Healing with the Rainbow
using light & colour for healing
Copyright… Kathie Strmota, LoveLight Co-Creative HealthCare
You may not be aware of it, but your body receives the vibrations of different colours every day… from the clothes you wear, from the paint on your walls, from the sunset, or the tinted lenses of your glasses.
Light and colour permeate our lives, and we cannot escape their influence. What we can do, however, is use them consciously to influence our physical, emotional, mental and energetic well being. Conscious and controlled use of light and colour can be a very powerful way to positively influence your mood, perceptions and physical health, with the intention of entraining the energetic system to a new, more harmonious, vibrational pattern.
The aim, when selecting colours to use for the body is to answer the questions: ‘What vibration is lacking?’ or ‘What vibration is in excess?’
In order to restore balance, when a vibration is lacking it should be added and, when it is in excess, its complementary (or opposite) colour should be used. Red and green are complementary colours, purple and yellow are complementary, blue and orange are complementary.
In most cases, the way I work is to use both the treatment colour and its complementary colour, in varying degrees, according to the body’s need.
As Pauline Willis states in her book Colour Reflexology: “The complementary colour is used alongside the treatment colour because human beings are composed of opposites. We have a right and left hemisphere to our brain. If we breathe in we must breathe out. We contain both the male and female energies. In order to become whole, we have to accept these opposites and then transcend them. By using a colour together with its complementary we are working with opposites in order to help bring about a state of wholeness.”
And I have found that, in my experience, the body does often request colours in this way.
For the purpose of restoring vibrational balance, it is generally best to use bright, clear, vibrant colours, rather than their murky or washed out counterparts. For example, if green is called for, try to use a strong emerald or forest green, rather than a browny olive or mustard green. For orange, use a bright fruit orange rather than a dusty ochre orange. Having said that, whatever the body requests is exactly what it needs. So, if you need green, and you get a really strong urge to wear a mustard green jumper then, by all means, go with that. We can’t always understand why a body may need a specific vibration and shouldn’t try to limit that if there is a strong intuitive signal.
In the body, an imbalance such as inflammation is a hot, irritated physical and energetic state (red/orange), and needs cooling and calming down (green/blue). Even without the help of a reference book, I imagine that most of you would logically, or intuitively, come to the same conclusion.
We also seem to intuitively know what is needed for our emotional states. Someone who is chronically sullen and withdrawn is encouraged to get out in the sunshine and wear bright clothes. You would expect to find a lot of grey or black in their wardrobe.
Years ago, I lived with a man who was quick to anger (and I also used to fire up quite easily). It was quite an emotionally wild time. I found, when I looked back at that period of my life that, over time, I had ceased to wear red altogether. I did not have a stitch of red in my entire wardrobe – not even a ribbon – and very few warm colours overall. My wardrobe had become a blurr of cool colours… blues, purples and greens. It is as if I had instinctively known that what I needed around me, and what he needed to see and absorb, were cooling colours to keep our vibrations below the anger threshold… It puts me in mind of that saying: “it’s like a red rag to a bull”.
These effects are very real, and we are continuously influenced by light and colour, whether we know it or not.
In the chakra system, the lower chakras carry the slower frequencies of red, orange and yellow, while the higher chakras carry the higher frequencies of blue, indigo and violet. The heart chakra, in the middle, carries the vibration of green, an overall healing and balancing colour. It represents harmony and balanced body polarities.
In disease, there may be over-stimulation, with too much red in the system, (indicated by things such as fever, inflammation, irritability, skin rashes, bloodshot eyes, and pink fingernails) or there may be under-activity, with too much blue, (indicated by pale skin, sluggishness, a bluish tinge to the eyes, bluish nails, and a general anaemic appearance). The over-stimulated, hot condition needs treatment with the colours green or blue, while the under-active condition requires treatment with red or orange. The same applies to the chakras themselves. When a chakra is over-energised it needs treatment with its complementary colour to help slow it down a bit and, when it is under-energised, it needs more of its own colour.
It is preferable, when working generally with the body, to use stimulating colours in the morning and sedating colours in the evening. If a sequence of colours is to be used for a general balance, start with stimulating colours, then proceed to the blues and purples, and finish with green as the balancer and harmoniser.
Choosing the most appropriate Colours
So, when it comes to chakras, or body conditions that are not obviously ‘hot’ or ‘cold’, how do you know what colours you need?
You can get yourself a reference on the qualities of the individual colours, and what conditions they’re most beneficial for. This can be a helpful starting guide to see which colour is in excess or lacking when you have a particular body condition, and will give you a bit of direction.
You can also use your intuition and inner feelings to guide you. These will never let you down if you allow yourself to trust them and don’t let your logic and doubt get too involved. Regardless of the intuitive method you use, be sure to have the question (your intention) clear in your mind. For example: What colour is most appropriate for me now? or What colour do I need most right now?
