Healing With Color and the Human
Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis
It has been known for eons of
time that color plays a major role in setting up a particular mood or state
of mind. Yet, only recently have design artists put into practice that
which the ancients knew all along: color does affect one's feelings, moods,
and emotions. Whereas, in the past, so many of our hospitals and schools
were painted that ubiquitous institutional green, we now have these places
of learning and healing painted in vibrant shades of hues which help
stimulate the mind and the emotions to a condition of healing and
We all respond, in some way,
to our color environment. Most people know that bedrooms should not be
painted in bright, flashy reds or yellows, because these colors tend to
stimulate the body and inhibit relaxation and sleep. Blue is often
associated with cold and astringency, while red tends to conjure up thoughts
of soothing warmth. Even our vocabulary suggests conditions of "icy
blue" and "warm red."
Before examining color and its
healing implications, we must address a very important concept: that of
cause and effect. True healing comes about when the cause of the condition
or illness is addressed and transformed. If healing goes no further than a
mere relief or masking of the symptoms, then, eventually, that which
brought about the need for healing, in the first place, will resurface and
manifest itself within the body in one form or another.
The aura is an effect -- an
outward expression -- of that which is taking place within the mind, the
soul, and the spirit of the individual. Thus, any healing technique which
deals only with the aura or the energy field of the individual tends to
accomplish one thing: it jump starts the individual, so to speak, and gives
him or her an added boost of energy. That energy boost then allows that
person's own internal healing mechanism to become mobilized into greater
For conditions which are
purely physical in nature, such an energy jump-start may be all that is
necessary. But, if the root cause of the illness is internal in nature --
as it so often is -- then this type of healing must be complemented with
true Spiritual Healing, where the power of God's Healing and Holy Spirit
can, then, intervene -- if necessary -- and effect a cure. But even here,
the individual must change that which needs to be changed, or the condition
which brought about the disease will eventually manifest again. God can
effect miracles and miraculous healings, through the channels of prayer and
Spiritual Healing, but not even God can force the individual to change
internally. That would be God's interfering with His most profound gift to
us: the freedom of choice.
Keeping this in mind, let us
look at how color can impact the aura and help jump-start the tired or
diseased body. Color healing, known as Chromotherapy,
can be implemented in a number of ways. The ancients built great halls of color
healing, where individuals entered and were bathed in light that was
filtered through various colored glass panels or windows.
trance guide of Rev. Fulton, tells us that, in ancient Egypt, people were
often dipped in vats of colored pigment, in order to help effect a cure.
Other methods of color healing involved the grinding up of crystals and
gemstones that would be ingested.
Solarized water is another way
in which the energy of color can be taken into the body. This is an easy
and inexpensive way in which to become personally involved in color
healing. Simply place purified water within a colored bottle and allow it
to be bathed in sunlight for a period of time. The rays of the sun,
filtered through the colored bottle, energize the water along a specific
line of color vibration. What you end up with is a healing tonic.
Spiritual healers often
supplement their healing work with color healing. As they lay their hands
on the patient, they mentally direct specific color rays into the patient's
aura and body. Oftentimes, the color used is inspired by Spirit.
These methods of using color
in healing point to our basic contention: color does impact the human aura
and, consequently, the human body.
Please understand that a
knowledge of color, its subtleties, and its uses in the healing arts is a
life-long pursuit. However, we can give you a very general guideline and
synopsis of the various colors within the spectrum and how they can be used
by the aura and body, specifically for healing.
Here are the basic colors and
their significance to the aura and healing.
Red is called "The
Great Energizer" and "The Father of Vitality." Red is
warm, vital, heating. It loosens, opens up clogs, releases stiffness and
constrictions. It is excellent for areas that have become stiffened or
Red links with and
stimulates the root chakra, at the base of the spine, causing the adrenal
glands to release adrenalin. This results in greater strength. Red causes
hemoglobin to multiply, thus increasing energy and raising body
temperature. It is excellent for anemia and blood-related conditions.
Orange in the true color of
the sun. Orange has a freeing action upon the body and mind, relieving
Because orange is a blend of
red and yellow, it combines physical energy with mental wisdom, inducing
a transformation between lower physical reaction and higher mental
response. Thus, it is often referred to as "The Wisdom Ray."
Orange is warm, cheering,
non-constricting. Through orange, we are able to heal the physical body
(red) and, at the same time, induce within the mind (yellow) greater
understanding on how the body may be kept in good repair. Orange helps
assimilate new ideas and stimulate mental enlightenment. It is also
helpful in dealing with excess sexual expression.
Finally, orange links very
strongly with the sacral chakra.
