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.

What is Reiki

Reiki, pronounced ray-key, is a Japanese word that means universal life force energy. Reiki is said to have originated in ancient Tibet thousands of years ago, and was rediscovered in the mid-1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan. The healing powers and methods of Reiki were once a well-guarded secret. Today, the awareness and practice of this alternative healing method is spreading across the globe.

Reiki is a non-invasive hands-on healing technique where energy (also referred to as chi, ki or prana) is channelled through the practitioner’s hands onto the person, animal or object.  The energy goes to the place(s) in the body where it is needed most.  Reiki is a holistic treatment meaning that it treats the ‘whole’ person including the body, mind, emotion and spirit.   The Reiki Usui method of natural healing facilitates and promotes physical, emotional, mental and spiritual balance in a nurturing way by unlocking the inner flow of vital energy and restoring the body’s own inner balance. 

Everything around us is made of different energy vibrations.  Throughout the course of our lives, outside influences can cause us to develop a lack of harmony in these subtle energy flows.  When they need attuning, we can use many of the universe’s tools to help us rebalance them.  The Reiki practitioner becomes a conduit for these energies, helping harmonize them and release blockages.  It can work directly in the unconscious parts of the mind/body which contain negative chi-inhibiting thoughts and feelings and eliminate them. As Reiki flows through a sick or unhealthy area, it breaks up and washes away negative thoughts or feelings lodged in the unconscious mind/body, allowing a normal healthy flow of energy to resume.

Reiki provides many benefits and is used to treat chronic and acute physical symptoms as well as emotional and mental distress.

Physical issues that can be helped with Reiki are:

  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Childhood Abuse 
  • Trauma
  • Depression 
  • Headaches 
  • Addiction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Injury
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • AIDS
  • Burns
  • Insomnia
  • Many others

 Overall benefits include:

  • Deep relaxation  
  • Emotional balancing
  • Physical healing
  • Pain relief
  • Detoxification
  • Alignment
  • Increased Energy
  • Chakra clearing
  • and more

    The actual treatment uses a gentle hands-on technique which is done over clothing.  It can be done either on a massage table or chair.  The hands of the Reiki Practitioner are gently placed in various positions on your body corresponding to the body's energy centres and remain in each position for a few minutes.

    It is the same idea when we put our hands on our stomach when it is upset or when we cover a little one’s knee after they hurt it.  Intuitively we know it will feel better by transferring energy to that area.

    Reiki is often experienced as a profound state of peaceful relaxation, warmth and well-being.  It has also been known to enhance creativity and develop a deeper self-awareness. 

    Reiki supports any medical or supplemental healing method.

    Simply put, Reiki is like having a massage for your soul.

    What could be nicer than that? 

    Ancient therapy energizes pets

    This article was written by Michelle Grace and originally published as a feature in The Toronto Observer on March 2, 2011.

     image: MICHELLE GRACE/TORONTO OBSERVER

    image: MICHELLE GRACE/TORONTO OBSERVER

    East York could be dubbed “Far East York” in March — at least around the corner of Pape and Mortimer avenues, where the ancient Japanese art of reiki will be applied to some of our four-legged friends, for their health’s sake.

    An alternative pet store on Pape is offering the alternative approach to pet wellness in free workshops this month.

    Reiki, which the International Centre for Reiki Training translates from the Japanese as “spiritually guided life force energy” is a technique of hands-on healing that some people already attest to. But in recent years, it’s also been applied to pets — and its practitioners and some pet owners say successfully.

    The concept behind reiki is that energy flows through every living being, and loving intentions and touch can have a tangible effect. Moreover, its devotees say, animals are very intuitive, and reflect the feelings of the people around them. And so, the theory goes, reiki can have positive effects on animals suffering from acute and chronic pain, and even conditions like anxiety.

    So an East York pet store is bringing in Leisa Peacock, a certified natural health practitioner and aromatherapy health therapist who has been practicing reiki for three years. Peacock is holding free pet reiki sessions at the store, which is called For the Love of Animals.

    It’s a good fit for a store that has already carved out a unique niche with its philosophical approach to retailing: independently owned and family run, it refuses to sell live animals on ethical grounds, and promotes a holistic approach to pet care with its product line. Proprietor Marilyn Murray started the business at 930 Pape Ave. just over a year ago, after establishing herself as an expert in guinea pigs — running a local group that rescued the animals, and writing a book on their care.

    When it comes to pet reiki, Murray says, “It’s nice to see people are getting into something that is going to relax their pets, or help enhance the medical conditions that they have, rather than just relying on pharmaceutical medicine.”

    “Reiki is a gentle healing that channels positive energy as well as universal energy,” Peacock says. “The energy comes through my hands, which feels like a nice warm sensation.”

    Reiki theory holds that negative energy that is accumulated over time blocks positive energy that flows through people and animals. So reiki is a way to clear, strengthen and heal humans and pets who were once blocked through negativity. The process allows positive energy to break through and heal in a natural, relaxing way.

    “This method is beneficial for animals; it creates relaxation and better sleep,” Peacock says. “My cats are always coming to me and putting their body right under my hands and showing me where they want to feel the energy.”

    Peacock has partnered up with Murray for sessions from 1 until 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 5, and later this month, on March 19. The treatments are free, but are by appointment only.

    “Really all animals want to give is unconditional love. They only ask for shelter, food and water,” Peacock said. “So anything I can do to give back to these animals I’m more than happy to.”

    * see original article here