Colour Breathing

Published on 6 March, 2013 | Accreditation


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The air we breathe is essential to life. When we are born we take in our first breath and when we die we breathe in our last. Air is permeated with forces of light and colour energy so we can breathe this vital force into us. When we exhale our diaphragm relaxes, inducing relaxation throughout the whole body. When we are upset or in shock, we are told to breathe deeply as this changes our energies: breathing is nourishment.

The majority of us only ever breathe shallowly but it would be of great benefit to us if we became more conscious of our breathing. The early morning is a good time to take in some deep breaths, preferably by an open window.

You may have noticed that you tend to breathe more deeply when you are by the sea. Water calms our emotions and is purifying. The calm sea makes us breathe in time to the rhythms of the lapping waves. The rougher sea contains tiny globes of light and electricity which, when we breathe in, energises us.

There are ways we can maximise our breathing through practicing different exercises. Universal breathing is a yoga breathing technique that helps us maximise the intake of prana, which is pure light energy.


1.   Close your left nostril and breathe in deeply with your right to the count of 4.

2.   Hold your breath for the count of 16

3.    Close your right nostril and breathe out of your left nostril to the count of 8.

Universal breathing can be used with colour, thinking of its attributes as you breathe.

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Now used in UK hospitals to help cancer patients colour visualization, also called “colour breathing”, is a form of healing meditation in which you imagine yourself inhaling and exhaling colours. It should be practice together with a positive affirmation concerning the colour you are visualizing.

Before you begin this exercise, know that what you visualize you create. Simply holding a picture of a colour in your mind’s eye creates that colour. Although you may use external objects, such as fabric, candles or images of colours to perform this healing exercise, know that even without such external objects, you can create any colour you choose in your mind’s eye.

As you ask for healing, know that your intention to allow your body to magnetise whatever “vibration” of colour it needs will reinforce the healing that you ask for.

Find somewhere comfortable to sit or lie down and relax. Keep your breathing deep, regular, and calm. Breathe rhythmically from twelve to eighteen times a minute. If possible, use the colour of the spectrum or its nearest equivalent. Imagine the self engulfed by a white light that enters through the head (the crown chakra) from the cosmos down to the extremities and floods the entire organism from within and from without. Keep this image for two minutes.

Imagine yourself surrounded by intense light of the colour you choose. Be aware of the healing properties of the light. Red, yellow and orange, whichever one is used, is visualized as being drawn up from the earth through the soles of the feet to the various organs. The length of time for visualizing the red part of the spectrum is two minutes.

Blue, violet, and indigo should be visualised as coming down from the atmosphere as vertical rays into the crown chakra to the various organs. The length of time for visualizing colours in the blue part of the spectrum is three to four minutes.

Green should be visualised as coming into the navel on the horizontal plane. The length of time for visualizing the colour green is one minute in a waving motion upward from the umbilical cord and one minute downward from the umbilical cord, but always on a horizontal plane.

As you breathe in, imagine that you are inhaling this colour, and follow it as it spreads from your lungs to your solar plexus and then throughout your body as discussed for each colour.

As you breathe out, imagine that you are exhaling the complementary colour. Now mentally bathe the body and allow the entire self to be engulfed in a white light for two minutes.

Colour Cards and Affirmations

Your response to colour is greatly enhanced if can focus on the colour you require and the easiest way is by looking at a coloured piece of card that you can buy from stationers or craft shops, the bigger the better from A4 through to A1 which you can hang from the wall.

Colour affirmations that you make up your self also reinforce a positive frame of mind by means of self-suggestion and are easy to make up yourself. Simply identify the keywords you want from your colour choices and simply say something like I want the strength of red or I want the peace and calm of blue.
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Trevor Mayes is a qualified colour therapist and proprietor of Colour Counselling Therapy Healing which specialises in online diagnostic colour therapy and healing gemstones which is particularly suitable for stress relates issues.

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