Yellow helps strengthen the
nerves and the mind. It helps awaken mental inspiration and stimulates
higher mentality. Thus, it is an excellent color for nervous or
nerve-related conditions or ailments.
Yellow links with and
stimulates the solar plexus, or psychic center. It can be used for
psychic burnout or other psychic-related conditions or ailments.
Yellow can be used for
conditions of the stomach, liver, and intestines. It helps the pores of
the skin and aids scarred tissue in healing itself. It also has a very
enriching effect upon the intellect and the brain.
Like the color of gold,
yellow represents the highest of the physical colors. "Worth its
weight in gold" applies to yellow.
Most people associate blue
with healing. However, green is the universal healing color. The ancient
Egyptians and Chinese used green as the primary color of healing. Why is that?
Because green is midway in the color spectrum; therefore, it contains
both a physical nature and a spiritual nature, in equal balance and in
equal harmony. Thus, green can be used for just about any condition in
need of healing. When in doubt, green will always work.
Green is the color of Nature
and the earth. It is balance and harmony in essence and possesses a
soothing influence upon both mind and body. It is neither relaxing nor
astringent in its impact.
In rededicating our Church's
Healing Vigil, Spirit suggested that we use green as the Vigil's
representative color, and for a very good reason.
Green links with and
stimulates the heart chakra. Therefore, it is, truly, representative of
Spiritual Healing, because love is the motivating power behind all
In a more practical sense,
green affects blood pressure and all conditions of the heart. It has both
an energizing effect and a moderating or soothing effect.
Dr. Edwin Babbitt, in his
classic, "The Principles of Light and Color," states that
"The Blue Ray is one of the greatest antiseptics in the world."
Blue is cooling, electric,
astringent. It helps bleeding, decreases fevers, and cures soar throats. Blue can have a sedative effect, as
expressed in the remark of "feeling blue." It is a very
positive color, indicating loyalty and reliability, as expressed in the
sentiment of being "true blue."
Blue links with and
stimulates the throat chakra. The throat chakra is often referenced as
the "power center" and "the greatest center in the
body" because it is the primary center of expression and
communication, through speech. Thus, the effect of blue upon this center
and the aura, in general, is quite profound.
Blue can be used for any
type of ailments associated with speech, communication, or the throat.
Solarized blue water is an excellent tonic for laryngitis or inflammation
of the larynx.
Indigo is a great purifier
of the bloodstream and also benefits mental problems. It is a freeing and
Indigo combines the deep
blue of devotion with a trace of stabilizing and objective red. Indigo is
cool, electric, and astringent. It is, also, the color ray used by Spirit
to help entrance a medium.
Indigo links with and
stimulates the brow chakra (third eye) and controls the pineal gland. It
governs both physical and spiritual (not psychic) perception; that is,
clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience. Thus, it can be of great
assistance in dealing with ailments of the eyes and ears, as well as
assisting in problems or conditions related to mediumship.
Finally, indigo is
considered the ray of the Holy Spirit.
Violet is truly the color of
the divine Spirit. Violet works only on the levels of the Spirit. It is
generally not used for physical conditions; however, some color experts
believe that it does provide nourishment to the cells in the upper brain
and does have a link with the crown chakra. Furthermore, it helps expand
the horizons of our Divine understanding.
Violet should be used only
for spiritually-related problems.
Leonardo da Vinci proclaimed
that you can increase the power of meditation ten-fold by meditating
under the gentle rays of Violet, as found in Church windows.
White is the perfect color;
for it is all color, in perfect balance and harmony. It is the color of
the awakened Spirit; the light of perfection; the light of the Christ and
Buddhic consciousness. It is also the Divine
Just about everyone has
heard of surrounding people with the "White Light of Healing and Protection."
Directing white into the aura helps stimulate the person's own divine
nature into healing the self.
Thus, we have a brief synopsis
of the basic colors and their uses in color healing with the aura. Again,
this is but a guideline. The student of color healing can spend years
researching the subtle nuances of how color and its multitude of vibrations
can be used within the aura, in order to help effect a healing.
The point to remember
concerning color and the aura -- when it comes to healing -- is that
complete healing generally comes about through some type of internal
transformation. Heal the self and the body will, surely, follow suit.
Finally -- and we cannot
stress this enough -- healing ultimately comes from and is graced by God
and God's Holy and Healing Spirit. Color is but one tool that we can use in
order to complement the healing which God offers us, through prayer and
intercession. It must never replace prayer and meditation; nor must it ever
replace genuine spiritual healing; healing which passes through the Spirit
of the healing channel, linked with God's Spirit.
If you need healing, or know
of someone who does, first go to God, the Source of all healing; then, be
mindful of what tools God offers to help effect the healing.
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