Life they say is a box full of colors and no one celebrates colors better than us Indians. From our clothes to our festivals, colour is celebrated in every phase of our lives. So, it would not be surprising that colors have been used as a medium for healing since centuries and finds its mention even in ayurvedic scriptures.
World renowned Scholar Avicenna in his book titled Canon of Medicine wrote that “color is an observable symptom of disease”. He also developed a chart that relates to the temperature and physical condition of the body. His view was that red moved the blood, blue or white cooled it and yellow reduced muscular pain or inflammation. An Indian born American scientist named Dinshah P Ghadiali observed that by knowing the effects of different colors on different organs and systems of the body one can use it to restore the imbalance occurs in its condition or functioning.
Color therapy dates back to thousands of years as a holistic, non invasive and powerful therapy form, evidence of which can be found in scriptures of India, China and Egypt. Colors simply put are different wavelengths, thus each colour has its own particular wavelength and energy. Light energy affects all living cells and as we know without light all living things is affected. When used in the right way, these different frequencies of light i.e. colors have a profound and healing affect on all creations. Color therapy aims at restoring the balance in our chakras by using the colors of the light spectrum to stimulate and speed up the body’s healing mechanism.
According to our practitioner Ranjini, "The seven spectrum colors namely red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and orange are associated with the seven energy centre’s or chakras in our bodies. There has to be a proper balance of these chakras in order to maintain health and well being in an individual. Red is associated with the base chakra, orange the sacral chakra, yellow the solar plexus chakra, green the heart chakra ,blue the throat chakra, indigo the brow chakra and violet the crown chakra. Colors are absorbed by the eyes, skin, our aura and the skull thereby affecting us emotionally, physically and spiritually. There are many different ways of giving color therapy including solarized water, light boxes or lamps with color filters, color silks and hands on healing using colors."
We first experience colors as fetuses in our mother’s womb, where we are engulfed in nurturing and comforting pink. As we grow older, we tend to attach different feelings, memories both good and bad to certain color which gets set in our subconscious. We also build up prejudices against certain colors. Life gives us impressions and these in the form of experiences can be both positive as well as negative. Negative experiences manifests itself into diseases over the years,Eg if, over the years one has been unable to speak his mind or express the truth, then this can manifest into disease related to the throat chakra as our self expression has been blocked thereby restricting flow of energy in this area.
Color therapy can be used safely and effectively as a standard form of therapy or along with other forms of therapy. If has been found extremely successful not only with adults but also with children and non humans. Color therapy acts as a catalyst for our healing process and encourages normal and healthy workings of the body.
Colors are all around us, we just have to sit back and reap its advantages. Mother Nature is full of colors; we just have to increase our awareness of the energy within the colors to help transform our lives.
Colour therapy is used in isolation or as part of other therapies depending on what works for you. Healclinic has colour therapists who can help you in different areas of your life, be it personal or professional. Contact us here