Color therapy is based on the theory that the vibrations of different hues can be used to heal both physical and emotional ailments. This is what I do in my practice as a rainbow energy healer. To understand this, first you should know that each color has its own wavelength on the visible light spectrum. Shorter wavelength shades, like violet and blue, have faster frequencies and vibrate more than those with longer wavelengths, like red. Different colors have different properties, and color therapy uses each shade’s light vibration on skin to aid the body in healing emotional and physical trauma.
The History of Color Therapy
In the 1950s, scientist Robert Gerard used an electroencephalogram (EEG), a device that detects electrical activity in the brain, to prove that colors do in fact affect both the body and mind in a very specific manner. He was able to test the reactions of each area of the body when different colored lights were beamed on the skin. Gerard’s findings were extensive, with data showing that the color red increased the amount of energy in the body, while blue relaxed the body. Charles Klotsche, author of Color Medicine, writes, “By matching corresponding wavelengths to the organs and systems of the body, it strengthens or sedates energy in the distressed areas, creating a support system for the healing process.”
In modern times, color healing and its relation to the chakras is an area of increasing interest and research. Chakras are energy centers along the spine that are tied to various organs and systems of the body, with emotional and spiritual qualities. Documentation of the chakras dates back the ancient Sanskrit Upanishad texts around the eighth century BC in India. In this tradition, each chakra vibrates at a particular frequency (or color). According to color therapy, certain shades can help balance different chakras and the physical emotional systems associated with them.
First Chakra: Red
The first chakra, or root chakra, vibrates with the color red. Located at the base of the spine, this chakra represents physicality, home, grounding, needs and survival. Physically, it’s tied to the skeletal system, adrenal glands, lymphatic system, bladder, elimination system, legs, feet and ankles. This chakra is the foundation of all the chakras, which is why it’s so important to keep it in balance. Blocks in the first chakra can cause anxiety, disconnection from the world around you, and worry. I suggest to my clients to wear the color red to feel more solid and connected to the earth.
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