Help Your Self Therapies
Gladys Taylor LLSA GSSR Col.T (dip.)
From early childhood, Gladys had eyesight problems. At twenty eight she was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, told it was rare and no research was being done for the condition. ‘Just go away and forget about it’ the consultant said.
In nineteen seventy six Gladys was registered blind. Thanks to Stephen Cameron of the Glasgow Blind Society and his wife Ann, ways of coping with sight loss were introduced to her. Tuition of the Braille system meant she could read again. Application to forgotten typing skills and writing letters was possible. Gradually she learned a valuable insight. Visually impaired people laugh a lot, often at themselves.
In nineteen ninety one her new diploma in Aromatherapy provided the legal licence to use essential oils as a practitioner. With her self-employed business in place, Gladys
added Reflexology, then Colour Therapy to her skills. As her interest in energy continued, courses in Polarity Healing, Reiki, Bach Flower Remedies, counselling and spiritual healing sustained her thirst for learning.
In her head, Gladys ‘sees’ interweaving fluorescent colours. At amazing speeds, they mix concurrently with millions of coloured dots, silver specks and fine net shapes. These nets and lines move back and forth, from side to side and are sometimes like an X shape. This is what Gladys ‘sees’ twenty four seven, while she is awake. This may be Charles Bonnet Syndrome. She believes being busy, interested in life and people helps her when she’s negative. This is when colour therapy is a boon. colour oils, solarised water and imagery are favourite choices of hers.
Gladys loves learning. ‘We never stop storing up knowledge’ she says, ‘and that constantly brightens and colours my life.’ She’s an avid reader – anything from crime and thriller to biography and poetry. A love of words, their rhythms and figures of speech keep her writing at the computer. Through winter to Spring, she finds taking part in three writing groups, for short story writing, life writing and for improving writing and editing skills , therapeutic, social and pleasurable.
The creation and sharing of these pages brings her much happiness. Gladys wishes others joy in reading about, and using colour in a wide variety of ways, if they choose to. She says ‘Just Help Your Self!’.
“Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.”
Louise L. Hay (born 1926)
I have compiled these pages from knowledge gained for example, from courses, web pages on colour therapy, books, oils and experience of colour therapy use on myself and clients. Any books, imagery, products etcetera I mention are not written or made by me, and are therefore used at your own choice and risk.