If you open your closet and take a good look at your clothing choices, what colors would you see?
What is the dominant color in your living space and what color would you never use in your surroundings?
Take a quick look at your plate while eating vegetables ? what color combination do you see there?
Colors are a language and a tool to raise our energy level, to create balance and to bring healing to our lives.Colors have subliminal meanings that affect our thinking.
The colors we love or don’t love, the colors we use or don’t use say a lot about us. They reflect our mood, our emotions, and our state of mind.
Companies study colors intently before deciding what colors to put on their logos, as certain colors capture certain feelings. Think health food companies and the color green, hospitals and the color blue, nursery schools and the color yellow.
Years ago, I was fortunate enough to live in Germany and to attend the Aura Soma Institute of Accredited Color Therapy (ASIACT) in England, where I learned color therapy. These studies opened the door for me to a whole new world, the world of color.
Here is a fun list of the colors and their meaning
Red: The energizer, the stimulator, the leader of grounding. Red also is a symbol of passion, pride, and strength. Pink: Female qualities, unconditional love
Coral: Unrequited love
Orange & Gold: connecting to emotions, confidence, inner wisdom, removing blocks from the past, facing fear. Orange also symbolizes fire, sun, and warmth. It is known to increase oxygen supply to the brain and stimulate mental activity.
Yellow: Acquired knowledge, sense of humor, lightness. It is associated with youth, happiness, and cheerfulness.
Olive: Creating a space for clarity and wisdom, feminine leadership from the heart.
Green:The space-giver, a true carrier of calm, heart’s connection, loving relationships. Green is associated with nature and health, is easy on the eye, and has healing powers.
Turquoise: Mass media/group communication. Creative communication (art). Expressions from the heart.
Blue: Peace and communication. Blue in general is also cool, calming, and is a symbol of creativity and intelligence.
Royal blue:Knowing why one is here, spiritual realization.
Violet: Spirituality. Healing. Serving others.
Magenta: Love for the little things in daily life.
Purple: Royalty, mystery, magic.
Clear (white): Suffering and the understanding of suffering. (think doctors and nurse’s coats!) A rainbow of colors. White also symbolizes clean, pure, and fresh.
Look at the list of colors and their qualities and go back to the questions at the beginning of this article.
What colors do you use often?
What colors do you never use?
Here are some creative ways to use colors to make you feel better:
- Look at the above list and choose an area of your life that needs a boost. Get a shirt with the associated color. Go wild! Even if it’s yellow and you’ve never worn yellow before ? go for it! Do you need to show some strength? Choose bold blue.
- Pick the 3 colors that you wear less and get clothing accessories in those specific colors: a watch, underwear, jewelry, shoes, socks and more. The sky is the limit! Get creative! It is also said that black is a great accent color, which makes other colors stand out more. Think black belt over a brightly colored dress!
- Look at your work and home space and choose a color that will create a refreshing and uplifting feeling. Get accessories in the associated color: flowers, candles, pillows, art, toys, and more. Change your placemats or napkins occasionally to capture the spirit of the seasons. What does your guest bedroom look and feel like? Could you improve a feeling of safety and welcome with color?
- Visit the local farmer’s market and get colorful vegetables and fruits: different colored peppers, orange and yellow tomatoes. Vibrant, energetic colors. Pay attention to the colors on your plate. Invite more colors in. Making a green salad? Add an orange carrot and a yellow or red pepper. Make a colorful fruit salad. Mix things up for increased health benefits.
Everything is made up of energy vibrating at different frequencies that correspond to sound, light and color. We are drawn to the colors we need. One thing to keep in mind is that complimentary colors (those opposite each other on the color wheel) evoke feelings of excitement, like red and green, purple and yellow. Analogous colors (those close to each other) give a feeling of either warm and cozy or can be depressing and sad, like shades of gray.
What do your color selections say about you? What changes would you like to make to alter your mood and create balance? There are endless possibilities!