
Stimulates adrenal and heart activity. Strengthens contact with your life purpose. For
achieving power and self-realization. Strong but controlled passions and emotions. Daring, ready to fight, willing to give everything for a goal. Can drive things too far and have fixed ideas.
It is cool, electric, and astringent. Purifier of the bloodstream and also benefits mental problems. It is a freeing agent.
It governs both physical and spiritual perception. Stimulates the brow chakra (third eye) and controls the pineal gland. It can be of great assistance in dealing with ailments of the eyes and ears.
Violet / Purple
Soothe mental and emotional stress. Decrease sexual activity. Decrease sensitivity to pain. They help in detoxification. They heal melancholy, hysteria, delusions and alcohol addiction and bring spiritual insights and renewal. These colors slow down an over-active heart; stimulate the spleen and the white blood cells (immunity). Bring sleep.
Heals grief and sadness. Restores youthfulness. Brings you in contact with your feelings.
emotional love, emotional healing. Pink symbolizes softness, sweetness, innocence, youthfulness and tenderness. Soft and kind people.
Tones the general system. Builds the skin. Relaxes sensations of stress. Increases intuition and sensitivity. Works disinfecting and antiseptic. A color for non-triviality, renewal, innovation and inventions, progressive techniques, alternative ways of living together, humanity.
What to expect in a session
I use a Color Light Board that emits colors while you listen to music you will be looking at the colors that play at random in Spectrum so you will experience the full range of colors to rebalance your system.
Sessions are for 1/2 hour $45
Carl Jung & the 4 Color Energies
Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, was and is still revered as a renowned psychiatrist and proponent of art therapy, encouraged his patients to use color because he felt this would help them express some of the deeper parts of their psyche. He built on the work of Hippocrates and defined the four temperaments in terms of colors: Cool Blue, Earth Green, Sunshine Yellow and Fiery Red.
Everyone has all of the color energies in their personality, to differing degrees. Depending on the situation, our different color energies and the qualities associated with them will be present at various times:
COOL BLUE: showing no bias, objective, detached, analytical
EARTH GREEN: still, tranquil, calming, soothing
SUNSHINE YELLOW: cheerful, uplifting, spirited, enthusiastic
FIERY RED: positive, decisive, bold, assertive
While everyone has all of the color energies, we have them in varying amounts, with one of the colors as our dominant color energy.
What Color Are You?
To determine your dominant color energy, locate where you would fall along the following two axes of behavior or preference.
Introversion - - - - Extraversion
Thinking - - - -- Feeling (Decision-making)
You can use information about the color energies to develop strategies to help you succeed in both your personal life and your work. The key to success is first to understand yourself, then to understand others and finally to use this knowledge to manage interactions in your relationships with your family, friends, colleagues and clients.