If you are working with a specific physical condition, like a broken leg or kidney disease, ask the question, you may ask ‘What colour will best help right now to help restore balance to my leg / my kidneys?’ If you are dealing with an emotional condition, you make ask ‘What colour will best help me right now to release this anger / feel more confident / feel motivated / forgive my mother?’ and so on.
You may notice that all these intentions include a reference to ‘right now’. This is because there may be a range of colours needed as the healing process progresses. What you are seeking is the appropriate vibration for your body at that particular time. If you ask the same question on the following day, the answer may be different. Or you may need the same colour every day. It’s important to recognise that you are addressing the specific imbalance patterns which exist at the time of applying the colour.
Attraction is the most simple and direct application of your intuitive channels. You can hold your question or intention in mind, and then simply look at a range of colours and see which grab your attention, or which you feel most drawn to. You may do this by opening your wardrobe and scanning the range of colours in your clothes, or by looking around at the colours in the room. You could also create a colour swatch chart, using textas or your computer, for easy reference.
If you don’t have any ‘props’ you can simply see what name or image of a colour pops up in your mind. Once you’ve identified a colour – and it will always be the first one you’re drawn to or the first that pops into your head (before you start to analyse it) – don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense to your logical expectation, or if you think ‘Eeuw! I hate that colour!’ Just trust your system and go with it. It will be exactly what you need. Muscle testing, or dowsing over a colour wheel with a pendulum are also useful techniques if you’ve learned to use them.
For those of you who aren’t practiced in any specific techniques, or don’t feel ready to trust your own intuition directly, you can try some of the following ‘pot luck’ methods. Trust me, your body will draw the right answer to you.
You could make a range of coloured cards, each containing the main ‘rainbow’ colours, plus a collection of all the lovely shades inbetween, and use these just as you would a set of guidance cards or tarot. Simply hold your intention while you shuffle the cards, and then randomly select one. This will be the colour to apply.
You could also collect a range of coloured glass beads, or a variety of different coloured tumbled crystals, and keep them in a little cotton bag. Hold your intention while reaching into the bag and feeling around for the bead or stone which feels right. Once you have it, draw it out and see what colour you need.
You can also use these same basic intuitive processes to answer questions about the best way to administer a colour, where to apply it, for how long, and whether more colours are needed following that application.
There is no specific time frame in relation to applying colour to the body. It is very much an individual process, depending upon the situation, the nature of the imbalance and the source of the colour treatment.
In the framework of a healing session, using a high quality torch, I find that enough colour can often be administered within a few minutes because the energy is already geared to the healing process and the body is just taking a trigger of what it needs to restore itself. In some other situation, it may be more appropriate to expose the body to a particular colour for an hour or more and, in yet another circumstance, you may have the urge to wear the same colour every day for a month!
I think the best thing to do is simply to follow your intuition and urges as much as possible.
If you need a rule of thumb to get you started, I’d say the more intense the light source and the more transparent the colour filter, the less time is probably needed. So, sunlight through green cellophane onto bare skin may need no more than 15 minutes, while you may need to wear a green cotton shirt for a day or two to get the same benefit.
As I said, it’s best not to think too much about this. Trust your urges. Whatever you feel is right, will be right. You’re not going to do any major damage if you ‘get it wrong’, so to speak, so don’t be afraid to explore and experiment.
Just bear in mind the safety issues of over-exposing the skin to sunlight, and of exposing the eyes directly to bright light. Use your common sense in this.
Colour can be applied directly to the affected body part or, if it is an internal organ, directly to the area of skin above the organ.
For a general body or systemic balance, a colour can be applied to the entire body or energy field, or taken internally as a vibrational essence. It can also be absorbed through the eyes, by looking at something of the appropriate colour (including the coloured selection cards I mentioned earlier), or by having the appropriate coloured lenses on your glasses.
Colour can also be applied to the reflex areas (on either the hands or feet) that relate to the affected body part. Using the hand or foot reflexes can be a convenient and effective way of administering colour if you are treating yourself and cannot comfortably access the area, or if the area is too sensitive to be covered or directly treated with light, or if you are working with someone else who may be uncomfortable about having attention focused directly on their private parts.
Sometimes, for an internal organ, the body will request both the direct skin area above the organ, as well as the reflexes, and I believe that the vibration accesses the tissues in slightly different ways.
A reflexology chart can easily be obtained from many health and healing related stores or magazines. You can probably even photocopy one from a book in your local library, or download one from the web.
If you are familiar with meridians and acupuncture points, you can also apply colour directly to the major points related to specific body areas. This is similar to the idea of using the reflexes, however it will help to balance the energy flow within the relevant meridian and this will have a benefit on all other body areas nourished by that meridian as well.
