Color therapy use has been proven to exist in a range of ancient cultures, right up to the present day. In ancient Egypt “healing rooms” were constructed with the built.in feature of light being separated into colors within it. In ancient India, where much of crystal and gemstone healing knowledge originates, the color of the stone used was essential, and was thought to correspond to the “seven cosmic rays”. Ancient Greek medicine, the forefather of much of what is now considered “traditional” medicine, emphasized treating people with sunlight, which was known as “heliotherapy”. In other cultures in parts of the world, such as Celtic Britain and Native America pre-colonisation, traditional dress and medicine show the the influences of color. Native Americans used color in dress, decoration,head-dresses and oinments, for example. Celts were very fond of the color of gold and other metals, as well as using extensive body art.
According to Max Lüscher, a psychology professor from Basle University, noted the preference people have for colors can be good indicator of their emotional state.
RED color – stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and thus excites or stimulates the person emotionally and physically
BLUE color – stimulates the parasympathetic system, slowing down these functions
Color can be used for healing and balancing, as well as for stimulating deeper levels of consciousness. Each color has its own unique effects, from stimulating to depressing, constructive to destructive.
Different Healing Methods with Colors
Here are mentioned few of all healing methods with colors:
- Crystal Healing
- Color Therapy with Reiki
- Energy Healing with color energy
- Color Visualisation
- Color Meditation
- Color Breathing
- Art Creation of using colors for expression
Colors are broken down into three categories. First is primary colors red, yellow and blue. Secondary colors are formed from combinations of the primary colors. Tertiary colors are formed by combinations of the primary and secondary colors.
Primary colors: red, yellow, blue
Secondary colors: orange, green, violet
Tertiary colors: yellow/orange, yellow/green, blue/green, blue/violet, red/violet, red/orange
Holistic meaning for colors in chakra therapy
Balancing colors: ORANGE, GOLD, GREEN
Boosting colors: TURQUOISE, VIOLET
Calming color: BLUE
Detoxing colors: LIME GREEN
Purifying color: WHITE
Releasing color: MAGENTA
Stimulating colors: RED, YELLOW, INDIGO