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How Colour Can Improve Our Energy And Wellbeing

A look at the healing benefits of Colour Therapy.

issue eleven : tactile colour

By Tessa Parsonage

Hands up if the mere thought of sunshine instantly makes you feel happier? And a few minutes of feeling the sun on your skin has the same effect, yes? What colour comes to mind when you think of the word SUNNY? I’m almost certain most of us will be thinking yellow.

Not sure about you, but when I think of the colour yellow a few things spring to mind in addition to glorious sunshine… daisies, laughter, lemonade, bees, spring, the sound of a bicycle bell or wind chimes, lying on the beach, buttered popcorn! Incredible that a single colour can conjure up such strong and positive associations, physical emotions and vivid memories.

Although that all sounds wonderful, it’s far more than just a whimsical notion. It’s science and a bit of magic all rolled into one.

Since humans naturally associate colours with emotions (we’re ‘feeling blue’, ‘green with envy’, ‘tickled pink’ or ‘seeing red’), it makes sense that colour therapy can be hugely beneficial to our wellbeing. Colour – essentially waves of energy in varying frequencies – has been used for centuries in holistic, non-invasive treatments (like chromotherapy) dating back thousands of years; evidence of this can be found in ancient texts from India, China and Egypt.

To help us dive deeper into the world of colour therapy, we reached out to Kath Roberts, a UK-based Colour Healer, Reiki Master, Certified Life Coach and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (among other things).

What is colour therapy?

Colour therapy is energy medicine for the soul. Everyone has a third-dimensional physical body and a fourth-dimensional energy field known as the aura. Colour therapy works specifically on the energy field itself through healing intention, getting to the root rather than dealing with the symptom.

Colour is essentially light waves in varying frequencies. When we bring light (awareness) to a situation there is a corresponding shift in our vibration as the heavy emotions, as well as stored (often forgotten and suppressed) memories, are released, and emotions can begin to flow again. Once we find acceptance and meaning in our life’s circumstances and experiences, we can release any resistance that blocks the energy field, creating dis-ease and imbalance in the body. Working with colour enables old belief structures to be examined aiding the release of outdated mental programming and belief systems.

When we feel good on the inside, we radiate positively and enjoy good health and vitality. Perception is everything, and we are always creating our reality whether we realise it or not. Colour therapy allows us to see more of what is hidden within the depths of our psyche and our cellular memory. By restoring wholeness, we can live with greater ease, purposefulness and experience pure joy. In short, it allows us to make sense of our world.

Is there more than one type of colour therapy?

Colour therapy can be administered in many different ways, and one of the most popularly utilised methods is chromotherapy; shining concentrated coloured lights directly onto the body aimed at the chakra points.

It is also possible to conduct colour therapy by wearing coloured silks. The Colour Mirrors system of coloured oils in glass bottles works in precisely the same way. However, bathing in the oils typically activates deeper and more sustainable levels of consciousness.

What does your typical colour therapy session look like?

In a face to face session, clients typically choose coloured oils they are drawn to and arrange them in a sequence that feels right for them. I typically work dynamically and get clients to choose bottles that may represent particular obstacles, challenges and/ or feelings they are processing and then to select a bottle that will heal it.

In the Colour Mirrors system that I specifically work with, we have 93 coloured oils and around 33 essences. Essences activate our sense of smell which bypasses the conscious mind process. As this is very much an intuitive process, it stops a client from over-thinking or second-guessing. Each bottle whether single or dual coloured; has a particular vibration and energy signature with its own unique message each revealing hidden clues to the soul’s journey as well as any unhealed aspects of self and an individual’s potential. The combined bottles give more information about the subconscious patterns that the client might be holding onto.

Image from Kath-Roberts.com

Sometimes there is awareness from the client of this, and sometimes it is largely unconscious. We can take on unprocessed ancestral wounds (energies) that get passed down the family line and sometimes this is known and sometimes it is largely unconscious.

Sessions are easily adapted online, where clients work with the therapist intentionally. In order to bring light and insight into a given situation, they will be asked to choose a number which is then linked to particular bottles. It is not uncommon for clients to feel physical blocks in areas of the body or to become tearful as old memories come to light.

I always encourage clients to choose a final bottle to bathe in because this takes the process deeper and aids full integration because whilst the mind may have grasped what comes up, the body is always a few steps behind.

At the end of the session, clients will generally feel physically lighter with more energy or they may need to rest because the activation of healing can prompt the desire to sleep. I am often told that they feel truly seen, heard and understood and that the information revealed is very accurate in such a way that when they encounter colour and Colour Mirrors, they feel this deep sense of joy and of coming home.

What are the core benefits of colour therapy?

