The Colors of the Rainbow – Light Therapy: Part 2
I have always enjoyed artwork. I enjoy talking about art, I enjoy performing art, I enjoy looking at art. Art of all forms I enjoy. One of my favorite parts of artwork is the colors used to detail what the artist is trying to express. From the natural earth tones provided by woodwork to the neon colors in splatter painting, the colors define the uniqueness of each piece of artwork. Maybe I always just took for granted the colors of the rainbow and actually working with them from my early days of school in art class. I remember the little white trays that we would put paint on in 5th grade and combining the colors to start learning how the colors work together. Do you remember meeting ROY G BIV in grade school? I remember meeting him in fifth grade and I will never forget him. If you never met Roy, then please respond to the blog and I will introduce you to him! I remember often ending up with brown because I would try to mix so many. We always started with red, blue, and yellow and then try to make a picture to take home and show off to our friends and family. From there, my knowledge grew and has continued to grow with time. I always have known that color possesses power because of my wardrobe. I always felt comfortable in certain colors and uncomfortable in others. As time has gone by, my appreciation has grown for the diversity and uniqueness of each spectrum.
One thing that always amazed me was the spectrum of the rainbow. It was a little more complex than the colors I learned mixing in sixth grade but not so overwhelming as the neon lights of Las Vegas. There is a simplicity and grace in the colors of the rainbow but you may have never thought much past that fact. Each and every color have properties unique to its own spectrum. The following will cover some of the magical powers observed since the beginnings of recorded time. It is up to you to decide whether you let the colors take hold and create a positive force on your day, because remember “Happiness is a Choice”.
The colors of the rainbow are the ‘basic spectrum’ from which all the light we see is composed. Although these colors merge smoothly, they are sometimes divided into red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet (and other names). Just as various musical sounds contain the tones of the basic scale (often combinations of tones, e.g. chords), so any colored light is made up of its “spectral components.[i]
Isaac Newton showed that not only can a triangular prism separate a beam of sunlight into rainbow colors (that had already been known), but also that, when a second prism brings the different colors together again, white light is once more obtained. Therefore[,] white light is a combination of all the rainbow colors, and the prism separates its colors because the angle by which a beam of light is bent, when it enters glass, differs from one color to the next.i
“Whether the colors of the rainbow flow from a can of paint, are naturally highlighted from mother nature, or projected on a wall through a crystal prism by the sun’s light each has different energetic effects on one’s body. This is from where color therapy stems [and from where science derives the potentially positive power of color (if utilized correctly)]. The Buddhist monks of the 8th century were pioneers of color therapy because their knowledge helped define and give us ways to understand the different spectrums.”[ii] This coined the term Chakra. A chakra is an energetic point in the body and relates to different levels of the spine, each holding different properties from one to the next. I only introduce the idea to help explain the different spectrums of the rainbow and colors . This is another topic possibly to discuss in an upcoming blog so stay posted for more magical blog spots by Dr. Kender III D.C.
So let’s get down to it. What do the colors mean? Listed below are the seven spectrums and how they are defined in real world applications.
Red is the most dynamic color of the spectrum. It has a big presence and unlimited energy. You are noticed if you wear red; make sure you are ready to face the world.[iii] I often wonder if this is why we use red so cautiously in traffic signs and signals. It is powerful enough to stop you in your tracks. It is worth pondering at least…
Red is the color of the base chakra, which is located at the very bottom of the spine. Life is conceived through this chakra and life begins through this chakra. Red energy connects us to the earth and gives us the courage and strength to belong to this planet. Fresh energy travels from the earth through our feet, to replenish the essential life force we require to keep ourselves going. Working in offices, high up above the ground, wearing shoes and driving cars gives us very little chance to be in direct contact with the ground. Somehow we do not get enough ‘earth energy’, which is essential for our existence. As a result, tiredness, apathy, depression, lack of enthusiasm and lack of vitality have become synonymous with the modern human condition. A simple remedy, available to us all, is to kick off our shoes and have a little wild dance, on the first available piece of earth we encounter.iii
Think about it…Have you ever been to the beach and almost had your shoes off all day soaking up the electrons from the sand and from the ocean water? Don’t you typically feel recharged, relaxed or somehow reenergizedin ways you can’t explain?
“Use red when you lack enthusiasm or energy, when you lack self-confidence and you find it difficult to realize your dreams, or when you feel insecure.” iii These are just a few suggestions to use the healing properties of the spectrum RED.
