Color Therapy (Chromatherapy) is an alternative healing method that uses colors to adjust body vibrations to promote healing, well being, and harmony.
According to Theo Gimbel, author of The Healing Energies of Color and other books on color therapy, from a young age, we build up associations between color and our experiences. As we grow older, these associations are strengthened and become part of our psychology. We subconsciously build up our symbolic meaning for colors. For example, a person who had a happy childhood growing up in a home with a yellow kitchen may associate the color with happiness.
The way we respond to color reflects our subconscious. It tells a lot about our personality, experiences, and current challenges. It offers profound insight not only about our current situation and problems but also the underlying psychological issues that we are not aware of. Because we associate colors with different emotions, depending on our experiences, some colors can have a significant impact on our health, feelings, moods, and our state of mind, so choosing the right colors for our environment, whether at home or work, is crucial.
According to Gimbel, color therapy gets to the heart of the problem and helps us use the right color to heal our body naturally. Color therapists use simple tests to gain detailed information about our personality, our feelings, and intuitions based solely on the colors that we subconsciously choose.
The goal of color therapy is to correct our physiological imbalances, which is often manifested by stress or depression. Color therapy can help soothe your stress or invigorate you so you feel more energetic. In color healing, the healer’s goal is to help you achieve balance. This can be achieved by exposing you to the colors that you need more of or the opposite of the color that you have too much of.
We react to colors differently because of our experiences. Research has found that in general, we gravitate towards colors that either match our personality (for example red for adventure) or towards colors that we need to balance our nature (turquoise to calm down).
Let us have a look at some of the colors, and their effects on our bodies:
Red gives warmth, energy, and vitality. It is good for enhancing a sense of power, assertiveness, and self -confidence. Red increases physical strength, appetite, masculinity, sexual attraction and potency, love, passion, and fertility. People who are feeling exhausted or lacking energy may feel energized by wearing red.
Aversion to red may indicate over-activeness, impulsiveness, hot-temper, aggression, and egocentricity. Too much red color may result in impatience, aggressiveness, hostility, irritation, anger, and high blood pressure. Red can be balanced by its complement color, turquoise.
Turquoise calms and soothes. It is the color for sensitivity and intuition. Turquoise reduces stress, intuitive insights, originality, renewal, and humanity. Use turquoise if you feel controlled and dominated by other people.
A person who has aversion to turquoise may be looking for security in society, especially in marriage. They may be reluctant to change, creativity, and new ideas. The complement of turquoise is red.
Orange represents happiness, enthusiasm, and joy. It has a freeing effect on the mind and body and effective for relieving repression and constraints and stimulating creative thinking and new ideas. Orange is the color of attraction, charm, kindness, encouragement, optimism, success, abundance, prosperity, celebration, and success. A person who is feeling dull, gloomy, or stuck can benefit from injecting more of the color orange into their environment.
Aversion to orange may indicate either suppressed sexual feelings or over sensuality, indulgence, and materialism. Too much orange color may cause irritability, slight frustration, and increased appetite. Orange can be balanced by its complement color, blue.
Blue is the color of relaxation, calmness, and peace. Blue can calm strong emotions like anger, aggression, or hysteria. This color brings tranquillity and releases stress. It is the color to use when you want to think calmly or when you want to induce sleep. Blue is also associated with wisdom, justice, guidance, understanding, patience, loyalty, and honor.
Aversion to blue may signify discipline and restriction. It could mean that the person follows a strict path in life and does not enjoy spontaneity and change. Too much blue color may result in insecurity, pessimism, tiredness, depression, coldness, and melancholy. The complement color for blue is orange.
Yellow is a powerful color for awakening mental inspiration, improving concentration, and strengthening nerves, mind, and muscles. Yellow stimulates intellectual and mental powers and increases emotional resolve and stability. This color can help if you are feeling oversensitive or controlled by other people.
Aversion to yellow may signify disappointment and bitterness. This can be manifested in a person’s tendency to rationalize feelings, avoid serious relationships, or jump from one activity to another. Too much yellow may result in superficiality and hyperactivity. Yellow can be balanced by its complement color, violet.
Violet is the color of dignity and self-respect. It is a useful color for improving self-esteem and self-worth. It is also the color of transformation, spiritual insights, and renewal. This color is associated with divination, prophecy, angels, psychic abilities, psychic power and healing, inspiration, spirituality, and compassion.
Aversion to violet may signify a very serious attitude towards life. This is a person who may have difficulty giving in to dreams, fantasies, vague fears or memories, and anything unnatural or unrealistic. Too much violet may result in depression, insecurity, stagnation, and anger. The complement color for violet is yellow.
Green is the color of nature and healing. It is used to balance, cleanse, and to purify your system. Green is useful for keeping psychological and emotional harmony and balance. It can provide both an energizing effect and a soothing effect where needed. Green brings hope, comfort, nurturing, calmness, and harmony.
A person who has an aversion to green may value independence and self-development over the warmth and comfort of family life and prefer to keep a certain distance in relationships. Unlike other colors, too much green does not give any negative side effects. The complement color for green is magenta.
Magenta is a combination of red and violet, thus combines the energies of those two colors. Magenta is the great releaser and beneficial when you need to let go of the past, of old thoughts and obsessions. Magenta helps us blend our earthly experience with our spiritual awareness. This is a color for a change, for releasing past conditioning and moving forward.
A person who has an aversion to magenta may have a challenge dealing with change. Magenta’s complement is green.