Color Therapy and Crystals

Color healing, light therapy and chromotherapy are all terms used
interchangeably with color therapy, which is a set of principles used
to create harmonious color and color combinations for healing. This
form of energy medicine is based on the belief that the human body is
composed of energy fields. When the energy is properly distributed
and circulating freely, the body is healthy. Imbalances or abnormal
amounts of energy are believed to indicate an excess or deficency.
Color is energy. The energy vibration of that color is what you need,
in the moment, in order to improve and balance your physical and
emotional state.

Chakra Balancing, Aura Cleansing, Colorpuncture, Light Therapy and
Color Therapy modalities of healing are profound and are great
integrative therapies that can be used in conjunction with many other
forms of health care.

History of Color Therapy

Color therapy is a technique of restoring imbalance by means of
applying color to the body. It was a popular method of cure even in
ancient times. Some 2,500 years ago, Pythagoras applied color light
therapeutically and `color halls' were used for healing in ancient
Egypt, China and India.

The first color wheel was invented by Sir Isaac Newton. He split
white sunlight into red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, and blue. He
then joined the two ends of the color spectrum together to show the
natural progression of colors. Newton went a step further and
associated each color with a musical note.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe began studying psychological effect of colors
about a century after Newton. Goethe created a color wheel showing
the psychological effect of each color. He divided all the colors
into two groups: the plus group (red, orange, yellow) and the minus
group (green, blue, indigo, violet). Colors of the plus group produce
excitement and cheerfulness. Colors of the minus group are associated
with weakness and unsettled feelings. Goethe observed that blue gives
a feeling of coolness and yellow has a warming effect.

The pioneer of modern color therapy was Niels Finsen of Denmark.
Following the discovery, in 1877, of the bactericidal action of solar
ultra-violet energy, Finsen studied the possibility of assisting the
healing of wounds with visible light. He subsequently used red light
to inhibit the formation of smallpox scars and, in 1896, founded a
Light Institute ( now the Finsen Institute of Copenhagen) for the
phototreatment of tuberculosis. In 1932, Gerrard and Hessay, two
Californian psychologists, scientifically established that:

• blue light has a calming effect

• red light has a stimulating power on human beings.

Blue and red colors are considered at the two extremes with yellow
representing the midpoint. These are also the three principal colors
in a rainbow.

Every substance on earth contains color. Even the rays cast on earth
by celestial bodies contain color in the form of white light. The
rays of the sun contain seven different colors - violet, indigo,
blue, green, yellow, orange and red. These are natural colors which
are highly beneficial to the maintenance of health and for healing

Healing With Color and Crystals

There are numerous ways to heal and balance with color and crystals.
Crystals are color and light captured in a solid form. Crystals incorporate the
energy from their minerals, the intense pressure it took to create them and the
"energetics" from the color they have created over time!

A good rule of thumb is this: "Energy follows thought". Where we put our
thoughts, this is where the energy goes. By concentrating on a
particular healing color, it is the visualization of that color that
will be projected. If we focus on a color, the energy emanates from
our body and begins to change the frequency that resonates with that
particular color.

Color and crystals are captured light energy. Light, which is split into
different wavelengths vibrating at different speeds and different frequencies,
instilled in a crystal. Objects that ABSORB all wavelengths and DO NOT reflect
any, is black. Objects that REFLECT all wavelengths and DOES reflect everything,
is white.
Between black and white lies COLOR. Colors are wavelengths of energy
that, to us, appear as color because of the potential and
capabilities of the object to either absorb or reflect the energy.
This basic principle is how we experience color.

Every substance on earth contains color. The rays of the sun contain
seven different colors - violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange
and red. These are natural colors, which are highly beneficial to the
maintenance of health and for healing diseases.

Crystal Light Therapy

Crystal Light Therapy has been valued throughout history as a remarkable source
of healing. Today, the therapeutic applications of light and color are being
investigated in major hospitals and research centers worldwide. Results indicate
that full-spectrum, ultraviolet, colored, and laser light can have therapeutic
value for a range of conditions from chronic pain and depression to immune

The oldest form of light therapy is natural sunlight, which is the ultimate
source of full-spectrum light. For those living in areas that see very little
sunlight this time of year, there are other
options; full-spectrum light therapy, bright light therapy, various
forms of UV light therapy, syntonic optometry, cold laser therapy,
and visual color therapy.

Crystals and Color from a Psychological Perspective

This color experience provides the opportunity to discover for
yourself, the impact colors can have on your well-being. The need for
a particular color's vibration seems to differ from day to day or
even from hour to hour.

When you absorb a color vibration it travels, via the nervous system,
to the part of the body that needs it. Each body has its own optimum
state of well-being and is constantly seeking ways to maintain or
restore a balanced state. Utilizing color, is one way you can help
yourself to harmony!

You can experience the affects of color therapy by the food you eat,
light you experience, clothes you wear, colors you meditate on and
the colors that surround you.

Crystals can be a very affective tool when bringing color into your
life. The color of crystals are associated with the Chakra and Aura
systems are coorelate to the specific layers and centers. Below is a
partical listing of crystals and the Chakra:

Chakra/Crystal/Color Correspondence (a partial example)

The Root Chakra, 1st chakra: red or black: lodestone, ruby, garnet,
smoky quartz, obsidian, onyx, hematite.

The Spleen Chakra, 2nd chakra: orange: carnelian, coral, orange
jasper, orange jade

The Solar Plexus Chakra, 3rd chakra: yellow: amber, topaz, citrine,
yellow calcite, yellow jasper

The Heart Chakra, 4th chakra: green or pink: emerald, tourmaline,
aventurine, malachite, rose quartz, rhodonite, rhodochrosite

The Throat Chakra, 5th chakra: blue: turquoise, aquamarine, lapis,
sodalite, quartz, angelite, aqua aura

The Brow Chakra, 6th chakra: purple: lapis, iolite, amethyst

The Crown Chakra, 7th chakra: white or clear: quartz, diamond, white

For greater insight, color therapy quiz and additional color
experiences, consider visiting:

Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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