When you think orange, what pops in your head? Is it Florida or the sweet smell and taste of a fresh squeezed glass of orange juice?? Maybe neither, but the color orange also has its unique blend of properties. You get orange from a mixture of yellow and red. ”In Europe and America, surveys show that orange is the colour most associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, warmth, fire, energy, activity, danger, taste and aroma, the autumn season, and Protestantism, as well as having long been the national colour of the Netherlands and the House of Orange. In Asia it is an important symbolic colour of Buddhism and Hinduism.”[iv]
Orange is the color of the sacral chakra, which is located in the area between the navel and the start of the pubic bone. Orange has the vitality but not the aggression of masculine red; it has feminine energy. Sexuality is energized by this chakra and can be expressed in many creative ways.iii
Yellow is for originality, detachment, freedom, mental ability, joy, new ideas, networking, self-worth, self-confidence, intellect, adventure, clarity of thought. Yellow is diplomatic, analytical, charming, popular, persuasive, able to make money, sophisticated, lover of innovation, sunny, agile smooth, curious, inquisitive, tolerant, broad-minded, expansive, purifying. Yellow increases verbal reasoning, critical judgment. Yellow can also be absent minded, sarcastic, cowardly, fanatical, mentally manipulative, treacherous, judgmental and sharp tongued.iii
I never thought a color could have so much meaning until I further explored the energy concepts of art therapy. Colors do not always just embrace positive vibrations but also can embrace negative vibrations. The way I look at it though is that you wouldn’t have good without the bad. You wouldn’t be able to enjoy a sunny day without a rainy day, and you wouldn’t have a left if you didn’t have a right. No matter what the color does for you it may not do for another and this is the beauty of the world in which we live.
When I think green, I think recycle. What do you think…? Some think, keep on the green…Others think of the sweet smell of fresh cut grass. No matter what, the color that meets the middle of the rainbow has very profound implications.
In surveys made in Europe and the United States, green is the color most commonly associated with nature, life, health, youth, spring, hope and envy. In Europe and the U.S., green is sometimes associated with death (green has several seemingly contrary associations), sickness, or the devil, but in China its associations are very positive, as the symbol of fertility and happiness.[v]
Green is the color of the heart chakra, which is positioned in the center of the chest. Green is positioned in the middle of the rainbow, and this chakra is in the middle of the three physical chakras (red, orange, yellow) and the three spiritual ones (blue, indigo, violet). The heart balances the physical and spiritual energies through unconditional love and compassion. Green stimulates the arms, hands, lungs, and heart. Through our hands we transfer the flow of loving energy from one person to the next. That is why the gift of touch is so important. Our hands are our most precious tools; if we think of them as vehicles of love, every job we do using them will vibrate loving energy.iii
Blue impacts our lives just as sure as the skies are filled with blue on a clear day. Blue is often explained as an emotion. Blue typically refers to being sad but it can truly have happy calming effects on a visual scale.
“Blue is the color of the throat chakra. Discrete in nature, it has female energy; energy that soothes and reassure in a stable committed way, just like the blue sky. The endocrine glands associated with blue are the thyroid gland and parathyroid glands.” iii
Blue is relaxing and most of us have experienced the gentle calmness associated with blue when laying on a blanket staring up at the soft blue sky. There is something about it that allows you to take a deep breath and let calmness invade your body. If you are experiencing high levels of stress, try going out and embracing the blue skies and see if it affects you.
Indigo is a color that is traditionally regarded as a color in the visible spectrum, as well as one of the seven colors of the rainbow: the color between blue and violet. Although traditionally considered one of seven major spectral colors, sources differ as to its actual position in the electromagnetic spectrum.[vi]
Indigo is the color of the brow chakra. It is located in the middle of the forehead, between the eyebrows, and its connected to the sense of intuition, which is not fully developed yet. The third eye is represented by a two pedal lotus; the number two representing the two hemispheres of the brain-good or evil, spirit or body, day or night, male or female, hot or cold. Our third eye when fully open, has amazing powers. We were designed to have extrasensory perception, which is the ability to hear sounds and voices that are not of this earth, to see images of creatures from a different space and to smell scents that are never found on this planet. Our third eye gives us the possibility to be totally connected with the universe, with no fears, worries, dreams, hopes, or disappointments. This amazing inner strength is, at times, too much to own and to be responsible for, so we need to reeducate ourselves on how to master this wonderful gift we were born with.iii
For some of us this is a stretch to what the color actually means to you, but just by reading this blog it may make you more open to the possibilities innately born into you.
“Violet is the most inspirational color of all; it helps our consciousness to open to higher levels and communicate with all that is above our daily understanding.”iii Violet is the end of the spectrum of the colors of the rainbow and possesses powers that are restorative and balancing.
Colors provide visual stimulation and can have all sorts of emotion and feeling wrapped up into them. Next time you see a rainbow you can now think about the colors in a different way. If you need energized then throw that red shirt on before you go out or if you are anxious about a situation, surround yourself with blue. Whatever you do, just know that color can create a new attitude and outlook on your daily energy and emotion.
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Dr. Andrew Kender, III, D.C.
August 10, 2016
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[iii] Sundt, Theresa. The Art of Color Threapy. Home Art & Sales Service AG-Zepter Group, Italy 2008.
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