For chakras, you can apply colour to the whole section of torso in which the relevant chakra is situated. You don’t need to worry too much if you are using a piece of clothing and it overlaps into another chakra area. With a clear intention in mind, you define where the energetic support needs to go.
For the base chakra, the area would be around the bottom, thighs and pubic area, including the legs.
For the Sacral chakra, the area between the belly button and the pubic bone in front, and the coccyx in back.
For the Solar Plexus chakra, the area between the end of the breastbone and the belly button in front, and the lower back / lumbar spine.
For the Heart chakra, the middle chest area, around the breasts, in front, and the middle back / thoracic spine.
For the Throat chakra, the area from the upper chest and shoulders to the upper lip and jaw, including the upper back & neck / cervical spine.
For the Third Eye chakra, the middle of the head, including forehead, eyes, ears and nose, and the back of the skull.
For the Crown chakra, the circular section of the top of the head (the crown).
The body can be exposed to light in a multitude of ways and, although I’m giving you a range of suggestions here, I encourage you to be creative and follow your own intuitive urges. You can use all these methods on yourself or on another person (with their permission, of course), as well as on your pets, your plants and your home.
To simplify it a bit, I’ve placed the different methods into three broad groups: direct light; indirect or reflected light; vibrational or ‘invisible’ light.
Application of direct light includes any situation where light from a light source (sunlight, a light globe or a torch) is filtered through some kind of transparent, or semi-transparent, coloured material such as glass, clear plastic, light fabric, or a clear crystal.
A yellow filter will allow yellow light to be transmitted, while holding back a lot of its complementary vibrations (blue / purple). A blue filter, on the other hand, will allow blue light to pass through, while holding back the yellow and orange frequencies.
A light box, commonly used for colour healing, contains a light globe which shines light through a coloured glass or perspex filter onto the body. Colour torches generally have attachable filters of different colours, through which the light from the torch is delivered.
The light box is a useful method for delivering overall general colours and covering large body areas, while a torch allows for a more specific focus.
For a whole body colour, you can fill a room with one particular colour by replacing the normal ceiling light with a coloured light globe, or by hanging a coloured transparent cloth over a window or over the lampshade. Then you can sit or lie in this room and allow your body to absorb the vibration of the particular colour being transmitted.
You could receive a similar effect by covering yourself in the cloth so that the light from the window has to pass through it before reaching your body.
Using filtered light is most effective if the skin of the relevant part of the body is exposed, or covered only in light semi-transparent white clothing. This ensures that the light is not absorbed by thick fabrics before it reaches the body. And wearing only white ensures that the yellow light your body has requested isn’t distorted by the fabric of blue shirt.
Coloured sheets of cellophane can be placed over a specific body area, allowing daylight to pass through and deliver the colour to your body.
Indirect or Reflected Light
Indirect light is reflected by the pigments on dense opaque surfaces, such as coloured walls and other painted surfaces, as well as dense fabrics such as coats and carpets and furniture upholstery, rather than coming to you directly from a light source.
This light isn’t transmitted through an object, as with transparent filters. Some of it is absorbed into the density of the object and some of it is reflected back out, carrying the wavelength and frequency of the reflected colour to whatever it hits. If you are standing nearby, some of this colour will reach your eyes (which is why you see objects as different colours) and some will hit the rest of your body.
Selecting the colours of your walls or the carpet in your kids’ rooms should be given some serious consideration because the vibration will be continuously emitted into the room and you’ll be getting it whenever you’re in that space.
Whenever you feel the need for a specific colour, and don’t particularly want to repaint the house, you can drape coloured cloths over the furniture, or hang them on the walls. Change the pictures on your walls, or your decorations and ornaments, according to your needs. Burn different coloured candles or bring in a bunch of flowers of the right colour. Change your sheets and pillow cases, or bathroom towels, to suit your colour urges. Eat foods that carry your desired colour. Basically, when you feel the need for a colour, just bring it into your life in whatever way you can. Even wearing clothes of that colour is a benefit because light will reflect off them onto your bare skin surfaces and into your eyes.
Alternately, you can visit a location that provides the colour you need. If you feel the need for green, an obvious place is a park full of lawns and trees. Sitting by the ocean on a clear bright sunny day will give you a burst of blue. Your local pizza restaurant may have red décor and walls, so you might go out for pizza the next time you feel an urge for red.
You will find that if a colour is no good for you, you’ll generally feel repulsed by it at that time, even if at other times you enjoy wearing it or having it around you. You may find that the red pizza shop décor just winds you up further when you are feeling angry and frustrated and, at those times, you have no urge for pizza!
Using reflected light is a good way to work with eye conditions (rather than exposing the sensitive eye components to direct light). It is much less intense and therefore gentler on the eye.
