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As long as I can remember when I was a child, having been born in the Philippines and living on the East Coast I was surrounded by greenery most of my early childhood. When I moved to Arizona, I instantly felt an overwhelming feeling of sadness. As I dug deeper into why I felt this way, I realized that all the color around me had shifted from rich tropical and forestry green environments to dark browns and neutral colors that (for me) was simply non stimulating and drab.
My theory was confirmed yet again when I was away on vacation and came back to see that the landscapers removed a huge palm tree that provided shade and greenery over my front porch. I cried, I threw a fit OVER A TREE. This palm tree made me SO happy, it was a blanket of life and vibrancy in my eyes!
It left me wondering how color and light can influence mood and health.
Also known as chromotherapy, color therapy is based on the idea that color and colored lights can help treat physical or mental health. According to this idea, they cause subtle changes in our moods and biology.
Color therapy has a long history. Records indicate that color and light therapy were once practiced in ancient Egypt, Greece, China, and India.
Colors are all vibratory. Each of the color photons has its own wavelength and frequency. The body recognizes these waveforms and responds to them.The way we perceive color is because of the vibration it holds. Each color charges our cells a certain way as a result. It is important to acknowledge that each color gives us a certain amount of energy manifesting as creativity, motivation, happiness, or energy that relaxes our bodies, clears the mind of anxiety and stress, and gives us a good night of rest.
Light is responsible for turning on the brain and the body. Light enters the body through the eyes and skin. When even a single photon of light enters the eye, it lights up the entire brain. This light triggers the hypothalamus, which regulates all life-sustaining bodily functions, the autonomic nervous system, endocrine system, and the pituitary (the body's master gland). The hypothalamus is also responsible for our body's biological clock. It also sends a message, by way of light, to the pineal organ, which is responsible for releasing one of our most important hormones, melatonin. The release of melatonin is directly related to light, darkness, colors, and the Earth's electromagnetic field. This necessary hormone affects every cell in the body. It turns on each cell's internal activities, allowing them to harmonize with each other and nature. The pineal gland is believed to be responsible for our feeling of oneness with the universe and sets the stage for the relationship between our inner being and the environment. If that relationship is harmonious, we are healthy, happy, and feel a sense of well-being. An imbalance in this relationship makes itself known in the form of disorders or disease in our physical, mental or emotional states. The pineal is our “light meter”, and receives information from the heavens above, to give us that sense of oneness with the universe, and from the Earth's electromagnetic field below to keep us grounded. A perfect balance is necessary to maintain our health and to keep us in harmony with the environment.
Pink is symbolic for our inner child—the pure innocence we have within us. Pink charges our cells with the vibration that allows our body to start releasing trauma. It is a purifier and cleanser.
Red governs our primal instincts it activates your physical senses, taste, smell, sound, touch, and vision. Red light has the lowest energy, frequency, vibration and the longest wavelength.
Yellow helps awaken mental inspiration. Great for nervous or nerve-related conditions, as well as fueling our mind. Yellow penetrates our inner core and bring zest and enlightenment.
Orange is a warm color and is extremely soothing to the senses. It governs our creative energy, sensual energy and emotional energy. It helps our circadian rythym align while bringing balance.
Green helps relax the muscles, nerves and thoughts. It relieves headaches. It gives the mind and body a sense of renewal, clarity, and peace and allows you to feel interconnected with the earth
Teal is great for cleansing the mind of redundant stagnant thoughts, raising your vibration and opening you to feel light. This color can can help release emotional build up.
Blue brings freedom and peace to the mind while clearing away worried thoughts and troublesome life experiences.
Indigo is one of the most powerful mentally-stimulating colors of the visible light spectrum. It creates greater dream activity and increases imagination.