Help Your Self Therapies
Gladys Taylor LLSA GSSR Col.T (dip.)
‘Light is Life’
from y Charaka Satyam Who writes
‘Light is life. Without light, foods would not grow, flowers would not bloom and the life of animals and man would simply disappear. Sunshine raises our
spirits and quite literally …’
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What is Colour Therapy.
Hello there, I’m Gladys, introducing simple and effective choices you can make to enhance your life, by utilising light, and nature’s gifts.
Whilst studying colour therapy I learned colourful foods, such as fruits and vegetables, improve well-being. Some of you may enjoy wearing colours in clothing, for their therapeutic effect. The best materials are the natural fibres of silk, cotton, linen and wool.
If you enjoy wearing, holding or being in the vicinity of gems, crystals and minerals, you will notice they have a subtle effect on how you feel.
The colours of light, as depicted in the rainbow, are moving frequencies of energy. They feed all plant life. At the same time we know that without light, our life would not exist.
While we are here we can utilise and enjoy these frequencies, from uplifting the mood, to calming or indeed, energising ourselves, and more.
We have been given the colour tools. WE have the ability to choose which ones we want to use.
The properties of colours – a quick overview of their uses, contra-indications and complementary colours.
Let’s start with the strongest ray of red and go through to the lightest ray of violet.
RED. Stands for self-awareness. The slowest, hottest vibration. Complementary is blue. ) More towards turquoise these days.)
Do not use red in cases of:
Fevers, heart or circulatory problems, high blood pressure, infections, mental illness.
Red is good in small doses, although these days some therapists may use deep pink (cerise.), instead of red.
Red is warming, energising, good to use in small doses when anaemic or chilled.
Pink is preferable to red, for example, if we’re angry.
When too hot use complementary turquoise blue to bring down temperature, or help to be cool
Fruits and vegetables such as red apples, melons, cherries, strawberries, red peppers, tomatoes,
red cabbage etc. will all help to warm you up.
Complementary blue/turquoise such as in blueberries, blue or green grapes, will cool.
Orange. Stands for self-confidence. Complementary indigo.
Warm, encouraging colour useful for creativity.
A great colour to have around you when writing, acting, composing, performing etc.
Use this vitalising colour for energy, especially when you wish to be artistic.
Helps with movement, good for the bones, osteo-arthritis and irritable bowel.
Use complementary indigo if you become hyperactive in body or mind.
turnips, oranges, peaches etc. are all useful for energy and creativity.
For indigo, the midnight blue, use deep blue fruits such as damsons, plums or grapes to slow overactive thoughts.
Yellow. Stands for self-worth.
This is the true sunshine colour, bright, energising for mind and body. If you are genuinely too modest, go for yellow. If over boastful, try a hint of violet!
These are also the two colours for the intellect but beware of too much pride.
This is the colour for digestion, assimilation and physical energy.
If lacking in energy, feeling a bit sour, try bright yellow vegetables and fruits such as yellow peppers, grapefruit, bananas, lemons and plums.
If too energetic, try violet-hued fruits and vegetables.
Plums, blackcurrants, even blackberries are in this category.
Green. Stands for self-love, that most important of properties, which we often deny to the self.
There is no true complementary, but we use pink.
In the centre of the rainbow, green is the pivotal colour of the spectrum. It is neither hot nor cold.
Find this colour in all green vegetables and fruits from apples to cabbage!
Useful for lymphatic support, for fighting colds and viral infections. Also great for the liver.
This colour, good for balance and harmony, can be overused.
If you are continuously eating, wearing and living in green, you may become stuck. Remember, green, being in the centre of the spectrum, can become like a see-saw. Only you can make the effort to get off and move somewhere else!
Try using a little pink. This may encourage you to take that first step outside that comfort zone.
Blue. With a hint of turquoise
Stands for self-communication, especially of the spoken word.
If you are shallow breathing, have breathing allergies or diseases such as asthma, try utilising this gentle fairly pale blue to help in expanding the lungs and bronchii.
If you can’t swallow, try a glass of blue solarised water, and use a straw.
All fruits and vegetables of green and blue can be used here.
A blue silk scarf, wound around the throat, is valuable at times when breathing is difficult or when infection is present, such as tonsilitis, sore throat or asthma.
If you find you want to say something but are lacking in confidence or courage, try cerise pink here. Red can be too aggressive!
Indigo is for self-responsibility. Complementary orange.
This indigo, midnight blue colour is useful for headaches, especially migraine, or when there is too much thinking going on!
The deep blue helps with relaxation of the mind and aids deep sleep.
Orange can brighten the mood, bring warmth and help with taking decisions, rather than shirking a matter in hand.
Find the indigo colour in foods like deep blue damsons, plums, blackcurrants and even beetroot.
Orange is easy to use in foods, oranges, peaches and turnips are great for upliftment.
Violet. Stands for self-consciousness. Complementary yellow.
If you lock yourself away a bit too much, like a certain person I know only too well, try the yellow vibration to energise yourself into going out. Find it in fruits and vegetables.
Plums, tomatoes, melons, peppers.
It is okay to sit and write, read or study so long as it is not because you are avoiding going out.
Socialising is a necessary part of being human so if you find you are in “hermit mode”, try a sunshine yellow fix of fruits, vegetables and bright clothing.
At the same time, we can also avoid the “sitting down and doing it” mode. So, if you are stuck in this frame of mind, then go for violet fruits, vegetables and clothing or scarves.
The deep purples, such as in damsons, endive, blackcurrants etc. are valuable here.
When it comes to solid crystals, gems and minerals, you have the same colour information but, you can choose to carry, wear or be in the vicinity of these beautiful gifts of nature. Small pieces are as effective as larger ones.
Some choices could be:
Red. Ruby, red jasper, garnet
Orange. Carnelian, orange jasper, peach moonstone, citrine
Yellow. Amber, yellow jasper, also citrine
Green. Emerald, aventurine,
Turquoise. Amazonite, jade
Blue. Tourmaline, blue lace agate
Indigo. Blue john, sapphire, lapis lazuli, sodalite
Violet. Amethyst, tourmaline
Gold. Iron pyrites, rutilated quartz
Black. Marble, jet, black obsidion
White. White and clear quartz
Clear quartz helps with all colours and is protective against energy drain when used at the computer.
Pink. Rose quartz, pink moonstone
I hope this little introduction to colour therapy gives you pleasure and enjoyment. If it has caught your interest, there is a great deal more in books, online and here at Help Your Self Therapies.
“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.