‘Invisible’ Light … Intentional Colour Healing
The vibration of a colour can also be applied to the body using energetic and intentional methods without needing to physically expose the body to that colour using light sources or reflective materials. Physical exposure to light has a more direct influence on the body and field at the physical levels, while energetic methods influence the energy field first with their effects gradually filtering into the physical.
Applying colour with intention using visualisation and colour breathing are the simplest energetic methods. You can close your eyes and visualise the appropriate colour surrounding and filling a particular body area (both internally and externally), or flowing through a chakra, or streaming through a particular meridian channel.
You can also use this method to surround yourself, and your aura, with a coloured light shield.
A light shield is like a filter of light that surrounds you and allows only compatible vibrations to pass through, according to its colours. For example, a blue light shield has the qualities of enhancing communication and understanding with other people. I’ll surround myself with blue when I’m doing something that requires me to be a good listener and a good communicator, and be open to being co-operative.
There is a simple listing of different colours and their qualities in the Sacred Healing Space on this site, if you’d like to get an idea of how you might use the different colours.
Colour breathing is another way to draw colour vibrations into your system. You imagine your inhaled breath as a colour. As you breathe in, draw that colour into your body with the breath and send it to the areas where it needs to go.
You can also do a colour meditation, or guided visualization journey, in which you absorb the relevant colour in various ways. For example, if you were working with orange, you may wander through a European forest in autumn, with all the beautiful orange foliage, then come to a clearing where there is an orange picnic blanket and basket. You sit down and open the basket to find a bottle of orange juice, of which you take a hearty drink, and some yummy carrot sticks and dip. You eat some of these and then notice there is a beautiful hot air balloon in the sky with a pattern of orange triangles, and so on. The aim is to absorb the colour into your body in a variety of ways.
Intentional methods are useful if you want to use colour & light vibrations to support people or places who are in a different place from you. Use any of the visualization methods described above.
You can also expose a photograph of the person under light or filter of the appropriate colour. Play around with different methods and see what works best for you. I feel that covering the photo with an appropriate coloured sheet of cellophane and exposing it to daylight for a period of time is effective enough.
Remember that whenever doing any kind of distant healing, whether it is a colour healing or whether it is sending angels and healing prayers to a loved one in hospital, your intention needs to be clear and focused. If you intend to do any specific healing or colour work for someone, always get permission from them first, as a matter of respect. If you can’t directly ask their permission, then hold the intention that your offerings only reach them if they allow it and are willing to receive it.
Another energetic method is through the production of solarised water, that can be taken internally, or a solarised cream, for external use.
The word ‘solar’ refers to the energy from the sun’s rays. Solarisation involves using those rays to transmit the required vibrational frequency into a particular substance.
Drinking water can be solarised with a specific colour frequency by exposing it, for an hour or so, to bright sunlight. If the day is overcast, a longer exposure is required, up to 3 hours.
To expose the water to a specific colour, use an appropriately coloured glass container, or cover clear glass with coloured cellophane, or use any of the other methods given in the sections on ‘direct light’ & ‘indirect light’.
The water will absorb the vibrational patterns of that colour, and it can then be sipped over a few days to bring that vibration into the body, just as you would with a flower essence. It is also useful for gargling in the case of throat infections, or washing wounds, or bathing the eyes. The water should be kept in a dark place, or wrapped with a black cloth so that it isn’t exposed to other colours while you use it for your specific purpose.
Water is a wonderful carrier of vibrational information. You can learn more about this quality by reading the articles Picking up Good Vibrations (part 1 & 2) on this site, if you’d like to get an idea of how you might use the different colours.
The solarisation process can also be used to charge a cream with a specific vibration, which can then be used on affected areas externally. This is a useful method for skin conditions.
The cream should be as pure and free from perfumes and chemicals as possible, to reduce energetic ‘mixed messages’. A simple aqueous base cream is best for this purpose. Place it into an opaque white container and expose it using a coloured filter over the top. Alternately, if you have a range of small transparent coloured glass jars, you can just leave the cream in them and allow it to be continuously exposed to the colour of each different jar. Choose the colour you need according to your different situations.
As you move through your daily life now, think about all the different ways that you are being exposed to the vibrations of different colours, and begin to be more conscious in this process.
Think about why you’ve chosen to wear a particular piece of clothing. Is the colour good for you on that day? Or are you choosing it for another reason, in spite of the fact that you’re not really in the mood for that colour?
Think about the colours in your house, and the colour of your car. Are there any colours lacking in your home environment, that you feel you’d like to have more of? Think about the simple ways in which you can bring more of these colours into your life.
Take some time to consciously colour your world, and explore your world of colour.
Read the article Light & Colour to learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and the nature of light.