What is Colour Therapy?

This article was originally written for The Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training.

Colour Therapy is the use of colour energy to effect positive change to our well-being. It is available to everyone, whether we realize it or not. It is in the beauty of Mother Nature on a spring day by observing the green buds of the trees and brilliant yellows of the daffodils popping out of the ground. It’s the feeling you get when you walk by your local fruit market and see the bright oranges, reds and greens of the fresh fruits and vegetables and the beautiful pinks, purples and yellows of the spring flowers they have on display. When deciding how to decorate our homes and offices we are involving colour therapy as we choose the colours according to what mood and feeling we want to evoke. Blues and greens are calming and soothing (nature colours) and reds and yellows are stimulating and energizing.

Colour plays a profound role in our life, for everywhere we look we are surrounded in colour. Every waking moment is spent immersed in colour and most of us dream in colour. Simply put, colour is light and we cannot exist without light. Colour sends a particular message to your subconscious and affects your whole being. Just as the sun’s light can be broken down into 7 primary colours so can our bodies reflect the 7 colours through our energy field and chakras. You may have heard the statement: “We are spiritual beings having a human experience”. We are spiritual beings of Light. We are walking, talking bundles of light, producing the same rainbow colours as our sun.

Colour therapy is an ancient form of healing originating in Egypt thousands of years ago. The Egyptians had constructed colour healing temples to provide a sacred place for rejuvenation and restoration. Sunlight was channelled through diagonal tunnels in the walls to shine through coloured gemstones such as rubies or sapphires. A person could lie down in a pool of light and allow the healing energy to shine on them.

In modern times, colour therapy, also referred to as chromatherapy, comes in many different forms and can be used in conjunction with many other holistic modalities. Coloured Light Therapy is the use of a coloured lamp which is directed at the body areas that are imbalanced while the client lies peacefully beneath the lamp. When healing energy is transmitted to the aura via colour waves, the energy travels to the cells, causing changes in the vibrational frequency of the cells. By doing this we are creating a stronger, more balanced aura which in turn creates better health. The term used for this is Colour tonation or ‘giving colour energy to’ and can be created by using different coloured light bulbs or gels placed in front of a lamp.

Another example of colour tonating is when you place an object underneath a coloured light such as drinking water, body lotions or entire room environments. Even just placing a coloured silk over a sunlit window will cause the room to become tonated with that energy.

Colour breathing and visualization, techniques often used in holistic therapies to shift energy, is another way to gain the benefits of colour therapy. By visualizing a particular colour while in a relaxed state and breathing that colour into a particular area of the body will promote positive change to that area. As well as simply visualizing a peaceful scene such as in nature with green grasses and a turquoise blue lake will help bring about healing and balancing of the body, mind and spirit. These are just a few of the ways that Colour energy healing can be used by everyone.

So while you are decorating your Easter eggs this holiday or planting your spring garden, take time to enjoy the colours you have chosen and appreciate the colour energy healing you are receiving.