What lifts your spirits in summer? Bright blue skies? The turquoise sea? In winter it might be a bright red, woolly jumper or the emerald leaf of a favourite tree. We subconsciously use the healing power of colour all the time.
As we choose our clothes for the day, the fabric to decorate our homes, or even fruits and vegetables in our shopping, we naturally choose colours that please us. According to colour therapists, it is the vibrations of colour that bring us pleasure and comfort and make colour a perfect medium for healing.
Colour is simply vibrating light and the different colours of the spectrum are light of differing wavelengths and frequencies. Whilst colours appear to be still, they are, in fact, constantly moving. Our bodies, also moving fields of energy, respond to the vibrations of colour.
Our seven chakras resonate with the seven colours of the spectrum, starting with violet at the crown all the way down to red at the base. Our chakras are probably best described as spinning sources of energy, and blockages within them can be resolved by applying the vibrations of colour.
Colour therapist Manninder Sekhon utilises Mindcolours® therapy and colour acupressure in conjunction with other healing modalities.
Mindcolours® therapy was devised by Yvonne D Evans to assist people to access their deeper consciousness by allowing the subconscious to select coloured boxes from a chart, and then reading about the attributes of those colours. Each reading suggests the reasons why a person may be drawn towards a particular colour or combination of colours.
Filled with a tapestry of beautiful colours, the Mindcolours® chart itself is life affirming and brings a sense of comfort and peace. Manninder often begins a session using the chart to find out where his clients are in terms of their positive strengths and emotional blockages.
Colour acupressure is another form of colour therapy where LED lights are used to apply colour vibrations to the pressure points and chakras of the body. Manninder works intuitively to choose the appropriate colour of the spectrum and to decide whether the light needs to be applied lightly or firmly.
He has found colour acupressure to be particularly useful with neck, solar plexus and stomach problems, and in assisting emotional release, and is inspired by the quick relief often achieved with colour therapy.
Manninders biggest surprise so far has been that one of his patients was aware of the colours he used in treating her, although she didnt see them!
“A few weeks ago, I was treating a woman who had come to me with some symptoms of mild psoriasis and emotional blockages. At the end of the treatment she said, You used blue, orange and yellow, didnt you? I was amazed. She was exactly right. I had used the blue for the treatment of psoriasis and the orange and yellow for emotional issues.”
Colour therapies are particularly rewarding for sensitive people who may feel uncomfortable in a talking therapy environment, where they are being asked a series of questions or being asked to talk about traumatic or disturbing experiences. Being nurtured through the simple process of using colour can gently open the pathways of the body to reveal emotional blockages, and to begin the journey of healing.