Boost Your Mood and Heal with Color
Color can have a major influence on how we feel and how we react in different situations. Because colors can affect your mood, colors can consequently impact your health. We’ve all experienced this . . . colors that energize our bodies; colors that calm our minds; and colors that uplift our spirits. There is plenty of scientific research to back-up the notion that color can help boost our mood and help us heal.
Color therapy, also known as Chromotherapy, uses the vibration of color and light to balance our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual states. The cells in our body require light energy, and the vibration emitted by color and light transmit a certain type of energy to our body, which in turn impacts our mind and spirit. The principles and practices of color therapy date back to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, India, Greece and China.
How Chromotherapy Works
According to research physicists, Azeemi and Raza, “Every creature is engulfed in light that affects its health conditions.” The authors claim the human body is composed of colors and therefore is responsive to colors. Each color emits a certain frequency of light energy. “Colors generate electrical impulses and magnetic currents or fields of energy that are prime activators of the biochemical and hormonal processes in the human body, the stimulants or sedatives necessary to balance the entire system and its organs.” In other words, the frequency of a color can energize and harmonize with the body’s organs and cells or conversely, it can disrupt bodily functions. Color frequency and light energy can either create dis-ease in the body or help us heal.
Each color has a unique wavelength and oscillation (the duration of time between each wave). In Chromotherapy, the seven colors in the color spectrum (violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red) correspond with the seven energy centers of the body. Each energy center is associated with a particular organ of the body and each organ of the body is associated with a color frequency. Therefore, the idea is to synch the organs with its associated color frequency to strike harmony and balance. If you’ve taken OHI’s Vocal Toning class, you may have experienced this first-hand.
Color and Its Impact
People use color therapy to help release anxiety, ease depression, and better connect with themselves through meditation. According to therapist, Wendy Galyen, “Each color has a different effect, so different colors are used for different mental conditions and mood problems.”
At OHI, we use color in a variety of our classes: Alpha 1 & 2, Vision Boards & Rock Painting, and Vocal Toning. For instance, in Alpha practice we might say, “Imagine a warm golden light surrounding you,” as we settle into our meditation. In Vision Boards & Rock Painting, we suggest using vibrant primary colors to draw attention to certain words and imagery. And in Vocal Toning, where we use our voices to create healing vibrations within the body, we also use color because colors have their own vibration – so, imagining a color while making the vowel sound enhances the healing power of the vibration.
Here is a summary of the seven colors of the color spectrum, and their associated energy centers:
So the next time you need a mood booster, open your mind to the possibilities of color therapy. Set your intention to allow soothing thoughts of colors calm your mind and relax your body, and put the healing power of color to work for you.
“A Critical Analysis of Chromotherapy and Its Scientific Evolution,” by Samina T. Yousuf Azeemi and S. Moshin Raza, ncbi.nlm.hih.gov, December 2005
“The Mood-Boosting Benefits of Color Therapy,” by Simone M. Scully, healthline.com, July 30, 2020
“What is Color Therapy, What is it For, and is it Right for Me?”, medically reviewed by Wendy Galyen, LCSW, BC-TMH, regain.us, December 3, 2020
At Optimum Health Institute, we teach you how to use color to help you heal. During your visit, our caring team can help you achieve your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at (800) 588-0809
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