  • Unlocking and enhancing our potential
  • Discovering our life purpose
  • Opening up to joy and unconditional love
  • Releasing and overcoming blocks which may present as physical aches, pains, tension points and ailments
  • Acknowledging our gifts
  • Accelerating our healing and growth, aiding career choices as well as hitting personal goals such as overcoming weight issues & addictive behaviours
  • Developing self-belief and self-worth through self-acceptance
  • Guiding us on our path-support in attracting and creating what is desired in one’s life
  • Guiding us on our ascension journey

In essence these bottles talk to us and teach us what lies hidden and what keeps us in patterns of self-destruct, fear, judgement and lack. You find yourself being drawn to some bottles and not to others. Our choices reveal information, insights and understanding about ourselves and our life.

How many sessions would one typically require to get effective results?

One session can produce a shift in consciousness and bring restoration to the body, mind and soul, but like many other forms of therapy, having a series of dedicated sessions will produce lasting sustainable results. I typically recommend working with a client’s unique soul colour bottles over a 4-6 month period.

How can we benefit from colour in our everyday lives?

Colour is part of life on a daily basis, yet if you are like many people you may take colour for granted, unaware of its effects and the potentially powerful impact it can have in your life.

Almost everyone responds to colour on purely an instinctive level: think of the colours of a sunrise or sunset, the iridescent shimmer of a rainbow after rain; the beauty of a flower, forest or ocean or luscious hues of ripe, juicy fruit. How about the colour of the car you drive, the clothes you wear, the furnishings in your home: what is it about a particular shade of colour that makes you choose it over another?

This is not just random, when it comes to colour we all have preferences. You may like some, be indifferent to others and totally dislike others, yet your body responds to colour in a way that is not just based on like or dislike. Even if your conscious mind does not pay attention to colour and its properties, your body always does. For example:

  • We instantly all feel warmer in a red room than in a blue one, and restaurant owners often know that red stimulates appetite.
  • We all notice the calming and expansive impact that being in nature brings. The colour green helps harmonise and rebalance us and having nature gardens in hospital settings aid the acceleration of post-operative healing.
  • Executives and politicians all over the world wear black to make themselves look and feel powerful.

Our bodies need natural light and different colours enhance mood and improve health. Research in Russia in the 1960s confirmed that certain parts of the brain are not only light-sensitive but actually respond differently to different wavelengths. It is now believed that different wavelengths (colours) of radiation interact differently with the endocrine system to stimulate or reduce hormone production.

SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) has become a pervasive problem nowadays, in England in particular, where the sun does not shine for up to 1 or 2 weeks. Hence, no light enters into the body. As a consequence, psychological diseases manifest, mainly in the form of depressions, which, according to chromopathy studies, are curable without any use of tranquilisers.

Colour is not just perceived at a physical level, it can affect you on a subliminal level too. If the room where your parents told you they were getting a divorce was yellow you may have an intense dislike of that colour. If your favourite grandparent always wore pink you might have a fondness for that shade.

Our relationship with colour begins to unfold the very moment when we emerge into the world. Colour is deeply encoded in our psyche; as a set of meanings which relate to our survival, our ability to thrive, and our health and wellbeing. Another colleague has described this as a series of archetypes like rainbows with which to bridge the gap between what we know and don’t.

Image by Chris Barbalis @unsplash

What does one study to become a colour therapist?

The starting point for any form of study is a love and fascination for the subject matter, this makes learning altogether a more joyful process.

Typically our practitioner programmes involve around four months of study (approximately 9 full days) as students learn about the properties of each colour and their connection to the chakra system. Then they need to experience them between sessions with specific exercises. All practitioners (therapists) will then need time to practise and build confidence.

Learning, as with all therapies, is accelerated through seeing the consistencies of what is discovered through client sessions as opposed to theoretical study. The programme can be taken either face to face in small groups or online and we have therapists trained in the Colour Mirrors system all over the world. Colour therapy complements other forms of energy healing such as acupuncture, reiki, aromatherapy as well as coaching and counselling services.

Many artists and creatives are also drawn to Colour Therapy training to inspire them and enhance their gifts and talents. This is also the ultimate self-development programme.

To connect with Kath Roberts, or to learn more about her healing sessions, coaching, workshops and products, you can visit her website.

In Living Colour: Chromotherapy

As Kath so beautifully explained it, chromotherapy is the science of using colour (tinted lights) to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Each colour possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration is related to different physical symptoms.

Chromotherapy works on various energy points to help balance your body via the full spectrum of visible light, each colour addressing a distinct need.

Putting this article together has been a welcome reminder that it’s possible to reap the benefits of colour in our everyday lives, not just something we experience for an hour or two with a therapist. Colour is all around us. This incredible planet does not contain all the beautiful colours of the rainbow for no reason. It’s everywhere and in everything… all we need to do is to heighten our awareness of the energy of colour and pay attention to how it can transform our moods, our energy and our lives.

In an effort to encourage and inspire each other during challenging times like the one we’re currently facing, we would love to hear from our readers in the comments below. What colours resonate with you? How do YOU use colour in your daily life to uplift and energise yourself and those around you?

Please be aware that no complementary therapy should be considered as an alternative to professional medical advice where necessary, and you should always consult your healthcare practitioner before changing or stopping any prescribed medication or therapies.


Kath Roberts

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