Red has more personal associations than any other colour. Recognised as a stimulant, red is inherently exciting and the amount of red is directly related to the level of energy perceived.
A red person is full of energy, strong and physically active and can tend to be thin or muscular as the result of an active metabolism. Red people are generally out-going, gregarious and love life.
How the colour red affects us mentally and physically:
• Increases enthusiasm
• Stimulates energy
• Encourages action and confidence
• Gives a sense of protection from fears and anxiety
On the negative side, red people may have a tendency to be headstrong, impatient, bad tempered and become easily heated. Red people need to watch their blood pressure and also watch out for problems such as boils, rashes and other skin diseases.
Balancing colour: Blue for softness and calmness.
Orange, a close relative of red, sparks more controversy than any other hue. There is usually a strong positive or negative association to orange and pure orange generally elicits a stronger “love it” or “hate it” response than other colours. Fun and flamboyant, orange radiates warmth and energy. Orange people are just as vital as red people but are more practically oriented. They are lively and outgoing, cheerful and joyous. Orange people also tend to be practical and make good designers, engineers and architects.
How the colour orange affects us mentally and physically:
• Stimulates activity
• Stimulates appetite
• Encourages socialisation
Orange people, however, can suffer from stress and a battered immune system and they need to watch their energy levels.
Balancing colour: Indigo for inner calm and intuition.
Yellow is the colour of the sun and shines with optimism, enlightenment and happiness. Shades of golden yellow carry the promise of a positive future and instills optimism and energy as well as sparking creative thoughts. Yellow people are good communicators and capable of logical, clear thinking.
How the colour yellow effects us mentally and physically:
• Mentally stimulating
• Stimulates the nervous system
• Activates memory
• Encourages communication
Yellow people tend to place more importance on the mind than on the body, the negative aspect of this being that they may neglect to take proper exercise and often have a poor diet. This could result in digestive problems, in particular relating to the liver and spleen.
Balancing colour: Violet is a good balancing colour as this colour brings wisdom.
Green is considered to be the colour of peace and harmony. The natural greens, from forest to lime, are seen as tranquil and refreshing, with a natural balance of cool and warm (blue and yellow) undertones. Green people are neither extrovert or introvert and strive to find balance and harmony in their life. They tend to be close to nature and love the countryside, animals and children. A green person would also identify strongly with the healing arts.
How green effects us physically and mentally:
• Relaxing mentally as well as physically
• Helps alleviate depression, nervousness and anxiety
• Offiers a sense of renewal, self-control and harmony
Green people tend not to like taking action and therefore may deliberate on anything they do, finding it hard to make decisions. They may also be possessive, either in relationships or with monetary wealth.
Blue is the overwhelming “favourite colour”. Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. The colour of sky and of the ocean, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. It invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. Blue people tend to be gentle and peaceful by nature and are passive and introverted, liking to be surrounded by a loving, harmonious atmosphere. This caring aspect is why blue is also the colour of the medical profession. Blue is the least “gender specific” colour, having equal appeal to both men and women.
Not all blues are warm and sedate, however. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic, engaging colours that express exhilaration. Some shades or the overuse of blue may come across as cold or uncaring.
How the colour blue effects us physically and mentally:
• Calming and sedate
• Aids intuition
Tending to be introverted, blue people need to watch that they do not become too withdrawn and isolated. They can suffer from depression and may find it difficult to communicate their needs and feelings to others. This may manifest in the form of throat related problems and may also suffer from low blood pressure.
Balancing colours: Yellow and orange would be good choices as yellow aids communication while orange brings joy and warmth in relationships.
Indigo or deep blue people are similar in many ways to blue people being strong intellectually, but are also in touch with their intuition and higher self. They generally love music and the arts and with their knowledge comes power. They can also be very idealistic and many great reformers work on the Indigo ray. Indigo and deep blue people are very loyal and truthful. However, they must make sure they do not abuse their power, working for the good of others and not themselves.
Balancing colour: Orange brings practicality and earthing qualities.
Purple embodies the balance of red stimulation and blue calm. This dichotomy can cause unrest or uneasiness unless the undertone is clearly defined, at which point the purple takes on the characteristics of its undertone. A sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple people are creative or eccentric types and are often musicians, artists or writers.
Violet is the most intuitive of colours and people choosing this colour are likely to be seeking spiritual development. Violet people are often called to serve and many psychics and healers operate under the violet ray. Because they are so sensitive, violet people can suffer from mental and nervouse disorders.
How the colour purple or violet effects us mentally and physically:
• Calming to mind and nerves
• Offers a sense of spirituality
• Encourages creativity
Balancing colour: Yellow for wisdom and to boost personal power.
COLOUR DISLIKES AND COLOUR TESTS
Our short-term attractions relate to a particular stage we are going through at the time and here it is particularly useful to consider the colours we do not like and choose to reject. If you do not like:
• Red – shows frustration, anger or defeat
• Orange – suffering from exhaustion, mental or physical fatigue
• Yellow – suffering disappointments, feeling powerless
• Green – mental disturbance, loneliness, rejection
• Blue – anxiety or fear, loss of wealth or status, sense of failure
• Purple – pretentious, conceited, vain, can avoid close relationships
• Brown – desire to stand out as an individual or to stand on
your own feet
• Black – desire to be in control and not relinquish personal power
Each colour has both positive and negative aspects. If a person displays negative traits of a colour, this colour energy is blocked and its chakra centre needs to be cleared. To balance energy in a chakra, first use the colour rejected and then its complimentary colour to draw in the opposite, positive traits. You will be taught different ways of clearing these blockages in further lessons in this course. In the meantime, it is important that you are able to diagnose a problem and know which colour energies you or an individual needs.
As an example, a woman who went to a colour therapist for treatment found it very difficult to speak her true feelings for fear of rejection. She had developed a lump on her thyroid and obviously had a blockage in the throat or blue area. This needed to be cleared and she was then encouraged to communicate and build up her self-esteem. Yellow aids communication and orange helps draw warm loving relationships to oneself.
The following list shows some of the negative qualitites of each colour:
Blockages and Negative Qualities of Colours
Red: Inability to accept life’s responsibilities. Ruthless, pushy, quick-tempered, stubborn.
Orange: Fearful, timid, shy, lack of interest in life. Problems with sexuality and relationships.
Yellow: Jealousy, envy, fear, emotions and living by patterns learned in childhood. Feelings of lack of power, obsessional behaviour, disoriented, muddle-headed.
Green: Insecurity, needing to be loved and protected. Feeling that life is unfair, unjust. Victim mentality.
Turquoise: Confusion, turmoil, inability to move through your own boundaries and limitations. Destructive thought forms.
Blue: Difficult to express oneself, motivational problems. Head in the clouds, daydreaming and not in touch with the real world.
Violet: Fears and phobias, relying too heavily on the intellect and not on your intuition. Doubting and apologising for oneself.
Magenta: Denying own needs, martyrdom and self-sacrifice, inferiority complex, trying to control others.
From the previous section on ‘The Colours and their Meanings’, choose those colours that you think would balance these negative traits.
Information taken from the Complete guide and practice to colour therapy diploma course
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